About Me

I'm a college student, and still around 10 years away from wanting kids. Names have always interested me because of the relationship I've had with my own growing up. I hated my name when I was little (love it now) and there really were no nickname options that I could try on. I want my kids to have choices in what they're known as, so they can find the one that fits them best at every point in their life.

My Favorite Names
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September 1, 2015 10:19 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

I can't believe this thread is still alive and going strong!  I absolutely loved reading through everyone's creations!

Joshua --> Jodrua (almost any change in the middle sound leans very feminine.  I like Jonua for a girl)

Fatima --> Fatira

Boy: Trevor

Girl: Marnie

April 12, 2014 05:59 PM

Barista speaking here:

I loved this article!  The author was spot on with suggesting customers totally own a name that they make up.  It's pretty easy to tell it's a fake name if you aren't confident.

I especially love when pregnant women and/or expecting dads use their future child's name as a test run.

Yesterday I had a customer named Kasia who provided the spelling when I asked for her name.  Guess what?  I deliberately spelled her name Kasha.  Luckily in my store, names don't end up on cups so she had no idea that I typed something different into the computer.  When her drink was finished, my coworker called out Kasia's drink with the correct pronounciation and everyone was happy.  

Because I'm a NE, I purposely spell people's names incorrectly if the pronounciation isn't intuitive or if there are unnecessary extra letters (all Johns become Jon, all Brittanys become Britney, etc.)  My goal is to use the simplest, most-pronounceable way to spell your name so that someone can shout it out into the crowd instead of Large Soy Half Decaf Vanilla Latte, which ALWAYS gets picked up by the wrong person.  It's partially customer service, but mostly me not wanting to remake a drink when Small Americano gets excited and grabs the first cup he sees and drinks out of it :)

January 22, 2014 01:34 PM
In Response to Fake Names

As a barista and a NE, I love all the names that I get to hear every day.  At my coffee shop, we type the name on the computer when we ring up people and then it's shown on the screen to the person making drinks so they can call it out for people to pick up.  Names rarely get written on cups.  When I'm entering names into the system, I have two goals:

1. Pronounceable - Marcia becomes Marsha, Sean becomes Shawn, Reina becomes Rayna, etc.

2. Quickest spelling - Sarah becomes Sara, John becomes Jon, Christie becomes Kristy, etc.

Other than that, I just go with the spelling I'm most familiar with and people are generally happy to pick up a drink when they hear their name, because at the end of the day Brittanie and Britney sound exactly the same.

And then of course there are the days when the computer hates me and Alexandra becomes Slwxronsra and I just call out "Large soy mocha with whip!" and hope for the best :)

January 22, 2014 11:47 AM

I have two friends named Naomi, one who goes by Omi and one who goes by Nomes with her friends (same idea as Jules for Julianna).  I think Naomi is the type of name that you can hear your relationship to someone based on what they call you - Naomi is a fully functional name in day to day life, and has lots of affectionate nicknames for family and friends.  I like the idea of that kind of flexibility rather than having just one name that you go by.

June 7, 2013 04:27 PM

You mentioned that your dad goes by Jim.  Is he almost exclusively Jim or does he use it interchangeably with James?  If he identifies more as a Jim than as a James, you could use that fact to help your mom realize you're not naming the baby after your dad but rather giving her new grandson a name you love.  Especially if you're leaning towards Jay or JT as a nickname.  By calling your son by a different name than your father goes by, it might be easier for your mom to put asside the association than if she had to constantly be reminded of her ex-husband every time she came to visit Little Jimmy.

May 31, 2013 03:51 PM
In Response to The Ks Have It

German generally does use K in place of rhe hard C when words are similar to English, ie. Amerika, Akrobat, Nektarine

Some name examples: Angelika, Bianka, Erik/a, Dominik

Aaaaand fwiw, I know a young German boy named Jakob but pronounced more like yah-kop.  I suppose if I met a Jakob in America I would assume German parents/grandparents but pronounce it like Jacob unless he said otherwise.

May 31, 2013 03:39 PM
In Response to The Ks Have It

What an awesome article!  My favorite bit from the testimonials is from Klaire of the UK: " I can only really complain about never getting a keyring with my name on it when I was younger. Now at 28, I have got over it. Just."

