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June 23, 2017 09:51 AM
In Response to Second Child Names

Brighton couldn't be more "Not My Style" if it tried. Bright, OK, all right, but town? Just doesn't work for me. Any interest in Phaedra, Phoebe, Lucia, Roxana, or Clara instead, as a more subtle (and less she's-a-girl-not-a-place) nod to your hometown?


My issue is that Miles and Brooks are *very* different names - they have nothing in common other the superficial "one syllable ending in s". Even the one syllable part is debatable - the way I say it, Miles has 1.5-verging-on-2 syllables. Thus, to me, the names listed as "flexible cross-appeal" don't. Appeal, that is.

I do get that "more names like..." can be Hard, especially if you can't quite articulate what it was about the first name that you liked. The Name Matchmaker tool can be useful, although it, too, will suggest Brayden and Aiden if you ask for names like Jayden, which - as you said - is hardly helpful.

June 21, 2017 02:06 PM
In Response to AI to name critters

Seems rather in the vein of driving nails with a sledgehammer. :) Also, I would love to plug their seed list of names into a Markov-chain-based name generator (e.g. and compare the results. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they've made their inputs public, just a smattering of their results.

June 21, 2017 08:54 AM

Like someone else said, the only Rex I've ever encountered was of the tail-wagging furry variety. On a human, for some reason I think of a 70's type of guy - polyester shirt, slightly open to reveal copious chest hair and a multitude of gold chains, that sort of thing. I have no factual basis for this association, mind you, so I'm sure if I met a child with the name I'd quickly lose my preconceptions.

I don't really have any preconceptions for Thomas - I like it, but I'm not particularly excited by it, if you know what I mean - but I think the family connections are a huge point in its favor. I know it's late in the game, but maybe you could take a look at the family tree and see if there are any other names that show up on both sides that you could present to your husband as an alternative to Thomas?

(I do want to add that both of your daughters' names make me swoon. I think Georgiana is one of the most beautiful names in the English language, and Lucy will always have a soft spot in my heart because of Narnia.)

June 20, 2017 07:01 PM
In Response to Rate my List <3

FWIW, I think "Latin lover" generally refers to someone of an Italian persuasion. Latin, after all, is the language of the Romans, and the most direct descendants of the Romans in today's world are the Italians.

Regarding not doing the research, though, I find that if you know anything about the history of a particular place and time at all, you simply can't read historical fiction about that place and time. They always get something wrong. Like, I encountered a young-adult book set around the life and times of Haydn, written by someone with a PhD in music history. Sounds lovely... until I opened a random page and there was a Hungarian boy named Zoltán. (Yes, complete with diacritic.) That's just so completely and utterly Wrong! for mid-18th century Hungary that I simply couldn't bring myself to try to read the book.

June 19, 2017 12:05 PM
In Response to Rate my List <3

My sister has some interesting stories from our family tree about totally mismatched nicknames - think along the lines of Pete who turned out to be birth-certificate Andrew, that sort of thing. (The actual names were not Pete and Andrew.) I'm totally fine with nicknames that aren't spelled like a subset of the full name, e.g. Bob for Robert; and I think obscure-nicknames-of-nicknames, like Hob or Dobby, are particularly fun; but my sense of order and rightness gets majorly upset when Dobby turns out to have been named Jonathan at birth.

June 19, 2017 08:48 AM
In Response to Names like Corisande

Based on just the title, I was going to suggest Gwenllian, Millicent, and Violante, but I see you already have two of those. Oops. ;)

June 19, 2017 08:30 AM
In Response to My Fiber Arts Tools

I got a whorl like that for a friend of mine - same pewter-imitating-lead, same time period. The guy I bought it from owned at least one actual medieval whorl, but he wasn't selling that. (And I don't think he had it with him at the event, because I don't remember seeing it, just a picture of it.) The friend I got it for was one of the people instrumental to teaching the SCA that medieval spindles were bottom-weighted, not top-weighted like many (most?) modern drop-spindles. She's also active on Ravelry, but I don't know what her username is.

June 16, 2017 08:28 PM
In Response to My Fiber Arts Tools

The inkle loom should be Ingrid. :)

I know a *lot* of spinners and other fiber-arts-types, but my attitude toward spinning is "been there, done that, don't need to do it again". My mother once had a reproduction early-19th-century flax wheel made for me, but with the recent downsize, I sold it to a friend - she might actually use it. (Even when I got the wheel, I would've been much happier with a reproduction 14th century writing slope, but mother thought she'd found the Best Present Ever and there was no talking her down. That's also how I've acquired a candle mold which is too fragile to actually make the trip across the ocean. I have no idea what made her think I needed or wanted a candle mold.)

Does Argenta have a silver-colored whorl, hence the name?

