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April 3, 2019 06:01 PM

Lindy Austen and Danica Jane is lovely together! I love how you tied everything together and gave both daughters equally significant names.

March 25, 2019 06:58 PM

I'm Swedish so my first thought is the Swedish word afton, which means evening. To me it's about as calendery as June, because we have julafton (christmas eve), påskafton (easter eve) etc.

January 25, 2019 05:20 PM
In Response to I have, who has?

Two more for Gus: Gusten and Magnus

Gottfried could work for Otto, but I agree that Otto is a name in its own right.

December 10, 2018 02:22 PM

Could you spell the nickname Ion? Then you have all three letters from Gideon. 

Other possible nickname is Don.

November 21, 2018 08:34 AM

Wow, only 21 in the whole of Spain! That suprises me. In Sweden it was 90 Cordelias last year (and additional 101 that have Cordelia as middle name) and it's a much smaller country than Spain. The mean age for Cordelia here is 15 years so it's a young name. I feel it should fit in well with a lot of the worldwide naming trends, with the -elia ending.

Only 16 Zinnia in Sweden. 

November 20, 2018 09:35 PM

Oh no, Delphine Donkey, really? Did they really have to go and do that? Peppa has ruined the name Greta for me because Peppas name is Greta Gris in Sweden. It's such a popular show so you're probably right about children using the animal name. And some animals are less attractive than others, I wouldn't enjoy being called pig or donkey.

November 20, 2018 09:26 PM

On the contrary, Elke was quite popular in Germany. It might not sound that much with 0.4% of the female population in 2007 but it's actually a lot. The same Wikipedia page also said that it was in place 18 (not on name list for newborns, but for women all ages. In 2007 so it has probably decreased since then).

I don't speak German so I'm not familiar with this website and their sources, but it seems to be about first names in Germany. Look how popular Elke has been! https://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/5029-elke.htm

Speaking of popularity, I checked Cordelia here in Sweden and was surprised by how uncommun it is. I had expected more because it seems so usuable, it's easy to spell and pronounce. And should be well known in the right age group because of Buffy. But Cornelia is a popular name here, it could be the Cornelia popularity that made me think Cordelia ought to be popular too.

I think Delphine is a beautiful name, personally I think of dolphins (delfin in my first language) which is a positive association for me. It's just as lovely as Elodie.

My favorite for you is Cordelia Delphine, partly because you have loved Cordelia so long and partly because it's on the same great level as your older daughter's full name. I enjoy the repeated "d sounds", if that makes sense. I also like Zinnia Delphine and Zinnia Mathilde. Or Linnea Delphine and Linnea Ottilie but if I remember correctly you have already excluded Linnea before.

November 17, 2018 08:36 AM


Did Astr!ds show you her list with 100 names?

November 12, 2018 09:00 PM

Ida would be sweet with your daughters name, there's a literary connection that would be obvious to most Swedes but maybe not to a lot of people where you live. I'm thinking about the children books about Emil of Lönneberga.

But writing that I just realized that Ida is the ending and beginning of Astr!d. They sound different so I didn't think of that before.

If you like the sound of Ida (ee-da) then you might like Frida too.


November 12, 2018 08:33 PM

Btw, I've always thought that it would be a little fun with sisters Astri!d and Tilde because they would get their own special character, * and ~. That sort of works with Mathilde too! 

November 12, 2018 08:22 PM

I agree that they're from the same naming pool. It just felt weird to hear them being called Scandinavian when I (living in Sweden) never have come across them and they don't "feel" Scandinavian to me. Other Germanic names like Hans and Elsa totally feel Scandinavian to me and I wouldn't blink if someone said they named their child that because scandi theme, but Elke and Saskia feels foreign to me. I checked the usage now and it's quite even between the Scandinavian countries (following stats are for woman of all ages, not baby names).

97 Elke living in Norway last year.

220 Elke living in Sweden last year, plus 127 that have Elke as middle name.

305 Elke living in Denmark last year.


68 Saskia living in Norway last year.

168 Saskia living in Sweden last year, plus 81 that have Saskia as middle name.

79 Saskia living in Denmark last year.


Someone on the Norweigan wikipedia even bothered to compare how common Elke is in Germany compared to Belgium and Denmark. I'm not controlling how accurate the numbers are, but according to them 0.4% of women in Germany was named Elke in 2007, and 0.2% was named Elke in Belgium 2002, and 0.01% was named Elke in Denmark 2010 (322 Elkes that year, so a few have dropped off since then).

November 11, 2018 11:49 AM

Are Elke and Saskia really Scandinavian? I'm not too familiar with them but a quick internet search says German.

July 11, 2018 08:51 AM

A few more scandi names:






Selma (This would make your girl names themed famous Swedish authors. Selma Lagerlöf also has beautiful middle names that could make nice options, Ottilia and Lovisa.)



February 21, 2017 04:50 AM
In Response to Spelling dilemma

"Sofie with an F" shouldn't be too difficult or confusing, unless you're on the phone when sometimes it can be difficult to hear if it's S or F. Get unlucky and someone could think you said "Sophie with an S"! 

But it's easily managed by spelling it out like "Sofie, S-O-F-I-E", then context/order of the characters makes it easier to hear when it's S or F (because you expect the first to be S and the third letter to be either F or P).

It's a short name to spell out.

February 16, 2017 07:59 AM

Does the family name really have to be a name from the unused family tree branch? Could you find a name in one of the already honored branches that fits the naming group and that you love? I think meaning and personal name preferences trumps fairness amongst relatives and different branches.

January 17, 2017 08:17 AM
In Response to Name Anna

Doesn't your husband also pronounce her name in Russian when he is speaking Russian to her? In that case she should already be familiar with that pronunciation too and feel like both of the variants are her name.


I don't think Alec can be considered gender neutral.

It's not what you asked, but I'd like to point out that Alec Scott would sound like Alex to a lot of people. Just because Alex is a common name and when Alec is followed by a surname that begins with S they will probably think they heard the name they expected to hear - Alex Scott.

December 6, 2016 08:08 AM
In Response to William or Williams?

In Swedish Z is pronounced like S, and it's impossible to hear the difference between a possessiv S and a regular S. (A little confession: saying Z in English is a bit uncomfortable for me because I never learned that sound as a child.)

On the other hand we don't have many words with plural S, since we typically make the plural form with other endings. So that's one less thing that can cause confusion and misunderstandings!

December 4, 2016 07:43 AM
In Response to William or Williams?

That's a good solution in the English language for well known names like Thomas. Unfortunately in my language (Swedish) we don't put a possessive s on names and words that already ends in s, which can make things confusing. The ball that belong to Andrea and the ball that belong to Andreas would both be referred to as "Andreas ball", same spelling and everything. 

So when a colleague brought a child to work once and declared "It's Thomas." I replied with "Hi Thomas!" and the boy just stared at me... What she meant was "It's Thomas's (son)".


Not that Swedish grammar will matter to William or Williams, I just wanted to share about the time I met a boy not named Thomas. (Not sure what he was actually named.)

October 14, 2016 06:16 PM
In Response to Please help!

Do you like Emmett? 


Your husband seems picky so I understand it's impossible to tell us what names he likes, but what names do you like and have suggested to him in the past?