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May 19, 2019 10:19 PM
In Response to Stuck Between Names

Shane is a good name, but I like Maximilian, for the simple fact that I've never met one.  It's got a great nn, Max, as you mentioned, but I also think it it's completely fantastic in it's long form.  Do you have thoughts on middle names at all?  

May 17, 2019 10:34 AM

Ardith is completely fantastic.  If I met a little girl named Ardith I just might swoon.  

I don't love Sanford AS much, but I certainly wouldn't try to talk you out of it.  

There is a lovely paraprofessional at my childrens' school named Opal.  That would probably be my next choice after Ardith.

Cyril is probably what I'd pick from your boy list.

May 17, 2019 10:30 AM

We have some friends with a son named Rhett Keith, Keith being after one of her husband's grandfathers.  Older brother is Dean Jeremiah with Jeremiah being after her own grandfather.  

I'm always torn on flow.  I always say it doesn't matter, then I turn around and want my own combos to flow, even though it really doesn't matter.  However, I do think that if Ethan is "the" name, just roll with it.  Ethan Keith may rhyme a little but it's definitely not the worst thing I've ever heard.  :)

May 6, 2019 09:23 PM

My immediate thought was Amelia.  I think you could go with Mae, Millie, Lia, etc. for nicknames.

April 22, 2019 09:52 PM
In Response to Kiera or Lara?

I prefer Lara.

April 18, 2019 09:09 PM

Sabrina came straight to mind.  Vanessa, Veronica, Colette, Lorelei, Natalia, Josephine, Ariel, Daniela, Alessia/Alessandra, Giovana, Gianna

April 16, 2019 11:11 PM

In this order: 

Stella, Hazel, Vanessa, Selena, Crystals


Stella: would probably use it on this pregnancy except we named a dog Stella since we had our third son.

Hazel: classic, familiar, underused, but with a little bit of flair.  I imagine a Hazel to be a bit free-spirited.

Vanessa: a bit sassier, but still classy and feminine

Selena: Gomez ruined this one for me.

Crystal: just not my cup of tea at all.

April 16, 2019 10:48 PM

Was Rollie a nickname for anything?  I have a distant relative with a son named Raleigh, but I've never heard Rollie before!

I do think Elijah Rollie and Miles Rollie work just fine.  I don't know about Theo on its own with Rollie but Theodore Rollie could also work. Other thoughts: Silas Rollie, Isaiah Rollie, Jackson Rollie, Everett Rollie, Seth Rollie, Arthur Rollie, Lucas Rollie, Elias Rollie, Lincoln Rollie.   

April 16, 2019 10:40 PM

I'm smitten with this list.  There's not a name on it that I wouldn't at least consider. Augustine was on our list for a bit. 

I really think the popularity question is up to each individual person.  If Oliver's the name that makes you happy, that's the name you should pick.  It is stylistically perfect with Iris.  It's interesting that it's so popular where you are.  My husband's sister has an Oliver, and he's literally the only one we know personally.  We do have friends who used Oliver as a middle name for their son Rowan, but I honestly don't see very much of it around here.

I honestly don't think you can go wrong with ANY of the names you've listed, but we've got an Atticus, a Malakai, and an Isaias and the fourth is a boy, we're probably down to some combination of Gideon, Raphael, and Otto, if those help at all.  

April 16, 2019 09:54 PM

It's not my style but I can't think of any reason why it's not usable.  

April 10, 2019 04:58 PM

That's interesting!  Thank you for answering my question!  So is it just Cohen or are alternate spellings out too?  There is definitely not a high Jewish population where I live, and I definitely admit to religious ignorance.  It seems like it would be the Catholic equivalent of naming your child Pope or Priest, and while I can't say people do that frequently, I also have never heard that it would be considered offensive.  

Again, thank you for answering my question and explaining why it's frowned upon!

April 8, 2019 10:08 PM

Perhaps I'm missing something with Cohen?  I don't know much about the Jewish faith.  I'll have to Google...

April 8, 2019 10:06 PM

A caution on changing the spelling of Olivia---my kids go to a small (think about 30 per grade) private school with a 2-year old program, a 3-year old program, and then it goes pre-k to 6th.  Ace has two (one Olivia, one Alyviah) in his class, plus another Olivia just in third grade.  Kai and Ike have one each in their grades.  I volunteer up there a lot, and  I can probably name 7-8 total girls just in the elementary named Olivia or some variation of it.  Now, this could be just where we live, but Olivia's #1 or close to it still on the SSN top 100, right?  I'm not saying don't use it by any means, if it's THE name, but I'm pretty sure you're going to run into it no matter how you spell it.  

