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November 19, 2011 12:26 PM

My first thought for NOTY was Wall Street. It might not be a baby name, but it is a place name. It's the home of the original Occupy group and the one that will lead in history books, whatever the outcome of the protests. Totally off the topic of NOTY, if I may, I'm a long-time lurker/occasional poster (I was Ash at one point in the old CKE days) who has an actual, real, long-way-off (July) baby to name. DH and I feel fairly confident in our short-list. But he knows about my name obsession and agrees that considering all of the possibilities to be extra-sure is a good thing. If you guys have any thoughts or suggestions, I'd love to hear. To note, DH and I are super-Catholic, so any name we choose will likely reflect that. Last name has a cadence similar to Archer (including Ar sound), but is not. Girls: FN Clare or Felicity; MN Louise (family name -- probably not flexible) Boys: FN Peter, Luke/Lucas, Thomas; MN Oliver, Clinton, or Seth (also family names)

January 12, 2011 07:22 AM

I can actually imagine Pope Benedict encouraging a more "conservative" version of naming -- one that includes a Saint's name/Biblical name/virtue name in either the first or middle position, unless one is of a culture that bestows an additional Saint's name at baptism (much like a confirmation name/saint). I can also see the mainstream media turning such a push into a total fiasco, since, as others have noted, the media likes to turn most of his comments into something they are not.

December 14, 2010 08:46 AM

Yay for more babies to name. Pip and Mammafaith, I definitely remember you both! I think Freya + Syliva reads hip, although Freya is not one I see commonly in these parts, I feel like it would fit nicely with current trends while still being unique.

December 3, 2010 08:43 AM

I love Catherine, and Kate (though I think Cate is better for Catherine), but the sheer number of Kathys, Kates, and Katies in my life (in a wide range of ages and spellings) keep me from ever, ever using it. Like others, I imagine the royal wedding will have some impact on Kate, but I think Catherine will have the bigger bump. Then parents can use the now-trendy (across the pond) nickname for the classic (that never really goes out of style). Someone mentioned that it is Kitty. Can anyone confirm?

November 3, 2010 11:02 AM

Congrats to another Laura on the good news and to hyz and NAMG on their new little ones!!

October 27, 2010 10:45 AM

I have a grandpa Oliver and grandma Olivia (from different sides of the family), so they literally qualify as great-grandparent names for me (based on the theory that name-cycles will make a baby's great-grandparents' generation of names appropriately on-trend). My grandfather, Oliver, was named after his father and so went by his middle name in his early years. He still has family that calls him this. Later, he switched to using his first name, and most people call him Ollie. My grandmother, Olivia, already has a great-granddaughter named for her (actually, it was something of a race among the cousins to see who would have a girl first -- and thus claim on the name). Little Olivia (my niece) is, frankly, the family princess and I adore her. Little Olivia's mom thought they might call her Livvy, but she has always just been Olivia and now there is no thought of anything else. Some of my Grandma's family call/called her Olive as a nickname/endearment. Actually, once she became a grandmother, the name Nana became so widely used that everyone calls her that as if it were her name. Many people had to be told that her real name is Olivia when Little Olivia was born.

September 23, 2010 08:56 AM
In Response to Names Frozen In Time

I have always had a soft spot for Carrie, but also like Callie. I totally understand the desire for a nickname that can be used in everyday life. Some of the other options PPs have suggested are great, too. I don't watch Mad Men (though many have encouraged me to do so), but I am fascinated every time the show's names come up on here. Some of those names do seem to be somewhat out of place, and some seem to be stretching it but slighly believable. I find it more jarring to have one or two out-of-place names in a show/book/movie than when the whole cast of anachronistically named characters. Another Laura, I don't think you can go wrong with Theresa (especially with the fabulous nickname Tess/a). If I recall, your children have lovely Catholic Saint names, and, as such, a daughter Theresa will fit right in and have a slew of worthy patrons. I can actually see Amber making a comeback, in spite of its 80s roots. I don't know that I hold any name grudges per se.

