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My favorite name in this list is Rosalie. And for boys it was tougher, but I would say Leo. (BTW you have Iris listed twice.) 

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October 11, 2018 10:11 PM

Hey, I like these! And I’m happy to see Harvey on the boys list, I’ve liked that name very much and was sad to see it get such negative associations with the storm and the nefarious (it was mentioned on this blog amounting to as much). I hope it gets renewed appeal for its merits. I’d say five of these for boys and five girls here is what made up our short list for our little family. :) 

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September 28, 2018 10:59 AM

@HNG: probably not any more than Luna associates for  Lunatic... not a clean comparison. Dotty is a disign pattern above that. :) Like how big Paisley is in the US. 

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August 30, 2018 05:26 PM

Some seem more of a stretch and I would assume they would be namesakes from the family tree... that said I really like the principle behind this, the versatility of a name. There are many notable and unimpeded people that have a last-name-first moniker, male and now more female alike. :)

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July 11, 2018 11:40 PM

I think you have put this situational trend very diplomatically. Whew! As someone bipartisan and interested in issues and news it’s truly as fraught as anything else. So I will for this, just focus on the naming supposition: word names. It seems to play in. “Maverick“ might come across fusty and comically out of the blue now for some formerly interested tastes, but “Shooter“ is taking the nuance and replacing it with brand/word potential again, possibly. Unfortunately the latter name as is broadcasted always as a negative in the US at least and perhaps excluding the Olympics-?? (Thus I would be compelled to think someone is trying to make a point since naming is not a subtle endeavor.) The only Shooter I can think of is Shooter MacGavin, a fictional golfer. I think the name has new and biting cache and not just because I’ve gotten older and as it is, Shooter makes Gunner seem less visual... Things to think about I guess as it’s not my taste! 

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May 29, 2018 05:02 PM

Nedibes has a very good point. Basically this seems commercialized and fraught with something we cannot judge the new people for because... onward we go and we live in America here with no approved lists! :)

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March 22, 2018 11:53 AM

I just looked up a character list on Wikipedia and think that Felix, Sebastian, Moira, Dewey (The Louis reference could also add to the triplet ducks), Mack, Sulivan, and saucy Edna from "The Incredibles". Part of the reason why I did that is: I normally just don't recommend against a name, but Mim should likely not be used. (?) There are other fitting names for the sake of this subject.

In the film, she is often referred to "MAD MADADM MIM!" and is a memorable character. Since another hasn't diluted that reference it would be akin in the Disney anthology to naming a person Cruella perhaps.

I know a Marian, Gus, and a Penny (nn). I also have a friend Ineta, and gets "Anita" by mistake. ...Perhaps it's the Disney reference that makes the latter come to mind first!

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March 8, 2018 03:51 PM

I would venture I know about 1/3 of these in real life, all ages. I grew up in ID... porch sitting I suppose. :) There’s also a bit of a “hipster” factor now too, as well as a celebrity just choosing one to seal its potential so don‘t forget to come on back and talk later! Oh, this does make me wonder if after all these other letter trends we are going to end back up at the multiple consonants again sooner than later. (?) 

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February 28, 2018 11:42 AM

Very nice! I could see Zuni being androgynous. It’s strong, short and starts with a Z that’s a winning recipe right now, isn’t it? And who knows the male consonant combos that have been more or less out of preference will get the gust to come as acceptable and more popular. I was introduced to a man named D’Marcus (or DeMarcus, not sure of spelling) but moved from Southern Florida to Northern Washington...he wanted to be referred to as only Marcus. I hope this movie does a lot for everyone for inclusion. I’ve seen on this (and Name Candy) written many times how gentle but firm correction is in order as You have the right to be called what you prefer and people will learn it even if they have trouble at first. That’s true. 

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February 12, 2018 10:15 AM

@Zeker: Working at it from names that could make a relatively short jump to Penny: Caliope, Phillipa, Priscilla, etc.

