Post # 16
I don’t dislike any of the names you listed, but Hadley is probably my least favorite. I know matchy names aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I love them! If Colbie is a name that you really love, then I’m not sure you should rule it out for fear of matching. I think Caleb and Colbie sound good together; it would be cute when they’re little, and eventually they’ll grow up more and won’t always be around each other, so people won’t necessarily know at first that they have a sibling with a “matching” name anyway.
Post # 17
I think as long as you aren’t trying to give your kids matchy matchy names, it’s okay if they are similar. You just happen to like names that sound like that. I think it gets weird when parents take it too far and give all their kids matchy names (Dugger style).
I really like Heidi, Ivy and Clara. I think they are classic and will age well.
Post # 18
I like Clara and Ivy! Colbie reminds me of cheese…but maybe I’m just cheese focused, lol 😆
Post # 19
I love Ivy. It’s classic, but still unique.
Post # 20
I love Clara and Ivy. Few will ever spell Colbie correctly. It’s #2720 on the popularity list, seems a bit of a made up variant of the boys’ Colby.
Post # 21
Clara and Ivy are my favorites. Classy, not trendy sounding like Hadley (not a fan of that one).
I also like Natalie.
Post # 22
I would pronounce it “Clair-a” (I can’t remember who asked)
It’s interesting you say Hadley feels very trendy, my moms cousin named her daughter that 25 years ago and I’ve always loved it! So it never seemed “popular” to me since I’ve grown up hearing it. I didn’t know it had started trending until recently when I was looking it up on nameberry. I didn’t expect Clara and Natalie to be so popular! Clara is definitely one of my favorites. And I think it would go well with Caleb too
Post # 23
Natalie is a nice name, but, as a substitute teacher, I’ve had so many students named Natalie. But I don’t think that that should stop anyone from picking a name, because if you love it, then choose it. I voted for Clara and Ivy. But you can’t go wrong with any of those names!
Post # 24
Weird you’d pronunce Clara, Clair-a. Clara is usually pronounced like Lara. Is Clair-a the usual way to pronounce Clara where you live?
Post # 25
missviolet92 : I think “usually” would depend on where you’re from. Because IME it is always proinounced Claire-a, and I’ve known quite a few being a teacher since it’s becomjng extremely common now.
Post # 26
I used to have cats named Heidi and Clara 🙂
Did you grow up with the film Heidi?
Post # 27
Equine_Breeder : Ivy is about as popular as Hadley, so again if you think Hadley is too popular then maybe Ivy isn’t for you either. But I do think that Ivy and Caleb would be really nice together. It’s probably my favorite combination of all the names.
Clara is actually more popular than Hadley, so if you think that Hadley is too popular then I would say steer away from Clara. Personally Clara and Caleb is a bit too matchy for me due to the similarity of the sounds.
On the other hand, I don’t think that Colbie/Colby and Caleb are too matchy because the sounds are very slightly different. Colbie is a cute, unisex name I’d say.
Natalie is probably the most popular name on your list, but I personally really like it, especially with Caleb.
I also really like Heidi, and think that it’s a very classic name that would go well with Caleb as well.
I have to say that I do like Hadley with Caleb as well.
ETA: I feel like I didn’t make this any easier, but the only name that I think is too matchy with Caleb is Clara. It’s just too similar IMO. Colbie has a different feel to me and the pronunciation is different enough that I don’t think it’s too matchy.
The rest of the names are all great, but a lot of them are really similar in popularity, so I wouldn’t use popularity as the reason to pick one over the other.
Post # 28
I voted Clara, Natalie, and Ivy. I’d take my Clara with a grain of salt though because I pronounce the first a like “bat” or “cat.” I can adjust to a as in “car” but for the life of me I trip over Claire-a, no clue why. That aside, Ivy is one of my favorite names. My boyfriend will have to stop me from naming my potential future girls Holly and Ivy one day.