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November 19, 2018 06:47 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Gwendolyn?

I know a four-year-old little Gwendolyn. Love it!

October 21, 2018 07:29 PM

My son’s name is Callum. We get soooo many “CAY-lum”s...which does not even make phonetic sense. I just keep saying it the correct way. People will catch on.

FWIW, I’d read it ”Emma-LINE”. Agree with the above that it’s probably largely regional. 

October 8, 2018 07:45 PM
In Response to Using initials

I work at a bank and use initials frequently - that said, I wouldn’t bat an eye at an EW. If it really bothered him he could choose to add the M, as other commenters mentioned. I don’t recall using my initials at all as a mom labelled my pencil crayons with my initials one year but I doubt anyone noticed.

I think Ezekiel Mason W. is a lovely choice!


August 21, 2018 07:13 PM

What about Austin Parker? 

July 14, 2018 05:58 PM

Agree on Eleanor! Beautiful & elegant - and I think Eleanor Roosevelt is an excellent association. I couldn’t picture my kids’ names ’suiting’ then really until they were born. 

Victoria, Philippa, Jacqueline, Lydia, Felicity?

March 4, 2018 03:37 PM

I have a Callum Arthur. :)

November 28, 2017 04:30 PM

Hi again everyone - Baby was born last week & we named her Stella June :) thanks for the reassurance above!

September 22, 2017 12:23 PM

I instinctively say it like "Maya" (A). Although prefer (B). 

September 18, 2017 06:03 AM

Love the above suggestions of Wayland, Ulysses, Kingsley, and Wesley. I agree that it's a nice idea to preserve the "l y", especially since your kids like it. Congratulations on the new little one!

September 16, 2017 06:20 PM

Leonardo, Matthias, Dominic, Sebastian, Roman, Elias, Emmanuel, Romeo, Orlando, Titus

I like Cassius with your other two! Congratulations on baby #3!

August 31, 2017 02:54 AM
In Response to middle name for Austin

Both are cute. I have always carried a torch for Amos so have to vote that way! For whatever reason Austin Ames just brings to mind the Cinderella Story character for me...but that is quite dated now and this Austin will likely never watch or hear about the movie.

August 24, 2017 09:37 PM

1. A popular name you don't like: Liam. I know so many little Liams and I just loathe the name! As a nickname for William, sure, but not a standalone name. Just sooo not my style. 
2. A name everyone hates but you like: Flora! I think it's darling...hubby and entire extended family think otherwise :( I learned my lesson on crowdsourcing baby names!
3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular: Ezra. I guess "popular" isn't what it used to be, but I still find it painful when cute unique names go "popular" and become ubiquitous. 
4. A name family you don't like: the -aiden/-ayden/-adons 
5. A trend you can't get on board with: Backwards naming. Nevaeh?! Or naming after TV characters (unless said characters are seriously significant to your life/family)
6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now: Hm, place names. I always thought it was so tacky to name a baby after a country/state/town, but now some of those names are really growing on me. Georgia, Brooklyn, Denver. I guess my tastes are shifting. 
7. A first letter you don't much care for: K - I can't think of a single K name I like. 
8. A name you like but think is overhyped: Elsa (oh, Frozen...)
9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival: Frances *heart eyes*
10. A name that doesn't get enough love: There are so many lovely underused names that are overlooked because they just seem a bit "hefty". Clementine, Tennudon, Evangeline, I have a thing for long hefty names. They could use some love. :)

August 16, 2017 08:24 PM

OK - follow-up question to this. How important is it that sibling names "go" together? My current favorite is Diana, which "goes" well with our son's name - my husband's new favourite is Stella, which we both love but doesn't really "go" with Callum. Am I overthinking this? Is it really noticeable to have siblings whose names don't really "match"?

August 6, 2017 06:22 PM

I think both spellings are sweet! Yes, we do pronounce it KAL-um. AFAIK that is the only correct pronunciation, but for every KAL-um I hear one KAIL-um and one "column"! It just seems to be a lot less straightforward here than I had anticipated!

August 6, 2017 06:19 PM

Thanks Eowyn and Karyn - the reassurance is comforting! I'm also Canadian and I do tend more towards Haddie. My husband, though, goes full-on aspirated T (had to google the term lol) - it's more the inconsistency than anything that niggles at me, but I'm sure it wouldn't be an actual problem. I really do like Harriet, and it is my husband's favourite. I will probably keep it on the hospital shortlist :)

August 6, 2017 06:11 AM

Helloo! We live in Ontario, but my husband's family is from (and mostly still live in) Glace Bay. I have actually been surprised at how uncommon Callum is here. I like uncommon, and expected it, but many people find it downright foreign and struggle to pronounce it.

I looove the name Maisie! It was actually in my top few but ruled out by hubby. I like Iona as well but am worried about being pigeonholed into Very Scottish territory. Noting the points for Lydia and Ada as well! Thank you!!

August 6, 2017 05:58 AM

Thank you! I love Hattie, and it is my husband's top choice - my only issue is the pronunciation. I feel like some people would enunciate the T's and others would blur it into 'Haddie'. Probably isn't a big deal, but I keep coming back to it!

I love Maeve as a middle name! Lydia Maeve is so cute. Ah, my list keeps growing! Thank you - these are great suggestions. 

August 6, 2017 05:54 AM

Ha! I hadn't even thought of that. 

August 1, 2017 04:08 PM
In Response to Nickname for Leonora

Yes! Exactly this - Fourth vote here! :)

August 1, 2017 04:06 PM

My husband had suggested Elizabeth as a middle name but I think I would feel weird naming a baby after myself haha! Although as a middle name perhaps I could handle it. This is a great list! Thank you! I especially like Annabel.