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February 21, 2018 01:15 PM
In Response to Elliot or Elliott?

In my experience, double-consonants tend to throw people off, regardless of standard spelling. I'm a Melissa, which has only one standard spelling, and I still often have to explain that the S is doubled, not the L. So I'd just go with the spelling you love and be ready to clarify. I slightly prefer Elliott over Elliot.

February 16, 2018 08:04 AM

I guessed E, based on anectodal evidence. I have yet to meet an Olivia or Oliver, but our social circle is overflowing with kids named Evelyn and Emery.

February 2, 2018 01:51 PM

I sure hope those baby girls named Uranus got great middle names. 

January 24, 2018 10:34 AM

I have wondered how reliable the name clouds are as far as representing real-life sibsets, not imaginary. Do you really think there are real sibsets of Romeo and Juliet out there?

January 24, 2018 10:32 AM

I had them all correct at first, then switched Edgar and Ophelia last minute to the wrong places. I didn't realize Edgar was such a hit in Hispanic culture.

January 18, 2018 06:22 PM
In Response to Names on the Edge

I don't think Cambrian would stick out at all in today's naming landscape, by the way. To show my utter lack of scientific knowledge, though, my first association when I read it was the Cambria font.

January 18, 2018 06:20 PM
In Response to Names on the Edge

When we were discussing boy names, I was lobbying hard for Theo, but my husband strongly disliked Theodore. I jokingly suggested Théoden (from Lord of the Rings), nicknamed Theo, and he actually loved the idea. We never had a boy so it didn't become an issue, but I don't think I could have ever commited to it.

January 18, 2018 06:10 PM

EVie, I did a quick scan of the names and only spotted 3 NT names: Aquila, Matthias, and Prisca (a diminutive of Priscilla).

Personally the most surprising on the list, despite many others being more obsure and difficult to pronounce/spell, is Goliath. Not only was he a villian, which I realize hasn't slowed names like Jezebel, but the physical characteristic association is way too prominent. The name has become an adjective...in fact, my oldest daughter sometimes refers to our youngest as Goliath Baby because she measures high on the charts.

December 2, 2017 11:29 AM

Bella Luna means beautiful moon in Italian, and that could work as a double-barreled name.

November 8, 2017 04:19 PM

For her first few years, my husband and I and a few close friends called her Jubie (rhymes with Ruby). I can't explain where it came from but it just FELT like her name. She went by Juju pretty much everywhere else. Within the last year, she has rebelled against nicknames, so we've had to adjust to the full Juliet. We are very much a nickname family so it's been a challenge!

November 8, 2017 02:16 PM

My youngest is Pippa (the more traditional nickname for Phillipa). Since you have some -ette names in your list, you might like my oldest’s name, Juliet(te). I think Poppy and Jewel would be a great pairing. 

October 23, 2017 01:36 PM

Eleanora was a top contender for both of our pregnancies, and it looks like we have some overlap in taste. We ended up with Juliet and Pippa. Other favorites were Verity, Coraline, Imogen, and Clara. Arthur was on our boy list, along with Theodore, Simon, Walter, and August.

October 3, 2017 06:55 PM

My main association is Diana Barry, Anne Shirley's beautiful and loyal best friend in Anne of Green Gables. It's classic and beautiful, so I don't think you can go wrong.

August 31, 2017 12:14 PM

I don't know if it's a particularly southern trend, but down here, kid's names are on ALL THE THINGS. We don't participate in my family, but when we go out, we see embroidered and vinyl names on bathing suits, backpacks, t-shirts, water bottles, etc etc etc. Down here, DIY personalization is the "it" work-at-home-mom job, much more than selling essential oils. So I don't think that "finding your name on a keychain" is a factor here, since mama can print Kynnleigh on everything her child owns.

August 16, 2017 01:08 PM

My name is Melissa and throughout my adult life I've felt conscious of it feeling dated to the 70s-80s. The -issa names were pretty trendy (search "issa" in the NameVoyager). Despite that, it does have a great derivation, and a few nicknames (none of which ever stuck for me, except for my parents calling me Missy). I would definitely be surprised to meet a baby Melissa, but it would be a pleasant surprise.

August 1, 2017 10:48 AM
In Response to Nickname for Leonora

Leni is great! Another one that would feel intuitive to me is Nori. 

July 21, 2017 07:51 PM

I adore Elizabeth. I understand that many find it stale, but in my opinion, it can easily be revived by one of the underused nicknames. I personally love Libby, Betsy, and Bizzy.

Catherine/Katherine is lovely too. The trendiness of K-names in my area (names like Kinley, Kaelyn, and every spelling of Katelyn) would turn me off of the K-spelling. I know Katherine had legitimate usage long before the creative K-names hit the scene, but the C spelling feels much more classic to me.

July 6, 2017 07:29 PM
In Response to First baby...

Any interest in Augustana? It keeps the same pronounciation of August, since you didn't like the prounounciation of Augusta (AU-gust-ANN-a) and it would merge August and Anne into one name. It would seem more feminine for your husband, and you could still call her August for short.

June 26, 2017 12:09 PM
In Response to Help with Baby #3

I really like Silas with your set. If Sterling won't be the baby's surname, it would make a great first name. I'll also suggest Simon, Sebastian, Solomon, Samson, Roland, Bennett, and Russell.

June 21, 2017 07:52 PM

I totally understand the sadness. My 3 yo has already jettisoned her nicknames. It took a few weeks for me and my husband to adjust, and she's still working on her friends. We do use her nickname when my husband and I are talking privately, when the kids are in bed, so we get to use it just a little. Daisy is such a sweet name, so I would be sad to see it go! It will be interesting to see if it sticks.