Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday, one reader’s name questions will be discussed.
We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!
Leigh is due in just about a week! She’s not finding out if the baby is a boy or a girl, so there’s not a lot of time left – and she needs two great names.
My grandfather died very recently and suddenly and was a large part of my life growing up. I would love to name our child after him in some way, but am not sure how to do this. His name was Arnold Edmont. I’m not overly keen on either name and also not sure how to turn either of those into a feminine version without sounding contrived.
He was always known as ‘Pa’ to me so was thinking something that starts with Pa would be more fitting. I absolutely love Parker as a girl’s first name and think it ticks all the boxes, however hubby says no. Two other names we’re considering are Palmer and Paloma.
If the baby is a boy, his first name will be Reeve – named after his two grandfathers, Ross and Steve. I’d like to honour Pa with the middle name.
If the baby is a girl, we would like May in the middle spot – named for her aunt and grandmother. For the first name, I’d like to name her after Pa – though we’ve never been able to agree on a girl’s first name because hubby wants something traditional like Amy or Catherine. I want something less common like Indigo or Fern. I also am very big on nature names.
We’ve both agreed that we don’t want a name from the top 100.
Read on for my response, and please add your thoughtful suggestions in the comments!
Hi Leigh –
Congratulations on your baby-on-the-way!
This is an interesting set of challenges. And can I just say that Reeve, from Steve and Ross, might be the best honor name ever?! Such a great way to incorporate both sides of the family, but still find a name that is fresh and new.
Let’s start with names for a boy first, if only because I think a middle name is slightly easier to find.
- Reeve Edmont – Edmont is a quirky, unusual surname(ish) middle, but it isn’t unwearable – especially in the middle spot. Still, sometimes handing down a middle name isn’t terribly satisfying.
- Reeve Adler – Arnold means eagle, and so does Adler. Adler is the German word for eagle, and it’s a familiar surname name, too.
- Reeve Ari – There are two reasons to consider Ari. First, like Adler, Ari means eagle. This time, the derivation is Old Norse. (There’s more than one possible origin and meaning for Ari – but they all have their appeal – in Hebrew, Ari is lion. In Armenian, it means brave.) But beyond the shared meaning, Ari and Arnold share the same first syllable, which connects them even more.
- Reeve Aaron – I’m not sure if Aaron has as much wow factor as some of the other possibilities, but Aaron does share the same first syllable as Arnold.
- Reeve Arno, Reeve Arnaud – The French form of Arnold is Arnaud, which is pronounced sort of like Arno in English. The Arno river in Tuscany gets its name from another source, but makes me like that spelling even more.
- Reeve Paxton – I think Paxton is a great surname name. It starts with the letters that honor your dear Pa. But it also continues the Latin word pax – peace – which is a pleasing association.
- Reeve Patrick – I wonder if traditional Patrick might please your husband’s more traditional tastes? I kept looking for another Pa- name to put on the list, but I’ll admit – Patrick keeps coming up as the one to beat.
Now, a first name for a girl, probably with the middle name May:
- Aquila May – Aquila is the Latin word for eagle. While it’s more commonly masculine, I think it works well for a girl in 2015. It’s pronounced ah KEE lah, though the more phonetic versions of the name – like Akilah – seem to have separate, Arabic roots.
- Edie May, Eden May – Edmont made me think of Edie and Eden, both great Ed- names. There are other Edie-names, too, but I think Edie and Eden are among the most current. Eden has the bonus association with a garden – not quite a nature name, but close.
- Patton May – Parker is out, but you’ve got Palmer on your short list. Here’s another Pa- possibility. It fits right in with another surname name on the rise: Sutton. Paxton, from the boys’ list, is another though.
- Lake May, Lane May, Elaine May – Well, maybe not with May. I went looking for a name at the intersection of Amy, Catherine, Fern, and Indigo. There’s not much middle ground! But I did think that Lake and Lane might work. They’re not traditional, but neither are they wildly out there. And Lane could possibly be a nickname for Elaine. (Or Elena, Helena, or … you get the idea!) The only problem? None of these names tie back to your grandfather! But if you were willing to trade May in the middle spot, you might have a combination like Lane Paloma, or even Lane Paloma May.
