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October 11, 2017 09:33 PM
In Response to Help!

Well, if you want unusual, then Jaxon ain't it...

Checking the tail end of the 2000 and 2001 SSA stats: Zakeem, Zamier, Zarak, Zelig, Zemar, Zeven (oy, that one's painful), Zohair, Zyrek

If you want slightly more mainstream than that, Vaughan or Zayn might work - those were given to 20 kids each in 2001. (More, if you add Zayne and Zain.) If you up the threshold to 50 kids, there's Tavares, Tywan, Zamir, or if you don't mind the baggage, Traveon. As you go up the list, there are fewer and fewer names given to exactly X number of kids, but looking in the "about 100 babies with this name in 2001" vicinity, there's Varun, Yaakov, Favian, Tavian, Javin, Javan, Jabez, Hezekiah, Zaire, Enzo, or the more normal-sounding Devlin, Eliezer/Eliazar, Maxim, Paxton, Vince, Zack, Zeke.

October 10, 2017 10:42 PM

Also, I wasn't cherry-picking anything...

October 10, 2017 02:06 PM

Yeah, none of those are actually feminine names that have subsequently become masculine names - rather, the other way around, with some holdouts still using them for boys. (Ashley and Meredith are a couple more examples of the phenomenon.)

And none of this contradicts, or even addresses, the real objection I have to masculine names on girls, namely the attitude that it's perfectly OK if your name says you're a boy and you turn out to be a girl, but Lord have mercy on you if it happens the other way around. It's the underlying subconcious bias I'm objecting to, the one that makes "effeminate" be a bad thing but "manly" a good thing.

October 6, 2017 01:51 PM
In Response to Name Anastasia

I actually liked Twilight. As in, straight-up liked, not "liked it for how bad it is" or anything. 50 Shades, on the other hand, I couldn't force myself to read - I waded through the first chapter, and said that's enough "I" to last me a lifetime. Someone needs to tell fledgling authors that first-person POV is actually Really Hard to write, and they should choose any POV other than first-person.

October 5, 2017 08:22 AM

For me, Cordelia is 99.5% Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan. Definitely no sad ending there. :D (The other half of a percent is divided between "I think there's a character by this name in one of those Shakespeare tragedies that I've never read" and "I'm told this name comes up in Anne of Green Gables, but I've read Anne and don't remember meeting a Cordelia".)

October 4, 2017 11:42 PM

It's not so much crazy as misogynistic. ("It's OK to be mistaken for a boy, because boys are better.")

I have a new rule: would you name your son Faith? No? How about Megan? Two syllables, ends in N? Still no? Then you're not allowed to name your daughter Florien. Or Charlie. Or Wyatt. Or James.

That all said, Florien only appears in the SSA name stats in a single year, 1920; while Floriene, its feminine version, was frequent enough to be listed in a couple dozen years (1914-1930, 1933-1935, 1943, 1946).

September 28, 2017 01:00 PM

RosieMac, the "fitz implies illegitimacy" thing is a zombie myth that keeps popping up over the centuries, but it has never actually been true. 

September 28, 2017 09:18 AM

@Nancy Kay and @ivymae, the thing is, this isn't a case of Ms. Cardoza's opinion vs. Miriam's opinion: Ms. Cardoza is stating things as fact which are not actually true. And she keeps doing it, even after her errors are repeatedly pointed out.

I mean, if you want to get your news from The Onion and National Enquirer, it's a free country and you can screw with yourself however you want (to use one of my mother's favorite expressions), but if I'm reading the New York Times, or even my hometown newspaper, I expect real news, not made-up stories. Same here: if you want to get your name "meanings" from some random "1,000,000 Wonderful Unique Baby Names" website, it's your kid, but people who come to Baby Name Wizard expect to read insightful and accurate name commentary. This is why we appreciate it when Miriam points out the inaccuracies, and why we're increasingly disappointed that Ms. Cardoza doesn't seem to be able to learn from her mistakes.

