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June 24, 2017 02:49 AM
In Response to Trouble with boy names

I agree that Sebastian would be a bit of a surprise after Lyla and Abel.  But on the whole, it's more important to find a name that speaks to you and your husband than to try to match your older kids.  A relatively short name might be good, but i wouldn't worry even the littlest bit about the A and L.  (Of course, now that i've said that, i'm suddenly obsessed with finding 4-letter boys' names with an A and an L in the middle.  Clay?  Gale?)  Probably no one else will notice that similarity anyway--and two of something doesn't make a pattern.  Also: despite their identical length, Abel and Lyla aren't the same style, so there should be less pressure.

My favorite from your list is Felix.  I also like Julian, Julius, and Jethro.  I think of Marcus as a little boring/lackluster.  Ezekiel and Moses make too strong a religious statement for my taste (not just because they're Biblical--Moses because of Moses, and Ezekiel because it's long), but if that doesn't bother you, there's nothing wrong with them.  Odin reminds me too much of Garfield's canine companion.

Other short boys' names:
Jonas, Simon, Levi, Ezra, Cyrus, Saul, Owen, Jude, Graham, Xavier, Quentin, Pierce, Edgar, Tristan, Nico, Victor, Cedric, Brooks

June 21, 2017 07:20 PM
In Response to Rate my List <3

Yes, Diana Pauline is pretty.

June 21, 2017 03:06 AM

I was trying to find a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too solution (Ames sounds like James...the famous edition of the Bible is named after King James...so James is a strong enough association with kings that Rex could be a reasonable nickname for Thomas James).  But after thinking about it some more, i think it would be totally fine to stick with Thomas Ames and use Rex as a family nickname even though it's utterly unrelated.  I used to know a teenage boy named Neil who was pretty much exclusively called Spike since before birth, and it was a little odd, sure, but in a charming way.

June 20, 2017 09:08 PM
In Response to Third Boy?

Me, tooooo!!!  Clark, George, and Hugo make a fantastic set!  And i like Hugo very much for itself, too, not just for how it matches his brothers' names.

June 20, 2017 12:45 AM
In Response to Help with baby #3!!

I love Oliver, and i have since childhood.  I can't use it because it's the name of a young second cousin once removed (i know, i know--but that side of the family is pretty close) and of my family dog (a rescue who came with that name, to my little cousin's grandma's dismay), but i'm excited that you can!  My second favorite from your list is Ari...i like it by itself and am not sure about Ariyeh.

June 19, 2017 03:25 AM

I was thinking of Drumstick (along with Nugget) before i got far enough to see that it was in your comment, but, OMG, i LOVE Dinner!  That's hilarious.  My auntie and uncle have four hens, and the dumb one is named Chicken...

June 19, 2017 03:17 AM
In Response to Rate my List <3

I like Violet, Cassandra, and Phoebe very much.  Diana, Zoë, and Elena are nice, too, although my positive feelings for them are milder.

I love Isobel, and Isabelle and Isabel are fine, but Isobelle looks like it's either a misspelling or trying too hard to be unique.  I feel similarly about Mikayla--the only spelling i endorse is Michaela.

I like the Shakespearean pronunciation of Paulina (paw-LIY-nə), but it would be an uphill battle trying to correct it from paw-LEE-nə.  The latter pronunciation and the name Pauline sound too dated to fit a baby.

I'm a fan of Leo (or, better yet, Leopold!), Jasper, and Dominic.  I like Paul, too, though not as much.

Michael and Jordan seem boring (no offense intended to the basketball star).

Although Leigh is unis3x, it looks really girly these days because of all the bell tone girls' names ending in -leigh (Ryleigh, Kayleigh, Kyleigh, Charleigh, Everleigh, Hadleigh, Bryleigh, Marleigh, and Harleigh were all in the 2016 US top 1000).  Lee could work, i guess, but it doesn't feel very substantial.

Marcel is interesting--my impression of it is strongly French (i.e., foreign), but also dated...in France.  It isn't old-fashioned in the US, though.

June 18, 2017 10:46 AM
In Response to Luciah

Agreed.  Luciah looks like it should be pronounced loo-SIY-uh.  Stick with the traditional spelling.

June 18, 2017 01:23 AM

Mmmm, food names.  :  )

Bagel, Butternut, Guinness, Noodle, Pickles, Huckleberry, Quinoa


I think Lucinda + another name ending in -a tends to sound overly flowery, if that makes sense.  I prefer the middle name to have a contrasting ending.  Also, i think it helps if the middle name starts with a consonant, so you don't have to have a glottal stop between first and middle.

