About Me

I am originally from NJ but now live in SC with my husband and our three children: Car0line Beatric3, Char1otte Ther3se, and H3nry R0bert. I'm in my early 30's and I am an early childhood/ elementary school teacher working mostly with grades K, 1, & 2. I love names and have since I was about seven or eight and I just happened to get a name book. It was called "Names Names Names, A Book For You". I carried it around with me in my back pack for many years just in case I heard an interesting name so I could look it up. I also loved looking up the meanings of all of my friend's names. I now own over 15 different name books. I try to keep up with reading all of the comments but I just never seem to have a chance to comment on anything in a timely fashion so I guess I'm mostly a lurker. :)

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January 26, 2012 02:13 PM

Here are my guesses (I tried not to look at anyone's comments): 1. Ireland 2. Charlotte 3. Dante 4. James 5. Jubilee 6. Donovan

February 9, 2011 08:10 AM
In Response to Naming beyond letters

It's not really 100% on topic but this article seemed like something you all might appreciate. Ft. Wayne, Indiana doesn't want to name a government center after it's longest serving mayor because of his "funny" name. It almost seems like a story you'd read on The Onion.

January 6, 2011 08:52 AM

A man, a plan, a canal. Panama! I know it's not a name but it's a palindrome (if you remove the punctuation). I love Otto and it's a family name on my side but my husband doesn't like it at all. He actually laughed at me when I brought it up.

November 23, 2010 09:12 AM

Lucubratrix: I'm sorry to hear you're still waiting. That really sucks. first_fruits: I will die if Cecilia becomes popular as that is the name we are saving if we have a girl next time. I'm especially attracted to its fairly stable name graph. Barnacle: I love Sylvie and Sylvia/Silvia. Sylvianne seems a little less traditional but I can see it as relating to Maryanne or Julianne so if you like it then go for it. I think Sylvie is strong and spunky enough to stand on its own though and will fit in really nicely with all of the little Sophies running around these days. Have you considered splitting it up? Sylvie Anne could always go by her first and middle name if she really wanted a longer/ more formal name to fall back on.

November 23, 2010 08:29 AM

@ Patricia: Re: "But unfortunately as a commoner, "Kate" will not be known as Princess Catherine after she marries the heir to the British throne, but as HRH Princess William of Wales." Interesting. I didn't know that was how it was done but I suppose it makes sense. However, while that may be officially true, I'm fairly confident that the press, especially in the US, will call her Princess Catherine or Princess Kate and so that's how she'll be known to most people in the general public. They're already calling her the Future Princess Kate. Also, couldn't the Queen give her or her family a title of some sort either before or after the wedding so that she could officially claim the title Princess Catherine or does it have to be inherited through blood? I really don't know how it all works!

November 22, 2010 12:28 PM

I was leaning towards Kurt until I heard the Palin nomination. Peighton + Madelyn = Paylin et al. Plus the pop-culture, political and LN-First aspects of it make it a great nomination for NOTY. I vote for Palin. (Never thought I'd ever say that... wow!) I also really like Esperanza. It captures not only the essence of that great world-wide event of the miners' rescue but the feeling of the times regarding emerging from a great economic recession, etc. It also transcends politics in a way that Palin (obviously) doesn't. The world was so united watching those men come up from the depths. Kate is a good one too but I feel like the name itself is so well used that it could really represent anything and therefore doesn't have the strong tie to 2010 that Palin and Esperanza do.

November 11, 2010 04:10 PM

another Laura: you could use Teresa India Another possibility: you could also look to Therese of Lisieux, the inspiration of Mother Teresa (name-wise, at least) for mn inspiration. She was/is called the Little Flower of Carmel so perhaps Teresa Carmel, Teresa Daisy, Teresa Flora or Teresa Fleur (I think this one sounds particularly cute), or anything really along this line. Actually, I really like Teresa Ruth a lot. I don't think it's too r heavy. The repeated r sound is pleasant to me.

October 28, 2010 11:37 AM

Oh, Laura. I love you.

October 5, 2010 08:14 AM

RE Final Fantasy names: Before having kids I used to always play the FF games as soon as they came out and I really loved the name Rinoa. I thought it would make a good name for a pet because, at the time, I felt that naming a child for a video game character was silly but it seems that now a days that's not so much the case. Kids are being named all kinds of things (see below) and Rinoa has a really pretty sound. Allison Margaret: I like Elspeth. Familiar yet unusual. CCSmith: Serena Mary is lovely with Lydia and Madeleine. ajg: I love Benjamin, Lily, and Frederic! You have great taste in names. All of these names were considered by us for our kids and Frederic is on our short list for boy #2 as is Arthur. So I vote for Arthur. Some interesting names I've run into around my area lately: A friend of mine was just telling me that she met a woman at the playground this past weekend with three boys who were all named after guns. I was, of course, immediately reminded of the discussion on here a while back about that sort of thing (I think it was in the post about the name Gauge/Gage) so I asked her what the three names were. In my mind I was thinking Colt or Smith. Maybe Gunner or Gauge. I was shocked when she told me they were called Gatling, Derringer, and Dakota. Of course I'm aware of Dakota as a name (apparently there's a gun company called Dakota Arms) but I've never heard Gatling or Derringer used as first names before. There was a little girl (about three, I'd say) at story-time on Friday with the name Sterling (as in sterling silver). My daughter came home and told me that a boy in her class (first grade) was named Nanue1 (Nan-u-el) but preferred to be called Nathan. I asked if she meant Manuel or Emmanuel but she was emphatic. His name was NAN-u-el with an N. They have name tags on their desks and she sits near him so she's seen it written. That was a new one for me too.

