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February 4, 2015 09:48 AM

It made my day to see Iris on this list. I am due any day with a little girl we are calling Iris. I think it is such a lovely, underused name (at least in Alabama) and grows well. I love it even more knowing that it's considered "timeless"!


December 22, 2014 08:20 AM

I like Lillian/Lily but my husband feels it's too common. He likes Violet but Violet Reid sounds like Violet Red and I just can't do that. He also liked Olive, same issue. :)

Apparently we have a penchant for colors and flowers lol 

December 17, 2014 12:47 PM

I have no idea why it posted 3 times. It wasn't going to the right page when I clicked save. Sorry everyone! If you know how to delete a post let me know! 

November 5, 2014 01:26 PM
In Response to Unisex names

You and I have very different naming preferences, so take this with a grain of salt. 

Ryan means "little king" and is not unisex. Devon is also a male name, it is not unisex in the least. I consider Mackenzie to be 100% girl. 

Reagan is a girls name, Hayden is used on both but very trendy. If you like these, they are the only ones from your list that I see as real options. If you consider Mackenzie and Ryan as unisex and usable on both, then why not Mackenzie for your daughter and Ryan for your son? This only makes sense to me and would really solve a lot of headaches for your kids growing up. Reagan and Ryan would be a cute twin sibset, with Ryan being the male obviously. 

Ryann just looks like typo to me. Nothing about an extra n is more feminine. I really like it as a boy name! 

Some other ideas: 

Girl: Bailey, Harper, Casey ; Boy: Adrian, Dakota, Quinn, Shane

October 20, 2014 11:16 AM

Thanks everyone!

Iris is the favorite for both of us, but I like Faye. It's sweet and simple, and has special family meaning. I agree Faye Lorene sounds super country. Lorene is not at all my cup of tea but my husband and I adored my great grandma and she passed just 2 years ago. If we have a daughter, the middle will be Lorene no matter what. Growing up, my middle name was never used nor did most people even know it, so I don't really care about flow.

99% sure a little girl will be Iris Lorene. If we have a second daughter later on then Faye Magnolia might be her name. Magnolia also has special significance. 

September 25, 2014 09:44 AM
In Response to She's 9 days old....

THIS. This is exactly what I was about to post after sorting through all the other posts.

The thing you have to remember is that out of thousands and thousands of names you narrowed it down to a handful. All of them are good names, that is the issue here. Not that they are "not the perfect one" but that they are all very good and you like them all. You have to cut yourself some slack here and realize that your daughter will appreciate the time you took to choose her name and the special meaning it has to you. She will grow to suit her name. 

I love Ariadne and Liliana both. I think I prefer Ariadne but only if you call her Ariadne (I seriously love the sound of it - so unique and beautiful with so much history) rather than the nickname Aria that is so popular right now from Game of Thrones. If I met a baby Aria today I would assume the parents love GOT and not that it was short for something as lovely as Ariadne. Liliana also has so many great qualities - you both like it, it is easily recognizable, and the sweet nickname Lily. 

My suggestion would be to call her Liliana for 2 days straight. Let it be her name. Call her cute baby nicknames that go with it if that is your thing - Lily Bug, Lils, Lila, etc. Then if it just doesn't feel right try Ariadne for a day or two doing the same thing. Stop telling yourself there is something more perfect out there becuase there really isn't and you are spending too much of your daughters precious first weeks worrying about this :)

Good luck choosing, either way she will have a beautiful name!!


I don't feel like it would be fair for your son to only be named after one side of the family. He will already have your last name... so your first name and a middle name linked to your grandpa? If she isn't on board, it is becuase she has literally no identification in that name combo.

I like PP suggestion of Kent. It seems cool and modern, but definently a nod to Kennard. Perhaps she would like Jack instead of John. Or classic names that are not that common like Bennett, or Everett for example. 

