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February 22, 2019 12:10 PM
In Response to What Do You Think?

To answer the question about Karen/Susan/Diana, I put these in a 'younger' category than Barbara.

Someone not as lazy as me can look up the stats. But to me these names were used for people my generation - give or take 50 - 65 years old.

Barbara sounds more like the mother of Karen, Susan, and Diana.

Seems like I've seen and heard a lot of names similar to Keira. And that doesn't make me hate it, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

I think that Barbara is way more ready for a comeback than her above mentioned daughters.

I really like the post by the person with a dated name BTW.


February 11, 2019 02:38 AM

This reminds me of an old skit from SNL way back when Homeland Security was created and they had color-coded emergency alerts. Here is the SNL text I managed to Google:

Now, what precisely do these threat levels indicate? Condition OFF-WHITE, the lowest level, indicates a huge risk of terrorist attack. Next highest, condition CREAM: an immense risk of terrorist attack. Condition PUTTY: an enormous risk of terrorist attack. Condition BONE: a gigantic risk of terrorist attack. And finally, the most serious, condition NATURAL: an enormous risk of terrorist attack.

Many of you probably noticed that in the preceding chart, we used the term “Enormous risk of terrorist attack” twice. This was a mistake we didn’t catch in time and we’re trying to fix it.

One last point, at my request and effective immediately, the President has placed the nation on Condition TAUPE. More on that in the weeks and months ahead.

Yes, I know this doesn't help OP! I like Vivian.


Ana Doria Elspeth.

June 26, 2018 12:06 PM
In Response to Impressions of Natalie

I don't think Natalie is dated at all. 

I do think of Natalie Wood immediately and to a lesser extent Natalie Portman. Both beautiful and wonderful actresses. They are generations apart and the name works/worked for both of them.

Your earlier post reminded me of Wood because she was born Natalia, called Natasha, changed to Natalie for her career. She also named a daughter Natasha.

I would not be surprised to meet a Natalie of any age. It rolls off the tongue beautifully.

BTW - I do like Natalia but my first instinct is na tal ya, but could easily be corrected.


I never knew the first Alan. But I did know Sue. I'm guessing she named their son (he also had a second mn that I think was her maiden).

That woman was hard-core and probably had a rational of "My son will be named after his father and be worthy of it because the first one is not worthy." 

I just think that Brett thought it was cool not to name a son Alan; but female Brett was a different animal is weird. Also, ALL the "goes by middle name business kills me."

I hate Captcha!


What a confusing household!

Here's a modern version. My partner goes by mn Brett. Here is his immediate genealogical history:

I thought of trying to mask, but that's a pain. Not using last names.

Father: Alan Dye

Mother: Kathryn Agnes

Sister: Stephanie Alana

Him: Alan Brett

Alan and Kathryn divorce. Alan marries Sue.

Half-brother: Alan Adrien (goes by Alan)

Brett has a son born to an Israeli woman named Noga who raised Nitzan in Israel.

Brett marries Marna Michelle.

Son: Walker "Vaughan"

Daughter: Kathryn "Katie" Ann (after both grandmothers)

Daughter: Brett Michelle - tired of Little Brett and masculine (to her) Brett, uses Michelle now. She answers to fn mn and fn or mn interchangeably.

Nitzan and wife Tedi (Theodora) have Brett's grandchildren, Victor and Veronique!

Brett is sooo proud he didn't name a child Alan or Alana :)

Working? Fingers crossed!

March 21, 2018 05:34 AM
In Response to Boy name help

I agree that the names you like are really popular and over-used. This, of course, does not disqualify them if those are the names you love. I do have to say that Jaden and all the other Aiden names get on my nerves. And I have never liked the Jaxson spelling - again, this is MY taste, so go with what you really want.

I'm thinking that it might be nice to not use any of the dominent vowel sounds in your other childrens' names - the "e" in Bella, the "Y/I" in Wyatt, the "A" in Drake.

I played around with your kids names plus Jaxson and Jaden to see what matched. Here are some I found appealing and maybe you might as well. Sorry for any repeats - other posters have given good suggestions. 

Easton, Quincy, Owen, Tucker, Connor, Roman, Alden, Vaughan, Maxim, Julien, Gavin, Jordon. Also, tried and true Justin and Jason (but Jason has the "A" like Drake) - names my generation gave to EVERY SINGLE MALE CHILD ha ha. But you probably won't find so many these days. 

Good luck!

March 10, 2018 08:42 PM
In Response to Theodora or Meredith?

I like Meredith but prefer Theodora. Also agree with others that the two M names and nns could get mixed up.

Theodora is beautiful. I have a step daughter-in-law (is that a thing!) who goes by Tedi.