- Nola May – Arnolda is a non-starter, I think. But Nola feels like it could come from Arnolda, and it also seems like a nice compromise between your style and your husband’s style. Also, Nöl is apparently a short form of Arnold in Limburgish. Obscure, but another reason I think it works.
- Ari May, Arla May, Arley May – Starting with the first syllable of Arnold works for girls’ names, too. Ari is gender neutral, and Arla and Arley – choose your spelling – could be possibilities, too. Arlette is often listed as a feminine form of Arnold, but I’m not so sure about Arlette in 2015.
- Arden May – Arden doesn’t come from Arnold, or the word for eagle. Too bad! But it does share Arnold’s first sound, as do Ari and company. It also brings to mind Shakespeare’s famous forest, so that’s another subtle nature name like, in the key of Eden.
From your girls’ list, I adore Paloma. I think it hits all the marks. It’s feminine and traditional, which seems like it would please your husband. The ‘Pa’ honors your grandfather. Plus, Paloma is the Spanish word for dove, so it’s a nature name. And while a dove doesn’t exactly honor your grandfather, staying in the avian family feels right.
Then again, I love Ari – or really any of the Ar- names for a boy or a girl.
Readers, what do you think? How you would you honor grandpa Arnold, and are there any eagle-related or starts-with-Pa names that I’ve overlooked?
Some names with “eagle” in the meaning (*also can be spelled using letters from Arnold Edmont)…
Aadler, Aadne, Aadnesen, Aaettu, Aake, Aakesen, Aakko, Aaku, Aale, Aane, Aanesen, Aanje, Aanjesen, Aanka, Aapa, Aape, Aapi, Aapikka, Aapo, Aapoo, Aappa, Aappe, Aappi, Aappo, Aappoo, Aapu, Aapukka, Aar, Aarens, Aaretti, Aari, Aarne, Aarnekki, Aarnetti, Aarni, Aarno, Aarnolt, Aarnoltti, Aaro, Aaron, Aaroni, Aarre, Aarretti, Aarse, Aart, Aarti, Aarto, Aarts, Aartsen, Aartsma, Aaska, Aata, Aate, Aati, Aato, Aatto, Aatu, Adelaar, Adelar, Adler*, Adne*, Aebbe, Aebbi, Aeko, Aenvardh, Aerinbiorn, Aerinbjorn, Aerinfastr, Aeringaeirr, Aeringer, Aeringisl, Aerinmundr, Aerinolf, Aerinvardh, Aerinvardr, Aerinvarthr, Aerinvidh, Aermund, Aernbiorn, Aernbjorn, Aernfastr, Aerngaeirr, Aerngautr, Aernger, Aerngisl, Aernhvatr, Aernils, Aernisl, Aernkaell, Aernkaetill, Aernkil, Aernlaeifr, Aernmund, Aernmundr, Aernolf, Aernstaeinn, Aernulfr, Aernvardh, Aernvast, Aernvidh, Aernvidr, Aernvithr, Aetius, Aeto*, Aetos, Aglo, Aharon, Ahron, Aietos, Aigle, Aiglle, Aiglye, Ajax, Ajkla, Ake, Akhom, Aki, Aksu, Aku, Alfarinn, Alvarin, Ambi, Ambiorn, Ambiornasson, Ambjorn, Ambjornsen, Ambjornsson, Amfinn, Anbiorn, Anbjorn, Anbjornsen, Anca, Ancher, Anchersen, Ancker, Ander*, Ando*, Andor*, Andorf, Andorr, Andro*, Androder, Androe*, Ane*, Anfast, Anfin, Anfind, Anfindsen, Anfinn, Anfinsen, Anfred, Anger, Angrim, Ani, Anje, Anjo, Anka, Ankarl, Anker, Ankersen, Anki, Ankjell, Anmund, Annbjorn, Anne*, Annfin, Annfinn, Annfinnur, Annfinsen, Annfred, Anngrim, Annkjell, Anno, Annstein, Annul, Annulv, Annved, Ansteen, Ansteensen, Anstein, Ansteinsson, Ansten, Anstensen, Antinanco, Anul, Anulv, Anve, Anved, Anvidr, Anvithr, Apakka, Ape, Api, Apo, Apokka, Appa, Appe, Appi, Appo, Aquila, Aquilinus, Aquillius, Arabert, Aragund, Aramund, Arant, Aras, Arbiorn, Arbjorn, Are*, Aregis, Arelie, Aren, Arend*, Arendt*, Arent*, Aret*, Arfast, Arfinn, Arfvid, Arfvidsson, Arfwed, Argeir, Argils, Ari, Aril, Arild, Arilius, Arin, Arinbiorn, Arinbjorn, Arinfastr, Aringaeirr, Aringer, Aringisle, Arinmundr, Arit, Ariwald, Arkka, Arkki, Arkko, Arleiv, Arlie, Armodr, Armodur, Armothr, Armothur, Armund, Arn*, Arna, Arnald, Arnaldo, Arnaldr, Arnaldur, Arnalt, Arnar, Arnau, Arnaud, Arnberg, Arnbergur, Arnbernus, Arnbiorn, Arnbjorn, Arnbrand, Arnbrandr, Arnd*, Arndor, Arndorr, Arndt*, Arne*, Arneke, Arnels, Arner, Arnes, Arnesen, Arneson, Arnessen, Arnesson, Arnet*, Arnett, Arnfast, Arnfasti, Arnfastr, Arnfinn, Arnfinni, Arnfinnr, Arnfinnur, Arnfred, Arnfredur, Arnfrethur, Arnfreyr, Arnfridur, Arnfried, Arnfrithur, Arnfrodr, Arnfrothr, Arngaeirr, Arngardur, Arngarthur, Arngeir, Arngeirr, Arnger, Arngerus, Arngils, Arngisl, Arngot, Arngrim, Arngrimr, Arngrimur, Arnhallr, Arnhofdi, Arnhofthi, Arnhold, Arnhvatr, Arni, Arnidh, Arnie, Arnifred, Arnifrid, Arnika, Arnis, Arnisl, Arnkaell, Arnkaetill, Arnkel, Arnkell, Arnketil, Arnketill, Arnkil, Arnkjell, Arnlaug, Arnlaugr, Arnlaugur, Arnlef, Arnleifr, Arnleifur, Arnleig, Arnleik, Arnleiv, Arnleygur, Arnliot, Arnlioth, Arnliotr, Arnliotur, Arnljot, Arnljoth, Arnljotr, Arnljotur, Arnmod*, Arnmodr, Arnmodur, Arnmothr, Arnmothur, Arnmund, Arnmundr, Arnmundur, Arnniutr, Arno*, Arnoald, Arnodd*, Arnoddi, Arnoddr, Arnoddur, Arnold, Arnoldsson, Arnoldus, Arnolf, Arnolphus, Arnolv, Arnor, Arnorr, Arnoud, Arnrod, Arnrodr, Arnrodur, Arnroth, Arnrothr, Arnrothur, Arnsen, Arnstaeinn, Arnstein, Arnsteinn, Arnsten, Arnsvein, Arnt*, Arnth, Arnthjofr, Arnthjofur, Arnthor, Arnthorr, Arnulf, Arnulfr, Arnulfuer, Arnulfur, Arnulv, Arnung, Arnvald, Arnvast, Arnved, Arnvid, Arnvide, Arnvidher, Arnvidr, Arnvidur, Arnvithr, Arnvithur, Arnwald, Arnwith, Aro*, Aronus, Arooni, Arppa, Arppo, Arrild, Arska, Arski, Arsko, Arstein, Arthur, Artne*, Arto*, Artoi, Artor, Artsa, Artsi, Artte, Artti, Artto, Arttu, Arttuli, Artturi, Arttuuri, Artur, Arturus, Arulf, Arv, Arvast, Arve, Arved, Arvee, Arvet, Arvi, Arvid, Arvidh, Arvidr, Arvidus, Arviiti, Arviitti, Arvin, Arvithr, Arvo, Arwed, Arwi, Arwid, Arwin, Ate*, Ati, Ato*, Atsa, Atte, Atti, Atto, Awahili, Ayit, Bakhom, Bakhoum, Bakhum, Banoy, Baz, Bielik, Borket, Burged, Burgut, Burkit, Burkut, Cil, Cuauhtemoc, Dal*, Earn, Ebbe, Ebbi, Ehda, Ehrenfried, Ehrenhard, Enuasther, Enwast, Erelis, Erengils, Erengisle, Eringisl, Ernbiorn, Ernbjorn, Ernfred, Ernfrid, Erngisel, Ernhard, Ernhold, Ernholdt, Eron*, Eryr, Ezio, Garud, Garuda, Haitham, Haithem, Hambe, Haroun, Harun, Haytham, Haythem, Heitham, Heithem, Heytham, Heythem, Hikvil, Igidr, Iolar, Irar, Kartal, Kvil, Laoying, Nagtoralik, Naldi, Nasr, Nattoralik, Nesr, Nisra, Nol*, Nolke, Noltti, Oddne*, Odler, Odne*, Oldin, Oldus, Oodler, Opao, Oqab, Orao, Orel*, Orilu, Orjol, Orlaw, Orlo, Orn*, Orni, Ornolfr, Ornolfur, Ornolvur, Ornulf, Ornulfr, Ornulv, Orol, Pachom, Pachoum, Pachum, Pahom, Pakhom, Pakhoum, Pakhum, Sahbaz, Sehbaz, Sigurorn, Sin, Tai, Thorarinn, Thororn, Torarin, Turi, Tuure, Tuuri, Tyyri, Uqab, Vega, Viiti, Viitti, Wamblee, Wambli, Washi
Aadlera, Aara, Acera, Acuile, Acula, Acvila, Adelaara, Adelara, Adlaug, Aeko, Aenfridh, Aerinbiorg, Aerinbjorg, Aerinborg, Aerinborgh, Aerindis, Aerinfridh, Aeringaerdh, Aeringaerdr, Aeringaerthr, Aeringunnr, Aerinvi, Aernbiorg, Aernbjorg, Aernborg, Aernborgh, Aerndis, Aernfridh, Aernfridr, Aernfrithr, Aerngaerdr, Aerngaerthr, Aerngun, Aernlaug, Aernlogh, Aernvi, Aeta, Aetia, Agla, Aguia, Aguila, Akeleja, Akhoma, Akleja, Aliga, Allaug, Ama, Amba, Ambiorg, Ambjorg, Amborg, Amborgh, Amma, Anbiorg, Anbjorg, Anborg, Anborgh, Anca, Ancolie, Andi, Andie, Andora, Andy, Anfine, Anfrid, Angaerdh, Angard, Angerd, Angjerd, Angun, Anhild, Anka, Ankarla, Anlaug, Annbiorg, Annbjorg, Annborg, Annborgh, Anne*, Annela, Anney, Annfrid, Anngard, Anngerd, Anngerda, Anngert, Anngjerd, Anngun, Anngunn, Anngunna, Annhild, Annhilda, Annhilde, Annille, Annlaug, Annveig, Annvor, Anny, Antora, Anveig, Anvor, Aquila, Aquilea, Aquilee, Aquilegia, Aquillia, Araberta, Aragunda, Aramunda, Arasa, Arbiorg, Arbjorg, Arborg, Arborgh, Ardis, Aregisa, Areig, Arena, Arendse, Arense, Arentine, Arenze, Areta, Aretha, Aretina, Arey, Arfrid, Arfridh, Arfryd, Argunn, Arhild, Arilda, Arin, Arina, Arinbiorg, Arinbjorg, Arinborg, Arinborgh, Arine, Aringaerdr, Aringaerthr, Arinvi, Arita, Arite, Aritha, Ariwalda, Arla, Arlaug, Arlogh, Arly, Armey, Arna, Arnaude, Arnbiorg, Arnbjorg, Arnborg, Arnborgh, Arnbranda, Arndis, Arndisa, Arndora, Arne*, Arneidr, Arneithr, Arneke, Arnette, Arnevi, Arney, Arnfasta, Arnfinna, Arnfrid, Arnfridr, Arnfridur, Arnfrith, Arnfrithr, Arnfrithur, Arngaerdh, Arngaerdr, Arngaerthr, Arngard, Arngardh, Arngerd, Arngerda, Arngerdr, Arngerdur, Arngerth, Arngerthr, Arngerthur, Arngjerd, Arngun, Arngunn, Arngunna, Arngunnr, Arngunnur, Arnheid, Arnheidr, Arnheidur, Arnheithr, Arnheithur, Arnhild, Arnhildr, Arnhildur, Arnika, Arnike, Arnina, Arnkatla, Arnlaug, Arnleif, Arnleiv, Arnleyg, Arnlin, Arnliot, Arnljot, Arnlog, Arnny, Arnodda, Arnolda, Arnoldine, Arnora, Arnridr, Arnrithr, Arnros, Arnrun, Arnthora, Arnthrudr, Arnthrudur, Arnthruthr, Arnthruthur, Arntine, Arntrud, Arnveig, Arnvi, Arnvor, Arny, Arona, Aronia, Aronie, Arthora, Arulfa, Arun, Arunn, Arva, Arvida, Atsa, Awahili, Ayita, Baza, Bielika, Borketa, Burgeda, Burguta, Burkita, Burkuta, Cila, Dala, Diinna, Dina, Dinah, Dine, Dineke, Dinna, Dinne, Dinni, Dinnie, Dinny, Earna, Ebba, Edahna, Eguia, Emfre, Emfred, Emfrid, Emfro, Endia, Erelisa, Erna*, Ernfrida, Eryr, Evla, Fiina, Fina, Fine, Finnu, Garuda, Haithama, Haithema, Haythama, Haythema, Heithama, Heithema, Heythama, Heythema, Igidra, Iolair, Jikvil, Kartala, Kvil, Laoying, Nasra, Nesra, Oddlaug, Oddleyg, Oddlog, Odlera, Olda*, Oldine, Oodlera, Oqaba, Orela, Orgunn, Orjol, Orla*, Orlaug, Orlica, Orlov, Orol, Qorianka, Reda*, Reeta, Reetta, Reta*, Rete, Retha, Rethe, Riina, Riinu, Rilda, Rin, Rina, Rinette, Rinia, Rinna, Rinnie, Rit, Rita, Rith, Ritha, Ritt, Ritta, Ritte, Sahbaza, Sehbaza, Shqipe, Shqiponja, Simurg, Sina, Thin, Thina, Thine, Thinn, Thinne, Thit, Thita, Thorarna, Tiina, Tiinna, Tiinu, Tin, Tina, Tinah, Tine, Tinea, Tineke, Tinella, Tinie, Tinja, Tinn, Tinna, Tinne, Tinni, Tinnie, Tinny, Tintta, Tintti, Tinttu, Tit, Tita, Tite, Titta, Titte, Titti, Tittie, Titty, Torarna, Ulfarna, Ulvarna, Uqaba, Vega, Vida, Viida, Wamlisapa
Some names you can spell using the letters of Arnold Edmont (*also shares “eagle” meaning with Arnold)…
Adde, Ade, Adel, Adem, Aden, Adler*, Admeto, Adn, Adne*, Ado, Adon, Ador, Aed, Aeolo, Aeron, Aethon, Aeto*, Aetolo, Alden, Aldert, Aldo, Aldor, Aled, Alem, Alen, Aleo, Alert, Almer, Almod, Almodr, Aloeo, Alom, Alon, Alt, Alter, Alton, Ame, Amel, Amen, Amer, Amnon, Amo, Amon, Amor, Amr, Andde, Ande, Andel, Andelo, Ander*, Ando*, Andon, Andor*, Andre, Andret, Andro*, Androe*, Ane*, Anen, Anet, Anne*, Annel, Ano, Anon, Anond, Anot, Ante, Antenor, Antero, Anto, Anton, Antono, Antoon, Antor, Antre, Antro, Aod, Aon, Arden, Are*, Arend*, Arendt*, Arent*, Aret*, Areto, Arlo, Armel, Armen, Armo, Armod, Arn*, Arnd*, Arndt*, Arne*, Arnet*, Arnmod*, Arno*, Arnodd*, Arnt*, Aro*, Aroldo, Aron, Art, Arte, Artem, Artemon, Artne*, Arto*, Ate*, Atem, Aten, Atl, Atle, Ato*, Aton, Atreo, Atro, Dado, Dal*, Dale, Dalton, Damon, Dan, Dand, Dane, Danel, Dann, Danne, Danner, Danr, Dante, Dar, Darden, Darel, Daren, Darnel, Dean, Del, Delano, Delmar, Demo, Den, Denton, Deo, Deodan, Deodat, Deodato, Deodor, Deon, Dermot, Deror, Detmar, Dolon, Dom, Domald, Domaldr, Domar, Domare, Dome, Domen, Domnal, Don, Donal, Donald, Donar, Donat, Donato, Dor, Doran, Dorde, Dorean, Dormod, Dorn, Doro, Doron, Dre, Dror, Drot, Eadmond, Eamon