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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. 

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. 

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.


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.


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!

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. 


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!

September 3, 2018 01:18 PM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

This will be a bit of a brain dump but I want to repeat that if you love Taylen Lively to go for it!

I mentioned Livia since it's similar to Lively if you want to hedge your bets a little and have a more common or established name as an option should your daughter want one. Olivia is a pretty name too. 

I personally am hesitant to use a unique name shared by a celebrity. That said, Blake Lively and rest of the Lively acting family seem okay.

The newest baby of my acquaintance has a name that doesn't thematically fit her siblings. The name is too unique for me to be comfortable posting, but the family basically had kids named John, Helen, and Carnaby. Carnaby has Elizabeth as a middle name, or Carnaby is the middle, not sure, but there is flexibility there.

I know brothers named Ch@rlie and M3rrit. I wouldn't have guessed the second name but as names these parents chose, they fit together very well.

Elle is far more popular now than it was 30-40 years ago, so to my ears Elle and Taylen sound like  siblings from the 2010's. Both styles of name are popular.

Wishing you all the best with the naming and welcoming the baby!


August 31, 2018 11:42 AM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

I see Taylen as unisex, like the name Raylan which I associate with both a real little girl and a fictional male character. 

August 31, 2018 11:38 AM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

I pretty much don't care about sibling names matching. The kids are a set because they are your kids.

That said, for very new names like Taylen I do like a more classic middle name. Taylen Livia is beautiful.


August 28, 2018 06:18 AM
In Response to Baby girl name!

I have known a Lydia and an Arianna. Both were smart, friendly women. The Emma I know is a kid and is normal. 

There are very few names that are going to be seen as strange by most people. 

August 20, 2018 04:19 PM

I like Ace as a  nickname for Atticus.

August 20, 2018 04:17 PM

Parker is given to far more boys than girls. It's the 90th most popular name last year which isn't extremely high. it's an occupational surname so is gender neutral. 

most of the preschool and school age kids I know of know if use their full names, so Tristan is likely to stay Tristan. Seriously, William doesn't even get shortened to Will automatically anymore.

August 16, 2018 12:19 PM
In Response to Too short?

Not a problem. Considering siblings names as a set is overrated. They are a set because they are all your kids with names you chose. Ian is an attractive name.  (And incidentally it will travel well.)

August 9, 2018 01:58 PM
In Response to Different Last Name

Your comment reminds me that advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller gave their son his birth mother's name. He mentions in one of his books, that they travel (ed) with a folder containing the original birth certificate, adoption decree and amended birth certificate. 

Schools and other bureaucracies have dealt with children and mothers having different last names since forever since single parents and widows sometimes get married but despite years of experience will still mess up. This isn't a reason not to use names of choice but be prepared.

August 8, 2018 12:52 PM
In Response to Koen for a boy?

It sounds like Cohen, which is a disrespectful name choice. Unless you absolutely love it and are onboard with the misunderstandings, there is at least one other name you both will like.

Cory, Corin, Kian, Kieran, Conan, Kai and Cole sound similar.

August 8, 2018 12:46 PM
In Response to Different Last Name

If I read you correctly, you are thinking of a last name that is different from both parents. I wouldn't unless at least one parent takes the name too.

Children have had different names than a parent throughout history, due to culture and remarriages, but Mr. and Mrs. Same- last- name, give their kids that last name in the current USA. Doing otherwise will not blend in.

July 31, 2018 10:06 PM
In Response to Athena?

Completely usable and very beautiful!

I knew an Athena growing up, pronounced Ah-tina since her family was Hispanic. I thought it was pretty then and think the Athena variations are all pretty now.

July 27, 2018 08:07 AM
In Response to Middle Name

Rosalie is beautiful. There's no reason not to use as is.

Rose, Rosa and Rosemary are classic.

for a slightly different pronunciation but with the Ros beginning: Rosamund and Rosalind. I know a little Rozzi whose full name is Rosamund.

July 27, 2018 07:56 AM

Cora and Lucy are lovely. Do you use both first and middle every day for your other daughter? Because if not, Lucy Lily K. is a fine choice. If you do use both then it 's a bit sing-song.


having 2 girls with flower middle names is sweet.