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August 31, 2014 12:36 PM

Adora Belle is really too princessy for my taste.  

I love the suggestion of Isadora, perhaps with the nickname Dora?  It seems similar to Adora, but without such a strong romantic overtone.  

August 31, 2014 12:24 PM

Phoebe, Ruby, Cora, Sophie, Tess/Tessa, Nia, Chloe, Julia, Agatha & Eliza?


For me, Fyfe Lemm doesn't sound that much like phlegm, though I do think they run together in a way that isn't pleasing.  I actually get phlegm more from the first initial surname combination F. Lemm.

I agree with the previous poster that knowing what the other name you like would be helpful.  I'd also like more information about what you like about Fyfe.  

For now, I will suggest (or second) Kai, Rafe, Lyle, Finn & Leif.

August 28, 2014 01:28 PM

If there isn't a good reason (more than just "I like it") to use a similar name, I do usually recommend against it. However, since Anthony is a family name, you have a very valid reason for using it.  

I'll add that it seems to me like Anderson wasn't exactly a 50/50 compromise.  It is much more similar to Andrew than Anthony, so I get the sense you gave up more than your husband did.  I think it's fair that you should get to use Anthony this time.

Lucian is also fine.  Yes it isn't common, but it is familiar.  I'll add that the comment about Lucian would have been made by an adult and I think unusual names were more problematic in the past.  Todays kids are being given a wide range of names and something unusual is much less likely to stand out or seem "weird" to your son's peers.  The planned nickname of Louie would also give him an alternative if he ever decides he wants something more common than Lucian.  There is also the more common Louis/Lewis if you want another way to get to Louie.  Honestly, any name starting with a "lew" sound seems like a reasonable way to get to Louie. Lucas, Luke, Luca, Ludo, etc.

August 27, 2014 12:13 PM

I really like Ian and I don't think it's too similar to Colin at all.


August 27, 2014 11:49 AM

Kristen Joan does strike me as a bit dated sounding.  But she probably wouldn't have to be Kristen LastInitial in any of her classes.  

Thea Anne-I really like Thea and I really like Anne, but together they do smoosh together.  I think something like Thea Joan has a much better flow.

Isabella Courtney is pretty, though Isabella is very popular right now.  

Hallie Karina is OK.  I'm not a huge fan of Hallie, it's just one of those names that doesn't age well to me.  I really like Karina.  I wonder if you'd consider Karina as a first name?  Karina Joan, Karina Thea, Karina Isabelle

I really like Wyatt Joseph.  

Not as crazy about Carlisle Jude, Carlisle is just NMS.  However, I love Jude & think Jude Carlisle flows really well.

August 25, 2014 12:53 PM

I do like the suggestion of James.  Charlie seems like a nice fit too, I know a Charles (Charlie) and Henry sibset.  I also know a Henry & Samuel (Sam) sibset.  The parents of Henry & Charlie considered Miles & Edward. I'll also suggest William, Jack, August & Leo.

August 23, 2014 06:30 PM
In Response to Naming our #1 and #2

I think they are both very pretty & work well together.

August 23, 2014 06:27 PM
In Response to WDYT of Cedric Trace?

I really like Beckett and Dexter, too bad about the cat.  Perhaps Rex is just different enough that it could work for you?



August 23, 2014 06:23 PM

Yes, I also thought of Penn Jillette.  Is that is given first name?  I had always assumed it was a stage name or something.

August 23, 2014 10:35 AM
In Response to WDYT of Cedric Trace?

I'm sorry, but I just don't care for Cedric Trace very much.  It also seems a bit fusty/old man next to Tanner & August.

August 23, 2014 10:33 AM

I'll second Miriam's comments on Ike and Hank as given names.  I think something like Isaac and Henry would be better as the full name, with Ike & Hank as nicknames.  FWIW, I do like both Ike & Hank. They'd both be in my top choices for you if they were being used as nicknames.

I'm not really a fan of Penn or Briggs with Chandler as the middle name.  I think something like Penn Chandler Surname starts to sound like a law firm, just too many surnames in a row.

I like Emmett much better than Hugh.  I've just never cared much for Hugh (though I do like Hugo).

I'm also not really a fan of Otis.  I don't dislike it, it's just not a name I've ever been that excited about.

August 23, 2014 10:21 AM
In Response to Name for Baby#3

I really like Eliza and wouldn't be too worried about the popularity of other "el" names.  Eliza isn't ELLE-ie-zah, with the first syllable emphasized.  Eliza is Ih-LIE-zah.  Looks like it could be an "elle" name, but doesn't sound like one.

Eliza Josephine is very pretty, and I don't think two 3-syllable names is too much.  I agree the repeated "feen" sound isn't ideal.  I'd certainly recommend against using Josephine Feen- as a first/last combo.  But in the middle position, I think flow is less important since she won't be using her full name on a daily basis.  If you still aren't sure, and you like Eliza Jo, perhaps just use Jo as the middle name?  Eliza Josie could also work.

