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Anthropologist / Editor / Writer / Mother / Intellectual Explorer / Defender of Truth and Justice / Bushwhacker / Maze Runner

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March 14, 2017 09:35 PM

Aroleine or Aroline (with -lyn sound)

March 7, 2017 01:58 PM

Leila Dianne, for something retro perhaps.  I know a beautiful elderly woman with a similar-sounding combination.  

February 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Silo, Wyndow, Brio, Oslo, Calypso, Jago, Lando, Ivo, Ringo, Harpo, Django, Massimo, Thiago, Sisko, Brando, Calico, Tylo, Crusoe, Roscoe, Harlowe, Echo, Marlowe, Morocco, Winslow, Cairo, Lilo, Domino, Cyrano, Indigo, Cleo, Fausto, Colorado, Evo, Geo, Frodo, Rio, Coco, Hiro, Hero, Jojo, Kahlo, Lorenzo, Kyoto, Laszlo, Maceo, Othello, Arlow, Claudio, Santino, Taos, Tahoe, Neo, Giacomo, Thoreau, Tulio, Bilbo, Benvolio, Cameo, Trudeau, Taro, Monaco, Koa

January 26, 2017 06:35 PM

Spring (F)

November 29, 2016 04:51 PM


July 13, 2016 09:01 AM






June 21, 2016 03:27 PM

I like Arolyn.  

May 7, 2016 12:49 AM

Some great classics on those lists. My favorites are probably Diane and Pamela for girls, and Stuart and Douglas for boys.  

May 6, 2016 09:18 AM

One of my sons is Springer, a family name.  

May 5, 2016 08:01 AM

I love the name Hillary precisely because it represents strength and smarts, thanks to its famous namesake.  

March 15, 2016 08:53 PM
In Response to Just Kit?

I love just Kit. I think it's perfect, in all regards. And don't worry that she might not like it as is. It's the parents' choice, and you simply can't predict what she'd prefer. Plenty of people don't perhaps care for their name, and they just go with it or a few eventually change it if they want. The lucky ones really like their name or they grow to like it. It's a roll of the dice, and even if you gave her the option of Katherine or something else, she might not like that either. But she might just like just Kit a lot! You can't know, so you can't worry about the what if's. Pick a name that you love most. I do really like Kittredge as well. And just a side note, Jodie Foster has a son named Kit (from Christopher, I believe). 

March 8, 2016 03:35 PM

I prefer the spelling Bonny, which is a word for "pretty." And I like that each of their names would end in a different letter.  

March 1, 2016 03:10 PM

Hendrika, Hydrangea, Hydea (I knew someone by this name but not sure how they spelled it...Heidaya?), or longer shots Hilaria or Hillary...

February 25, 2016 10:52 PM

I literally worked with a man named Bland once, years ago in Atlanta.  It was apparently a family name, but still...

February 25, 2016 10:05 PM

Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Courtland, Leland, Cleveland, Roland, Garland, Ryland...

February 25, 2016 09:58 PM

That's what I was saying...parents' prerogative to find out whatever they want about a name and worry about whatever they may.  So share away.  But many are less scrutinizing and just go for the name they like.  Like I said, even with what you've said about Maypole, I'd absolutely still use it.  (But I have only boys and I'm done...and I had a different girl's name first in line, a word name nonetheless.)  As a cultural anthropologist, I do, however, appreciate learning about origins and meanings.

It's Nameberry that says that Malia means "bitter."  Regardless, you get the idea.  Point is, many names have unusual, unfortunate meanings that many parents, and kids, will never know...or care about.  Or they assign their own meanings.  Also according to Nameberry, for example, Kennedy apparently means "misshapen head"; doesn't seem to stop some parents from using the name and attributing a different meaning to it.  It's sort of astounding how many examples there are like that.  

It's wonderful to share this information, as long as we all do so respectfully, not ever in a snarky, condescending, or patronizing way, which no one appreciates.  We're not trying to make anyone wrong here...just share ideas, educate, and kindly assist.  So, share, share away, one and all.

