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June 25, 2016 08:53 PM

I lot of great names on the girl list! I especially like Imogen, Willa, Gemma & Francesca.  I think Francesca is fine for an English baby.  It's recognizable and familiar-and easy enough to say.  

I'm generally not a fan of boys-names on girls, so I do not care for James on a girl (but I would be 100% on board if it were moved to the boy list).  I agree that next to Phoebe, James feels Very Boy.  

For boys names, most of them are just NMS.  I do like Everett and Miles.

Girl Suggestions:  Jane, Juliet, Stella, Lucy, Cecily, Audrey.

Boy Suggestions:  August/Augustus, Rhys, Jasper, Emmett, Bennett, Reid.

June 25, 2016 08:25 AM

I think they are both fine name, though I do prefer Jude. 

June 25, 2016 08:20 AM

Not a huge fan of that particulary spelling.  I can see it being shortened to Lox.  While lox is delicious on a bagel, it's not an association I'd want in a name.

However, I could get on board with the Locksley spelling.  Though with either spelling, you would have a literary theme going (Tom Sawyer and Robin of Locksley).  Perhaps that is part of the appeal for you?  If so, you may want to consider if it's a theme you'd want to continue if you were to ever have a 3rd child.  The Tom Sawyer & Robin Hood associatons both give off certain rakish appeal that might be hard to reproduce in another name that you & your husband can both agree on.

June 25, 2016 08:13 AM

Yes, I agree with all of this.  

I also have a particularly strong association with the Eagles song "Take it Easy."  Just reading the title of the post was enough for me to start singing "standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona, such a fine site to see.  It's a girl my Lord in a flat bed Ford slowing down to take a look at me."    If the OP isn't familiar with the song, I suggest taking a look at the lyrics. It's a great song, but perhaps not the best association for a young girl.  

Obviously, many will also assume Winslow is a a place name.  So knowing something about Winslow the town might not be a bad idea.  I've no idea if it would be considered a pleasant association for people who are familiar with the place.

I like the suggestion of Winifred.  If part of the appeal of Winslow is the nickname Winnie, I'll also suggest Brownyn, Winter or even one of the "Gwen" names like Gwenyth or Guinivere.

June 25, 2016 08:04 AM

Laoghaire is also the name of a Scottish female character in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels.  The character is not particularly likeable, but I would not be suprised if there were a few female namesakes running about.

June 17, 2016 04:47 PM

First, I'd say that if your husband isn't a fan of unisex names, I'd start looking at other name styles first.  There are tons of solid boy names out there, it's not exactly like you'd need to throw in unisex names just to create a list.

Also, it'd help if you could give us some examples of names you & your husband like.  "goes with Grayson" and your style being "all over the place" really isn't much to go on.  My guess is that if you threw out a handful of names you like, even if you can't use them (names of friends/family) or they aren't "the one" some of the regulars around here could help you narrow things down to at least a couple of primary styles.

Based on Grayson & your husband's preference to avoid unisex names, I'd probaby start looking at things such as surnames-as-firsts.  Westen, Dalton, Cooper, Archer, Jackson.  Another category Grayson would fit with would be more modern creations like  Braydon, Cadence, Jaden, Kyler.

June 16, 2016 08:50 PM
In Response to Due with #2

I agree, I think Sabine/Sabina and Luke are fine as sibset.  To me, the combination seems religious, I might wonder if the family were Catholic or something.  However, the Catholic connection wouldn't be more than a passing thought.  I would not be shocked to learn that the family wasn't Catholic, or even not religious at all.  

Your suggestion of Francis is inspired.  I like the place/nationality connection you've made, but Francis also has the saint-name connection.  So I think they work from multiple angles.

June 16, 2016 08:43 PM
In Response to To hyphenate or not?

I agree about Alder as a beautiful & unusual botantical name.  In fact, I think it has decent potential as a first name.  Perhaps that would be another option to consider besides just middle or last.

June 16, 2016 08:42 PM
In Response to To hyphenate or not?

And I'm just the opposite.  I think Alder-Lester sounds fine, but don't care for Lester-Alder.  "Sounds good" is one of those very subjective things.  If the OP is OK with a hyphenated combo I say go for it.

June 13, 2016 11:20 AM

Henrietta, Violet, Vivian, Lillian, Josephine, Genevieve, Adaline

June 11, 2016 04:55 PM

I think Audrey & Cora work equally well with Gemma.  I'd honestly be tempted to just wait and see which name fits best.

I do notice that Audrey & Anderson have some sounds in common.  Do you think you might have a 3rd child someday? Would the similarities of Audrey & Anderson bother you if you were to have a boy later?   If you answered yes to both questions, that might be a reason to pass on Audrey this time.

If you don't plan on more kids, then perhaps the similarity between Audrey & Anderson would be a point in favor of Audrey over Cora.

June 9, 2016 09:07 AM

Wow.  So I think I have a rough approximation for what Harkany should sound like, but actually making the correct sounds doesn't seem like something my mouth wants to do.  

Also, apparently the media pretty much always butchers Hagitay.

