About Me

I bought my first baby name book when I was seven years old and I have been hooked ever since. Now the mom of a three year old and a baby I keep an ear out for names on the playground. I am a constant reader, an intermediate gardener and a beginning knitter in the Pacific Northwest.

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January 21, 2016 04:40 PM

There's also Zephyr for boys and Zinnia for girls.

There is definitely a trend to seeking out Z names, I know several kids with names on this list.

January 18, 2016 04:59 PM

Unless you want to save one in case you ever have another daughter....I do know several people who, when pregnant with #2, wished they hadn't used a favorite name as a middle for #1. But, you may or may not have another daughter, so it's a gamble.

January 18, 2016 04:18 PM

The first thing that comes to mind that is timeless and lyrical and goes with both Anna and Grace is Lydia. I think it fits all those criteria.


Other ideas: Victoria, Lillian, Claudia, Eliza.

January 18, 2016 12:17 AM

One thing to consider is if you want each child to have their own initial. Some people feel strongly about that while others don't mind overlapping letters.

You seem to like short strong names for boys. What about Jack or Max?

I think Paige and Emmaline are both good choices even though they are pretty different from each other.

Brooke? Piper?

January 18, 2016 12:12 AM
In Response to I am down to three

I think all three are great, and very similar styles. Maybe you can just wait until you meet her?

By the way, I know a young Matilda who is nicknamed Tilly. Just an alternate to Mattie, which I think is very cute.

January 18, 2016 12:01 AM
In Response to Thoughts on Gemma?

I agree! I don't think that Gemma is a cutsy name that will have a hard time growing up. (Though all the Shirleysof the 1930s did eventually get older.) To me it sounds British, elegant but spirited.

January 17, 2016 11:49 PM

Personally, I would avoid another name ending in "er", since you'll be calling them out together so often. It starts to have a sing-song nursery rhyme sound.

Spencer to me sounds both cowboy and smooth business man. For the business side there's Reid, Oliver, Preston. For the cowboy side there's Wyatt, Lane, Logan.


For girls my personally preference would be a more girly name than the surname style. (That's just me.)

I think Spencer works well with many types of girl names from Jacqueline to Corinne to Anna.

January 13, 2016 11:33 PM
In Response to Feedback on short list

I know a young Josephine who goes by "Joey." Just tossing that out there as another potential nickname.

January 9, 2016 10:31 PM

You could continue the author namesake trend.

For example: Carson (Carson McCullers)

Auden (W.H. Auden)

Lousia (May Alcott)

Bronte ( Charlotte and Emily)

Eudora (Welty)


December 22, 2015 11:56 PM

As a first name, Lexington has the advantage of being pretty unusual and androgynous, with the nickname Lexie to take it in a more "girly" direction. I like it!

I also think that middles don't matter so much, and they only come up on a few formal occasions in a person's life, so you should go with the middle that has the best story.

December 22, 2015 11:51 PM

So funny because the only Naomis I ever met have been under 10. I guess it's true, all naming is local.

December 22, 2015 11:42 PM

Does your Adelyn mostly go by her full name or do you use Addie as a nickname? Addie and Nolan seem far enough apart that it wouldn't really be an issue.

The full Adelyn with Nolan is a little sing-songy but not too much for my taste. I know sisters named 3lla and W!lla which seem very close to me, and it all works out fine in the day to day.

December 11, 2015 10:59 AM
In Response to Kardashian-West

Along these lines, this article has an interesting perspective on having a "special" name: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/12/10/dear_saint_west_be_proud_of_your_unusual_name_it_won_t_be_special_for_long.html

December 4, 2015 05:37 PM

Just a quick anecdote for you. In my dad's family, all the men had the same going back at least three generations- along the lines of James Robert. My parents wanted to follow the tradtion but didn't like the idea of having a junior so they switched both names around for my brother- Robert James. It's worked out well- he has the family connection but it's suble and he has his own identity as well. Maybe something like that would work for you? Everett Julian sounds great, and goes well with the other siblings, plus it makes for a fun story.

December 4, 2015 12:46 PM
In Response to It's a boy! (Just one)

Isn't it funny how our intuition can be so wrong at times? At least now you know!

Thinking along the Celtic and/or Elegant gentleman styles...








December 4, 2015 12:39 PM

Is the person someone close to you? Someone you will see often for many years? If so, I would steer away but if it's just a random co-worker or neighbor, I wouldn't worry about it too much.


Also I think it depends on your surname, and how often you come across it.

It's more likely that an Ava Grace Jones will meet another person with her exact name than

an Ava Grace Cumberbatch. If your surname is more similiar to Jones, maybe you can pick a more exotic middle,

if your surname is more uncommon then it wouldn't come up as often.

November 27, 2015 07:12 PM

Here's a link to an article from this summer about how parents of children named Atticus were feeling about the name, after the rerelease of the Harper Lee first draft: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/nyregion/the-name-atticus-acquires-an-unwelcome-association.html

November 26, 2015 03:19 PM

I vote for Atticus or Caitlyn. I remember when the "new" Harper Lee came out this summer, there were a few articles about people who had named their children Atticus and had to deal with the new implications of the character. It was probably impossible to imagine that such an old and beloved character in American literature would do something new and scandolous but there you have it. Also ties into ideas of naming after idols and trying to sound literary.

Caitlyn for all the reasons others have stated. Caitlyn Jenner herself made the reveal of her new name a big deal, with not releasing it and then doing the magazine cover. Also ties into adults renaming themselves for new identites- whether it be changing genders or just having a name that "fits" better.

I totally agree with Laura that this blog's name of the year is about personal namin trends, not current world political events. For that reason, I think Cecil and anything relating to terrorism is not a good choice.

November 24, 2015 10:35 PM
In Response to A Sister for Juliet

My niece is an Ann Marie, also named after her two grandmothers. It's nice when two names from two different families blend together so well- at least the grandmother's weren't named Carol and Sandra.

I will echo others in saying that moving the e around doesn't eliminate the honoring part of the name.

November 23, 2015 12:52 PM

Personally I find William Wallun to a be a tongue twister. Wesley Wallun is better, but still has a lot of alliteration and is a bit of a mouthful.

I think Nicholas and Lucas are both great with your surname. They both sound classic and contemporary, with nice nicknames.

If you like Ben but not Benjamin, Bennett is a good name too. It's not as much of a classic first name, but will fit in well with today's naming cultures.


Other ideas: Tobias, Alexander, Samuel