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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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

November 22, 2015 09:29 PM
In Response to A Sister for Juliet

I love Coraline and don't thing it's too creepy. But I enjoyed the book/movie as well. This would be my favorite for you, as I feel that both have a simple elegance that go well together. Does Juliet have a nickname?


All of your names are very nice, in my opinion.

I know a young Corinna, she goes by Coco or Cory as nicknames, but also the full Corinna most of the time.

Imogen - I am never sure how to pronounce this one. Is this last syllable more like Jen from Jenny or Jean? I know it has the classical pedigre but this one doesn't quite ring the bells for me.

Clara is pretty and simple and sweet. I think this is pretty on-trend without feeling over used, if that makes sense.

I love Penelope/Pippa. I think it's a great combo of sassy nickname with formal full name that would serve her well. This would probably be my second choice.

I live in a pocket of Eleanors so I hear that name a lot. Eleanora is a nice variation but I guess it feels pretty similar to me.

Elizabeth I'd put in the same category as Sarah- a classic, nothing to complain about, but for me, not very interesting.




I do think that if you use another S name, you will be locking yourself into a pattern should there be a fourth child. Personally I think that's somewhat limiting, and would advise you to steer away if you don't have lots of other S names you love. 

I do think Robert is a very different style from your other two, but it makes a great middle name with the family connection. You mentioned wanting to use Miller as the middle name, does that also have family significance? If not, I think you could drop it in favor of Robert which your husband obviously wants to use.

Robinson is a great alternative, and fits your sib set better.

Other ways to get to the nickname Cas: Carson, Casey, Cassius, maybe even Charles

Similar to Oliver but less popular: Jonah, Oscar, Tobias


November 9, 2015 01:58 PM

Totally agree with this! My kids and I have a long double-barreled very ethnic surname. I love it because it gives us connections to all our families. That said, my kids only have one middle name, and most people in their lives don't know it or use it.

I think you should just pick the middle name that you love, and not worry about family connections, especially with a baby that gets a surname from both sides.

For what it's worth, I think Henry Greyson sounds very smooth and upper-crust, Henry August has a nice old fashioned charm and Henry Alexander is just classic.  Henry Noah sounds a little awkward to me, and Henry Jace just seems like two very different styles.

November 5, 2015 09:46 PM
In Response to She's here.

It it just perfect. Congrats to you and your family.

November 5, 2015 09:39 PM
In Response to Mia or Norah?

To me, they have different vibes.

Mia is girl-next-door, bouncy, cheerful.

Norah is a little more antique and elegent. For that reason, I think Norah works better with Adelle.

November 5, 2015 09:08 PM

I live in a Henry name pocket, so every third kid I meet is named Henry. It's a nice name but in my world, it's very common. This may or may not bother you but it's worth hanging out at a local playground or asking your friends with older kids about the names of their classmates. I understand the appeal, but personally I'm a little burnt out on the name.

I like Dexter. I think it's snappy and fresh. I've never seen the TV show about the seriel killer but I do know some people will make that reference. It's probably not a deal breaker though.

Murphy is not my favorite but I'm not sure why.

November 5, 2015 09:00 PM

 I think that is a great list and you could easily just take that list to the hospital/birthing center with you and see what suits him best once he's here.

That approach is not for everyone, however, so you could also try the "test drive" approach. For a whole day, think of the baby as Patrick. Maybe shout "Eleanor and Patrick!" down the stairs a few times. Talk to your partner about a fun thing you will do with Patrick when he's here. Write his name out on a piece of paper and look at it.

Then, the next day you can do the whole thing again with Henry, and so on. Perhaps after a full day of thinking of the name as actually belonging to  your baby and saying it out loud a million times, one name will just rise to the top.


Oh wow. Congratulations on making it through the whole alphabet, I'm impressed. And I agree that Wilberforce is a good way to get the family on board with Wilfred.

November 3, 2015 05:32 PM

I'm so curious about what caused the resurgence of America as a name in 1998? Any theories about what led to that upswing in Patrotism at that time?

October 31, 2015 10:54 PM

Speaking as the parent of elementary school aged children, there are a lot of Avas around these days. It's still a great name with that classic Hollywood style, but your Ava would most likely run into several other kids with her name when she gets to school. Some people are more bothered by that than others, and again a lot depends on your last name, as others have mentioned.

I adore the name Lydia and think it's a great choice that grows up well.


Other antique  and/or flowy girl names:







October 30, 2015 10:06 PM
In Response to 1st Baby Name

I like Kate Augusta but I agree with others that it will probably get shortened. Maybe you could use Kay (K.A.) as a cute nickname?

October 30, 2015 10:03 PM
In Response to Word Names

I once met a kid named Diesel.

October 21, 2015 11:07 AM
In Response to Twins?!

Wow, that's exciting. I agree that the theme will probably come to you as you work through the list but here's some ideas:


Callen and Fionola are both Celtic.

Jasper and Malachi both have Biblical associations.(Jasper the gemstone is mentioned in the Bible and Armenian tradition identifies Jasper as one of the three wise men.)

Beatrix and Matilda both sound like sassy strong ladies, and have cute nicknames (Bea or Trixie and Tilly or Tilda.)


October 19, 2015 10:23 PM

Lily Elizabeth sounds fine to me. I see what you mean about the repeating "L" sound, but you probably won't say her full name out loud very often and Elizabeth is a honor name so I think it works well.


Evelyn Elizabeth is much more of a tongue twister to me, maybe because they are both longer names with the E begining.

Avery is not my personal style, but it's popular now and many people like it.

October 9, 2015 07:42 AM
In Response to Need some new ideas

I'm glad you're feeling better and getting excited about names again!


What about:











September 17, 2015 05:45 PM
In Response to Rayne for a girl?

I agree that Lorraine with Raine or Rayne as the nickname gives her the most flexibility. It's a female Clark Kent name!


September 17, 2015 05:41 PM

I think Valentina is a lovely name. My cousin named his daughter this, and they are a very international family so I always think of it as a name that sounds nice in many languages. 

Valentina Heidi could work.  Can you say more about what you like about both names, it may help steer our suggestions. 

I'll just toss out some ideas:

Valentina Scarlett

Valentina Sarah

Valentina Gretchen