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Seeking help from the experts!

I need some honest opinions from the best!

Hubby and I really love the name Joel for a boy. We also like Wyatt and Oliver. However, the middle name has to be Emanuel. I feel like a lot of names are such a mouthful to say with that middle name. What is your honest opinion of Joel Emanuel? Should we go with one of our runner ups instead?

Isla is the only girl name we can agree on. I really do love it but my fear is that it is becoming super popular.
I like 2 syllable names like Dinah, Willa, and Laurel. DH thinks they're all too "weird"
Do you have any other similar suggestions?

We have quite some time before baby comes but I'm obsessed with names right now.
Thanks for your help!
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  • JOel is such a fantastic and underused name and I think it's fine with Emanuel.  Oliver is also nice but Wyatt is trend city.  Seriously go with Joel it's amazing.

    ISla is pretty trendy honestly. It's not exactly popular but it came on to the scene basically in 2008 and ranked fairly high for not being in the top 1000 prior (621) last year it was 150.  I would avoid it for the trendiness.  Suggestions based on your list

    Dahlia (love)
    Bianca
    Daphne
    Ada
    Cara
    Cora
    Audra
    Mona
    Nina
    Rose
    Alice
    Etta
    Tallulah
    Aurora
    Luna
    Phoebe



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  • @bbiutmcph Thank you! I really like Dahlia. Daphne is pretty too.
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  • I love Joel, and had it not been for one of our odd friend, it would have been on our list. I think that it pairs good with the middle name you picked out, and it is really only a mouthful if you plan on always calling him by his first and middle name all of the time. If you don't plan on doing that, I wouldn't worry about it!

    I also love Isla, but I love the Daphne suggestion better! 
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  • Joel Emanuel is great! Oliver is good too, but Wyatt is trendy and doesn't go with Emanuel.

    Laurel and Willa are lovely! Dinah is fine but just NMS.

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  • I really like Joel. I don't mind it with Emanuel.

    I also like Isla. It is a little trendy but that does not bother me.

    Other girl ideas:
    Brenna
    Cora
    Eliza
    Lydia
    Emilia


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  • I am in love with the name Joel and I think it pairs nicely with Emanuel since it is a biblical name. I like Oliver, but it doesn't pair well with Emanuel at all, and Wyatt is way too trendy.

    Isla is very trendy right now, so I wouldn't use it if it were my choice, but that may not bother you.

    Two syllable names your husband might not find weird:

    Audrey
    Bonnie
    Charlotte
    Darcy
    Elaine
    Fallon
    Gretchen
    Hannah
    Ivy
    Justine
    Keira
    Lucy
    Morgan
    Noelle
    Odette
    Polly
    Rachel
    Stella
    Taryn
    Whitney
    Yvonne

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  • Like Joel or Oliver!

    Other girls names

    Delia
    Thalia
    Tessa
    Ruby
    Kiera
    Freya
    Zara
    Lucy
    Fiona
    Darcy
    Lara
    Esme
    Hazel
    Stella
    Gemma
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  • I like the name Joel, it's one you don't hear often these days and goes with the middle name.
    I like isla too even despite the trendiness of it. I can't suggest any middle names that haven't already been given by PPs though.
    Although I do like Dahlia and Eliza as suggested. Maybe not as middle names (too many a's) but in the first name spot.
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  • edited June 2015
    I love Joel Emanuel.
    Isla is pretty. It's my favorite of those you listed. Even though it's increased in popularity, I don't think it'll ever be in the top 10. I say if you love it - go for it.

    nicosh8
  • So helpful! Thanks, ladies!
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    Great choice! Joel is great.
  • I like Joel. I think Emmanuel sounds better with Oliver or Wyatt, but like Joel better and think that's most important. Joel Emmanuel isn't bad.

    I like Isla a lot and don't think it's too trendy. When it was less popular, I would have worried about people never pronouncing/spelling it right, but now it's just popular enough that people shouldn't be confused by it. I don't think you should avoid a name that's ranked 150ish because of popularity/trendiness. That's really not that popular.
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