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October 19, 2018 01:05 PM
In Response to Indiana dilemma

I'll chime in against Indiana precisely because of the Indiana Jones franchise. If we're in agreement that cultural sensitivity is an important factor in name selection, then you couldn't pick a worse honor name. He's a sleazy adult man with an (at best) implied relationship with a teenage girl. The films have some overtly racist tropes. It would definitley be a turn-off for me even without the Native American/Indian cultural appropriation issues. I love others' suggestions of Lucinda or Rosalind to yield nickname Indy. 

October 17, 2018 09:11 AM

This is so sad. I'm expecting, and people keep telling me how much easier it is to raise boys than girls. And yet we are clearly failing our boys! From the moment we name them, we're ignoring their emotional needs and sending the message that only one emotion is acceptable for boys and men: anger. It's no wonder that men resort to violence and ultimately victimize women. Raising boys is clearly not easy--if it were, maybe we'd all better at it. 

October 16, 2018 02:47 PM

I agree. You can consider the similarity as one factor in the con column, if you're considering a suite of potential names. In my opinon, it's not a dealbreaker. 

October 12, 2018 09:31 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

We are! I was surprised last night, actually, when my husband asked, "Is June Joanna still on the table? I like that the best." Perhaps I hadn't kept him adequately apprised of BNW activity. 

October 11, 2018 01:32 PM
In Response to Middle name for June

Ha! Me too! I was trying really hard not to post here until we knew the sex and then I realized that if it were a boy, I'd have no need! Which is clearly unacceptable. 

October 11, 2018 10:19 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

I'm thrilled to share that all your middle-naming efforts will not be in vain--it's a girl! June Somebody is on her way! 

October 8, 2018 02:49 PM

Great nickname ideas! These really sell it for me. 

I'm not sure the name we've pretty much picked for a boy would fit my original criteria, but it feels right to me somehow. Silas is stylistically aligned with your other names. Why not try calling them out in a list and see how that feels and sounds to you? Can you say them quickly (particularly Isaias and Silas) without getting tongue-tied? That kind of practical consideration is probably more useful at this point than your original list of rules. 

October 5, 2018 02:44 PM
In Response to Middle name for June

I like the way your mind works. And I am all too familiar with lianas. I spent about 12 months in Tanzania for research, and was tangled and trapped in vines for a significant portion of that time! 


I think I'm leaning toward June Joanna. Thanks to everyone for your insight! This site is such an invaluable resource. 

October 5, 2018 02:41 PM
In Response to Middle name for June

You are right on both counts! My in-laws and my mom's family are all southerners, so the middle names get used a fair amount. Junie Jo is adorable! 

October 3, 2018 02:59 PM
In Response to Middle name for June

Well, I've had many close female friends who have been incredibly important to me, and I like the idea of giving a name that honors the importance of female friendship in general. More than honoring any one person, I want the name to have a story that I can tell my child so she (or he) knows that it's meaningful and a connection to others in our lives. 

October 3, 2018 11:02 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

Oh that is so exciting. I love Audrey! 

October 3, 2018 07:55 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

How fun! Congratulations! Mine is due March 7. Can't wait to hear what you're thinking, name-wise! And I think I remember that you're geographically close to me? I'm in the Triangle area. 

Leona is another family name but I find it less appealing than Leora, and Lenore and Eleanor have somehow never spoken to me even though they're lovely names. 

October 3, 2018 07:43 AM
In Response to Lawrence

I like the idea of naming your son after you, so I think that's a big plus. I think the similarity in sounds would be a little confusing for me, and I probably wouldn't pick a name so similar to my own. However, that's a personal style issue. I am all too familiar with the struggle of finding names that everyone involved likes, so I think that if you have a winner, it's best not to question it! Go for it! 

October 3, 2018 07:31 AM
In Response to The Short(er) List

My ranking for girls: Beatrix, Adelaide, Hazel, Matilda, Freya

Boys: Emrys, Colwyn, Tobin, Alistair a distant last. 



October 2, 2018 07:17 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

It's good to hear positive reactions to June Joanna! A friend said it sounded like Jumanji and I've had that in my head...maybe time to forget that criticism. Thank you for your other suggestions. My first name is Emily so I chuckled to see Emilia! 

October 2, 2018 07:15 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

Thank you for playing with these sounds! Annalie is pretty and we did think of Leanna. I'm not as wild about the Mary options. Sorry to say I think you're right about Luisa. 

October 2, 2018 07:14 AM
In Response to Middle name for June

I'm glad you like Peter. It's funny how it's such a classic but also a little unusual these days. And you know Pete is going to be a nice guy.That's a good point that my mom is included through the second middle name! And happy to hear that June Joanna isn't off-putting. Just yesterday I thought about Leanna; it's definitely in consideration. I'm not sure I like the double Ju- sound. 


October 1, 2018 02:36 PM
In Response to A sister for Maverick

I think Marlee is feminine enough, and I agree with other posters that the associations are deal breakers. However, I do think it lacks gravitas--it's a very casual, fun name. Maybe that's fine, but there are some more serious options that could yield NN Marlee? 

Mariana, Marlena, Marielle, Maya Lee, Marina, etc. 

September 25, 2018 02:39 PM
In Response to 4th Baby on the Way!

I was just musing on Susannah the other day! I like it. I've also come back to Joanna, in the same vein, which shares some sounds and characteristics with all three of your source names. 


What about Genevieve to honor Virginia?

September 21, 2018 01:21 PM

I have never loved the Ce- names (Celia, Cecelia, etc) but I realize now that it's the 'See' sound that's unappealing to me Celia your way is beautiful. It will require frequent explanation. My last name sounds nothing like it is spelled, but it hasn't ruined my life. I even decided to keep it when I got married. So it's really not the end of the world. I think Cellia is prettier and more romantic than Natalie, which has a hard sound to me.