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March 30, 2018 09:22 AM

Congrats, Coll!! I know this was a tough choice for you, but I was so pulling for a girl ;) So happy everyone is here and healthy... And she has a beautiful name!!

March 30, 2018 09:18 AM

I agree with EVie- I would probably read the middle name as a family name. Honestly, I would not think twice about it, either. I don't read it as "weird" at all. I plan to give all of my children family middle names that are all surnames. I like that Lind has a special meaning to both of you, and that gives it something special. I think probably where your hesitation is coming from and why your husband isn't a fan is because you are obviously both used to hearing Linda as a full name. If that's what you are really used to, and someone suggets using a shorter name that is *just* shy of the full one, I think it is only natural to feel like it feels a little "off" at first. I say go for it if you love it and can get your husband on board :) Good luck!

March 28, 2018 09:58 AM

So funny, I have a friend with a daughter that is a Cora Quinn. If you were having a boy, I would have thrown out her older son's name for you as a suggestion ;) As it is, I will echo with Karyn said-- I find Margot to be MUCH less "old lady" than Enid. In fact, I think Margot is very fresh in the current naming climate! I love Margot with Cora, as well. Enid is one of those names that I just find to be unpleasant sounding. 

I like a lot of the suggestions already been provided, like Edith and Ruby. Other ideas: Louise, Leona, Blythe, Pearl, Iris, Vida, Odette, Georgia, Nicola, Layla


March 26, 2018 06:15 PM

I must admit that I had never heard the name Alianna a few years ago myself. I think it has some frames of reference now, as it is a name the public may be more acquainted with after Ali Lohan (Lindsay Lohan's sister) became more well-known. There was also a girl on Teen Mom (this is where I saw the name first) that named her daughter Aliannah. Both girls in these situations also go by Ali. 

I will echo what was said above about pronunciation ambiguity, but, TBH, if you are introducing her in the way that you prefer it to be pronounced, I don't think it will be a huge or even an everyday issue. I think it's a perfectly fine name, and you should go for it if you really love it and have loved it for so long!

March 25, 2018 09:13 AM

I love it! I know a Karina as well as Corrina, but honestly I prefer the Carina spelling myself. To me, it is a beautiful name and definitely not "too out there" at all. It is one of those names that everyone is familiar with but not inundated with, which is perfect IMO.

March 24, 2018 10:07 AM
In Response to Alyssa

I know several Alyssa/Alissas in various age groups, so it isn't tied to any decade or time period at all to me. I would definitely go with the most popular spelling of Alyssa. I have a co-worker who is Alissa with an i, and she is constantly correcting people on the spelling of her name! 

Being an Allison myself, I will throw out my name as a suggestion for you if you decide to not use Alyssa :) Allison has serious standing power, still being in the top 50 after several decades in the top 100. So if you're worried about being dated, Allison may be a better option for you. Alice is a much more "modern" kind of name too, as the vintage names are back full-force. Just something to consider. I don't think there is anything wrong with using Alyssa at all, but I think you should love it and be 100%!

March 22, 2018 09:00 AM

Here's the thing: if you said you were having twins or brothers with names Bennett Montana and Chance Hart, I would say they sound straight out of a cheesy, romance novel. But with brother Bode and just picking one- I think you're safe! I would echo others above that, if you don't like Ben, I would say no to Bennett. I don't think Chance is unusual at all- I know a few of them. It is not my personal style, but there is nothing wrong with it. 

Thinking of Chance, some other names that come to mind that are similar in style: Trace, Cade, Gage, Tyson, Jack, Colton, Colby, Jace, Blaze, Nolan, Levi


March 21, 2018 05:46 PM

I actually know someone who just named her baby girl Judith. From what I could see, she got really positive feedback about her name choice. To me personally it does not sound "old" at all, and it has the added bonus of being familiar and having a very familiar, singular spelling. I like it! I think you should go for it if you like it, too.

The only 'Z' names that really come to mind are Zachary, Zane, Zeke, Zander, Zeb.

March 19, 2018 10:23 AM

Congrats on #3! 

From your list, I like Gabriel, Julian, and Samuel best for you- these read as quintessential classics IMO. I think Gabriel hits all the spots you are looking for, as it could definitely travel well, as it appears in many different cultures/religions.  I think the outliers here would be Orion and Felix- to ME, these do not read as classics, especially Orion. Gideon, Cyrus, and Jonah/Jonas are personally NMS, but I don't have any issue with them and think they could fit well with your other kids' names. I like Leo and Theo, but to me they feel very trendy. I do think Leo would travel well outside of the US, though, so that criteria definitely works. 