Also a Meredith who uses Meri most or all of the time, I am positive will get "Mary" almost always.

I DO like both names though!

Good luck!

February 22, 2018 10:29 AM

This will age me, but Layla is always the Eric Clapton song to me. And all Laylas I've met have been named for that including an in-law of mine who is in her mid-thirties.

I agree about names SEEMING young because of only knowing young people with that name. Ex: Misty was fairly common with my age group (in my area anyway). That seemed like a young name when I was younger. But now I know one who is mid-fifties with the name and doesn't seem weird at all.

I do prefer Layla. Leila is fine, but I can see how it might get mispronounced or confused with Leia.

February 21, 2018 04:20 PM

Somewhere in my memory it seems you and I had a similar conversation about owl, towel, tall a long time ago.

I do think it's the difference in what we expect to hear. 

I will say that the many times I've heard Talia Shire's name I never heard "tall" in it.

Canadian v Texan ears, lol?


February 21, 2018 12:03 AM

I do think that Lauren works as being a great compromise and is very cool that she would get a little bit of both parents.

Also, as a feminist, I like the mother's last name being used.

But I have to say Lauren St. Lawrence is kinda cool. 

It is pretty straightforward in spelling and also memorable. I don't think anyone would forget it and probably love to say it over and over.

Cool and beneficial...I sorta like it.

February 18, 2018 10:59 AM
In Response to My triplets

Out of your first names, I like Lillian and Cecilia. I guess I like the "lia' sounds. In this case they are pronounced differently, thus not too matchy for sisters.

From your mn list, I like Martha, Hallie, Luna, and Annalise.

I won't try to match them to the first names because a) middle name flow doesn't matter as much as first and last and b) it makes my brain hurt. :)

February 18, 2018 10:19 AM

I really like Talia. My first and only association is Talia Shire, a wonderful actress and good association. She is known for the Rocky and Godfather movies.

I don't understand the pronunciation problem because I've only heard it as something like Towl-ya - I was going to write Tal-ya, but that seems more like the word tall. I hear it as "rhymes with owl."

I briefly knew a Cleo in Jr. High. She was nice and I remember thinking it was neat name I had never heard before. Back then I thought it was short for Cleopatra. :)



February 17, 2018 11:46 AM
In Response to Baby #4 is...

Felicity is nice, but not my style because I agree with your earlier comment about it being frilly. But I would be delighted to meet one, which I never have.

Louisa is an long-time favorite of mine. And aside from my bias, I don't think Louisa sounds at all close to Anneliese. Actually, I think Adelaide sounds a bit too similar.

Louisa also has the potential Isa nn (Lisa without the L) if that is something that pleases you or her. I know one who's full name is Isabeau.

I have the same feeling about Emeline that I do about Felicity - I like Felicity slightly better.

Thumbs up for Naomi and Lila!

Just my two cents. Any of these names are winners, of course.

February 6, 2018 12:06 AM

I think any of the names could come from most any culture. Yes, Elena would be my first guess if asked "which is Latina."

Truly, they are all fine names.

Like another poster, Callie from Grey's Anatomy is my pop culture reference. And seriously, do we have to "dumb down" and assume no one knows how to pronounce/spell Calliope? And can't we assume they can LEARN? 

Calliope is my favorite.

I do like Lydia. Liddie seems more of a pet name to me - shortened by one syllable/letter.

January 17, 2018 12:26 PM

I know an Isa (full name Isabeau). She just says Lisa without the L).

January 13, 2018 12:04 AM
In Response to Asele

All I can think of is: "Attention Kmart shoppers, there's *a sale* on women's panties on aisle one." :)

January 6, 2018 06:05 PM
In Response to Name Mystery: Jeremiah

I would consider it a popular biblical name (though I'm not sure if parents use it for that reason or because they like the sound).

The reason I know that I've encountered several Jeremiahs is because I always break out into the song when meeting one - of course getting an eye-roll every time!

I think most have been white, but because I only remember one of them, I could have been introduced to a Black Jeremiah or other ethnicity.

The one I remember is a clerk at a store I frequent. He is a 20-something white guy. If I had to guess, he's middle-class and not particularly religious.

In fact, I don't believe I've ever met anyone with the other names you mention. I'm from Texas - regional?

January 5, 2018 12:03 AM

All these names are great, including Ruby.

But my vote is for Calliope Celeste. I think this combo, in this order is fantastic. And you can use any of the nicknames mentioned, including CeCe - cute, but I really like Poppy!

December 28, 2017 11:08 PM

Kendra reminded me of a woman I know named T€dra, after her grandfather Ted (nn for Edgar).

She coincidentally has a brother named Jeff. Both fiftyish.

People who hang out here will be familiar with the first two Tom names.