September 8, 2017 01:30 PM

I wonder whether "lots of people have the same name" is her interpretation/translation of the multiple-generations thing.

August 30, 2017 12:23 AM

Dunno how relevant this is, but (1) I only ever found a keychain with my name on it at Disneyland, and (2) it's still holding my keys, 30+ years later. The black enamel has almost completely worn off of Mickey's ears, but the "Martha" across the bottom is still perfectly readable.

August 29, 2017 04:51 PM

Congratulations! Lovely names that both have even lovelier inspirations.

August 28, 2017 03:33 PM
In Response to Harvey

We just hired a new person by the name of Harvey a couple of weeks ago. It was... odd to hear the name of the hurricane.

(Like me - a Martha born in the early 70s -, he's a generation too young to have his name; I haven't asked, but I'm assuming it's a family heirloom.)

August 25, 2017 09:28 PM
In Response to Baby 5.0

I think you might be making the mistake I did the first time I read it, which was to read the "unusable" in the first sentence as "usable". 

In any case, read it again: there's nothing intolerant about it.

August 21, 2017 01:31 PM
In Response to Baby 5.0

Yara might be taken as a Game of Thrones reference, so it's something to be aware of. (The character in question is definitely a bad-ass, but is not thereby a 100% positive association. Her fate is also currently uncertain.)

August 18, 2017 05:01 PM

I love your pairings, especially Octavian and Marius.

August 18, 2017 04:59 PM

I plugged Iris, Ione, and Simone into the name matchmaker, and some of the more intriguing choices it came up with were Ruby and Celia. Don't know if *more* name possibilities are what you need right now... :)

August 18, 2017 08:40 AM

Um, no. Just, no. Please. I beg you.

I'm a twin. While it's wonderful to have a built-in best friend for life, one who understands you as no one else ever can or will, it's also a delicate balancing act between trying to be an individual while at the same time being one of a pair. A HUGE part of the "being an individual" thing is your name, because it's something you don't share with your twin. Heck, as a kid, it's probably the ONLY thing you don't share with your twin. (Birthday? Yup. Room? Check. Toys? Of course. Clothes? Yep. Germs? Heck yeah...)

But if the names differ only by a single letter in the middle, then there's really no individuality possible - your boys will either grow up hating each other as a reaction to your forcing them into the same box like this (a cruel thing to do to twins), or will grow up dependent on each other, unable to function as individual adults (also a cruel thing to do to twins, or anyone).

I find myself hoping that this is not a real question, i.e. you're not actually expecting, twins or otherwise. But in case you are, I really can't put it strongly enough: Don't Do This.

August 17, 2017 03:48 PM
In Response to Wesley or Isaac?

As Laura's recent blog post pointed out, not a single boy's name last year hit the 1% mark: even the most popular, top-10 names were given to less than 1% of the boys born last year. So in terms of what we used to know of as popularity - i.e. looking at a group of boys and being able to guess the names of a third of them - there simply are no popular names anymore. If you happen to live in an Isaac pocket, your son might still end up having to use an initial or nickname to differentiate, but (1) that's almost impossible to predict, and (2) it's not the end of the world. :)

I see a little bit of tongue-twistyness with Wesley and your last name, so I'd probably upvote Isaac for you, but you might still consider taking both names to the hospital and seeing which fits the little guy better once he's here.

August 17, 2017 10:46 AM

I'm with nedibes on this: it has to be a name that was perfectly innocuous when the kid was born, else why didn't Mom nix it from the outset? So I'd bet money that it can't possibly be Adolph. But I also don't know enough (read: anything at all) about recent British scandals, so I can't come up with a name that it could be.

August 17, 2017 09:00 AM
In Response to Middle name for Veda?

Given the age of this thread, the child in question is around 6 months old by now, so suggesting middle names at this point is rather... pointless.