September 13, 2010 10:41 AM

I am loving reading everyone's thoughts on how to make male names female "properly," as well as all of our attempts at doing this by adding endings, "feminizing" spelling, etc. There are so many creative (and smart!) people on this site!

September 10, 2010 05:41 PM

Also, congrats on the arrival of Joshua Edmund. A handsome name for what, I'm sure, is a handsome little boy!

September 10, 2010 05:40 PM

A family member is married to a Kevin. When their daughter acts like him, the running joke is that she is being "Kevina" (Kev-een-a). I actually thought that Owen-Rowena was brilliant. Here are mine: Adam - Adina Austin - Austina Brandon - Brandy/ie/ee Chase - Chassie, Chas(e)anna Colton - Coltyn Connor - Connie/ee Cooper - Cooperlee Ethan - Ethina Gavin - Gavina Ian - Ianna Isaac - Isaacbelle Jackson - Jackl/lyn/lynn/lin Joshua - Joshelle Kevin - Kevina Landon - Landyn Lucas - Luca Owen - Owenella Wyatt - Wyette

September 10, 2010 09:50 AM

zoerhenne -- I just discovered a FB friend from elementary school has a daughter with your (screen)name, with more conventional spelling! Of course, as soon as I realized why it seemed so familiar, I "ran" over here to tell you. :)

September 3, 2010 08:48 AM

Guest B, I come from a family of very . . . opinionated namers. One member is somewhat adventurous in a style that I don't particularly love (very Uneek-style trendy; all sibs with the same first initial), and which the other family members have definitely gossiped about. I focus on the adorable, loving kids involved and forget about the names. The other siblings my generation have all given top-10 (or top-15; I don't feel like looking it up right now) names to their children. I've often wondered how they will react when I name my children. It makes me want to be a keeper, but my fi's family is genuinely open about names and, as such, I can't imagine not sharing with them. So I'll share with my family too. Again, when the time comes, which is still a couple of years down the road. Penny--I agree with going with what you love. I also think you shouldn't get your heart too set on anything until the pregnancy comes. Keep playing with things, as you never know what might hit you. Emilyrae-- I agree that there will be no way to create perfect equality in honoring families/family members. If you do your best, are open with people, and remain true to yourself, it will work itself out. That said, I think your potential boy choices are fabulous. Rocster -- I'm another one who only really knows Rory from Gilmore Girls and thus thinks of it as a girl name. I think it would be fine on a boy as a nn, but I am not thrilled with it as a fn. Rjoy -- I knew a male Florian. He was a French professor (from France) and was quite stereotypically Frence. My girlfriends and I laughed about it (especially when I got a picture after our last-day-of-class outing). Several other girls in the class were known to have huge crushes on him. As such, I cannot think of it as anything but male. However, I think you could give it to a girl and most people would not so much as blink.

August 30, 2010 08:02 AM

Upon marriage, I will be choosing to trade a fairly uncommon last name for one that is much more common. The idea of being less findable is acually sort of comforting in this era. I think the real need is for balance. However, the idea of letting 18-year-olds choose their own names might produce interesting results. I'm of the opinion that, at 18, while we are able to make some adult choices (those pesky contracts), we are still developing who we are as individuals. A name chosen at 18 (and before college) might not be as developed as one might choose to take on later, when those college days are behind them and people reach a new developmental point of their lives. That said, I would have loved to change my name at 18. I would now be Julia. In my 20s, I grew to accept my given name, which I find too common and too trendy. What would other people be named if they had changed at 18?

August 27, 2010 08:35 AM

New baby: Ry@n J@m3s, little brother to Ol1v1a and @ndr3w (sorry for the vowels). I love the sibset, even if the names are more popular than is my taste. They are my little niece and nephews, so the fact that I adore them probably doesn't hurt! While their mom was in labor, I got to take big sister and brother to story time at the library, where I got to encounter: Oliver (3) 2 Parkers (one infant, one about 3; one seemed to have an at-school sister names Heidi) George & Sophia (sibs about 4 & 3) Amanda (infant) and several others whose names did not stick. There were no -aidens, though, which surprised me. I also "got" to watch Caillou (one of the less entertaining children's shows I've encountered, to be honest) for the first time, and I was fascinated by the mismash of names.

