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December 8, 2018 05:03 PM
In Response to Help with dog name!

The Myrtle botanical connection occurred to me, too. That definitely appeals though I think I’ll have trouble getting the family on board with its clunky feel.

Of the names suggested, I like Sable a lot.

Right now I’m really feeling Fern which hits botanical, quirky female name and literary (Charlotte’s Web.)

February 17, 2018 06:43 PM
In Response to Baby #4 is...

I just wanted to chime in and say I think Felicity June is so, so lovely. Felicity also doesn’t strike me as frilly. The way the f, s and ee sounds pair together sounds crisp to my ears. And don’t overlook the nickname Flicka. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s adorable.

August 29, 2017 12:52 PM

Baby R0salind S1mone is here! Born healthy and screaming on Thursday, just before midnight.

Thanks to all the brilliant regulars here for your help sorting out my emotions and encouraging me to think through my options. Would never have arrived at this choice without you.

i couldn't be happier with the name, and my husband and I both got something we wanted.

I am sure I will feel sadness at being done with naming babies, but I will continue to lurk to enjoy your collective expertise!

August 20, 2017 07:03 PM

Yes, this is a very cool connection! Feeling so much more enthusiastic about this choice than Rose!

(no offense to Rose Nylund of Golden Girls...)

August 19, 2017 02:01 PM

Well, it looks like we have brokered a tentative deal with Rosalind, which even if we call her Rose, removes the strong flower association in my mind. It also poses the possibility of "Lindy" as nn, which I like as an homage to the young feminist author, Lindy West. And it calls to mind Rosalind Russel and Shakespeare -- all things that feel rich and exciting to me.

My daughter would love regular visits from a pony in tribute, though I think I'll keep that thought to myself!

I really like the idea of a stealth name! But Rosalind edges out Alice, for me. I'm trying it out "for real" now that I know it's a legitimate option!

August 18, 2017 05:19 PM

I love Daphne (roundly rejected by spouse), Delphine, Colette and Sylvie. I guess I'm a secret francophile.


I am going to try to like Simone more, because the associations are by far the best on the list...

August 18, 2017 05:17 PM

Wow, that list is full of names that were on my longer list and discarded, mostly by husband ;)

Yes, every time I suggest a new name (Susannah?! Sylvia?!) he acts like I'm trying to re-litigate a court case.

August 18, 2017 03:32 PM

Nedibes, thank you so much for helping me to sort out my feelings about this.

My father was born in June, and I had a (never-met) great aunt named June who was apparently married to a somewhat famous band leader. I tried quickly to find some information on her, thinking this would get me excited, but did not immediately turn up anything. Perhaps it's worth a lengthier search.

Sadly, while I do like the name Rose, the flowers (especially the ubiquitous-in-my-area bodega kind) leave me absolutely cold. And there are zero family associations with the name.

Our middle name options are 1 or 2 of the following, each with family significance:



Ione (my actual #1 first name choice)

I do think it's funny that two of our family names rhyme, and we've joked about Simone Ione, but I don't think this really gets me anywhere!

I will certainly broach the topic of meaning with Mr. Bees_knees, whom I fear has given up on me ever making a decision.

August 18, 2017 02:20 PM

I am quite sure he does not. Thanks for the tip!

May 12, 2017 11:52 PM
In Response to Juniper vs. Iris

I have an Iris! It has worn well over the past nearly-five years. I don't think you have to worry about balancing the old lady vibe. A much stronger association for us (and unexpected bonus) to the name has been that a lot of other Irises we meet are of Hispanic descent (of all ages), which gives the name a lovely multicultural flair.

Choose a middle name you love, or that is meaningful.

I think Iris Juniper is lovely.

February 26, 2017 09:42 AM
In Response to Juniper vs. Adele

Actually, my father-in-law's initials are ASK, which seems like a nice tribute, given we don't do living namesakes in the Ashekanizic tradition. I have thus seen this monogram on a bunch of things, and I never found it odd, just charming.

Right now, I feel like the constant mentions of the singer might bother me, but I'm a pretty easygoing person and I also suspect I can find a setting where it just becomes one of those details that fade into the background.

Addie, however, I'm not sure I could countenance. I think it extends from a deep dislike of the name Addison.

Fortunately, we have quite a few months to sit with this decision!

February 24, 2017 02:01 PM
In Response to Juniper vs. Adele

Thank you so much for the thoughtful replies! This is definitely helping me think through our options.

On the Juniper front, just wondering if several variables might make a difference:

a) We plan on having no more children. If we did, I might be inclined toward something with a more distant botanical reference, like Sylvia.

b) My name is also botanical, and I like that the three names together are different kinds of plants, not strictly flowers. Also, I always think of Iris as having a variety of meanings, from anatomical to mythological.

I AM warming more to June...

January 3, 2017 06:52 PM
In Response to Brainstorming baby #2

Thanks for this!

My husband has a connection to Orion, so he might actually be open to it. I think it's quite handsome. And Julian is definitely a contender.

As for the girls, I guess I would tend more toward a certain layer of fustiness and less whimsy. That sounds so sad -- boo, whimsy! --but that's the best I can do!

January 3, 2017 04:55 PM
In Response to Brainstorming baby #2

I actually LOVE Clarence! I had a pseudo-grandfather named Clarence and a great-grandfather named Clare. They were both apparently rather salty, crotchety figures, but some of the more benign male namesakes my family has to offer.

And Roland...the more I think about it, the more it grows on me!

I like this direction!

January 3, 2017 04:49 PM
In Response to Brainstorming baby #2

I definitely had the Mountain in mind, and while in my head there is a clear distinction between Mor- and Mar- I'm afraid the difference gets mushed up in my mouth, at least. And since we would be the ones introducing her, I fear it would be just Mariah with a weird spelling.

While I occasionally find Ms. Carey's antics amusing(New Year's Eve being a shining example), the diva life is SO not my style!

December 22, 2016 10:04 AM
In Response to Brainstorming baby #2

Ugh Jude! It was my absolute fave as an emo, Thomad Hardy-loving teen. Not sure it has survived that epoch in my heart, though...

Juliet is also lovely. I think it may be growing on me!

Love the suggestions!

December 22, 2016 10:02 AM
In Response to Brainstorming baby #2

Tamsin is so beautiful! Sadly I realize it just sounds weird with our last name -- a near rhyme beginning with K and ending with N.

December 20, 2016 05:08 PM
In Response to Brainstorming baby #2

Thank you for this!

It makes me feel much more bullish on advocating for Clark.

And...sigh, how I wish I could reasonably hope for Juniper, but I will give Viola some serious consideration!