A cousin for Maggie and Angelo

Hello, fellow name lovers!

Before anything, I would like to let you all know that my sister Livia delivered my nephew via c-section on April 11th. He came nearly two months early and had to stay in the hospital for a good two weeks before finally going home. We thank you all for the help and support picking out his name. Our entire family is ecstatic with Angelo's arrival, it's so good to have little ones around!

On the other hand, the one who's needing help with baby names is me. I'm expecting my first baby in early November, after trying for three years.

It would really help if you coud give me some criticism on these names and also suggest others:







For boys:





Thanks in advance,



June 22, 2015 12:11 AM

Hi Margot:

I'm wondering what you do/don't like about the names you've listed?  I mean, i know what I like.... ha!  I think they're all fine, excepting Olga -- too many of the same sounds as "ugly," I think.  I also think that you need to be prepared to be completely buried in Dora the Explorer paraphernallia if you go that route.   My favorites are definitely Julia, Leila, and Nicolas - but what are YOUR favorites and why, and your partner if you have one?  The names are a bit all over the map in terms of both style and popularity - are those factors?  You are likely to bump into plenty of other Adrians, but not Ivos for example.  Also, how do you feel about nicknames?  Names with three or more syllables are likely to have a nickname.  Augustin is likely to end up Auggie and or Gus. If you love Catalina but hate Katie or Lina, that's something to avoid.   On the other hand, having a formal, unusual first name with a more familiar common short nickname can be great, depending on whether your child wants a standout versus familiar name for themselves. 


June 22, 2015 12:28 AM

I like all of your ideas except Olga and Heloisa. Olga just seemsvery rough and choppy and like a mean old lady, and I can't get over the "hell" in Heloisa. But I thik all of your other choices are lovely! I personally like Eloisa and Adrian the best off both lists. I think that they're lovely, unique, but not so much so that people wont be able to spell or pronounce them.

June 22, 2015 7:00 AM

As a Julia myself, I honestly cannot fault the name. It's never mispronounced , or misspelled and there are countless shortenings (this is especially important in Australia, where I'm from). It is, however, one of what I believe the less frilly names on your list. My other favourite choices of yours are Catalina, and Eloisa (possible Eloise? As it is more well known). I have to agree with others abour Olga and Dora though. Some of suggestions would be

Orla/Orlagh (which I chose as a mix of Olga, Dora and Laila - and is Irish)








Lillian (for the many -L names)



Amalia, and Corinna

June 22, 2015 2:27 PM

Another Julia speaking up for the name, but here in the US people can and do misspell it -- just last weekend at a fast-food restaurant they wrote it as Jullie. I also have more than one acquaintance who can't seem to grasp the concept of "Julia, NOT Julie". But most people do get it right, and it's distinctive enough that people tend to remember it, too.

By Eko
June 22, 2015 9:21 AM

Not that I think it should affect your decision in either way, but the new born prince of Sweden is named Nicolas.

 Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sweden-meet-prince-nicolas-paul-gustaf-newest-tiniest-member-royal-family-1506940

I like Ivo and Augustin best on your boys list, but they are all fine.

By mk
June 22, 2015 1:14 PM

Persoanlly I like Julia, Catalina and Nicolas best.

Instead of Dora I suggest Isadora, simply because I like Isadora better.

June 22, 2015 9:53 PM

I like all of your girl names except Olga.  It's just not ready for a comeback yet.  

I do like Heloise or Eloise better than Heloisa/Eloisa, though I prefer Louisa to Louise.  Dora does make me think of Dora the Explorer.  It's OK, but I would probably go with something like Isadora or Dorothy/Dorothea just in case she gets sick of all the Dora comments and wants some options.

All of your boy names are fine.  I think my biggest hesitations would be about Ivo and Adrian.  Ivo will likely have problems because of Ivan. People may see it and think it's a misspelling or assume eye-voh instead if EE-voh.  Just hearing it, people (especially mean middle school kids) could play up the fact that it almost sounds like Evil.  Guess it depends on how much you'd be bother with this stuff. 

My hesitation with Adrianis because I hear Rocky's "Yo, Adrian" in my head.  But that's probably not going to be a problem for many people younger than me.

June 23, 2015 11:14 PM

I do like Heloise and Eloise, but I need a name that would travel better, from here in the States where I currently live and my home country of Spain, which is why I prefer Eloísa or Heloísa.

Dorothy or Dorothea wouldn't work for me because I'm not fond of the Spanish equivalent--how it's spelled and how it's pronounced. And Isadora I don't like because it sounds too much like Isabela and I have a sister named Isabel.

I'm surprised to see that you all don't like Olga! It's one of my favorite names and it always reminds me of Matryoshka dolls and ballet, because of the obvious connection to Russia. It is true that it was mostly common in my mother and grandmother's times, but I do love it for some reason.

June 23, 2015 11:18 PM

It's interesting you point that out about Ivo. As a native Spanish speaker, I guesse the pronunciation of EE-voh was very intuitive. I also didn't make the connection to the word evil.

It's sort of how I get funny looks when people read my documents and see that my name is Margar1ta. That's why most of the time I just introduce myself as Margot.

And I've never heard of Rocky or "Yo, Adrian", I'll look it up! :)

June 23, 2015 6:48 AM


June 23, 2015 2:15 PM

Out of these names, I really like Julia and Nicolas. The others are not my style, although Adrian is fine. I think the former poster is correct when saying Dora may be tightly associated with the explorer :) Olga is definitely my least favorite from your list. Just sounds too harsh to me.

June 25, 2015 11:40 AM

I like Olga a lot! Please don't think that dislike is the universal opinion. :) I suspect it's just that it's not very "teardrop name" trendy at all -- English speakers right now seem to hate consonant clusters, especially in girls' names. I know of several baby L[a/e]ilas and I don't even know that many babies, so I'm not so convinced about that one.

Augustin is sweet and somewhat unusual, and is probably my favorite of your boys list.