After Josephine, my favorite of your middle names is Marjorie.

If you like Declan but don't like the shared initial with Dominic, perhaps Lachlan?

For boys I'll also suggest Mattias, Matteo, Liam, Ian, Gabriel, Lucas, Julian, Sebastian, Nathaniel & Jasper.

August 22, 2014 02:22 PM

I'm not really a fan of Lincoln/Link just in general.  With your last name, it sort of sounds like a law firm (Lincoln & Hendrix).  

Quinlan is OK and Quint is a suprising twist on the more common Quinn nickname.  I kind of like this option.

I'm not crazy about Kenyon since it sounds just like Kenyan.  It feels a bit like naming your child Irish or Mexican or something.

Taj is nice.

Riley seem much trendier than the rest of your choices.  If you are looking for something hispter-y, I think you might find yourself disappointed with its popularity.  

Isaac is my favorite from your list.  I especially like the option of Ike for a nickname.

I'll second the suggestion of Kai.

August 22, 2014 08:31 AM
In Response to Naming our #1 and #2

Any way you could give us a hint about the last name?  Starting letter, number of syllables, something that sounds similar, etc.  It'd help us to decide if one of the full names flows better than the other.

Both your first/middle combos flow well.  Is there one name you like better than the other?  If so, I'd just go with that one in the first position.  If you like both names equally, I'd say I like the flow of Charlotte Audrey just the tiniest bit better.  However, I lean more towards Audrey Charlotte because Audrey is less common.

For Abigail, I think Charlotte Abigail is nice.  I'll also suggest Molly Abigail, Sophia Abigail, Margot Abigail, Vivien Abigail &  Lucy Abigail.

Abigail Victoria, Abigail Violet, Abigail Sophia, Abigail Louise & Abigail Elizabeth

August 22, 2014 08:22 AM
In Response to Our First Baby

I'm assuming Broolyn is a typo and should be Brooklyn?

All 3 of the names you like flow well with the surname.  The names all strike me as very modern and somewhat trendy.  They should fit in well with other kids their age.

Other suggestions that seem similar to the style of names you like for boys include Austin, Jackson, Logan & Dalton.

For girls I'll suggest Madison, Addison, Peyton, Cameron & Harper.

August 21, 2014 01:13 PM
In Response to Middle names

Count me as another who prefers Naya. I think "like Maya with an N" should be easy enough.

August 21, 2014 10:21 AM
In Response to Problem with names

I'll second this.  

August 20, 2014 05:16 PM

I think rhythm is very subjective.  For example, I'm not usually crazy about a 2-2-2 flow (or 1-1-1). My preference is for a pattern with some variety to the syllables.  For example, my kids have 2-3-2 and 1-2-2.  So something like Julian Keane T_ with its 3-1-2 sounds great to my ear.  Obviously, you must like a more consistent flow since your other children are all 2-2-2.

For me, I'd say Julian is 3 or perhaps 2.5 syllables.  I say Jule-ee-ehn, but that middle syllable is very abbreviated.

Some names that are 2 or more syllables that seem consistent with the sounds you are looking for (sorry if any of these have already been mentioned)  Keanu, Grayson, Keenan, Kieran, Brady, Caleb, Clayton, Cian, Kyler, Eli, Brian, Bryant. 

August 20, 2014 03:28 PM

First, I'll say that I think you have too many criteria.  A lot of your requirements for flow with the last name would be nice, but I don't think they should be a hard & fast requirement.  In day to day use, he'll be known as Julian Lastname, not Julian Middle Lastname.  So for me, I would not really be too concerned if middle to last flow isn't ideal (such as an ending D running into T).

Instead of Isaac, perhaps Ike?  Ike is commonly used as a nickname for Isaac so you could keep the meaning.  I think the harder sounds you are drawn to are more pronounced with Ike, and it doesn't sound like Julie and anything.  Julian Ike T

I would avoid Key, just because I'm not really a fan of names that are intentionally "funny."  But if you like the sound, perhaps Keane instead?  The homophone keen can mean clever, which would be a positive meaning.  Oops, just realized Keane is already on your list of considerations!  In that case, consider this my endorsement.  :)

Keane, Zeke & Cade make me think of Zane.

I quite like Reid/Reed.  Some similar names are Rhys (Welsh for enthusiasm) and Reeve.

I do not care for Keefe at all.  It does sound like a lispy Keith.  It also sounds dangerously close to the word queef. For those who may not be aware, I'll just link to the Urban Dictionary

Not crazy about Rock, though I think it sounds fine with the last name.  Perhaps Brock instead?

I don't care for Casacade at all. The ending "D" isn't the issue, it makes me think of the dishwasher soap. Honestly, I think Cade, Quade and Reed are all much nicer.

Other suggestions:  Kai, Dax, Dean, Dane, Heath, Drake, Blake, Blaise, Davis, Jude, Bryce, Cole, Clay, Rafe & Wade