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I like Zola.  It fits current trends, has history, but is still very rare.

I don't like Ezra for a girl at all.  However, I think it could work well for a boy for you.

Aleena is OK, I just don't care for it as much as Zola.

Other suggestions-Nola, Zoe, Zahara, Zara, Azalea, Zinnia, Esme, Azura, Aurora, Elora

Jace isn't bad, but it does seem a bit overdone.

Zace feels made-up and I really don't care for the sound.

Anzio, I don't care for this one either.  Sorry.

Boy suggestions:  Zane, Ezra, Enzo, Asa, Blaise/Blaze, Chaz, Alonso, Anson, Blane, 


July 22, 2014 10:10 AM
In Response to Sister for Georgie

I can understand wanting to avoid another vintage feminized name with boyish nickname.  

Something like Georgiana and Josephine called Georgie and Joey would make it seem intentional.  However, if I met Georgiana & Philippa called Georgie and Pippa, it wouldn't even occur to that there was a "theme."  I would just assume the parents perferred less common vintage names. 

With that in mind, I might avoid Frances unless I felt certain the nickname would be Fran/Frannie/Francie and not Frankie.  I might avoid Louisa unless I felt certain I could avoid Lou.  I'd be OK with Philippa, because I think the default nickname would likely be Pippa and not Phil.  

Rose seems perfect.  Vintage and sweet, but with no risk of the names seeming themey.  Georgie & Rosie would be too cute together.

Sage & Bellamy seem very different.  I'm not really crazy about either.

Juniper also strikes me as a nice way to bridge the styles you like.  Juniper fits well with Sage & Bellamy, but the nicknames June or Junie brings it closer to the vintage feel of Georgiana/Georgie.  

I'll suggest Beatrice/Beatrix, Clementine, Helen, Poppy, Iris, Anna, Anabel, Violet, Stella, Adelaide, Cordelia & Coral.


July 21, 2014 02:54 PM

My preference is for names to at least be complimentary in style.  However, I would not choose a name I didn't like just because it matched in style.

If you don't really like other unisex names, don't worry about it.  If you really want something that connects the names, maybe try thinking for similarities beyond style.

Reese & Paige are both simple, 1 syllable names.  Other 1 syllable names:  Brooke, Brynn, Maeve, Claire & Grace. 

Reese & Ava both have a Hollywood glam feel (Reese Witherspoon & Ava Gardner).  Other names that strike me as similar are Audrey, Ingrid, Marlowe, Greta, Vivian, Lauren.

Your daughter has a more modern/unisex style first name with a vintage revival middle.  Maybe you could find a vintage revivial first and pair it with a modern/unisex middle for this baby.  Ava Teagan could work (and Ava is not quite as popular as Olivia).  Some other vintage revival names that aren't as common as Ava & Olivia are Margo, Helen, Ada & Nora.


July 21, 2014 10:03 AM
In Response to 3 Baby Bears!

I agree with everything that has been said already.  I would not be a fan of 3 names with the same initials.  But I think the bigger problems here are that the names basically mean the same thing and they all seem very cutesy, especially when combined.

July 21, 2014 09:59 AM

I agree

July 20, 2014 07:03 PM

My favorite spelling is Isabel.  

Isabelle is ranked #115 & Isabel is # 136.  Isabell ranked #979 in 2011, but hasn't made the top 1000 since.  So I think the biggest drawback will likely be spelling issues.  However, even the other spellings are also going to require some spelling clarifications.  If Isabell is the version you like best, I don't see any reason not to use it.


For Ingrid:

Margo (first or middle)

Sophia (middle)

Violet (middle)

Charlotte (first, though it is very popular)

I'm not quite sure how to say Neylan.  Is it a surname?  If how I imagine it is correct, it has a surname kind of feel. This makes me prefer it as a middle name.  Some first names to go with it-Ingrid, Margo, Iris, Linnea.

For names that sound like Liam but aren't quite as popular maybe Levi, Ian, Cian, Ilan, Ethan.  





July 19, 2014 04:55 PM

I've heard some American English speakers say it more or less like Celine.  However, I believe the correct pronunciation is more like seh-LIH-nay.  You can hear it on Forvo (click on the Italian version).  It will likely need some correcting to get the correct pronunciation, but I don't think it would be too difficult for most people.  BTW, Selene was a Greek moon goddess/the actual moon.  Luna would be the Roman version of the same goddess.



July 19, 2014 04:42 PM

If the middle name is set as David, then I think Thomas David (TD) called Teddy should be fine.  You'll need to be preapred to explain his nickname though.  If you think you will be annoyed by this, then you may want to reconsider using Thomas.  Perhaps you could find a variant form of Thomas that you like.  There aren't as many as with other traditional names (most still sound more or less like Thomas/Tomas).  Tavish is the Scottish version.  You might also consider a nickname from another language, but these are kind of limited too.  Tam & Toma seem like the best options. You can find more on

Are you planning on having more kids?  You could also decide to keep Thomas in reserve for the next baby.  Or perhaps Tamsin or Thomasina if the next one is a girl.


