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February 20, 2016 09:35 PM

Interesting. Plenty of people share names with places. Some of those places drew their names from people, and some of those people drew their names from places. (Austin, Paris, London, Houston, Odessa, Boston, Orlando, Virginia, Dallas, Denver, Cheyenne, Isla, Skye, Hudson, Jordan)

November 9, 2015 03:36 PM
In Response to Philo and Eve

I love Philo. My first association is Philo T. Farnsworth, but that's probably because we have the same home state. It feels classical but uncommon. 

I agree that Eve is terrific. And, while you meet lots of Adams, you very rarely meet an Eve. We named our daughter Neve (the anglicized spelling of the Irish name Niamh), and occasionally people mishear her name as Eve. So Eve has the advantage of being instantly recognizable. 

June 16, 2013 04:32 PM

I think the shared initial problem varies considerably depending on the situation, and I think the name combination you have chosen works very nicely. When I say Thomasina Adele aloud (even rapidly), I feel as though the "a" sounds are heard separately. They don't run together in a way that seems muddled or confuses the meaning. I think the repeated sound becomes more problematic when the sound is one that runs together. For example, a child named Charles Sandy would pose a greater challenge because it sounds like Charles Andy to the ear. I don't see the same risk with the name you have chosen. I think there is a natural tendency to leave a slight break between the "a" sounds even without a dramatic pause (at least to my ear), so the name doesn't come through as Thomasine Adele.

Go for it. It's is a lovely name.


I vote in favor. Feels like a solid name. You've got the option of a very traditional first name paired with an uncommon but recognizable nickname. My mind automatically goes to William Tecumseh Sherman, so the name has the ring of a Civil War general to me.


May 5, 2013 05:44 PM

Blythe Adelaide followed by Vivica Simone

April 25, 2013 11:00 AM
In Response to 3rd Girl!

I was struck by the literary feel as well. If you want to run with that theme, I'd suggest going with Charlotte or Anne. Then you would be nicely referencing three great female authors from the same time period: George Eliot, Jane Austen, and Charlotte or Anne Bronte.

August 15, 2012 06:16 PM

Alice, Ada, Cora, Clara, Elsa, Eliza, Susanna, Caroline/Carolina

August 15, 2012 05:53 PM

Wow. I love the suggestions people have made here. I have to admit to liking Rex. I think of the actor Rex Harrison, and it seems like a good fit stylistically with Drake. But don't use it unless it really grows on you.

I'm trying to think of names that haven't beens suggested yet (though some of these may be repeats)

Malcolm, Duncan, Keats, Royce, Owen, Marlowe, York, Maxwell, Sawyer, Merek, Bram, Wallace, Bruce, Gareth, Mace

August 15, 2012 05:06 PM
In Response to Name help for 3rd baby

This is a fun challenge.

Stockton, Brogan, Quinlan, Finnigan, Finnian, Keaton, Ronan, Donovan
I also like the suggestion for Declan

August 15, 2012 04:31 PM

These are wonderful suggestions, and I think right on track. A few have even come up in discussion: Wren, Seneca, (Isla and Sky were both vetoed by DH). I think we liked the simplicity of our daughter's name, and the nature reference was a nice bonus. I do agree with NotaGuest, likeable nature names for boys are a bit tougher for me.

Here are a few other names we've batted around in the past:

Girls: Neve, Neva, Sonora, Hattie, Gemma, Morrow

Boys: Guy, Frank, Royal, Avett
I love the o-ending names suggested as well. Our cat's name is Hugo.

June 6, 2012 02:25 PM

Yes! My name is also Melissa and this happens to me often. To complicate things further, my sister's name is Michelle. Considering the inevitable name switching (my brother took to calling me Mich-lissa) that happens in families, I've grown used to answering to Michelle when necessary. But when a new person I meet calls me Michelle, I always think for half a second, "Sure, I'll respond to that. But wait, how did you know I have a sister by that name?" And, yes, my sister gets the same treatment with Melissa.

March 22, 2012 12:45 PM

I think this post is spot on. Like many readers here, I've been following names and naming-trends for some time. But when it came time to name our now 3 month old baby girl, I felt simply paralyzed. Information overload. We ended up deciding on an uncommon but simple word name for her. I still love the name, but I wonder if I'm going to tire of anticipating a reaction (or fielding one) every time I introduce her. More importantly, will she tire of it? I've decided I just need to relax and stop over-thinking it since the name seems to fit her, and I can't think of any other I would rather have used. I must object to the idea that no one could ever regret a "classic" name choice. First off, I'm suspicious of the idea of a perfectly stable naming canon. Aren't our perceptions of all names more influenced by trends and current culture than we think? But also, I think classics-only namers probably feel fundamentally different about name choices than I do. People who value classics exclusively probably choose names for different reasons than we chose our daughter's name, and the qualities they value may be subject to less risk for them personally (but not for all namers). We had a "safer" more traditional name picked out for our daughter that wouldn't have raised many eyebrows, but I know I would have always regretted not sticking my neck out a little bit to give her the name I loved.

July 8, 2011 10:48 AM

I really enjoyed listening to the radio programs, Laura. It's fun to hear the wizard share some on-the-spot expertise.