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Mommy to Sebastian (Bas), Phoebe (Birdie) and Bruno (Boo). Incorrigible name enthusiast.

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November 20, 2018 04:01 AM
In Response to Names with 'B'

My husband actually really likes Bridget, but for me, it's a bit meh. I'll put it on my list to see if I warm up to it, there's nothing wrong with it as a name and I like the connection to Ireland and the Irish goddess Brigid. I particularly love Isabelle, but we have an Isabella in the family and we see her very often...

November 20, 2018 03:58 AM
In Response to Names with 'B'

Julia and Julianna are gorgeous names and you're all lucky to have them in the family! I'm actually warming more and more to the thought of naming her Beatrix, but to be honest, Trixie is not my favorite nickname and we're a family that's big on nicknames. I'm just put off by the "trick" sound in it and the Tricksy sound reminds me of the word trickster...

November 18, 2018 07:57 PM
In Response to Names with 'B'

Oh, I really do love Gilbert! It had weirdly escaped me altogether! Hmm, Blythe isn't much to my taste, sounds too lispy and Bronwen sounds rather harsh in sound. Gosh, I'm picky...

March 15, 2016 05:12 AM

I've only ever heard of one Anoushka, the sitar player daughter of Ravi Shankar, who is also sister of Norah Jones. I may be in the minority here, but I actually think it's a beautiful and exotic name. It sort of reminds me of the French version of Anne, Anouk. Could that work for you?

You said you wanted to go obviously Russian, so I wouldn't be afraid to use the Russian clichés: Anya, Olga, Irina, Nina, Valeriya/Valeria, Konstantina, Valentina, Anastasia, Xenia... 

With Dorothy, I would go with a more liquid name, the type I call Ballerina names: Iliana, Yuliana, Liliana, Tatiana, Nina, Lilia/Liliya, Polina, Yuna, Eva/Yeva...

There are also some names from Russian literature I like: Arkadina (Chekhov) and Marina (poet Tsvetaeva).

March 14, 2016 08:48 AM
In Response to Gabriel

Gabriel is a wonderful name! Really handsome. Gabe is the go to nickname, but maybe you could come up with something else? I recently learned of Gabo and Gabor as international variations of Gabriel. The first is a nickname for it and the second I think is Hungarian... Our Hungarian sisters here on the site will be able to better confirm.

I still do love Peter and if your son seems to be happy with it, I don't see why you shouldn't use it.

March 14, 2016 08:39 AM
In Response to Kade?

For girls I like Hadley quite a lot and perhaps to get to the pronunciation you prefer, Halle, as in the actress Halle Berry. 

Suggestions: Romilly, Romy, Remy (for a boy or a girl), Sage, Harper (love this one as to me it is musical), Evelyn, Vivian, Juno, Juniper, June, Robin, Petra, Carole, Willa, Michaela, Maxine, Annika, Maxima and Astrid. For a more musical vibe: Billie (Holiday), Nina, Simone, Peggy (Lee), Lorraine (I love the Sweet Lorraine song) and Doris (Day).

For boys: Marvin, Corin, Wyatt, Wylie, Leon, Desmond, Fitz, Bruno, Hugh, Hugo , Vaughn, Duke, Ellington, Louis and Dorian.

From your list I love Elias, Cole (as in Cole Porter), Max and surprisingly Cash, because it reminds me of Johnny Cash. I just don't like that it's a word for money... would be a little too much... So only for a middle. I love Peter, but if you dislike Pete, better save it for the middle spot.

March 13, 2016 07:27 PM

Sylvie is a great option for you as it contains similar sounds to Everly and Evie. I also suggest Mariah, Ruby, Elise, Elaine, Verity nn Vera, Adele, Lucy, Eloise, Juno, Ellis, Mavis, Maeve, Moira, Margot, Elinor, Cassidy, Billie, Jessamine, Livia, Ivana, Ivalo (EE-vah-loo), Lovisa (Loo-vee-sa), Elowen, Marine, Marina, Valerie, Violet, Viola, Harriet, Adelaide, Morgan/a, Willa, Thea, Octavia, Maura and Lucille.

March 13, 2016 07:11 PM

Favorites: Cleo and Ray

I also second the suggestions of Maeve and Mavis for you, those are complete winners! I also love Avis, Aviva, Juno, Zelda, Daisy, Oona, Cora, Iris, Nova, Phoebe (my daughter's name) and Lovisa (Loo-vee-sa) for you.

For boys: Alonso/Alonzo, Alphonse, Ambrose, Ulysses, Achilles, Marvin, Corin, Bruno, Leon and Oscar.


I vote Beatrice! I'm a Beatrice myself, so, highly impartial to that.

 I've always gone by Bibi, but mostly by Bea. I have learned with age and becoming a name enthusiast, to love the name I was given. No name is perfect and as a kid I remember wondering why I didn't have a "normal" name like Jennifer or Melissa, ha! 

