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May 19, 2016 10:19 AM

Ha! Me too. And it occurrs to me that I'm only guessing the one boy's name was spelled Bodhi. It could have been Bode or Bowdie or some such. I wish I had been nosier!

May 19, 2016 07:59 AM

I much, much prefer Max, which I consider infinitely more classic, whereas Mason has only recently become popular. Admittedly, I don't tend to like occupation names (why name a child to be a bricklayer? I mean, I'm all for working class values and honest hard work, but this seems odd to me). I also tend to associate Mason with the Freemasons, which is an association I'm ambivlent-to-negative about.


But rather than go by the negative opinions of a random person on the internet, I suggest you think about what you like about each name, perhaps listing these qualities and deciding which list is longer or more compelling. 

May 17, 2016 06:56 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Lewis?

What's not to like? It's great. 

May 17, 2016 06:55 PM

I understand the last-minute doubt that can come when an arrival is near! First off, congratulations and good luck during this exciting time.

My thoughts are that you sound like you don't really like Penelope that much, and that it's just a placeholder for Pippa. I'd say that would be fine if it were a case like Elizabeth and Betty or William and Bill where the nickname was commonly associated with the formal name. But I've only heard of Pippa as a nickname for Phillipa. I may have missed this in the earlier discussion, but is there a reason you didn't choose that name? With a less-intuitive connection between Pippa and Penelope, I don't see a lot of motivation for using the latter, and would probably go with Pippa on the birth certificate. 

May 17, 2016 07:21 AM

I agree. This seems like a fluff piece that would fit on that-other-name-site-frequented-by-teenagers-that-starts-with-an-N-and-ends-with-an-erry. 

April 15, 2016 07:55 AM

Are you asking for the American pronunciation? I have only heard it on Greek speakers in the US, who pronounce it KAL-EE-O-pee (first syllable rhymes with pal, second with sea, third with snow, fourth with pea, empasis on the first two syllables with the second to last also sort of emphasized and the last almost swallowed up).

April 7, 2016 10:31 AM
In Response to Opinions on Brecon

I think it fits very well in the ends in -en trend for boy's names. The pronunciation issue might be annoying for the kid growing up. I think I would tend to confuse it with the word bracken. But it's a pleasant sound, and pleasant association.

Perhaps as a middle name?

April 7, 2016 07:22 AM

Just popping in as I do every so often to agree that this disucssion embodies what is so great about this little community of naming enthusiasts. 

March 31, 2016 09:38 AM
In Response to Author Names

To me, stylistically, the practice of authors using initials is very reminiscent of the South Indian naming practice in which a man (I think it's only men) uses the initial of the father's name as the first part of the given name, prior to the given name. I'm trying to think of a famous example, but am coming up empty. 

I also associate the practice in the West with British authors. This leads me to wonder whether this is a stylistic borrowing that originated in the colonial encounter in India. 

In other news, I've seen China Mieville give a reading. He is quite masculine, and very intelligent, as one might gather from his writing (not that it's not without its flaws. I mean if anyone read Embassytown... great premise, wonderful initial atmosphere, squandered). And extremely charismatic and attractive. 

March 20, 2016 08:22 PM
In Response to Name Opinion

I really love Rowan. In fact, I ran into identical twins boys named R0w@n and R1v3r the other day, and thought that was really a perfect pair: stylish but classy and strong, unisex or nearly -- sweet names for sweet boys.

Unfortunately I can't think about Maverick without thinking of Sarah Palin's descriptions of John MacCain. Or, rather, Tina Fey's impersonation of Palin describing McCain as "Mavericky." Sorry!

March 20, 2016 08:15 PM

Will, you might want to mention whether those interviewed would remain anonymous. I for one would be interested in answering your questions, but my interest in naming is a little embarrassing. Let us know if you're still looking for more respondants. 

February 29, 2016 07:44 AM
In Response to Intersex Baby

Oh, how odd. Sorry I responded to what appears to be a troll. 

February 29, 2016 07:42 AM
In Response to Intersex Baby

But I wonder if the feminine Julian is pronounced differently than the masculine. More like Julie-Ann vs. Jul-yun. 

I think the suggestions of Rowan and Rory are perfect. They are different than your Latinate syllbling set, but I think syb-set cohesiveness is over-rated.

I also know a female Tate, which you might consider. Or perhaps Kato--It reads as a male name, but with its similarity to Kate could also work on a girl. 

Big congratulations to you on your new child. They are very lucky to have you as a parent. I'm excited for you and for them.

February 25, 2016 07:43 AM
In Response to Thoughts on Ander?

I really like Anders, but agree with others that Ander feels unfinished. I live in a real Asher pocket, so that option is less appealing to me. 

Is the clunkiness of Anders due to an initial S or other silibant? 

With the silblings' names, the name Cormac jumped into my head. It shares the C with Carys, which might be problmatic, but just seems very in keeping with the other names. Just a thought. 

February 22, 2016 10:25 AM
In Response to Laureanne/Laurianne?

I agree. It does make me think of Lorraine, which is related to Joan D'Arc, apparently. I think it's due for a revival. Lori-Anne and its variants are nice, but a little... secretarial sounding. 

February 22, 2016 08:00 AM

I think it's absolutely lovely upon reading. However, when I try to say it out loud, I get a little tripped up and find I have to pause for a beat between the two names in order to distinguish the Ro of Rose from the ra of Laura. I fear the name may also have a bit of the Rural Juror problem, where r's and l's get confusing in close proximity.... Laura-Grace looks less lovely to my eye, but sounds better spoken.

I'd prefer a second half of the name that lacks the letter R entirely. So Laura-Fenn (although does that sould like a chemical?), Laura-Jean, Laura-Faye, Laura-Juliette, Laura-Quinn, Laura-Evelyn 

February 21, 2016 06:28 PM
In Response to Miriam or Maristella?

OK, in that case I vote wholeheartedly for Maristella. Maris and Stella are wonderful nicknames, and it is much less common than Miriam. 

February 19, 2016 12:49 PM
In Response to Miriam or Maristella?

I'd actually suggest you look farther afield in order to find names that don't have the same initials as your current kids. Virginia occurs to me, or Guadalupe. 

February 15, 2016 09:28 AM
In Response to Paxley


February 12, 2016 07:22 AM
In Response to Too Late For Kate?

Is this really true in practice? In my experience these kinds of hypothetically 3-syllable names are ususally pronounced with two syllables. So Barbara and Barbra are pronounced nearly the same most of the time, same for Deborah Debra and William (at least potentially pronounced Will-ee-um) is Will-yam. Same for Catherine and Kathryn. I've very rarely heard the first pronounced with the same meter as margarine.