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April 23, 2015 05:55 AM

I do this this with my personal nickname for my daughter. She is Isabel with most people calling her Izzy, but her initials are I.S.B. and I always call her Izbee!


March 13, 2015 07:23 AM

I wouldn't use it as is. I went through the same thing. My last name ends in -man (sounds like Byderman), and I came up with the most meaningful name for our family- Morrison. It would have been in honor of Jim Morrison (and used the M initial that I needed). "Mojo Rising" was the song that came on the radio that my husband took as a sign to propose to me. :) However Morrison (nickname Morrie/Maury/Mo) Byderman was just too sing songy. Alas, we chose Max and his name fits him like a glove!


New baby alert- MINE!! 3 weeks early! Max Noble Byderman was born on Friday morning 1t 12:09 AM. He surprised us all, but luckily the one thing we had ready was his name. Max is a swet little baby who I think is going to be very handsome. Thank you all for the advice over the past year to come up with his name. I'll try to catch up and post for others when I settle in to having two kids under 2.

April 15, 2010 07:53 AM

Becky- love the fish names. I had hamsters when I was younger that started out as Rocky and Mr.T and then ET and Gertie (can you tell what era I grew up in?). Funny story about ET and Gertie. Gertie was my hamster and ET was my brother's. One night, ET bit off Gertie's leg. ET (the biter) ended up dying very soon after that. Gertie grew back a leg (how? we don't know!)with the only repercussion being that she was lame for the rest of her long life. We also had a frog named Duran (after the band, just not doubled). Goodness, we were such children of the 80s!

April 12, 2010 09:47 AM

I pronounce Giles like Jiles. There was a characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was Giles and that was how it was pronounced. He was British. Recently, Gilles Marini was on Dancing with the Stars. His name was pronounced with the same /j/ sound (well actually /zsch/ "Jill or Jeel". I have never heard it Guiles (like the word guile).

April 9, 2010 07:48 AM
In Response to The New Belle Epoque

alr- congrats on your new boy, Leo. Great name and I'm so excited for you and your family.

March 31, 2010 06:55 AM
In Response to The Name Not Taken

emilyrae- We're going with "just" Max. I'm using my maiden name as his middle name, so it will be Max N0ble. I like the meaning behind that name- Greatness and Aristocracy. I'm sure we'll be nicknaming him some long name (wasn't this a post a while back?), like Max-a-Million, but his birth certificate will be Max. In reality, this is probably what we would have named Izzy if she had been a boy. For the most part, we never really discussed boy names. My own name not taken would have been Keith or Kevin, but my mom was very happy I was a girl because she couldn't think of an F name for a middle name that she liked. (I'm Kimb3rly F@r@) If Max were to be a girl, our short list was Elinor, Miriam, and Amelia.

March 29, 2010 08:05 AM
In Response to The Name Not Taken

Jacquie- great link- thanks! Of course, I had to go find out what they named their sibling for Archer- it was a girl, Fable. So unique (like Lyric, in my mind), I love it. It makes so much sense, rhymes with Mabel but has a cool meaning. Phillipa, I say go for Alexander. My DD is Isabel and I went with it even though I knew it was popular. She's Izzy B in daycare and has been since her first day at 3 months old, since there is an Izzy O, too. Oh well, it's actually her nickname at home anyway. Baby #2 on the way is Max which is pretty popular, too. I always thought I'd choose more unconventional names, but it's a compromise with DH and family's opinions. I'm coming to terms with my own conventionality. Good luck!

February 4, 2010 07:33 PM

To comment on the Aboriginal dance thing. It actually reminded me of a different controversey in Australia but in reverse. Harry Connick, Jr. was on an Australian show where they did a blackface routine. He was offended and it caused a bit of an uproar here. Australians couldn't understand the problem. (Similiarly, there was a recent Australian KFC commercial which had racial overtones for us, but not for them.) I think the Australians don't get that their Aboriginal culture and history closely resembles our Native American one and our civil rights movements as well. We are sensitive to that, just as they are to Aboriginal. I think every country has their own minority group that they are sensitive about that the other countries don't get.

February 4, 2010 07:10 PM

Name sightings on PBS Sprout birthday scroll: Epic Australia Dominyk La'Precious

January 31, 2010 07:19 PM

I was a broadcaster with my first. Everyone knew her name from pretty much a few days after the ultrasound. I think the reason for that was because I had the first name picked out since I was 13. Plus, I picked a top 10 name, so there was no eye rolling at all. For this one, I've shared my short list with pretty much everyone and will probably share the final name as well. It's like some PP said, I like that the babies have an identity and can form bonds before they get here. With my first nephew, Jake, I could ask his mom (my SIL), "How's Jake doing?" when he was still in utero. We're still close today. My other SIL (DH's sis) didn't tell anyone the sex of the baby (they didn't know themselves), any name ideas, nor whose initials they were even using. I felt so disassociated with that pregnancy and baby, I still haven't bonded with baby Rebecca and she's almost 4 months old. I'm a much more open person and prefer others around me to be open as well. JMO.

