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December 12, 2018 04:29 PM

Seconding the nomination of Roseanne because it is such a clear representation of how world culture is more and more accepting of huge groups of people who have been marginalized for centuries. “Roseanne“ was a very widely supported show, and Roseanne Barr an iconic actress because of it, yet she was immediately fired for one racist comment. Most of the time, that’s not the case, as we’ve seen with so many sexual assault allegations, racial discrimination allegations, sexuality-based discrimination allegations, etc. Her name symbolizes the progress we are making in society. 

December 12, 2018 09:52 AM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Adamina and Addison/Addy are both female variants of Adam (well, in Addison's case, a male form of Adam that has turned female). I also think Ada could work well as a namesake even though it's unrelated. 

Pheobe and Jacqueline and Pheobe and Carris are both adorable!

December 11, 2018 09:24 PM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Just chiming in to say that I love the idea of using Pheobe after your grandmother, especially since the two of you were so close. I have no idea how it would function in a French-speaking environment, so that may be an issue, or maybe not. Where did you come up with Lorelai? Do you have another relative you'd be interested in namesaking with the other twin?

December 9, 2018 01:53 PM

Congrats! Great choices. Now all you have to do is wait for your little blessing to arrive. 

December 9, 2018 06:23 AM

I like Giovanni and Sinclair with the European feel of your daughters’ names. There’s also Francois if you‘re up to going out on a limb.

December 8, 2018 04:13 PM
In Response to Help with dog name!

Aurora is one of my top choices for girls. It derives from the Latin word for “dawn,” so that’s kind of a nature connection (as well as the whole ”Briar Rose” thing in Sleeping Beauty). It's obviously a favorite character, too.

December 7, 2018 07:28 AM


You said your half-siblings are Avery and Hunter. Did you mean your actual half-siblings or the baby's half-siblings? If they're the baby's half-siblings they're names should probably be taken into moderate consideration, if not they don't really matter. 

A lot of the names on you list end in the -en sound (or in Emersyn's case, the -sen sound) which will make an obvious alliteration with your surname that ends in -sen. Alliterations really bother some people, but they may not matter to you. The baby will be called by it's full name regularly in his/her day-to-day life, so you should think about whether the alliteration will be a nuisance. 

You also have a lot of alternate spellings on the list. Is there a reason you prefer these over the standard spellings? It will be a lot more frustrating for the baby having to deal with the alternate spelling, but plenty of people do it. Just something to think about. 

If Avery and Hunter are the baby's half-siblings, you should also think briefly about how these names work with theirs. Both of their names are standard spellings and very common. I believe Thayne or Zayde would sound a little strange as a brother. 

My choices for you, all this into consideration, would be Tatum (that spelling) for a girl and Sawyer for a boy. I also like Reagan for a boy if you're open to using it on a boy.

December 6, 2018 03:47 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Aviva (I speak Latin so it's translation "life" is always the first thing I think of), Willa (too popular for me to actually use, but I still think it's gorgeous), Luna (again, it means "moon" in Latin) 

Like: Vera (it's very pretty and somewhat uncommon, but I link it to the several designers with the name), Talia (pretty sound but there's nothing really unique about it in my mind), May (not my usual style but I like it a lot as a middle name) 

Lose: Rowan (overused for both sexes), Stella (I lump it in with the Ella variations even though it's Latin and really has nothing to do with them as far as I know), Billie (I don't hate it, but I've never really liked it for either sex) 

Aviva, Willa, Luna, Vera, Talia, May, Meadow, Ames, Lyra

December 6, 2018 03:33 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Double post I'm so sorry!

December 6, 2018 03:31 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Wilder (literary, not-overpopular surname, unique vowel sounds), Arlo (quirky-chic), Jonah (too popular for me to use IRL, but I love the Bible story and the masculine -a) 

Like: Everett (used to love it but it's way too common now, Owen (ditto), Gideon (similar to my feelings on Jonah, but somehow doesn't seem as interesting) 

Lose: Gareth (has never hit my ear right), Dane (reminds me of the dog), Deacon (dated and boring) 

Wilder, Arlo, Jonah, Everett, Owen, Gideon, Jovial, Wales, Monaghan

December 5, 2018 03:23 PM


I'll start by saying I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce your last name, so I'm guessing sort of like mingle minus m. 

I feel like if the last name starts with a vowel, the first name should if possible end with a consonant. I found all of your first names somewhat difficult to say with your last name because of the way they ran together. I would suggest trying to find something with a consonant ending if the way they sound together is really important to you. 

That said, I know many people who have last names beginning with a vowel and first names ending in a vowel, and it has never seemed to be a big deal to them. The name of your baby should be your choice and not based on outside opinions. 

December 5, 2018 03:11 PM
In Response to Name for a girl


The names on your list seem very stylistically different to me, especially when it comes to popularity peaks. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I am interested to know what draws you to these names specifically. 

Veronica is a largely contemporary name, and it has been falling on the charts since around the turn of the century. I believe it is Italian or Spanish in origin, but that is definitely not the connotation it has in my mind due to how common it is in non-European countries. I would honestly group it in with Jessica, Andrea, Amanda, and other 3+ syllable, ends in -a 90s hits. Anastasia, on the other hand, still is very largely linked to Russia, where it originates (as far as I know). I would guess that, unless it very dramatically increases in popularity elsewhere, it always will be. It will definitely raise more eyebrows than Veronica. Both, however, come with plenty of good nickname options. 

Laura and Emma are more similar, but still have their differences. Laura was used somewhat steadily throughout the 20th century and has now started to decline. Emma, OTOH, was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fell asleep, and is now back and better than ever. It ranks in the top 5 for girls regularly.  Both are deep-rooted classic girls names that are familiar to most people and generally liked among non-name nerds. ;) 

As for the combinations, Emma Veronica and Laura Veronica are the only ones that I would say flow well, and for that reason I prefer them.

December 5, 2018 02:47 PM


I agree with the other posters that Violet and Rose are a bit close for sisters IMO, and Rose Mary does sound a little cheesy. There are plenty of beautiful old-fashioned girls' names that would compliment Violet well without being too matchy-matchy. Your own family tree can be a great source of antique names that have special value. 

Are there any other criteria you have in mind? A popularity or length range you'd like to stick to, or something like that?