June 15, 2017 10:02 PM
In Response to What's in a surname?

Oy. How is *forbidding* name changes a step forward? I mean, a letter from a psychologist? Really? It brings to mind the old divorce laws, where people would stage a compromising photo or two just to avoid all the legal wrangling about "are your differences really irreconcilable"?

In Hungary, women didn't use to change their name upon marriage so much as acquire a new name, in addition to - not instead of - their old one: Bíró Anna would become Péterfi Szabolcsné Bíró Anna, or Péterfiné Bíró Anna (or sometimes even Péterfiné Anna) for short, and if she already had a professional career, she'd probably continue to use Bíró Anna. Which sounds wonderfully egalitarian, except in practice, what it meant was that she became Péterfi Szabolcsné in all official contexts, with all of *her* identity replaced by that little -né "wife of" suffix. Only friends and family would even *know* her actual name. (Though some women like this anonymity: my favorite aunt, who was widowed at a very young age, always used HusbandLast HusbandFirstné - even in contexts where her peers would've used HusbandLastné WifeFirst - because it implied that there was a man around the house, instead of just her and her then-four-year-old daughter.)  I think this is slowly changing: my cousins both use the equivalent of Péterfi Anna, but it's still looked at a little cross-eyed by many people, since technically/grammatically, Péterfi Anna would be the sister of Szabolcs, not his wife.

June 15, 2017 08:24 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

No time to play, just wanted to note that Thomas, Edward, and Clarence have all already been used. (Clarence was an immediate veto, so it can probably squeak by.)

June 15, 2017 12:06 AM

Say: Oooh, I like that name!

Think: Oooh, I like that name!

Next name: Ramsey (g)

(I'm really trying very hard not to post something about Ramsay Bolton in a certain thread in the announcements folder. See, this is me trying. Really hard.)

June 14, 2017 11:53 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

I did some further analysis, and of the names that have already been used, the following names each only appeared once, i.e. one person added them and the next person immediately removed them.

Adrian, Alistair, Andreas, Angus, Barbaby, Bartholomew, Basil, Bennet, Bentley, Bodhi, Brady, Brendan, Calvin, Cash, Cecil, Cedric, Chase, Clarence, Clement, Collin, Conan, Cormac, Damien, Dante, Derrick, Edison, Edwin, Eli, Elias, Elliot, Ethan, Garth, Geoffrey, Gilbert, Graham, Griffin, Gustav, Hamish, Harvy, Holbrook, Hudson, Irwin, Jeffrey, Joah, Kai, Karl, Keenan, Kirk, Klaus, Kyle, Leland, Liam, Lowell, Lysander, Magnus, Martin, Mason, Maurice, Maverick, Michael, Moses, Ned, Nelson, Nestor, Newton, Nicodemus, Nolan, Olaf, Otis, Owen, Percival, Peter, Pierre, Prior, Rafael, Ramone, Randal, Raymond, Rodney, Rufus, Rutherford, Sander, Saul, Schuyler, Seymour, Sheldon, Shepard, Shepard. Trey, Shepherd, Silas, Solal, Solomon, Stewart, Tate, Tatum, Titus, Tyler, Viggo, Virgil, Walton, Wilbur, Willard, Xander, Yannick, Zane

(The most-liked name has been William, with 14 occurences. Next is Isaac with 11, and there's a tie for third between Declan and Julian, each with 10.)

June 14, 2017 11:41 PM

More " of these things doesn't belong..."

Three girls and one... mountain? well, not a traditional girl name, anyway:
Alaska: Aurora, Lena, Chloe... and Denali
Colorado: Cora, Hazel, Josephine... and Aspen
D.C.: Alice, Zoe, Maya... and Royal
Florida: Valentina, Gabriella, Victoria... and Aaliyah
Maine: Natalie, Lydia, Nora... and Piper
New York: Rachel, Valentina, Maya... and Chaya
Virginia: Abigail, Annabelle, Virginia... and Skylar
Wisconsin: Nora, Hazel, Violet... and Tenley

Three ultra-modern possibly-unis3x names and one staid traditional:
Indiana: Hadley, Willow, Piper... and Eleanor
South Carolina: London, Trinity, McKenzie... and Caroline

Like Indiana & South Carolina, but with more misspellings:
Mississippi: Londyn, Kennedi, Khloe... and Mary

(No, I'm not saying Khloe can be unis3x, just that nobody spelled it with a K 20 years ago.)

