So many new babies born in the last 4 days with my friends on FB!!!

H@dley Mae

H@iley Joelle (big brother She@)

3dith Margaret

Li@m (older sisters Ril3y and Li1y)

C0le Jefferson

Is@iah John



July 5, 2012 8:37 PM

some lovely names there.

I'm not normally a fan of surnamey type names but Hadley M@e is nice. I also like Ed!th Margaret.


Li@m,  Riley and Lily seem like they go together well.  All very popular in my parts.

July 5, 2012 10:01 PM

Those names are all on trend, aren't they? Except Edith, which I think is going to shoot up soon. I haven't heard of a boy named Shea before.

The new babies in my circle include Josephine, Rachel, and Evelyn--also very much of the moment.

July 30, 2012 9:15 PM

I went to school with a boy named Shea. That's been around for decades.

July 6, 2012 10:50 AM

Oh, and one more!

Mirr3n Rene@

July 30, 2012 7:30 PM

And a bunch more...

H@ven R@yne (g)

N@te R0bert Stew@rt (2 middles)

Ch@rlotte R0se

Dmitr1 P@ul

Mi@h F@ith (g)

Ryl@nn Ely$e (g)

By Guest (not verified)
July 31, 2012 12:23 AM

Haven Rayne, ugh. 

I like Miah as an alternative to Maya (even though Miah does read a little male due to being a common nickname for Jeremiah). I love the name Maya, but can't really get behind the historical connotation (too much violence associated with it). 


July 31, 2012 9:25 AM

You don't have to like the name, but remember that there is someone with that name walking around. I know I wouldn't want to be responsible for hurting someone's feelings over something that she can't control--and one's own name, especially as a child, is one of those things.

We can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different names, and explain why we don't like certain names--your discussion of what you don't like about Maya is a good example of what I mean. But keeping the ridicule to a minimum will invite more people to discuss what makes a name good or bad, and hey, your personal style will become more listened to. Take it from me. I've got a personal style that's on the eclectic side, doesn't shy away from invented names, and eschews trends. But it's gotten some traction and people at least understand where I'm coming from, even if they don't like my style.

It's okay not to like a name. It's okay to say why you don't like a name. But if we can keep ourselves from putting down names, we can open up the community here to more people who might not ever otherwise realize they like names like Madrigal, Osric, Elfreya, or Cuauhtemoc.

By AviG
October 9, 2012 10:59 PM

I am not sure I love how they flow together.  And unless there is good reason (like another language or it being a family name), I think Rayne is better spelled- RAIN. 

But I do like Haven. Not my style, but it`s interesting and usable. 

By Guest (not verified)
July 31, 2012 5:04 PM

I know a little Vivienne with a baby sister named Genevieve -- Are these 2 forms of the same name? 


July 31, 2012 5:15 PM

Nope, they're different!

Vivienne is based on Vivian, from the Latin for "alive."

Genevieve is Celtic (Gaulish in origin, so not the same branch as the island languages). The name comes from Genovefa, but what that name is uncertain. It's generally thought to mean "woman of the people."


By EVie
July 31, 2012 5:16 PM

Nope! Vivienne is the French spelling of the Latin name Vivianus/Vivana, from vivus meaning "life." Genevieve is of more obscure origin, probably either Germanic or Celtic; it's also a French form, via the Latin form Genoveva. They're a lovely combo—both the French connection and the double Vs tie them together beautifully. A+!

August 1, 2012 11:29 AM

And some more:

Lol@ Eliz@beth

Jord@n J0seph (b)

Jos@lynn Emm3

Gr@ce @nn 

By Guest (not verified)
August 1, 2012 2:35 PM

Good heavens, that's a lot of babies in a short period of time!

All I've got in the last month or so are:

Hunt3r D@vid (b)

Em3rson @wsumb (g) (mn is mom's maiden - siblings Roos3v3lt "Rosie" (g) and Whitm@n (b) have the same mn) 

Jud3 Mass3y (b) (sister is Ell3)


August 1, 2012 3:43 PM

Roos3v3lt, Whitm@n and Em3rson make quite the sibset! Are the parents history/literature/philosophy buffs?

Several years ago, when my friend was thinking of Em3rson for her son, I asked if she was a fan of Ralph Waldo and her response was "Yuck! Those names are horrid!" Still makes me chuckle - I certainly wasn't trying to suggest Ralph and Waldo, but I was surprised that RWE wasn't a reference for her with the name (and I'm guessing it is for this family). Anyway, the name fits her little boy.

August 4, 2012 1:39 PM

All three boys this time (for those wondering, I'm on several birthing communities on FB):

Bi$hop Bl@de

D0minick Gi0vanni

Jon@than Edw@rd

August 8, 2012 10:32 AM

Isabel@ Cristin@ (Phillipino heritage--big brother Jeremi@h and big sister Sien@)

L3vi Bl@ke

August 15, 2012 12:03 PM

Another boom:

Tobi@s S@m

Sc@rlet N0elle

3li Christ0pher S@muel

J@son Anth0ny & D@vid Alex@nder (twins)

$tephen J@mes

Chelle (g)

J0sie Rh0nda M@rgaret

Alej@ndra Auror@ 

August 18, 2012 11:46 PM

Were the parents of those twins naming them in a time warp? Separately, none of the names really stand out, but when they're together like this, it feels like we're back in the 60s or 70s.