Unless you're in a high Jewish population/have lots of Jewish friends/etc., I'm not sure why this would be a concern with Cohen.  It's a fantastic name.  I think you could probably find another way to spell it, but I really like it as is.  It's familiar enough that most people will say it properly on the first try.  

Owen was on our short list with Kai for awhile.  Malakai Owen was on the combo list.  Ultimately it came down to Malakai Owen and Solomon Asher.  Then we couldn't let go of Solomon, so he was born Malakai Solomon.  When I was pregnant with Ike I actually really wished we'd gone with Malakai Asher because then Ike could've been named Solomon and it would've saved many an argument.  But long story short, I think Owen is a good solid name and I'm not sure where it stands on popularity, but surely Connor/Conner and Bennett are higher on that list?  I don't know if I prefer Owen Raymond or Owen Ray; the surname would play a big role in that choice.

Graham is a great choice.  Graham Raymond is extremely solid, familiar, and underused; I can't think of one single child I've ever met named Graham.  Much as I love Owen, I would have a hard time being talked out of this one.

Nola is SO pretty and no one ever uses it!  Nola Rae is super sweet, simple, classy, feminine---I think you may have a homerun with this one!

Isla is growing on me.  I presume you pronounce it eye-la?  We know one little girl named Isla and its pronounced ees-la.  But I don't think it's terribly popular, though again, this may depend on where you're located.  

Harper is one of those names that I go back and forth on.  But I suspect it's more widely used than Isla and Harper Rae just kind of blends together.  

Aside from Harper, I do think all the names go quite nicely with Ray/Raymond/Rae.  

So brainstorming, here are some others I think would go well with the middle name: 

Alice Rae, Brenna Rae, Lucy Rae, Scarlett Rae, Josie Rae, Eva Rae, Evelyn Rae, Nina Rae, Sylvie Rae, Nyla Rae, Mia Rae, Gwendolyn Rae, Willow Rae

Ellis Ray, Miles Ray/Raymond, Seth Raymond, Marcus Ray, Damon Ray (rhymes too much maybe?), Jonah Ray/Raymond, Donovan Ray, Dominic Ray, Wyatt Ray, Neil Raymond, Brooks Raymond

April 8, 2019 09:25 PM
In Response to Baby girl

I'm torn.

I think Kyle is okay for a girl; I do like the idea of wanting to honor your son and Kyla and Kylie are nice alternatives, but I really think Kyle can do it on its own.

On the other hand, I see what the others are saying about that being a lot for your little girl to live up to.

I think if it were up to me to make this choice, I'd probably give my daughter the middle name of Kyle and then choose something else as the first name.  Perhaps use the same initials, or maybe choose a name with a similar meaing to your son's first name?  This feels like an impossible choice to me.  Good luck!

April 4, 2019 11:41 PM

Well, first of all, I think any combination of the names you've got listed would be fine together.  I really love Archer and I REALLY love Mila as a nn for Camille.  

So the thing about names "going" together is that I think it's less about the names themselves and more that most of us have a "type."  For example, my sons are Atticus, Malakai, and Isaias.  My husband and I have a very clear type of name that we like.  So when I say I'm looking for a name that goes with those names, really what I want is something that suits my type.  We are likely down to Gideon or Raphael for boys, both of which, I feel, would fit nicely with our current trio.  Whereas names like, say, Brian, Aidan, Logan, etc. would not work because they don't fit our type.  There's nothing wrong with those names at all; they just aren't our style.  I don't think there's anything wrong with choosing names that are stylistically incompatable if those are the names you really really like!

March 28, 2019 08:59 PM

Halle Belle popped into my head immediately but is that too many L's?

Halle Josephine, Halle Elise, Halle Brynn, Halle Evelyn, Halle Caroline, Halle Amanda, Halle Justine, Halle Imogene...

March 28, 2019 08:55 PM
In Response to A good sister name?

Arabella, Rosalie, Mariah, Leonora, Juiette, Malia, Natalia

March 27, 2019 10:57 PM


March 26, 2019 10:10 PM

I'm always drawn to Juniper.  I like June but I like names with nicknames and June/Junie would be nice nicknames for Juniper.  Plus it's just kind of a fun name.  

I love Elena but I agree that the pronunciation may have to be corrected.  Only you can know if that's a dealbreaker for you however.  If I liked the name enough, it wouldn't be for me I don't think.

I like Robin!  If I met a little girl named Robin I think I'd be delighted.

Eva and Johanna are fine; not really my style but there's nothing to dislike.

Milena---I'd need to know how you pronounce this.  

Dylan and Noa for a girl just don't work for me.

Overall your list is solid, though!

March 25, 2019 10:54 PM

How about Aria Simone?