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October 15, 2018 01:01 PM
In Response to Which one?

Both are terrific names with great nickname potential.  In my neck of the woods, there are many more Elizabeths and many others who are nick-named Elle-Ellie-Ella, which may be a consideration.

October 12, 2018 07:45 PM
In Response to "Silly" last name...

Juno Silly becomes You Know Silly for me.  (It is a stretch, you may not want to "stop" on that!)

October 12, 2018 07:42 PM

For me, this name is all Frazier.  For others, it's biblical.  I suspect the Frazier connection won't hold sway with a Lilith born in 2018/9.  In my HS classroom, Liliys are a dime a dozen, so I think she'd blend right in if you chose this name.


The only thing that holds me back is that I can't think of any other -th girl names making a comeback.  Edith?  Meredith?  (Dorothy) Boys - Gareth, (Timothy).  For me, that's great.  For others, not so much.

October 7, 2018 02:23 PM

The name I've been considering more is Titus.  It seems manly to me, unusual and a classic.  You could also do Tito as a nickname.

October 7, 2018 02:21 PM

If you like it go for it; Silas is a classic lovely name, and while it is easy to think of your children as a set, at the end of the day, it is HIS name, and it doesn't need to match or be similar to the others.  In a batch of 4 you may be alike or different and that's ok.  

Nicknames are important to consider, but your kid may decide otherwise.  My husband and I were adament that our Tim wasn't a Timmy, until he decided at age 3 that he wanted to be Timmy.  10 years in, I'm having a hard time shedding the nickname I didn't want, even though "Timmy" has outgrown it.

October 7, 2018 02:16 PM
In Response to Expecting #4

I'm a huge fan of Edward.  Would another Ed name fit the bill more?  Edwin, Edgar (rats, there's an r), Edmund


I'm also an Eleanor fan, but it has been more popular recently Ellie and Ella seem to be the sounds that are always in my classroom, so whether or not you'll use a nickname will matter.  It goes nicely with her siblings.  I love the name because it feels "strong" to me.

October 1, 2018 05:45 PM
In Response to Middle name for June

I thought of June Elizabeth from the header alone, before I read the post.  I really like it.

September 24, 2018 04:53 PM
In Response to Evangeline?

I'm not sure if this helps or hurts, but I stumbled across this website yesterday, which gives a variety of ways to pronounce a name.


For me, I can't deal with ambiguous pronunciation names.  I've always been frustrated to be a long-E, Mee-gan.  But, to each their own.  If it doesn't bother you, it isn't a problem.


FWIW, I pronounce it E-vang-eh-leen, but could be persuaded to pronounce it differently if asked.

September 20, 2018 05:50 PM
In Response to Impressions of Camila

I pronounce it Cam- ill -a (the mil part rhymes with pill or bill).

I think it is lovely and underused.  Go for it!

I vastly prefer the C spelling.

September 20, 2018 05:46 PM
In Response to 4th Baby Name Help!?

That was one of our criteria as well.


Boys: Timothy, Peter, Mark, Paul, Titus, Joseph (don't overlook this, it isn't as popular as it used to be), John (same)

Girls: Agnes, Frances, Elilzabeth, Mary (not as popular anymore) and all those -een names: Colleen, Doreen, Maureen, Eileen, Kathleen

September 20, 2018 05:43 PM

This depends on your level of tolerance.  Will most people learn?  Yes.  But I pronounce my name Meee-gan not Meg-Ann and I always have a few people in my life that can't or won't get it.  Ironically, my class laughed today at my prounouncing Celia.  I said Seel-lee-ah.  They laughed, but wouldn't tell me the proper way the student prefered.  I have to try again tomorrow!

September 19, 2018 07:38 PM

If your goal is to change to an easier spelling, picking any variation of Leah is going to lead to more spelling/pronuciation issues, along with any diacritical marks as mentioned above.  Likewise, Elanora, if it sparks a debate here, trust me, it will have spelling/pronunciation problems "out there".


I'd like to put in a word for Cleo.  It is short and peppy, generally easily spelled, though I've seen Clio.  The "O" ending is popular for boys names right now, which makes it a spunky choice for a woman.  I think the name is underused.

September 16, 2018 01:41 PM

For your 'sister' - Piper Ann

For your 'brother' - Sawyer Robert

September 16, 2018 01:39 PM

To me it reads unisex, with a slight edge for masculine, but not so far masculine that I'd rule it out for a girl.  Most of the young Averys I know are girls, but I have met a couple of boys.

I suppose you could feminize Davis with Davinda, Davida, Davetta, etc., but I'd stick to Davis.

September 12, 2018 04:01 AM
In Response to Character Name

For a book, I have most of the same criteria as nedibles.  I need to be able to distinguish the names quickly and easily.  So, while I love the name Silas, I would rule it out as too close to Sirona.  (Too much Si..)  For the same reasons as above, I like Calyx and Tiras.  (Ewan is probably fine; I'm a teacher and the name is ruined - otherwise I'd probably like it too.)

September 9, 2018 08:30 AM
In Response to Baby Girl Mena

I had a Mina as a HS student a few years back as a nickname for Wilhelmina.  I was pleasantly surprised by the name and nickname.  Mena/Mina/Meena fits in very well style wise with all the Mias, Mayas, Emmas and Emilys.

If I saw the name Mena, I would guess a long E.

September 9, 2018 08:26 AM
In Response to Wynter???

I think all the seasons work as names (perhaps Autumn is better than Fall) and many months work too.  For me, I'd spell it Winter, so the child doesn't have to say "Wynter with a y" all the time.    All of the middles you've proposed work well.

September 5, 2018 04:56 AM

I teach HS.

This year I am noticing every possible spelling variation of Jaden and Jalen, both male and female.  I am going to have to practice my spelling!

August 31, 2018 12:36 PM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

Yes, I would assume Taylen was a boy and Elle was a girl, if there were no other cues.  Not a don't use this name, but something to consider.  Elle is gender specific, Taylen is more androgenous.

August 30, 2018 08:09 PM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

If I saw Taylen and Elle on paper, before meeting them, I'd assume a boy and a girl.

In and off itself Taylen Lively fits today's naming trends, but I agree with previous posters that it is rather distinct in style from Elle Vivian.  Keep in mind, for most of their lives they will not function as a set, so they don't strictly have to have names in the same style.