Sometimes the thing with nicknames is they can play off last names and even if there’s an obvious one to a parent’s ear it might not suit or “stick” with use. Then I suppose we’d be talking about pet names. Likely more so for males? This was the case when I met my husband, everyone, even the clergyman would refer to him by a wholesome play on his last name. Only his immediate family called him his “intended” nickname, and nothing else, go figure.

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February 7, 2018 01:09 PM

Love it...Nicknames to me are a sign of love and friendship. My family is big on them. I am not in the camp to insist my kid be addressed a certain way as long as it isn’t mean, of course. So when it came to naming three girls I thought of several nicknames for each (mn: El!sabeth, Genev!eve, Cather!ne). I think Beatrice and Amalia come out a tad unlikely to my ear than the rest and Copernicus was a stroke of genius. Well done! I had to read them middle column first then intended nickname then new. 

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February 6, 2018 03:28 PM

@nedibes Hmmm good points. I am analyzing myself a bit and the young Olive I know is from a hipsterish and playful family so that subjects my perception of it. And Maise seems especially UK (just an impression for this exercise). So since they both have a few of the same names in their cloud I just went with it. Oooh. Also probably why Edgar wasn’t a curveball- I had a classmate by that name. 

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February 6, 2018 02:36 PM

As someone who was born in the early 1980’s, it’s interesting to look back at this. Especially just on impression some were warranted as cultural change, but what seems to lose luster are ones that are based on “media consumption.” I don’t know why it strikes me that way, but oh well!? It would be fun to see each decade and if there’s a way to measure more “entertainment” influence now than ever because of new territory with internet, and now social media. 

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February 3, 2018 04:27 PM

Well, I got Mazie and Olive mixed up and I can’t really see how anything in the name clouds would tip me off correctly. Thanks for the clarification on how they’re collected and presented; I haven’t given them much weight for those reasons in the past! :) 

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January 11, 2018 11:34 PM

Staring with your lists, by the time I got to the end of the post I was thinking Deacon and Evie. And here we are! :) (As far as gender disparity, I’m not going to judge them... that is just what the camera is telling us, plus editing, they both seem like hands on parents who spend quality time that interests the kids too. Balance is evidence they’re lettin go of the show for family changes.  

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January 7, 2018 12:27 AM

But... I will have to brush up on my mythology to recall how much in layman‘s terms Zeus did selfishly in great dealing more debacle, treachery and eternal chaos for humans and deity alike than Hades. I should think potential naming would include the general impression and also the research. (Of course most don’t so whatevs!) 

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January 2, 2018 11:49 PM

I’m not one to be a stickler on an honorific sounding exactly the same as the name. They rarely end the same so they shouldn’t have to start the same; and some of these camps of names just don’t come across as I think people intend for someone who is still an individual and has to make it their own. It is tricky! That said, I do know someone on my husband’s side named Rica. It was a reflection of Frederica as the honorific changed down the line. From the list+comments I think the ones that *strike a balance between an easily relatable and understood male name with avoiding the very obscure* (for the ear and workability’s sake): Benita, Callie, Jamie, Freya, Kendra, Matilda, Pippa, and Tamsin... I would venture Evie for Kevin and I quite prefer Char for Richard. I wonder what I would come up with if I started from scratch. Interesting! 

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December 14, 2017 12:38 AM

Wow! That’s a lot of information. Harvey though was on my short list if we had a boy (about five years ago) for our third child. Still!! As a name though, it’s dynamic, approachable, and familiar and distinct so what a pitty and what a relief I suppose. Happily we named her easily. :) —Not my style but I wonder if people might strike one of those new cords and use the place/brand name “Harvard” or something for a rejoinder? And Harvey is still a familiar Surname...) 

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December 13, 2017 01:28 AM

* there are likely other typos, sorry, but correction: Presidential type (regarding beginning of second paragraph...the little ditty of actual presidents in my mind is still correct but it didn’t come out right! Lol) 

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December 9, 2017 08:47 PM
In Response to Not-Quite Surnames

I’m curious to ask if there’s a place in the country this style is particularly a trend. (?) If I would have to guess, I would pick Utah or maybe Tennessee... it seems like there might be a keen level of appeal I can think of anecdotally.