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1
March 21, 2019 07:17 PM
In Response to What name??

Evangeline

Evanthe/Evanthia

Evelyn

Everley

Geneva

Maeve

Stevie

Yvonne

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April 17, 2016 09:37 PM

It's not clear whether you're looking for more of a unisex name or a typically feminine name for the middle name spot?  Here are a few thoughts:

Jolene Blake

Jolene Brynn

Jolene Elle

Jolene Greer

Jolene Lark

Jolene Pearl

Jolene Sage

Jolene Skye

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February 20, 2016 09:29 AM

I like Reya, Samaira, Rhea as being easiest to pronounce!

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February 1, 2016 09:56 PM
In Response to Silent Film Names

I have met a little Pola.  Her mother is from Poland, where it's recently been a fairly popular name.  It sounded a little unusual to me, but I chalked that up to her cultural background.  (I thought it must be the Polish version of Paula, although it seems I was wrong about that.)

I can see Theda being a bit more popular, unusual, but not out of place with today's naming trends.

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February 1, 2016 09:45 PM

I agree with the other posters - give it a little more time.  It took me a while to "adjust" to my babies' names, even though they were names I liked.  In the meantime, I recommend being firm about others calling her Ava Lou.  If a family member calls her "Ava," just firmly correct them, "It's Ava Lou."  Every.  Time.  Until they get it.  Because they're learning her name right now too.

And if you see something marked "Ava," just shake your head and think, "Ugh, they left off half her name," just the same as you would sigh to yourself if someone misspelled her name ("Avy," "Avva," or something).  It sounds like this is what you're wanting (or originally wanted) - her name to be the full Ava Lou/Ava Louise instead of plain Ava.  That's completely doable!

Congratulations on a healthy little girl!

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January 25, 2016 09:21 PM

Reading through this, I think C@meron J@ne, nickname Cec3, is what you're looking for!  It's true that Cameron is a popular boys name, but that's what you're going to get with a unisex name.  Having a feminine nickname will help alleviate that if it bothers her.  I wouldn't worry about Cec3 being less intuitive - it is, but it still makes sense with her initials (and there's no reason a nickname has to be anything like a given name)!

Personally I love Pearl, so that would be a front-runner for me also.  But since both of you like C@meron, I think that puts it in the lead.

I might avoid S1oane due to the S1oane & Warner possibility.  And I agree it doesn't sound great with J@ne.  The same holds true for Shea.

Hope this helps!  Congratulations!

7
January 25, 2016 09:07 PM

Matilda seems to be coming back in the US, so it doesn't sound too stuffy.  I'm not familiar with Mafalda, so I would vote for Matilda.

I like both your boy names, but I think Malcolm fits better with the sibling names.

8
January 24, 2016 10:34 PM
In Response to Unisex Names

Of the names you listed, I prefer Hayden.  Riley works too, I just lean toward Hayden. I agree with NAGA that Tristen sounds more just a boy name than a unisex name.

Other thoughts (some I'm seconding from above posters):  Casey, Elliott, Emerson, Finley, Jordan, Hadley, Leighton, Peyton, Quinn, Sloane, Tatum.

I've also met a few girls with full names that would traditionally be boy nicknames:  Charlie, Andi, Frankie.

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January 20, 2016 05:36 PM
In Response to Middle name trends?

Yes, a lot of Grace!  Probably followed by Mae.  In general, one-syllable names are going to be more popular for middles right now.

10
January 17, 2016 09:44 AM

I agree with PP that Graham works better with the sibling names, to avoid 2 -n endings.  Graham Everett is my favorite, but Graham Oliver sounds nice too.

Congratulations!

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January 15, 2016 04:13 PM
In Response to Sarabeth

It looks like U.S. usage over the past 5 years has been 18-30 girls/year being given the name Sarabeth.

I think in the past, the "double name" would give more of a Southern vibe in the U.S., but I'm noticing a trend toward this "-beth" type of name right now (and I don't live in the South).  I have heard of a few Annabeth's, so while Sarabeth is unusual, it would still sound current.  I think it follows the popularity of Isabelle or Annabelle, with the "-beth" ending sounding a little more old-fashioned and stately than a "-belle" ending.

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December 20, 2015 10:25 PM

I would recommend Julianna instead of Julianne, if your goal is "a more modern version of Julia."  Julianna will fit in with other on-trend names like Eliana, Lilianna, Ariana.

That said, I don't think there's anything wrong with using Julia.  As HNG noted, it is a biblical name, and it doesn't sound dated.  My favorites from your list would be Julia and Josephine.

Congratulations and good luck!

13
November 23, 2015 09:06 PM
In Response to A Sister for Juliet

Congratulations!  You have some lovely choices.

Personally I'm having a hard time saying Corinna correctly - I keep trying to say Co-REEN-a.  Don't know if this will be a common problem or if it's just me.

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November 23, 2015 09:00 PM

Ugh.  That was supposed to be a comment on #7, but the computer won't let me do it.

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November 23, 2015 08:56 PM

I agree.  Definitely thought it was Isis last year.

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November 3, 2015 10:21 PM
In Response to 38 Weeks - Need Help!

It  sounds like you really like the name, and I don't know whether you'll find anything that matches it.  I definitely think Myka would be read as a girl's name.  Even though it's somewhat unusual, it's sound is on-trend with the Myla's and Mykayla's out there.  Here are some recent US numbers:

2014 - Myka 122 (F), 18 (M)

          Mykah 56 (F), 48 (M)

          Mykal 7 (F), 24 (M)

          Micah 264 (F), 3612 (M)

          Mica 28 (F), 21 (M)

2013 - Myka 134 (F), 18 (M)

          Mykah 58 (F), 45 (M)

          Micah 293 (F), 3664 (M)

          Mica 20 (F), 18 (M)

More people are using Myka for girls, Micah for boys, with Mica pretty evenly split.  I put Mykah in there b/c it gives you a slightly longer name, while being uncommon enough that I don't think people would associate it with a certain gender.  (The "Y" makes it read more feminine.)

FWIW, I have my mom's middle name as my middle, and I've always thought it was a nice link.  It's not a family name before my mom.  I would have seriously considered passing it along to a daughter if I had one.

Myka Joy sounds nice.  It seems unlikely that she would decide to go by her middle name (but, it could happen!)

Try not to overthink it!  Congratulations!

17

Oh my!  I think ice is worse!

18

I agree with above posters that Nova is a lovely name, but too close to Noble.  I would be getting them confused (and I expect the kids would too).  Of the 3 choices you listed, my vote is for Sage.  I also like several of the other names that have been suggested already - you've got a lot of good choices!  Lyric, Haven, Merit, Ever...

Just wanted to add that, while Solstice doesn't feel name-y enough to me, you could consider Winter.  A rare seasonal name.  There is also Snow.

Congratulations!

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September 17, 2015 09:41 AM

I agree with this.  I don't know why Jacob and Lucas sound "Southern."  But to me, Nolan is more "Southern" than Elliot, so my vote is Elliot.

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September 17, 2015 09:39 AM
In Response to Rayne for a girl?

I think Rayne works fine.  However, I admit to knowing very little about the Kardashians, so other people may make that connection.

Other thoughts:  Reynalda, Lorena, Laurena (this variant seems more modern to me)

Good luck!