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Gracelyn Rose - I can't say I'm a large fan of the name Gracelyn. It sounds and look very trendy to me. I think I'd prefer the combination Grace Lynn instead, with Grace being the first name and Lynn being the middle name. I believe I've read somewhere that the name honors family though, and that's very respectable. Rose I would classify as filler in the middle name slot, but I have to admit that it is quite pretty.
Ava Katherine - Glamour girl name via Hollywood beauty Ava Gardner was given big popularity boost - it's in the Top 5 and sure to climb even higher.Attractive but epidemically popular. Sounds nice paired with a traditional and feminine middle name like Katherine.
Mia Caroline - Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that's enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts - it's Number 14. I also like it a lot as a nickname for Amelia, but it sounds perfectly fine as a stand alone name. Caroline is lovely. Royal name with a well-earned patina. Caroline's definitely nicer and more formal than Carolyn, which I dislike. It also sounds nice as a middle name paired with Mia. The flow is smooth and I like it a lot.
Sophia Noelle - Ancient name with a sensuous sound and high-minded meaning, chosen by several celeb parents, and heading toward the top of the charts without losing any of its sophisticated beauty. A real winner. I also like Sophie, though that does sound a little more cutesy and darling than Sophia. Noelle is feminine sounding, with a French gloss. Sounds lovely paired next to Sophia.
Violet Bethany - Soft and sweet but not shrinking, the Victorian Violet, one of the prettiest of the color and flower names, has begun a sure-to-be rapid climb to popularity. I think it's gorgeous, and it will be added to my name list once I find the right first / middle name for it. Bethany is nice. This overall combination sounds great.
Claire Michele - Luminous, simple, and strong, Claire is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical depth with a modern edge. And though it's enjoying revived popularity, it will never be seen as trendy. Great middle name choice as well. Michele is the masculine spelling, actually. It's the Italian form of Michael. It's one of the few Italian forms less attractive than the original, this time because it will forever be mistaken with the feminine version. Michelle is fine and nice, however.
Calista Marie - Calista is pretty and delicate, and it's definitely worthy of consideration, especially for parents with Greek roots. I love its meaning - "most beautiful". Absolutely lovely. Marie is a filler, but sounds very nice with Calista, being a feminine unique classic.
Hayden Alexander - Formerly obscure name that's risen to huge popularity - now in the Top 80. Though this is among the most distinctive of the bunch, it gets lost in the crowd of Jaidens, Bradens, Aidans, and endless variations, and is being used increasingly for girls. It's definitely one of the most acceptable "-ayden" offshoots however. It's my favourite of the bunch. In the Top 25 since 1991, and still at a high #6, the noble Alexander led to the popularity of so many spin-offs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan, and Zan, that it almost feels as if Alexander has disappeared into think air. I prefer it as a middle name, because of how popular it is in the middle name slot. This pairing is great, and sustains a smooth flow.
Henry Nicholas - While Henry's popularity has hovered around the Top 100 for thirty-five years, its stylishness has increased substantially. In upmarket neighborhoods and suburbs, it seems every other boy is named either Jack or Henry. Still, it's a solid name with lots of history and personality. Nicholas is a great middle name - I love it.
Ian James - I have to admit that I love the name Ian, and when I suggested it for our second son, my husband vetoed it straight away. He hated it, which disappointed me. People have been warming up more and more to its jaunty charm, and friendly sense. Though I would consider James filler, it's a handsome classic that will never go out of style.
Connor Lucas - Connor's quite nice. An appealing name of a featured player in Irish mythology that is rapidly catching up here with the popularity it has long enjoyed in the Emerald Isle: its other popular spellings taken together bring it much higher on the list. Lucas sounds wonderful as the middle name in this particular pairing.
Andrew Kevin - Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John, and a choice of nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, Drew adds to its sophistication. The combination Andrew Kevin is great - With each name being traditional, handsome, ageless, they balance each other out wonderfully.
Mason Christopher - Mason is an occupational surname that's been heating up for several years, chosen by a number of celebs for their sons (and Kelsey Grammer for his daughter): a fresher sounding replacement for the Jason we've moved beyond, in step with the new style Cason / Kason. Christopher tones its trendiness down a bit.
Finley Patrick - Scottish royal name (it belonged to Macbeth's father) riding the wave of Finn names. I think I prefer just Finn, however. Finley seems very pretentious to me, for some strange reason. Patrick is very nice, and fantastic in the middle name slot. I'd never use Patrick as a first name, mainly because I dislike its nickname options.