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March 19, 2019 08:23 AM

I forgot to put Aurora on the list.

Plus, my colleague's niece is having a baby girl, and they are naming her Xyllena.  Anyone ever heard of it? I am told it is Greek.  It's not on BNW, but I haven't had time to check any other sites.

December 26, 2018 12:51 PM

Wow! Reading this today was like reading my geneology chart! So, I thought I should share:

My aunts: Dorothy, Ruth, Adele, Eunice, Louise, Esther, Hope, Sylvia, and Lucille.

Their mother, my grandmother: Ellen Mabel (who went by Mabel because she thought Ellen sounded "too old!"

August 9, 2018 11:38 PM

I entered a short story contest once whose main character was called Scott.  I was so embarrassed when the judges noted I had substituted "Steve" for Scott at least three times. 


August 9, 2018 11:29 PM
In Response to Complete Our Sibset!

Well, I named every doll when I was a kid--and all my friends' dolls, too!  All my pets had THREE names.  And when I got my own place and planted flowers, each of my rose bushes was named (after family):  Dianne, Susanne, Marianne, Leeanne, Kathianne!  "Marianne has tons of blooms this morning!" 

As an adult, I collect bride dolls. They often are already named by the manufacturer, but if they aren't, I give them a name.

And I name my automobiles.  

I've written stories since I was in the 4th-grade.  I joined this website because of the writer's forum.  I still write stories, and they often start with a character's name.  

I work part-time at an embroidery shop, and I love getting to hear the new baby names being embroidered onto little baby blankets!  My co-workers are amazed at the amount of name trivia I know.  

I love that I am not alone in loving names!  And, I love the knowledge and expertise found on this site.  

August 3, 2018 04:07 AM

While they are no 'superheroes,' my husband and I were just discussing how many Country Music stars there are named Chris on the charts.  There's only one Blake, one Keith, one Brett, etc., but there are four Chrises:  Young, 33 years old, Janson, 32 years old, Lane, 33 years old, and Stapleton, who is a little older at 40 years old. 

August 1, 2018 07:52 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

Are you still taking lists? My favorites change all the time, but at this moment, I would say:

Girls: Everly, Rebecca, Serenity, Claire, Isla

Boys: Jameson, Maverick, Gage, Everett, Christian

June 19, 2018 07:44 PM

Since you have Clement and Clementine on your list, I will offer my grandson's name: Clemeth. The only name list I have ever found it on was a list of Finnish baby names! (Until I entered it on BNW).  He was named after his great-grandfather who was from Ireland.  He mostly goes by Clem, but I still call him Clemeth.  

Clemeth Odin.

Astrid, Soren, and Clemeth.

I found BNW and began posting because I am a writer.  I don't post often, but I do remember your search for a boy's name and thinking, "How perfect!" when you chose Soren!

March 4, 2018 05:04 PM

Thank you for that info!  

February 19, 2018 08:44 PM

1. A popular name you don't like:  Noah (or any boy name ending in ‘a’sound);  Sophia (just don’t see why it became so popular)

2. A name everyone hates but you like: Boys: Steven (very traditional)   Girls:  Serenity (virtue names)…not everybody in America hates it, but my family sure does.

3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular. ?????

4. A name family you don't like:  Kree8tyv spellings!!!!  Payton, if you must, but certainly not Paitynn!

5. A trend you can't get on board with: Surnames for girls, unisex names

6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now.  Gaelic names, like Siobhan and Declan

7. A first letter you don't much care for.  “P”, if unless if sounds like “F”  (No to Peter, okay to Philip; no to Penelope, okay to Phoebe)

8. A name you like but think is overhyped.  Girls:  Ella         Boys:  Sebastian

9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival:  George and Sylvia


10. A name that doesn't get enough love:  Christian (dang you, 50 shades!) and Isla (I’m crossing my fingers that my son’s future daughter might be this instead of Ella)

February 10, 2018 03:23 PM

My daughter (born in 1985) was SORT of named after a Guiding Light husband wanted to name our daughter after his mother.  Her name was Susan Linda, so he suggested Linda Susan.  I blanched because it was such a MOM name!  So, I suggested Melinda Sue, after Melinda Sue Lewis (played by the beautiful Krista Tesreau). And, he agreed.

I tried to always call her Melinda, but she became a Mindy anyway.

