Invent a name, preschooler-style

My five-year-old daughter has lately decided that anything can be a (feminine) name if you add an -a at the end. I sewed a pink felt unicorn for her, which she promptly named Horna. (Yeah.) Her grandma got her a new doll, and at first she wanted to call it Flowera. It took her less than a day to figure out that that's just too hard to say, so now the doll is Bella. This is not short for Isabella or Arabella or anything else suggested by adults, it is bell+a.

My darling daughter is too sexist to come up with a masculine version of her naming scheme -- nothing worth naming is male, except Daddy and the one male cat, and they each already have multiple names. (I'm not sure there _is_ a pattern of male naming in evidence in her world; only a few of her classmates have two-syllables-ends-in-n names, for example.)

So, a two-part game: (1) Name your newest acquisition using the "tack an -a on the end" scheme. (2) What's her (or its) brother's name going to be? (This should be your second-newest acquisition.)

An example to start: the new tea caddy my mother brought from Hungary is henceforth to be called Caddia. Her brother the matching spoon rest shall be Spooner.


October 9, 2015 5:00 AM

Ha, fun! I made a recent trip to ikea where I bought a table and a duvet. I'll call them Tabla and Duven.

October 11, 2015 1:35 PM

Lampa, Floora (haha), Windowa (win-DOE-ah)

Treedyn, Couchen, Cameran :)

October 14, 2015 3:27 PM

Okay so I've just had Christmas girl triplets called:

Tinsela, Baubla and Wreatha


They join their brothers:

Springyn and Summeryn


... and their sister:


October 19, 2015 12:47 PM

Jacketa (ja-KEH-ta) and Sandalso (san-DAHL-so).

This reminds me of my little sister. Growing up her soft toys were named Horsey, Rabbity, Catty, Hippoey etc. All the male toys were christened Bob. 

October 20, 2015 4:06 PM

Crato, the new crate I got for my dog, and Cuppa, a plastic cup scavenged from my company's swag closet.

January 17, 2016 6:44 PM

I now have a bookbag named "Booka"

Her brother is a photograph of the sea called "Fathom"


January 18, 2016 8:43 PM

A rice steamer - Steama (the stripper mame of small appliances) and her brother Kettler, an electric kettle.

January 24, 2016 7:21 PM




January 26, 2016 4:46 PM

Hah, just saw this. I've been nesting, so my daughter is little Wainscota. Her older brother would be Bluddo, my blood sugar monitor.

My kids' naming pattern was very literal--we had a cat named Mao-Mao (because mao, like the Chairman, was the twins' approximation of meow) and a number of stuffed dogs: Woo-Woo, Little Woo-Woo, Big Woo-Woo, Grandpa Woo-Woo, Blue-Woo, etc. (because woo was my youngest's approximation of woof). On that pattern, Wainscota and Bludda also have an oldest, ungendered sibling smartphone, Wing-Wing.

ETA that I think a lot of the names above are surprisingly wearable. I especially like Wreatha (I would pronounce it with three syllables) and Sandalso, but I can also picture a little Tabla, Treedyn, Crato, etc.