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September 9, 2017 09:44 AM
In Response to Name change!

I agree with this while adding that any fn with a v in it, along with mn Jean could have Vinnie as a nn. Ex: Olivia Jean.

I also agree with TheBookThief that you should only do this understanding that nn Vinnie might be lost in the future.

Make the change if you can find a name you really love and could live with possible other nns later on.

I don't really have a spelling preference; and if it is to be a nn, no preference at all.

Good luck.

P.S. Even though Vinnie is not my style, I think there's nothing wrong with saying "Vinnie is her full fn." 

Not everyone likes every name. At least you didn't name her James or Mark et al.

August 23, 2017 01:58 PM
In Response to Baby named Eclipse

Better than Lippy?

August 19, 2017 03:57 PM

Oh good, I hope that works out for you. I'm always happy to hear that parents come to an agreement both are happy with.

Lindy is great and I also like Roz.

If she were my new little friend or family member, I'd show up with a huge stuffed pony or a large bouquet of small ones. :)

August 19, 2017 03:49 PM

I can see where they are similar, especially written. But if I imagine meeting two girls with those names, I don't think it would cross my mind.

There's been conversations here about the pronunciation of Laura, Lorrie and Lara type names. But Clara's "a" vowel verses Gloria's "o" seems very clear to me. And even though they both end in "a", I think they sound quite different said aloud.

Hope that helps.

August 11, 2017 12:02 PM
In Response to Missing 1/4 names

You could even it up by either using Forrest, the one you really love, or maybe a name or varient from your side of the family you both love.

Honestly, I'd use Forrest unless your husband has a huge objection.

Good luck!

August 7, 2017 08:44 PM

I actually used to think that's what my mother had in mind (she died when I was three), but turns out she just wanted to shorten Leigh.

I started answering to almost any L name long ago.

August 7, 2017 05:44 PM

My first name is Leif without the f, pronounced like Lee. Apparently the "gh" was just too many letters for my mother.

I can tell you I've had every spelling and pronunciation imaginable.

In writing, I'm frequently a lie, in speech, very often a lay! :)

July 30, 2017 01:35 PM
In Response to Matilda

I think Matilda is a fine name. And if you or if she will be into nicknames, there's some options, Tillie (my fave), Mattie. I could even see Mat.

Almost any name could be a middle. Do you use your surname or your spouse's/partner's? You could use your last name or your first, middle, or a variation.

Or just something that may be special to you: literary, special place, etcetera.

July 30, 2017 11:51 AM

I am late to this conversation, but my life experiences make me want to chime in.

First, I am no librarian, but was once in charge of data bases for a non-profit watch-dog group of 60,000 members along with state and federal law-makers.

Except for the occasional Hispanic rule talked about, the hyphenated and middle names were very clear to me.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was Senator Hutchison, not Senator Baily Hutchison.

I can't come up with a hyphenated name right now, but a Rep. Smith-Jones was definitely an S.

When I was married, I flirted with variations, but not very much, because changing my last name seemed almost as absurd as changing my first name.

My partner's sister died a few years ago and he was the sole survivor of her estate. Sadly, their half-brother had died years earlier. We obtained his death certificate since she died intestate. 

My partner never knew that his brother had a second middle (mother's maiden). I think this was the way to go. Her name was in there, and even though in this case she used her husband's name, a woman using her own last name would be able to make sure that schools et al weren't confused about parentage. And further generations studying genealogy would have that second middle for information.

Side notes:

I have talked about this before, but just because I went by fn & mn growing up and people use fn or fn mn combo - I answer to either. The term double-barrel is semi new to me.

Mary Ann Smith (not my real name, but close) is fn, mn, ln.

Mary-Ann or MaryAnn Jane Smith is double barrel fn, mn, ln to me.

If you call me Mary, you are using my first name. If you call me Mary Ann, you are simply using my first and middle; like if you say Mary Smith, you are using first and last.

I don't know why this irritates me, but it does.

Anyway, I think adding a second middle is a good solution that I would use. Hearing HNG talk about the problems hyphenated names has made me a believer.

Mary Ann Smith Jones is filed under J and Smith is an obvious family name second middle, especially if her mother's name is Jane Smith.


July 21, 2017 04:26 PM

I think you should go with the "C" version if that's the name you use since that's your preference. I don't really think of it as older generation, just not in use as much as "K."

I think it's nice you like the classics. Maybe Catherine with a "C" is your "out there, unusual name."

Your version oh Nevaeh, haha.

July 21, 2017 03:17 PM

When I think of traditional/classic, these are the two that come to my mind first.

Elizabeth seems to stay at the top of the list - does that mean that's where you are leaning? Also seems like the author with same name doesn't bother you.

My vote is Elizabeth.

All versions of Katherine are fine. Seems most people use one of the K versions, so Catherine might be "different" and a little unexpected?

Not much help, but I think you're fine anyway you go!

July 21, 2017 02:21 PM
In Response to Arabella & Auden?

Lol! Bet she's already jotted down Wilberforce for future reference!

July 16, 2017 11:58 AM

I shouldn't have used the term "weird." I just haven't seen or heard of anyone with the name Linda younger than my middle-aged self. If you've never seen the show, it's hard to imagine how funny it was.

But I don't think any of the ones you mention are weird either, although a couple maybe over-used.

July 16, 2017 11:37 AM
In Response to Beyonce's twins

This is very obvious to me as well.

Even though I don't follow them on Twitter or in general, really, I've seen hate tweets just because Beyonce took pic on Instagram, as many people do.

The hatred in this country and especially for minorities is astounding.

And even though I'm not a huge fan of any of their children's names, I've seen way worse on this board by people I assume (though I could be wrong at times) are white and not celebrities.

July 15, 2017 02:18 AM

I do watch and do get the joke! Linda IS a weird baby name. Great show BTW.

July 14, 2017 02:55 PM

HNG, thanks for making me feel better.

I get the jokes. But 1) I don't think they are that funny and 2) I don't get why the names make them funnier.

July 14, 2017 02:21 PM
In Response to Anything but Kelsey?

I think Kelsey in the middle spot is the way to go - for both girl or boy (unless he only wants to use the honor for a female).

I think that Elsie Kay is excellent in theory, but would he and his family accidentally say Kelsey sometimes, bringing up the loss each time?

Another sound-alike is Chelsea that wouldn't make me trip up and use Kelsey.

Also, using the same letters, you could use Lesley Kay

July 10, 2017 03:35 PM
In Response to Opinions of Enid?

^^ All of this.

July 10, 2017 02:17 PM
In Response to L names galore

They're all fine. Everyone has different tastes, and I agree with Emily that Liesel is preferable to Liselle. Lux doesn't necessarily sound male to me - just more of a non-name name.

Because I'm older than most of you, Lotus is a spreadsheet. It's like naming your kid Excel. :) 

July 9, 2017 11:48 AM

I feel the same. But many people on the other thread had different responses.

I think Laura is the automatic go to spelling, if that helps.