Megan W.


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December 12, 2017 08:22 AM
In Response to Boy name issue . . .

I would go ahead and use it.  Do tell her, but honestly, it is a reasonably common name.  Most years, I have a Ben in my classroom as a HS teacher.


That said, wait to tell her until the baby is fairly close.  If she's unhappy about the choice, you don't need to be harrangued for nine months.  

December 2, 2017 11:59 AM

There's a children's book Stellaluna, which could be lovely.  The main character is a bat though.

November 29, 2017 08:23 AM

This explains why I struggled with the spelling of one of my student's names so!  Let's say her name was (borrowing from Karyn's example above) Kahniya.  It was so difficult to put that H in the middle and not at the end.

I continue to find it fascinating that there are unspoken "rules" to making a unique name for you unique baby.  Thanks for identifying this "rule" Laura!

November 16, 2017 10:28 AM

In this vein, I wanted to mention Alt-Left which seemed to appear out of nowhere and only as counterpoint to Alt-Right, a title some seem to embrace.

November 15, 2017 04:52 AM

Oh, I like this nomination!

November 14, 2017 05:27 PM

On the political front, I'd go for 'Drumpf' from the left and MAGA from the right.  I'm not entirely clear if this is 2016 (the election) or 2017 (the inauguration).

The words that really come to mind for me for 2017 are 'Fake News', which is not a name at all.

Politics so dominated my news-reading this year; BNW is my escape.  I am loathe to combine the two.

October 30, 2017 09:08 AM

I love Ophelia.  I feel it is the underused Olivia.  It fits right in with Sophia/Sofia.

October 26, 2017 07:32 PM
In Response to Impossible Boy's Name

How about Wolf, Wolfgang or Wolfram for that same grandfather?

October 24, 2017 07:22 AM

I so appreciate the high level of commentary on this board.  Thank you Miriam and HNG for raising the bar.  It is because of the commentary I come back year after year, even though I'm way past naming actual children.

October 21, 2017 07:41 PM

To me, Ivanka fits the similiar to Irina, but ending in harsher sounds.  That said, in 2017, that name comes with many connotations that may distract from your character.

(Pleading in advance to keep the politics off this page; just the name.)

October 19, 2017 07:17 AM
In Response to Max, Ryan or Ian

I teach a number of Chinese students who adopt "American" names.  Max is a very common choice for these boys.  Ryan and Ian are more unusual.  You can't go wrong with any of them.

October 15, 2017 01:52 PM
In Response to Irene or Irena?

I personally prefer Irene, but I think Irena blends in better with all the Olivias, Sophias, Emmas etc in today's playground

October 13, 2017 10:46 AM

John and Jim are much more my style, but I find this a very approachable list.  They are as a group sturdy, rugged names.

Is there a distinct "cowgirl name" style?

October 11, 2017 07:00 AM
In Response to Sibling for Joshua??

This is truly a lovely list for all of the potential names you've listed.  Each name you've listed would also be a lovely sibling.

October 5, 2017 04:24 AM

I'm surprised by the number of names for both genders that end in the "lee" sound.  (And the variety of spellings to produce it!).

October 4, 2017 09:52 AM

I'd be surprised to meet a female Florian/en.  That said, I know quite a few names that have "crossed over" the gender divide and this could be one.

September 28, 2017 11:12 AM

I'm hearing Ace as a dog name....which means it must be right around the corner for humans!

September 21, 2017 07:09 PM

On the one hand, Jolan makes me think of Jolene and feminine. On the other hand, it reminds me of Jalen, a now ubiquitous name in my HS classes. (Both genders, many spellings, a few more males.)

September 18, 2017 06:56 AM

For some reason "Hugh" jumps out for me.  Though I rather like Clark.

September 14, 2017 05:47 AM

As a teacher who has had female students named Jonah, Miller, Sydney and all manner of last names, this doesn't raise my eyebrows much, but a cute, feminine nickname will make it wear better.