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January 3, 2018 09:30 AM

Calliope is probably in my top 20, so this is another yes vote. Cece is a cute name, and Callie is beautiful. Calliope has history and a familiar form going for it while still being uncommon.

Since middle names aren't used in everyday life by people who go by their first names, Calliope Celeste isn't too much. 

 

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November 4, 2017 04:32 PM

Leon is one of my top ten boys' names at the moment. I think it's classy and flexible. (I also love Lee by itself.) I'm pretty WASPy, and the first(only) Leon in pop culture that comes to mind is the NCIS character, played by a  handsome African American actor. 

I know of one Ezra, who belongs to a not religious family. His sister is P3tra. I think they just like the name as one that is known but not too popular.

Roscoe sounds like a dog name to me too, but the line between pet and human names is thin now, so if you love it, then go for it. He is likely to be Ross sometimes.

Milo sounds like the top runner and is very nice. It would go well with the last name. Why isn't your husband sold? 

 

 

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November 4, 2017 04:31 PM

I do like the out of the box thinking of Judith Emma, but second that Jemma/Gemma is a full name. 

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October 19, 2017 07:16 PM

I want to second the advice to take both parents into account with the name. If Booth is your last name then choosing from your partner's side of the family for the middle, or even first, is inclusive. 

 

Arthur is a great name, though the only one I know in real life goes by Art. Oliver is adorable on little boys and grows well, I think. 

Oliver Shannon Booth?

 

 

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October 19, 2017 06:54 PM
In Response to Joss

Just Joss is androgynous to me. The people with the name I can think of easily are Joss Whedon, a man formally named Joseph; and Joss Stone, a woman formally named Joscelyn. I love the name Joscelyn.

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October 19, 2017 06:51 PM
In Response to Max, Ryan or Ian

I like Ian best. The vowels in Ian Chin, or Chin Ian, are different enough for me. 

Is this a name that will be used by anyone who doesn't speak English? Is pronunciation a considerartion for them?

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October 8, 2017 12:57 PM
In Response to Nerissa and Cressida

Eh, parents mix up children with names like Patricia and Kent. Its not unusual to mix up kids with the dog, Rollo, and cat, Vanille,(for example) either. 

 

I do think that the mix of ancestors' languages makes this mostly a new world English speaking concern. Siblings Julie, Marie, and Thierry in France or Lucia, Giulia, and Giovanni in Italy are unremarkable.

Nerissa and Cressida both have two S's and end in 'a'; neither is striking in a name.

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October 8, 2017 12:27 PM

Florienne is very pretty and feminine. I have come to love the "enne" ending for women's names from watching Call the Midwife. Sister Julienne us such a force of nature. 

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October 7, 2017 10:30 PM
In Response to Hyphenated names

The repetitive 'a's make it clunky and likely to blur together. For  example the Spanish names Mariana was Maria Ana, and the name Maria Elena ends up sounding like Marelena. What about Diana-Louise?

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October 7, 2017 10:22 PM

These are mostly surnames that were given to boys as given names first. 

Kim is a male character from Kipling before it was used for girls.

 

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October 7, 2017 10:17 PM
In Response to Caius?

There are a lot of names in England that bear no aquaintance with conventional English spelling and pronunciation. 

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October 7, 2017 10:13 PM
In Response to Nerissa and Cressida

I like them both. Actually I love Nerissa, but Cressida is pretty and I know the name from my second favorite Shakespeare, so it's a winner.

 

The over worrying about sibsets sleeves me out honestly. You are naming individual people, so sure avoid Daniel and Danielle, but the period where both names might be called at a playground is short compared to 60 plus years of adulthood. If you love both names, them use them.

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October 5, 2017 07:56 PM
In Response to Gender of Callahan

Ha! I should have remembered Callahan and the saloon, but my mind files it under Spider Robinson. The stories are great and if anyone does name their kid Callahan, either sex, the books would be fun gifts. Starting age 12 or so.

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October 5, 2017 11:51 AM

I like a lot of the South American and Indian names. They sound musical but not lightweight. 

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October 5, 2017 06:06 AM
In Response to Natalie

I knew a Natatalie or 2 in my  age group, now 40ish, and a sweet 6 year old now. The name reminds me of the post on "Angela", not in sound but in the fact that it isn't jarring to hear of a woman with the name, no matter her age.

Incidently, Angela is the name of the 6 year old's grandmother. Her sister is Elen@. The names fit in their bi-national family. 

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October 4, 2017 10:50 PM
In Response to Gender of Callahan

Callahan is a surname that seems like a romance novel character. 

 

Just Callie is pretty. Or Calliope is a possibility. 

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October 4, 2017 10:43 PM

To me Florien is a male name.

Or a take on the Florienz reference in the musical "Chess". The character Florence Vassey is called that by someone trying to remind her that she's from Hungary originally. 

That's a stretch but tribute names do get weird sometimes.

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October 4, 2017 10:34 PM

Odette is pretty, but in the ballet Swan Lake, tragic. I've never heard of The Swan Princess. Is it like Disney's The Little Mermaid? A happy version?

Hermione has history behind it, but is most known now from Harry Potter. A great character there, but something to be aware of.

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October 2, 2017 11:24 PM
In Response to Name Anastasia

My first Anastasia was the character in the Babysitters' Club Book series who went by Stacy. I always thought the full name was pretty. It's feminine and strong.

 

 

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October 2, 2017 10:35 PM
In Response to Emma

I am inclined to like all the names of Jane Austen's heroines so I like Emma. It's a sweet name to me that would work on a girl and later old lady.

Patricia is one of my favorite almost old-fashioned names. I hope it has a resurgence.