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July 30, 2015 09:00 PM

I really like both, and especially love Edie as a nickname for Eden.  Of the 2, I suspect Eden is more likely to seem dated one day, so I'd probably go with Juliet.

July 27, 2015 07:34 PM
In Response to We're at an impasse!

You'll eventually agree on something.  If he just can't do Cash, you'll have to scrap it and start coming up with other ideas.  One thing I'll suggest is to make sure he suggests names he likes.  It seems a lot of dads like to veto names, but aren't great at coming up with suggestions.  Even if you don't like his ideas, you can post about them here (along with names you like).  The regulars are usually pretty good at coming up with ideas that bridge the gap between styles.

Edited to add that Carter, Jace & Cash don't seem too far apart as far as style.  I'd say Cash has more "swagger" than the others, so it's possible your husband just wants something that feels a little safer.  

July 26, 2015 08:24 AM

Ah, I had forgotten about the princess.  The only one I could think of at the time was Charlotte from Sex in the City, and that didn't seem like it was current enough to be a concern.  FWIW, I have a William & a George and nobody has commented, so I don't know if I'd personally be too worried about the princess connection of Charlotte.

Now I have Maggie May stuck in my head.  Thanks for the ear worm!

July 26, 2015 08:20 AM

I think at least some of it may be regional.  Where I live, people almost always say "lynn" for Caroline.  Growing up I thought it odd that they called Laura's mom Care-ah-line on Little House because I never heard it that way anywhere else.  However, I've met a handful of Caroline's not from my part of the midwest & they've preferred "line."    It's easy to adjust my pronunciation, but my default is always Care-ah-lyn.

FWIW, I've never known a Carolyn who preferred "line."  My assumption has been that this spelling is used by parents who want to ensure they don't get "line." 

July 25, 2015 01:48 PM

You've already gotten several suggestions for nicknames for Caroline & I see Miriam has already suggested Caddie (my favorite).

I like Kathryn & assume the nickname would be Katie?  I agree with previous comments about Caroline & Kathryn seeming too similiar to use together.  

Lillian is pretty, but pretty popular.  When you add in all the girls named just Lilly, Lilah, Layla, etc. it may be more popular than you would care for.  I would also avoid using Lillian & Caroline together (I tend to say Care-ah-lynn, not Care-ah-line).

I love Margaret & also really like Maggie.  But I hesitate to recommend you use a name you don't like just to get to a nickname you do like.  What happens if she decides she doesn't want to go by Maggie?  Would you be OK if she someday prefers Margaret or one of the other nicknames?  FWIW, I don't think Maggie & Abby are too similiar.

If you like Nora but want a longer proper name, why not Elenora, Eleanor, Lenora, etc.?  

The popularity of Charlotte would concern me more than the celebrity issue.  I'm honestly not sure who the celebrity Charlotte would be.  What nickname would you want to use?  The nickname might limit your options for the other name.  For example, Charlotte/Charly and Caroline/Carly wouldn't work well together.  I could also see problems with Charlotte/Lotte and Lillian/Lilly.  I might also avoid Charlotte & Margaret together because of the shared ending sound.

Samantha is a great name, and I don't think your SIL's cat should matter.

Your middle names are fine, though that will depend on which first names you pair them with.  I would avoid Lillian Rose unless you want the very floral Lilly Rose.  Caroline Lynn,Lillian Lynn & Lillian Ann seem to repetitive.  I would also avoid Margaret Mae since Mae is sometimes used as a nickname for Margaret.  Otherwise, I don't see any issues mixing & matching.


July 24, 2015 04:49 PM

Yes, I think you can still use the name.  If the boyfriend stays around, him having the same name as your son (his possible nephew) is not a big deal.  If the boyfriend goes, you could regret using the name you love.

If anyone comments, a simple explanation that you'd picked out the name before your sister started dating him should be enough.

July 23, 2015 02:13 PM

I do like Bennett James better than Jackson. Some other J middles I think could work are John, Jack, Joseph, Jasper.

I also really like the suggestion of Bennet G.  It makes the nickname even more obvious I think, and it could be written Ben G. if she wanted to.  It also opens up a lot more middle name options.  Gregory, George, Gavin, etc.

July 22, 2015 05:12 PM

I love the idea of Ditmas, but yeah, it's not very attractive sounding.  However, the middle is the perfect place to tuck away a sentimental but dated or unpleasant sounding name.  I quite Alistair & Alistair Ditmas is fine.

