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January 5, 2018 06:42 PM
In Response to Name Mystery: Jeremiah

I'm unclear on what the mystery is! It has always seemed like a sort of classic biblical name to me...I've known a few Jeremiah's. It doesn't surprise me at all that it would be ranked #58. Maybe it's more a regional thing, that you aren't encountering them but there are a lot out there.

Jedediah sounds to me very different than Jeremiah and has a much more strong biblical feel. Asher strikes me as one of the "newer" old names that is returning and sounds fresh again. Same with Ezra to some degree. Jeremiah seems like it has been around for a long time and just a sort of slow and steady name that will always be relatively popular. I think because it sounds similar to Jeremy, it sounds a lot less bold than some of the other bible names.

January 4, 2018 06:47 AM

I just met a baby named Calliope! It was very cute. I think it's not too far out there, especially if you like the nicknames Callie or Calla. I guess it depends partly where you live how "far out" it seems, but to me it sounds pretty normal. I live in a large metro area, but maybe it would be different in a rural area?

November 15, 2017 06:10 AM

I second Offred, and agree with the reasoning stated by Cebli. It's been a year of women really having to fight more actively again for our rights.

November 14, 2017 02:38 PM

Me too! To be honest, I don't think I was even THAT little of a girl when I discovered the real pronunciation, since I never said it out loud or met anyone with that name until much later.

October 7, 2017 07:59 AM
In Response to Natalie

I have a 9 year old niece named Natalie. We all call her Nattie more than using her full name. I also know someone in their 30's named Natalie. I think it's a strong name, and not one that would sound dated or time stamped.

October 4, 2017 06:00 AM

Go for it! It's strong, beautiful, classic and timeless. 

September 27, 2017 05:55 PM

Everyone is so critical of Emily's posts!! Good grief. I agree with Nancy Kay. People need to stop being so critical of each other, and of the writer. If you don't like her posts, don't read them.

September 22, 2017 06:27 AM

My favorite is Elena! Luna and Jade are fine, also but not my style. Marissa and Monica both sound rather dated to me.

September 21, 2017 07:09 AM

I'm surprised by Jessica! To me that sounds like such an 80's name. Was it never as popular in the UK in the 80's as it was here? It seems too early for a comeback.

June 4, 2017 07:38 AM

Sorry, it was not obvious to me that you don't live in an English speaking country, only that you seem to have a cultural background that is not English speaking. I didn't mean to offend you with my comment, but I thought if English was not your native language and you had moved to an English speaking country, you should know if any of the names had a negative meaning in English.

I think most people on this forum don't have much experience  with Turkish or Arabic names and therefore when you ask for our inputs it's hard to say much other than what associations we do have with the names as they relate to English. 

June 3, 2017 09:19 AM

Nope, not just you. Bilge should not be used as a name in an English speaking country. It means nonsense/rubbish/waste. It's also the water that collects in a ship, and the name for that part of the ship as well. It has pretty much entirely negative connotations in English.

You may be pronouncing it differently than the English word, but the spelling in itself would be problematic for a child growing up in an English speaking country.

May 27, 2017 05:22 PM

Wells was also a fan favorite contestant on The Bachelorette as well as Bachelor in Paradise last year. I think he's a more likely reason the name Wells saw an uptick! 

July 25, 2016 01:28 PM
In Response to Boy #3

I totally agree about Thaddeus! I think if it's a name you have thought of and considered for your other boys, that is means its a name you care about and think about, and the reason you didn't pick it doesn't make it a bad name or a second rate name at all. I also love the name Julian, and have never heard it used, despite its supposedly high popularity.

June 11, 2016 08:16 AM
In Response to Beau or Micah

I think Micah Beau, and you can still call him your little Beau. He could decide which to go by when he is a little older.

June 3, 2016 06:07 PM

I thik that Wyatt and Sawyer sound great together, it's a fun sib set. Cohan is also nice but I think is more likely to get misspelled, I would guess Cohen. 

June 3, 2016 07:20 AM
In Response to Baby Nameless any day!

I like Margaret and Ada both. I don't think Margaret would get misspelled, and I like the nicknames! I don't see Ada being made fun of ever. Theodora does seem heavy maybe, and I am not personally that into Louisa, but there's nothing wrong with it!

For boys, I do think ending a name with s when the surname starts wtih S can cause problems, so I would personally avoid it. William and Henry are both quite common, but are nice names. Evander, Arthur and Walden are my favorites for boys. 

June 3, 2016 07:15 AM

I really like Warner! I think it's fine to have a name without a nickname. If that is your only concern with the name, I think you should go for it. And unrelated nicknames can be fun, I think, you could get something related to his personality that is cute. I don't think it's burdensome at all. 

I like the name Henry but I do feel like I know a million babies named Henry, so it would not be an option for me personally.

May 27, 2016 07:21 AM
In Response to Help with a Spelling

I am curious why she is attached to this name pronunciation that doesn't seem to have a natural spelling. Naturally to give it a short i, it seems like it should have two l's, but you obviously don't want you name to start with "Kill." Kilowen also seems the most intuitive but I agree that the name will almost certainly cause a lot of confusion. 

May 24, 2016 07:27 AM
In Response to Feminist Names?

I agree with this, especially the first part! I think naming boys after females is something we don't do very often and really should. It is so common to give a girl a feminine version of a man's name, but the reverse is not very common at all. 

May 20, 2016 05:54 AM
In Response to Triplets

I think for a boy, with the middle name Wilder, I like the names that don't end in -er/-or. Eli Wilder has a kind of cool cowboy vibe, which I like! Griffin Wilder and Maxwell Wilder are also nice, but I'm not quite as sure about the double w sound in Maxwell Wilder.

I like Juniper Ella and Eden Bailey. Eve Bailey is also nice. Hudson Bailey is cute but doesn't go as well with Juniper Ella to me. 

Congratulations on your triplets! Wow!