TheEternalOptimist

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Debbie

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A mother of three -- two boys and a girl -- I am a librarian and an avid birth choice proponent (go midwives!) :) I love names! Although my name peaked in the 40s, I peeked in the 80s ;)

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1
November 29, 2016 02:31 PM

I'm going to have to say Trump after hearing it used in so many ways, both good and bad ("love trumps hate", etc.). Second choice is Brexit ;)

2
March 2, 2016 10:56 PM

The saint's name is more commonly spelled Kilian, though the well-known beer is spelled Killian, so that's probably the more popular choice now ;)

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February 9, 2016 08:17 PM

My brother-in-law, a surgeon, had a YourMajesty in his office once. He said it was the weirdest thing, referring to this little boy as "your majesty" the whole visit. "Hi, YourMajesty." "How are you feeling today, YourMajesty."

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January 6, 2016 10:13 AM

"NOOOoooo!" [read dramatically] - Mom of 4 year old boy Ray. Maybe he'll decide to go by his full name Raymond or by Raymie to differentiate himself from the girl wave that is to come. I actually had originally planned on the nickname Raimi in honor of Sam Raimi, so maybe I'll be testing that out from now on.

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October 27, 2015 07:31 PM

Glad to see my married surname on the list because it means if our daughter chooses to change her last name she could use it as a child's name to connect to her maiden name. I always think it's sweet when mothers do that. I nearly did that with my maiden name, Kirby. Surprised it's not on the list because it seems pretty masculine to me.

All that being said, I'm not a surname namer by any means, but at least it's available for my kids if they want it :)

6
August 11, 2015 07:55 PM

After running through the comments I remembered Asher and Kaya, which where my boy & girl name crushes in late high school. Also SO many "foreign" names that I think are beautiful but I don't get to use because they don't fit my cultural background. And anything that ends in S because our last name starts with S. So many good names, so few babies to attach them to!

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August 11, 2015 07:39 PM

If we had 2 more sons and 2 more daughters, which we won't but, whatever, they would be Milo, Charlie (given name Charles), Azalea, and Juniper. We decided on family names for our kids, which ruled all of those out. But think of the service we could have done for future generations to give THEM such cool "family names" to choose from!

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July 6, 2015 10:59 PM

I know a Ferdinand who goes by Ferd. He's probably in his 70s. It reminds me of the incredibly sweet picture book "The Story of Ferdinand", which was turned into the Disney cartoon short "Ferdinand the Bull." I think it's a lovely name with a cute nickname.

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July 6, 2015 10:52 PM

I had to share this quote from the comments section of an article I just read about Inside Out. In the article the author was basically tearing the movie down and at one point mentions "isn't that a boy's name?" about the name Riley. Here was the delightful comment written by a male commenter:

"Perhaps the author is unaware that when you give a name (any name) to your female child, then it's -- by definition -- a girl's name."

It seemed worthy of posting here because the conversation comes up so often -- isn't that a boy's name? Isn't that a girl's name? If it's a name given to a boy, it's that boy's name. If it's a name given to a girl, it's that girl's name. Sometimes it's good to remember that.

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June 16, 2015 08:50 PM

I vote for "lifenaming" instead of "babynaming" too! Li'l Lollipop is going to be Big Lollipop someday :)

I agree with all of the points above, especially keeping the spouse connected in the naming process, not being talked out of a name that's a little "weird" or not heard as often, and the pressure of naming during the clock-ticking-sleep-deprived-foggy prenatal time (and, yes, spouse is sleep-deprived and foggy too!)

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April 29, 2015 10:25 PM

Azalea and Juniper have been favorites of mine for over a decade! They were pretty obscure at that point, but I'm rooting for them! :)

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March 24, 2015 09:06 PM

Arden is the female protagonist in a great new book I just read called "The Magician's Lie." She is the magician and she goes by the stage name The Amazing Arden. I had never thought of it as a woman's name before but I really liked it in the story. She had picked it as a stage name based on the Forest of Arden.

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November 19, 2014 08:44 PM

Definitely a vote for ISIS, and timely since it is the Name Lady question of the week :)

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November 13, 2014 08:47 PM

Jamie is a nice name that to me sounds strong for both boys and girls. For other strong girl names I would add Claire and Caroline. Definitely going with the hard sounds here :) I would second Harriet, Diana, and Catherine. Hillary, anyone?

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September 24, 2014 09:22 PM

I struggled with this with our second son and finally fell to option number 8. Although we often hear that "Raymond is my grandpa's name!!!" now that we have a two-year old Ray, it doesn't seem like an 'old man' name anymore. Kids love it because it's easy to pronounce, remember, and spell, and adults love it because it reminds them of their grandparents, parents, or friends. It's a win!

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August 20, 2014 09:05 PM

I made this mistake when pregnant with my first child. I loved the name Azalea thanks to the Louis Armstrong strong, but when I googled it (5 years ago!) other than the flower, the song that came up was about a woman named Azalea and it was not flattering at all. So, a song drove me to the name and, later, away from the name. Now when I google Azalea all that comes up is about the singer Iggy Azalea. Interesting that there are so many connections to music. I didn't wind up using the name, but I do still love it.

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June 4, 2014 08:33 PM

I'm guessing Brixton is actually a nod to The Clash and their song "The Guns of Brixton" (about the district in London). It was just stuck in my head today because my husband played it at an open mic night! :)

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February 18, 2014 04:18 PM

We know a lovely little 5 year old boy named Lennon. I never had any doubts about the spelling or the inspiration when I heard the name (his dad's a musician, after all), but both my husband's dad and my mom heard it as "Lenin" and gave weird looks when we talked about him. It's certainly a generational thing, as I never thought of Lenin when I heard his name. My husband's mom heard it as "Linen" which is fairly hilarious. I think it's a great name and hadn't heard it before but it fits well with the likes of Aidan and all the other -n names around.

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October 8, 2013 07:59 PM

That kind of reminds me of the book "Atomic Candy" by Phyllis Burke where the dad suggests the name Marilyn for his little girl after a brief encounter with Marilyn Monroe. Of course, the mom didn't know she was naming her little girl after the blonde bombshell!

I think it's important to mention the associations with a name... we certainly don't hesitate to mention negative associations when we want a name dropped from the list (oh, that was my ex-boyfriend's sister's name and she was a total jerk!), so it only seems fair to bring light to other associations we make as well.

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October 1, 2013 08:08 PM

My nephew (just turned 6 years old) was going to have the first name Dragon, but the family, i.e. grandma, talked his parents out of it. His middle name is Dragon, and that's what his parents call him. We tried to soften it for the rest of the family and say it could be pronounced DRAY-gon instead of DRAH-gon, but it didn't take. The older people in the family all call him by his first name and the younger people and his parents call him Dragon. Needless to say his parents are big sci-fi fans!