June 14, 2017 11:01 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Here's the full list of all 274 names that have been used already: Aaron, Achilles, Adrian, Alaric, Alistair, Allen, Anderson, Andreas, Angus, Ari, Arthur, Ash, Asher, August, Barbaby, Barry, Bartholomew, Basil, Benedict, Benjamin, Bennet, Bennett, Bentley, Bodhi, Brady, Brendan, Brent, Brooks, Bruno, Callum, Calvin, Cameron, Carl, Cash, Caspar, Cecil, Cedric, Chad, Chandler, Channing, Charles, Chase, Clarence, Clark, Claude, Clement, Cliff, Coby, Coleman, Colin, Collin, Colt, Conan, Cooper, Corbin, Cormac, Damien, Dante, David, Davis, Deacon, Declan, Demetri, Derrick, Devan, Diego, Dominic, Edgar, Edison, Edward, Edwin, Eli, Elias, Elliot, Elliott, Erick, Ethan, Eugene, Evan, Ezra, Felix, Ferdinand, Finn, Ford, Francis, Franklin, Frederic, Garland, Garth, Gavin, Geoffrey, George, Gerald, Gerard, Gideon, Gilbert, Gordon, Graham, Gray, Gregory, Griffin, Gustav, Hamish, Harold, Harrison, Harry, Harvey, Harvy, Heath, Hector, Henri, Henry, Holbrook, Hudson, Hugh, Hugo, Humphrey, Ian, Indigo, Irwin, Isaac, Jack, James, Jasper, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Joah, Joel, Jonas, Joseph, Joshua, Jude, Julian, Kai, Karl, Keaton, Keenan, Keith, Kester, Kirk, Klaus, Kristoff, Kurt, Kyle, Lachlan, Lawrence, Leland, Leon, Leonardo, Liam, Lincoln, Louie, Lowell, Lucas, Luke, Lysander, Macon, Magnus, Malcolm, Manuel, Marc, Marcel, Marcellus, Marco, Marino, Martin, Mason, Matthew, Maurice, Maverick, Maxwell, Michael, Miles, Milo, Milton, Montgomery, Moses, Neal, Ned, Nelson, Nestor, Newton, Nico, Nicodemus, Noah, Nolan, Olaf, Oliver, Oscar, Otis, Otto, Owen, Patrick, Paul, Percival, Percy, Peter, Philip, Phineas, Pierce, Pierre, Porter, Prior, Quentin, Quincy, Rafael, Ralph, Ramone, Randal, Ray, Raymond, Reuben, Rhys, River, Robin, Rodney, Roger, Rufus, Rutherford, Ryland, Sander, Saul, Sawyer, Schuyler, Seamus, Sean, Sebastian, Sergio, Seth, Seymour, Sheldon, Shepard, Shepard. Trey, Shepherd, Silas, Silvester, Simon, Solal, Solomon, Stewart, Tanner, Tate, Tatum, Taylor, Theo, Theodore, Thomas, Timmy, Timothy, Titus, Toby, Tony, Trey, Tristan, Tyler, Urban, Victor, Viggo, Vincent, Virgil, Walton, Warren, Westley, Wilbur, Willard, William, Winslow, Winston, Wren, Wyatt, Xander, Yannick, Zacharias, Zane


Love: Jeremy, Otto, Charles (hey! Actual first names! Used as first names! What a concept!)

Like: Marco (there wasn't room on the "Love" list and I prefer Marcus anyway), Brendan, Chad (I really don't like either one, but at least they're actual first names)

Lose: Gray (it's a color, folks. A rather boring, drab color.), Deacon (this is like naming your kid "priest" or "minister"), Newton ("new town", literally.)

New list: Alan, Brendan, Chad, Charles, Jeremy, Marco, Otto, Robert, Walter

June 14, 2017 03:13 PM

With a name story like that (aw, how romantic!), you *have* to name this kid Bartlett. :)

June 14, 2017 09:48 AM

Some of the states give off serious "one of these things is not like the others" vibes. For example, Kansas: Ember, Hayden, Oakley... and Lydia? Where'd that come from? And Wyoming: Piper, Oakley, Sawyer... and Emmy. I mean, if those were sibsets, I'd assume three boys and one girl in each case.


Yeah: the utterly brain-dead forum filter (I won't call it a spam filter, because it has never stopped a single piece of spam) balks at the letter combination E+T+C. Nobody knows why.

June 11, 2017 10:21 AM
In Response to Girl name help

I keep wanting to ask you: what does "not fussed" mean? "Fuss" means to needlessly or excessively worry about something, so it's generally a negative thing. Thus, adding a "not" in front of it should make it into a positive thing, but that doesn't sound like how you're using it. Is this another example of the "could care less" phenomenon, where after enough people say something the wrong way, it becomes a(nother) right way to say it?

June 8, 2017 05:44 PM

I'm too lazy to check: has anyone suggested Lucilla for you yet? Same unambiguous pronunciation as Lucille, without the severely old-fashioned/funny lady vibe.

But I do really like Lucinda, too.