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July 6, 2017 11:26 AM

As much as I love the name Kai, I think it might be too close to Koa in this instance. 

Max is much more common (in the US) than Koa; I might be tempted to find something to bridge the distance between "super rare" and "top 150" in a third name.

Dex, Finn, Jude? 

July 6, 2017 11:21 AM
In Response to First baby...

I might be the only one here for whom "Auden" leans boy -- every Auden I know is male, and named for W.H. Auden, to boot. 

July 6, 2017 11:17 AM

Do you prefer to match with three syllables, as you've done with Ferelith and Altalune, or do you want something short and punchy? 

My first thought was Sevdalinka June, but you might not like the rhythm of that. 

June 23, 2017 07:28 AM

I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned the current prominent Rex -- Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State.


Huh. Brooks, to me, has nothing to do with Brooks Brothers, and EVERYTHING to do with Herb Brooks, the head coach of the "Miracle on Ice" hockey team. If you look at NameVoyager, there's a distinct bump the year of their victory. He remained a prominent hockey coach the rest of his life, and literally everyone I know, or know of, with this name is named after him. This includes well-known NHL players Brooks Orpik and Brooks Laich.

June 22, 2017 08:31 PM

We haven't told her grandparents yet, in case it doesn't stick, but she is quite firm about it so far. We'll see! 

June 22, 2017 08:30 PM

She's always been Da1sy, since birth (though she has family pet names as well, like Dizzy and Da1sy-boo). My sense is that she is trying some things out before changing to a new school, so that she can go in there confident and in charge of her image. 

June 17, 2017 02:56 PM

I'm glad that at least the LW hasn't inflicted her weirdness on her daughter. I mean, instead she's talking about it in a widely-read newspaper, but at least it's anonymous.

June 17, 2017 02:45 PM

When I first moved in and met my new neighbors two doors down, I had to remind myself, STRICTLY, that Mike was the DOG, not the husband. 

It didn't help that the one-door-down neighbor's husband WAS Mike...... 

June 17, 2017 02:42 PM
In Response to Names like Corisande

Rosalind, Delphine, Imogen, Evangeline

May 25, 2017 07:15 PM

Hm...this one is difficult! To me it feels a little like your taste in boy-names is different from your taste in girl-names, but it's hard to tell with only Jayden to go on. 

What about Cleo, or maybe Scarlett? 

May 17, 2017 11:38 AM

I agriee -- it'd be nice to know the actual names in question, because we may know of related or similar names, in addition to working from associations.

May 17, 2017 11:35 AM
In Response to Juniper vs. Iris

I have a 10 yr old niece named Iris, and I've never found her name old-ladyish. It feels fresh and alive and young, perhaps because she is! 


I love that movie unreasonably, and it STILL took me a moment to realize what you were thinking of. I really don't think you need to worry. 

May 3, 2017 10:32 PM
In Response to Baby Girl in a month!!

Gracyn, with a brother Brady, I would not be sure if you were telling me you had a daughter Gracyn or a son Grayson.

The first two names that came to mind reading your list of likes are Regan and Riley....

May 3, 2017 10:27 PM

Jake is often short for Jacob -- if you name him Jake, a lot of people will assume he's Jacob. (Personally, I love both Jake and Jacob, so I would have no problem with this, but I'm not you!) 

Jonathan Declan I find too rhyme-y.


I'm going to vote for Solange, just because I love the name (and also I love Solange Knowles).

Other feminine S/S-sounding names that came to mind: 

Salome, Sandrine, Simone, Celine.

Boy's names, hm...

Joachim, Jerome, Jules? 


Jacinthe and Jasmine lead me to Jacqueline, Jade, Janine, Jocelyn, Justine, all of which read fairly race-neutral to me. According to Behind The Name, all of them have some use in French (although "Joceline" appears to be the preferred French feminine spelling). 

April 28, 2017 08:03 PM

Hm, what about Katherine Mary, instead of Mary Kate?

April 25, 2017 11:28 AM
In Response to Names?

I decided that this would be a fun one for Nymbler, esp. as there are enough inspiration names to get some different choices. Of course, some of the suggestions it generated are -- not surprisingly! -- names of other kids in the set! 

Some it came up with that I like:

Boys - Tobin, Leo, Foster, Reid, Rowan

Girls - Avery, Raine, Nola, Sydney, Sloane

Good luck!