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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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


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. 

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?

August 12, 2014 11:45 AM

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

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.

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. 

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?