Another way to view it is that somewhere along your family tree someone just chose a name they liked. Then a few others were named after that person so it is now a family name. 

Thankfully me and my husband have really similar naming styles. The first name must be classic and have a good meaning (I don't want to name my child something that means "foot" for example). The middle name must be family or personally significant, not just "sound good" as a filler name. Perhaps you can work with your wife to chose a first name that has shared significance and sounds nice, and she will let you have a family name in the middle slot. We picked up a copy of the Baby Name Wizard book. I went through it first and highlighted the names that I liked fine, and then he went through my highlighted names and circled the ones that he liked as well. So it gave us an easy short list. Try this. 

July 30, 2014 01:16 PM

After sharing your last name I see where the issue is. I would not use Ellie or Ellen with your last name as the Ls sort of slur together and are very hard to say. 

Have you considered classics that aren't super popular like Jane, Clara, Kate, Greta, etc.? I think all of these flow much nicer with your long last name. Then stick Amelia or Ellen in the middle slot depending what sounds the best. 

July 30, 2014 01:10 PM

I have dislikes with both. While Ellie Amelia sounds repetitive/runs together for me, Penny Ellen feels "n" heavy and I don't like that both names are two syllable with a double letter in the middle.

If I had to chose, I like Penny Ellen more. I think Penny is adorable and have always loved the name Ellen. I love the name Amelia. I like Ellie as a nickname for Eleanor, Eloise, and Ellen, but not on its own at all. It feels too nicknamey and I would assume that it was short for something. 

Ellen Amelia would be my favorite combo. It sorta runs together only because Elena is a similar name, but it works much better than Ellie Amelia and looks prettier when written as well. You could call her Ellie, but I think Ellen is such a sweet classic name for a little girl! :)



July 29, 2014 08:24 AM
In Response to Matilda Lavender Pearl

I am not a huge fan of two middle names. It just doesn't seem practical. 

In the movie Matilda her best friend's name is Lavender. Did you recently watch this movie? It seems a strange coincidence if not! :) They are both such sweet characters!

Matilda Lavender Pearl strikes me as very frilly and feminine. But I guess any name paired with a flower and a gemstone will sound quite frilly! It is pretty though and I like each name individually very much! 

July 29, 2014 08:19 AM

Hm this is tough. Often twins are called together and a lot of these sets sound like a law firm. "Harrison & Bennett" "Harrison & Davis"... see what I mean?

Are these surnames you chose family names? If so then by all means use them. Otherwise I would reconsider because they are twins. 

Style wise, I think Harrison matches well with Bennett, Davis, and Grant. I think Harrison sounds odd with Archer or Spencer. I think Archer & Spencer work well together though, they are just too upbeat and contemporary to match with Harrison. 

I think my favorite would actually be Grant. Grant & Harrison sounds nice and balanced. Having a one syllable and a 3 syllable makes them each so unique but still go together style wise. If you hate Grant with your last name then I understand. What about Graham perhaps? 

July 29, 2014 08:15 AM

Agreed, I don't think they are super close in sound. I can say John and Shane 10 times fast without mixing them up and the "feel" of each name is very different for me. Lila & Lilly, John & Sean, Lisa & Elsa, all of these feel too close in sound. 

OP - were you asking rather we thought they were too close in sound or in origin? In sound they don't bother me one bit. In origin, yeah it would bother me but probably not most people. I don't think sons would care whatsoever if their names are the same root. 

July 29, 2014 08:10 AM

I feel like if you are asking the question, then YOU think it is too close. If you think it is too close, then it just isn't the perfect name. 

I would guess 90% of people meet John and Shane would not know that Shane comes from the root of John. Stylistically, I actually find these names quite dissimilar. Shane feels so much more contemporary and seems like a different kind of person than traditional John. Both are great names. But if YOU know they are from the same root and it bothers YOU then don't do it :)

Other names: Bryce, Lucas (Luke), Eric, Cole, Grant, Graham, Drake, Dean, Beau, Reid, Rhett, Lance, Dane, Brett

July 29, 2014 08:03 AM
In Response to Safe Name/Unique Name

Do you have a middle name picked? I think Garrett Caspian could be nice.