May 4, 2013 12:11 AM
In Response to Gwendolyn

I never considered the Gwendolen spelling, but I like that A LOT.

April 29, 2013 04:28 AM
In Response to Initial mismatch

My friend's little sister is named Elizabeth but goes by Lizzie for the most part.  She'll answer to Elizabeth, but I've been calling her Lizzie since the day she was born.  I was helping her make a tshirt for a class project and she wanted her initial on the front and as I was about to write an L she told me all about how she wanted the E to look.  Go figure.

April 29, 2013 03:56 AM
In Response to Gwendolyn

Small world, but I believe we know the same Gwendolyn! 

April 29, 2013 03:55 AM
In Response to Gwendolyn

I have a 2 year old cousin named Gwendolyn and it does seem like a name that will be up and coming among the intellectual crowd.  The parents insist on calling her Gwendolyn which I thought was a huge name for a baby before I met her, and referred to her as Gwen, but once I actually got to see baby Gwendolyn, the full name came out naturally.  I think when she gets to kindergarten and has to learn how to write her name, it might just get shortened, but who knows.  I'm actually really excited to see how she identifies herself as she grows up (NE nerd alert!)

For me personally, I love Gwen, Gwenna, and don't mind Gweneth but I have a really hard time getting behind Gwendolyn,  It just seems too bulky.


Felicity is the name of the American Girl doll from the colonial era, who has sadly been discontinued :( For me, Felicity was the beloved doll I had growing up and it's solidly a doll name, but that might be a fun connection for a future little girl.  I believe you can still order the books about Felicity.

For middle names, Charlotte is my favorite

March 2, 2013 01:30 AM

I took the quiz once for a boy and once for a girl and got Harold (tradition and history) and Rosalind (literature).  I think those two could actually work well together as siblings.  That was kind of fun!

March 1, 2013 11:34 PM

I had a friend as a teenager named Quinn N_____ and we almost always referred to him as firstnamelastname all smooshed together, but I think that was mostly because he has a really awesome last name.  He was a pretty popular kid and probably thought it was funny, so Quinn N_____ definitely is usable if that's the name you're set on.

February 4, 2013 02:40 PM
In Response to Multiple middle names?


Elizabeth is one of those names that you can use anywhere and put anywhere and it ALWAYS works and doesn't just sound like a filler name.  If all three given names were statement names like Hermione Esmeralda Alphonsine then that would definitely be pretentious.  Adele and Elizabeth are both distinguished names, but simple and familiar enough to let Hermione shine.

I realize that this may sound like heresy among NEs, but if your fourth is also a girl, you could use Elizabeth as a second middle name for her too.  It would give your girls a special connection, honor family all around, and you would be able to avoide the -AG issues you mentioned.  Since it's a second middle name, it's not like you'd be pulling a George Foreman.

January 21, 2013 12:31 AM
In Response to New Yorker Cartoon

The updated version of Melissa?

January 20, 2013 12:25 PM

A compromise between Harrison and Edward could be Edison - still gives you Eddie and is a little more classic (or at least less trendy) than Harrison.

December 15, 2012 01:28 PM

Can I throw in one more?  The Italian Costanza (without an n)

I'm like 99% of the time a fan of Spanish names, but I just have a hard time getting Constanza out.  It could be that I met several young Costanzas when I was in Italy last year, but it's a name I really love and can see it being used fairly well in the States.

Other than that, my number two choice is Constance.  That was the name of my classmate's younger sister in elementary school, and I remember it being weird at the time, but as soon as I put a face to the name, it would have been weird if she was named anything else.  Does that make sense?  The point is, I don't think it's too unweildy for a little girl :)

December 13, 2012 02:45 PM
In Response to HIMYM name fun

This was about 10 years ago, but in my brother's kindergarten class, there wsa boy Markie and girl Markie.  I think her full name was actually Markie.  

(now I get a glare when I call my brother anything other than Mark outside our house haha)

December 13, 2012 02:37 PM

Edie: Edeline, Edrie, and Edmina

Indie: Alinda, Belinda, Carmindy, Clarinda, Dalinda, Jacinda, Marinda, Melinda, Serinda