On the bright side, I did know that Miklos had a "sh" at the end, but I have no idea why or how I knew this.  So all "S" in Hungarian would sound more like the English "SH."  That I can remember & say!  

June 9, 2016 08:56 AM

You're welcome  :-)

June 9, 2016 08:55 AM

I agree with previous posters that finding names that are "pretty close" would likely be your best option.  You could also try looking for names in one language that could potentially have a nickname that would work in the other langauge.  Examples might include the Serbian Ana with the Scottish diminutive Annag as a nickname. Or perhaps something like the Serbian Ilinka with something like Isla as a nickname.

If you simply can't find a name you both like that works well enough in both langauges, I would suggest focusing on Scottish names.  The baby will have your boyfriend's surname, so the Serbian heritage is already represented.  

June 8, 2016 09:07 PM

It was a spelling change.  Think something along the lines of Helena/Elena. The spelling my mother first used didn't get the pronunciation she wanted.  The spelling change was to clarify, though I can't say that it was particularly successful.  My name still required correction my whole life.  It was fairly uncommon when I was born, though an alternate (3rd) spelling has become reasonably well known in the last 15 years or so.

June 8, 2016 06:35 PM

Yep, I would say Kalan & Kelen exactly the same.  Unless I knew the family, I would probably just assume those names were alternate spellings of Callan & Kellan.

I would also give Harkany 3 syllables, but now I am wondering how it should be said.  Hark-nee?  It looks like it should have the same rhythm as Hargitay, is Hargitay not supposed to have 3 syllables?  

Speaking of Hargitay, I've always liked the name Miklos.  I am only familiar with it as Mariska Hargitay's father's name. Miklos Hargitay is known by Mickey and something similar (including Harkany/Harry) would give the option of a more American sounding nickname if he were to want one.  At the very least, it'd be a nice backup for when the real name doesn't matter & he doesn't feel like explaining (I often use an alias at Starbucks for this reason).

I like the idea of trying to get Americans to say the names without telling them what they are.  You'd avoid any snarky comments some people like to give for any name they aren't familiar with.  You'd get an honest attempt and could see how difficult of a correction would be needed for each name.

June 8, 2016 06:18 PM

The name I use is not the name on my birth certificate; however, it is my legal name.  Everything you could possibly think of like my school records, driver's license, passport, wedding license, social security card, etc. show the name I use and not the name on my birth certificate.  In addition to these everyday things, I am also executor of a will and trustee for a family trust.  It has never been an issue.  My mother sought legal advice when I was an infant and was instructed that making the change while I was young and keeping all my school, medical and other records in the new name would be acceptable in place of paying to legally change my name.  For things like a will or trust, your daughter's birthdate and social security number should also be included as further documentation of who she is.  Regardless of hyphen, it's possible someone else could share her full name & this other information willl help verify identity.

I suspect that the addition of a hypen would be even less problematic than my situation, where the spelling of my name was changed.  As you are aware, some databases won't allow the hyphen, so even if you legally add it, there will be instances where she isn't able to use it.  I'd say if the fees in your area are minimal, you could go ahead and change it for your peace of mind.  But for everyday practical matters, I doubt it will be an issue for her if you don't make the change. 

ETA I would not advocate my mother's method for someone wanting to actually change the name or spelling of the name (Nora to Mila or Elizabeth to Elisabeth for example).  My necassary documents were all required years prior to 911 & since the more restrictive identification laws post 911, I have been diligent about keeping my passport current so that it can be used in place of my birth certificate if needed.  However, I don't see this as being the same as a hyphen, particularly since the hyphen can't be used consistently even if it is part of the birth certificate name.

June 6, 2016 01:34 PM

My apologies, I did not mean to cause your blood pressure to go up!  It must have been someone else who mentioned Cohen as a name that was strictly Jewish, though I also think it was part of the discussion about surnames.

And no, use of Cohen as a first name by non-Jews isn't "fine" by any means.  I only meant that it was a good example of how the general public's use of names can surprise us (and not in a good way).


June 6, 2016 08:50 AM

I agree about the Kardashians, which is why I stated "unless you have a compelling reason."  If it's just because you liked the K better, I'd encourage you to switch to C.  But if you mean for the name to be an honor name, or it's at least directly inspired by your childhood friend, I'd say stick with the K.   Meaning trumps issues like trendiness.

Something like Karly Garmin is a lot of "ar."  Archie Garmin doesn't sound as bad to me because the "ar" sounds seem further apart when I say them.  I think the harsher "ch" sound of Archie breaks it up more than the fluid "L" in Karly.  However, I think this is one of those really subjective things.  A lot of people prefer names with a repeated sound element.  It certainly doesn't appear to have hurt people like Harry Caray, Fay Wray, or Jack Black.

June 5, 2016 07:21 PM

ds is sometimes used as web lingo for "dear spouse."  However, on baby name sites, it's more likely to stand for "dear son." dh & dw can be used for "dear husband" or "dear wife" and often people will just type out "spouse/partner/husband/wife.