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March 20, 2015 08:34 AM

Slip out the back, Jack. Make a new plan, Stan. No need to be coy, Roy...just listen to me. 

October 12, 2013 07:02 PM

The Indian name Souren is very similar in sound to the Scandinavian name Søren.  

The name Nina slides between many cultures, too, the ones you'd expect (Russian, Italian, English, German, French, and so on) and the ones you might not (Native American/Quechua, Babylonian). 

June 19, 2013 11:27 PM

I should have known someone here would know the correct term! I couldn't tell from internet definitions whether to call it a diaresis, a trema, or an umlaut. All look like two dots, so I hope the original poster knew what I meant even though I picked the wrong one! Thanks for the correction.

June 19, 2013 01:16 PM

I 100% agree that Esther doesn't live up to Brontë.  I think you should definitely go literary for the first name.  I think Beatrix works better than Beatrice, for example. But the first name that came to mind was Anaïs.  It's more unusual and has a similar ending sound to Beatrice.  It also has an umlaut like Brontë, which is kind of cool.

June 19, 2013 01:04 PM

I love the idea of Margaret nn Daisy.  Daisy and Millie is a darling combination, and Margaret Mae...swoon. I also like Maggie as a Margaret nickname but Maggie and Millie reminds me of the ee cummings poem. (read here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15406)  Personally I love the poem and would adore having four girls named Maggie, Milly, Molly, and May, but it's not for everyone.


PS - My husband has vetoed Margaret for both my girls too, much to my sadness.

June 19, 2013 12:56 PM

Are people misprounouncing it the same way every time? I only ask because my mother actually had this issue as a child. Her parents intended her name to be prounounced with a short "a" sound and everyone pronounced it with a long "a"...so they changed the "right" pronunciation to the one that everybody used. 

If that doesn't appeal to you, I think Mimi is a really cute nickname.  That way you can decide if you want to fight the pronunciation battle later.

(I'm also curious what the name is!)

June 19, 2013 12:51 PM

Your two older children have Irish names that are also familiar and easy to spell. I think I'd go that direction for the twins, too, with something like Cassidy and Delaney (both derived from Irish surnames).  Sweet nickname potential for both names, and they would be great sibling names with Aidan and Brenna.

October 22, 2012 11:23 AM
In Response to Jules as a full name

I know a little girl named Jules and it has grown on me.  It's the kind of name that, once applied to a child, no longer seems odd.  It suits her very well!  And it's the name that her parents would be calling her even if they had given her Julia or Juliet as a full name.

October 22, 2012 11:20 AM

Agree! Cosima and Colette are both fantastic alternatives to Cosette. Personally I think Cosette is okay, although the character and meaning aren't strong associations for me because I'm not really a fan of Victor Hugo. Or musicals.

October 22, 2012 11:17 AM

I agree with this. Flow is not that important with middle names, especially if they are family names.  I think Georgia Miriam sounds very nice actually.  Georgia Charlotte is a little bit more of of a tongue twister but definitely not a deal-breaker! 

October 15, 2012 10:29 PM
In Response to A sister for Jane

Just an update since we FINALLY (at 39 weeks pregnant) have settled on a name. 

Our short list of three names was:


We tried on each name for a couple of weeks and Evelyn turned out to be the one that seemed to fit the best, which surprised me!  We decided to abandon the E-middle name tradition and picked a family middle name instead (my MIL's middle, since our first daughter has my mom's middle).  So her name will be Evelyn Dale Rhys.  Thanks to those who gave feedback; it was very helpful to hear so many ideas and opinions when we were forming and narrowing down our list! 

October 14, 2012 12:10 PM


1. My niece is named Miriam and I found it awkward to call her Miriam as a baby because it seemed very adult. Her parents used the nickname Emmy (her first-middle initials are M-E) until she hit kindergarten. I could also see using Miri or Mira as a sweet baby nickname.  Now elementary age, my niece fits into her given name quite well.

2. I don't have personal experience with namer's remorse but a friend of mine had it when her baby was young and almost changed the name. Didn't end up doing it and now feels her daughter fits her name very well. So it does go away! Especially if you like the name Miriam, I think it may just be a case of getting used to it.  Plus you can always put Susan as a middle and then in a few months if you're still feeling the same, her middle name can become her name of use and you won't have to feel weird about it. The personalized gifts will still be appropriate and your daughter may choose to use either name at another point in her life.


October 14, 2012 12:04 PM

I agree with all of this.

October 6, 2012 02:50 PM
In Response to New Name

I know a five-year-old girl named Jules (given name).

September 10, 2012 11:48 PM
In Response to I'm expecting!

Congratulations!  Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

Just throwing some out there:



September 10, 2012 02:25 PM

Any update on what you chose for your new baby boy?  I would love to know the full sibset!

August 31, 2012 10:09 PM
In Response to The "New Virtues"

I know a toddler with the middle name Venture, which I think is pretty cool. It's not exactly a virtue but it embodies certain virtues so I think it fits the category.

August 31, 2012 01:53 PM

My daughter has a couple Jacks in her grade level at school (1st grade), but I don't know that many Jacks under three. Only one, in fact...a new baby. I think Jack is still pretty popular for families who like the Max/Sam/Gus/Hank family of names but it's not as fresh-sounding to first-time parents.  So I would guess that most little Jacks are younger siblings and the family naming style was set a few years ago...just a theory, though!  It's a great, classic name and sounds good on little boys and old men so it's probably going to stay popular for a while. :)


August 31, 2012 10:25 AM

I agree...I think Beatrix has more "viral" potential than Beatrice because of the "X". 

For some perspective on popularity, my daughter's name was in the mid-400's when she was born, now in the mid-200's, and I've only run into one other little girl with the same name (at a park in another state!).  There are none in her entire elementary school (about 300 kids).  Plus I have to say my daughter LOVES meeting adults with her name, or hearing about characters or famous people with her name.  I think she'd be thrilled to have a friend or acquaintance with the same name.  She loves her name but that means she thinks it's so good that other people should have it too!

Plus, I think Beatrice and Julia are a fantastic set of sisters.

August 30, 2012 05:41 PM

I like Everett too!  Levi and Everett is a very handsome sibling set.

Initially I was thinking Tobias/Toby for you, but that might skew too Biblical.  What about Tobin instead?  Toby is a great nickname and Tobin has a modern, masculine sound that is similar to Rowan. 

Since you like the cowboy-cool factor of Cash, how about Carter, Wyatt, Jesse, Clay, Cole, Wylie, Zane, or Rex?

And if you like Max and Jack, you might like:

a Henry called Hank
an Isaac called Ike
an Ezekiel called Zeke
an August called Gus (or just plain Gus)
a Peter called Pete
a Nathaniel called Nate
a Samuel or Samson called Sam

All are friendly, cheerful, one-syllable nicknames for grown-up-man full names, but can be names in their own right.