, Eamonn, Ean, Eanmond, Earl, Edan, Edda, Edlan, Edland, Edmao, Edmar, Edmond, Ednar, Edo, Edoard, Edoardo, Edom, Edon, Edor, Elam, Elan, Eland, Eld, Eldad, Eldar, Eldmar, Eldon, Eldor, Elm, Elmar, Elmo, Elnar, Elo, Elom, Elon, Elton, Ema, Ena, Enar, Enda, Endor, Enna, Enno, Enor, Era, Eran, Erdmann, Erla, Erlan, Erland, Erman, Ermanno, Ermo, Ern, Erno, Ero, Erol, Eron*, Ertno, Lado, Ladon, Lae, Lamo, Lamont, Lan, Landen, Landon, Lane, Lanne, Lanre, Lante, Lar, Lare, Larent, Laro, Lea, Lean, Leandro, Leart, Len, Lenard, Lenart, Lenna, Lennar, Lennard, Lennart, Leno, Leo, Leon, Leonard, Leonardo, Ler, Letao, Loa, Loden, Lodmond, Loman, Lon, Lonan, London, Lono, Lor, Lorand, Lorant, Lore, Loren, Lorend, Loreto, Lorn, Lorne, Lot, Lotan, Lotar, Made, Mael, Mald, Maldo, Maldor, Malone, Malte, Mand, Mando, Mandor, Mane, Manel, Manne, Manno, Mano, Manoel, Manolo, Mante, Manto, Mao, Maol, Maor, Mard, Mardon, Marel, Maren, Mareno, Marlen, Marlo, Marloe, Marlon, Maro, Maron, Marte, Marten, Marton, Mate, Mateo, Matle, Matlen, Mato, Medad, Medard, Medon, Medr, Medrod, Mel, Melor, Menart, Menno, Meno, Mentor, Mert, Merton, Metod, Mladen, Modred, Moe, Molte, Mon, Monar, Mond, Monet, Monrad, Monroe, Monta, Monte, Moon, Mor, Moran, Mort, Mortan, Morte, Morten, Morton, Mot, Motel, Naddr, Nader, Nadr, Naldo, Namo, Nando, Nandor, Nante, Nar, Nat, Nate, Natel, Neal, Ned, Neldor, Nelmar, Nemo, Nenad, Neno, Neo, Nero, Neto, Noa, Noam, Nod, Noe, Noel, Nol*, Nolan, Nono, Nooa, Noor, Nor, Nordal, Nordman, Nore, Norm, Norman, Normand, Normond, Norodd, Norto, Norton, Noto, Odal, Odd, Oddar, Odde, Odder, Oddmar, Oddne*, Oddo, Oddr, Oddron, Ode, Oded, Oden, Odert, Odmar, Odmond, Odmondr, Odne*, Odo, Odon, Odran, Ola, Olan, Olander, Old, Oldemar, Oldo, Ole, Olen, Oleno, Olet, Olman, Olmann, Olmar, Olmod, Olmodr, Olon, Omar, Omer, Omod, Omond, Omondr, Omre, Onar, Ond, Onder, Onmond, Onmondr, Onn, Onne, Onnert, Ono, Onto, Ontro, Oola, Oral, Oran, Orddot, Ored, Orel*, Oren, Orla, Orlando, Orm, Ormeno, Ormond, Orn*, Oro, Orotal, Otamr, Otar, Ote, Otel, Oter, Otmann, Otmar, Oto, Otr, Rad, Rade, Radmod, Radmond, Rae, Rael, Ram, Rame, Ramn, Ramne, Ramon, Ran, Rand, Randel, Randmod, Rane, Read, Real, Realm, Red, Redd, Redmond, Remao, Remo, Remond, Ren, Renat, Renato, Reno, Reto, Roald, Roalde, Roan, Rod, Rodmond, Roe, Roel, Roeland, Rolan, Roland, Rolando, Rolant, Roldan, Rolo, Rom, Roma, Roman, Romano, Rome, Romeo, Ron, Ronald, Ronaldo, Ronan, Rone, Ronen, Ronn, Ronne, Ronnet, Roo, Rotem, Tad, Taddeo, Tade, Tadeo, Tado, Tal, Tale, Talon, Tam, Tamon, Tane, Tanel, Tanen, Taner, Tanne, Tanner, Tanno, Tannr, Tao, Tar, Taren, Tarmo, Tarn, Taro, Teal, Ted, Tel, Telmar, Telmo, Tem, Teman, Temo, Ten, Teo, Teodard, Teodor, Teoma, Termond, Tero, Toal, Tod, Todd, Todor, Tole, Tom, Toma, Tome, Tomer, Tomo, Tomor, Ton, Tone, Tonn, Tonne, Tono, Tool, Toon, Tor, Torald, Tord, Tore, Torem, Toren, Torm, Tormann, Tormod, Tormond, Torn, Torne, Toro, Torodd, Trad, Troed, Tron, Trond, Tronn
