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January 19, 2018 03:11 PM

I don't mind Lawrence (this is the spelling I would assume if I heard the name). That being said, I would probably not name my child this- the nicknames or Laurie or Larry are very unappealing to me, and I feel like it would be hard to steer away from a nickname with such a long name. It does read as a much older name to me, so hearing it for a child seems a bit out of place IMO. However, my automatic thought is of the character on "Insecure" now after watching the show. 

January 19, 2018 03:07 PM

I will go ahead and echo most people- they are too similar. I think the spelling will definitely cause confusion, as well. If you went with "Emmalee," you and your daughter would CONSTANTLY be correcting people. In my opinion, it looks like it is just trying too hard to be different. I really dislike these "unique" spellings.


January 15, 2018 01:22 PM
In Response to Franklin Mackenzie

Franklin does seem like a bit of an outlier with your older children's names. I read ASpen, Louis, and Zion and think that these are all very hipster/trendy (for lack of better words)- they all give more of an artsy vibe than anything to me. I hear Franklin, though, and think it's a bit stuffy and old. I really like Felix from your list- that really fits well with your other names and is super cute!

January 14, 2018 09:05 AM

To me, Genevieve is a lot more culturally and racially ambiguous than Jenna. Every Jenna I know is caucasian. I think Genevieve is a beautiful name, but I also have no problem with Jenna. I think you should go with what you really love! If you only chose Genevieve because you wanted to use the nn Jenna, it seems like Jenna may be your winner.

January 14, 2018 08:59 AM

I have no real feeling one way or the other about the name itself, but for me it reminds me more of the iguana on Dora the Explorer since this is where I heard it first. Her name is Isa, while Issa Rae is spelled the other way. To me, if I heard the name out loud without ever having any associations, I would probably have spelled it Isa. With Issa Rae being in pop culture now, I would imagine a lot of people will now automatically spell it as Issa. 

I honestly really prefer the name Isabel in general. I think Isa/Issa is okay, but I MUCH prefer Isabel as a name overall. I think Isa would be a very cute nn option. I don't know too many little Isabelle/Isabels honestly- I know a few Isabellas from when the named enjoyed a huge rise in popularity due to Twilight (and they all go by Bella instead of Izzy/Isa/Issa), but I feel like that has really subsided in the past few years.

January 11, 2018 10:53 AM

I prefer Adeline for many reasons. I feel that it is a much more classic, elegant name than Cailin, which reads as just very trendy and dated to me. I also agree with the above posters about confusion with spelling- Adeline may get a few misspellings, but Cailin will DEFINITELY always have issues with spelling, as there are so many variants and this one is probably one of the least popular. I have actually never see a Cailin- I have only seen Caelyn, Kailyn, and Kaylin. 

For middle names- any family names or names you have thought about? 

January 9, 2018 03:53 PM

I am wondering the same thing as the above poster with Felicit/Felicity. I really like Felicity if this is what you meant. To answer your question about the cousins and name closeness- I think it really all just depends on the names. If you are going for, say, an "Addison" where your cousin had an Adelyn, that may be too close. But if you are going for something like Sarah when your cousin has a Cara, that may be a bit different. I hope that makes some sense :) 

As for your name suggestions- I wonder if Sanford has any particular meaning to you? Some other S name suggestions:






As for names that may go well and/or fit the style of Miles and Royce, I would suggest the name matchmaker tool! I put in "Wells" just to see what would come up, and there are a ton of great suggestions. I would try it with a few of your favorites. Some that I enjoyed:









January 9, 2018 09:12 AM
In Response to Help! Last name Leigh.

I think your last name flows well with your name choices- nothing is standing out to me that sounds "bad!" I really like Naomi best from your list, although I don't have any issues with the others. I think Evelyn is definitely a bit trendy right now, as I know quite a few little Evelyns, but if you love it, I would not let that deter you. As the above poster mentioned, popularity really isn't quite what it used to be. My choices from your list would be Naomi Ruth or Evelyn Ruth. Olive is also a wonderful and adorable name, but I feel it doesn't have the same flow with your first name choices. 


I like both Nicholas and Alexander (very Russian royal family feel), but honestly I've never cared for Quentin. It's more of a personal taste thing, though- I don't think it is too outlandish or "weird" by any means! I think both of your middle name choices would work well with any of the first names you have picked out.


Good luck!

January 8, 2018 10:08 AM

I don't really find it an issue, but I guess it's a personal preference. I grew up very near a town called Cameron, and I actually knew a few kids my age (boys and girls) named Cameron. No one ever seemed to comment on it. I also live near the city of Charltote, and with Charlotte being such a popular name over the past few years, it doesn't seem to have slowed down the residents of the city from using the name, either!

January 8, 2018 10:01 AM

I really like both Louise and Clara. I also completely understand your hesistation and reservation around the "top 100" thing- I feel the same way. I honestly do know quite a few little Claras in my area, but maybe it's just a pocket thing. If it were me, I would really want to think strongly about whether you feel that it would be a huge issue if Clara became even more popular. Does that change the way you would feel about the name? 

