Megan W.


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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.

September 9, 2017 01:47 PM

I know a Matthew-Andrew sibset, and I like the subtle -ew connection between the names.  I knew them for quite some time before I noticed.


September 9, 2017 01:40 PM

I'm not a huge fan of last names on girls, but Curie could grow on me.  It is close enough to Carrie and Marie Curie, famous female scientist!  I like it.


Curiously enough, I like Blessence.  It's NMS and I'd never use it, but it is a combo name with recognizable parts and both parts are lovely.  It sounds like a name.


A surprising number on this list sound like a name I'd think would be appropriate for a pet.  And we all know what happens to pet names down the road...Baby Names!  

August 31, 2017 05:19 PM

It amazes me how local cultural references can be.  Lucchese reads gangster to me.   (I'm from NY).  Cowboy wouldn't have occurred to me in a million years.  I've never heard of the boots.

August 24, 2017 07:58 AM

1. Aidan

2. Myrtle

3. This doesn't bother me so much, I enjoy watching the trends.

4. The rhymes with Aiden family.

5. Seeking a unique name for every child, particularly by spelling

6. Sophia/e  This name just grows on me.

7. K, I have a hard time writing K's in correct proportion to the other letters.

8. Olivia is a lovely name with too much air time

9. & 10.  I love the name Linus and think it is ready to fly.

August 16, 2017 09:11 AM



It seems as if in this age of the internet, we are even more local.  I run into Ryans and Avas everywhere at my son's school.  I teach at a different school and haven't met an Ava yet.  While I've had Ryans, the name doesn't stand out in my classroom.  

August 10, 2017 09:38 AM

That's a fascinating trend!

I'm a little surprised by the -yns.  For me, this reads female.  Perhaps I'm a few years behind!

August 7, 2017 04:55 PM

I had a HS student a few years ago with this name who went by Mina.  (Mean-ah)

August 3, 2017 02:46 PM

This is a facinating trend to coexist with the don't use the nickname, he's Matthew, not Matt, he's Benjamin not Ben trend.

July 28, 2017 07:05 AM

For me this is why one should give the kid a non-flashy name.  If you are named "John" you have nothing to live up to.  If you are named "Saint" (or any other of dozens of examples), right away everyone knows you are a celebrity kid and you have to live up to that moniker.  But as always, different styles abound!  And that's what makes names fun.