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January 19, 2018 04:30 PM

Annalee and Emily wouldn't be terrible, but Annalee and Emmalee is just way, way too much.  However, if you feel compelled to find a rhyming name for Jaydon, there's certainly no shortage of options. :D

January 19, 2018 04:26 PM
In Response to Need name suggestion

What do I think?  I think it's utter bullshit.  There's no such thing as a lucky name.


What are some names that you like and dislike?  What are some qualities that you appreciate in a name, or even that you hope your daughter will embody?  Are you looking for something sporty, girly, nerdy, punk?  Do you prefer a name that stands out or blends in?  Classic or trendy?  Do you have a partner who will also be giving input on the naming process; what are their preferences?

January 14, 2018 11:08 AM

See, I actually think Lauren is the one that feels dated (to girls born in the '80s and '90s).  Laura is more classic.

January 13, 2018 05:29 PM

I actually think Genevieve fits just as well as, if not better than, Jenna.  Jenna feels like a very white name to me.

January 13, 2018 02:25 PM


January 11, 2018 06:12 PM

I think your "at least so far" caveat is key here.  Caitlin, Kailyn, Kaylee, et al. started becoming popular about 30 years and are still in widespread usage.  They're definitely ubiquitous.  However, they're on a downward trend (at least, the spellings of Caelynn I looked up are, and I know the Katelyns have been).  Adelynn, Adalina, et al. are still on the rise - and a lot of those kids are still in daycare or home with mom rather than at school and sports and scouting, which can make them less visible to most people who don't have really young kids themselves.

January 11, 2018 03:51 PM

I don't know that Adeline is more distinctive anymore.  According to a 2016 combined spellings list on Nameberry, Adelyn/Adelynn/Adeline was used 5201 times, while Kaelyn/Kaelynn/Kailyn/Kaylin/Kaylynn was used 2307 times.


Both names also have multiple sound-alikes, so the name will blend with classmates' names either way.



I much prefer Adeline.  I always pick the relatively classic name over the smush of pleasantly trendy sounds!

January 10, 2018 06:21 PM

I like it if the last name is long.  With a short last name, it's rather choppy.

January 10, 2018 06:18 PM
In Response to Anya Victoria

Victoria is so formal and elegant that it's rather unexpected following a nickname-as-full-name.  What about Anne or Anna Victoria, called Anya?

January 4, 2018 11:06 AM

I'm not really sure why.  Maybe just that it sounds like a name a stripper would choose... Amber, Diamond, Destiny, Ruby, and Starr.

January 3, 2018 06:24 PM

Calliope Celeste is nice.


Ruby has strong trashy vibes to me.  Like, chain-smoking while busting out of a too-small tube top type vibes....

January 2, 2018 05:33 PM

(Migrated from duplicate thread)

How about Laura, Lauren, Laurel, or Lola to get to the nickname Lo?  Laura matches nicely with your husband's taste (Christine and Anna).

For boys, maybe you would like Rowan, Max, Brennan, Finn, or Stellan.

December 27, 2017 04:43 PM
In Response to Bobbie for a girl

Few people your daughter meets in her life will know that her name was inspired by Bobbi Gibbs, so the backstory makes no difference in how her name will be perceived by others.  Gibbs's name was Roberta anyway.  Give your kid a real name.

December 18, 2017 04:07 PM

My vote is for Aurelia. It's a gorgeous name, and pairs well with Mirabel.

December 4, 2017 04:09 PM
In Response to Girl name!!

Thomas John brings to mind very classic names such as Elizabeth, Catherine, and Anna.  Is that what you're looking for? 

December 4, 2017 04:05 PM





Just think how relieved your hypothetical son must feel to not be the baby brother of three big sisters.  :D

Congratulations on another daughter! 

November 30, 2017 03:58 PM

"I also think it's less common to use it now so she wouldn't be one of many girls to have the same middle name."

I have access to a list with the full names of some kids in my area in grades K-8.  One-sixth of the girls have the middle name Marie.  So while I think you're right that it's less common than it was, my sample would suggest it's far from unusual for kids today!

Lucille Leona is really, really L-heavy though.

Will the baby have your husband's last name (regardless of whether it's your name now too).  If so, I would definitely not use both first and middle names from his side!

I think, in your case, Marie is the better option of the two.  It may be boring, but it has personal meaning to your family that helps make up for that.

Is your mom's first name or one of your grandmothers' names an option?  Or your own first name, or a variant of it?  You could also consider using another version of Marie, such as Mary, Miriam, or Maria.  I think I prefer keeping it the same though if you're going to continue the tradition.

November 28, 2017 06:08 PM

Molly and Kate are similar to each other, and about equally dissimilar to Saige.  Use the one you prefer.  In either case, I favor using Mary/Miriam or Catherine/Caterina/Catalina with a nickname.


Oh, and I should point out that my username isn't my actual name!  I have no personal experience being a Molly (or Catherine).

November 28, 2017 06:03 PM

Anne "Nancy" would be terribly sweet in a throwback sort of way.  You could also use Nancy for Anna.  Rosamund and Rosalind are my favorite Ros- names, followed by Rosalie.  Rosa and Rose are nice as well though.  I much, much, much prefer formal names over the use of nicknames-as-full-names.  Give the kid a name to grow into, not one she'll grow out of.  Cute isn't so cute when you're an adult.