Of your other boy names, I like Arlo, August & Rhys the best.  Ives is another one I like for the sentiment, but think would be better as a middle.  Or perhaps something like Ivan with Ives as a nickname?  Maybe you'd also like Arthur, Albert, Edwin or Augustine?

I like most of your girl names.  Edith is a favorite & I also like Winter, Ingrid & Wren.  I'd probably pass on Faye, it is my least favorite & it repeats the first initial of Florence.  Florence & Ingrid are fantastic together!  I'll suggest Cordelia, Esther, Agnes, Inez & Agatha.


July 22, 2015 05:02 PM

I would assume Indiana Kyle were a boy, the same way I would assume Ryan & Wyatt are boys, even though they do apparently get some use on girls.

Just the nickname Indy is pretty unisex for me.  It could be for Indiana or India or Indigo, etc.  But I don't see that as a huge issue.  Lots of nicknames are unisex & people manage OK (see Chris, Terry, Andy, Alex, etc).

Indiana does not rank in the top 1000 for boys or girls, so the name is rare enough that most people won't have a personal reference for it.  Without a personal reference, Indiana Jones is the most famous namesake.  I suspect he'll keep the name firmly masculine for most people.


July 21, 2015 09:15 PM

I want to tell you to use it.  It sounds like the girls probably don't have the same last name, so it's not going to cause a ton of confusion.  You also only see each other a few times a year, so any confusion will be occassional at best.  All that said, my family would freak if I used the name of a first cousin's child.  So, I guess a lot really depends on how you think your family would react. 

I don't normally suggest getting other people involved in picking a baby name, but in this case, it might be best.  I would be careful to not frame it as if you were asking permission.   Just throw it out there like "we love the name Susie so much, we're thinking about using it for this baby."  See what happens.

Another option would be to try & find a variant of the name that you like, and use that instead.  If your cousin's daugher uses a nickname, you could also pick a different nickname or no nickname at all.  If you want suggestions, let us know the name.  The regulars around here are usually pretty good at coming up with alternatives.

July 21, 2015 09:09 PM
In Response to Boy name help!

I prefer River over Rivers, for no paticular reason.  I do agree with the previous comment about River/Rivers & Wren having the same starting sound.  I would probably elminate River & Rivers becasue of this, but I admit to getting tongue tied rather easily.

I don't think it's necassarily too much to have 2 nature names in one family.  You might want to consider if you'll ever have a 3rd child.  Would you feel obligated to carry on the theme?  Are there other nature names you like & could use later?  If breaking the theme wouldn't bother you, or you don't plan on a 3rd, this may not be an issue. 

My favorite from your list is August, and I wouldn't be concerned with popularity.  I don't see August becoming top 10, and all a popular name means is that other people will like your choice!

other suggestions-Phoenix, Jude, Jasper, Everett, Sterling, Leo, Bennett, Heath, Xander, Xavier


July 21, 2015 09:00 PM
In Response to Baby Girl #3

I would probably eliminate Paisley because it repeats an initial with Piper.

Lacy & Daisy both feel very feminine next to your daughter's names.  Piper isn't unisex, but it's not super-girly either.  I've met a couple of Brightons who were boys, so that one does feel more unisex to me.

Lainey is OK, but still feels not quite right.  However, Lainey + Daisy makes me think of Delaney and that one feels closer to right to me.

Daisy & Paisley share the"ayz" sound, so perhaps you'd be interested in other names with that sound?  Blaise, Maisie?

Other more random suggestions-Avery, Quinn, Sidney, Haven, Azalea, Kinsey, Sheridan, Hollis

July 20, 2015 03:04 PM

I've not read the entire thread, so sorry about any repeats.

Marina, Lucia, Phoebe, Fiona, Simone, Gemma, Felicity, Arabella, Cecily, Linnea, Aurora

July 20, 2015 02:56 PM

Honestly, if I met 3 sisters with all P names, I'd think of Charmed-it wouldn't matter what those names were.  Since some people will make the association anyway, why not use Piper & Paige if those are the ones you like best?  It's way too much P for my taste, but siblings sharing initials works for some people.

I have to admit that I'm not crazy about Lexi/Lexie as the given name.  In middle school I knew a girl named Lexy who was constantly teased with "sexy Lexy."  When it got to be too much, she switched to her full name (Alexandra).  If a name as obvious tease/rhyme potential I think it's better to use something that has a back-up plan built in.

