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June 30, 2015 04:26 PM

I agree with this. You know it *could* be a problem, and there's no way to predict whether your daughter will be the kind of person who thinks it's hilarious or the kind who's easily hurt by it. The fact that you're even stressing about this should tell you that no matter how much you love that E name, it's going to bother you. Find something else.


I wanted to respond to this personally (I'm the OP). I created this topic 3 years ago, and have since become much more educated on gender identity, but unfortunately there isn't an edit function. Please trust that I cringe every time this thread gets ressurected.

June 30, 2015 03:47 PM

I'm trying to to downplay/hide my interest more, actually. It's incredibly frustrating and disheartening when I try to have a nuanced conversation and it either turns into a "let's bash names we don't like" conversation (which I despise) or someone tries to "educate" me with very rudimentary or nonexistent name knowledge. I'm not taken seriously at all, and no one trusts that I know what I'm talking about. I really dislike it. Many people are very unwilling to accept names as being subject to trends and have a greater sociological meaning, or at the very least separate entities from the people that have them.

I can talk to my boyfriend about it, and that's really great. I've taught him a lot about names, and he's been very open and interested in learning and discussing them with me. At this point I'm done with talking about them with anyone but him and the wonderful community here.

June 30, 2015 03:12 PM

Unsure. At first I assumed it was a feminine nickname in the same family as Lux, but then my primary association is with Lex Luther, so I agree with pp that it should absolutely fit your needs. There's a lot of fluidity to it that seems like just what you want.

June 25, 2015 08:44 PM
In Response to Middle name for Ivy!

Agreeing with pp who liked Alice, Adele, and Beatrice as middles. I also really like Ivy Isabella, but I'm someone who's a big fan of when people use names that tend to get relegated to the middle as first and vice versa. Seeing the very popular Isabella in the middle spot renews a lot of the charm in it for me.

I also agree that since you'd said Alice was an honor name, that you should stick with it.

June 25, 2015 12:32 AM

Honestly, this really isn't the best way to go about doing this. It's like asking people what everyone's favorite foods are because you can't decide what to make for dinner: everyone has their own taste. I'd hate to say hurtful things about names I dislike, because invariably someone else will love it.

It would be more productive to give us a list of names you think are just ok, or names that you can't use but still like the sound of.

June 24, 2015 11:33 PM
In Response to "Golden" names?

Marigold was my first thought. Other golden hues are Jasmine, Flax, Citron/Citrine, and Isabelline (which is more of a cream than gold).

There's also a myriad of lionesque names: Lionel, Leo, Leopold, Leonardo, Leonora, Savannah (might be a stretch).

Also: Gilda, Taia, Zarrin/Zerrin

June 24, 2015 10:30 PM
In Response to Miriam/Josephine?

I agree with this. Big fan of Miriam Josephine and Claudia as well.

June 23, 2015 01:50 PM
In Response to Seren

I think this is going to turn into a big Mary/Merry/Marry merge conversation. I'm merged, so I would say that Seren does have the same sound as Sarah, but others who are not merged will say that it absolutely doesn't. It really depends on where you live.

June 21, 2015 02:28 AM

Alexander is by far the most clearly male, although I do know guys in their late 20s named both Rowan and Adrian. The Rowan I know does tend to get gently teased by friends of ours by spelling and pronouncing it "Rown" due to people messing it up. It's become an in-joke that, as far as I can tell, he's fine with, but you may not be. It's also definitely going girl in the under 10 set. Adrian may also get misheard as Adrienne.

As for which one you like best, I suggest you look at some of the advice I gave to thewonder over on her thread. This is really about how *you* feel more than anything else.

June 21, 2015 02:10 AM

You have lovely taste in names. I personally really like Margaret and Josephine.

The first thing you should do is to try to narrow it down to about 3 or 4 names that really feel like something you can live with (not just the ones you think are the prettiest, but the names that feel like *you*). It helps to go a place like Starbucks a few times and give each name a test run, so speak. Really think about how you feel saying it and how it feels answering to it. Look in the mirror and say "My name is X, it's so nice to meet you" etc. Pay attention to how you feel introducing yourself with each one. Some will feel more "right" than others.

A lot of your choices have some commonly used nicknames. Is that something you'd like? If you went with, for example, Adelaide, would you be ok with someone calling you Addy?

Best of luck to you in this big decision.

June 20, 2015 03:20 PM
In Response to Alice Sienna?

I think Ivy Alice is wonderful. You should go for it.

June 20, 2015 02:52 PM

Oh, these are wonderful!

It's fascinating to see names that are red hot trendy right now next to names that seem destined to stay in the past. I can also see names like Daviana, Evalee, Adalena, and Idabelle fitting right in at today's daycares.

June 19, 2015 09:22 PM

Honestly, it seems like a no brainer, but I hadn't realized it *was* a nickname for Elizabeth until I started reading this site years ago. I think something about the long i versus the short i makes it feel different? Hearing the name versus reading it?

June 19, 2015 03:57 PM

I think it will get more popular, but not to the point of being a top 10 name. The -as ending doesn't have mass appeal the way -en/-on/-an do. It also doesn't really lend itself to rhyming.

Silas has been steadily climbing the charts, but for the aforementioned reasons, I doubt it will ever get higher than 50th (it's never broken into the top 100, by the way). I think you'll be fine.

June 18, 2015 04:51 PM

My niece is named Miriam, also called Miri. She's 2 1/2 so I don't really have any problems imagining it on a little one. It's a very cute and wearable name.

June 18, 2015 04:07 PM
In Response to Sibling Names

How about:



June 16, 2015 06:16 PM

I always thought it was fascinating that Apple wasn't even original to the couple. Apparently Chris Martin's North American booking agent's daughter is named Apple, and they asked permission to use it for their own daughter (source). In that context, it absolutely makes sense to see an ususual name on a person and have it grow on you to point of loving it, which I think is the case here. This reasoning really invalidates the "they're just trying to be different and *original*" line of criticism to me.

June 16, 2015 12:11 AM

I agree. Maverick and Brooks are very very cowboy to me, and in that context Mabel makes sense, although for a modern naming sensibility I would have thought the daughter would be named something like Tinsley. Mabel's a very pleasant surprise.

June 15, 2015 11:48 PM
In Response to Baby Girl Names

My favorite for you is Nya. Stylistically they don't really go together in my opinion, but in sound and look, they do, if that makes any sense. "Finn and Nya" rolls off the tongue nicely.

I agree that Rory is a bit unisex, but that's really the only thing that puts it in second place for me. If I knew you had 2 children named Finn and Rory, I'd assume they were both boys. I really like Rory as a nickname for Lorelei, Aurora, Victoria, Gloria, Eleanor, etc. though.

I'm just not a fan of Savannah. It feels dated to me.