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If I met a little Adley I'd almost certainly misremember her name as Hadley, which has some historical unisex usage and has been just shy of the top 100 for most of the decade.
I do agree that Alice Beatrice is too much, unless you want to have a little ice ice baby :)
Natalie was the outlier for me too-- I think it feels too singsong with the double ee sounds.
I've seen The Fifth Element twice and could not tell you the name of a single character in that film. Until I read the comments on this post I thought the film you were talking about was "Lilo and Stitch" ...
Funny, my first pop-culture association with Calliope is the novel Middlesex. I'm not sure that's going to be a big deal, but I'm surprised no one's brought it up.
Elena is pretty without being frilly-- I like it. There's a test that we bring up here with girls' names-- could you imagine a Supreme Court justice named X?-- which Elena obviously passes with flying colors. Great crossover name too, since it's a common name in plenty of languages. Elena nets you the nn Ellie which is very en vogue, although the Elenas I've known always used their full names.
Beatriz is my favorite of the three, with the caveat that I would be surprised to meet a young Beatriz who was not Latina. That's hardly a bad thing-- I get the vibe you're trying to avoid that, in which case Beatrice, Beatrix, and Bellatrix are all options, the latter of which open up Trixie as a nickname possibility.
Calliope is a beautiful (if kinda out-there) name, but only if you're pronouncing it right. If your heart is really with it, go for it, but I will dutifully note alternatives-- Callisto and Cassandra both have the Greek mythology tie-in and the same initial syllable, while Penelope has the same unique ending. None of these names have the potential pronunciation issues, and they're relatively familiar.
Not really a compound name, but Clair de Lune (like the Debussy composition) sounds gorgeous in my opinion.
This is interesting, because a lot of people I've seen here try to avoid names that can be read as sentences. Not that there's anything wrong with naming your child Sierra Skye, to cite a cute example I've seen rejected on these forums.
I'd look into word names-- colors (Indigo, Sienna, Magenta), gems (Opal, Amethyst, Pearl), flowers (Lilac, Rose, Daisy)... plenty of pleasant choices to go with there.
Fair warning: the "iy" cluster is a hard sell. I know a Valeriya and a Nataliya, both of whom have their names misspelled on a regular basis. To my knowledge, the only name where the "iy" spelling is most common is Aaliyah.
I've got a dark horse candidate here, and one hot off the presses to boot: Paul Dochney. Or, as he was known before his real name was posted online six hours ago, @dril. Certainly, his vulgar, typo-ridden tweets wouldn't have achieved the same level of notoriety had they come from the mouth of @PaulDochneyOfficial.
But what makes this NOTY-worthy is the Twitterverse's reaction to this revelation, namely, loudly refusing to acknowledge this fact. Some people even suggested starting an active disinformation campaign so that no one can figure out who @dril really is! That's a name story that's very 2017, and this is just within the past 24 hours: who knows where this could go by the end of the month?
The first name that comes to mind when imagining a brother for a little Jasper is Miles, another word name with a hip jazz vibe. Since Milo is on your list that seems like a logical next choice.
Malcolm and Malachi could also work if you're looking for Milo-soundalikes. I'm really partial towards Malek (pronounced MAL-eck, not ma-LEEK), but that's just me.
Honestly, why not Ada? It's a sophisticated pick with one of the most significant figures in the history of computing as a namesake.
Melanie strikes me as people looking for an alternative to Melissa more than anything else.
And for me, Ebony and Raven are two teenage girls in a Hot Topic. As far as "say it loud I'm black and proud" word names go, I'm partial towards Onyx.
Great article, but I do wonder whether Paris really counts as a place name. Maybe I'm just weird, but as a person name, I think of Romeo and Juliet, The Iliad, and even Ms. Hilton before I think of France.
Here's a trend that's definitely at a turning point, although I'm not sure in which direction: M-L-N names.
Laura's baby name newcomers post on the blog listed the names Melanin and Million as newcomers to the baby field, and Milan exploded in popularity in the past decade. I'm wondering whether the FLOTUS is going to give M-L-N names a temporary boost (which could die off after 2017) or kill them off.
Erics, maybe not, but Ursula certainly took a huge hit from The Little Mermaid.
I like all your boys' picks and am chillier on the girls' ones. I do like Stella a lot in tandem with your last name.
Florien is unambiguously male in its current usage. There are plenty of nature names ending in -en for a baby girl: Aspen comes to mind immediately.
I don't think anyone would consider Natalie Russian. Natalya, maybe...
Severely disappointed to see no mention of Buzz!
Between Friends and Lou Bega and Bill Clinton, Monica seems very 90's. Luna sounds a little hippy-dippy. Not a fan of Marissa.
I think Jade and Elena are sophisticated picks that would still fit very well on any number of women.