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March 6, 2014 11:42 AM
In Response to Opinions on Boy Names

I agree with all of this. When I read the original post, I immediately thought of Sid Vicious as the explanation for all his friends being on board. There's also a really nice retro/throwback element to Sidney on a modern boy that's very enjoyable. 

I also want to reiterate that although they sound the same, the masculine Sidney and the feminine Sydney are two different names with separate histories. I'm a big advocate for using traditional male names for boys even if there are analogs that been used for girls.

August 22, 2013 03:12 PM
In Response to Spotted on vacation

I hope Cayman isn't a conception name. I get how some parents think it's sweet, but it makes me deeply uncomfortable.


While I don't know anyone personally who has changed their name, I do have some general name-changing advice that's come up many times over.

If the stats are available in your country, find the list of the top names of the year you were born. If you're American, the SSA has a zip file you can download for free that has all the names given to 5 or more babies from 1880 to 2012. This is a great place to start, because while you want a name that is different enough to separate you from the crowd you've been lumped into, you still want to have a name that makes sense for someone your age. You especially want to avoid names that are really trendy for babies and children now, because that's just going to put you in a different giant lump of people (Oh, that's my niece's/cousin's/best friend's daughter's name, etc.)

Once you've made a list of names that make sense for your generation and aren't popular in the current naming landscape, try them out. When the barista at Starbucks asks your name, try out one of the new names. There are so many little opportunities where you'll need to tell someone your name that you'll never see again, so take advantage of them. Practice in front of a mirror, saying "Hi, I'm _____, nice to meet you" with various names. Give some names a trial period, where for a few days or a week, ask your friends to only call you that name, so you get used to hearing other people say it. Write your new signatures over and over. The ones you feel the most comfortable saying, writing, and hearing will start to make themselves known to you.

Good luck, and I hope you find a name that feels more like you.

July 27, 2013 05:01 PM

I feel like your picks have a more of a Generation X vibe rather than simply traditional. It may be helpful to look at the SSA data during the late '60s/early '70s to give you some more options, if you feel like you need them.

I guess what I'm asking is, do you want to evoke that era or just want a timeless, traditional name? This goes doubly for the nicknames. Bill, for instance, could read dated or retro-chic, whereas Will fits in more to today's classrooms. Do you even want to use nicknames at all? These preferences will have a bigger impact on what I recommend for you rather than what I would personally chose (which I don't think is as helpful to you, seeing as how it's your baby).

As it stands, my top five are


  • David (nn Davey, I personally dislike Dave)
  • Mark
  • Joseph (Joe/Joey)
  • Thomas (Tom/Tommy)
  • John (Johnny)


Other suggestions I'd make (taken from the stats for 1970) are

  • Robert (Rob/Bob)
  • Richard (Rick/Rich)
  • Jeffrey (Jeff)
  • Steven
  • Daniel (Dan)
  • Anthony (Tony)
  • Paul
  • Matthew (Matt)
  • Peter (Pete)

July 27, 2013 01:35 PM
In Response to Jimmy Fallon

I also wish they'd gone with a full name, but going by Jimmy really hasn't hurt his career, though. She can also shorten it to Win(n) if she feels that she needs a more serious alternative.

July 27, 2013 01:30 PM

It's clear you really like the long A sound, so I think it's fine. The -ie ending of Sadie really helps to separate the name from her brothers'. The only thing I'd caution you about would be if you have more children after this baby. Would you want to get locked in this pattern?

July 24, 2013 03:32 PM

I think anything with 3+ syllables could work nicely, so how about:

Hudson Alexander Phillips

Hudson Dominic Phillips

Hudson Nathaniel Phillips

Hudson Christopher Phillips

Hudson Zachary Phillips

Hudson Anthony Phillips

Hudson Tobias Phillips

Hudson Xavier Phillips

Hudson Gregory Phillips

Hudson Theodore Phillips

Hudson Everett Phillips

Any of those speak to you?


I think Evelyn provides you with a good base for using a lot of the names you like as nicknames (Ella, Ellie, Lee), so that way you could kill two birds with one stone. I also think Star could work as a middle name, as a nod to the lily.

So in addition to Mrs. H's suggestions:

Evelyn Louise

Evelyn Star

Evelyn Lee

Ella Louise

Ella Star

Also, have you considered Eloise? It seems like the perfect combination of the lovely Ella/Ellie names and Louise, freeing you up to use one of the names inspired by your aunt.

Eloise Lee

Eloise Grace

Eloise Star


July 24, 2013 02:42 PM

I want to second all of this! This is exactly how I feel as well.

So, absolutely Brandt Henry and Bianca Noel.

July 24, 2013 02:30 PM

Willow Amelie & Tabitha Wren, definitely.

July 19, 2013 01:11 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

Rachel --> Ravel

Christopher --> Tristopher


Girl: Colleen

Boy: Boris

July 19, 2013 12:51 PM

My last name, Lacy, is more commonly used as a first name, but I wouldn't use it, because it's not my style at all. Also, I'm always having to insist to people that, no, I didn't mishear them when they asked for my LAST name, that's what it is. I do have a friend from childhood that used it for her daughter, though, which is sweet.


June 4, 2013 02:46 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

New sibset!


Ginger (g)

June 4, 2013 02:45 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Graham(b) Elspeth (g), Vaughn (b), Alistair (b), Maeve (g), Fiona (g), Cormac (b), Declan (b), Brenna (g), Charlotte (g), Ronan(b),

and Eileen (g)!

May 29, 2013 11:47 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Graham(b) Elspeth (g), Vaughn (b), Alistair (b), Maeve (g), Fiona (g),

and Cormac (b)

May 25, 2013 04:55 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Temperance (g), Journey (g), Clarity (g), Peregrine (b), Flint (b), Autumn (g), Maverick (b),

and Storm (b)

May 12, 2013 07:30 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Lola?

I think it's fine. I think the biggest problems with regard to the songs are going to be your peers, not hers. If members of the younger generation know the songs, they probably won't care. It's only the older people constantly singing the songs at her that you'll need to be aware of and prepare for. And honestly, I'd say there's a minorty of people that know what The Kinks song is really about anyway.

May 12, 2013 06:18 PM
In Response to Mary vs. Marie

It's funny you mention Miriam and Molly. My older sister's middle name is Marie, my name is Molly, and her daughter's name is Miriam. But then again, my family has a history of using different variations of the same names.

OP: I would only consider Mary if there's some kind of family precedent for rehashing names, which would gives her some familial ties rather than the feeling that you ran out of ideas.


Oh, thank goodness. I am sick to death of that construction for boy names, and it's caused me to seriously dislike a lot of names that fit that criteria that I'd previously adored. Maybe once this fad has cooled off over the next decade or so, the charm can return.

May 10, 2013 02:15 PM

Agnes - 5  For some reason, I just can't like this name, even though I know of a little Agnes who wears it well.

Agatha - 4  Even worse than Agnes. Again, I want to like it, but just can't.

Felicity - 8  Very pretty. I expect a girl with this name to have beautiful hair.

Fleur - 6  I like it in theory, but in my accent it loses a lot of the French charm.

Flora - 9  This is near the top of my own list, so of course I love it.

Francesca "Frankie" - 10  This is my favorite for you. Something about the international sophistication + charming nickname is just wonderful.

Verity - 8.5  I really love this, but it reads as the softest/sweetest of your choices, and I feel as if you're looking for something a bit more spirited.