Ade, Adel, Aden, Adn, Aedon, Aenor, Aero, Aeron, Alde, Alen, Alet, Alone, Alte, Ament, Amor, Amore, Ande, Ane, Anemon, Anet, Ann, Anne*, Annel, Annemor, Annet, Arden, Arlet, Arne*, Ate, Ato, Dale, Dar, Daret, Dea, Dean, Dela, Delan, Delora, Delta, Dema, Dena, Deodora, Derora, Doa, Dodona, Dodone, Doe, Dona, Donna, Dor, Dora, Dorde, Dorean, Doret, Dorota, Dorotea, Dorte, Dortea, Dot, Dota, Drea, Dreda, Drora, Drot, Eda, Edda, Edla, Edmonda, Edna, Edoma, Edorta, Elanor, Elda, Eldona, Eldora, Eldron, Elm, Elma, Elna, Elnora, Eloma, Elona, Eltona, Ema, Emla, Ena, Endora, Enna, Enola, Enora, Era, Erato, Erla, Erma, Erna*, Etna, Lan, Lane, Lao, Lare, Laren, Lea, Lean, Leann, Leda, Lena, Lenna, Lenora, Leo, Leona, Leonor, Leonora, Leonta, Ler, Lerato, Lerna, Leta, Leto, Loa, Lodmonda, Lodmonde, Lona, Lone, Loora, Lora, Lorane, Lore, Lorea, Loren, Lorena, Loreta, Lorna, Lorne, Lota, Madde, Madel, Madelon, Madlen, Mae, Malen, Malo, Mane, Manon, Manto, Mao, Mardlo, Mare, Mared, Marel, Maren, Maret, Marla, Marlen, Marn, Marne, Marte, Matel, Matle, Matlen, Matron, Mea, Mean, Meda, Medr, Medra, Mel, Mena, Menna, Menodora, Mentora, Merla, Merta, Meta, Moa, Moder, Modron, Moe, Mona, Monat, Monda, Monde, Mone, Monet, Monna, Moon, Moona, Mor, Mora, Moran, Mordad, Morna, Morta, Nal, Nan, Nane, Nanet, Nat, Nea, Nean, Neda, Nel, Nela, Nelda, Nelma, Nema, Nena, Neo, Neta, Noa, Noe, Noela, Nola, Non, Nona, Noor, Noora, Nor, Nora, Nordlo, Nore, Norea, Norma, Normonda, Normonde, Norna, Norto, Not, Nota, Oda, Odda, Oddma, Odel, Odet, Odmonda, Odmonde, Odron, Oenotra, Ola, Olane, Olda*, Olea, Olena, Oleta, Olo, Olona, Olron, Omera, Omonda, Omonde, Ona, One, Onmonda, Onmonde, Onnea, Onnetar, Onora, Oona, Ora, Orena, Orla*, Ormena, Orna, Ornat, Ota, Otea, Otlo, Radmonde, Rae, Rael, Ran, Rea, Real, Realm, Reda*, Rema, Remonda, Ren, Rena, Reta*, Roa, Roda, Rode, Rodmonda, Rodmonde, Roe, Roma, Romane, Romola, Ron, Rona, Ronda, Rota, Rotem, Rotema, Tade, Tado, Tal, Tale, Tam, Tanne, Taren, Tea, Teal, Tela, Telma, Ten, Tena, Tenn, Tenna, Teodora, Tera, Termonda, Terna, Tmola, Toa, Todda, Todne, Todora, Tola, Toma, Tomera, Tona, Tone, Tonna, Toora, Tora, Toran, Tore, Toren, Tormonda, Tormonde, Trena, Tronda, Trone
I usually like keeping an honor name as close to the original as possible, and conveniently, I’m a big fan of Reeve Arnold or Reeve Edmont for your boy. I think Arnold is poised for a comeback soon, and Edmond is on my own list, so I’m a little partial. They are both really handsome names.
