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June 16, 2018 07:05 PM

BOYS: Mauro, Harry/Harris/Harrison, Earnest, Elroy, Terrence, Ulric, Warren, Perry, Percy, Sergei, Soren, Darius, Darian, Ferris, Farley, Garth, Garrett, Gareth, Jerry, Gerald, Carson, Carter, Leroy, Lars, Carl, Virgil, Vernon, Ver, Burton, Bard, Barry, Bartholomew, 

GIRLS: Marlowe, Harriet, Terri, Tara, Tori, Seren, Carrie, Dora, Dorothea, Dorothy, Carla/Karla, Lorraine, Lara, Carol, Caroline, Carys, Virginia, Virginie, Vera, Verity, Beryl, Bernice, Nora, Morwen, Margaret, Marie, Maria, Marta, Martha, Marianne, Marilou

UNISEX: Harlow, Harper, Darcy, Darby

Sorry for any repeats! I hope this helps!

June 16, 2018 06:50 PM
In Response to Paul and Peter?

Eugene: Eugenius, Gene, or even Flynn/Ryder due to the Disney associations of the character Flynn Rider, whose real name is Eugene.

Edward: Edmund, Edwin, Ward, Eden

Andrew: Andrei, Andrius, Anders(on)

Anthony: Antonio, Anton, Antoine, Tony

Philip: Phineas, Filmore, Filbert, Felix

Lynn: Lane, Landon, Lyndon, Lake

Margaret: Rhett, Garth, Marian, Marley, Martin, Marvin, Mauro (MOW-row,) Gareth, Garett

Heidemarie: Helmut, Hendrik, Henry, Desmond

Agatha: Agathon, Theron, Tobiah, Agnus (or Magnus,) Agustin, August, Augustus, 

Lillian: Ian, Louis, Liam, William

Dara: Darius, Darian, Dorian, Darby, Darcy, Dare, Dariel, Darragh, Darren, Darwin, Darryl

Annette: Bennett, Tanner, Nate, Aiden

Silvia: Silvan, Silvian, Silvius, Sylvan, Vaughn, Vin(cent,) Virgil, Silvio, Van, Sal

Aurelia: Aurelius, Arie, Aurel, August(us,) Ryan/Rian, Elio, Ezra, Eli, Elijah, Struan


I hope this helps!

June 16, 2018 06:06 PM

Elizabeth ((E)Liza, Beth, etc)

Catherine/Katherine (Kat(ie))

Anastasia (Ann(a,))

Harriett/Henrietta (Hattie)

Albertine (Al, Allie, Bertie)

Beatrice (Bea)

Isabella/Isabelle (Iz(zy,) Belle)

Theodora/Theodosia/Dorothea (Thea, Dot)

Alexandra (Al(ex,) Allie)

Margaret (Meg, Maggie)

Florence (Flo)

Vivian/Vivienne/Vivianne (Viv(i))

Evelina/Evelyn (Eve, Lina, Lyn)

Penelope (Pen(ny,) Nell(ie))

Philippa (Pip)

June 11, 2018 05:19 PM

Boys: Michael, Evan, Carson/Carter, Beckett, Finn/Finnegan/Fintan/etc, Ian, Magnus, Declan, Gunnar, Griffin, Reed/Reid, Thomas, Desmond, Dominic, Vaughn, Sean

Girls: Isla, Elizabeth/Eliza, Elise, Ingrid, Maeva/Maeve, Katherine, Kiera, Kennedy/Kendall, Annika, Bridget, Kiara/Ciara, Johanna, Caitlin/Kaitlyn/etc, Eleonora

Unisex: Logan, Cameron, Morgan, Finley, Rowan, Mackenzie/Mckenzie, Ryan, Rory

Hope this helps!

June 11, 2018 05:04 PM

My favourites change all the time, but here are a few that have recently arrived on my list:

Azalea - an uncommon flower name! 

Daphne - I like how this name feels elegant and Greek but still can be playful.

Anastasia - I love this name, as well as just Stasia.

Sofia - I prefer Sofia with an f to Sophia with a ph. However, I also love Sophie (with a ph!)

Rosemary - A cute way to get the nickname Rose/Rosie. When she gets older, she could also choose to go by Mary, or by her full name. I love how it feels natural yet vintage!

June 11, 2018 04:47 PM
In Response to Betty?


I love the name Elizabeth & the idea of using the nickname Betty. I always love the idea that when she's older, she'll be able to choose a different nickname if she doesn't feel like Betty suits her. I think that's a great idea! What a sweet name.

I love the spelling of Bettie. Although the default is Betty and most people will spell it that way, it probably doesn't matter as much as it would as a first name - it will be more said than written.

I hope this is helpful! Congrats again.

June 11, 2018 04:23 PM
In Response to Paul and Peter?


