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September 10, 2017 07:03 PM
In Response to Harlow, Cleo, or...

Working well with the brother names is pretty subjective, especially since I would consider Axel & Rowan to be 2 different styles.  However, I also think finding a name you both like is more important than style issues.

If your DH hates Tallulah, I think you'll need to eliminate it.  If what you really want are the Lulu, Lula nickname options, I'd look at something like Lucinda, Lucia, Louisa, Lucille, etc.  Or perhaps a sound alike would appeal?  Lucy or Luna?  Or for something without Lula/Lulu, but with more the style of Tallulah, I'd suggest Clementine, Serafina, Ariadne, Cosima, Tamsin.

Between Cleo and Harlow, I strongly prefer Cleo.  Harlow strikes me as likely to be very date-stamped one day.  I'm also generally not a fan of surnames as firsts.  

I tried typing Axel & Rowan into the name matchmaker tool.  Have you tried that yet?  Of the suggestions, I really like Lorelei, Lucia and Scarlet for you.

September 10, 2017 06:50 PM
In Response to First child, boy

What are some of her favorites for a first name?  It'd help us to know this, so perhaps we can make suggestions that might bridge the gap between her style & yours.

With nothing else to go on, I'd suggest trying to group your names by style.  You seem to have some more traditional names (Tristan, Sebastian, Avery, Lucas) and a few more modern/surname-y names (Porter, Dylan, Jackson, Riley).  If your wife likes Edward, my guess is she's most likely to agree to one of your more traditional names, Tristan being the exception.

Do any of your names have meaning, or do are they names you just like?  Nothing is wrong with a name you just like,  but sometimes a name with meaning will override any objections by style.  For example, if your wife leans more traditional, but you'd really prefer one of the modern surname style names, you may want to consider looking through your family trees for something you could both agree on.  Your wife's maiden name, or maybe the maiden name of one of your mothers could be a good place to start the conversation.

Based soley on your list, my favorites are Sebastian & Lucas.  Both sound nice iwth the middle and last names, and the SED/LED initials aren't an issue.  My least favorite is Dylan, I don't care for the alliteration with the last name (sounds a bit stuttery to me) and I agree the DED initials aren't ideal.  

September 10, 2017 09:39 AM

I would also go mismatched to lessen the cute factor of Penny + Lincoln.  And Copper is the name of the dog from Fox & the Hound.  This is a very strong association for me, so the name is All Dog to me, and hard to imagine on a person.

Going mismatched is much less twee and if they didn't introduce the kids by age, they'd have the option of splitting Penny & Lincoln up, which would lessn the Lincoln Penny thing.  Something like, "these are my children, Penny, Jane, and Lincoln" or "my sons, Lincoln and John, and my daughter Penny" would work nicely.

Perhaps they could also introduce a new theme? It is still a bit twee for my taste, but 2 themes in the sibling group would perhaps dilute the strength of the Lincoln Penny thing.  For example, Penny, Lincoln and Carter.

Is Penny the actual given name?  If so, I'd suggest looking for other names that peaked in the 60s; Joan, Betty, Judy, Bonnie, Dorothy etc.  If Penny is short for Penelope, I'd look at other Greek names, especially ones that could lead to simple nicknames; Anastasia/Annie, Theodora/Dora/Dorie, Kalliope/Calliope/Callie.  


September 10, 2017 09:21 AM

ITA with all of this.  I will add that the more traditional spelling of Cassius could still lead to the nickname Cash, if that's what you are looking for.   The spelling of a nickname does not have to "match" the spelling of the actual given name.  

September 7, 2017 02:45 PM

Juniper with June as a nickname + Louisa for Louise would cover 2 of your namesakes.  I think Louisa Juniper or Juniper Louise are both nice. Something like Juniper Faye Louise could also work.

Georgia is lovely & is a name in its own right, so I don't think many people will assume you have a connection to the state or country.  It's not like you are naming your kid something like Missouri or Oregon.  Although, there are kids with other state names that aren't traditionally given names (Dakota & Indiana come to mind) and I suspect most people still wouldn't assume the family had a specific connection to the states.  I also doubt anyone knows or cares about all the Scotts with no ties to Scotland.  Georgia should be fine & Georgie is adorable.  But I may be biased, my youngest is George called Georgie.  

I think Georgia June Louise is fine & not too much of a mouthful.  Middle names are pretty much hidden most of the time, so even if it is a mouthful, it won't matter much in your daily life.  If you decide against the double middle, I prefer Georgia Louise, but I've never particularly cared for Faye.  Some people would like the alliterative sound of Georgia June, but it strikes me as a bit much.

September 1, 2017 09:46 AM

Larry can be a nickname for Lawrence, so perhaps Lawrence Tobias?  You could also do Raymond as a nod to Ray, though that strikes me as more dated than Lawrence.  I can't really think of anything off the top of my head for Dennis, except Denny, which seems too nicknamey to me.

What about the women in your family?  I adore cross-gender namesakes, so maybe there is something related to your name or a grandmother's name that could work.  Another option would be to look at surnames from your family.  For example, if you changed your surname when you got married, perhaps you could use your maiden name as a first name?

