Opinions on the name Bobbalyn

I'm having a baby girl and am thinking of naming her Bobbalyn. Thoughts or opinions?


June 14, 2015 3:33 AM

Honestly, I don't have a positive opinion of that name at all. Here are my thoughts:

1) I hope that's a namesake of some kind.

2) There must be a better way to honor the person you're trying to honor.

3) Reminds me of Babba-Lou from I love Lucy 

4) Like "bobbling" 

June 17, 2015 4:37 PM

I don't like it. For all the reasons listed above.


It truly sounds like a child sounding out a name incorrectly. 


Hope you can find a name you love equally that will receive a more positive response to!

By Fly
June 14, 2015 7:41 AM

To me, it looks like a modern feminine version of Robert.  I don't really like it that much.

If I was looking for a feminine version I would probably go to something like Robin (or Robyn, or Robynne, or Robina).

If the -lyn is also to honour someone I might even do a first-middle combo, e.g. 'Robin Lynette'.

June 14, 2015 7:51 AM

"Bobbalyn" is not to my taste. It sounds too much like "Bobble," yes, and "Gobble" "Hobble" "Bubble," ""Bumpkin," Goblin," etc...  Words with those sounds that come to mind don't have the most serious and elegant meanings, you know? And because it's not a familiar name, all I hear is the sounds -- there is no positive association of people I've known with that name.

If the goal is to get the nickname "Bobbi," then I think  it is usually short for "Barbara" or "Roberta" or else just given as a name on its own.

I think it could also work for "Robin," which I like a lot.

June 14, 2015 11:56 AM

My first reaction was to start singing Babalu from the I Love Lucy show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZKVJHrlmkA

Honestly, I can't say that I'm a fan.  I'm not generally a fan of mash-ups to begin with.  This one particularly seems like it could be hard to take seriously on an adult. 

Are you looking at Bobbalyn as an honor name for more than one person perhaps?  I could totally get on board with something like Roberta Lynn (perhaps with Bobbalyn as a family nickname).  Robin Lynn could also work. If you are willing to go a bit further afield, perhaps Rosalind or something like Belinda?

June 14, 2015 1:26 PM

Roberta Lynn rang a bell, albeit a bit faintly.  So I googled it, and, sure enough, Roberta Lynn (also spelled Linn) was a performer on the Lawrence Welk show.  Yet another demonstration that I'm no spring chicken....

June 14, 2015 2:43 PM

I'm afraid it sounds much too like, "Bobbling," as in bobbling the ball, or what a bobble head does. I don't even know if I'm spelling that right, but it's definitely what I get. 

I also know of small children who call their grandparents things like, "Bobba," or, "Bo-bo," and it also reminds me a bit of an infant saying, "Ba ba," 

I'm sorry if this is all too negative. There are some very clever posters on this site who could help you think of something if you are looking to honor a relative. Or if you just like the sound, we could suggest some similar sounding names with fewer problems. 


June 14, 2015 4:40 PM

I'm surprised I'm the first to mention that Bobba sounds rather close to Boba, as in Mr. Fett of "Star Wars" fame. It also sounds like Bobbie Lynn, which sounds 110% Southern, like a girl born to a Robert who wanted a Robert Jr.

What attracted you to the name? Is there a Robert(a) namesake involved? We would be honored to help you find other options that fit any criteria you might have,

June 14, 2015 5:16 PM

Please don't. Please, please, please don't do that.

June 14, 2015 5:28 PM

This name is definitely not my taste. It sounds very made up and not in a good way. It just doesnt have anything going for it.

June 14, 2015 11:58 PM

Well, if you want to, no one can stop you. But I'm certainly not fone of the name, and your daughter would probably hate it.

June 15, 2015 1:07 AM

I tend to agree with other posters that I wouldn't endorse it as a name for the birth certificate, though I can see the appeal of the sound. Spoken, it's very cheery and retro - I can appreciate the rockabilly charm of a double name a la Peggy Sue. I think my primary issue is that something about the Bobba part in particular looks wrong - Bobbilyn looks better, Bobbi-Lynn or Bobbi Lynn even more so. Even so, I'd still strongly advocate for Roberta Lynn nicknamed Bobbilynn, since it's a name that could give much more flexibility to grow and adapt to the wearer.

One of my kids has a name from the Robert family -- it's so fusty that I feel like it's starting to be fresh again. While Roberta is I think another step in the more outmoded direction, I think Roberta, nicknamed Bobbi, would be a choice that people in more cutting edge hipstery naming pockets could start to appreciate again.

June 15, 2015 9:19 AM

When my sister asked me just now whether I'd seen this thread, my first reaction was puzzlement: why was she asking me about a Southern-sounding pronunciation of "bobbling"? My second reaction, upon actually reading the thread, was (and I quote) "Oh, good lord!"

Spelling it Bobbie-Lynn wouldn't be much better; even in today's diverse naming landscape, that has *got* to be fodder for epic teasing. As everyone else has said: please don't do this to a child. If you find yourself in a bind, wanting to honor multiple people whose names just don't combine well (and "Bobbalyn" is pretty much the definition of "names that don't combine well"), please post with the details, and we'll see what we can come up with.

By JayF
June 15, 2015 11:35 AM

Incidentally, when one googles Bobbalyn, a girl who posts on Twitter as bobbalyn comes up. Her name is Bobbie. And, there is apparently a band called Bobbalin' Hot. 

So, I think the idea of keeping it a family nickname might be cute. If you love it, you can make anything work, but if you imagine her applying for jobs one day, or spelling her name over the phone, it is something to consider. I use a diaresis in my daughter's first name and it causes no end of irritation because I want people to use it, but few do. Imagine all the possible variations of corrections for spelling and pronunciation she may get.

Also, I keep thinking of Lorena Bobbitt, and I don't know why.

Although, a cute name with literary elements could be Babbitt Lynn. And Babbalyn would be a cute nickname, albeit maybe a different pronunciation and nowhere near the family name (possibly) that you intend to honor.


By Fly
June 15, 2015 1:02 PM

I didn't make the connection until I read it as 'Babbalyn', but it now reminds me of Babylon... which in turn reminds me of the song 'Rivers of Babylon' by Boney M.  I like the song, but its a bit random.

Babbitt immediately makes me think of "Babbitty Rabbitty" from the Harry Potter books (the wizarding children's story in the book which also explains the Deathly Hallows..)

June 16, 2015 1:26 AM

I'm afraid I also dislike it. I fear it would get misheard as "Bubba Lynne" and I don't think any girl wants the nickname Bubba. It's also just not very pretty sounding, which, to me anyway, should be a main draw for created names.

I'm sorry you've gotten such a uniformly negative response, but I think you should really consider that, if you do end up choosing it, very few people will like it.

By mk
June 16, 2015 5:46 PM

Bobbie can be a nickname for Barbara as well. Barbara Lynn, nicknamed Bobbie-Lynn (which I think is cute)?

I also like Robina

June 16, 2015 6:24 PM

I join you in finding Bobbie-Lynn a cute nickname, and Barbara is another great suggestion for a more dignified birth certificate option.