January 29, 2010 10:33 AM

zoerhenne- we're kind of sitting on it for awhile and letting it stew, but I think DH and I are leaning toward Max. I'm still concerned about the Max Byderman (Mac Spiderman) thing and it's popularity with dog owners. If I can get past those two things, it will probably be the name. I don't care if it's getting popular with human babies. In second place is Malcolm, but I'm real wishy washy on that one, too. Miriam, welcome back! We asked for you a couple of times in past posts. So, you can tell we really did miss you.

January 24, 2010 08:29 AM
In Response to American Girl Redux

Becky, I love for you: Adina Aviva Shira You mentioned Shaina in one of your posts. It's technically spelled Shana. I knew a girl with this name and I loved it. My daughter, Isabel Skye's, Hebrew name is Elisheva Avira. I thought I'd throw those both out there. Elisheva is Elizabeth in Hebrew. Avira literally means sky in Hebrew.

January 15, 2010 06:10 AM
In Response to Hey Judas

There's a boy in Izzy's daycare named Yehuda! His parents are Orthodox Jews. His name tripped a lot of the Hispanic day care workers for awhile, but now they've got it. He's just starting to talk and he calls himself Duda. So cute!

January 8, 2010 12:42 PM

I looked up the SSA for my name. Kimberly was #7. 2008 it's Sophie. No way would my mom have chosen that. The Jewish thing precludes it. I asked her and she agreed and said she would have chosen Kayla, Kaylie, Kylie, etc. Interestingly, she said she attempted more original names, but my dad vetoed all of them. I guess that's why she got a Michael David and a Kimberly. (my middle name is original, though!- Fara). ccm- I think the MMM things is a bit difficult. Max Mc___ is hard as it is. Luke and Skylar are too matchy, and I don't think it's weird to think of future children. Just be sure you choose the name of the two you love the most and use that one.

January 5, 2010 12:43 PM
In Response to New Year's Name Bites

Hey everyone, I've been lurking throughout the holidays, but wanted to wait (selfishly) for more traffic to come back LOL. I have a big announcement as to whether the bun in my oven is a girl or boy. Drumroll please (could I draw this out anymore????)..... BOY!!! I am so pleased and excited. It's what I wanted, but was afraid to want it too badly. So now, I'm in a quandary. Here are my top names: Malcolm Marshall Max Elliot Problems I have: Malcolm- I love the nn possibilities (Mac, Mal), but worry it's too Black-sounding for a Jewish boy Marshall- don't love the nns (Marsh, Mars) Max- Don't love the long name possibilities and worst of all makes my last name (similar to Byderman) sound like Mac Spiderman. Ugh Elliot- I like, but don't love the nns (El?) and this would represent my side of the family where the "m" is DH's. If I used the "e", then I couldn't use my maiden name (Noble) as a middle name as well. What do you all think? Am I missing any names? Criteria- Can't end in "n" or "s" Simple spelling and pronunciation Start with m, e, (and maybe a or d) Should fit a Jewish boy of Russian descent Not too too popular, but not crazy weird either Can't be Michael (my brother) or Evan (BIL) Sibling is Isabel Skye (we call her Izzy-which I love for its spunkiness) Help!

December 22, 2009 05:31 PM

Shucks, I'm in the Philly area, but not due until May 14th. Oh well. Our big problem is weighing the "whose side should she be named for?" debate.

December 22, 2009 07:51 AM

Linneas- I thought the letter "y" made the /j/ sound in Spanish. I work at a predominately Hispanic school and girls with names like Yadisa, Yahaira, and Yeymi pronounce their names Jadisa, Jahyda, and Jamie. Are I wrong about this?

December 18, 2009 05:23 PM

Great article in EW this week that is perfect for follow-up NOTY discussions: "This was the year it was good to be named Taylor" No two young stars had a bigger 2009 than Swift and Lautner. Then they started dating. Is there something about the name? by Henry Goldblatt. She's one of the biggest musicians on the planet. He stars in one of the biggest movies on the planet. She's shiny and pretty and has good hair. He's shiny and pretty and likes to take off his shirt (though we're not allowed to pass judgment on what we see until he turns 18 in February 2010). So when some puppy-love photos surfaced on Oct. 25, revealing that the two Taylors were dating, it was like heavens had presented us with the most wonderfully perky gift, wrapped up in perfect poreless skin. Though neither can legally drink yet (at 20, she's the cougar in the relationship), we'd like them to stay together for a couple of reasons: (1) The ongoing Taylor frenzy could spark the Taylor Dayne comeback we've been hoping for; (2) they will never spawn an annoying nickname like Brangeline or Bennifer. One sad footnote to this story: You gotta feel sorry for Owen Wilson and the producers of "Drillbit Taylor". They must be cursing their poor timing.

December 15, 2009 05:54 AM

Qwen- whoa! Your list had a lot more ridiculous that mine. Rayah Sunshine defintiely beats Purple Ray, but not by much. Emmeleea! I'm the one looking for less letters! Ugh. Fayden and Drayden? They still rhyme with Aidan, so these parents are not as clever as they think. I did really like Linnea Madeline May. FYI, my own list is from suburban Philly. The birthing center itself is in the Main Line, which is a very upper-class area.