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February 21, 2017 05:51 PM

Ayla, Brylee, Adria, Zyra, Xyla, Daila, Skya, Javia, Audrette, Maisry

Kylan, Javian, Draven, Paxler, Brixton, Tiver, Colter, Jorey, Zyler, Skyden

February 19, 2017 12:38 AM
In Response to Is this name usable?

It's not traditional, but it's totally usable.  Based on your posting history, you seem to really like the idea of a Sofi+ name, and if you're looking for permission to choose one--yes, go for it!  My impression is that you'll be disappointed if you simply pick Sofia or Sophie, and i think your feelings about the name should overrule any bias towards names with a more substantial history of use.

February 19, 2017 12:25 AM

I second (third?) Margaret Ursula, nicknamed May and/or Maya.

February 11, 2017 11:28 PM

If you like the sound of Julia, but you want a more substantial Biblical character--what about Junia?  She was one of the apostles.

February 9, 2017 11:46 PM

Adam goes well with Clara and Nora, in my opinion, and if it's also a family name...well, it seems like an excellent choice, regardless of how the "A" vowel is pronounced.

But...okay, other "ah" or "uh" A names: Amias (uh-MIY-us), Alban/Alden/Alton, Arlo, Ari, Archer, Altair, Amahl, Aram, Anselm, Avi.  Is Arthur not your cup of tea?  It's an old-fashioned classic, much like Clara and Nora.

February 8, 2017 10:01 PM
In Response to Multiple Spellings

I typically prefer the spelling that seems the least "made-up," although there may be some exceptions.

Isobel - i used to prefer Isabelle, but the sea of Isabellas drove me away

February 8, 2017 01:38 PM

For a boy, perhaps instead of ending with -a, you could pick a name that begins with A.  That would give you more options, and you might have more luck finding something you really love.

Suggestions: Adrian, Angus, Augustus, August, Abraham, Abram, Albert, Alfred, Ambrose, Arthur, Adam, Alban, Andrew, Anthony, Armand

Here are some girls' names i like for you (some repeats from other posters): Adela, Helena, Lydia, Eliza, Julia, Eva, Willa, Ada, Louisa, Martha, Matilda, Stella, Estella, Delia, Dahlia, Viola*, Geneva, Nadia, Alma

* Shakespearean pronunciation: VIY-ə-lə

February 7, 2017 09:50 PM

Katherine sounds great with Josephine and Valentine.  If you like it as a namesake for your grandma, that's what matters; if the loathsome aunt feels special, well, the people who matter will know the truth.  I think Adelaine sounds like it's trying too hard to fit your qualifications and is likely to be constantly confused with both Adelaide and Adeline.

ETA: I pronounce Katherine with two and a half syllables.

February 5, 2017 07:57 PM
In Response to Baby girl #3

Of course, you don't have to do this, but: assuming your first husband's family is still involved in your lives, it would be nice for your new daughter's name to be easy to pronounce in Spanish, too, like her sisters'.  That way she can feel like she belongs, instead of being the odd one out.  Or, if her whole name isn't easy in Spanish, make sure she has a nickname that will be easy.

Carmen would be great for this, but it's a bit dicey since it already "belongs" to her sister.  Anneliese (perhaps nicknamed Ana?) could work; i think it's different enough from Amalia, but it is quite similar to Anika.  Even if your sister doesn't mind, do you?

I like the suggestion of Lucia a lot.  Adela, Elisa, Estella, Mariana, Camila, Natalia, Eliana...?

February 5, 2017 07:15 PM

I'm really liking Iris as a sister name for Ben and Ella.

February 5, 2017 07:03 PM
In Response to Nelly or Nellie?

I would assume Nellie to be spelled with an -ie unless told otherwise.  The common noun nelly is used as an insult.

January 26, 2017 06:13 PM

Here are some intriguing words (or adaptations of words) that might make nice names.

Luminary (or Luminaria)
Solace (nn Lacey)

January 16, 2017 02:49 PM

I'm burning with curiosity about why the name has to ft these criteria.

I want to recommend two of Swistle's blog posts for you.  I wish i could link here, but since i can't, here's an excerpt from one:

"It’s important when choosing a baby’s name to note the differences between requirements and preferences.  ...[R]equirements must be VERY FEW, or else they create a logic puzzle that not one single name in the universe can satisfy.

"...One way to separate out the requirements from the preferences is to ask yourself whether you think the rule is more important than the name—that is, whether you should dismiss a name you agree on and love, just because you’ve made an arbitrary rule and now the name doesn’t meet it.  Which is more important, the name or the rule you made?  If you reluctantly say that the rule is more important (as you might if your surname were Dover and your favorite name were Ben), then what you have is a requirement.  If you think, 'Wait.  No, that would be silly: if the name of our dreams, the name we can’t bear not to use, is a name that has three syllables even though we said it couldn’t have more than two, we don’t actually have to let that rule boss us around,' then what you have is a preference."

January 16, 2017 02:06 PM
In Response to Name Anna

It isn't "wrong" for you to feel how you feel.  You can be frustrated/annoyed by the Russian pronunciation of your daughter's name.  But it might be nicer for you, in the long run, to embrace the name your daughter's relatives call her--i think you'll be happier if you do that.  After all, they aren't mispronouncing her name in English--they're using her Russian name.

Keep in mind that Anna is not your name--it's your daughter's name, and she's the one whose feelings about pronunciation really matter.  If she doesn't mind, great!  If she's too young to express an opinion, your discomfort or acceptance might influence your daughter's relationship with these relatives--so, if you continue to be bothered, try your best not to show it.


I vote Omar.  All of these are nice names, and they sound mature and respectable.  Adam and Ibrahim are a little difficult to say with your last name, though--something about the repeating Ms makes me trip on the N at the end of Lambton.  Some people will mispronounce Zakaria and Youssef.  I agree with Quiara that the Yusuf spelling would be easier for non-Muslims.

Omar Lambton sounds great.

January 13, 2017 10:59 AM

I'll put in another vote for using Marianne as a middle name to honor Marianne, unless you dislike it for some reason.

January 12, 2017 01:59 PM

It sounds like you guys were more or less on the same page just a few days ago.  Why don't you wait a few more days to see if your husband snaps out of it?  Unless he's suddenly acting weird about other things, too, in which case you should get him medically evaluated.

January 12, 2017 01:36 PM
In Response to I need help smh

I agree--definitely pick Z, not S.  Jayzic seems the most clear in regards to pronunciation.

January 12, 2017 12:06 PM

Yes, all of them are variations of the same name, from the Greek word for "light," so unfortunately you'll have to pick one and let the others go.  (You could use one of the others as a middle name for another daughter, though.  And you may not have more than one daughter, so this might not even be an issue.)

If you go with Helena, do you like any of these other names that include the "or" sound?
Cora, Cordelia, Corina, Coraline, Dorothea, Theodora, Aurelia, Honora, Honoria, Aurora, Victoria, Georgia, Flora, Laura, Lorelei, Isadora, Portia, Deborah, Adora

Or Léonie--Helena and Leona sound too similar, but Helena and Léonie could work.

If you go with Eleanor, Leonora, or Lenore, maybe you'll like some of the following suggestions.
Hermia, Hera, Henrietta, Eloise, Louisa, Lillian, Hestia, Hester*

* Hester is desperately unpopular, but i recently fell in love with it.  It has so much character!

January 10, 2017 09:56 PM

I think Dalton Quick sounds fine.  (I don't like the u in Daulton, unless it's a family name.)