August 17, 2012 4:45 PM

There are some fascinating choices in here (don't know that I would be that brave for some of them):

Ph0enix Er0s (b)

Iri$ Leil@ni (g)

Fr@nklin K0le (b)

C0le M@rshall (b)

S0lomon J@mes (b)

August 18, 2012 7:59 PM

Wow, Er0s? I would love to know the inspiration for that one!

August 23, 2012 12:19 PM

A$hby (b--big sister Ali$$ia)

C@to Tyl3r

Log@n Du@ne

Georgi@ $ky

Jeremi@h Am@ri

Arch3r 3dmund

Ayv@lyn Ros!@lie (Big sister Aubr3y $kye)

August 24, 2012 10:41 AM

Those are all so on trend, aren't they? Cato seems more like a British pick than the others, though. Was he born in the UK? Seems to fit in with Ptolemy and the like.

August 24, 2012 11:59 AM

Nope. US born. :-)

August 24, 2012 12:02 PM

Another group:

$eth Log@n

D@ly Gr@ce (brothers: Mile$ and M@x)

Angu$ (big brothers Luca$ and Myle$)

Bunni L@rue (sister: Sylvi@ J0leigh  brother: Justu$ Br0oks) 

August 24, 2012 6:16 PM

Oh, I really like the set Luca$, Myle$ and Angu$ - all connected by that -s, without being too matchy.

August 24, 2012 8:51 PM

I really did too. :-)


August 24, 2012 8:40 PM

Bunni L@rue sounds like a gangster moll!

August 25, 2012 12:43 AM

That's such a great comment!! :)

August 29, 2012 8:33 AM

Bunny L@rue wins the award for my favorite name to come up here yet, funny division.

September 14, 2012 1:51 PM

Bunni L@rue, torn between her love for her outlaw man and her love for her brother, FBI agent Justu$ Brook$

August 24, 2012 7:31 PM

Is that really D@ly Gr@ce, as in daily grace? Like saying grace on a daily basis? Or did you mean D0lly?

August 24, 2012 8:51 PM

It really is D@ly. I have no idea what they were thinking...

August 29, 2012 7:58 AM

Another batch:

0liver H3nry & Ari@ S@vvy (twins)

$eth Mic@h

Stell@ R0se M@yetta

Ch@rlotte Lynn3

Li@m & Br0dy (twins) 

August 30, 2012 7:14 PM

S@vvy is interesting - a modern virtue/quality name, do you think?  I quite like that idea.

September 5, 2012 10:14 AM

Another Batch (an interesting one!)"

Mas0n J@mes

Lu¢y M@e

Ge0rgia M@e

Tim0thy R0land

M@cie F@ith

M@tthew Benn3tt

Elis@beth J0y

L@cy M@e

S@mantha K@te

Brynnl33 F@y

September 5, 2012 11:35 AM

Wow, that's a lot of Mae!

Are the rhymes-with-May names the new go-to middles? I know two babies with the middle name Kay(e), and here you have a Fay, too. That's incredibly disproportionate!

September 5, 2012 12:00 PM

Isn't it though? I'm so glad we changed our minds on DD's middle name from Mae to something totally different!

September 5, 2012 11:28 AM

Here's a new one:

S@shaFay Je@nne


September 5, 2012 6:37 PM

S@shaFay all one word?  Actually, now I've said it quickly a few times, it's starting to grow on me - it rolls off the tongue nicely and sounds quite swish and a bit French (ça je fais?)!

September 6, 2012 9:57 AM

Yep--all one word. I'm struggling to put it together. My mind and tongue want to say it as though it was a first and middle. :-)


September 12, 2012 7:30 PM

Another batch:

Mas0n J@y

Lindl3y M@rianne

Jubil33 Nic0le

Luc@s Mich@el

Fl3tcher Gr@y

S@muel 3li

September 13, 2012 6:42 PM

*British antennae perk up* Oo, I hadn't thought of Jubil33 as a name before, but it's a nice idea.  Nn Juby or Billie, perhaps?

September 13, 2012 11:37 PM

I know of 4 Jubilees now. First one just turned ten last Spring. :-)

September 12, 2012 11:31 PM

Here are a few recent ones from my neck of the woods:

M!cah C@ptola (girl)

Dex+er J@mes

Urb@n Ny(x)

Sylv!a L0raine

Reg@n Patr!ck

3zek!el M!ch@el


September 13, 2012 12:26 AM

Wow, Urb@n Ny(x)? There is such a definitive style about it that I really respect the combo. I'd love to know more about the parents :)

What do you think? Is Urban a new virtue name?

I also have to say that I was surprised to see Reg@n as a boy's name! (Unless I should be surprised to see Patrick as a girl's name...)

September 13, 2012 1:22 AM

Urban is an old pope name.  Urban II preached the First Crusade in 1095.  However, what the parents of Urban Ny(x) had in mind I could not say.

September 13, 2012 10:51 AM

Oh, now that you mention it, I did know that, but out of the historical context, I couldn't think of it as anything other than the opposite of rural.

So I guess it's an old virtue name :)

September 22, 2012 4:49 PM

I found it pretty surprising as well! All I can tell you is that the mother is a children's librarian. The first thing I thought of was whether they were Keith Urban fans!

September 22, 2012 4:55 PM

Yes, Reg@n is a boy. I'm thinking it probably has to do with a fondness for conservative Reganomics? Maybe a Tea Party-ish thing?

By EVie
September 13, 2012 2:28 PM

Is Urb@n Ny(x) a boy or a girl? I associate Urb@an with the popes and as definitively male, but Ny(x) is a feminine name from Greek mythology (