From your own list on another post, these are the names i think work best as middles for Lucinda (roughly in order of how much i like them).

Lucinda Selene, Lucinda Soleil, Lucinda Caitlin, Lucinda Jasmine, Lucinda Yasmin, Lucinda Sarai, Lucinda Maris, Lucinda Carys, Lucinda Karen, Lucinda Phoebe, Lucinda Ruby, Lucinda Sophie

I also like Lucinda Charlotte.


Wow--that's incredibly specific.  I admire your imagination.

However, i think it very unlikely that many other people will envision Lucinda this way, and OP and her husband both have positive feelings for the name.  You should definitely not allow your partner to talk you into naming your own kid Lucinda, and you might explain your aversion to the name if your sibling or close friend mentions that Lucinda is a top contender for your niece.  But it's unreasonable to forbid strangers to use the name.  If they like it, that makes it a good choice for their child.

June 17, 2017 03:18 AM

There's a 60-something Lucien in my family, pronounced LOO-shen, but we're in the US.  The French pronunciation of Lucienne would be loo-see-EN.  I have no idea how Brits would be inclined to pronounce it, but the spelling/pronunciation combo seems reasonably intuitive to me.  I personally tend to feel hesitant about it because loo-see-EN seems like it should be right, based on spelling, but the association with my family member makes me wonder whether it's meant to be loo-SHEN.

Still, i think people would adapt to your preferred pronunciation even if they guess wrong.  And if you mostly call her Lucy, the issue might only come up rarely.

My favorite Lucy + Anne name would be Luciana, followed by Lucy Anne (without the hyphen).  It doesn't worry me that the -ana ending seems trendy and might date-stamp girls, especially because Luciana isn't all that popular on its own.  (Not to mention that being date-stamped is really only problematic if you're not born in the date range of popularity; a Brenda born in the '50s is one thing, but a Brenda born in the '90s might be embarrassed by her "old" name.)  Lucia (pronounced loo-SEE-uh) continues to be my favorite Lucy elaboration, though.

June 16, 2017 12:01 AM
In Response to Back to the search

ティストル, i'd guess.  But yeah, ロビン would be more straightforward.  And パーシ is at least simple, although Pāshi isn't all that close in terms of pronunciation.

I'm glad you're settled on Robin!  :  )

June 12, 2017 11:32 PM
In Response to Back to the search

O_O   Ouch!

June 12, 2017 03:55 PM
In Response to Back to the search

It may not be canon, but Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon is my favorite take on the Arthur story.  In that version, his given name was Gwydion, later changed to Arthur.


I envisioned Lucinda as someone with very rigid ideas--uptight, sour, and too thin.

I knew a young Lucinda awhile back, and rather than adjusting my impression of the name, i just felt sorry for her that her parents had chosen it.

However! if *you* love Lucinda, who cares what i think about it?  It's not a name that i think of as being almost universally disliked, like Hortense or Mildred.  Go ahead and use it with confidence.

June 11, 2017 09:51 PM
In Response to Back to the search

I like Percival/Percy okay; it strikes me as a little similar to "prissy," but my main character association with the name is the Scarlet Pimpernel, who is an excellent role model (and hero!).  Percival Ash?  Percival Falcon?  Percival Hawthorne?  Percival Dune?  Percival Wolf?

As a name somewhat related to Briar, but with a sound similar to Percival, what about Thistle?

My favorite boys' names from Arthurian legend are Gwydion and Galahad--especially Gwydion.  Oh, and Gareth (a younger brother of Gawain) is nice, too--it has a gentle sound, like Robin.  I like Robin very much for a boy and agree that it deserves first-name status.

June 11, 2017 09:20 PM

I second Mathéo!  Easy for Americans to grasp, and, as lucubratrix says, very conducive to the nickname Théo pronounced the French way.

I'm not sold on Théophil(e), personally, but i don't think it's unusable in the US, particularly if he's generally called by his nickname.

Other names that could be nicknamed Théo:
Theron, Thierry, Thibault, Timothé(e), Barthélemy, Théophane, Thelonius, Théodose, Thibert, Théosophe, Théodebert, Thésée, Thémistocle, Prométhée, Théophraste, Théophylacte

June 10, 2017 08:35 PM
In Response to Lorea

Lucy Lorea is beautiful.

June 10, 2017 08:33 PM

Sounds like a solid plan.  :  )