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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August 10, 2015 03:27 PM

Marie Grace. For some reason I've loved this name since I first heard it...on an American Girl doll. Not only is it hugely associated with a popular toy, it sounds old fashioned, French and Catholic, none of which are adjectives that describe my family.  Oh well. 

July 21, 2015 10:57 AM
In Response to Siblings: Arlo and?

I think Arlo and Solomon sound good together as brothers.


You also might like Jude. It has the same short and snappy feel as Arlo and they both have musical references with Arlo Guthrie and Hey Jude from the Beatles. 

July 21, 2015 10:55 AM
In Response to Boy name help!

I think it's up to you to decide if two nature names in one family is too much. It does give a strong impression of hippie/outdoorsy people but maybe that accurately describes your family. 

Another option would be to use the nature name in the middle slot. 

Something like Ethan August LN or Lucas River LN keeps the connection without making it as obvious.



May 10, 2015 06:23 PM

I think Felix and Milo sound great together! I can totally picture brothers with these names. They have the same kind of quirky fun style. I think people may have a hard time picturing an adult named Milo because there aren't very many of them right now. Between the 1960s and the 1990s, there weren't many baby Milos. But, as the new generation gets older, we will see their names as the names of grownups. I bet in the 1930s it was hard for people to imagine an adult named Shirley, since so many people pictured Shirley Temple.

Cassius is just ok to me, maybe because of the different pronunciations? 

I think Laszlo is pretty good too, but I still like Milo the best for you. 

May 8, 2015 11:30 AM

Oh and one more thing- axton is the new ayden. Not only Braxton and Paxton but Daxton and Jaxton and Axton. 

April 19, 2015 06:46 PM
In Response to Sarah or Taylor?

I'll cast another vote for Sarah, nicknamed Sadie. I think Sadie is cute and spunky and Sarah is a nice option for

diplomas and resumes. 

To me, Taylor sounds very "90's" and dated, more like a sister to Brittany and Courtney than a contemporary child. 


Interesting, because I know two women named Thea and they both pronounce it the same way, which is different from both of the pronounciations that you list. They say THAY-ah. I guess it's just one of those names where you never know. 

January 2, 2015 09:48 AM

Fun! I love the list making stage. 

For girls what about: Abigail, Blythe, Daria, Evangeline, Felicity, Gillian, Harriet, Jacqueline, Mariana, Tatiana

For boys, what about: Angus, Benedict, Desmond, Edmund, Finnegan, Galen, Harrison, Jameson, Malachi, Tobias



December 12, 2014 09:45 AM

Nice choice Laura.

December 1, 2014 09:57 AM

I'm confused by people nominating all these current events. Ferguson is a big story. Obamacare is a big story. But they are not names or name related, just important stories of the year. ISIS, while I deeply disagree with the nomination, is at least a name. 

Maybe it's time to revisit the defintion and criteria for Name of the Year?

November 25, 2014 06:48 PM

Hmm, what about Zelda, Iona, Piper, or Ivy?

November 20, 2014 10:00 AM

I continue to believe that declaring ISIS the name of the year is disrespectful and in poor taste. The name of the year is a fun sociological game we play, it's entertainment really, like People magazines "Sexiest man of the year" award. Giving that title to a real terrorist group that has gruesomely tortured and killed US citizens, among others, is just bizarre. This is not, and has never been, a news commentary site. 

November 16, 2014 03:08 PM

In favor of Elsa:

the movie was ubiquitous, it's true. I think some of it's popularity speaks to the fact that we still are hungry for fairy tales, but we want updated fairy tales where sisterhood is more important than love, and princesses are clumsy and gassy. Our cultural ideas of romantic love are changing and the movie is a symbol of that struggle. 

Against Elsa: I think the movie and it's message would have had the same impact if the main characters had been named Ingrid and Greta. 

As for ISIS, I agree it's been in the news a lot but I have the same unsettled reaction people had a couple years ago when we were discussing Trayvon as a potential name of the year. I mean really, the organization that kidnaps people and beheads them is the name of the year? It doesn't work for me.


I will nominate Wyatt, just because of its recent use as the name of a celebrity baby girl and all the super interesting discussions that has inspired about sexism and so-called androgynous names.


I will also nominate Messiah, for the court case where the judge changed the little boy's name because it offended her religious beliefs. There is an interesting conversation there about meaning names and when they cross the line into being offensive to certain religions or belief systems.





October 7, 2014 02:05 PM
In Response to Too obvious?

It sounds like you might be feeling some pressure from family members to give the child a traditional Indian name, and that your personal style/hope is that the child will have a name that "blends in" with his peers? 

What if you gave the child the first name of your choosing and a traditonal Indian middle name? Your family could call him by his middle and school classmates could call him by the first. Just a thought.

I do think Nikhal is a pretty solid choice for traditional (as far as I can tell, I'm not an expert in Indian names) name with Nik for the playground.

I've also known a Sunil who went by Sonny and a Sidhartha who goes by Sid if that helps at all. 

September 5, 2014 07:33 AM

Laura, I love that you've shed some new light on a naming mystery. I've heard the story about the car being named after the girl but never in such detail and with the literary reference as well. 

I went to high school with a girl named Mercedes but she exclusively went by Sadie. 

And now I think the name is more often given for its luxury conotations than its pious ones. 

August 28, 2014 08:59 PM

Personally I think the name Belle sounds feminine and attractive without beating you over the head with it.

The name Adora sounds like a cartoon character and I think a grown woman with this name would have a hard time being taken seriously. (Ah I just looked it up and realized why it sounds like a cartoon character to me. Princess Adora from the She-Ra cartoon.)

Hopefully you can find other feminine and attractive names that you both love. What about Annabelle?



I know a young Aisling, who pronounces her name this exact way: Ace lynn. So if I saw or heard this name I would assume it was a different spelling of Aisling. 

You could call him Anthony and use the Ace nickname. 

August 20, 2014 11:07 AM

I think Theodore and Silas both fit with the names of your other kids while still fitting your quirky antique style. 

I'll throw Julian out there since I think it has some of the same characteristics. Simon? Elliott?

August 20, 2014 11:02 AM
In Response to Middle names

Hmm, what about

Naya Joy

Naya Claire

Naya Brooke


Personally I think sisters named Alyssa and Marissa would be too close. 

Some ideas: 

Macy Kate

Maisie Kate

Marley Kate


Raine Katherine

Reese Marie

Reva Marie