Paul and Peter are definitely similar because of the initial P, but other than that, they don't have any similarities in sound. Some people may think you used all P names on purpose, but typically two is a coincidence and three's a pattern. I think they are both lovely, well-recognised names. However, it's ultimately up to you - do you mind? Do you think it'll be confusing? Good luck! I hope this helps.

May 30, 2018 06:31 PM

I agree that Dilan is a little confusing pronunciation-wise. Greyson can also be spelt Grayson and is more common that way, so you will get quite a few misspellings. I personally prefer Dylan, and I love the meaning/association with the sea.

Dylan is used in many countries around the world, including France, Spain, Galicia, the US, the UK, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Chile, and Mexico! Dylan is usually a boy's name but is also used for girls in the US, so you would have to consider if that bothers you at all - or if it's even relevant. The name itself feels natural, strong, and wholesome. The average age of a boy named Dylan is 9.

Dylan is derived from ancient Welsh mythology, but feels modern and sleek. It means "son of the wave" or "second wave." In Welsh it is pronounced DUL-an, but elswhere, DILL-en. Dyl and Dan/Danny are both nickname options.

Greyson with the "e" is only in use in Canada and the US. It means "son of the steward" or "son of the reeve." Grayson with the "a" is also used in the UK, Wales, and New Zealand. Greyson is almost exclusively a male name. Most boys named Greyson are 2 years old, so a boy named Greyson will meet many more Greysons/Graysons in his class.

It's often shortened to just Grey - would you be okay with people calling him that? Other nickname options include Gun and Sonny. Graysen, Graison, and Grason are other, far less popular ways of spelling the name.

Both Dylan and Greyson/Grayson are fairly popular in the UK and US, although Greyson has begun to rise in popularity only recently. 

A few suggestions: Rhys, Liam, Callum, Logan, Kian, Blake, Carter, Carson, Flynn, Keir, Owen, Duncan, Lennon, Macsen, Donovan, Dominic, Ethan, Evan, Gethin, Evander, Nolan, Rowen/Rowan, Brody, Beckett, Mason, Oliver, Brady, Oakley, Harrison, Jenson/Jensen, Marcus, Wyatt, Vaughn, Parker, Layton, Keegan, Hunter, Chase

Good luck! I hope this helps!

May 28, 2018 10:06 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Ezra, Toby, Adrian

Like: Hudson, Ryan, Adam

Lose: Bruno, Griffin, Quinten

New List: Ezra, Hudson, Ryan, Toby, Lucas, Adrian, Marco, Adam, Zev

May 28, 2018 10:02 PM

Say: What an interesting pick! Will you have a nickname?

Think: I love the idea of a girl with the nn Max, however, Maxine sounds very old-fashioned yet not quite ready to be revived. 

New Name: Zara

May 28, 2018 09:59 PM
In Response to Finish a Sibset!

Kylee Emerson

Logan Avery

Maggie Lou

Noah Addison

Ellie Alexis


Anna, Eli, Molly, and two brothers

May 28, 2018 09:51 PM
In Response to Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls

Drop: Gwen (nah,) Anya (pretty but I love the other 3!)

Add: Bella

Bridget, Etta, Natasha, Bella

May 28, 2018 09:49 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Willow, Ruby, Amelia

Like: Victoria, Eve, Vida

Lose: Savannah, Lianna, Lilette

New list: Willow, Amelia, Ruby, Victoria, Vida, Margot, Eve, Eliza, Nora

May 22, 2018 08:00 PM

Laszlo and Linus both come to mind, although they don't fit very well with what you're looking for!

Tonio, Alonso, Amo, Angelo, Nico, Tolo, Benno, Bruno, Brizio, Cosmo, Tito, Doro, Desi, Dario, Franco, Fabio, Fausto, Vito, Ignacio, Ilario, Cio, Jacopo, Lino, Leo, Copo, Massimo, Matteo, Marco/Marko, Marcelo, Mo/Moe, Dimo, Nino, Orfio, Ando, Othello, Orso, Rocco, Rico, Savio, Tempo, Ugo, Urso, Vico, Cicero, Cassio

Amos, Beppe, Titus, Cappi, Darius, Horace, Vitus, Ignatius, Isaia, Po/Poe, Ladislas, Loris, Monte, Gus/August, Rufus, Caius, Junius, Fabius, Quintus, Marius, Tiberius/Tiber, Cassius/Cassian, Fabian

Congratulations! I hope this helps. 

May 20, 2018 11:40 AM

I love the sound of this name! Very handsome. The names go very well together. Congratulations!!