February 24, 2016 11:31 PM

That's interesting information. I did know a girl in college named Tree...actual name (despite the phallic symbolism). It is good to know, but sometimes the meaning or connotations don't actually matter to parents, such as those who might name their child Nixon (speaks for itself) or Cameron (crooked nose) or Malia (bitter). Despite what you've shared, I, personally, would still use the name Maypole because the image of it is lovely to me, I like the sound, and my boys and I like to ride the maypole swing at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (a fond memory). If a girl is named Hester, would she feel uncomfortable in an English lit discussion of "The Scarlet Letter"? I mean, you could worry about so many things, and that is the parents' prerogative to do so.

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February 24, 2016 09:39 PM

Nope. I'm perfectly conscious of my choices. But what doesn't appeal to one may appeal to another. It's great to offer a variety of choices because you never know what someone might like that they hadn't thought of themselves. There are ALL SORTS of word names in existence, from the odd and unexpected, to those that are more common. And many word names that used to be considered out there are now commonplace. Many of them, found on the bigger baby name sites, surprise even me, and I'm someone who appreciates more unusual word names.

"Far afield" is completely relative, and to label a name such clearly demonstrates the breadth, or lack thereof, of one's perspective. For me, they are not that far out there because I'm open-minded about names, and I've come across (in real life and on the baby name lists) so many "far afield" names that anything goes, as far as I'm concerned. "Exceedingly odd" is a matter of perspective as well, and who is to decide what category of names is acceptable for suggesting on a forum? Are we to remain in some narrow framework in order to fit in? The poster did say "any," after all. I used my judgment and suggested what I felt was appropriate. You can do the same, and I won't give you a hard time about anything you choose to put out there. Or is someone here the name monitor and instructed to reel in anyone who's gone too far afield?

There are dozens of accepted state names, so why not Maryland, especially when Mary and Land (and Lando and Landon, etc.) are names in and of themselves? Maypole sounds just like Mabel, Maybell, and Maple (and I think Maple is a bit weird, personally, but not unexpected in today's naming climate), and a maypole is a beautiful image...so why not? If you're not open to possibilities, then I suppose it's "far afield" to you. But sometimes the best names come when parents take chances (and many of those chances have become today's names). However, classics are very nice, too. The point is, it's all good, all suggestions are good, and the beauty of names is in the eye of the beholder. Let's all respect that. The poster has the option to take them or leave them. Trust me, I don't like everyone else's suggestions either, but I don't ever belittle them. I respect that's your style, and I have my own. That's what makes the world interesting. Isn't it nice that in one classroom, there can be a Madison, a Michaela, a Matilda, a Meredith, a Morgan, a Malia, a Maypole, and a Maryland? Why the hell not?

February 24, 2016 07:56 PM

These are actual name choices that I wanted to kindly share for their relevance, in my opinion, to the poster's question. I put thought into my list, and anyone who has any idea of the breadth and depth of names knows that these fall right in line with others out there. Ksundar did say, "Thanks for ANY input!" Have we resorted to disrespecting and making fun of others' suggestions? There seems to be no limit to the snarky comments on this site... Very, very sad.

February 23, 2016 11:38 AM

I think Meredith is perfect, if your husband is on board with that one.  Here are some that I don't think were mentioned yet: Mame, Moira, Mare, Majel, Mirth, Myrrh, Mariel, Madge, Mielle, Miep, Meriwether, Maple, Maypole, Meade, Midwin, Maybelline, Marjoram, Magdiela, Merriam, Marquessa, Maryland, Marg, Milan, Mona Lisa, Mary Todd, Mary Kate, Moxie, Madrid, Monaco, Melrose, Millvina, Minnie, Mena, Mila, Madrigal, Montserrat, Muse, Maine, Marlena, Maelie, Martine, Mauve, Magenta, Mignon, Manon, Marian, Mariska, Mallory, Malka