August 25, 2017 06:56 AM

Yes, the forvo recording is consistent with how my husband's family says it.  German dialects are very regional, so I've learned to double check.  The way I'm used to hearing it, Egon more or less rhymes with the English words say-gone, and the syllables are very short/clipped sounding.

August 24, 2017 05:55 PM

My husband has an uncle called Egon, and yes, I do think it would be pretty "old man" to most native German speakers right now.  However, I don't think that it would translate as old or even a little fusty in an English (I assume U.S.) context.

It's hard for me to say how I objectively feel about the name since it is pretty strongly associated with the uncle, but my guess is most people would find it pleasing.  I could see it grouped with other not-English-but-travels-well kind of names.  I would expect some questions, and some need to correct people, but I don't think it'd be unusable on an American baby.  

August 18, 2017 11:41 AM

I knew a Melinda who went by Mel, but all the Melissas were either Missy or didn't use a nickname.  I had never considered nickname pockets before, but I suppose they occur just as often as name pockets.

I'm loving the whole honeybee themed tattoos and wedding.  When I was younger, I always felt bad that my name didn't have a "meaning."  I think that's why my name obsession started.

August 17, 2017 01:48 PM

With the exception of Alyssa, which peaked quite a bit later.  I've personally been waiting for Melissa to take off again, as people look for alternatives to Alyssa.  I tend to think of Alyssa as an off-with-your-head version of Melissa, so why not put the head back on?

I also think the nickname options of Melissa could help the name feel fresh for parents today.  I would probably avoid Missy, as every other Melissa I knew growing up was called Missy.  However, Meli, Mel, Lissa, Liss, Lissy, and Issy could all work well on a playground today.

August 17, 2017 01:34 PM
In Response to Wesley or Isaac?

Oh what fun!  Can I play too?  I'll include some things I don't like about the names too.


Mostly positive ficitional associations (I also include Westley from Princess Bride).  One not so great association, which is the whole "Shut up Wesley" thing from Star Trek NG.  I do really like Wil Wheaton though, so maybe I could get past that?

I agree it's masculine but not super manly/macho.

I dislike how it feels to say this name.  For me, it's a bit slurry feeling.  

Wes is OK as a nickname.

Familiar, but not super common.  

It may not have specific usage patterns, but my mental image is Very White.


Positive associations, the Love Boat is also a very strong association for me.

My mental image of the name leans African American, likely because of Love Boat, although my IRL associations with the name are all not African American.  Apparently Isaac from the Love Boat is a very strong association for me.

I love Ike as a nickname.

Still reads as very religious/Biblical to me, though I don't think this is reflected by current usage.  This would actually be a point away from Isaac for me, since I'm not very religious and actively tried to avoid Biblical names.

August 15, 2017 02:49 PM
In Response to Thoughts on "Audrey"

Audrey is lovely and is a name I would seriously consider if I had a girl to name.  

I do think it is a slightly different style than Silas, but that doesn't mean it doesn't "go" and no, it doesn't need to go. Sibling names don't have to go together, and I find that lots of people have different boy/girl name styles.

I do not think it is too popular.  At #39, it was only given to slightly over 5,000 babies last year.  It's possible you are in an Audrey "pocket" but even then, I'd be surprised if the name were to reach oversaturation the way names like Jennifer or Jessica did.

No.  One of the best things, IMO, about timeless names like Audrey is that they aren't likely to sound dated.  

With Audrey being the more classicly used for girls, my guess is that all the Aubrey's will be correcting people, but I would be surprised if it happened as much the other way around.  I don't think Aubrey makes Audrey seem overused. They are very different names to me.  FWIW, I have encountered a couple of Aubrey's and both sets of parents picked that name specifically to get to Brie as a nickname, so it's possible a good portion of the on-paper Aubreys don't even use it as their call name anyway.

I can't say how it will strike anyone else, but to me, Audrey reads as classic and elegant.  My primary association is Audrey Hepburn and I think she played a variety of different types of characters, in addition to being quite an accomplished woman in her own right.  I think this helps the name seem versatile.  I can see it on a soft spoken, sophisticated young woman just as easily as I can see it on a spirited tomboy type.

August 15, 2017 10:28 AM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

No, I agree it isn't just you.  I would not discourage someone from using a name they loved because of it, but it is something I personally tried to avoid. 

Like Nedibles, I'm probably somewhere in the middle.  It bothers me more with some names and less than others.  My surname is an occuptional "er" ending name.  Not only does something like Cooper Tanner sound sing-songy to me, two occupational names together sounds like a comical list to me, like naming kid after a nursery rhyme or something.  

In your case, I think the repeated "en" ending would annoy me, especially if they were both two syllable names.  I would very much try to avoid something like Aiden Martin, but would likely be OK if the first name had a different number of syllables.  For example, Adrian Martin and Sebastian Martin both sound fine to me.

I'd probably avoid something like Eamon Martin because I say the endings so they sound very similar.  Aye-min Mar-tin.  I'd be less likely to eliminate Callum because the ending sounds very different when I say them.  Call-um Mar-tin.  

