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February 21, 2017 03:45 PM

When making suggestions, I went with names that are kind of singular to me. I only know one Ainsley and she stands out in a positive way.

I wasn't sure how to go about finding a name that was so unique I hadn't heard it used. 

February 20, 2017 07:42 PM

Boys: Keegan, Weston, Jonas, Dash, or Stanley

Girls: Ainsley, Paxton, Kimber, Addison, or Lyra 


February 20, 2017 06:04 AM

Boys: Caleb, Quentin (I adore just Q as a nn), Flynn, Josiah, or Lincoln

Girls: Piper, Kendall, Flora, Scarlett, or Meghan

February 19, 2017 10:45 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Josephine, Eliza, & Ivy

Like: Annie, Harriet, Melodie

Lose: Katya, Celine, Destiny 


New List: Josephine, Eliza, Ivy, Annie, Harriet, Melodie, Georgina, Eden, Clarisse

February 18, 2017 09:48 AM

Linnette (or just Linnet), Violet, or Marigold maybe? Still classic, but less commonly used than Elizabeth or Charlotte. 

February 16, 2017 03:02 PM

I almost suggested that too! 

February 15, 2017 12:36 AM

Since you've added maybe finding a literary name...

Leila Elizabeth - Classic, so many positive connections, just maybe to commonly used for your taste? 

Leila Jane (or Jean) - Thinking Jane Austen here or Hermione Jean Granger. 

Leila Clarisse - Loved this name in Fahrenheit 451, might be a favorite for you guys. I just like how these names flow together. 

Leila Eleanor (or Nora) - I personally love this one because it's what Samwise Gamgee names his first daughter in LotR, after the prettiest *fictional flower he ever saw. (In the book I think it's spelled Elanor.)

Leila Catherine - Lots of literary connections (and saintly to boot). While Catherine itself isn't an uncommon name, it's been awhile since I've met one with this spelling, which makes it more classic for you while keeping it current for the hubs? 

February 12, 2017 11:59 AM
In Response to Is Eliza a bad choice?

Personally, I like the sound of Eliza with the long I sound in the last name. I think it flows nicely.

But, if you prefer and intend to use the eh-lee-zuh pronunciation I would strongly suggest spelling it Elisa.

Both spellings and pronunciations are lovely; it just comes down to your personal preference.  

February 11, 2017 01:03 PM
In Response to Sugggest some L names

Or with Lucina, you could always use Lucy as a nn

February 11, 2017 01:01 PM
In Response to Sugggest some L names

You seem to have pretty eclectic tastes, so I'm trying to cover a few:

Laura, Laurel, Lorren, Lorraine, Lana, Linda, Lydia, Linnette, Lillian, Liliana 

February 11, 2017 11:31 AM

I'm pretty sure the female character on the show was Ren (short for Renee or something), but that's just the sound association I have with the name. 

There's a male Wren character on Pretty Little Liars. 

February 10, 2017 02:50 PM

Wren (b)

Say: I love it! 

Think: I love it, but I would only ever use this name on a girl. I know it's used as a masculine name, but it just strikes me as so cute for a girl. Maybe because of Even Stevens on Disney Channel back in the day... ?


Next: Arthur (b)

February 9, 2017 04:48 AM

That's really adorable! 

I thought about Hannah for this list, but it didn't seem to fit with your other names for me.

I read a Kate Towne article recently about name definitions vs name meanings that you might like. Basically, she was saying that meaning/connotation usually goes beyond definition (especially for names like Mary - bitter is definitely not what I think I when I hear it.) So using a name that has a deep, positive  meaning for you - like honoring family - outweighs it's definition. 

February 7, 2017 08:52 PM

I like your choices, but I see where you're stuck wanting to make sure the meaning of the name is as special as the other three. I did a quick search just now and basically any name with any variant of Ann(a) in it means something to do with grace, so you could honor your aunts that way.

Some names for your radar: 

  • Mariana 
  • Mariela
  • Linette/Lynette 
  • Liliana


A couple first/middle combos:

  • Mariela Grace or Liliana Grace
  • Aria Mairead
  • Linette Mairead (or Mairead Linette)
  • Willow Mariana 

February 7, 2017 04:31 PM

Thanks for the feedback!

That was my thought process - the slur with Amelia drops a syllable and changes the over all name completely. I've decided that with my accent it happens when coming off of the L. I do the same thing with Celia, but not with Alexandria. 

February 7, 2017 03:24 PM

From your list, I really like Cole and Reed.

Some suggestions: Mason, Landon, Ryan, Dean, or Griffin ?

January 27, 2017 04:24 PM

I'd have the same concern about using Astrid, but it could always be a middle. :)

Suggestions (I bolded my faves)-

Girls: Blair, Gemma, Cate, or Flora

Boys: Elon, Lake, Jude, or Hugh (I like the above suggestion a lot...)

January 26, 2017 06:37 PM
In Response to Multiple Spellings

Haley - childhood best friend's spelling

Lily - the other l seems extraneous 

McKenzie - not sure I've seen those spellings before?

Isabelle - seems fancier to me

Sophia - I love Sofia too, but it has a distinct Spanish vibe for me 

Riley - two e's seems a little too creative for me

Aria - I'd probably do -ia, but I like both spellings 

Mikayla - seems most phonetic to me 


Elliot - for some reason I like the 2 l' here

Dylan - this one seems more common

Zander - not a big fan of this one

Julian - I like both though

Collin - less likely to be called colon?

Louis - though I like the CS Lewis connection

Jackson - x's seem trendy in a "I'm trying to be trendy" way

Connor - Conor almost looks like it would be pronounced differently 

January 26, 2017 06:22 PM

Another thumbs up for Blythe! 

January 24, 2017 04:48 PM









Gwendolen (though I love Juniper)





Kris (but it would have to be short for something)



Maycee (but I'm not a fan of this spelling)