I once knew a boy named Garrick. It's an unusual name and a lot of people mistaked him for Garrett at first but the name was memorable and fit him. 

I am not a huge fan of either Garrett or Caspian. I don't think of Garrett as a strong name, though. We all have different associations I guess so it is interesting to hear how people view names. Caspian, on the other hand, is very strong. 

Here is a cool name thread from a mommy blog. Caspian was one of the names she liked for her son so you may like some of these choices.

Some of her boy choices aside from Caspian: Noble, Cypress, Forrest, Pace, Castle, Brave, Archer, Sebastian, Phenix, Apollo. Very eclectic choices like Caspian but some are very usable. Sebastian especially. Hope that helps!

July 29, 2014 07:55 AM

Just to note - I didn't read any comments before posting but am not surprised others pretty much feel the same as I do about Isobel and Rosalie. :) Great names - just over used or Twilight association! 

July 29, 2014 07:54 AM

All three names are perfect style to go with your sibset. Personally, I think Cecily is head and shoulders above the other two but only because I consider Isobel (and all 20 other spellings) to be very played out at the moment due to the Isabella/Bella craze. Rosalie is beautiful but I feel it is so "Twilight" to me as the name only picked up popularity after the series came out. Perhaps Rosemary nn Romy instead? 

They are all lovely names, you can't go wrong. But I still hope you choose Cecily :)

July 21, 2014 12:18 PM
In Response to 3 Baby Bears!

Another quick thing - have three babies around, no matter what they are named, is hard enough to keep them straight. Grandparents get them mixed up and people are always asking. I can not even imagine family and friends trying to keep Rudy, Red, and Russ straight. It would be nearly impossible. Then to think of what it would be like for teachers, doctors, etc. who aren't around them all the time... geez, what a headache!

Parents with two kids that are different ages often accidentally call one by the others name. Its an easy quick mistake to make. I can not imagine how often it would happen with triplets named so similarly. A nightmare!

July 21, 2014 12:11 PM
In Response to 3 Baby Bears!

These three boys are individuals, not parts of a set. I totally understand the feeling like they should be named together to match because it is just omg so cute, but trust me that they will not agree with you!

I also can not imagine little boys with any of these names in real life. What about Reid or Russell? 

I agree with others that you should choose three distinct names that go well together but start with different initials. I get the vibe that your husband likes country names, and shorter names for boys. How about one of these sibling sets:

Ian, Weston, & Reid

Jackson, Wyatt, & Brooks

Russell, Mason, & Bennett

All of these can be mixed and matched easily. Also names like Joseph that are shortened to Joe or Joey are a great option because you get the short informal nickname but your son gets a more traditional form to use throughout his life. Some of these are Benjamin (Ben), Wesley Wes), Thomas (Tom), Timothy (Tim), etc. 

July 21, 2014 12:04 PM

I totally agree with others - go with the one that has personal meaning regardless of how it sounds. That is always the best choice!

July 21, 2014 12:03 PM

Can I ask why you want to spell it with the added e? I have never seen Jada spelled this way and automatically pronounced it Jay-ee-da before reading your post but maybe it is spelled this way sometimes. 

I consider Jada to be a gemstone name like Jade. I do not consider it a classic but it is a cute name. I don't think it works well at all with Elizabeth or Samantha, because they are such very different names.

Jaeda Seren works better because they are stylistically very similar, even though I actually prefer the other two as names in general. But I love traditional names. How do you plan to pronounce Seren? Like the word Serene? I can't tell. Either way I think it is the best choice as far as flow and cohesiveness is concerned.

Or you could name her Samantha Elisabeth, that would be a lovely name!!