For a daughter, what about Arna May? It’s unusual, but feels familiar, so it might appeal to both you and your husband.
I also think Arden May is lovely.
I love the suggestions of Lorna, Roland, and Nola. Also, May and Pa made me think of Maple.
Reeve Edmont and Lorna May are my favorites!
I heard a kid in the park called Arnold, and I thought it was the cutest name ever. I even put it on my baby name list, then realized I can’t use it with Arthur. So I suggest Reeve Arnold.
Also, Arnold and Aaron don’t share the same first syllable where I’m from. Respectively, Are and Air sound completely different to me.
Aria for a girl?
C in DC says
Lorna, Lora, Dora, Roland, Arno, Arlo, etc. can all be made from the letters in Arnold. From Arnold Edmont, you can get Neda, Endor, Dane, Ted, Renold/Reynold, Ren, Monet, Monte, Dante, etc. I have to say Reeve Edmont is my favorite of the boys’ names. Paloma May is gorgeous.
Along the same lines:
Alondra May uses all the letters in Arnold and adds one more A. Spanish for “Lark,” it’s a lovely nature name.
There’s an Arnold in my own family tree I’ve often mused over.
Boys: Ari, August. I also love Edmund. And Emmett. Arthur and Arturo are other options… does the *meaning* of Arthur push it towards nature-y?
Girls: Artemesia and Aurora have nature aspects – Aurora maybe ties back to Arnold better. I also like Ariela. Arnold’s clunky charm somehow suggests Autumn and Arwen but I don’t know if anyone else hears it? And I wouldn’t do Autumn with May so scrap that idea. Ariadne is also cool.
Aurora May seems likeliest for a husband who wants more traditional. I will wave a tiny banner for Artemesia though – nature name, Renaissance artist, etc. Arwen May? Ariadne May
Reeve August, Reeve Arturo.
Girls: Paloma – ‘dove’
Boys: Patrick, Pascoe, Padraic.
Reeve Edward would be very nice! How about Arlen? It sounds a bit like Arnold.
the Mrs. says
Reeve Edmont is dashing and clearly honors three men. Huge bonus! Are there any other men to honor if you have a second son? Might be something to consider…
Paloma May feels inspired by your grandfather. Arden May feels more like an actual honor name. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one, though.
Best wishes as you welcome your child!
Arden in Yorkshire does come from the Old English for “eagle valley” and is related to Arnold, it that helps.
Paloma and Palmer are very apt and appealing but remember that there is also the surname Parr which could be considered for Reeve’s middle name.
Since you’re on board with name smooshes can I suggest Ardent for a girl? It’s not a strict joining of Arnold Edmont but it does capture some of the name essence I think. Plus you could consider it a virtue name. And it feels like it could be traditional in the way that Puritans named some o their daughters. Just a thought.
Arley is traditionally a male name, not female though…
People are using Harley and Charley and Hadley and all kinds of -ley names form girls, so why not Arley?
I didn’t say they couldn’t. I was just surprised to see it on the girls’ list since it’s not common anyway and hasn’t made the switch to girls yet.
In French, -[a/o]ld developed into -aud, which gives rise to forms like Arnaud(e); these can be further shortened to Naud(e), and if you want something that is a little more identifiably feminine, Nauda is rather pretty!
A medieval nickname of Edmund or Edward was Eden or Edeyn, which works nicely for both sexes.