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Valerie, the quiz was fun - thanks for posting it! This blog (and comments) has definitely made me pay more attention to name stories in the news.
Oh, and I meant to add to my earlier post:
Jillc, I like Beatrix Josephine best of your combos, though Beatrix Lorraine is a close second. I think they're both very pretty.
Mirnada, I also like middle names with slightly harder sounds with Jonah and your surname. For some reason I also really want to pair it with a name starting with M. Markus, Marius, Marcellus, Merrick, Merritt...
Unfortunately, Coral Reese-LN does remind me strongly of coral reef. Coral LN-Reese, however, doesn't bother me. I love another Laura's suggestion of Coraline, and I'd also add Coralie, as ways to lessen the reef association but still get to Coral as a nickname.
Leah, I think Lillian Margaret is heartbreakingly gorgeous, and that fact that she will have a family connection to it makes it that much nicer. I wouldn't let popularity deter you! Besides, I know popularity can vary a lot based on location, but in my area it hasn't particularly taken off.
Laura, I also like the new Name Voyager. I'm another one using Safari on a Mac, and it's loading much faster than before.
Very fun post! It's fascinating to see how differences in histories play out in naming styles.
I especially like the last line: "You can have history, sociology and phonology on your side, and still be felled by a simple sandwich." Love it!
Top five, fun! My girls' names are more consistent than my boys', so here goes:
@ Mommajoy, I love the name Anneliese! It always seemed delicate and airy to me, while still being elegant. It is a lovely, lovely name. Nurit is close to Lirit (I like Lirit, by the way!), and while I personally might not use them both, I think it's less of a big concern since they're both middle names.
Several of you have mentioned being "keepers" because you want to avoid other people "stealing" your name. Has this ever happened to anyone, or does this seem to be a common occurrence? I'm just wildly curious, because it never would have occurred to me. I would have assumed, as a few people have mentioned, that telling the name in advance would be putting a claim on it instead. I have no personal experience with this, though, so maybe I'm wrong?
Kerry- Your long list is lovely. It's got many of my favorites on it: Eleanor, Beatrice, Hazel, Margaret; Benjamin, Henry, Gabriel, Gregory, Theodore. They're all fantastic choices, though!
Kristin W, I also think you should go with Ruby if it's the name you love most. You can always emphasize the fact that the name that has history on BOTH sides of the family, rather than being the namesake of one specific person. However, just for fun, here are some alternatives to Ruby:
Also, I love the earlier suggestions of Zora and Hazel.
Elaine and PPP, congratulations on your new daughters! Cordelia Fae and Sorcha Verity are both knock-down gorgeous names! It's always a pleasure to meet such well-named little ones, and I hope you and your families are doing well!
Lorien: Naming a toy store is an interesting challenge! For the type of toys you're talking about, I would tend more towards the "old is new again" approach than the "K and bright sounds" (more trendy) approach. A few off-the-cuff suggestions:
The Toy Wagon
The Treasure Chest (or Treasure Chest Toys)
Mother Hen Toys
I haven't checked to see if those are taken online, but are some of those along the right track?
Daisy_kay: I like several of the Solomon brother name suggestions, especially August (too bad it's taken). What about something like Dante?
I like Lucy with Hazel and Evelyn, and several of the other suggestions that have been made. Trying not to repeat, here are a few more suggestions:
I also liked Beatrice/Beatrix for you, but I know you wanted to avoid alliteration with your surname.
cileag: Congratulations, and welcome baby Phoebe! Phoebe Louise Claire is a gorgeous name, and I hope you guys are all doing well!
Oh, and count me in as another adult with no landline. It's frustrating that whitepages.com would try to present their data that way. Looking at trends of names listed in the phone book could be fun in and of itself, without it falsely advertising itself as baby name popularity statistics.
Laura, as a (girl) Leslie, I'd love a future blog post on the name and on the -ie/-ey endings! I love having the name Leslie (it's my middle name, after a family surname), but interestingly, I also tend to prefer gender-specific names in general over androgynous ones.
For a Karen variation/ tribute, what about Kara, Karina (multiple spellings), or Carys? Somehow, I want to pick names with a strong beginning "kar-" sound, rather than names that end similarly ("-ren").
Leafy- I think Theodora Violet Edith Leaf flows the best. It's quite lovely!
The global popularity information is fascinating. Thank you for such a useful (and interesting) addition to the site, Laura!