Personally, I really like Louise Georgina or Louise Geraldine. To me, this seems like the name you have been thinking about the longest and has less potential to cause stress in the future :)

January 8, 2018 09:54 AM
In Response to Baby name poll

I will echo above posters and say that I much prefer the first two. I dislike alliteration myself, so Millie Morgan is a bit of a mouthful IMO. If I were picking for myself, I would say Lila Elizabeth. Although I do know a few Lilas, I know FAR more little Amelias- it is a very popular name in my area. I do love the nn Millie, though.

January 3, 2018 08:50 AM

(Migrated from duplicate)

Congrats on your baby on the way! I wonder if maybe a good compromise here would be to pick a name that is more your style for the first name and a more "classic" middle name- or vice versa? That way each person gets some input if you can't find one name you totally agree on together. A few suggestions for you:

  • Reagan
  • Jordan
  • Haley
  • Serena
  • Linley
  • Kaya
  • Aurora
  • Layla
  • Skylar
  • Madison
  • Piper


  • Dylan
  • Brendan
  • Keaton
  • Camden
  • Porter
  • Carson
  • Gavin


January 3, 2018 08:33 AM

I don't think Calliope is necessarily "too much," especially as it has multiple nickname options if your daughter decides she doesn't want to use the full name. I do love Ruby, but I agree that it is becoming a bit trendy at this time. 

I don't know anyone named Calliope and don't have any associations with it, so I'm not sure what I really picture to be honest. It's ab it of a blank slate, which is a good thing IMO. The "vibe" of the name is very whimsical and fun to me, though.

December 27, 2017 02:52 PM
In Response to Crafton - Girl Name

I have no problem with Crafton as a first name for a girl- I like that it has family significance to you, which makes it special. I'm also from the South, where, as the above person mentioned, this is really not uncommon. I also went to a large southern college where I knew tons of girls with "surname" names, like Afton, Alden, Kirby, and so on. I actually know a few Aftons, so Crafton maybe doesn't sound out of place or unusual to me because of this. Sure, you may get some questions about her name or the occasional comment or nickname, but I personally much prefer a name that's a bit "unusual" than another Emma or Lily or Olivia. Just my opinion.

December 27, 2017 02:38 PM
In Response to Which Is Better

Tobi. Mars is a planet... I just do not feel that this is okay for a child's name.

December 23, 2017 12:06 PM
In Response to Bobbie for a girl

I think you can honestly make any variety of 'B' names work as a full name- I don't think it has to necessarily be totally inuitive. I know a Margaret that goes by Minnie. For that matter, I know people who are nicknamed things like Cricket or Cackie or Callie that come from a wide variety of 'C' names. I do feel like Bobbi is one of those names that you want to give your child the option of having a longer, fuller name to use as they grow. I have a good friend who named her daughter just Danni- not Danielle or any longer name- and I find it feels incomplete in the same way that Bobbi does. Maybe Bridget, Beatrice, Berkley, Bellamy, Bronwyn? I also think Elizabeth, as mentioned by another poster, could also work.


Does Rice have any significance to you? I don't love it as a first name to be honest, as I do feel it is more of a last name... And the whole food thing. I wonder if you would consider moving it to the middle name spot? Piper Rice Denny sounds nice to me.


December 18, 2017 09:10 AM

I agree with the above poster- it sounds like you both like Aurora and Savannah. While Savannah may be in the top 100, I don't actually know ANY Savannahs in my area under the age of 25. If you are in a particular pocket where this name is way overused, I can understand not wanting your kid to be one of 5 in her class. However, if this isn't the case, I really don't see any issue with it at all! 

It sounds like you guys are, as the above poster mentioned as well, over-thinking! If you love a name, it doesn't have to measure up to any standards or be "pretty" enough. Your husband came around to your first daughter's name, and whatever you guys choose will be perfect for your daughter. Food for thought: if I asked you to name your favorite/top pick for this baby without any hesitation- just the first name that came to your mind- what would it be?

December 17, 2017 05:07 PM

ANother name I'll throw in the ring here that just came to me: Edith/Edie

December 17, 2017 12:07 PM

Firstly, congrats on baby girl #3! I think you have a solid list going. I'll give you some of my thoughts:

Mina- I've never been a fan of this name but for no particular reason. I think it fits fine with your other girls' names and wouldn't worry about it with Thea. They have very different beginning sounds, so that is unlikely to be an issue IMO.

Rue- I like the above suggestion of Ruth, nn Rue. I feel like Rue as a first name sounds incomplete to me and more like a nickname. I also think of the Hunger Games when I hear it, not Kangaroo!

Lenore- I really like this one. It's my favorite from your list by far! It is classic and elegant and beautiful. I think if you consistently introduce her as Lenore, you can mostly avoid any nicknames. Of course, sometimes children grow up and WANT a nickname or get one from others without their prompting. I am an Allison, and some people just call me Allie without me ever introducing myself as such. I do correct them, however, and most of the time they don't do it again ;)

As for the middle name, I don't think you should pick an 'E' name just for the sake of picking one. If you find one you love then go for it, but I wouldn't do it just to fit a pattern.