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1
March 27, 2019 07:49 PM

Lucie is a full name in French and Lucy is a full name in English. Lucinda and Lucille are elaborations, fwiw. 

 

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March 19, 2019 09:45 PM

Hale is in at least one older(40 years) baby name book i have as a boys name. The meaning is said to be healthy.

The Salem Witch Trials are known as an event, but the individuals are not well known. The Crucible is also famous as a play as a whole. 

Hale on it's own doesn't strike me as anything other than mildly preppy and on trend for the 2010s. It sounds like a masculine version of Hayley.

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March 19, 2019 09:39 PM

Do you have a favorite book, place, song, or relative that inspires you? Middle names are the place for fun, whimsy, sentiment or using clunky names. 

 

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March 19, 2019 09:33 PM

I am neutral on the name itself, but would absolutely love it when a new parent told me the name and how it was chosen.

I would probably choose a less gender neutral middle name. 

As for matching, you are naming future adults who are likely to live separately, not sets. June and Afton are great sib names, because their parents chose them.

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February 28, 2019 06:57 PM

Alice is barely my favorite over Violet but the T at the end  of Violet does run together with D .  I like Eliza too. They all sound good together with Leo, though that's not a very important consideration in my opinion. 

 

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February 20, 2019 07:06 PM
In Response to What Do You Think?

I like Keira best, though I'd spell it Kira.

i know several nice Barbaras, but none under 50. Karen and Diana seem less dated. Probably because there are several popular names that sound similar, where Barbara is kind of on it's own. The lack of nicknames doesn't help. Bara and Barrie are possible and intuitive. 

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February 17, 2019 10:26 PM

 I didn't notice the date on the OP, so am deleting. 

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February 17, 2019 10:22 PM
In Response to “A” name dilemma

I like the name August best. The last name matters more for sound than the middle. So if Alec is your favorite then whether or not August or James is the middle should be based on what you love. 

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January 23, 2019 12:06 PM
In Response to Andi for a girl??

Since kids grow into individuals, it seems worth a reminder that any long name should be on you like as is. If you are meh on a name but your daughter loves being Andrea or Calandra she will win over the long term. 

Also consider other nicknames.You never know. Holland who was Andi as a kid may be Holly later, too.

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January 21, 2019 03:43 PM
In Response to Andi for a girl??

I love Andi and Andie for nicknames on women. Less keen for full names. 

Andrina is a beautiful name. 

The mom in the comic strip Fox Trot is Andi. And the main character in Maybe This Time Jennifer Crusie is Andie, short for Andromeda.

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January 9, 2019 10:22 AM

I love the name Una! It's short, sweet and travels well.

Zara and Anoush are equal in liking. Zara is more familiar to my ears but Anoush is pretty and has an intuitive spelling.

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December 28, 2018 10:47 PM
In Response to First baby- help!

I love it when traditional het couples include the mother's birth last name! The flow won't matter unless you use both together as the call name. So Tate is my favorite. TTL.

Ryder edges out Tanner. 

Like most kids shows, Paw Patrol uses lots of standard names so if you love the name go for it! 

Edited to add that most kids shows use either classic or popular-for-the-intended-audience names. There is no way to absolutely avoid having your kid share a name with a character. 

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November 11, 2018 11:02 AM
In Response to Baby girl name

I agree, it sounds like Gem Alexander. If Gemma is the most beautiful name you can imagine, I'd use it. Otherwise, the middle name doesn't help with everyday life, though Elaine is pretty and classic. The nickname Lainey is great!

do you like Elaine Gemma Alexander?

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October 13, 2018 11:59 AM
In Response to Inna

Inna will certainly fit in with a cohort with names like Ava, Ada, Ida, and other short vintage or vintagey -sounding names.

There is a pronunciation question with the I. Eena or in like indoors.

There is a Korean actress names Yoo Inna (Inna Yoo in the Western name order). 

Had to edit to add that Inna looks similar to Ina as in Ina Garten whose name has a long I. 

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October 13, 2018 11:28 AM

I like the sound of Lilith. The TV character is in my mind but not strongly. Mostly as a beautiful and smart woman.

The apocryphal Lilith is more interesting than scary to me. I like mythology and the connections and history between different goddesses in different eras add to the names appeal. 

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October 3, 2018 08:17 PM
In Response to The Short(er) List

Adelaide nn Ada or Matilda nn Tildy are my favorites of the girls.

I was acquainted with a little Tobin who was a very sweet boy. I like it best of your list. Colwyn is better each time I read it so I see why you like it.

 

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September 25, 2018 10:46 AM
In Response to 4th Baby on the Way!

Susanna isn't popular here so sounds fresh. It has the option of the nickname Zan, Zanna and the classic Suzy. While two 'z' names could be overwhelming, if one is only a nickname, it works.

Adelina is a pretty variation. So is Adela.

 

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September 16, 2018 01:08 PM
In Response to Name flow ?

Flow only matters for everyday use and most people don't use their middle name every day. Reyna is a middle name that both love so go for it!

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September 9, 2018 05:32 AM
In Response to Baby Girl Mena

Mena to me is pronounced with a long 'e'. I've known both a Meena and a Mina and would say Mena the same way until corrected. There is a singer named Maria Mena who charted and hopefully will again. Her surname is pronounced with a short 'e' or an ay sound.

Mena is enough to stand on it's own. Philomena is a very heavy name to me so I see wanting to modify it. 

 

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September 9, 2018 05:19 AM
In Response to Middle name help

Middle names have lots of wiggle room for meanings and sounds that wouldn't work as well for first names because middle names are not widely known or used.  Sterling sounds like the perfect middle for your son whatever first you decide. 

Austin Sterling sounds like a winner for you!