I think there are enough Celtic boys names that don't end in an "en" sound that you should be able to find something you like.  Dougal, Alastair, Cormac, Graham, Angus, Malcolm, Liam & Doyle all came to mind fairly quickly.

August 11, 2017 11:40 AM
In Response to Jad Vs Jade

Yes, I would agree with everthing Nedibles posted.  I'll add that I think Jad would lead to some confusion or need for clarification, simply because it won't be familiar to post people in the U.S.  This is true for a lot of names, so I don't think it's a reason not to use Jad, but it is probably something to be aware of before you use the name.

August 10, 2017 10:05 AM
In Response to Sister for Ruby

I agree about Georgia & I think the final deciding factor should really be strength of the association with family members.

Edith Anne is 100% the Lily Tomlin association, but I would actually consider that a plus.

August 9, 2017 11:04 AM
In Response to Names for me

I agree with previous comments that the best middle names have some kind of meaning behind them.  Names of family members or other people you admire, virtue names, place names & nature names call all be places to start.

However, some people do prefer middle names that just flow or sound nice.  If that is really your only criteria, I'd suggest eliminating Oliver & Edgar.  The repeated "er" ending sound with Oskar seems a bit too sing-songy for my taste.  Instead of Edgar, I'll suggest Edmund or Edward.  

Thomas & Josef are both nice, and seem like "safe" choices.  They sound nice, people will recognize them, long history of use, but they do strike me as a bit boring.  

Jaxson seems very trendy & likely to seem a bit dated one day.  It would strike me as a bit surprising on a 15 year old (I would expect a Jaxson to be a few years younger).  I find simply Jack more timeless, and the spelling Jackson would seem more consistent with your age.

Noah is a bit meh.  Again, I'd expect someone named Noah to be perhaps a bit younger than you, but it doesn't seem inconsistent on someone your age.

I really like Sebastian.  It flows well with Oskar, is familiar but perhaps not as "safe" as Thomas and Josef, and strikes me as much less trendy than either Noah or Jaxson.

I also really like Salem.  It's a more daring choice than any of your other choices, but daring in a good way-if that makes sense.  


August 7, 2017 02:37 PM

First, I must express my disappointment that you are only naming a cat.  I would be very excited to meet a human baby Wilhelmina.  

I tend to lean a bit smart-@ss  in my approach to naming pets, so I would likely go with Minnie, just so I could play up the whole Minnie Mouse association.  But, I once had a cat named Puppy, so perhaps I'm not the best person to ask.  

With a boy-cat named Harrison, I would also be tempted to play up the Harrison Ford association.  Perhaps Marian or Ravenwood for an Indiana Jones connection?

August 7, 2017 09:30 AM

LeBron is one of those unique names very strongly associated with one person. Even I know who he is, and I have about zero interest in basketball.  Personally, I'd pass.  I don't think I'd want to be named something that well known and strongly associated with a single person.

I agree Leif Flint will be misheard as Lee Flint quite often.  It's not a huge deal, but may require some corrections.  The easiest way to avoid it is to be deliberate in situations where you say his full name, Leif.....Flint.  If doing this or having to constantly correct people will annoy you, it may be reason to pass on Leif.

I typically don't care for alliteration, Also Phoenix Flint is a lot of "F" sound to my ear.  However, some people would find this appealing.  I also notice that it's a double location name, Phoenix & Flint both being the names of cities.  Again, not really a big deal, but it is something that jumped out at me.

Rowan is by far my favorite, and I think it flows nicely with the last name.

August 4, 2017 12:44 PM

Oh, I like the idea of reversing the initials like that.

I agree that the first names aren't hugely different.  They have different sounds, but still have quite a bit in common.  It's a bit too matchy for my taste, but some people like to mix & match the rhyming for twins.  For example, Raelynn Maya and Kaiya Madelynn.

Another option might be to have them share the same middle initial, regardless of style, sound or length of middle name. Since Raelynn and Kaiya are both modern inventions, more traditional middles would add a nice bit of contrast.  Something like Raelynn Jane and Kaiya Josephine.


August 1, 2017 03:02 PM

Your son's name plus Fiona reads as Very Celtic, which could be a plus.  A possible downside would be if you felt compelled to stick with the theme in the case of future children.  Are there other Very Celtic names that you like (I see Isla on the list).  If there aren't a lot of names in that style that you like, and you would feel compelled to continue a theme, this could become problematic later.  

Unfortunately, I don't see any other reasons to possibly eliminate any of the names from your list.  They are all quite lovely, and I think they all work well with your son's name and with your surname.  Honestly, 6 names from your favorites list seems about right as a shortlist to take to the hospital.  

Have you tried scoring the names?  Some people have had good luck with this.  Rank your top names on a scale of 1-5 (1 being highest).  You can have multiple names with the same rank.  Have your husband do the same.  Then look to see which names  you both rated highest, and go with the name that ranks highest in combined score.  

As for middle names, I like them to have some kind of meaning for the family.  Do you want to use family honor names?  If not, then perhaps one of the runner ups could be  used as a middle.