Here’s a delightful challenge! Nicola and Frankie are expecting twins after having four other children. As you can imagine, a lot of the good names are taken and they need our help! She writes:
Hi Elisabeth, my name is Nicola. My husband Francisco (Frankie) and I have four children and are currently expecting our fifth and six — boy/girl twins. Our oldest child is from my previous marriage and her name is Cherry Guadalupe, named for my ex’s mother Cherise and my grandmother Guadalupe. Together Frankie and I have Luis Francisco, Rafael Oscar, and Celesta Persephone. All three of our kids were named after family and friends.
With the twins, Frankie and I want to continue the theme of naming the babies after family and friends but we’ve almost run out of names that we like and wouldn’t mind having our children bear. With all of our other children, their names have some sort of correlation to their godparents’ names. Our son’s godparents are named Ronaldo Luis and Katherine Anne and our daughter’s godparents are named Michael Alessandro and Veta Narcisa.
For our son we thought about using Ronaldo’s intitials but incorporating Katherine’s name in some way. We really like the name Rey (spelled that way–not Ray) and Katherine (who is married to Ronaldo) has a maiden name of Leon Zayas. So, we feel that we should name our son Rey Leon Falto de Garcia. However, we don’t feel completely confident in his name and are still open to suggestions. We will consider other R names and also the idea of using Lorenzo as the middle name (Lorenzo is the hispanic version of Laurence, Katherine’s father’s name). We did consider Rey Lorenzo as well but feel that Rey Leon sounds nicer.
For our daughter we opted to not use any combination of initials but rather to use variants of her grandparent’s names to incorportate. We would like to incorporate my mother’s name, Rosalind, somehow though as well. For our daughter we are kind of considering giving her three names, two as her first and one as her middle. We decided that we would use Veta but we both like Veda better and we would also use Alessandra. So her name would be Veda-Alessandra Rosalind Falto de Garcia. You can see my concern in the fact that she would have an extremely long name and I am not sold on the whole hypenated first name. I have a very long name myself and it has always been a hassle between signing documents and getting documents mixed up due to the fact that they had the wrong first and last name, etc. It’s really just not something I want my daughter dealing with. I really don’t want to omit Alessandra from the name but we really also want to use Veda and Rosalind or some variant of Rosalind.
If you could help us in deciding on a name for our son and shortening the name of our daughter, it would mean the world to us! They will be here shortly and thinking about them entering the world without definite names is a scary thought for us. We appreciate your help so very much, thank you!
Oh and I mentioned that Cherry is from a previous marriage to clear the air that her name is in fact not Cherry Falto de Garcia — or Cherry Garcia! Her last name is actually just one name, she dodged a bullet on that one!
Congratulations on your burgeoning family! All the names you’ve chosen so far are just wonderful. For twins, one of your primary concerns might be the length of the name. Since your surname already consists of three separate entities, and you are adding two children to an already large family, I would definitely err on the side of brevity. I love the idea of Veda and Rey. Veda-Alessandra however? Seems like it could be a burden to both you and your child.
There are several ways to incorporate Veda, Alessandra, and Rosalind into the name without hyphenating the first name. 1) You could hyphenate the middle name. 2) You could use all three names with no hyphen and choose only one for the first name (thereby giving your daughter multiple middle names. 3) You could create a compound name out of Alessandra and Rosalind, which is not terribly uncommon in Latin culture.
Veda Rosalind Alessandra (no hyphen)
Rosalind Veda Alessandra
Veda Rosalind Alessia
Rosalia Veda Alessandra
For a boy, you also have lots of great options here! I’m glad you are feeling comfortable with Rey Leon. It has the brevity, but also the meaning. A win-win! I would also urge you to consider Rey Lorenzo, because the length of Lorenzo actually balances out three letter Rey. Leon and Lorenzo would also be spectacularly handsome as first names, and you could reverse initials:
Andres could also honor Anne, and would give your son his own initial. If you’re giving your daughter three names, have you thought about doing the same for your son? For example, Rey Leon Andres or Andres Lorenzo Rey. For a daughter, Michael and Narcisa are also lovely names to play with. Veda Michaela Rosalind? Rosalind Narcisa Alessandra? It’s so much fun to play around.
What say you dear readers? Do you have a particular favorite from the Falto de Garcia’s list? How would you honor the godparents in the names?