Your names are pretty diverse as far as style goes.  To me, Tatum, Blair & maybe Paige would get grouped together.  Piper, Skylar, Madison & Sage would be another group (though I think Piper could also work here).  Eva, Poppy & Ruby seem like another style-group.  Because of this, I'll suggest T names that I think could work with each style grouping.   Taylor, Teagan, Tierney, Tamsin, Tess/Tessa, Tai, Trinity, Talia

July 20, 2015 11:22 AM

I"m generally not a fan of more than 1 middle name unless there is a very compelling reason to use mutliple middles.  Middles aren't used everyday & with 2, one is likely to get dropped anyway.  It just seems like an unnecassary hassle to me.

I also prefer Liberty over Zuri, so Liberty Autumn gets my vote.  I will add that Liberty Autumn does sound very descriptive, like I could see if being the name of a YA novel set during the Revolutionary War or something.  So I'd actually lean more towards Libery Caitlin.  However, this is a pretty subjective issue, so just ignore me if you disagree!  :-)

I'm more familiar with Lana sounding like lah-nah, so I immediately think of Alana/Alannah.  For Lana sounds like Hannah, perhaps some of the Ann/Anna variants?  Or you could branch out a bit from Liana and do something like Juliana or Liliana?  If something that sounds different but is still visually similiar will work, maybe Lorna, Lara, Laney?


July 20, 2015 11:07 AM

I think they are about equal based on flow.  Do you have a middle name picked out already?  Perhaps that could help us determine if there are any issues with initials or flow of the full name.

Not trying to pry, but without anything else to go on, it's really hard for me to decide which I think is better.  I'm assuming one surname is yours & the other belongs to the other parent.  This makes me wonder if you & the other parent are still together?  If you are married, is the issue that you both want to use your own surname?  I understand if you don't want to share too much with strangers on the internet.  But knowing even a little more context would help us make more informed decisions about which name we think is better.

July 19, 2015 07:48 PM

I think Poppy & Piper are too similiar, it's more than just the matching first initial.  They also both have internal Ps and are 2 syllables.  

I really like Ruby from your list, but perhaps Ruby Grey is too much color for one name.  I think Iris also has potential as a first name, if you will consider moving out of the middle name list.  

You've got quite a mix of styles on your current list, so I'm having a bit of trouble picking 2 that seem complimentary.  My favorites together are probably Eva & Ruby.

Other suggestions-May, Nora, Opal, Cora, Tess/Tessa, Audrey, Cleo, Lilah, Sadie



July 19, 2015 09:42 AM
In Response to Initials Dilemma

I don't think the initials are that big of a deal.  The important thing is that each kid has a name you love & that the name has meaning for you.  I'd rather hear that my named was chosen because my parents loved it, or because it was after a beloved grandmother than it was picked just to match everyone's initials.  

You may also want to consider if you might have another child.  If you continue the L & A thing now, you'll likely feel even more locked into the pattern next time.   

July 18, 2015 02:13 PM

I'm sorry about the problems you are having with your ex.  Relationship problems are never ideal, but I'm sure they are much harder to deal with while pregnant and with a young child to care for.  

First, I'll ask if you have any family or friends you might want to honor.  I like when names have some kind of meaning for at least one of the parents.  

How did you pick your daughter's name?  Knowing this will perhaps give us an idea of what you look for in a name.  Lincoln is firmly in the surname-as-first category.  It also reads as a boy's name for a girl.  Are you looking for something similiar this time around?  Was Lincoln chosen for a family connection, in reference to the president, or because you liked the look & sound of the name?  

Are there any names you like, but can't use?  For example, maybe you like some names that have already been used by friends or family members.  Even if you can't use them, they might help us narrow our suggestions.

Do you want matching or themed names for the twins?  Or would you prefer to choose each name independently of the other?

Based solely on your daughter's name, I would probably suggest other surnames-as-firsts.  Delaney, Hudson, Reed, McKenzie, Piper, Harper, Anderson.  Based on her middle name, I suspect you might also like nature-style names.  Kai, Sage, Storm, Reed, Orion, River.

July 16, 2015 06:19 PM
In Response to Siblings: Arlo and?

I really like Solomon.  I would say it's a different style than Arlo, but that the styles are very complimentary.  If you are thinking about a nickname, I really like Sol with Arlo.  However, I don't think a nickname is necassary.

Other names that I think would work well include August/Augustus/Gus, Hugo, Felix, Miles, Phineas, Isaac, Ezra & Fletcher.