August 26, 2010 08:22 AM

I acutaly like Elias Luke. Eli as a nn echos the two short syllables of Katie, and the Luke in the middle echos the c/k sounds of your others. I also think that Elias, like Katherine, veers slightly off the "one syllable saint" track without putting you in a different playing field entirely. I actually think it makes things very coherent. I like Benjamin and Gabriel or Ben and Theo. I think a girl needs to have an air of familiarity without being just another Ella. As always, zoerhenee had some great ideas. Mello -- I still vote for Oliver (not that my vote really counts). Sam and Ollie sound fantastic together -- like loveable rascals who get out of any trouble they make with their adorable smiles! Or like two guys with whom you want to get beers or go to a game.

August 25, 2010 09:27 AM

Breaking this up, since my comments for another Laura were longer than I normally post. Mello, I think the name that works best with Sam(uel) depends on the overall vibe you're going for, because it is a name that can swing in different directions. Are you going for good-guy? Then the suggestions of Jack, Henry or Charles/lie seems like a great fit. Are you going for trendy hipster (which I suspect, not in a bad way)? Then Leo or Oliver seem like your choices (my other grandfather is Oliver, so I'm partial to this one). Are you going for Old Testament? Then Eli/Elias/Elijah are the best bets. Based on what your initial post, I vote for Oliver first, Leo second. Mother of Benjamin, I like the idea of a B nickname rather than a B full name. I'll keep thinking. Also, I think that the board's mechanical problems contributed to the slowness of the conversation (people couldn't post, and gave it some time before they tried again), along with the natural ebb and flow of life.

August 25, 2010 09:21 AM

another Laura, You have very similar naming taste as my fi and I. Although we won't be having children for another couple of years, we have discussed Cl@re, Paul, Mark and Katherine, among others that would fit right in with your brood. (Heck, my grandfarther is Louis, so I understand the appeal of that, too.) He greatly admires Fr. Damien of Molokai, so I understand the appeal. I also love the name Dominic, great namesake, two crisp nicknames. Although it violates Cl@re's rule for you (which I love -- I remember as a child telling my mom that all of our names had to end in the -ee sound), I think Luke or Lucas or underused classics like John, Thomas, or Edward would be good options for you. I like: Luke Elias Lucas Lawrence Dominic Lawrence Damien Lawrence John, Thomas or Edward would work with either middle name.

August 23, 2010 08:47 AM

I'm with Beth on both K spellings of C names -- it just seems wrong, even if in some way it is deemed more correct (ie Khloe). I also agree that Caroline should end in "line" and lyn should be used if you want lin. I'd imagine being a pre-school or kindergarten teacher in some pockets would make your head swirl with all the -aydens, plus their close misses, and a pool of Ellas, Bellas, Emmas, -Annas. Laura -- I was hoping that the technical difficulties meant that you were working on some fun new surprises behind the scenes! Yay! Oh, and alr -- the name is lovely. I'm so glad it worked out perfectly. I also agree that Ephram and Mabel are a lovely pair.

August 20, 2010 10:36 AM

I have not seen the commercial, but just watched the You Tube video, and it is hilarious! :) Thanks for sharing! Also, I agree that Name Mapper is awfully fun to play with!

August 18, 2010 03:11 PM

I just found out that a friend who's expecting this winter is planning on Neveah for her little girl. I ... well ... I just (continues stammering) -- I knew you all would understand. Honestly, the name is beyond NMS, (and I have gotten over other names that are NMS but belong to lovely, sweet cooing babies) but I wish the mommy-to-be nothing but the best. I have simply never actually known a Neveah (the closest I've come is hearing it in a store and not seeing either the owner or the caller).