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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I think that Mariella Tessa is a bit too vowel heavy but I think Mariella Tess sounds nice.

It sounds like you want a one-syllable middle name to balance out the long flowing first name, which I think

is a great approach. 

What about:





April 8, 2014 07:58 PM
In Response to Beck for a girl?

I agree with others that Beck on the birth certificate is a jarring change from Cora.

What about Lucy? It doesn't end in "a" and has the same kind of sweet, old-fashioned feel. 


Cora was most popular in 1919 so you could look at other names from that era: Ruth, Evelyn, Alice, Rose

April 8, 2014 07:52 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Charlotte?

I love this idea. I'm in the Seattle area too and I love the idea of a name nerd playdate. 

April 4, 2014 03:17 PM

This family tree seems to suggest that the boys named Brady all go by their middle names:




Hmm, well I think "well known" and "not commonly used" may contradict each other but here goes:









April 3, 2014 06:44 PM

There's also the slang connotations of Fox to consider. As in "What a fox!"

It's puts some pressure on the kid, like other names that mean beautiful. 

Of course, if you are sure he'll be beautiful, that's not an issue but even beautiful 

people don't always feel beautiful in middle school. 

March 31, 2014 10:50 PM
In Response to Silvia versus Sylvia!

Personally I like the way Sylvia looks on the page ( or the screen) but I agree that if

Silvia is the one you really love, you should go with it. 

I have to spell my name all.the.time. It's simple but uncommon in my generation and it rhymes with 

several other names that are much more common. I agree with the previous poster that you should have an analogie ready for customer service folks. When asked my name on the phone or at a coffeeshop I always say

"P as in Peter O-L-L-Y" instead of just spelling it, cause it's easy for people to hear what they want to hear. 

March 28, 2014 10:48 AM

Amanda is a classic that still sounds contemporary. I guess some people use Mandy as a nickname but I think that's pretty rare these days.


Monica is another classic name that doesn't sound old. 





March 28, 2014 10:44 AM

Personally, I think Andrew sounds younger and more boy-next-door. Peter sounds like an old man name to me. I also, like your husband, prefer the sound of Drew to Pete. 


Peter's not a bad name, just a bit more clunky I think. 

March 27, 2014 12:41 PM
In Response to Rose

My daughter's middle name is Jane and we've meet a lot of other kiddos who share it with her. 

March 26, 2014 06:16 PM

My niece is an Amy with Ann-Marie on the birth certificate. 

March 20, 2014 11:40 AM

Exactly! When I think of the grown women I know named Sherri, Tracy, and Betsy, among others, I see them as professional competent women. But I can only imagine what *their* grandparents thought about the ability of those names to "grow up well." 

March 13, 2014 09:17 AM

I know all naming stuff is cultural but I just can not imagine looking at my sweet innocent new baby and thinking, "Oh, I'll name him after a killing machine."

March 6, 2014 09:08 PM

I know two sets of twins named Oliver and Finn.


February 15, 2014 11:26 AM

I know a young Helena who pronounces it He-LENA, so there's that variation as well.

I like the he-LENA version and the He-LAY-na version but not so much the Helen-a version.


Alice is lovely. I also like Mathilda. 

February 12, 2014 03:35 PM

I like that they are gender ambigious with both their son and their daughters.

As we've lamented before, so many times it only goes one way with people naming

their daughters Ryan but giving up on gender ambigious names for boys as soon as a few

girls have them (Morgan, Harper, etc.)

I think the name goes well with their quirky Bohemian style. 

February 1, 2014 09:18 AM

I know a young Beatrix and it's great. It's sassy and fun with some great nicknames. 


I also think Ivy sounds best in the middle. 

January 31, 2014 04:01 PM
In Response to Help me name baby!!

I like Charles personally. But they are both nice. 

Maybe you can use both as the first and middle.



January 31, 2014 04:00 PM

I know a young Dexter and he's cute as a button. I think it's a great name and I like that the brothers would have different endings. There are so many boys names ending in -n that it can be difficult. 


I do like Hayes as well. It's true that both brothers would have an "H" name but they sound very different. 

January 31, 2014 04:00 PM

Evermore is a lot of name. By that I mean it sounds so fraught with meaning that it might

be hard for an actual child to carry. 


Just Ever might be easier to pull off.