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One daughter (Theresa Rose, aka Rosie), two sons (Frederick Neil and John Logan), three awesome kids.

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May 5, 2016 10:39 AM

Surprised Cadence isn't on the list. A musical cadence is the chord progression to get "home" (how you feel like you've actually ended the piece or the phrase). A drum cadence is the battery (snares, tenor, and bass drums, plus cymbals) playing a piece usually used for marching during parades while the winds aren't playing. Heck, even just a speaking cadence is the rhythm and flow of the words. Some friends of ours named their daughter Cadence and since both of them are music teachers (one of whom is a percussion guy), I can guarantee you it was picked for its musical associations. 

May 5, 2016 10:30 AM

Marian is on our list for the next girl! Our oldest is Theresa Rose (goes by Rosie), but then we had two boys back to back instead. I was pulling for Marian Eleanor, but husband isn't thrilled with Eleanor as a middle name.

January 28, 2014 11:49 AM

I was going to suggest Ivy, too. If you'd rather not keep going botanical, Evelyn fits the older with a V theme.


Middle names are a little harder. Do you have any more family names, like grandmother maiden names? I know both my and my mom's maiden names would work as male first names without anyone batting an eye, but not girls.

October 1, 2013 12:47 PM

My husband taught a Thor. It's been easily 5 years, so the kid is now almost in middle school, but the only reason I know he had a student named Thor is because he has a funny story about him. He also had two Icelandic immigrants - a Thorkatla and a Dyrleif. He also had a Luscious, but that name should never, ever, ever make this list of "Why Not?" because I can think of several reasons off the top of my head as to why not.

If I were Greek, I'd be all over Artemis and Io like ....I don't know, brine on an olive. But since I'm not and now have a Nordic last name, it would look and sound more than a little ridiculous.


I totally agree. As a Catholic, I know a lot of Matthews, Johns, John Pauls, Marys, Catherine/Katherines, and Theresa/Teresas, but the percentages are much higher than the name lists would have you think, even state by state. Heck, I know 2 baby Giannas and Gemmas and Lucys born in the past year or so (it was the year of the girl), all to Catholics, in addition to the Harpers and Jacks.

March 13, 2013 07:26 PM
In Response to Naming the Pope

It should also be remembered that St. Francis of Assisi was told by God to "rebuild my Church," which he took to mean the dilapidated building of San Damiano, before he realized that God meant the entire Church. Pope Francis was also a super humble man who shunned some of the luxuries commonly given to archbishops and cardinals - lived in a flat and took the public transportation to work instead of living in the nice residence and using the car/limo service, cooked his own meals instead of having a chef, etc. One of the best pictures published of him is from Holy Thursay a few years ago. Traditionally, during the Holy Thursday Mass, the bishop/cardinal will wash the feet of priests and/or deacons in imitation of Christ at the Last Supper. Well, he went to an AIDS hospice and washed and kissed the feet of several of the patients there. How awesome is that?

January 20, 2013 03:26 PM

Here's a late response to your late response. :-) I am a Dorothy from the generation of Jessicas, Jennifers, Katies, and and Melissas. I was named after my grandmother, who was born before the Wizard of Oz movie came out, but that was ALL. I. GOT. for years. I still get it, sometimes, but man, "Where's Toto?" gets really old, really fast. Growing up, I hated the name for that reason. I even tried to go by my middle name (another more uncommon name - Regina - but without the strong association to a specific thing), but got teased BY MY FAMILY out of doing it. Oh, and of course, the, "Hey, that's my grandma's name!" Googling my name gets obituaries. :-P

Now, I really appreciate having a name that is less commonly heard. Chances are, if my name is being called, it's me (though recently I was in the doctor's office and the only other woman waiting looked to be college-age. The nurse called for Dorothy and we both stood up. That was a bizarre experience. That has literally never, ever happened to me before and likely won't happen again). However, people hear my name and don't hear it correctly because they don't associate that name with my generation. The number one mishearing? Courtney. They also misspell it like crazy. When it happens, I usually get Dorthy (ugh), but I've gotten Dorthea, Dorthie, Dorathy, Dorathie, etc. Yikes.

So, being a mother of one and one on the way, I've been trying to give names that are uncommon enough to be unique, but common enough that you don't get the butchering that I've gotten over the years AND without a super strong pop reference (though, like my grandmother's generation, that may change). Our daughter is Theresa Rose, but goes by Rosie (Rose Theresa sounded funny to us), and our son on the way will most likely end up being a Frederick (Fred, Freddy, etc). We love the name Marian for a future daughter, and we think that unless a super awesome Robin Hood or Music Man reboot movie comes out, she won't have to deal with "Maid Marian" or "Marian the Librarian" every time she turns around. Guess I just have to cross my fingers that no movie execs read this forum. :-)


*I love the side note! Defective verbs...amazing!

January 20, 2013 02:42 PM

Does it have to be Eddie or can it be similar (like Freddy)? I had a (now graduated) kid in a class who went by Teddy, but his full name was Thaddeus. There's also Theodore, of course, which is around the same popularity as Hazel.

There's also Sebastian. It's about as popular as the name Henry.

January 19, 2013 10:38 AM

Thanks for all the feedback! I appreciate it. We are indeed having a boy this time around, so it's definitely a potential name! We have a few other options floating around (like my maiden name, which is a fairly popular and now androgynous name), but it's good to know that this one is pretty safe. :-)

January 13, 2013 08:06 PM

My husband and I are teachers, too, but I guess that's why I was thinking of it - I always get to see class rosters with full names and every once in a while would see something bad enough that I would cringe and go, "Oooh..." Then again, my brain might work differently. :-)

August 4, 2012 07:53 PM

I know you said you like planty names, but what about Gemma?  It's real, established, non-ambiguous, and fits in especially with Peter and Arthur.  Only downside is that is it getting more popular (at least in my circle of friends).

In other non-plant names, there's also Marian (which my husband and I agreed to use for our next girl), which is nowhere near popular, um, anywhere.  I think Clara and Eleanor fit with the family, but they're getting popular, which is a bummer.

In plant names, there's Daisy, Zinnia, Flora, Briony. and Primrose (for the Rose bit).

When someone mentioned Poppy, for some reason I thought immediately of Philippa (though the most famous one goes by Pippa).  The site lists "Poppaea" as a possible source.

As a side note, I'm very much like you in that I like the names that are firmly established without any of the crazy spellings or ambiguity.  My daughter is named "Theresa Rose," but we call her Rosie.  The only reason we did that was because it just rolled off the tongue better than "Rose Theresa."  Good luck in your name search!