November 18, 2017 06:47 PM

HEAVEN: Wyatt, Grant, Sean, Shane, Travis, Riley, Caleb, Brandon, Logan, Trevor, Tristan, Adam, Landon, James, William, Jonah, Trenton, Keaton, Garrett, Benjamin, Lucas, Ryan, Jack, Seth, Thomas, Darren, Matthew, Wesley, Austin, Chandler, Carter, Ryder, Nicholas, Kieran, Mark, Devon, Dylan, Elliott, Tanner, Avery, Justin, Layton, Mason, Cole, Alexander, Ashton, Zachary, Maxwell, August, Scott, Dawson, Cameron, Tyler, Judah, Brett, Kyle, Camden, Spencer, Eli, Blake, Trey, Dustin, Preston, Josiah, Jordan, Dallas, Carson, Christopher, Ethan, Cody, Casey, Tucker, Taran, Kade, Joshua, Hayden, Jonathan, Braden, Zachariah, Corbin, Brenden, Hunter, Christian, Bryce

PURGATORY: Alan, Alec, Anthony, Bradley, Colby, Elijah, Jackson, Jeffrey, Joseph, Parker, Robert, Steven, Timothy,


HELL: Sequoyah, Roc, Zephaniah, Chrisxavier, Treyvon, Saxon, Adolfo, Gibson, Mauro, Romano, Jayshaun, Blade, Javondre, Noe, Kyler, Jensen, Bode, Carlson, Casen, Kaden, Titan, Calder, Kody, Ricardo, Chevy, Miller, Jace, Quincy, Jose, Calan, Kristopher, Blaise, Dominick, Sonny, Sidney, Johnny, Angel, Jarett, Glen, Lance, Jaxon, Danny, Peyton, Destin, Carey, Demitrius, Kristopher, Jaden, Damian, Sergio, Isaiah, Sergio, Solomon, Victor, Bowen, David, Robin, Phillip, Ian, Albert, Dakota, Peter, Taylor, Luke, Steven, Isaac, Daniel, Mitchell, Noah, Brock, Davis, Andy, Aaron, Nathan, Colton, Andrew, Cooper, Michael, Jacob, Keenan, Gabriel, Randy, Shaw, Ayden

October 15, 2017 07:48 PM
In Response to Help!

My niece named her son Zymair, and we call him Zy.

Vexen reminds me too much of Vixen. 

October 4, 2017 08:38 PM


Heaven: Anastasia, Constance, Erika, Gloria, Jasmine, Estelle, Violet, Talia, Zara, Sabrina, Maisie, Iris, Elaine, Emilia, Arabella, Marion, Aria, April, Thea, Penny, Lana, Harper, Isla, Alice, Autumn, Hope, Darcy, Freja, Eva, Monica, Erin, Harlow,  Amy, Gemma, Arielle, Kara, Hannah, Imogen, Lillian, Seraphina, Diana, Hazel




Purgatory: Abby, Adina,  Amira, Ana, Annie, Blair, Chloe, Cindy, Claudine, Cora, Courtney, Daisy, Dakota,  Demetria,  Eden, Elisa, Elodie, Gina, Jill, Kate, Lacey, Lauren, Leslie,  Paloma, River, Shelby, Sonja, Tara, Winnie, Paige




Hell:  Carey, Reece, Song, Cassedy, Sailor, Beth, Tia, Megan, Tinsley, Jem, Spencer, Aggie, Kristen, Jordan, Kelly, Sunny, Sage, Britta, Mckenna, Lorna, Alma, Solange, Misty, Lois, Zoya, Electra, Journey, Dixie, Padma, Juno, Tammy, Honor, Mimi, Yvonne, Liberty, Chantal, Temperance, Presley, Shay, Hadley, Alix


August 26, 2017 05:38 PM

Never in a million years would I think there would be another Clem in my grandson's school, but sure enough, there was another in his kindergarten class!  My grandson is Clemeth, and the other boy was Clement, but they were referred to as Clem M. and Clem T.

And way back when, when my son, Thomas James, was in 3rd-grade, there was another student named Timothy Joseph...and they both were called TJ!  Since neither of us mothers would budge (my son simply wasn't a Tom or a Tommy!), they were TJ B and TJ S.

You cannot guarantee your child's name will be the only one!

January 14, 2017 12:49 PM

My daughter was thinking of naming her baby Serenity, if she had a girl, eleven years ago.  I thought it was off the wall, but pretty.  She had a boy, but I've been listening for a "Serenity" ever since.  I've never heard it.  So hard to believe it's #71!

June 6, 2016 07:29 PM
In Response to Sextuplets!

Clarity Dianne, Gage Mitchell, Jared Gregory, Maverick James, Serenity Anne, Verity Susanne.

November 11, 2015 06:40 AM

My neice just named her baby Zymair.

January 27, 2015 07:38 PM

My grandson is named "Clemeth" and goes mostly by "Clem."  I think it fits right in there with Clarence and Clyde.  I didn't like it at first, but all the 'Klem Kadiddlehopper' and country rube connotations have dissolved as my grandchild completely owns his name!

July 21, 2014 02:56 PM
In Response to Untrendy name choice

A teacher I work with named her baby girl Muriel last year.  They call her Elle.  

July 1, 2014 07:08 PM
In Response to Araminta

No, you're right, it doesn't matter at all to the story.  Besides, the portion read at the writer's group was out of the second chapter, after I had written descriptions of the main characters. 

Thank you for researching for me and for affirming that "my' pronunciation is acceptable!