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February 9, 2016 05:57 PM

August, Piper, Clive

February 2, 2016 04:29 PM
In Response to J Names

Joshua, Justus/Justice, Julius, Jonathan, Jamin

February 2, 2016 04:25 PM

I meet LOTS of little girls volunteering at my large church's children's ministry (nursery-5th grade) and at my kids' school. I've only met one Evelyn, one Olivia, and one Ava. Way more repeats in the boys' names. If low popularity isn't your main deciding factor, I wouldn't worry about any of your choices.

February 1, 2016 03:53 PM

Just a thought, if you wanted a longer first name but not to change the name you've announced, you could change it to Avery, calling her Ave, Ava or Ava Lou.

January 29, 2016 02:19 PM


January 28, 2016 09:16 PM

If I'd had any girls, I would have had a horrible time choosing too! Just too many good ones. Geneva, Dinah, Coralie, Felice, Daisy...

Avis is forever fusty to me (anything ending in -is, I think), and Vesper IS a little androgynous. Dorothy nn Dot is great! The Wizard of Oz character makes it a timelessly youthful name to me.

January 28, 2016 09:00 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Tycho?

With that spelling, my first thought was Psycho. Otherwise, it's kind of cool. Tyko, maybe?

January 28, 2016 01:24 PM

Sarai Geneva (Geneva means "juniper tree")

Any family members you might want to honor with her middle name?

January 26, 2016 03:52 PM

Have you considered Caleb? I know an Ethan & Caleb sib set and always thought they went nicely together.

January 18, 2016 10:20 PM

Lucy, Sarah, Mary, Christine

January 18, 2016 10:03 PM
In Response to Names similar to Aria?

Arietta Elena Arienne Aralina Chiara/Kiara Abri/Aubrey Alegra Ilaria Lucia Anita Cianna Siena Evita Sierra Amira Elyria Lyra Mia Cara Dahlia Mara Alanna Daria

January 16, 2016 08:56 PM

I would go with Graham over Harrison because I have 2 boys with the same number of syllables and both ending in -n, and they feel too similar. They get mixed up a lot. Julian and Harrison might be too similar.

I like Oliver for the middle because it matches better with your other middles - more traditional.

So my vote is Graham Oliver.

January 16, 2016 02:15 PM
In Response to Sarabeth

Beth means "house" in Hebrew. 

January 16, 2016 01:50 PM

My brother in law named his son's middle name after my husband (his brother). There are 3 brothers. When they announced the name, he said, "His name is Christopher Matthew. Sorry, John (the other brother)." Yikes. So just don't apologize to the one(s) left out! That made it very awkward.

January 16, 2016 01:40 PM
In Response to Feedback on short list

I agree with your last sentence, Karyn.

January 16, 2016 01:18 PM
In Response to Bishop

We almost used Shepherd for our son. Love it! Deacon is good too. Although...

We have two boys with names both 2 syllables, ending in -n, and they get mixed up often. I wouldn't recommend it unless you don't like any other names without -n.

What about Bennett?

January 16, 2016 01:09 PM
In Response to I am down to three

Popping in late on this, but I would much rather meet a Penny or Felicity than another Mattie. Unless there's no chance of her using that nickname... plus, Penelope and Felicity are two of my very favorite names. Unusual and feminine but not too frilly.

January 14, 2016 11:05 PM
In Response to Adding to my name

I'm Sarah too. Great name! I know a Sarahbeth, which I've always thought was beautiful! That one's a very natural, easy to say add-on.

December 23, 2015 11:11 PM
In Response to Help!

...or even one syllable, actually.

December 23, 2015 11:10 PM
In Response to Help!

I grew up with a last name starting with H. This immediately makes flow difficult, because you have to sort of breathe out quickly to make the H sound. Some first name ending sounds are better with this, some worse. Mine was ...ah H... and always struggled a bit to get my whole name out.

A two- or three-syllable first name ending in l, r, m, n, s might flow better without sounding like Henn is attached to the first name.