July 19, 2014 01:41 PM

Could you give us an idea of names you liked but decided against using?  flowy, feminine & unusual doesn't give us much to go on.  

With nothing else to go on, I will suggest Shoshana, Selene, Sarita & Sabella


I like Talia, but if your husband isn't sure you should probably look for something else.  I like the suggestion of Natalia (Talia could be a nickname).  Tasha?  Or Dahlia maybe?  If the only hesitation for your husban is the Russian meaning, I don't think that is really important.  Unless you speak Russian, how often would that even come up?

I think Eliana is too close to Alina.  Maybe Eleonor or Elsa?

Rachel is lovely.  I think it fits great with Daniel.  Fits a little less well with Alina, but I don't think it's an unusable combo.

I probably would not use Elyse & Alyssa as siblings names, but I dontthink they are too similiar for you to use.  If you aren't sure, perhaps Melissa, Melisande or Alice?  

July 19, 2014 01:27 PM

I actually thought of Anabel, but they do both seem like great compromises.  There is also Amabel.

Similiar to Adeline, but without the line vs. lyn problem-Adela, Adelina & Ada


July 19, 2014 01:23 PM

I'm afraid it's too early to know for sure what Quinn will do.  It's risen #118 for girls.  However, it seems to be holding steady around #300 for boys (it's been around 300 since 1994).  I would think this is a decent sign that it will retain at least a unisex feel, as opposed to a name that rose quickly for girls as it was also dropping for boys.  Even if it does eventually cross over, a boy Quinn born now would still have peers who saw the name as unisex.

July 19, 2014 01:14 PM

Teddy does seem like a bit of a stretch.  But with so many other Thomas's in the family you'd at least have a reason for using a nickname that doesn't seem intuitive.

Out of curiosity, what is the name you & your husband decided on?  Couldn't you use Thomas in the middle spot, something like David Thomas instead?

July 19, 2014 01:08 PM

Alessandra Cosima is lovely.  If you like it, I see no reason not to use it.

July 18, 2014 04:43 PM

Thank you.  I thought the name sounded really nice, now I realize why.

July 18, 2014 02:07 PM

My favorite Alice combo is Alice Margaret.  

I'm not crazy about most of your combos for Marianne.  I agree with the previous comment that Marianne already feels like 2 names, so something simple and 1 syllable works best.  Marianne Blythe isn't bad, but I've never really been a fan of Faye.  

I like Marianne June & Marianne Grace, but they may not have as much of the unexpected feel you are looking for. Maybe Marianne Claire, Marianne Pearl, Marianne Sage or Marianne Paige?  

Marianne Maeve is also very pretty & unexpected, if you don't mind alliteration.

July 18, 2014 01:59 PM

Not a fan of Howard, but Mitchell isn't too bad.  

I'm sure you'll pick the right name!  Be sure & let us know what you finally decide.

July 18, 2014 10:18 AM

Mira is by far my favorite.  10/10

Mireia is very pretty, but I suspect you'll encounter pronunciation issues in the U.S.  Perhaps the Spanish spelling Mireya?  I'd rank Mireya 8/10 or even 9/10 but the spelling you have would be much lower for me.

Elia is also pretty, but again I suspect you won't get the pronunciation you are looking for.  In the U.S., I suspect most people would guess uh-lee-ah or ell-ee-ah.  I could also see uh-lie-ah (like Elijah without the J).  I'm kind of over the whole "el" name craze, so it visually strikes me as pretty trendy.  Maybe 6/10

Lysia is pretty, but I think the Y might give people problems.  Y's tend to be used more often for a soft "I" sound in names like Alyssa, Lydia & Sylvia.  Even in creative spelling names, I think Y is used to replace I more often. Another 6/10

Other suggestions with a similar feel to some of your names:  Maya, Malia, Mila, Rhea, Aria, Astraea, Iris, Eris, Leda, Lyla, Kira, Lyra



July 18, 2014 09:55 AM
In Response to Middle name dilemma

I think my problem with Dutch (for a boy or girl) is that it seems hyper-masculine to me.  I tried thinking of another names with a similar feel and all I could come up with was Butch.  I realize Dutch doesn't come with all the baggage of Butch, but it still seems like too much to me.

It does help that it will be in the middle position.  I agree with you about the law firm sound.  I tried Dutch with other, less surnamey/unisex, first names and found that I felt a little better about the idea.  Something like Megan Dutch Surname instead of Mekenzie Dutch Surname seems to lessen the effect of Dutch for me.  But the OP seems to have made a final decision about the first name, so I didn't want to suggest changing it.