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May 20, 2015 10:59 PM

This is a good opportunity to embrace what you love. Like Simone7 said, most European surnames are derived from occupations, places, and parents' names.

I think places are going to be your best bet. They're very simple, commonly used, and you can still put a lot of meaning into them. I've known people with the last names of Beach, Sands, Ocean, Clearwater, Fields, Greenfield, Forest, Cliffe, Pine, Hill, Brooke, Orchard, Grove, and Pond. Was/is there a beautiful place that holds a lot of meaning for you? That might help you find the path to a good name.



May 20, 2015 10:36 PM

How about:


May 19, 2015 01:04 PM

I think you should go for Patrick Leo. I wouldn't worry about nicknames. I'm in my late 20s, and I grew up with two Patricks, both went by Patrick only. Additionally, I think you'll find that children are far more likely now to not have a nickname than in the last several decades.

May 19, 2015 12:56 PM

Agree with all of this 100%

May 17, 2015 09:39 PM

I concur throroughly with everything MadelineH said. I very slightly prefer Florence over Genevieve, though.

May 17, 2015 01:20 AM
In Response to Invent a name!

Jonathon -> Jonashon
Elspeth -> Emspeth


May 15, 2015 04:37 PM

Isla is by far my favorite. I'm neutral on Chelsea and Hayden, dislike Hadley.

May 15, 2015 12:14 AM

My first suggestions on reading the title were Ramona and Ruth! I love those names; it's a shame your husband can't get on board.

This are some left-field options, but maybe one will fit:


Honestly, pickings are pretty slim at this point, and I suggest you have you husband make a list himself.



May 15, 2015 12:02 AM

I never cared for Daphne for personal reasons, and I do kind of think that Eloise gets swept into the Ell-tide of girl names at present.

My favorite by far is Margo for you. I don't think it needs the T at the end at all. I agree with other posters that it might need a more substantial middle. Jane is lovely but to me it feels like a filler, especially next to your other children's names. Maybe something like:

Margo Virginia
Margo Celeste
Margo Susannah
Margo Felicity
Margo Frances
Margo Josephine

May 14, 2015 11:44 PM

My list is pretty wild:

Now: Mary
2000s: Juliana
1990s: Ariana
1980s: Kerri
1970s: Jackie
1960s: Gayle
1950s: Alma
1940s: Melba
1930s: Olga
1920s: Cecelia
1910s: Virgie
1900s: Veronica
1890s: Lura

It's bizarre how the one name that seems the freshest is Cecelia, which really proves that name trends come in cycles. I can't imagine Lura, Olga, Melba, and Gayle coming back any time soon, though.

May 14, 2015 11:33 PM

Seconding all of this. Delaney Juniper is great.

May 14, 2015 11:27 PM
In Response to Which middle name?

Of your choices, I like Storm the best. It contrasts really nicely with Madilayne, in my opinion.

May 14, 2015 11:20 PM
In Response to Sister for Indiana

I agree with all of this. Stylistically, I think Juniper is a great fit to the point that I don't think you should look any further. From the rest of your list, I like Allegra, Fiona, and Imogen. I'll also throw my vote in for Jessamine.

May 13, 2015 01:30 AM

I tried to go for a first-half-of-the-20th-Century sibset with more adventurous middles.


Alice Andromeda
Bonnie Bernadette
Caroline Christabel
Delta Dorothea
Edith Eleanor
Fern Francesca
Gloria Greer
Hope Hepzibah
Irene Isadora
Joan Jessamine
Kathleen Kerith
Loretta Lisette
Marjorie Maude
Nancy Nightingale
Opal Olympia
Pamela Pauline
Queenie Quintessa
Ramona Rosalind
Sally Suzette
Tamora Temperance
Ursa Utopia
Virginia Valancy
Wilma Wisteria
Xenia Xanthis
Yolanda Ysabeau
Zella Zephyrine



Amos Aberforth
Beauregard Bertram
Carl Courtney
Dean Douglas
Edmund Earl
Franklin Fitzgerald
George Grover
Harvey Horatio
Ivan Ishmael
Josiah Jupiter
Kenneth Klaus
Lionel Lorenzo
Morris Makepeace
Neil Nicodemus
Otto Odysseus
Peter Padraig
Quintus Quartz
Robert Rudyard
Saul Sylvester
Truman Thurgood
Usher Utah
Virgil Valentine
Wallace Wolfgang
Xavier Xenophilius
York Yeats
Zebediah Zeus


May 12, 2015 10:58 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

Alexander-> Alevander
Katherine-> Kathesine

Boy: Otto
Girl: Justina

May 6, 2015 06:39 PM

This is a very mixed bag in terms of taste. Most of your choices are creatively spelled or modern inventions, and I think these categories are going to get the least amount of approval here, if only because of the hassle the child will deal with throughout its life having to spell it over and over and getting it mispelled anyway. You really have to weigh the pros and cons of whether it's more important for the name to be special but difficult or to be a little more conventional but much easier.


Of your girl names, I like Darcy, Ellianna, Laurel, Lux, Scarlett, Temperance, Cordelia, Zella, Lydia, Jessa, Blaire, and Ellery.

For boys: Daniel, Grant, Graham, Samuel, Vincent, Sebastian, Donovan, Luca, Isaac, and Lawrence

In addition to these, there are others I would also suggest if you went with the established spelling. Some of these almost look like typos, and I worry that everyone will assume that that's what they are.

May 6, 2015 05:47 PM

Frankie and Remy are adorable together!!

May 5, 2015 04:36 PM
In Response to Twin boys!

I'm going to go with Ben, mainly because it's the only one starting with its own sound. Your taste is simple and classic, so the sound thing is really the only thing that makes Ben stand out as the true winner for me.

March 7, 2015 02:37 PM

Notice that the names that are "going girl" have largely been prep school names, that is, names that some would call sissy. It's not a coincidence that these names are popular in areas that have a strong anti-intellectual culture.[...] I didn't have a problem with it until my some of my favorite boys names that I considered strong and sensitive and smart were now considered feminine because of those traits.

Oh, wow you hit the nail on the head with why I dislike it when boy names go girl, without me realizing exactly why. This is precisely it! Thank you for articulating this.

March 5, 2015 03:21 PM
In Response to Kellan or Callan?

I prefer Kellan, mainly because of the clear pronunciation. I wouldn't worry about Kel sounding like "kill". If anything, it strongly reminds me of Kel Mitchell, a child/teen actor from the '90s (the shows All That and Kenan & Kel). This is a very positive association for me, and probably will be for many adults in my cohort (mid 20s to early 30s).

I don't really care for Callan, unfortunately.