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We know a 50-ish mom named Krystle (that spelling) with a 10 yr old daughter named Sharon. I reverse their names constantly!
Our school district's new (and FABULOUS) superintendant is named Cyndi... she is in her late 50s.
Prairie Dawn- I'm with you on the double names. I know a Roger Rogers, Matthew (Matt) Matthews, and William (Bill) Williamson. Seriously folks.
Prairie Dawn- my gf has a daughter named DeHavelyn. My friend's sister was named after Olivia DeHaviland (not sure on her spelling) but didn't have children, so my gf wanted to honor her. I've always thought it was adorable, but then it's the time of name that is right up my alley.
Mirnada- I love Verity Grey, and Verity Cate. Doesn't remind me of Paddy at all! Beautiful name.
I too was searching and searching for the octuplet's names. They are not too far from me so are in the news constantly. I find the names too similar for a sibling set for my taste, but each on their own is ok. I like McCai/Mikai best, but it does bother me that it's so much different than the others. I'm also dying to find out what the other kids' names are.
Oh My I LOVE Somerset! That name has never been on my radar, but it certainly is now. Nice choice!
Anna @ #101- had our 3rd child been a boy, we would have named him Jack Thomas. Our other boys are Eric Steven and Kevin Louis. The other boy name we wanted to consider, but couldn't b/c we have a cousin and a nephew with the name, was Scott.
Bionic Woman- my first-place vote goes for Fiona Lindsay, but I also like June Lindsay. How is Anolia pronounced? uh NO lee uh? aa no LEE uh? It's an interesting name, and growing on me.
Anolia June, Anolia Mae
Anolia Lindsay, Anolia Rosalind
My .02.... what needs to be left out of this discussion is not theories or trends in red vs. blue, liberal vs. conservative, or younger vs. older groups... it's the idea put forth a few comments ago that choosing some names indicates "good taste" and choosing others does not.
I really like the names August, Augustus, and Augusta. A friend and fellow NE met a little girl named Rowen Augusta Claire LN, and I have just loved that combination since then.
I also know a September, aged in her mid/later 50s, but I don't know when her birthday is. She goes by "Timby". She works in a school office, and at one point the women in there were named Timby (September), Yolie (Yolanda), and Dodie (Dorothy).
Andrew and Justin
Jacob and Joshua
Michael and Christopher
I don't notice as much with girls.
regarding Virtue names, I know a young woman named Proud. Her family is Thai-American, and she is one of the sweetest, smartest, most wonderful people I've met. She went through dh's middle and high school band programs, grad from a prestigious West Coast univ. with dual degrees in Psych and Econ, and is in a prestigious East Coast law school. It's made me love her name.
NAR- Alice was my grandmother's name, and it would fit in very nicely where I live. I don't expect it will spike due to Twilight, but like others have said, it may rise just due to the popularity now of "older" names.
Names in the paper today- 2 girls, aged 10...
Symph0nie and EmyIse
Any thoughts on how to say the 2nd one? I can't come up with anything attractive.
btw, I know 2 Charlottes. One is almost 20, one is 7 or 8. Love the name. Neither girl goes by a nn. Their sibs are Jacqueline and Madeleine, and Cathleen (Cathy) and Christopher (Chris).
Jessica- the only Brooks I've met IRL is a girl, and so the name seems very feminine to me. I love it for a girl, and think it can still work for a boy.
Eo- my friend has a granddaughter named Patsy- given name. She is about 5 or so now, and lives in Kansas.
Argh, I had a long reply to Sara Ann and I made it disappear. @@
Short version- living where I live, in a metropolitan area with diverse cultures and MANY MANY MANY different names in every small group of childre, Gevreth wouldn't blip a single radar around here. Some of my son's best friends are named Adarsh, Dipti, Nischit, Moon, YounSee. btw, I hope I'm saying Gevreth correctly, soft /g/ and short /e/ sounds. :)
I read that article this morning and had many thoughts about it too. I agree that that line is hard to define, b/c what's uber-bad in some areas isn't going to blip anyone's radar in other areas. For example, the Hispanic name Jesus, as we talked about a few weeks (?) ago. Out here in chilly SoCal, nobody is going to glance at it, but other people might/will find it offensive and think it shouldn't be used.
What I really think is the worst part about the story Laura referenced is that *obviously* the parents did this for attention only. Otherwise, why would they continue to go back to that particular store, which had turned them down before, request their son's WHOLE NAME on a b-day cake (when else have you seen that?), and then run to the media when it gets denied. That's worse than just using the name, to me.
to Jennmo- all the boy names you listed are in the "very saturated" section around me... not sure if that matters to you or not. Dylan, Ryan, Jacob, and Zachary just don't seem to be letting up at all. That being said, I think Zachary Glaser sounds really good, as does Matthew- one of my favorites.
Got a Christmas card from my aunt, she has a great-granddaughter born last week named... wait for it... Miley! And awaaaaay we go.
My friend named her daughter this last year, Adeline Grace. I think it's adorable.
At a preschool last week, saw these names in the 3 1/2-4 yr old room:
Zipporah, Joy, Kennedy (g), Jerni (g), Tiffany, Emily, Thomas, Christine, Caleb, Annie, Alyson, Anthony, Natalie, Edwin, Jake (twin), Josh (twin), Kyle, Marcos, Alex (b), Al@una (said uh LAW nuh), Nathaniel, Noah, Christopher, Kayl@ena (don't know how it's said, she was absent).
Wow... lots to comment on!
Kathryn- my suggestions for you and dh would be:
Amandine (french, starts with A, lots of nns)
Georgia (Gia, Geo, Georgie)
Arizona (Ari, Rizzo, Zona)
Indiana (Indy, Ana)
(in going with the states theme, although Georgia would have been a suggestion anyway).
Megan- I don't put Myla with Miley, but I think others would. I love Ruby Jane (have a cousin w/that name) and Stella Jane. Also would suggest Skyla (fits more with Myla than with Ruby to me)
Louise- I've now crossed Charlotte and Allegra off (boo hoo), how about Alia (AH lee uh or uh LEE uh) or Aria (AHR ee uh)? For a boy, I love Henry Jacob.
Jessica- for your friends: Eric, Garrett, Kent, Derek.
Met a little girl named Zipporah last week. AFAIK, she goes by her full name (3 yrs, met her at a preschool).