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August 14, 2018 08:01 PM
In Response to Haneke?

I agree with this. I was "awakened" to my own daughter's name by a woman who was auditing one of the departments at work, but I certainly didn't name her "after" this woman.

I would probably ditch the poetry character if you want to use the name, however. Even if your character is fairly innocuous, it can quickly make a name feel taken.

August 9, 2018 02:08 PM
In Response to Baby #7

I really love Abigail for a family that doesn't do nicknames, as I find it very classy and elegant but it always seems to get chopped down to Abby. My second favourite is Amelia, but Sophia and Olivia are also perfectly fine names. Can't go wrong!

August 9, 2018 02:04 PM
In Response to Alicia? Wdyt?

I like Alicia with the A-LEE-cee-ya pronunciation but have always really disliked the English default of Uh-LEASH-uh, which just sounds like lazy diction. It's a shame because on paper it looks beautiful.

As an Emily, I have long thought of Emma as the insipid, boring version of my name, but it's a well-loved classic so I'm obviously not representative there. :-)

Probably of the names you've recently been tossing around, I would say Victoria is the most classic and elegant, least trendy.

August 9, 2018 02:00 PM

Congratulations on two wonderfully-named daughters!

August 6, 2018 07:42 AM
In Response to Complete Our Sibset!

I got so much side-eye from my friends in high school for having a pile of well-thumbed baby name books in my room. I named various sibsets of fantasy children, all stuffed animals that came into the house, many many fictional characters, and the cat. :-)

August 2, 2018 08:51 AM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

Not a multiple mother, and would definitely be freaked out if I were expecting twins, but if this is your second go at motherhood I'll just say from recent experience that I find the second time about a thousand times easier than the first, despite having to deal with a toddler at the same time. Of course, a lot of it depends on sleep and your own dose of hormone soup, but I think you might be pleasantly surprised at how unflappable you are on small issues.

I also second putting out a call for help for stuff. I have never bought a car seat, and have at least six of them stashed at my in-laws (many hand-me-downs from a mother of twins who was given many at her baby shower). I have also never bought a stroller, high chair or crib, and have multiples of all of them. People often rally round if they know what you need, even more so with twins I would imagine, so it's worth being honest about what that is. And many urban centres probably have facebook groups organized for parents where you can likely buy and sell all the big ticket items second hand.

Good luck!

August 2, 2018 08:26 AM
In Response to Athena?

My dad worked with an Aphrodite, which definitely doesn't pass the would I want this to be my name test, especially for a serious professional.

August 2, 2018 07:35 AM

I think Chiara18's comment may highlight the problems of trawling foreign popularity lists for names. You never know just what the connotations or history are that lead a name to be on the most-popular list, nor how it could be read on visits to that country. Though maybe it doesn't matter for the average American family.

July 31, 2018 02:53 PM
In Response to Athena?

I just looked it up in the ranking and was surprised to discover that not only is it, IMO, useable, it's also used. It ranked 127 last year and was given to 2,365 girls. It certainly gives me a much less common vibe than that, but you can take comfort in knowing you're not alone in liking it.

I love the connections to your name. It would be a great, subtle link between you!

July 27, 2018 03:16 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

I considered my children's names (firsts and middles)... but somehow it's more fun to talk about names I don't hear/say every day. And I guess a bit of fantasy naming. 

July 26, 2018 02:55 PM

You're not wrong about the compound Maria names, and it is an idea I'm toying with as it might make me bite the bullet on some of the names I've turned down for being too "out there." A Maria Iseult could be Iseult when she felt up to discussing her names, but could be Maria at the doctor's office. And since it would probably be considered a compound name, I could avoid the dratted hyphen that my other daughters have between their first and middle names on legal documents (ridiculous Spanish naming law).

P.S. One of the crazier Maria combos I've come across was Maria del Camino (known to everyone as Camino), meaning "path."

July 26, 2018 02:50 PM

Interestingly, this might be a moment with your style Artemisia is more my style than my style is. I love Artemis in theory, but then I imagine it said in an American/Canadian accent and I just don't love it any more. Artemisia is great however. I also love Athena and Ariadne, although Ariadna is currently very popular here.

Aura is much too similar to my first daughter's name -- so similar that sometimes people mishear her name as it. I agree it's much easier to pronounce than Aurora. 