September 7, 2010 12:10 PM

AllieP: What I don't get is why, just because a name is not your style, you need to be so insulting. Lots of people here like names that I don't really care for. Thank goodness, I say, because if everyone loved the names I loved, they'd be super popular and I wouldn't love them nearly as much. PS: I think Paisley is cute and interesting. I get the same feeling from Ainsley and Brittany. Although Brittany is probably way overused at this point. Also, Rupert makes me think of Rupert Grint who plays Ron in the Harry Potter movies.

September 7, 2010 08:18 AM

Melly: I assume K-ur-stin from the spelling Kirsten and K-ear-stin from the spelling Kiersten. Adding the e might reduce the number of people who will misread it as Kristen too, especially by teachers who likely grew up with multitudes of Kristens and Kristins. NamedAfterMyGrandma: I don't think SM will be a problem. I do know a Silvia in her twenties and she said that kids in school sometimes called her Saliva but she seems none the worse for the wear. It doesn't really matter what your name is, if kids want to make fun of you, they'll find something. I think Sylvia and Sylvie are wonderful; elegant & sleek and cute & warm at the same time. Kimberly: I CD too! This is my first time doing it (used regular disposables with the first two) and I really like it. PennyX: Orson = Orson Wells in my mind too. Ursula vs Orson I think Ursula is better. And, FWIW, I don't think of the sea witch at all and I've seen Little Mermaid at least 4000 times (I have two little girls). I think of Ursula K. Le Guin, the author. hyz: I agree with the suggestion of Joon-Young August if you want to keep August on the table. Putting Joon together with Young makes it feel more like one syllable of a name, like Joonyoung August instead of a list of months: June, August. I like Oliver Joon or Joon Oliver or Joon-Young Oliver all better though. I think Oliver it just darling with Ivy. I like to say it out loud too. Oliver and Ivy. The rhythm and the flow of it makes my mouth feel happy and... dancey. :) Miriam: Very interesting sibling set. Very sad story. :( Everyone: I gave your suggestions to my friend and she's presenting them to her dh. I'll definitely let you all know what they end up naming him. I'm pulling for Huds0n Thoma5 or Huds0n 6arrett, personally. He has grandfathers named Gary and Tom and I'm partial to middle names honoring a family member. Plus Enz0 is really nms.

September 1, 2010 09:18 AM

Sorry to jump in. It's been a while since I've posted anything. I read, but just can't keep up with the comments enough to post anything relevant. Well, now my best friend is (FINALLY!) pregnant with her first baby (a boy!) and is having some trouble with the name. Her husband and the baby will share an italian LN beginning with L. She is irish and french. She prefers non-traditional names and seems to gravitate towards the last-name-first style for the most part. Her favorite names all seem to either start with an L or are last names. She's ruled out any L names because she really dislikes the alliteration with her last name. She likes: Griffin (DH says no b/c he knew a Griffin who was a jerk) Liam (pesky L) Lucas (pesky L) Hudson (currently her favorite) Paxton Jackson (DH doesn't like) London (again with the L) Her husband likes Enzo. He's really pushing it. He's a car guy and loves the idea of naming his son after the greatest car designer of all time (Enzo Ferrari). She thinks this name is too ethnically italian, especially with their very italian sounding LN (think Lucchiani), for a baby who is, in reality only 1/8 italian. the baby is also: irish, french, german, and native american. I suggested using Enzo as a mn or as a nickname for something else but DH doesn't want it as a mn and we can't think of anything that Enzo could be short for other than Lorenzo (the L thing again). I thought of spelling Hudson with an en instead and then using Zoro (as in Duntov Zoro, the designer of the stingray corvette) and then you have HudsEN ZOro. This is a bit of a stretch though. Does anyone have any other ideas? Thanks in advance.

June 3, 2010 12:14 PM
In Response to Sponsored Post: Sienna

Don't know if you guys heard about Laura Ling (journalist held in North Korea last year) having a baby girl last night. She named her Li Jefferson (after sister Lisa and President Clinton). Normally I'm not a big fan of masculine names on girls (Jefferson) but in this case I think it's really nice. I like names with personal significance. Also, I had a girl in my class a number of years ago named Cianna (pron. Sienna). She was born in late 1998.,,20390747,00.html

May 24, 2010 12:48 PM

Saw this on facebook today and it reminded me of the discussion on month names. The little girl is named March.!/photo.php?pid=335744&id=100000090947973&subject=40155181493 And she's super cute to boot!

