Megan W.


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April 27, 2017 03:44 AM

We swore our Timothy would be "Tim" not "Timmy".  When he was 3, he decided he did not like having just Tim written on his sippy cups at daycare and coached me to spell the name with the MY at the end.  He still uses both Tim and Timmy.  (And of course, Timothy when he's in trouble or at Catholic school!)

April 26, 2017 10:32 AM

What about Max from "Where the Wild Things Are?"  Or Alice from "Alice in Wonderland"  (Or Maurice and Lewis as a nod to the authors).  Those characters go on terrific adventures.  I like Max, because he goes home to a warm loving dinner.

April 20, 2017 02:07 PM

I do wonder what names will be the 20-teens names.


Nevaeh?  Creatively spelled names?  -ayden names?

April 13, 2017 12:37 PM

I always confuse Scarlett with Savannah and Shannon.  They seem quite different when I put them side by side, but when faced with just one person, I have to think first and then use the name.

April 8, 2017 09:41 AM

I think there is a larger trend of (traditionally) boy's names for girls with a cutesy nickname to make the name more feminine.  Elliot, Emerson.  I have a female Josiah in class with a feminine nickname like Josie.

In general, if you use a non-obvious name for your local culture,  you need to be willing to answer to many variants and to help people pronounce and spell it.  Even Anna needs to be willing to say "Ah-na" vs. "Ann-a" and answer to both at the doctor's office.

April 4, 2017 03:59 AM

I have identical twin cousins with a similar vowel difference in their names.  The way to tell them apart is "Bob" has the rounder face like the "O" and "Tim" has the more oval, up and down face like the "i" in Tim.

April 4, 2017 03:55 AM

Clearly, like me, you like traditional names!  Here are some boy's names in that vein:

  • Philip
  • Timothy
  • Matthew
  • Michael
  • David
  • Mark
  • Richard
  • Thomas

March 30, 2017 11:02 AM

This week's list by Laura of 1920s names with comeback potential included a number of traditional boys names that I have only known on older men and younger women:


Arden, Merritt, Merrill, Emory, Hollis, Newell


I think all of these could work for you.  (And yes, I have known women under 25 with each of these names).


March 29, 2017 12:12 PM
In Response to Stealth matching names

I've always thought that Est(h)er and Lauryl (both Chemistry terms) would be a fun pair.


Timothy and Heather are both types of grasses.  (Heath perhaps?)


I knew a sibling set of Isabella, Beatrice and Amanda who all have forms of "to be" in their names:  is, be, and am.

March 9, 2017 12:25 PM

I wonder if names have become more regional in this time.  I live in a pocket of Ryans, which just about never makes these lists.  (There are so many Ryans in my children's small school, that both my sons are friends with a Ryan D., and there are two Ryan Ds in one sons class.)

February 24, 2017 04:33 PM

We did not find out the gender of either of our children in advance and we did not release names in advance.  I would advocate this for many. Generally, after the baby is born, few people will say to your face that they dislike the name, they usually just coo over the new baby.  I didn't want to hear the negativity, but to be honest, we chose classic boys names that were unlikely to raise eyebrows.

If you are unsure of the name because it is unusual, it might be wise to seek feedback, but frankly, for me, if you are unsure, it is time to move on to a new name.  Your mileage may vary.

February 24, 2017 04:28 PM

I think we have some of this flexibility in naming, but now we create social media identities instead.  So "Sophia" in person might be "blue kitty" on-line.  I have students who have created online personnas or avatars whose identity they work on intensely.

February 22, 2017 08:44 AM
In Response to Luxurious Names

For fun: luxury names that have already peaked:



January 29, 2017 02:28 PM

I think you have to stick with four letters.


For a boy I love Otto and Otis.  For a girl, what about Zora?

December 16, 2016 07:33 AM

I hate this name of the year!  Of course, I've hated 2016 too. It does really accurately represent 2016, but culturally, I hope we can all recover from 2016.  This is a terrific blog post Laura.  Hopefully this will not appear on the baby name selections for the year!

December 2, 2016 02:10 PM

As we discuss Brexit and alt-right, I wonder if we should also mention BLM or Black Lives Matter, which didn't originate in 2016, but has certainly been part of our national discourse this year.

Politics aside, I have to put another plug in for Simone from the summer Olympics. 

Initially, I thought HRC and Trump should win, but I'd like to demote them to an honorable mention, as they have both been household names for decades and will likely remain so.

October 27, 2016 05:08 PM

I have long thought that both Clinton and Nixon fit in nicely with the Aidans and other names that end in an -en sound.  Nixon even has an X!  But it is hard to imagine anyone actually using those Presidents.  I'd pick a more neutral Clayton if I wanted the Clinton sound.

September 3, 2016 08:36 AM

Does anyone else recall the uproar when Bill Clinton was in office when HRC sent out a memo that added the Rodham back to her name?  As I recall, during the election, she was simply Hillary Clinton and then became (or returned to) Hillary Rodham Clinton.  

August 22, 2016 05:20 AM

I wonder if the most popular unisex names define an era as much as the top boy/girl names.

August 16, 2016 05:52 AM

I had a (male) Galen this year.  While this science name is on the decline, it fits in remarkable well with the Jaydens and Jaelens and Aidens that are his classmates.