Leonie (You would get your Leo in a feminine, underused form)
And if you find that you just can't let go of Leo, despite your mom's reaction, here's an awesome list from the always amazing Appellation Mountain of longer names that would get you to Leo as a nickname. Maybe part of the reason your mom is having trouble with it is because it's so short. Maybe using a longer name on his birth certificate would make Leo sit better with her. With a longer name, there's also the chance that your mom could pick another nickname that she's more comfortable with. It could give your mom and son a special little bond because she has her own nickname that only she calls him. And you would get your Leo! Yay! Everybody wins! Of course, you would also have to like the longer form, so check out the list and see if anything jumps out.
My favorite little girl name isEmmabut it kills me that it is the most popular name right now. The baby's godmother will be Aunt Emily and my grandma's mother was Emma. So again, family meaning on both sides. We likeEmma Kathleenas her full name. So we both love this name but I don't want her to always be one of five Emmas in her class. I really want to use the name Kathleen as the middle name (it's my mom even though she dissed my boy name I still love her dearly.)
You didn't mention wanting to use Lee anywhere in your girl's name, but I think Lee/Leigh is an understated and elegant name that is often overlooked or relegated to the middle spot for girls. I have a friend Lee who never had to share her name with a girl or boy in school, and it's distinctive and wears well with age. Lee Kathleen is a lovely name.
Keeping with the Em names, how about Emmeline, Emerson, or Emery?
I love the new post idea! So we don't know the sex of our baby and are coming up with both boy and girl names.
Our original boy name wasLeo, which would be for my husband's grandpaLeonand my dad,Scott Lee, plus my husband's middle name isLeeand my middle name is Leeanne. So there was tons of meaning on both sides of the family. This is the name that my mom called me and said "LEO! I can't have a grandson named Leo!" So we have thought about Lee as a first name or a middle name but we don't have much for boy names. My grandpa wasJohnand we would like to perhaps honor him if possible. (We thought aboutJackbecause it was my grandpa's nickname as a little boy.) My husband likes traditional names for boys and we are having a hard time coming up with one that we both really like. He is really set on some form of Lee but I can't get my mom's criticism out of my head pathetic I know, but that's the Adidas Duramo 6 Mens Running Shoes Price kind of stinger that sticks with you for awhile.
There are also many, many names that have lee/ ley/ lie in them:
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Use this list and your own lists as a starting point to continue your search. The right name is out there and sometimes you just need a fresh perspective to find it.
Emma and Emily are so lovely and I love Kathleen in the middle. It's my mother's name also, and it would have been a Adidas High Tops Womens White
Leander: A more obscure choice that would honor your family quite closely, but maybe as a middle name.
Two names I thought of immediately were Gemma and Esme. They're both great with Kathleen in the middle.
contender for us, had we had a girl.
It's a tricky business this naming a person. Some of the names I suggested might be outside of your comfort zone, and I don't expect you and your husband to like them all. But based on your situation, these are just some of the name that might be a good fit. Mix and match the firsts and middles. Try some combos that are unexpected. Now is the time Adidas Harden Boost
Lee is wonderful and covers so many people that you love. And it's super versatile. It stands on it's own, makes a great middle, and is also the beginning or ending sound of many great names so you really have a lot of options with Lee:
To give you an idea of alternative names we have considered:
I love the use of family names, so I'll start there.
Leo: I understand, but don't give up on it yet.
So, as you can see, our first picks have a ton of meaning to them, but our back ups are just names we like. Pretty much we have no clue and would really appreciate any advice/insight.
Leon: The best way to honor, in my opinion, is to use the name straight up
First I'll say that you do have a clue! These are some great names you're already working with, and I know we can find something that works for everyone but most of all you and your husband.
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