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October 23, 2014 11:30 AM

As with the girls' list, I like a lot of these! Albert, Arthur, Frederick, Archie, Jamie, Felix, Hugo, and Stanley are all great!

October 16, 2014 08:34 AM

I like so many of these - Beatrice, Edith, Florence, Harriet, Imogen, Lois, Betsy, and Freya. Clearly I live in the wrong part of the world!


Congratulations, Laura! Here's to at least 10 more years!

September 19, 2014 11:50 AM

I like Wilfred too!

We opted for the mn route, not because the name wasn't one we liked, but because we wanted the fn to be unique to our daughter while the mn connected her to her family. My husband and I both have family mns so we continued that tradition.

My father, brother, and nephew all share initials, which I think is nice. 

August 11, 2014 11:15 AM

What great news! Congratulations! I'm excited to see what the future holds for BNW.

March 16, 2014 06:29 AM

I briefly considered Matilda for a girl, but I was put off by all the other Maddies running around. A Matilda would disappear in the sea of Madeleines, Madisons, and other Mad- names. 

February 12, 2014 08:45 AM
In Response to Creativity or Mistake?

I have a nephew Calob. That's a respelling I've never seen on anyone else, but given the lists above for Christopher and Stephanie, I suspect he's not as alone as I might have thought!

January 21, 2014 10:57 AM

I'm absolutely biased, but Amy (just Amy, spelled like this) is an awesome name. It will suit your daughter as a youngster and as an adult. It's rarely misheard and mostly correctly spelled. Plus, she won't be one of many Amys as I was (born in the late 60s), which is a bonus.

January 2, 2014 10:54 AM

Fascinating! I love this kind of analysis! I wish you'd do more years from other decades.

December 5, 2013 11:32 AM

The idea of having a stage persona and an individual ('real') persona with different names for each is one I like. I do think it could help keep a performer, maybe especially a young one, more grounded. (And with a 12-year-old in the house, we love Lorde!)

December 4, 2013 12:38 PM

I was originally skeptical of the nomination of Francis. However, after reading the compelling arguments in favor of it and particularly those that address how it fits the criteria, I'm casting another vote for it.

October 26, 2013 05:49 AM

Congratulations, Chimu, and a very warm welcome to Soren Augustus! I admire you for taking your time to really consider your favorites once he'd arrived. I know I could never have been so patient. Soren is a fantastic match with Astrid - a strong, uncommon name. Enjoy your wee one and best wishes to your Astrid now that she's a big sister! 

(On an only somewhat related note, we went apple picking last weekend and there was another Astrid there. She was probably 3 or 4. That's only the second time we've met another kid with the name in 12 years.)

October 15, 2013 10:53 AM
In Response to Welcoming Th0masina!


Lucubratrix, Thomasina is a great name and I love that your family is already test driving lots of the available nicknames. It's fun to have a name that lends itself to that, especially because it lets everyone have a special connection to the new baby.

Chimu, I can't wait to hear what name you choose.

Enjoy your new wee ones, ladies! 

October 3, 2013 01:02 PM

My Astrid's birthday is October 5, so I can recommend that one!

October 1, 2013 11:10 AM

Oh, I'm thrilled beyond belief that you've got Laszlo on your maybe list! You just made my day, even if you don't use it. :)

From your current front-runners, I also like Caspian and Soren. I feel like Laszlo, Caspian, and Soren all match Astrid in spirit and intensity. Having an Astrid myself, it was a hypothetical question I pondered - how to find a name that complements Astrid and shares a similar strength. Finally, I like the subtle repetition of the /as/ sound in Astrid, Caspian, and Laszlo.

 Best wishes for a speedy, easy delivery. Can't wait for your announcement!

September 11, 2013 11:09 AM

"... I would still use Catherine and keep the nn as Kit ..." This is what my husband's grandmother did. She was Catherine, always called Katie.

We planned to give our daughter the middle name Katherine to honor his grandmother and mine (who spelled it with a K). I'll admit, I assumed his grandmother was also a 'Katherine' because of her nickname. We found out just before our daughter was born that she was Catherine instead. We opted to go with Katherine. While I do prefer the K slightly, I'm also such a Catherine/Katherine fan that I like either spelling.

July 20, 2013 05:41 AM

Honestly that would be a concern for me with this name. We're not at all religious and we live in a neighborhood with a significant number of Jews. However, I love how it looks and sounds, it's easy to pronounce, and I think it would travel fairly well. 

July 15, 2013 11:07 AM

Oh, I do love Solomon with Astrid!

July 15, 2013 11:06 AM

And for me, Remy is all the rat protagonist in Ratatouille. He's a great character so it's a positive association.

July 8, 2013 12:35 PM

Congrats, Chimu! I saw your earlier posts (boy and girl names), but they were already kind of old so I figured I'd wait for your update to comment. So happy to hear your Astrid will have a little brother (or sister, should you have a surprise)!

From your current list my favorites are August, Soren, Ambrose, and Lysander. From your maybe list, for possible first names, I like Clement, Conrad, and Otto.

My only concern with Astrid and Soren is that if you had others, would you feel locked into a Scandinavian theme?

I'll throw out Laszlo, my perennial favorite that I'll never use. :)