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June 9, 2018 06:33 PM

Laine, Skye, Naomi, Mattea, Jessa.

March 6, 2018 02:53 PM
In Response to Middle name help

Now I have "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band in my head

"Some people call me Maaaur-ieeece".

August 11, 2017 09:47 AM
In Response to Urban Fantasy names?

What about Sylvan for the male dryad? He could use Van as a nickname, especially around humans.


I pronounce them differently. I say Laura with the first syllable rhyming with car and far; the first syllable in Lora would rhyme with oar. I was born, raised, and live in a Mid-Atlantic state. My guess is that this would vary by region in the U.S.

June 14, 2017 07:03 PM

Utah stood out to me, Oaklee, Navy, Indie, and Kate.

February 23, 2017 07:35 PM

I had a great-Aunt named Ruth whose nickname was Polly. Her sister was named Alta Elsie but was never called Alta (at least when I knew her, I didn't even know that was her first name until I saw it in the family bible), she went by either Elsie or her nickname, Gippy.

In the next generation, my dad was named Lee, partly because my grandmother didn't want him to have a nickname. All the neighbor kids called him Jake.

January 31, 2017 09:07 AM
In Response to Name Categories

Thought I'd help you out:

N- Narcissus

Q- Quince

Z- Zinnia

U & X- even google can't find anything.

January 9, 2017 12:36 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Adele, Meg, Helene

Like: Cali, Lillian, Nora

Lose: Agatha, Alana, Sadie

New list: Adele, Meg, Helene, Cali, Lillian, Nora, Skye, Rayna, Leonie

January 7, 2017 06:59 PM

Some of my favorite books are Louise Erdrich's first five novels: Love Medicine, Beet Queen, Tracks, Bingo Palace, and Tales of Burning Love. These loosely interconnected stories take place on a fictional American Indian reservation and the nearby town of Argus in North Dakota. Some of my favorite character names are Lulu Lamartine, Fleur Pillager, June Morrisey, Albertine Johnson,  and twins Eli and Nector Kashpaw. The names do a great job of conveying the characters ethnic backgrounds and their personalities. They also contribute to the novels' sense of place and time.

Louise Erdrich's other novels are also very good, but the names and stories of these five have stuck with me for years after reading them. In fact now I want to reread them.

January 1, 2017 11:24 AM

Or Romilly could be a similar sounding alternative.

January 1, 2017 11:18 AM
In Response to Middle name for Sofie

I also like Sofie Selene the best of your choices. My suggestion is Sofie Skye.

December 18, 2016 10:25 AM

I think the spelling Addalea is the most likely to get the desired pronunciation, although I think Adalea looks prettier. Is the pronunciation more important to you than how it looks?

October 30, 2016 10:18 AM

I recently became aware of two families with a Willow and an Owen.

September 17, 2016 04:29 PM

Beverly > Everly

Renee > Esme

Beth > Bethany

Jill > Jillian

Jennifer > Genevieve

June > Juniper

Melody > Elodie

Edith > Eden


September 8, 2016 05:42 PM
In Response to One Letter To Another
















And now I'm stumped.


September 8, 2016 05:18 PM

Say: Hello there Caledon, you're a cutie, aren't you?

Think: Hmmm, haven't heard that one before. Not sure what to think, maybe it will grow on me.

Next name: Milo (boy)

June 18, 2016 08:03 PM
In Response to Unexpected sibset

If you compare them by sound alone, they are very similar, but yes, culturally and historically they are very different.

June 16, 2016 06:36 PM
In Response to Sofie middle name...

I like Sofie Sky/e. I think the k sound adds a crispness that balances out all the soft sounds in Sofie and Sarah.

June 12, 2016 09:15 PM
In Response to Portmanteau Name Game

Martina + Rosalie = Martalie

Zoe + Genevieve = Zovieve (I'm actually kind of digging this one if I prounounce vieve the French way)

Juniper + Sylvie = Junivie

Rayna + Jillian = Raylian

Finn + Oliver = Finiver

Milo + Gideon = Mileon


June 4, 2016 02:10 PM
In Response to 20 Under 1 To Watch

I'm crushing on Gemma Sloane.