Megan W.


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August 20, 2018 12:35 PM

From your list I love Otto, Rupert and Clement.

Other suggestions:

Augustine, Augustus, Clayton, Jasper, Titus (Tito?), Albus (maybe too Harry Potter) or Albin, Linus

August 19, 2018 05:55 PM
In Response to Do these go together?

Wynnie Piper

Wynnie Harper

Wynnie Olivia

Wynnie Alanna

Wynnie Violet

August 16, 2018 04:45 PM


August 16, 2018 09:18 AM


Arthur, Anthony


Booker, Butler


Colin, Cedric, Cecil, Cyril


Darwin, Desmond, Dunkirk


Leonard (Leo), Leif, Laird, Leith, Lance


Martin, Milo, Miles, Malcolm


Oscar, Omar, Otto


Theodore, Titus, Titan, 

August 15, 2018 05:20 PM
In Response to Science Baby Names

My husband and I (both Chemistry majors) had a secret desire to name a boy Linus (Pauling), but at the end of the day we didn't have the guts.  I still hope for a pet with that name.

August 10, 2018 04:06 PM

Caleb or Calvin fit nicely into your set, but Cal seems too close to Kai.

Malcolm nicknamed Mal?  (It'a a bit close to Malakai).

Ira, Asa or Ezra?

Max (Maxwell, Maximus, Maximillian?)

Kip, Chip (Christopher or almost anything)

I like Gus from Augustus and suspect the 's' won't be an issue.

Leo (Leon, Lenard, Gallileo)

Ben (Benedict, Benjamin, Bennett)

Win, Ed (Winston, Edwin)

Walt (Walter, Walton)





August 10, 2018 03:15 PM
In Response to Ambrose?

I had a large, speedy, football player named Ambrose in my class about 20 years ago.  For this reason, the name does not seem at all feminine to me.


In today's world, where duplicate names are less common than they once were, this one blends in.  And you can always pull up Ambrose Bierce quotes from the "Devil's Dictionary".  They are hysterical.

August 10, 2018 05:22 AM
In Response to Alicia? Wdyt?

Emma is more popular but easier to say and spell.

Alicia is less common, but harder to pronounce (as mentioned above).

Both are lovely, classic, feminine names that travel well.

Of the two, I prefer Emma, but only by a narrow margin.

August 7, 2018 06:34 PM

I have thought about your previous column a great deal with the amount that politics has divided the country in recent years.  (Trying very hard to write a reasonable apolitical comment!)

I think about it when I see the stats on marriages and who gets married.  I bet if you could parse this data by parental age or education, you would see similar trends.

But you hafta show us the girl data too!

August 7, 2018 06:43 AM

Maeve, Grace, Elise, Olive, Lauren, Maren, Lois, Ruth, Jane, Penelope

August 5, 2018 01:01 PM
In Response to What do you think?

Wow!  You've got lots to choose from!

Of this list, I'm partial to Navy Alyssa, Nora Jean and Violet Marie.  Navy is a little out of my "I like fairly traditional names" but I LOVE the color blue.  One of your pairs is acutally my cousin and her mother!  I'm also a big fan of Alice and Pennelope/Penny.

To help you narrow it down: are there particular family members you want to honor?  (For example: a beloved grandmother as opposed to the name of a distant cousin you've only met once or twice.)  Do you have a partner who has an opinion?   Will your "Atlee" be the third at a regular family gathering - is it too much?  Do you have a sense of your style for boy names if you have another later on?  (I think all of thes are girl names).

August 4, 2018 05:41 PM
In Response to Name mash-ups

I suppose you could get to Johanna from Johna.  Possibly Joab.


How about Romeo (Montague) and Juliet (Capulet) for a challenge?


August 2, 2018 11:42 AM
In Response to Naming 5th boy!

Silas, Eli(jah), Elias, Dorian, Kurt, Isaiah, Isaac, Nolan, Oliver, Sawyer  (Stylewise, I like Caleb and Calvin in this set, but no 'C'.)

August 2, 2018 11:35 AM

In my workplace, the 'Susans' are retiring, one by one.  They are being replaced by Chrises en masse.  (The Chrises are split M/F, not so much the Susans.)

August 1, 2018 05:27 AM

I tend to think of Robin as Batman's 'spare'.

July 31, 2018 07:20 PM
In Response to Athena?

Totally usable.  Jackie Kennedy Onassis' daughter (stepdaughter?  I'm unclear) is name Athina.

July 31, 2018 10:36 AM
In Response to Harlan or Renan?

Of the two, I'd encourage you to go with Harlan.  My name isn't pronounced the standard way (I use a long E, rhymes with begin) and it has caused no end of trouble.  Thus, I'm not enthusiastic about a name that you aren't sure how to pronounce.

Neither of these names is really my style, so I'm not sure my opinion is the one you want to hang your hat on.  If you are going to call the child Harley, why not name them Harley?

How about Ronan?

I'm guessing from the comments above that these names are from a book/movie/tv show I'm unfamiliar with.  Are there other names that grab you from this series?

July 23, 2018 05:50 AM
In Response to Which middle name?

Ordinarily, I'd prefer Katherine, but in this case, I do think Kate sounds better.

No it isn't narcissistic to give your child her mother's name.  My middle name is my mother's first name, and I'm the fifth one in a row to have that name.  If I'd had a girl, she would have been the sixth. 

July 19, 2018 06:39 PM
In Response to Help me name Baby B

So many questions come up when naming a twin (or subsequent sibling).

Do you want matching or non-matching syllables?  Rhymes?  Initials?  Are you more conservative/traditional naming boys than girls?  Anybody you'd like to honor?

July 19, 2018 06:36 PM

I confess; I'm a fan of all of these; I'd add Elizabeth and Katherine (any spelling).  Ruth made the short list for our kids, but we had boys!