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November 26, 2014 10:13 AM

I quite like all of your girl names.  My only hesitation is that with Noah being so popular for boy's names, the lesser known Noa for a girl could come across to some people as a boy's name on a girl.  

Your boy names are also very nice.  Calvin Daniel strikes me as having less of an obvious Isreali influence, so if you want something obviously Isreali, perhaps it isn't the best option (though it is a great name).

November 25, 2014 03:47 PM
In Response to Too Unique of a name?!

If you want the Superman refernece, I would go with Krypton.  

In today's naming landscape, I don't necassarily thing it is too unique.  However, I do think it would be best as a middle name.  He may not appreciate a comic book inspired first name, especially as a young adult trying to start a career.


November 24, 2014 12:54 PM
In Response to The Irish Spelling

I agree.

However, if they feel they must use an alternative spelling, I agree with nedibles that Sheersha is most likely to be said correctly.  

November 23, 2014 04:37 PM

I don't think a 4 syllable name is needed to break up the two 2 syllable last names.  

For one thing, to my ear, Waxler Busby reads as if it were a single 4 syllable surname.  I do pause between the 2 surnames, but it's more like a 1/2 pause-not as long as I would pause between first & surname.  

I'll add that an argument can also be made that with two 2 syllable last names, she might appreciate a shorter first name. Some people will likely find something like Sophronia Waxler Busby to be quite a mouthful.

The only names I would rule out with a double last name are those that can also be used as surnames.  Riley Waxler Busby or Morgan Waxler Busby both have a "law firm" kind of sound to them-like you are just going through a list of surnames.


November 22, 2014 12:29 PM

I'm not crazy about Cassandra Saoirse.  The R's sound slurry together (I also have this problem with Aurora).  The rhythm is also a bit sing-songy to my ear.  It also sounds like you don't like it, so I think you should rule it out.

Scarlett Saoirse is nice.  The repeated R sounds don't bother me here (perhaps because the endings are also different). However, it seems like the only thing you like about it is the meaning.  In that case, I'd look at other names with a "red" meaning instead.  Ruby, Flannery, Sienna, Rose/Rosa/Rosalie/etc.

Violet is lovely.  I don't find it too popular.  I also agree that in-utero activity isn't a great way to predict how feisty a kid will be.  

Ariel isn't bad.  I do still think Little Mermaid, but I don't think it's too much to use.  Ariela is too frilly for my taste.  I also agree with the previous statement that it sounds too close to areola.

I'll also suggest Vanessa, Veronica, Tabitha, Cora, Coraline, Carys.  

You also have quite a few color names on your lists (Amber, Scarlett, Violet) which makes me think other, less common, color names might also appeal.  In that case, I'll offer Indigo, Ginger (could be a nickname for something else), Hazel, Coral, Lilac, Olive.

November 22, 2014 12:11 PM
In Response to Final Names: Help ?

You've got a fairly eclectic group of names!

Elisabeth is nice.  Classic and sweet with a ton of nickname options.  However, I personally don't care for Elsie.  It strikes me as much too common, and just kind of blends into all the other "el" names that are currently popular.  

I'm not a fan of Emerson at all.  Despite it's popularity for girls, it still strikes me as very masculine.  It is also part of a larger group of very popular "em" names.  I suspect it will get lost in the crowd and eventually seem date-stamped. Depending on your last name, the "R" sound towards the end of Emerson could be less than ideal.  

I quite like Luna!  It's a surprising choice because it's a name you don't see often.  However, it fits well with current trends. I think it hits the sweet spot of being "uncommon" without seeming "weird."

Scarlet is also very pretty.  A bit more common that Scarlet, and fits well with other vintage names, but it isn't likely to get lost in a crowd.  



November 22, 2014 12:02 PM

Yep.  I agree completely.

November 22, 2014 12:01 PM

I find the "O" ending of Margot difficult with the vowell beginnings of Anastasia and Augustine.  I also agree that Augustine is a boy's name. 

Margot Clementine is lovely.  I fine Clementine surprising (in a good way) when paired with Margot.

November 22, 2014 11:57 AM
In Response to Middle Name help!

I don't think Jack S. Lastname is problematic at all, even if he were to have a reason to use only his first name and middle initial.  But really, when will he ever write his name as Jack S.?  It'll always be Jack LastInitial, all 3 initials together, or Jack S. Lastname.  

November 21, 2014 03:32 PM

If you like Veronica but not the "a" ending, perhaps Veronique?  Though, that option only has 3 syllables.  I do find that the 4 syllable requirement + the no "a, ee, ia" endings are hard to find together.  Do you have a preference as to which requirement is most important?

Adelais, Amaryllis, Emmanuelle

Adalaide, Juniper, Guinivere, Josephine, Lorelai, Celestine

November 16, 2014 03:36 PM

Lydia is fine with Lacroix.  I agree Lydia Morgan La- sounds really nice.  

