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July 5, 2016 12:00 PM

I would suggest Ingrid if you want recognizable but Nordic. For more unusual, Suuvi means "flower" in Finnish and I think flows nicely whilst also being unique from Elsa.

February 23, 2016 11:51 AM

One of our rules has been unique first initials. It's so much easier for labeling toys lol.

One time middle names matter is when they (or a nickname) are part of the name a child is usually called. For instance our fifth is Katherine Susanna; we call her Katie Sue. There is already a living Katie in the family, her great grandma. So it distinguishes them (and is cute.) 

Speaking of her great grandmas, both of my grandmas go by derivatives of their middle names. Mary Katherine has alternately gone by Mary K. (with the K) and Katie her whole life. Professionally or in formal correspondence, M. K. Lastname (in a time when correspondence from a single woman might not have gotten much respect...) My other grandma, Catherine Veronica, has always been Ronnie.

So, there are times when the middle name is just as important- if it's part of what you intend to call the child. :)

February 10, 2016 12:46 AM

I'm not sure the Greek mythology names really belong. They have a more familiar feel, less new, and probably appeal to different parents. (I grew up with an Athena, an Ariadne, an Apollo, etc.)


I'm also unsure about Laking. LaKing yes , but Laking I'd pronounce "lake-ing," which has a different feeling...

March 13, 2015 12:06 AM

A great one from a Phryne Fisher book (well, a few actually)- Nerine. It has all the hallmarks of a "name" name, but is a genus of flowering shrubs that doesn't get used much. Lovely, I think.

Also in those books you'll read the names of some Australian flowers used on women, which I think is a great idea for people who want unusual floral names- look for foreign or exotic flowers!

October 29, 2014 02:32 AM

Whereas here in SoCal it's likely to be pronounced "loo-EEss", like Luis...

Also, there is simply no way to name your kid Dexter without people thinking you named him after a fictional serial killer right now (unless he's a Jr or something.)

October 15, 2008 12:10 PM

I actually really identify with my brother's name, Michael. I think that would be a good name for me if I was a boy. (I didn't actually have a boy name. My mom had amniocentesis and an ultrasound before they were common, being an older mom with me, and had not picked out names when she found out I was a girl. My brother's girl name was Sarah.)

October 11, 2008 11:23 PM
In Response to Name Spotlight: Levi

Interestingly, I know many Jewish people with the LAST name Levi, but not one with the FIRST name Levi!