Nike, apart from the brand, would drive me nuts on pronunciation, as English speakers pronounce it as you might expect a Spanish person to say it, while the Spanish say it as they think it should be said in English (rhymes with Mike). I don't think I have enough of a zen attitude to deal with that!

I LOVE Idony though. I wish there was a latinate connection. I will definitely add it to the list of names to lobby for.


July 26, 2018 02:40 PM

I did come across Eris in some preliminary research and, indeed, wasn't sure I could do that with the chaos/discord angle. Another one I like but am dubious of the connotations is Nyx. I'm not against a bit of darkness or weirdness in the history/etymology, but it's hard to know how far you can take it without giving your kid a chip on their shoulder.

Hera I like, and then I remembered why. It's only one letter different from my botanical daughter's name:


I was also the daughter with the vastly more popular name, so it's a bit of a testament to how much I like Maria that I'm even considering it. And of course it's a family name, though probably 99% of Spanish families could say that.

July 26, 2018 02:07 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

I internet-know a family with twins called Lysander and Balthasar, which is a name that always reminds me of Bartholomew without the Bart.

July 26, 2018 07:11 AM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

Congratulations on your unexpected double-naming opportunity!

My favourites for girls include:  Genevieve, Eulalia/Eulalie, Rosemary, Martha, Ottilie and Eilonwy.

For boys: Isidore, Vincent, Harold, Alasdair, Rufus, Casper and Eugene

July 24, 2018 02:52 PM
In Response to Which middle name?

Actually, although I get the sentiment, there's no reason why a nickname can't be extended to something else. There are many people who go by nicknames intuitive or unintuitive, middle names, adopted nicknames or English names instead of their real name which may be difficult to pronounce. 

July 24, 2018 06:40 AM
In Response to Baby Girl Name Advice

I love all of the names on your shortlist, but Juniper is a particular favourite. Popularity is certainly not what it used to be, but everyone has their own level of popularity they can accept. Charlotte would be disqualified for me on that front, but meeting an occasional child of the same name may not be such a turnoff for you.

I do think Clem would be hard to avoid for Clementine, so if you don't like it, I would probably disqualify it on that front. Juniper I would contract to Junie before June (and the toddler I know by this name uses Junie as a nickname about 50% of the time), and I also love the option of Juno -- this gets you both a botanical and a goddess in the same name, which is kind of a holy grail of naming. I was also going to suggest Berry, or Pip or Piper would I think work, playing off the last syllables. I believe Junebug is also sometimes used as a nickname for Juniper. 

I really agree with EVie, and love the sound of Juniper Charlotte. It would certainly get my heart fluttering to read that on a birth announcement. If you do want to honour your sister or make reference to your own name though, I think that's more than enough reason to use Ann or Grace. I will say that single syllable middles can be fun and easy to use in everyday life, which is perhaps why they are so popular. My new baby has a two-syllable middle, but one with a one syllable nickname (Flo), and I find myself using the nickname in conjunction with her first name quite often to sing silly songs, personalize her name a bit, and so on. I still think I like the sound of Juniper Charlotte best though -- she could always be Junie-Lo for short. 

July 24, 2018 06:21 AM
In Response to Which middle name?

I agree with all of this. And while I don't mind nicknames on birth certificates, I really prefer the flow of Joelle Katherine.

July 17, 2018 05:45 AM

I have nothing against Russia the country. I think they are at least some of the time unfairly villainized. But I think where you live really might matter here. Are you living in a slavic country? I'm trying to imagine one where the statement "Russia has done so much for our country" wouldn't be something of a divisive statement.

For comparison, I live in a region that is part of a country with much more power, and where the political relationship is strained. I'm trying to imagine a child with that country's name at my daughter's school. Nothing terrible would happen, and I like to think everyone would be civilized to the child, but it would be pretty clear that the parents were making a political statement, and at least 50% of the parents at school would be against that statement, and I can't believe that child would grow up loving their name. 

I don't know if Russia would fall into a similar category, but if it's a possibility, I would probably think twice about using it as a name.

July 17, 2018 05:35 AM

Almost no one will know her middle name, and by the time her peers are old enough to ask about it, it may not be a thing any more. I don't think I could tell you the names of movie characters from the year I was born, let alone theatre characters. If Skyler were the last name, I might be more hestitant, but as a middle name, I don't think it matters (although Skye also sounds nice and skips the issue).