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PJ

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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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. 

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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. 

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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?

 

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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. 

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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?

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

Hmm, what about

Naya Joy

Naya Claire

Naya Brooke

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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

 

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August 20, 2014 10:54 AM
In Response to Naming #3

I like Beau and Shepard and think they give you some flexiblity. Ryker is a little "much" for me personally, 

and Owen is very popular right now- it's been rising steadily and is now number #38 in the SSA listing, I bet it will be in the top ten soon. 

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August 20, 2014 10:47 AM

I think both the pronunciation and the spelling would be a major headache for her whole life. The spelling looks like a creative version of Chelsea and the pronunciation is just not very pleasant sounding. 

What about using Chelsea or Kelsey instead?

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August 12, 2014 11:45 AM

Congratulations on your choice. I think it's a great one and it fits all your criteria. 

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August 4, 2014 08:07 PM

I think Leah is very nice. Hialeah is baffling to me. If  you really want to use it as an homage to the city, maybe it would be best as a middle name.

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August 4, 2014 08:03 PM
In Response to Estelle

I agree with others that the comeback of Stella makes Estelle sound younger and prettier than it used to.

I think it's lovely without being overused, and you could always have Stella as a nickname. 

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August 4, 2014 08:01 PM
In Response to Sister Name

I agree with others that they sound too similar for sisters. 

What about Lillian and Valentina? Or Lillian and Annabel?

 

Vivianne and Josephine? Vivianne and Rose?

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July 18, 2014 08:37 PM
In Response to Thoughts...

Ava is a top 5 name right now and where I live, I meet tons of them. Just an FYI. It's pretty but very popular.

Naya is pretty and sounds exotic and fresh to me, but I think the spelling Nya looks incomplete and confusing.

Maybe because of Naya Rivera, I think of this as a cross-cultural multiracial name.

Teagan I associate with the musical duo Teagan and Sara, and it feels spritely and Irish. 

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June 26, 2014 09:41 AM

Great idea Laura! I'm excited about this new series. It's so interesting to hear about these time capsules and think about how the events of history are connected to names. 

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June 2, 2014 11:36 PM

Interesting. My son's name is on that list. I feel both flattered and concerned. It will be interesting to see how many continue to climb. 

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May 18, 2014 08:02 PM
In Response to George

Well, the name George is both masculine and traditional. Whether it is too masculine and traditional for you is really a matter of taste.

 

For what it's worth, I quite like it. I think it has a lot of the retro charm of Henry without being so overused. I think George and Stella go well together as siblings.

 

What other names do you like? It sounds like your style may be different from your husbands. If you list some names you both like maybe we can help suggest others that may be a good compromise. 

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May 8, 2014 12:10 PM

That's a fun song to sing to your little one. 

I think you guys found a great solution to naming your son after dad, but in a way that reflects your tastes and values. 

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May 8, 2014 12:08 PM

And I, despite my terrible spelling, am a former English major, and I love all the literary references in your kids names. 

I'm a fan of both the Forsythe Saga and Arcadia. In fact in a week I'm going, for the first time,  to see Arcadia performed.

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May 7, 2014 10:42 AM

I'm sorry for your loss. I think it's great you want to honor your father with the name. 

Jade Josephine is pretty. You could also use: Jacqueline (Jackie for a nickname?) , Jasmine, Jenna, Jessamine (Jessie for a nickname?), Jillian, Jocelyn, or just plain Josie. 

I like Leo Joseph too. You could use Jonathan for the middle as a variation on John? ( It might not technically be a variation but it gets you to John without maybe being as painful.)

I also like the pervious idea of using an international variation of John. It's almost like a secret message between you and your child.