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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April 21, 2016 03:47 PM
In Response to Name help part two

I think you can see from the comments that August as a girl name is going to be somewhat divisive. It's fine if you still want to use it of course, but it's just good to know. This may also be the kind of thing that varies a lot depending on your naming microclimate- some communties are much more accepting of gender bending names than others.

April 19, 2016 02:19 PM
In Response to sibling to Magnus

Your style strikes me as what Laura would call "exotic traditional." They are classic names with long histories but are also somewhat unexpected and unusual.

Here are some boy names along those lines:







Does any of that ring bells for you?

April 9, 2016 03:35 PM

I love Juliana and Clara- they are both sweet, not super frilly and have that antique patina that's popular right now.

Similar names: Anna, Beatrice, Dorothea, Eleanora, Flora, Ida.


Rose Marie and Annamarie feel a little more old school Catholic to me. But maybe that's a style that works for you and your family?

Similiar: Rosabella, Annabeth, Mary Claire, Bridget, Veronica


April 7, 2016 09:19 PM

Honestly the name Ocean seems pretty gender neutral to me. I could see it on a child of any gender.

Other water related names:

Brooke, River, Lake, Haven, Marina, Rain, Sailor

I like the idea of other nature names:

Juniper, Hazel, Fern, Cedar, Alder, Willow, Clementine.

April 7, 2016 09:12 PM
In Response to Ranger???

I think Ranger could be a super fun middle name. That gives the kid options, if he's more shy and quiet Ranger could be a lot to live up to.

Theodore "Ted" Ranger Lastname sounds pretty great to me.

Another way to get to Ted as a nickname could be a first name that starts with T and a middle that starts with Ed.

Such as Tyler Edward Lastname.

April 7, 2016 09:07 PM

Lilah is a great name and I think it goes well with Savannah.


Lilah Elise is pretty and you would still get to use the name you love as a middle.

Carissa makes me think of Claire- maybe Lilah Claire?


April 6, 2016 12:36 PM

Totally agree with all of this! I think very often expectant parents are so focused on their lists and saying their name combos over and over that they don't realize how rarely people in the child's life will ever say or even know the middle name.


The only exception that I can think of is when the first name is either an honor name or a more mainstream acceptable name but the parents plan on calling the child exclusively by their middle name. I knew several young women in college who were given the first name Mary as a family tradition, but went exclusively by their middles. The flow was often very choppy, ie Mary Casey Lastname, but that was obviously not the point.

April 5, 2016 09:46 PM
In Response to A name for baby boy #2

Hmm, classic and traditional but not over used...

This is what I think of:








April 4, 2016 08:31 PM

I think Owen might be one of those names that has pockets of extreme popularity and pockets of relative obscurity based on where you live. At my kids' school there's a running joke that if you can't remember the name of a particular boy, just call him Owen or Max and you'll likely be correct.

That said, it's a nice name and it goes well with Charlie. My personal preference would be for Arthur, but again I'm probably influenced by my micro naming climate.

April 4, 2016 08:19 PM
In Response to A name for baby boy #2

Personally I don't think both siblings are required to have nicknames. I think Beau and Roman would be fine together.

Plus Roman might develop a nickname organically, that's not a variation on his name but something that the family calls him.

Gabriel is a nice classic yet contemporary sounding name but I get the sense that you like Roman better. I say, go with it!

As for the middle names, I think they both have a nice family connection. Is there a branch of the family that hasn't been honored yet? That might be a good tie breaker.

March 20, 2016 10:05 PM

Alina Violet is very pretty and I think has the best flow of your choices.


Instead of Maria, maybe Alina Mae?

March 7, 2016 11:50 PM

Have you tried doing the test drive for each name? As in- spending a day refering to the baby as Lena, writing it down, saying it out loud, using it as your name at Starbucks, etc. Then the next day you can start again with Evelyn and so forth.

Sometimes it really can help to practice saying the name in many real world situations and you may find some names just feel right and others less so. Good luck!

March 7, 2016 11:42 PM
In Response to Girl Name Help

I agree with others that it might not be a confidence booster for the second child to have a name that's a variation on big sister's middle name.

What about Harriet, nicknamed Hattie? This gets you closer to the sounds you like in Hadley, but avoids the sing-song issue.

I wonder if using the nickname Lottie would make Charlotte more interesting to you?



I think the show may have made up that alternate spelling to clarify the pronunciation for those unfamiliar with the name.

March 7, 2016 11:12 PM

Hmmm, what about Jasper? Josiah? Gabriel?

February 18, 2016 10:22 PM

Oooh I'm so curious to know which guides to fictional naming you've been reading Laura.  Can you share?

February 15, 2016 07:10 PM
In Response to Paxley

I think there's an irony here, which is that this name will probably be more accepted in communities where kids have similar names- such as Paxton and Paisley and so forth. But then, it would be less unique.

In other name pockets where other name styles are more dominant (including many people on this board), the name would be more unique and also get more raised eyebrows.

February 15, 2016 05:53 PM

Ok, my take on your style is that it's a little bit Country and Western, a little bit androgynous surnames, and a little bit frilly feminine. Does that sound right?


Some Country and Western names: Cassidy, Liberty, Oakley

Some androygynous surnames: Addison, Bailey, Harper, Piper

Some frilly and feminine: Camille, Madeleine, Eliana


February 12, 2016 12:09 AM

There is a running joke at my kids' elementary school that if you can't remember a boy's name, it's probably Max, Henry or Owen. So many!

For girls we know a surprising amount of Miras.

February 11, 2016 11:58 PM
In Response to Everly, Susanna, and ?

I like Merritt but I agree that it's not quite as carefree sounding as your other two.

The first girl name that popped into my head was Joy. I know it's kind of random but I like the sound of

Everly,  Susanna and Joy. If not Joy maybe Zara or Tessa?


Benton is ok but not my personal favorite. What about Beckett? Tobin? Lincoln?