Preschool Class

My son starts preschool on Tuesday (gulp!) and is in a class of 8. He's in the 2-year-old class, so all the kids in the class with him are 2 years old right now. Yesterday morning we had a mini open house where we got to go and meet his two teachers and the other kids in his class. One child didn't show up, but here are the names of the other kids!

Eial - I didn't hear his mother say his name and, honestly, have no idea how to pronounce it.
Lincoln - my son

Afton - I've never heard this in person and definitely not on a girl, so I was pretty surprised by this one.

I wish I could remember the other name up on the wall, but I was so distracted with the whole "my baby is starting school" that I couldn't fully focus on names. =) Give me a couple of weeks and I should have all their names down.


September 6, 2013 11:15 AM

I know an Afton and an Aphton, both are girls. :-) They're in their 20's though. Something about a song? Maybe I found it?

I must admit, I'm excited to see a Jamison. I do so dearly love that name.

September 6, 2013 11:50 AM

I wonder if Eial is a variation on Eyal, a relatively common Hebrew name, said "a (like the letter)-AL"

September 6, 2013 11:55 AM

There is an Afton Mountain in Virginia. Perhaps she's named after the mountain?

My son also started preschool this week. He only has two girls in his class. They are named Cleo and Evie. The boys are Ford, Trey, Marty, Nathaniel, Aiden, William, Henry, and Alex (my son). With the exception of Ford, Marty, and Cleo, and pretty boring lot (I suspect Trey is a nickname because he's the third). When naming my own kids, I like boring, but when I see lists of names, I appreciate the daring ones!

September 6, 2013 2:51 PM

My two sons began preschool this week, and I was very interested in the names.  Personally, I prefer more traditional names and feel like they are a breath of fresh air amongst the other more creative ones.  But I do like the variety of names that the more daring ones bring to the mix!  Here are the two lists combined:











Piper (with baby sister Sailor sp?)

Fallon (have others heard of this as a girls name?)





I guess looking back over the names, they all seem right in line with the trends.  I was particularly intrigued by the names Sailor and Fallon for girls.  Definitely not my taste.  But wondered if others had heard of those.


September 6, 2013 11:04 PM

Christie Brinkley had a daughter named Sailor in 1998, I think that kind of put that name on the map.

Fallon was the name of a character on Dynasty in the 1980s. 

September 7, 2013 8:38 AM

Yup, I know a female Fallon born around 1986, and she was almost certainly named after the Dynasty character.

September 8, 2013 11:07 AM

That would make sense, actually. We're in Virginia. It's SAD that I don't know that there's a mountain with that name here. LOL.  

September 8, 2013 11:44 AM

It's near Charlottesville in a very pretty area. Go visit!

September 10, 2013 12:46 PM

We might have to! We're in Northern VA, so that might be a fun weekend trip to do! Thanks for the tip!

September 6, 2013 2:51 PM

We had the "meet the teachers" day today for our daughter's preschool. I knew there was no hope of my remembering any names in person, but luckily among the reams of paper is a snack schedule with all 11 names -- although I don't know the genders on some of them:

Cassidy, Jacob, Nadja, Lana, Foster, Julianna (ours), Kean, Elliot, Caleb, Brendan, Emalee.

(The event today was in multiple groups, so I haven't met most of the kids yet. I can report that Caleb and Brendan are boys, as expected [whew!], but Elliot was a no-show, so no idea there yet. I'm devoutly hoping he's a boy...) These are all 3-year-olds. I guess Kean is the least boring of the bunch, mostly because I'm not sure how to pronounce it (keen?) or what gender of child it attaches to. My guess is Cassidy is probably a girl; it'd be more interesting on a boy. Foster is probably a boy, poor kid (sorry, it's a surname, not a given name!), and I find myself making unfortunate judgements about Emalee's parents' levels of maturity and education (or lack thereof).

September 6, 2013 2:58 PM

Julianna stands out to me as the loveliest name on the list :)

September 6, 2013 3:33 PM

I'm devoutly hoping that Nadja is pronounced the same as Nadia (and wondering why they had to misspell it).

Is Emalee an attempt to be kre8iv with Emily, or is it actually a misspelling, ahem, sorry, variant of Emmalee?

September 6, 2013 6:54 PM

Nadja is not misspelled.  Depending on the language, the spellings/transliterations are Nadia, Nadya, and Nadja.  So Nadja may well be the spelling used in her particular family background.  There is, for example, the violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

By EVie
September 6, 2013 7:10 PM

I think that the -ja spelling is the German variant, no? Similarly, Sonja and Katja—all Russian diminutives, just transliterated differently in German.

September 6, 2013 8:54 PM

German and Slovenian

September 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Which names are ambiguous here? it Elliot that you mean? 

September 17, 2013 11:27 PM

An update: as expected, Jacob, Foster, Kean, Caleb, and Brendan are boys, and Cassidy, Nadja, Lana, and Emalee (and of course Julianna) are girls. I still haven't met Elliot, nor have I seen a backpack or coat on the coathook (they each have their own, labeled).

Nadja is /nod-ya/ or sometimes /nah-dee-ya/; Mom indicated that they got the name from (or in honor of) their mixed Slavic roots. She originally mostly used the three-syllable pronunciation, but her child prefers the two-syllable version.

I asked Kean's mother how to pronounce his name, and she said "keen, kay-ee-ay-en". It's as if the spelling has become part of his name -- fair warning to anyone considering an unusual name with a non-obvious spelling.

Lana is /lah-nah/ (identical to /lawn-uh/ in my dialect, but I understand that this can vary greatly).

Emalee's parents look very young. (Or rather, they make me feel very old.)

September 18, 2013 4:56 PM

And an update to the update: they've taken Elliot's nametag down in the hallway with the coathooks. Now we'll never know the gender, drat!

But all the other parents were automatically using a masculine pronoun when discussing the absent nametag, so maybe I was worried over nothing...

November 22, 2013 2:33 PM

Well I don't have any children in nursery but these are the children that go to the nursery near me:















Interesting to compare I think!


December 22, 2013 11:40 PM

My son's 3 year old class:

Boys: Joseph, Brody, Timothy, Alex, Ian (my son), Jacob, Zachary

Girls: Emma, Chloe, Camelia (her dad called her Cami at the holiday party)


January 8, 2014 4:24 PM

Don't have a toddler in school, but these are the names of the kids I know age 4 and under:


Gilliam (nn Gilly), Lucas, Ethan, Nicholas, Carson (nn CJ), Blaise, Nathaniel, John, Cyrus, John Paul (nn Johnny).


Anna, Kaylee, Abigail, Veronica, Savannah, Genevieve (nn Genna), Alice, Talia, Philomena.