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July 9, 2018 02:30 PM
In Response to Harlan or Renan?

Of the two, Harlan is my favorite full name but I like the name and nickname Ren best. 

In my mind I say Harlan with a Southern accent, no doubt due to the show Justified.

I would have pronounced Renan  as REN-an, so that could get confusing, but isn't insurmountable.


July 9, 2018 02:18 PM

Lucy or just Lu as a middle name would sound pretty with  a lot of the names mentioned in these comments. 

Cora Lu or Caroline Lucy etc.

June 30, 2018 08:09 AM
In Response to Too uncommon or ok?

Taisiya may be briefly unfamiliar as a whole name but all of the syllables are ones in hundreds of English names or names use in English speaking cultures.


The name does make me think of the opera Thais.

There is an American actress name Taissa Farmiga, so only one syllable different.

June 28, 2018 06:21 PM

Google has led me to discussions about a sequel for the great movie Willow, where the linchpin for the story is a baby named Elora Danan. 

 Elora and Primrose are a very pop culturey pair. Not necessarily bad, but something to be aware of. 

June 27, 2018 08:35 PM

Even if people are hearng a name like Arman or Iman for the first time, it won't be very strange. The syllables are familiar. Especially those 2 names follow a popular pattern in the USA of  2 syllables ending in 'n'.

Name meanings don't come up in everyday life. I can only think of a few name meanings of names of kids in my life and they are names like Adam or Ruby. I would have to look up a meaning for name as well known as James or Isabel.

June 27, 2018 11:15 AM

I think Primrose could work, especially with a sister Elora. There are nicknames Ellie and Rosie if the kids ever want to blend in sometime in the future.

Is Elora from the movie Willow? Both names feature in well known films/stories. You may want to read some detailed Hunger Games summaries to learn about Primrose Everdeen in pop culture.

June 19, 2018 06:15 PM
In Response to Natalie or Natalia?

That sounds confusing. I know that occasionally Sophia will be called Sophy, and Julia called Julie, but being off by one small ending syllable sounds like it will lead to complications.


FWIW, the only child Natalie I know has a very Spanish surname.

June 17, 2018 08:17 AM
In Response to Paul and Peter?

While both nice names, I would absolutely assume Peter and Paul's parents are conservative Christians. lot

In 20 years the kids won't be together as much but at least where I live, the kids go to play at Logan and Lucy's house (for example) even if one kid is mostly friends with Lucy. So unless your sons have a large age difference they are likely to be mentioned together a lot.

the robbing Peter to pay Paul is something kids won't know in preschool but will probably hear from adults or read in a book by age 10 or so. Long lasting sayings are hard to avoid.

June 15, 2018 08:11 AM

I love the name Livia. It has a long history ( Livia Drusilla was an ancient politician) and fits with several modern trends. 

June 1, 2018 09:17 AM
In Response to 3 Names To Choose From

They are all pretty. I like the name Kira, spelled that way, for it's portability.

May 22, 2018 05:33 PM

Josephine is a lovely name! For nicknames what about Joss? Fina is pretty too. I can see a little girl called Pep sometimes too.

May 17, 2018 08:25 AM

What do you mean by just use junior? A junior, and thirds and fourths etc., are exactly the same name. So if your son is going to have your husband's last name, he won't be a junior to your brother. 

I have noticed that the line of juniors, etc., tends to end eventually. There are very few fifths and sixths.

This is where middle names come in handy. You can pick the name you love and then have your brother's name as a middle. Use your birth last name too and you're gold.


May 10, 2018 04:24 PM

Gustav gets Gus as a nickname. 

May 8, 2018 09:29 AM
In Response to Identical twin girls

Vera is pretty. So is Verity.

Felicity ( but not as a twin with Verity), Alicia, Rosalind, Sylvia, Helen, Livia, Beatrice, and Marin all sound nice with Cecelia and Vera. Nothing is jarringly different but they are all individual girls and women.



May 5, 2018 12:13 PM
In Response to What do you think?

I know a young child named Vera and one named Natalie. Both names work and will age well.

Unless you are going to regularly call your daughter by both first and middle name, go with your favorite. Both Natalie Emma and Vera Emma  are pretty.


May 2, 2018 07:10 PM
In Response to Baby #1 Ideas

Judd is fine as a name  I went to school with a guy named Judd and he was nice and smart so my one association is positive.

Unless you are going to use both first and middle names as a single call name, definitely use Judd Robert. Don't needlessly complicate his life.

April 30, 2018 08:42 PM

I like both but, if that's your favorite, go for it!

The name will be fine on an adult and won't be negatively head-turning.

I know a very adorable Adley who was my intro to the name. 

March 20, 2018 11:31 PM

I like Roslin as is, but then I loved the character on Battlestar Galactica, Laura Roslin, often called by her last name. I've also thought that Rosslyn, a town in Virginia, would be a pretty name. I think this name is unisex.


Mila is pretty and while it breaks the previous pattern, 2 girls with 'm' names tie together well.


If you like Edin for a girl, do you like Edwin for a boy? 

February 10, 2018 06:29 PM
In Response to Elizabeth vs Veronica

They are both beautiful, classic names. I know a lovely teenage Veronica who uses her full name and is still sometimes Ronnie to family. 


February 7, 2018 07:15 AM
In Response to Sister for Evelyn

With the last syllable in Adaline being long, there is no rhyme and no problem for me. I do know an Adalyne spelled that way as a cue to pronounce the last vowel long. Having the last consonant sound be the same is fine. Evelyn, Corinne, and Adaline said all together sounds like several pretty names, not a poem or tongue twister.

I personally like nickname potential and both these have some good options. 

Corinne is lovely and unexpected! Is it the last syllable "in" or "een" ? The Corinne I knew was Cor-in.