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February 1, 2011 11:19 AM

@Tirzah How about Alba for a shorter name that means "white"?

August 12, 2010 02:44 PM

I can't tell you how many people have asked if my daughter Dorothy is actually named Dorothea. No, she's not, but obviously the sound is attractive to some.


So what's the #5 rising boys' name now?

February 4, 2010 10:52 AM

There's a little Phillipa in my daughter's kindergarten class, who goes by Pip. I think it's just the cutest name ever.

February 2, 2010 11:23 AM

My daughter loves Milly-Molly-Mandy - I practically have them all memorized. I am amused that her best friend is always referred to as "little friend Susan". Other names include Billy Blunt, Jilly who lives by the store, and Toby the dog.

February 1, 2010 11:51 AM

@RobynT: We didn't consider Lyra when my daughter was born, because we were looking mostly at stars, not constellations. (We did briefly consider Io, which is a moon.) Her middle name is Maia (one of the Pleiades). (We dodged a popular-culture bullet, too - the runner-up was Bellatrix, who became prominent as the Harry Potter villainess just a year or two later.) I think Lyra is a lovely name, though, although it does make me think of The Golden Compass. Then, when my son was born, we preferred a star name instead of a constellation or moon to "match," but there were few masculine-sounding ones that we really liked. We considered Oberon, which is a moon, but ended up with Antares. I hope he likes it when he gets big enough to learn it. :)

January 29, 2010 05:03 PM

We broadcast the first names, but were keepers on the middle names. (It did take us quite a bit longer to decide on the first name for our son than it had for our daughter, so the broadcast happened later.) We also had a somewhat geeky but fun theme for middle names - both kids have middle names that are also the name of a star. My daughter's middle name is also a reasonably common name, while my son's is pretty much unheard of except as the star. My daughter loves the planetarium (my son is not old enough to understand yet), and always tells the presenter about "her" star.

February 10, 2009 11:27 AM

Now I have Michael Finnegan stuck in my head.