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February 22, 2018 03:26 PM

The Nicholas Cage one!! Oh my word! That's crazy.

February 22, 2018 03:16 PM
In Response to The name Jesus

Being an English-speaking Christian myself, I know that we hold Jesus as a counterpart to God, making him basically too holy even for a namesake. Mary and Joseph, while very holy as well, were mortals (and imperfect, unlike Jesus), and therefore appropriate for namesaking. 

I don't know why Spanish-speakers use the name, but that's basically why it's not a norm for us and Mary and Joseph are. Could it have something to do with the accented "e" in Jèsus?

February 22, 2018 07:30 AM


My personal favorite is Layla (I prefer it spelled Leila, but I like it with any spelling). I also see Layla as more of an Indian name than Karina, although I don't know if that's positive or negative for you. Karina is a little more dated in my mind, sounds a bit more mom-ish than Layla. 

Both names are beautiful, and whichever one you choose will be great.

February 20, 2018 08:09 PM
In Response to Brother for Clara


I'm absolutely swooning over Henry and Clara! So cute! That one's my favorite. TBH, all of your names work really well with Clara. You can't go wrong. 

Do any of the names have any special significance to you? Do any just feel like what the baby should be called?

February 20, 2018 07:14 PM

As someone who knows people with some pretty punny names, I don't think you have anything to worry about. It makes the person likeable and relatable instantly, even on paper. 

The baby's last name is a super personal decision and should be the name you feel like will be significant to the baby. Whichever name you pick will be just fine!

February 20, 2018 07:01 PM

I would go with one of the vowel ending names since your family name starts with a consonant and is so consanant-heavy in general. Carolina Montgomery is gorgeous!

February 20, 2018 06:57 PM


Like TheOtherHungarian said, Stella and Dallas were movie characters who probably shouldn't be named after as twins. 

I love the Italian vibes of Leonardo and Stella. Very chic, and connected but not matchy. The length similarities of Leonardo and Margaret have that effect too, as well as both being kind of old-fashioned cool. Dallas and Margaret are very cute together too, and while there's no etymological connection (that I'm aware of), their styles don't conflict in the least. 

Are these middles set in stone? They'd be very cute as first names too (I'm really loving Leonardo and Marina or James and Madeline).

February 20, 2018 06:45 PM

For you I would probably choose Emmelyn over Avalyn because it's easier to distinguish from Evelyn. It's also more unique and memorable IMO. Are you pronouncing it Emma-lyn or Emmy-lyn? 

February 19, 2018 04:43 PM

I get the Evelyn/Avalyn closeness. Usually I don't think sibling sound similarities matter so much, but that's a lot. In that case, my vote is for Gracelyn. It's familiar and very cute, and it won't get confused with Evelyn as much.

February 19, 2018 04:39 PM

Huh, I never thought of that. I would pronounce them the same way for sure. Funny how pronunciation varies!

February 19, 2018 04:31 PM

I really love Cleo and Mabel together! So cute.

February 19, 2018 04:30 PM

Oh so Natalia is where I get the Russian feel. Thanks, very interesting!

February 19, 2018 08:57 AM


All of the names on your list are great, but I think spelling could be an issue. Have you considered simplifying Avalynn and Gracelynn down to Avalyn or Gracelyn? Avaleigh is a bit less familiar, so spelling shouldn't be as much of an issue. 

Avalynn and Gracelynn are more heard of than Avaleigh; do you have a preference there? Other than that, I think it's just which one makes you happiest and most excited. 

February 18, 2018 06:29 PM

That's so interesting. If I ever write historical fiction, I'll have to include Tiffany and Chad.

February 18, 2018 04:59 PM
In Response to Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls

Drop- Irene (sounds like a World War 2 soldier's wife), Anna (too plain, and I kinda just want to see what happens without it) 

Add: Aviva 

Adira, Anna, Aviva, Celeste, Chloe, Damaris, Ella, Faith, Isla, Jana, Lacey, Lena, Luna, Melissa, Quinn, Savannah, Teagan

February 18, 2018 04:33 PM
In Response to A brother for Liam

Gaelic names is an awesome and wide open pattern, and if you don't plan on a like 10 kid family, definitely go with Callum. It's a great name and fits very well with Liam. And btw, I looove Fiona!

February 18, 2018 08:19 AM
In Response to A brother for Liam


I think Liam and Callum are fine together; my only concern would be other kids' names. If you stick to Gaelic names, it probably isn't a big deal, but if you go in a different direction it might be. Would you want another -m name? What about possible future daughters? 

You should also be totally ready for people to confuse their names once in a while. It happens to all siblings, but especially if names have similar elements. 

If none of this concerns you, go with Callum. It's a great name, and you clearly love it.

February 18, 2018 07:25 AM

This. Lilou is just a bubbly, adorable French girls' name in mind, but I am definitely not the target demographic. 


February 18, 2018 07:21 AM

In my mind, Cleo and Talia are two totally different names. While both are great names, Cleo is very young and bubbly, while Talia is more grown-up and Russian-ish. My only association with either name is a mermaid named Cleo from a 2000s Australian teen show. Not a negative association. 

What do you want in this name? What characteristics are important to you? Do these names have significance to you? 

February 16, 2018 04:10 PM
In Response to Sunset for baby girl?

My initial reaction was definitely positive, then more "that is reeaally unusual." After sitting with it as long as it's been since you've posted, I've begun to like it. It's a great name!