*edited for spelling mistake :)

March 19, 2018 08:15 AM

I definitely don't think you have to stick with this pattern set if you don't want to. I certainly wouild not pick a name just based on this if you don't love it. I think this has been brought up multiple times in the forum here, actually, and many people here have similar stories about a "theme" in their family that was broken. I VERY seriously doubt anyone will notice, much less care, if you choose a name that does not end in "in" for this child. That being said, I like Mila the best of your list even without the stipulations. Edin looks like Odin to me, and its obviously a misspelling just to fit into the pattern. If you are planning to pronounce it Eden, she will get misspellings ALL. THE. TIME. Rosalyn in it's proper spelling is a beautiful name, but I will echo the same thing I said about Edin and the misspellings. Please don't try to change a name just to fit into this pattern! You will very likely regret it IMO.

March 16, 2018 08:54 AM

I agree with you about George. To me, it has always been very blah. I also think you should definitely be sold on whatever name you choose, so I would say take that off your list if it really isn't the one for you! The Name Matchmaker tool suggests that you may like some of these if you like Eloise for a girl:







March 16, 2018 08:46 AM

I actually don't know any little Olivers, so I will echo what Evie said- it is definitely popular, but popularity is not the same as it used to be! I would check out state-specific stats, which they have on the Social Security website. I know it made me feel much better to see that the name my husband and I agreed on for a girl was in the top 50 nationally, but it was far less popular in our state. 

I also really like Elliott from your list- it seems to be a good fit. I will also throw in Felix as a suggestion.

March 13, 2018 04:45 PM

Sonora makes me think of sonar... However, I do like Nora as a nickname. From what you are saying, you are looking for something less popular/trendy. I would definiely say Isabella is a trendier type of name (arguably less so than it has been over the previous years, though- so there is some decline). Scarlett is also a trendy name at this time, so I wonder what your criteria would be when you think of "trendy"? 


March 13, 2018 11:27 AM

I've always had a soft spot for Scarlett, as it is my mom's name. However, I think it sounds like it is not a good fit for you due to the nickname concern. If having a nickname is important for you, then this sounds like it is just not fitting the bill. I really like Rosalie for you. I agree with others that it is not too "out there" AT ALL. I don't have anything against  Evelyn, but I do feel that it is too close to Ava. 

March 12, 2018 05:30 PM

Well, I think Chloe definitely SOUNDS more like your older daughter's names and has a similar style/feel. I personally feel like they may be TOO matching. It reminds me of a friend who has kids with names that all have the same ending sounds (all "son")- it just feels like it was intentional and a bit much. BUT, that being said... That's just me. I personally don't have an investment in either name- I think they're both fine. I just get a very cutesty, matchy-matchy vibe in hearing Molly, Lucy, and Chloe together.

March 12, 2018 05:25 PM

I don't know how much this helps, but I really like pretty much all of your names. I don't know about Viviana, and I'm not super keen on Zoe, but this is a very solid list overall IMO. I think Lucia, Lilia, and Eliana stand out to me as names that I would hear and think could definitely be non-American. I personally like Lydia and Lena the best, however, just for personal reasons. I think Amaris is very pretty, but I kinda do agree with the above poster that it maybe is an outlier with your other daughters' names. 

March 12, 2018 08:20 AM
In Response to Hepburn?

I also agree with Emily. 

March 7, 2018 05:19 PM
In Response to Twin Name Help!!



For Zinnia, I definitely think I would stick with Catherine or Adeline. Zinnia Linnea is quite a mouth full to me, and the fact that they *look* like they would rhyme definitely makes me want to pronounce Linnea as lynn-ee-uh, even though I know it isn't. I don't really know how to pronounce Quitterie. Do you have one name that you like most or any that you have chosen for sentimental or other personal reasons? I find that these are usually the best middle name options!


For your boy- I don't know that any of your names are really my style, but they are not bad. I hear Dmitri and think of Crime and Punishment. I guess depending on your perception of the  book/character, that could go a lot of ways? To me, Romeo is strictly related to Romeo and Juliet in a way that Juliet isnt... To me, there are a lot of other cultural references and popular figures named Juliet/Juliette, which tempers that association for me. However, Romeo hasn't been afforded the same spotlight outside of the play, and I am afraid other people will make that association constantly, as well.


Other suggestions for you: Roman (instead of Romeo), Jasper, Lucian, Edgar, Adrian, Dominic.

March 2, 2018 11:17 AM
In Response to Talk to me about Sarah

I think Sarah is timeless and classic! I also find that it fits well with your other names. I actually know someone who just named their baby daughter Sarah in February, and I didn't hear any comments about it being dated at all. I think it's a great choice.

February 27, 2018 01:28 PM
In Response to Elliot or Elliott?

Yes!! Sunday was my birthday! That is so random! How awesome though. Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a great day :)