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February 27, 2015 01:37 PM
In Response to What do you think?

I'm probably biased, but I adore the name Clark. It's my mother's maiden name and it's been on my list for years. My sister grew up with a boy named Clark as well (he'd be about 32 now), so I'm very familiar with it being used as a first name.

There's also a dystopian tv show on the CW where the female protagonist's name is Clarke (I think it's with an e at the end?), so although it's used on a young woman, it's more than rare enough and surnamey enough to feel like a usable name on a boy. I think the association with the show helps it feel modern and not stuffy or outdated.

February 27, 2015 01:16 PM

I like Liv best. It's short and sweet. I also get a little tripped up between saying Daytona and Arden.

February 26, 2015 11:23 PM
In Response to Too much?

Yes, it's way too close. I would think you were making a deliberate homage to HP, or worse, ripping it off.

February 26, 2015 09:59 PM

If you changed Gracie to just Grace, that would be my top choice for you. It's very easy to go from Grace to Gracie as a nickname, but much harder to go from Gracie to Grace if she wants to go by something more serious down the road.

The same goes for Emmy. I would prefer it as a nickname for Emma or Emily.

Not a fan of Brietta. There's nothing wrong with it, it just isn't my style.

Violet, while a great name, shares way too many of the same sounds as Levi, and I can see calling them together wouldn't pass the holler test. I personally would get very tongue tied, especially if I was stressed out and they were making mischief.


February 26, 2015 04:15 PM
In Response to Ruby or Matilda?

Such lovely names!

I'm not going to be much help because I really like both of them with Violet. I think what it will come down to is if you prefer the charm of the colorful theme or the Edwardian English countryside vibe. What my partner would do in this situation is to flip a coin and whichever it lands on, see if that makes you happy or disappointed. Or, you could simply wait and see when your girls come out and decide then, as having a little face to put the name on might make it easier.

February 26, 2015 03:03 PM

I think Netta's really cute!

Have you considered some kind of compromise? Maybe you could use a full first name that you prefer that contains the "ett" sound and use Netta as a nickname? Annette, Henrietta, Colette, Juliet, Nicolette, Yvette, etc.? There doesn't have to be an N before the "ett" sound, since there's a precedence (Ned for Edward, Nancy for Anne, Nell for Eleanor).

I think Joy is lovely.

February 26, 2015 02:51 PM

A few suggestions (I tried to stay away from those ending in -a):


Any of those strike your fancy?

February 26, 2015 02:27 PM

I prefer the flow of Tennyson Grey, but I think it sounds too masculine. Go with Piper on this one.

Miles Emerson is wonderful, with Miles Benjamin is a close second. Not a fan of Jay in the middle spot; it sounds too choppy and Jay always feels like a nickname to me.

February 25, 2015 10:37 PM

It reads as feminine to me, but I don't have a problem with a little boy bearing that name. I'm honestly more worried about the middle name, Elliot, which is heavily leaning towards unisex in recent years, so his entire first/middle combo is a bit ambiguous in gender. It's up to you on whether this bothers you or not, but you should be prepared when people assume your child is a girl based on his name.

February 25, 2015 09:13 PM

I really like Allen, though I prefer the spelling Alan. I do worry that if he chooses to go by Al he'd be Al Gold, which sounds a lot like Al Gore, so if that's not a great association for you, I'd reconsider.

Aaron and Andrew are great, solid names. Alex feels like a nickname; go for the full Alexander. I'm a bit ambivalent toward Asher, and I agree with the other posters that Aryeh will be troublesome.

Benjamin is timeless, no complaints here. Bennet is also very nice. I'm lukewarm on Baxter because I know of a couple dogs with that name, but since it's going in the middle spot I don't think it'll be a big deal.

I honestly think you have a fantastic selection of AB names to choose from. Come up with a few combinations of first-middle you like and maybe see which one fits him when he come out.

February 25, 2015 08:53 PM

You're going to have to be a lot more specific than simply "creative and unique" because those words mean several different things depending on who you're talking to. Do you want something that feels modern, like Tinsley? Mythological like Persephone? Antique like Benjamina? Shabby chic like Agnes? Nature-inspired like Lark?

Hopefully you see what I mean. Please tell us names you like but maybe can't use or aren't in love with. This will give us a sense of your naming style and help us make better suggestions.

February 25, 2015 08:14 PM
In Response to Book Club

Ohhh my goodness, I adore Robin Hobb! I spent a good part of last year devouring the entire Realm of the Elderlings series. Her characterization is so, so good and she really loves ripping your heart out. I'm so excited for the second Fitz and the Fool book!

February 25, 2015 08:01 PM
In Response to Top Three Names

In order of preference:


By the way, I don't think you'll have trouble, at least with girls and young women, with your preferred pronunciation of Louis. I have learned from my 9 year-old niece that one of the members of the boy band One Direction has this name, pronounced Lou-EE. I don't think I saw anyone bring that up in your other thread, but it may be helpful.


February 24, 2015 12:50 AM
In Response to Thoughts on my List?

I also disagree that people are going to be unaware of Cicero. I'll be 30 later this year, and while I never learned about him in school, I definitely heard and read it growing up in the '90s. It has a "Famous Roman Dead Guy Who Did Something Important" reputation, even if his actual exploits are unknown.

I do know who Liev Schreiber is.



February 24, 2015 12:35 AM
In Response to Please vote

Graham is my favorite by far. It feels very cheerful and comfortable while also being serious. I also like it because it doesn't end in an -n, , like the rest of your choices (this is a personal pet peeve of mine since there are so many boy names ending in -n, but please take my opinion with a grain of salt).

The rest of your list, in order of most liked to least liked I prefer:




Aven (I put Aven last simply because I'm unfamiliar with it, and feels more like it should go on a girl).

February 23, 2015 04:22 PM

Xander is a nickname for Alexander to me. I also think of the character from Buffy the Vampie Slayer.

Evander reminds me of boxer Evander Holyfield who got his ear bitten off.

Not really a fan of either, but I think I prefer Xander just on association alone.

February 23, 2015 03:10 PM
In Response to Violet's twin sister!

I much prefer Matilda to all of the othe options you were considering. I think it's an absolute winner.

February 23, 2015 03:04 PM

I think it's fine, if a little bland (but my tastes run a bit quirkier than yours, so don't take that as an insult). I do, however, think it definitely matches all of your qualifications; it feels very queenly. It doesn't sound harsh at all, but very flowing and pretty. I also really like the astronometical connections of the name itself, which in my mind lends itself to feeling classic while not being well known.

February 23, 2015 02:55 PM

Aurora nicknamed Rory is fantastic, and I think that the longer, girly name with a masculine nickname might be the right direction for you to go in. While Milo is all boy for me, I think it would be great as a nickname for Amelia (which solves your too-popular issue).

I'm not a fan of Paisley, but I can't find anything specifically wrong with it; it's just not my style. Delaney is much the same.

I have a cousin in his 40s named Shea, so to me it's male. I also think of shea butter.

Cali feels like a nickname, but there are several longer names that work with it (Calina, Callista, Calico, etc. etc.)

Sage is all boy for me.

February 23, 2015 02:31 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Claudia?

I'm just going to be echoing the other posters here: I really like Claudia, don't think it sounds too Italian (although it does have a nice, ambiguous European flair), don't think it needs a nickname, and I'm not bothered by the "lame" derivation. I also think the slight pronunciation differences in other languages are a plus. My own name does not travel well at all, so I think having easily portable versions of your name can only be a good thing. I don't associate it with any particular era.

My first association is with the main character Claudia Kincaid from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler and Claudia Kishi from The Babysitters Club.