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May 20, 2019 05:34 PM
In Response to 2018 Names List

My DD's name and others that were popular during its highest usage (1900s) have come back to the Top 1000 since about 1940. So I'd say the century/great-grandparents rule still looks like a decent rule of thumb.

I'm considering schooling some anti-Dany people (males) on r/asoiaf and predicting that Sansa usage will continue to rise. 27 in 2018, so I'm thinking at least double in 2019. ;-)

February 18, 2019 09:52 AM

Yay, thanks for extra info and thoughts! Tilden has stuck with me since Matchmaker suggested it. As has Gibson.

Hayes is not the surname. :-)

February 17, 2019 07:06 PM

Oooh, it's a good name, but I know it won't work with the surname. I hooh I get a chance to suggest that to others!

February 17, 2019 07:05 PM

Here is the current short list. To help you recall issues with the surname (one syllable, ends in /s/ sound), pretend the last name is Loose. Could use some thoughts, especially on the new-to-me Tilden.


Ryd3r (one loves, one not so much)

L1nc0ln (mutually adored, but way too popular--#41!)


$im0n (which I feel like is the "safety school" of the bunch: wholly unobjectionable, but nothing special for them)

There is one more name he nixed because she has an ex with the name. I think merely dating, no cohabitation or engagement, is not enough to rule out a name, but maybe you see it otherwise? Now that I write that, I try to think of my DH suggesting our DD be named a name.of on his exes, and it's no bueno, but the names I know are not at all casual or short-lived relationships....

February 17, 2019 06:44 PM

Having read this whole thread, here are my small thoughts:

-No, for real, no Luke and Leah unless you want Star Wars jokes. Lucas is no better because of George Lucas. Dealbreaker! [/Liz Lemon]

--Nope to Reuben only because of the surname, but there we are.

--I love the suggestion of Seth. Sound good (literal sounds and biblical connection) with James, Leah, and Leah and James as a trio.

-I like Isaac...except that I fear that if I look it up, I'll find that the Bible's Isaac is a close relative of Leah? So maybe no on same grounds as John and Rachel?

February 17, 2019 06:25 PM

Jane is a classic name, and quite commonly used as a middle name, whciw, given that you have a classic, commonly used first name chosen, can be seen as a positive or a negative. My gran, I, and my daughter all share it as a middle name, while having different first names. It goes with a multitude of names, even my daughter's non-Anglo name.

As for "Pride & Prejudice," Jane is the sweet, beautiful, darling eldest Bennett sister, while Lydia is the horrid self-centered brat who runs off to elope with a scoundrel, with no thought to how her actions could ruin her sisters' marriage prospects. ;-p Jane wins all the Austen points.

All kidding aside, both are solid choices, with my ear giving a slight tip to Lydia, unless you'd enjoy a compound nickname like Katie-Jane.

January 29, 2019 08:24 PM

A wonderful multitude of names here, made for wonderful reading, everyone. I would add Nigella. :-)

OP, your short list is solid.

January 7, 2019 03:53 PM

Hmm, I wonder if Sterling might appeal. 

Hero, like Paris, is good for any gender, no longer attached to its gender from antiquity.

We won't get an official name until Memorial Day!

January 7, 2019 12:43 PM

I think River was a consideration, being both "Doctor Who" and "Firefly." Thanks!

January 6, 2019 10:42 PM

Gibson would be for William Gibson of sci-fi/speculative fiction fame. :-)

I think their choices reflect the push-pull of their personal identities vs. their backgrounds. They are are each the beloved "wild child" of their families, which both are conventional, country-club, well-off old money (but not "crazy rich"). So, they're quirky and out there relative to their families, but are now joining their older siblings in a more staid married life with a child. No Moon Unit is going to fly here.

Then I think there is a feeling of this might be their one shot. They want more kids, but are cognizant that it might not happen. So this Naming Dilemma might be a name that has to convey everything they want to say.

January 6, 2019 08:09 PM

Should read "Top 1500," not 500. Knocks out a lot of nice names.

January 6, 2019 08:07 PM

Probably because Cyrus is close to "Cyprus" plus Seneca, I get kind of a Nature vibe from your names that I like, even if it is wholly unintended. They're also solid and serious, not on the fluffy side. So I thought of names like


Grove(r) -- Yes, I know the muppet rules this name more than the president, but I like it with her sons.



Name Matchmaker provided both Heath and Cliff, but I prefer Heathcliff.

Congrats on the twins!

January 6, 2019 07:21 PM

Can I ask about your sons' names? I am concerned that your very British porch-sitter names for your coming daughter will sound very different from the boys...because you mentioned that your husband got to give them Star Wars names? But then a post says one boy is H@rry? So maybe they're named for actors from the series rather than characters?

Based on the little I know of Aussie names, Mabel sounds like it will fit right in, but could be more popular than you want? But as we like to note here, a name gets popular because it is well liked. And if you love it, you love it. Go with it.

January 6, 2019 07:10 PM

Once is chance, twice is coincidence, and three times is a trend. ;-)

You have fourkids. Two have "M" names, just half. No one would hear the kids' names and think you have an "M" tradition, even if they heard the twins' middle names. In other words, you are free to choose any name you guys like and, if it matters to you, one that is harmonious with the other names.

I generally agree with the "avoid L, M, and C" idea because you already have those names. I was thinking yesterday about how glad I am that my four each have a different first initial, because I shorten it to that first initial in so many texts/emails/PMs to friends and family and it's always clear. Nevertheless, because the other concern with same initials is the "call" factor when speaking their names aloud, I make an exception for a letter like "C" that has so many different sounds. Mainly I say this because I love the suggestion of Camilla, whether or not you use the nn Milla, and its /k/ start won't conflict with the /sh/ of Charlotte when you're yelling an assortment of names.

Find what you love!

January 6, 2019 06:23 PM

The dad joked about how he didn't care about the gender, he was just glad to have an eighth family member so they could have two sets of four for all the golfing they do. Sooooo Chip (off the ole block) sounds right down their alley.

January 5, 2019 03:33 PM

So, Trey and Tripp are "third" signifiers? Ok. I'll be interested to see what they pick.

January 4, 2019 08:01 AM

It's George Anthony Bancroft, so GAB. ;-) Or "gee-bee."

October 7, 2018 02:11 PM
In Response to Author Names

Yes, I know a 5yo, but her parents are Asian immigrants, so it's not unusual in my experience that they chose a name that isn't super-current in anglophone countries, but does have a history and people recognize it.

March 25, 2018 07:59 PM

I'm putting it out there: Nakia will be the most popular name from "BP." 

January 22, 2018 07:58 AM

I get your point, where I think you meant "masculine" rather than French. Yes, it's French in origin, which just makes my eyebrow go up another little notch, given Beau's French usage.

I was reading up, and I agree with everyone who.says use it if you love, and know that there will be corrections to be made in spelling and pronunciation in introductions because unlike -belle, -beau is not a common name ending. Then there's bo/bow vs. beau.

Nameberry has an entry on it, noting the meaning of "beau" as masculine adjective, the pop-culture references (it's in more TV shows than you might think), and the alternative spelling of Ysabeau.

There's also a hilarious entry involving it on a website called Bewitching Names, where a Wiccan woman gives ideas and (sharp-tongued) opinions about names NeoPagans might use. She tries to convince some to try Isabeau rather than Ladyhawke.