November 16, 2014 08:46 AM

Morgan and Megan are too similar.  It technically also breaks your husband's rule about no names that can also be last names.

I'm not a fan of alliteration, but I don't think it should automatically rule out your top pick.  What is the 2nd sound in your last name?  I agree that something like Lydia Little isn't great (sounds cartoonish) but it has more to do with the repeated "li" sound.  Something like Lydia Lawson, Lydia Lansing or Lydia Lee isn't so bad.  Seeing that he got his top pick with Megan, I do think you should get a bit more say in this child's name.  Perhaps you pick the first name and the middle can be something from his family?  What are the names of his grandmothers?

Evelyn is OK, but it is very popular.  Depending on the last name, I also think the "L" issue should be considered.  Lydia Little sounds a bit cartoonish, but Evelyn Little sounds a bit stuttery because there are no sounds in between the "li-li" to break it up.  Personally, I find the stutter issue more problematic than the cartoon issue.  

For other ideas I'll suggest Sylvia, Audrey, Eleanor, Claudia, Eliza, Vivian.  

Since you like the idea of an M theme, perhaps other themes would also appeal?  Since Megan & Morgan are Welsh, perhaps you'd like other Welsh names like Carys or Gwen/Gwendolyn/Gwyneth?  You could also decide to go with a more general Gaelic names theme.  This opens up names like Fiona, Maeve, Elspeth, Catrina, Isla, Bridget, etc.


November 14, 2014 06:42 PM
In Response to Esme, Elise, or Celia?

I think Elise is too similar to Elias.  

Esme and Celia are both nice, but I can't decide if they are too similar to Elias & Caleb.  I think I probably lean slightly more towards Celia for you.


November 14, 2014 05:34 PM

I'm not really a fan of Kelton, it's just NMS.  

Also not crazy about Kipton, it has a made up feel and does strike me as a bit weird.  If you what you really want is Kip perhaps you'd like Kipling?  It's not really my style, but it doesn't strike me as made up the way Kipton does.  You might also like Kit (traditionally a nickname for Christopher) or Pip (Phillip)

I do like Graham, though I can see how it may feel off since you call your grandmother Gram.  Maybe the nickname Grey would help?

Colby is great!  It's my favorite from your list.

Weston is nice, probably my 2nd favorite for you.  I don't think you'd have to use the nickname West.  Lots of kids don't use a nickname, so you could stick to the full Weston.  Or maybe you'd like Wes better?  However, while you may avoid West, it's possible he'll like it & decide to use the nickname when he gets older.  

November 9, 2014 05:37 PM

I actually went to high school with a Montgomery.  He was always called Montie and was a really laid back, fun guy.

I think Montgomery works well with Augustin.  The full names are longer and formal, perhaps even a bit fusty & stiff to some people.  But with nicknames like Montie, Gus and Auggie they still feel approachable and not at all "too much" name.

November 8, 2014 11:09 PM
In Response to Juniper? Or similar?

I thought at first it might depend on the rest of the last name.  But every last name I can think of starting with the "dir" sound (Dursley, Durfy, Durham, Dirksen) seems OK with Juniper.  The flow may not be ideal, but I don't think it would be a deal breaker for me.

If you still aren't sure, perhaps you'd also like Magnolia, Clementine, Lilac, Amaryllis, Clover, Cedar, Azalea or Marigold?

November 8, 2014 11:01 PM

For me, names with meaning always trump names that just sound nice.  

With that in mind, #1 Carmela Simone, #2 Carmela Frances & #3 Carmela May

November 8, 2014 10:59 PM

Can you give us a bit more to go on?  Perhaps examples of names you like but can't use for some reason?  Or names are close, but not quite right?  Do you have a preference regarding number of syllables?  Or perhaps names from certain languages or ethnic backgrounds?

I'll also suggest that you look to your family tree, people you admire (real or literary) or names that otherwise have some kind of significance for you.

November 8, 2014 10:56 PM

I do think some of it depends on how close you are to your husband's step-brother.  Will the girl's share the same last name? Do you see them a lot, or just on holidays?  If the girls will only see each other once in a while, I don't see why you can't use a name you like.  You could call her Evie for day to day use, but use the full name when the girls are together.

Another option would be to not use nicknames, or use nicknames other than Evie for your daughter.  For Evangeline, Angie or Lina/Lena could work.  For Genevieve perhaps Vee, Vivi, Gigi, etc.  And for Evelyn I probably wouldn't use a nickname, but Lyn/Lynnie or Ev (ehv) could work.

Suggestions of names similar in style to your list, but without the potential for Evie as a nickname-Vivienne, Guinivere, Angelina, Eleanor, Adeline, Adelaide, Annaliese, Emmaline, Gabrielle

November 8, 2014 10:47 PM

I actually really like Quaid as a first name for you, if you are willing to consider moving it from the 2nd position.

I also find Ryder too similar to Ryleigh, even without problems with the last name.

I'll suggest Parker, Porter, Finegan/Finn, Hudson, Beckett & Brody