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.

My Favorite Names

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My Recent Blog Comments
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

September 16, 2015 02:03 PM

This is a great explanation. I've also heard the theory that some of the creativity in African-American names are building off the improv traditions of jazz music.

September 16, 2015 01:53 PM

Personally Seraphina Daisy seems like an odd pairing to me. Seraphina is such a lush, sophisticated, European sounding name and Daisy to me sounds so cute and Southern and aw-shucks. They seem like complete opposites. But maybe that's why you like them?

Melody Beatrice has better flow, in my opinion, and is very pretty.

September 16, 2015 01:49 PM

What about Reiar (pronounced Ry-er), or Anders?

September 16, 2015 01:45 PM
In Response to FAQ sub-forum?

Yes- I love this idea. Almost like a "best of" from the forums.

September 16, 2015 01:43 PM
In Response to Suggestions please!

I think Leo Frederick sounds great!

September 16, 2015 01:41 PM

Congrats! I'm glad it worked out for you and thanks for the update.

September 16, 2015 01:39 PM

If these name forums had been around when I was in middle school, I would have been all over them. I used to have pen pals (strangers) whom I told I had nine siblings and I had so much fun naming them. (Only eight of my siblings were imaginary.)


I think Sophie/Sophia would be a great sister for Olivia and Ava. It has the same kind of classic glamour of those too.


Or maybe Bella, or Stella? I know they don't start with vowels but the ending is there.

September 11, 2015 11:35 PM
In Response to Ninjago names

Since I can't PM you here, we should probably work this out over email, yes? I'm at pollykatherine at gmail.

September 11, 2015 12:02 PM
In Response to Thank you, Laura!

Yes! I agree so much with this. That has always been what I loved so much about this site, sometimes I think it's the one civilized place on the internet. It's what keeps me coming back, six years after naming my last baby. Such a great community. 

September 11, 2015 07:38 AM
In Response to Ninjago names

Oh yes, those fairy magic books. That's what my daughter is reading! I think the worse is Georgia the guinea pig fairy, but they are all pretty aweful. At least they're reading though, or that's what I tell myself. 

September 11, 2015 07:37 AM
In Response to Ninjago names

Oh, that's a good idea about having the early readers read those books themselves. We're not quite there yet but probably soon. And yes, I think a PNW get together would be fun. There's seems to be quite a few of us. And with the teacher strike on, after a long summer, we're looking for new stuff to do. 

I had no idea about Jay's parents. But at least they sound like "parent" names, although maybe not ninja parents. 

I just can't get over how all the ninjas have these one syllable "cool" contemporary sounding names that yes, sound very similiar. And then there's Lloyd. I just want to be a fly on the wall at the staff meeting where the names were chosen. 

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.