May 7, 2010 10:56 AM

Analia reminds me of a little girl I used to babysit for. Her name was (and still is, I presume) 0nali. She'd be about 8 or 9 now. Malia doesn't surprise me at all. I don't remember if I voted for it in the end but it was definitely on my ballot at one point. I spelled it Malia (like Miss Obama, I believe) but it isn't surprising that the spelling with the y and the ah is more popular.


Eo: Are you predicting a come back for Doris? My Grandma Doris will be pleased!


Very interesting post. I actually found that, although my mother and I have very different taste in names, it goes more along the lines of her liking more mainstream names than I do, at least when it comes to girls' names. When my oldest was born, my mom was pushing really hard for Emily, Isabella or Olivia which I found too trendy (I mean, really, they're like, top ten!). For boys' names we fit the profile a bit better; she was horrified at the name Henry at first. "Old man!" she said. When I asked for her suggestions all she could come up with was Adam (her "name not taken" for my brother who ended up Eric) or Joseph (my brother's mn). In the end she's come around. I'm not sure how she'd handle my current favorites though: I love George or Frederic for a boy and Camilla or (inexplicably) Lorraine for a girl. I shudder at grandchildren named Jean or Barbara or Linda, Wayne, Lloyd or Donald. I wouldn't mind Craig, Brian, Steve, Diane, Lisa or Beverly. When Barbara and Don grow up and name their daughters Kristy and Amanda and Danielle I think I'll be expecting it. SarahC: My daughter is Caroline (age 6) and she really likes her name. We either call her Caroline, Caro (rarely) or Lina (pron. Line-uh, not Leen-uh). She especially likes Lina and it's distinctive without being weird. One mother remarked to me that it's like Linus for a girl which I hadn't thought of before but I suppose it does have the same sound. So in my very biased opinion, Caroline is a great name. :)

March 17, 2010 12:09 PM

Fun game! Sorry for any repeats: Ari -> Aria Cora -> Coral Avi -> Avis Lia -> Liam Eva -> Evan Dina -> Dinah Nola -> Nolan Ima -> Iman -> Imani Thor -> Thora Aida-> Aidan Some of these might be bending the rules a little but it's all I can come up with right now.

November 9, 2009 04:36 PM

Hi all. Sorry to hijack with something so self indulgent but I've been gone for a couple of weeks because our baby has arrived. Henry Robert was born on October 23. 9lbs, 2oz. He's really cute and has been an angel so far. We're all very excited and big sisters Caroline and Charlotte are just in love with him. Regarding sibling names, my oldest one is Caroline and we picked this at the last minute. It didn't occur to me until I found out we were having a second girl that Adeline and Clementine (both names I really like) could never be children of mine. Also, since I used Beatrice as her middle name I don't feel right using this or Beatrix (another one I love) as a first name for any additional daughters. Even using Charlotte gave me pause as they're both forms of Charles but in the end I decided that since most people don't really know that and I really love the name I would use it any way. I was surprised at how much my first choice ended up influencing all of the future choices. Very interesting topic. :) PS: Does anyone know if PPP had her baby yet? I think she was due right about now but like I said, I missed about two plus weeks of posts so I don't know if I missed the announcement. I'm so curious to know what name her baby girl ends up with!

October 20, 2009 11:52 AM

Regarding foreign language instruction in US schools: I'd like to add that there seems to be a change taking place, at least where I've lived/taught. When I was going to school in NJ we began language in middle school and were required to complete either French II or Spanish II in order to graduate from high school. These were the only two languages offered and there was no exposure before this unless you count Maria on Sesame Street. When I was teaching up there, though, there was definitely a push to expose children to foreign language at a younger age. Now, we live in SC and my daughter is being taught Spanish in her kindergarten class. It's not offered in the same way that math and reading are but more along the lines of a once-a-week enrichment class like Art or Music. I believe that it's around third grade or so that they will begin teaching Spanish as a graded subject. It's still not until middle or high school that they can choose to add another language (not quite sure how it works because my kids are not anywhere near middle school yet). So the system is still not ideal but it's certainly better than when I was a kid. RE: Israella/Israel: Political concerns aside, I like Israel for a boy but I think anyone with this name implies to me a very strong religious belief (either Jewish or Christian). I don't like Israella though. I will acknowledge that it has pretty sounds but then so does Nevaeh. It just sounds really made-up to my ear. Would you consider Anabella, Arabella or Isadora or even Mirabella or Isolde for something really different? I can't think of any other ones right now. If you're going for the religious vibe, perhaps an authentic Hebrew name would be the way to go. I'm not overly familiar with them but I knew a little girl named (Eye-ELLE-et) not sure how she spelled it but it was Hebrew and sounded so pretty I just never forgot it.