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March 20, 2017 06:18 PM

I think it's very important to keep in mind that Turkish is not pronounced the way English speakers would expect. For example, I know someone named Isil. The first I is the kind without a dot on it, not a letter known in English. Her name is pronounced roughly to rhyme with the word bushel. I really don't think you can just post Turkish names without pronunciation guides and expect English speakers who don't know Turkish to be able to know whether they "sound good" or not. 

March 20, 2017 06:12 PM

Viatrix! Now there's an awesome name! Someone, please name your daughter this. 

March 9, 2017 01:00 PM

A mon avis, yes, way too similar. Sorry!

March 9, 2017 10:52 AM

Fantastic data analysis!

When naming my child recently, I tried to be different by going for popular. (And yet I still find myself annoyed when others use this consistently common name).

March 8, 2017 08:57 PM

I personally love it. And it's significant to your family, so I'd say go for it!


I totally agree with the others, but just wanted to leave you with my first thought, which was that you should consider the name Maura instead. It's but a dipthong away from Mara, but more in keeping wiht the Scotch/Irish heritage. I really love the name. 

March 7, 2017 10:02 AM

So now we can ask, rather than have they painted themselves into a Hebrew letter or Kaballah-signicicant corner, have they painted themselves into a starts-with-A corner?


March 7, 2017 09:56 AM

Dear lord. What are we coming to?

March 7, 2017 09:55 AM

Oh thank effing Chr!st! I was so freakng out that they would choose both my hpyotehtical son's name and my actual daughters' name.

And, to be honest, I was also kind of crushed that you all didn't intuitively get how upsetting that would have been to me. The existential uncanny unheimlich feeling of having one's secret name that one dreamed up used by someone famous, and then to have it suggested that htey might also use one's acutal daughter's name! Imagine! For a name lover like me, the possibilty was profoundly, if clearly irrationally, upsetting.

Amalia means nothing to me, so I'm good with that one. PHEW!

March 7, 2017 09:42 AM

Philip’s have long been influencing cultural change

Should read Philips. Not possessive.

March 6, 2017 09:01 PM

I think your enthusiasm for the name (I would say and your pregnancy brain, but I find the latter idea implicitly misogynistic, even though I experienced the debility myself) may have clouded your internet posting sensibility. You've posted the same exact post three times across two threads. You also should probably have used some kind of masking, like numbers or symbols in place of certain letters, if you don't want your future son's unique set of names to be permanently web-searchable and associated with this site.

That said, great name and congratulations. May he wear it in good health. If he does end up being a he.

March 2, 2017 12:06 PM

PJ, that reminds me of naming in teh British and colonial boarding school environment. Or the gentlemen's context in the PJ Wooodehouse world. Finknottle and whatnot, although I think that example was just the character's last name. I was just watching the BBC mystery Endeavor, in which the main character is named Endeavor Morse, but just goes by Morse. His Oxford friends know him as Pagan because, in effect he doesn't have a Christian name. 

March 2, 2017 10:49 AM
In Response to First baby!

Concurring with other that we need more info in order to come up with suggestions. Your names are nice to know, but we'd have to also know how you feel about them. They sound really nice to me. Do you want something of a similar style? Could you describe what sort of style you feel your names to convey?

March 1, 2017 11:34 AM

I love Susannah and agree with the others on their suggestions.

Just for my own curiousity, would you pronounce it with the European long aaah sound or the more American Anne-ah sound?

I love the idea of Elisabeta too. But I wonder how that would be pronounced by your average everyperson on the street in podunk USA. Not that you necessarily live in Podunk, USA or that we should let its citizens dictate our naming choices.

February 27, 2017 11:02 AM

That sounds really good! That's one of the many shows that I've been thinkng I should follow but haven't gotten around to. What did the couple decide about the name? I hope for selfish reasons they went with it. I personally want more DeVantes in the world and fewer Donalds (even if the DeVante in question is fictional).


February 26, 2017 11:03 AM

Well, those of you who remember what I named my daughter will understand how particularly miffed I'd be if miss Herschlag used one of the names mentioned above. ARG!

February 24, 2017 11:55 AM
In Response to Juniper vs. Adele

I have only the haziest of notions of who Adelle-the-singer is. 

For me, Adele is a beautiful name that I associate with older Jewish women for some reason. I see that it spiked in popularity in 1910.

Juniper seems much more date-stamped 2017. It used to be a male saint name, but is spiking in popularity for girls. 

Iris and Adele seems a classic, graceful pair to me. Similar to Iris and June, but a little less curt, more flowing and melifluous. 

Iris and Juniper brings out the cutesy of each more, and certainly reads botanical.

February 17, 2017 11:58 AM

I haven't heard any discussion of the motivation for Aleph. 

I've heard from friends in Israel, where Portman is appartently a big deal, that the name was generally derided for being a letter name rather than a person name. So, if my sources are correct, that's at least a tiny clue: that that wanted to point to Judiasm but didn't mind do it in an iconoclastic way. 

February 15, 2017 12:24 PM

So, in all seriousness, or serious silliness, do we think the Portman-Millipieds have painted themselves into a bit of a corner? How do you name a sibling to Aleph wihtout them seeming... secondary? One of the appeals for the name for me was that, at least in the Arabic incarnation, it has a sense of unitary/unique/solitary -ness. 

February 15, 2017 12:09 PM

Miriam: Good one! Or perhaps Tav?