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July 28, 2018 04:53 PM
In Response to Science Baby Names

posted 3 times because Captcha hates me.

July 26, 2018 11:21 AM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

I once new a Lew/Lou (not sure of spelling) whose full name was Bartholomew. Would that work for you?

July 25, 2018 04:53 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

I'll play along.

Girls (in no particular order):  Helen, Margaret, Cordelia, Agatha, Virginia

Boys (also no particular order):  Arthur, Walter, Albert, Edmund, Benedict

July 17, 2018 02:36 PM

Are the spellings her choice?  If I remember correctly, she's only 5?  I'd encourage you to have her use the more standard spellings, Lauren or Tatum.  I think it's more consistent with the siblings names (I noticed none of them really have alternate spellings) and I think it'd be easier for her later down the road, especially if she decides she wants to make the change permanent.

My 1st choice for her is Piper, I think it fits well with the sibling group.  I also think it's nice because she would have the same initial.  If the change does become permanent (and at age 5 I think that's likely a long shot) that P initial would be a nice nod to her original name.

My personal preference is Lauren; however, I don't think it works with the sibling group quite as well as Piper.  It also lacks any connection at all to her given name, which could make it harder for the nickname to "stick" with other people.  It seems like a similar sounding name/something with the same initial would be easier for people to remember?

I agree Tatum does seem awfully close to Teagan.  I'd probably point out to her that she'd have to share an initial, which might make her like another choice better.

I'll add that at age 5, she's likely in preschool or perhaps about to enter K?  If she wants to try it out at school (and you are Ok with this), I'd imagine her teachers will be more than happy to oblige.  Just a quick explanation that "her name is Presley but she's going through a phase and wants to be called Piper/Lauren/Tatum" should be enough explanation.  If she changes back to Presley later just a heads up that "she's over that particular phase, can you start using her given name" shouldn't be a big deal.

July 9, 2018 12:33 PM

I agree and something like Molly Kate could be a twofer while avoiding the repeated name situation like you want.

You could also consider Lucy in the middlel spot, so that the call name isn't exactly the same as your husband's grandmother.  Or perhaps something like Lucia?

July 8, 2018 09:51 PM

I like the previous suggestions of Lucy, Ruby, and Cora. 

From your list, Molly is my favorite.  Tess/Tessa and Nora are also both nice.  Caroline seems a bit formal/stuffy next to Sadie (though I like it otherwise.)  Have you considered a mix and match approach?  Something like Molly Tess could work.

I think perhaps I'm getting hung up on Sadie Grace being used as a double name.  Do you ever call her both?  If so, I'd suggest looking at names more on the short/sweet/snappy side.  Clara, Claire, Kate, Jane, June, May.  

If you don't really call her the full Sadie Grace, then I think it would be easier to find something you like to coordinate with Sadie, and then let the middle name fall into place later.  I'd look for vintage names with a bit of spunk, but nothing too formal or prim feeling.  Violet, Stella, Hazel, Willa, Audrey.   Caroline would be a nice middle name option if you went this route.  Molly Caroline, Violet Caroline, Lucy Caroline, etc.

July 8, 2018 09:38 PM

I would never guess Ava-lee for the spelling Availie and to be honest, I think I would have a hard time remembering it once I was corrected.  If you want Ava-lee, then I think the best option would be for something more intuitive.  Avalee & Avaleigh are both nice.  Avalea could also work, though it would still need some correction (Ava-lee or Ava-lee-ah) but would be easier to remember than Availie.  I think Ava would also work well as a double barrel instead of a mash-up.  Ava Lee, Ava Leigh, etc.

I agree with previous comments about spelling it Ava.  I think the question to consider is would you want to spend your life constantly correcting people?  Some explanations are minor, and not a big deal, "Katerine-with-a-K."  But  Aivah will need to be spelled Every Single Time.  FWIW, I have a less common spelling of a less common name, and it can be frustrating.

I'm not sure what to do with Avarie.  Reading comments, it seems some people have guessed "like Avery" but I didn't realize that until I read comments.  My guess was you were going for something similar to the word aviary.


June 27, 2018 09:30 AM

Oh, I like Zinnia.  Perhaps Zee/Z, Zin/Zinnie or Nia as nicknames?