I think I love Beatrice most because of the meanings attributed to it: Voyager through the Latin Viatrix (I have always traveled a lot and lived abroad, so very fitting) and Bringer of happiness or joy... Which I think the birth of a child really does bring.

I also love the comments and praises I get for my name...(imagine me flipping my hair proudly and happily).

Whichever name you choose, however, I wish you all of the best!

March 12, 2016 06:57 AM

Elsa Charlotte Winter

Elena Charlotte Winter

Eva Charlotte Winter

Eliza Charlotte Winter

Eira Charlotte Winter

Oona Charlotte Winter

Luna Charlotte Winter

Ada Charlotte Winter

Avis Charlotte Winter

Olympia Charlotte Winter

Agnes Charlotte Winter

Lyra Charlotte Winter

Emilia Charlotte Winter


March 12, 2016 06:52 AM
In Response to She's here!

Thanks once again everyone, for the good-wishes and praises. Our Birdie is as lovely and tiny as Birdie could possibly be!

February 22, 2016 09:23 AM
In Response to Peter or John

I really love Peter. I love the literary associations, the sound, the nn Pete/Petey and I find it to be a perfect fit. Somehow it just doesn't feel like a super common name, whereas John and Jonathan... those are everywhere.

I love the previous poster's idea of choosing the name according to the birthday being an odd or even number. I also don't see why a Peter couldn't have middle names Gregory or Elias.

February 8, 2016 05:51 PM
In Response to H@dwen?

I think H@dwen is pretty cool as a name in the same sort of vibe as Hedwig, Winifred, Olga, Gretel, Alfred, Wilfred, Oscar and Hilda, even if these names are from completely different backgrounds. 

H@dwin is different and obscure, but the spelling in my opinion is quite straightforward. I would consider changing the spelling into H@dwin, because then you could use the mnemonic Baldwin if anyone asked... Makes things a lot easier.

 I also strongly suggest you not take the "y" route because it makes the name look trendy and lose some of the charm. I also think that in an English speaking context, your grandpa's name could even be given to a girl with the adorable nicknames Hattie, Win (adorable for boy and girl alike) and Winnie. I think it rather fits in with popular names with the similar sound and surname vibe, Emerson, Addison, Madelyn, Hadley...

You have a great name to work with!

February 8, 2016 11:14 AM
In Response to Lucille

Babsie, I think Lucille is a lovely name that seems to fit perfectly with what you like in names. I think that Cece is a perfectly plausible nickname for Lucille, but also offers others that she can choose from when older--Lulu, Luce, Lucy...

Also, the fact that Lucille is a family name makes it even more special and I really do think you've hit the jackpot!

February 8, 2016 09:14 AM
In Response to Which parent to honor?

^This! I say go for Olga and Irene/Irena. You're the mother, you decide!

February 8, 2016 09:09 AM
In Response to Remedios

About the character  Remedios from 100 Years of Solitude: she was a child who was handed in marriage at about 11 or 12 Years of age to a much older man, Aureliano Buendia. Yes, she was beautiful, but child marriage isn't the best of associations, especially when Remedios died in childbirth, being a doll-playing child herself.

But yeah, Remedios Varo was an extraordinary artist, right up there with Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington for me.

February 7, 2016 01:46 PM
In Response to Remedios

Remedios is one of the many Marian names used especially in Catholic Latin-American countries, that usually follow the name Maria on the birth certificate, but in most cases, the ladies with these types of names go by the title in everyday life: Remedios, Dolores, Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, Carmen...

Many of these names sound ultra-feminine and attractive in a foreign context, but in the Latin-American countries they are too tied to religion (you don't know if your kid will be religious or even an atheist) and to specific generations. The women who bare these names are usually 40+ but most are in their 50's and up. Basically these are grandmother names that to the younger generations are unappealing.

The reason I say this is because my partner and I discussed these names thoroughly when searching for a suitable Saint/Catholic name for our daughter. I actually liked Lourdes and Dolores with nickname Lola, but he fought against them vehemently.

Remedios is a nice name, could even go by nickname Remy, but I'm not really into the word meaning: remedy or medicine.

February 3, 2016 04:42 AM

I loved the suggestion of Alice for you. Other names: Eliza, Caro, Vivian, Louisa, Eloise, Margot, Evelyn, Violeta, Esther, Stella, Beatrice, Rosalie, Rose, Lillian, Avis and Maeve.

February 2, 2016 05:18 PM
In Response to J Names

Julian is my favorite for a boy, followed by James, Jasper and Jude.

January 31, 2016 06:22 PM
In Response to Ulysses?

Ulysses is a very handsome but well recognizable name straight out of Homer. I would love to meet a little boy with this name. Ulysses is just another name for Odysseus, protagonist of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. Nevermind that the man could be flawed, Penelope's husband was still pretty awesome.