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September 25, 2018 08:49 AM
In Response to 4th Baby on the Way!

I believe Genevra is the Portuguese variant. Although possibly it's the medieval Portuguese variant.

September 14, 2018 11:57 PM

Well, actually, Julia could be spelled Giulia.

Asking for the spelling of "David" or the number of t's in "Greta", however, is just the person saying "I've turned my brain off, so you'll need to provide all the thinking".

August 24, 2018 12:03 PM
In Response to Names for twin girls?

At work, I just encountered two people with the same last name, both of them medical doctors in the same office, where as far as we can tell, their names are reverses of each other: think James Thomas Smith and Thomas James Smith, just not with those names. We don't know if they're father and son or siblings, but as I was telling the coworkers, if they're siblings, I hope they're not twins, because if they are, I need to go hunt down their parents and hit them over the head with a clue-by-four. My coworker who is also an identical twin totally agrees with me.

(Yes, in our teeny-tiny office with 7 people if one of them isn't on maternity leave, two of us have identical twin siblings.)

August 17, 2018 10:19 AM

I have to quibble with calling "Kamila" a traditional name but calling "Izabella" a contemporary name.

August 16, 2018 10:53 AM
In Response to Science Baby Names

Is there a link to this article somewhere and I'm just not seeing it?

July 31, 2018 03:27 PM

@traleerose: sorry, I have to admit, I did not actually read the article, so I did not see the disclaimer about the name not matching the title. ("Top Girls' Names in Italy..." would perhaps have been a better choice of wording for said title.)

July 31, 2018 09:41 AM

Traleerose, and what do all of those languages have in common? Yep, that's right, not a single one is Italian.

June 25, 2018 11:33 AM
In Response to Chip & Joanna Gaines

They did go with something different, but I don't know about totally different: Crew.

June 21, 2018 09:13 PM
In Response to Is this an issue?

As soon as you wrote that your last name is Shot, I started thinking, "wait, what? Claire Shot? As in, clear shot?" ... and then I read the rest of your post. So yes, I think this could be a problem.

Whether it's a reason to abandon the name you love or not depends on how you feel about the inevitable comments. Embarassed, guilty, defensive? Maybe you need to keep looking. It's mildly funny? Go ahead and use it, since it's the name you love.

May 9, 2018 09:06 AM

I'm not a moderator, but I do tend to read my sister's emails. :)

May 9, 2018 09:05 AM

Sis, there's spam from "JamesGrasy" on the Alfie & Anna thread.

May 9, 2018 09:01 AM

Can you post a masked version? You know, @ for a, ! for i, that sort of thing? The curiosity is killing me...

April 26, 2018 05:04 PM
In Response to Spam Filter Woes

The captchas-out-the-wazoo approach is clearly not actually preventing any spam...

March 21, 2018 06:22 PM

"Latin is full of lovely-sounding words with less than lovely meanings." ... and, um, less-than-lovely words with lovely meanings, pulchra being the quintessential as well as literal example.

March 20, 2018 03:59 PM

I would echo other posters about not using a misspelling of a name just to fit the pattern. If you like Eden, use Eden, not something that looks like Edwin with the w left out.

But speaking of Edwin, I really like it for you on the boys side. Martin would also work wonderfully for the brother of Calvin and Griffin, but not so much as the brother of Marin. If you want to stretch the pattern just a little bit, Benjamin might work - same ending, but three syllables, not two. If you want to stick to the two syllables, there's Kevin and Dustin, or if those are too "ugh" for you (or more likely, your husband), try Tobin or Alvin.

Unsurprisingly, there are much fewer choices on the girls side - the name finder comes up with mostly boys-names-on-girls, surnames, and misspellings, none of which match the style of your three kids' names. Really, the only ones that I would consider to be traditional female names that just so happen to end in -in are Elin, Erin, Katrin, Kirstin, Kristin, and Tamsin. (And yes, I know Tamsin is traditionally a nickname.) Note that a Kirstin will be fighting all her life not to be spelled Kristin.

But really, since you said that you arrived at your pattern unintentionally, the only actual pattern in your kids names is "names we liked" - any further similarities between them are just coincidence. Just make sure the name you pick continues *that* pattern, and you should be all set. :)

March 20, 2018 03:33 PM

I have to say, I'm as surprised (or more like astounded) as you are that people have trouble recognizing the name Rosalie. I can understand asking for the spelling - it could be Rosa-Lee, after all - but mixing it up with Roselyn, Rosie, or thinking it's made up? In what universe is Rosalie a newly-invented name?

March 19, 2018 10:49 PM

What she said!

The regulars on this forum have probably heard this story before, but we have friends who named their son a, let's just call it nonstandard spelling of a classic name, so that the name would "contain" the nickname they wanted, despite the fact that (1) said nickname arose from the classic name without anyone being bothered by the spelling mismatch, and (2) said nickname has an alternate spelling which *is* contained in the classic spelling of the full name. The kicker? Once their son was born, they realized they didn't like that nickname all that much and/or it didn't suit their son, so they use a different nickname... which, courtesy of the misspel[ahem, sorry] nonstandard spelling of his full name, is not "contained" in it.

Nicknames are a LOT more flexible than modern parents give them credit for. Just look at all the traditional nicknames out there: Bob for Robert, Harry for Henry, Nancy for Ann or Agnes, Polly for Mary, Buffy for Elizabeth, Peggy for Margaret, Patsy for Martha... the list goes on.

March 19, 2018 09:46 AM
In Response to New prince or princess

Are people not aware that Charlemagne is called Carolus Magnus in Latin? Because to me, that makes the connection between Charl- names (Charles, Charlotte) and Car[o]l- names (Carl, Carol, Caroline) totally obvious.

(My problem with sisters named Elizabeth and Isabella is, what're you gonna call a third sister if one comes along? Lisa?)

March 19, 2018 01:25 AM
In Response to New prince or princess

Are people really thinking Caroline is a contender? That'd be giving two kids the same name, wouldn't it?

I mean, yeah, my niece has a classmate James with a brother named Jacob, but their parents didn't have royal advisors around. And Charlotte and Caroline are way more obvious than James and Jacob.


I'm hoping for Alice or Arthur, but I'm sure they'll pick something lovely - they have a good track record so far.

March 13, 2018 10:38 PM

Possibly-amusing factoid to take to your next scan: they didn't know we were twins until our mom had been in labor for 12 hours, and even then, they didn't do an ultrasound, they just did an x-ray. I'm not sure the hospital where we were born *had* an ultrasound machine. (This was in the early 1970's in southern California.)

Another fun fact: Mom always said Dad wanted one boy and got two girls instead, but when we asked them what that one boy would have been named, neither of them had the faintest idea. They couldn't even list the possibilities they might have had in mind.

(I swear I clicked "reply" on jacaranda's post, not Karyn's...)