To steal from another thread, I also like Primrose.  Primrose & Allysum are both unusual botanical names, but still familiar.  They both also have links to more common "hidden" names (Ally/Alyssa/Rose) in case they ever want something less unusual.  Marigold and Juniper also appeal for the same reasons.


June 27, 2018 09:25 AM

Ditto the previous comments about matching initials for twins.

I also quite like Primrose as a name.  The "prim" associaiton is diluted for me within the whole name, but I would probably not use it as a nickname.  It just becomes a word name to me then, and Prim is not a word name I'd want for myself.  However, I love your idea of Posey and agree it would age well.  If she wants something less unusual, she would also have Rose/Rosie as potential nicknames.

June 20, 2018 08:57 AM
In Response to Natalie or Natalia?

I would be horrible at it, just as I would really struggle moving Julia to the Amelia category.  The more familiar I am with a name, the harder it would be for me to change.  I've never actually known a Natalia IRL, so I think it would be easier for me to switch my default for it.  I've known several Amelias, one Demetria, and several Julias, so those are pretty much hardwired (no Cordelias IRL, but I did have an older relative named Delia who was alwayed called deal-yuh or deal-ee).

June 19, 2018 02:36 PM
In Response to Natalie or Natalia?

My default woudl be Na-TAL-yuh.  I group it with other ia/yuh ending names like Amelia (ah-meel-yuh) and Cordelia (cor-deel-yuh).  I also once knew a Talia (Tal-yuh) so that probably influences me a bit.

However, if you prefer the Na-Tal-ee-uh, I think it would be a fairly easy correction for me to make.  It'd simply be a matter of mentally moving the name from "like Amelia/Cordelia" to "like Julia/Demetria" which I always say with the "ee-ah" end.

June 19, 2018 02:25 PM

The timing after the latest multiple birth epidemic was perfect.  Had it been sooner, I may not have even bothered to open the thread or check to see who created it.

I've enjoyed it, and now want to get chickens just so I can have something fun to name.  

June 19, 2018 02:22 PM

I don't post as much anymore, but I'm still lurking around.  Welcome back and congrats on baby #3!

June 8, 2018 04:30 PM
In Response to Leona vs. Leonora

They are both nice, but I particularly like Leonora.  I say it "len-or-ah"

June 7, 2018 09:11 PM
In Response to Zal

I agree it seems like it could be a nickname for something longer.  But would fit well with other simple, one syllable full names.  Van is the one that came to mind for me.

I did hesitate about the A sound.  My assumption would be to rhyme with gal or pal, but I second guessed that the A could sound more like the words Gaul or doll.  If corrections are needed, I think it would be a simple one for most English speakers to make.

April 30, 2018 09:01 AM

I really like C@spian P@ul.  I like Caspian better than Hir@m & I really like the repitition of the Ps in C@spian P@ul.

April 30, 2018 08:59 AM

I agree with all of this.

March 25, 2018 06:46 PM
In Response to Callen


FB can provide some interesting name data, but it's not what I would consider a reliable source.  Not everyone uses their actual names on FB.  Callen is also a surname, and I know of a few people who use an inverted version of their name on FB (think surname first + nickname or surname first + middle).

The Social Security baby name site shows Callen didn't chart until 2010 (I believe this is consistent with the NCIS character) and has only ever charted for boys.  Doesn't mean there couldn't be a handful of girl Callens out there,  but not enough to make it anywhere close to a unisex name.


March 25, 2018 06:41 PM

What about Stasia instead?  Gets rid of the Anna issue & is a more direct link to Stacy

March 25, 2018 06:36 PM
In Response to Alyssa

I have it on good authority that Alyssa gets mistaken for Elizabeth quite often.  I think it is still a name that not every one is super familiar with, it seems that they hear the start and then their brain fills in the rest with something they know.  So I think it could work as a namesake, but might need some explanation. 

The Elissa spelling seems more direct.  FWIW, I know an Elissa and she does not seem to have too many problems.  She needs to spell it for people, but does not seem to have issues with people not getting it right when they read it.

Do you like Bette (as in Ms. Midler) better then Beth?  Alyssa Bette could also work.  Or perhaps Alyssa Belle?  Though that might still need explanation for people who don't know the Elizabeth/Isabelle connection.