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November 17, 2017 08:07 PM

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?

November 9, 2017 08:56 PM

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.

November 9, 2017 08:34 PM

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.

November 9, 2017 08:18 PM

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.

October 9, 2017 09:13 AM

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.

October 4, 2017 11:48 AM

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.

October 4, 2017 11:43 AM
In Response to Natalie

I don't think anyone would consider Natalie Russian. Natalya, maybe...

September 28, 2017 10:32 AM

Severely disappointed to see no mention of Buzz!

September 21, 2017 09:35 PM

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.

September 19, 2017 09:00 PM

Possible third option: Zara/Zahra has the familiarity of the former and the relatively straightforward pronunciation of the latter, and it's the Arabic word for "blossom" so it fits very well with your pick for middle.

September 19, 2017 08:54 PM

I may be wrong here with the data, but Ariana very much strikes me as a name that peaked a decade ago and is beginning its slow descent, while Zaya strikes me as a name that'll peak a decade from now.

September 17, 2017 08:37 PM

I think Ulysses is a very cool pick, and that you should definitely follow your kids' wishes.

I just want to give you a thumbs up for the name Sibyl! 

September 17, 2017 05:57 PM
In Response to Sib name

I like that both your kids have names with long histories of usage and a prominent Z, giving you two alleys to go down if you want the sibset to match.

You might even be able to find a name that's both! Lazarus might be too weighty for a boy, but it has plenty of related names that might fit (Eliezer, Lazar, Lazar). Enzo could work either as a nickname for Vincenzo, Lorenzo, etc or as a full name in its own right.

For girls, I think Hazel is a perfect fit. I adore the name Beatriz, personally!

September 6, 2017 06:45 PM

If you like Reuben but the connotations are dissuading you-- possibly consider spelling it Ruben? I think it loses a lot of its stodginess that way.

September 6, 2017 06:40 PM

The thing with having two middle names is that the second middle name will probably never be used outside of your baby's birth certificate. As such, while I appreciate the sentiment behind using both names, you really are privileging whatever name comes first de facto.

And in any case, I'm not a fan of June or Louise individually, and certainly not together, where they invariably make me want to start singing "Let Me Entertain You." If you're dead-set on honoring both grandmas, I'd go with a single name that incorporates elements of both. Something like Julia or any of its derivatives (Julie, Juliet, Jewel, Juliana...)

September 6, 2017 10:19 AM

Anakin certainly sounds feminine, fitting in with both Anna names and having that -in ending. I bet the parents are going to call them Annie.

I actually really do like Million as a name.


I would definitely avoid Rowan, which I think is too same-y with your surname. Your mileage may vary; that may be what brought you to the name in the first place. I also would avoid Ibis, which is close enough to Iris that you're bound to get confusion.

I really like Delta, Vesper, Florence, and Noelle for a girl. Arlo Desmond is my favorite boys' choice too.