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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.)

January 10, 2017 09:53 PM
In Response to Kalea

Man, that's a str3tch.  ; )

I think K is better.  It seems to fit more with the sound of the name.

January 10, 2017 09:47 PM
In Response to Kalea

Yes, i think Kaleia will be pronounced "kuh-LAY-uh" and "kuh-LEE-uh."  But the good news is that your husband likes both pronunciations!  Your daughter could even pick the one she likes better.

Names with more obvious pronunciations that are somewhat similar to Kalea/Kaleia:

January 9, 2017 06:40 AM
In Response to Kai

Kai is all boy.

January 3, 2017 06:54 AM

If Evelyn isn't quite your cup of tea, perhaps you might be more enthusiastic about Evelina.  She could even use Ella as her nickname.

Otherwise...the previous commenters have some good ideas.  Here are my additional suggestions for longer names that could shorten to Ella: Raphaela, Arabel/Arabella, Annabella, Helena, Adele/Adela, Penelope

Other names you might like:
Veronica (Vera, Ronnie, Nicki)
Charlotte (Lottie, Charly)
Cecilia (Ceil, Celia, Cece)
Violetta (Etta, Lettie, Via)
Beatrice (Trixie, Bea)
Ophelia (Fifi, Lia)
Aurora (Rory)
Priscilla (Cilla, Pris)
Susannah (Sue, Susie, Zannah)
Delilah (Lilah)
Miriam (Mim, Mimi)
Vivian (Viv, Vivi)
Victoria (Vicky, Tori)
Angelina (Angie, Angel, Lina)
Genevieve/Geneva (Genna, Jenny)

I think Jewell sounds good with most first names, though not names that end in an -el sound.  Genevieve Jewell has the same matching-first-and-middle sounds as Josephine Joyce, and the G in Genevieve splits the difference between Grant's G and Josie's J sound.  Adela Jewell is also pretty, and it's similar to Adelaide but could be nicknamed Ella.

January 1, 2017 04:12 AM

I hate it when people give their daughters male names.  Lots of parents apparently think it's cute (or cool, or edgy) and will love the name Elliott on a girl, but there will also be people like me who think it's awful.  Ultimately, it's your kid, and you can name her whatever you want.

Is it possible that there's a girls' name that could be shortened to Elle that you might like but may not have considered?

Electra, Elina, Elspeth, Estelle, Giselle, Noelle, Jael, Mariella, Arabella, Raffaella, Araceli, Demelza, Delphine, Galadriel, Celeste, Evelyn, Felicity...?

Or any name that starts with L could be nicknamed "L" --> "Elle."

January 1, 2017 03:07 AM

Lydia doesn't scream "Bible!" to me the way Josiah and Elijah do, so i think it would work fine for her sister to have a name that's not from the Bible.  I love Verity and think it works well with your other kids' names.  However, if you and your husband agreed on Claudia and still like it better, name her Claudia!  Your parents had their chance to name their own kids, and ditto your sisters.  Claudia is a perfectly nice name.

January 1, 2017 02:44 AM

My vote is for Sabrina, too.

January 1, 2017 01:26 AM

I would name one twin Leonora (unless they're both boys, of course).  I don't think she'll feel left out without an M name, and it's only fair that your side of the family gets a chance to be honored as much as your spouse's side's M tradition.  (By the way, what does OH stand for?)

January 1, 2017 01:01 AM

Mae (but May is just fine, too)



Maia (Maya is fine; Mya is not)


Abby (but Abbey is slightly better than Abbie)

Katherine (then, in order of preference, Catherine, Kathryn, and Katharine are all perfectly acceptable)

Rebecca (but Rebekah is okay)

both Elizabeth and Elisabeth are nice

Lauren is feminine, Loren masculine

Teagan is better than either

Caitlin (i actually kind of like Kaitlyn, too, but all other spellings are a no-go)



Aidan is best (Aiden being marginally acceptable)


Marcus (Markus is okay, too)

September 13, 2016 11:17 PM
In Response to Honour names for twins

Oh, i like this idea!  And Violet is my favorite to pair with Savannah, too.

September 13, 2016 11:13 PM

They sound good together.

September 13, 2016 11:11 PM
In Response to Names

If you like it, that's what really matters!