May 20, 2018 11:38 AM


I'm just going to throw out a few names ranking at around the same popularity:

Brant, Wheeler, Murphy, Aubrey, Terrence, Bauer, Maddock, Lissandro, Kail, Rainier, Beck, Bracken, Jarret, Oslo, Wylder, Eugene, Casimir, Jakub, Renzo, Dash, Washington, Osias/Ozias, Alessio, Calder, Marius, Ainsley, Cecil, Howie, Kelly, Nikolai, Pascal, Floyd, Cambridge, Wyland, Alonso, Ragnar

Ola, Alva, Yvette, Tyra, Olga, Runa, Tova, Inga, Carlene, Britt, Linnea, Moa, Emelie, Mathea, Thora, Edda, Kajsa, Margareta, Nissa, Rane, Ronia, Tira, Viveca, Anitra, Carola, Frieda, Ingeborg, Karyna, Lene, Marta, Tindra, Agneta/Agda, Aune, Brigitta, Dagmar, Dale, Daleia, Froja, Grette, Mareta, Olva, Valda


I think of this list I prefer Beck and Casimir for boys and Marta and Brigitta for girls. Good luck & I hope this helps!

May 20, 2018 11:16 AM


Some boy ideas with cute nickname options:

Charles, Christian, Daniel, David, Edward, Ernest, Frank, Frederick/Freidrich/etc, George, Gregory, Harold/Harrison, Henry, Isaac, John, James, Joshua, Jacob, Kenneth, Kevin, Lawrence/Laurence, Leonard, Michael, Matthew, Oliver, Peter, Philip/Phillip, Quentin, Quincy, Robert, Richard, Samuel, Stephen/Steven, Thomas, Timothy, Vincent, Victor, William, Walter

Some girl ideas with cute nn options:

Catherine, Charlotte, Caitlin/Catelyn/etc, Christine/Christina, Daniela/Danielle, Dorothy, Elizabeth/Eliza, Eva, Frances, Georgia, Gabrielle/Gabriela/etc, Helena, Isabelle/Isabella, Jane, Judith, Jessica, Jennifer, Jillian, Julia, Jacqueline, Jenna, Katherine, Kimberly, Kaitlin/Katelyn/etc, Kristen, Michaela, Maria, Megan, Patricia, Quinn, Rebecca, Rosemary/Rose/Rosalind/Rosalie/Rosalia/Rosa/etc, Sarah/Sadie, Stephanie, Samantha, Victoria, Veronica, Virginia, Vanessa, Valerie/Valeria, Wilhelmina/Willa, Winnifred

I hope this helps! Good luck!

May 20, 2018 10:32 AM
In Response to Eastern European names

Those are both very nice names! I personally prefer Alina, and I like that it has the nn option of Lina, but Daria is pretty as well.

I think they could both work very well in the UK/US. Daria has had increasing usage in the UK in recent years. In the US the usage is more spotty and quite on and off, but it would be a familiar name. It is more southern eastern European, of Romanian, Croatian, Greek, and Italian origin predominantly (although it is also Polish.) It is predominantly used today in Romania, Poland, and Italy. The pronunciation does vary depending on the origin and usage, though. It's DAR-ya in Italy and Romania, DA-rya in Poland, and DAHR-ee-ya or DARE-ee-ya in English.

Alina is increasing in usage in both the UK and the US and it has a pretty steady curve. It is definitely Eastern European and is used throughout Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, and Switzerland, with some usage in Finland, France, and Russia throughout history. It is a short form of Adelina and other names ending in -alina. 

May 17, 2018 05:24 PM
In Response to Baby Sister


Brynn - is significantly more popular than Cate. In the US in 2016, it was ranked 255th. It also has a larger history as it first appeared in the mid-1940s in the United States. Most people named Brynn are around 7 years old. It may be occasionally misspelt as Bryn. 

Cate - might be frequently misspelt as Kate. It's a pretty uncommon name (Kate is far more popular, 231st in the US in 2016 vs Cate at 3,969) and is actually fairly recent, appearing around 1980 in the US. However, it's becoming much more popular - most people named Cate are under five years old! Nicknames like Catie and Cat are going to show up a lot, so you'd want to make sure you're OK with those.

I used the US data for the names as they are far less common in the UK, so they offer a more complete picture.

As for middle names:

Cate Margot, Cate Morgan, Cate Quinn, Cate Blakely, Cate Autumn, Cate Mae, Cate Harper, Cate Scarlett, Cate Serena, Cate Ellison, Cate Taylor, Cate Audrey, Cate Arabella, Cate Addison, Cate Victoria, Cate Ainsley

Brynn Josephine, Brynn Avery, Brynn Kennedy, Brynn Lyra, Brynn Skylar/Skyler/Sky/Skye, Brynn Teagan, Brynn Marlow, Brynn Alice, Brynn Carys, Brynn Daphne, Brynn Sylvia, Brynn Phoebe, Brynn Julia, Brynn Charlotte

I hope this helps!

May 13, 2018 02:45 PM

Yes - Natasha-Rhiannon is right!

There is also an famous English journalist & author named Victoria Sykes who goes by Plum Sykes.