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I have one child, a 2-year-old named Ruby Frances, and I'm pregnant with a second child. I'm thinking since Ruby and Frances were both popular in 1914, I want to pick names off the 1914 Top 100 for the next child.

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October 23, 2012 09:34 PM

My sister and I had the same initials growing up - KML. It was kind of a pain for keeping score in tic tac toe (we usually went with Kr and Ke in such situations). We always kind of teased Mom about it and said we'd never give our kids matching initials. Weeeellll, now I'm pregnant with my second girl, and just so happens the name we love has the same first and middle initials as our first daughter's name. Ultimately, turns out I don't care about the tic tac toe problem or my old perception that matching initials was a little silly. Now it's like a little tribute to my relationship with my sister that I'm giving my own two daughters matching initials. I'm a little worried about mixing up their names a lot, because my mom certainly did with us (my sister got a lot of Kris-Kelly), but I honestly think I'd do it some no matter the names! Just hope Ruby and Rosemary are different enough that other people outside our immediate family can keep them straight. 

July 17, 2012 11:59 PM

Lucia is so so pretty, though Lucy is reaching levels of popularity that set off my panic alarm! Ruby was borderline too popular for me (though not really in my state yet) but I had to let go of my anxiety about that because I loved the name so much. Trying to be less OCD about popularity this time!

July 17, 2012 11:52 PM

Tried to talk my husband into Eliza today with no luck! That one sounds good with Nancy as either first or middle. 

July 17, 2012 11:50 PM

Oh yeah, Katherine Heigl's baby, I think?

July 17, 2012 11:48 PM

I've always intended to avoid a going-by-the-middle-name situation if possible. But if I do give her Nancy as first name, I want to make sure the middle name is a suitable alternative in case she just doesn't seem like a Nancy! (I didn't worry about that with Ruby because I KNEW she was a spunky little Ruby! :) And boy is she!

July 17, 2012 11:41 PM

Nancy Alice is very sweet. I've always been partial to Alice. 

July 17, 2012 11:40 PM

I do love Mad Men! :) 

July 17, 2012 11:38 PM

Of course, you are right! Pregnancy brain makes me crazy! :)

July 17, 2012 11:36 PM

 I love the nickname Tillie! But we talked about it again today, and he just can't get on board with Matilda. 

Meanwhile, I like a lot of these names on paper, but when I say them out loud - meh. Violet is beautiful and perfect with Ruby, but out loud 4 million times for the rest of my life - I don't know.  For me, the sound of a name and how easily it rolls off the tongue are immensely important. I think that's why I tend to gravitate toward two-syllable nicknamey names. 

July 17, 2012 11:29 PM

All those are lovely. I especially like Stella. My close friend had a beloved cat named Stella, though, and it's hard to separate the name from that association! Seems like there's something like that with every name. I'm such an over-thinker on this stuff.

July 17, 2012 11:17 PM

Rebecca was what my mom wanted to name me, but my dad and grandmother talked her out of it! Rebecca and Ruby do sound cute together, though I associate the name a bit too much with my own generation. Grew up with a lot of Rebecca's, Beccas, and Becky's. 

July 17, 2012 11:07 AM

I agree Nancy is a cute name - I can see why it got so popular! It has a lot of the same criteria that makes me like Ruby so much. I haven't ruled it out entirely as a first name.

The song "Nancy With the Laughing Face" makes me feel the way "Ruby With the Eyes That Sparkle" (from the movie Cold Mountain) does about my Ruby. There would be a nice symmetry about the two names with those two songs that wouldn't be obvious to anyone outside the family. 


July 17, 2012 10:59 AM

I did a search with the NameFinder last night and came up with a long list of possibilities that could potentially work with Nancy and with our last name, then narrowed those down to the most feasible choices. Some are nice, but I'm still not thrilled with any of them. It's so hard to find a name when you're as picky as I am ... and then I would have to convince my husband. I've always liked the name Matilda, and it sounds okay with Nancy, but my husband doesn't care for it, and neither does anyone else I've mentioned it to. Sigh. Annika was a frontrunner last time, but Annika Nancy is a lot of "an" for one name, and it seems too different in style from Ruby. This naming thing is so hard.


·                                Ada  

·                                Adelaide   

·                                 Annika 

·                                 Aurora   

·                                 Charlotte   (like it, but a friend has laid claim to it)
·                                 Delilah    
·                                 Eleanor    (like it, but a friend has laid claim to it) 
·                                 Elsa   
·                                 Genevieve   
·                                 Glynis   
·                                 Ingrid   
·                                 Lorelei   
·                                 Lucia   
·                                 Margaret   
·                                 Marilla   
·                                 Matilda   
·                                 Olive   
·                                 Rosa   
·                                 Rosabel   
·                                 Rosalia   
·                                 Rosalind   
·                                 Rowena   
·                                 Sasha   
·                                 Scarlett   
·                                 Selena   
·                                 Serena   
·                                 Violet   

July 16, 2012 09:45 PM

Thanks! You're right - Judith Nancy and Margaret Nancy don't sound awful at all. I guess I've just been trying to squeeze the names I already like into that spot, and most of them seem to have -ee endings! 

Hmmm, must brainstorm some non-y-ending names!

July 16, 2012 09:40 PM

My first instinct is to pronounced it "Lee-na," but "Lay-na" is nice too and easy to remember once corrected once, especially since the name Elena is popular. I think of the Vampire Diaries character!

But my real point in weighing in is about your concern about Lena's growing popularity. I made myself sick with worrying about that with our first child, who I wanted to name (and did ultimately name) Ruby. I analyzed the popularity charts and the Baby Name Wizard info, fearing desperately that it would continue to rise, rise, rise.

So far, it has held steady, but even if it rose to the top 10, I wouldn't regret our choice. Ruby was the name I loved. It was the one that fit. Our spunky little bundle of energy IS Ruby. 

I'm pregnant with another daughter, and this time I'm trying not to worry about where names fall on the popularity chart quite as much. I want a name that's right for our daughter, and our family. If Lena fits, don't worry! You'll still love it, even if it grows in popularity!


I was a child of the 80's too, and agree with the previous posters who are horrified at the thought of grandchildren named Brittany, Tiffany and Amber. All I can hope is that by then, high school will be such a distant memory that we won't mind so much! :)