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March 24, 2017 06:53 PM
In Response to Nolynn for a girl

I dislike Nolynn.  What about naming your boy Nolan and his sister Anastasia or Natasha, nicknamed Nash?

Or, for Nash's sister, can i interest you in one of the following?

March 23, 2017 11:19 PM

My princess dog is Abigael.  : )

March 22, 2017 09:21 PM

In this order, i would scrap:

#2.  I don't think it matters in the least if family members share initials.

#3.  Positive name "meanings" can be a bonus, but hardly anyone is going to think about your name's meaning whilst interacting with you.  Unless you're intentionally bestowing a meaning-name in your own language (e.g., Robin, Mercy, Archer), the sound of the name and any personal connections are what will be noticed.

I would hesitate before scrapping #1, but if scrapping #2 and #3 wasn't enough to make a decision, #1 would be the next to go.  As you point out, the most popular names these days are less popular than the most popular names of yore.

But don't scrap #4 unless you have to.  If there are names you both love, pick one of those!

March 16, 2017 11:35 AM

Yes!  I love the repeated double Ls in Molly Sullivan!

I agree with other posters, also, that there are probably other Molly Katherine Sullivans, and there could be a benefit to choosing a more unusual middle (or second middle) name.  Perhaps a family surname?  I don't necessarily feel strongly about it, though--you seem to like timeless, classic names, and you shouldn't have to choose something you don't like as much just to make your daughter's name unique.  It's not the end of the world if she shares a full name with someone else on the planet.

ETA: I actually know a cat named Molly who goes by Molly Cat.  : )

March 15, 2017 03:54 PM

Thumbs up!

March 15, 2017 03:51 PM
In Response to Help With A Boy Name

Vɑlɛntin seems a little extravagant after Lucɑ, but it does have a nice ring to it.  You will have to correct a lot of people when they first encounter it, as you've already discovered, but presumably they'll get the hang of it.  I still think Olivɛr sounds better with the surname, but if you love Vɑlɛntin the most, don't let other people talk you out of it.

March 14, 2017 02:29 PM

Bridget, Maura, Leslie, Megan, Morgan, Eileen, Elspeth, Tamsin, Kendall, Kelly, Sheila, Keira, Oona/Una, Erin, Kathleen, Nora, Shannon, Brenna, Maureen, Kerry, Maisie, Orla

March 14, 2017 02:18 PM
In Response to Help With A Boy Name

I'm Team Oliver.  I like Lɛvi a lot, too, but Oliver sounds better with the surname.

March 5, 2017 10:26 PM

I think Eve is very nice.  Or maybe Geneva, nicknamed Eve?

Other ideas:
Celia, Coral, Cleo, Flora, May, Poppy, Alma, Zilla, Dixie, Louise (or Louisa), Marian, Antonia, Estella, Harriet, Althea, Della, Delia (or Cordelia)

March 5, 2017 12:49 AM

I think Charlotte goes better with Eleanor and Leonora than Phoebe does, and it has the advantage of being nickname-friendly (Lottie, Charly, Char).  I don't have a strong opinion on Eleanor vs. Leonora; the former sounds more pleasant to my ear, but not by a lot, and the latter gets extra namesake points.

March 3, 2017 03:17 PM

Loving too many names is way better than not loving any.  There are various ways of choosing.  You could ask Owen or other family/friends to pick a favorite from amongst the options on your list.  You could use one of those playoffs scoresheets to consider your list in pairs until you have a winner (or at least a shorter list).  You could call the (unborn) baby by one of your name choices for a week to see how it feels, and then rotate to the next name, and see whether one name feels most "right."  You could wait until the baby is born to decide whether he seems more like a Jake or a Colin.  I think the most important thing is to remember that there's no one right answer--any of these* would be excellent for your boy.

*  Well, except Evan, which is perfectly lovely but sounds too much like Owen.

March 1, 2017 09:18 PM

From your list, i like Max, Jacob (Jake), and Bryce.  I agree that Evan sounds too similar to Owen.  I also like the suggestions of Blake, Nathan, and Henry.  What do you think of Seth, Andrew, Reid, Sam, or Lucas (Luke)?

March 1, 2017 08:56 PM

Ohhhh, i get it now.  Right, okay.  In that case, what HNG said.

March 1, 2017 08:55 PM

If you're pregnant now, how can you not be due until January?  I'm confused.

February 24, 2017 10:08 PM
In Response to Juniper vs. Adele

I'm on board with June, nicknamed Juniper.  I think June --> summer --> flowers almost counts as a botanical connection, and June has a vintage style but a unique sound, as does Iris.  Juniper has a trendier sound (see Laura's blog post about names ending in -per)--it's cute, but not as polished.

I think i prefer Adele with Iris, though.  If you want to loosen the connection to the singer, maybe Adela would appeal?

February 24, 2017 09:53 PM
In Response to Juniper vs. Adele

Yeah.  I actually find it pretty strange that the singer is using Adele as a single name when it isn't at all a unique name.

February 24, 2017 09:44 PM

More.  : )

Jaelie, Ambria, Kinnia, Maeryn, Aubryn, Kaydra, Brietta, Jasilyn, Maida, Janaia, Kalissa, Kerria, Maebry, Amaia, Shailey, Avia, Aydia, Breelyn, Damara

Ryett, Darrow, Avrian, Kennett, Javery, Corbett, Brevin, Baylor, Kezian, Kyden, Mannix, Bryland, Conley, Connery, Marsden, Amory, Joby, Destry, Caydran

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.