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November 14, 2017 08:29 PM

I'll second Eleven, as well as add Millie Bobby (Brown).

I'm fascinated with all of the Stranger Things names because they accurately reflect the time period the show is set in, so much so that it's jarring to me. Eleven in particular is very noteworthy--it wasn't considered a name at all prior to the show, but now that it's associated with a popular character, everyone knows it's from Stranger Things.

The young actress who plays Eleven could be a candidate for NOTY in her own right--Millie Bobby Brown has a classic example of the "new nicknames" that are already common across the pond but are gaining popularity in the US. The fact that she's gained such ubiquity brings attention to the idea that there's a generation beyond the Midcentury Normative Child: Susie is now Sadie, Johnny is Jack, Billy has given way to Millie... 

And I just realized Stranger Things came out in summer 2016. I still think enough of the real name game-changing has happened in 2017 to keep these in the running, though. :)

July 15, 2017 01:25 AM
In Response to Ideas for a sibling

Nope. I agree 100%.

July 15, 2017 01:14 AM
In Response to Alberta?

Scotlyn... Wow. Maybe to honor a dad named Scott?

I know a little Irelynn. I don't know if her family is Irish or not.

July 15, 2017 12:57 AM
In Response to A sister for Astrid

I know a Lejla, pronounced Layla. I got it right on the first try, but I'm a name nerd, and I don't think most people would. However, I also think it would only take one correction for people you know. Something like Aoife might be more confusing, as it's so unintuitive for English speakers. Maja, though, is easier. The j is pronounced like a y. Maya is a common name with the same pronunciation. It's not going to be hard for people to wrap their heads around. :)

Have you considered Maia?

July 15, 2017 12:35 AM

Anyone watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? There's a huge joke in there about a guy who's way too "together" and has everything "figured out", so much so that he named his baby LINDA. 


"That's not a baby name! That's a name for an adult woman who works in human resources!"

But I'm sure that in the 1950s, Linda did, in fact, seem like a baby name.


As a teenager, I do not find it fresh and exciting. I had a grumpy older teacher named Lucinda who kind of ruined the name for me.


So many Braydens! Plus Braedy and Brody and Kaiden/Kaden/Kadyn/Kaeden.

This reminds me of the post a while back about Utah names--there was a huge analysis and categorization system and everything. Most of these could easily be on that list too. I wouldn't choose them myself but I've grown to appreciate the creativity.

January 30, 2017 10:32 PM
In Response to Unexpected sibset

Huh, I didn't even think about that. I was focusing on the "pretty" girl's names next to vintage, clunkier Oscar. :) Good point!

January 24, 2017 04:52 PM
In Response to Unexpected sibset

I'm late to the party--but to add to the gender-bending names, I know sisters named Logan, Ryan, and Owen. Also a boy named Sasha and a girl named Tanner. (I know Sasha is also a nickname for Alexander, but it still seems very feminine to me.)

As for surprising sibsets? I don't know any as cool as yours, but ones that come to mind are James and Alisha, or Kaela, Briana, Sofia, and Oscar. 

I think those are due to parents having different taste for girls and boys. :)


1) Omar - I agree with others that it's a good solid name that sounds mature and professional. It's got the general association with Islam, if that's important to you as a convert, and most people would spell and pronounce it correctly.

2) Youssef - This is very similar to Omar, but loses points for spelling confusion. Yousef? Yosef? Yussuf?

3) Adam - I really like this name, and of course it would be very easy to spell and pronounce. The problem is the religious aspect--I'd definitely assume Christian or Jewish, and it's such a common name outside of religion as well. If that doesn't bother you, Adam definitely fits all of your criteria.

4) Zakaria - What is your intended pronunciation? I read it as za-KAR-ee-a, and until I saw your description I didn't even think of the connection to Zechariah. I also read it as a woman's name. This may be partially due to me knowing a (female) Dakari and a Zanobia, but overall I think you're quite likely to run into confusion. I didn't rank it last because I personally like it a lot, and Zachariah too. :)

5) Ibrahim - There's nothing necessarily wrong with this, I just have negative associations with it. It could be confused with Abraham, but other than that I think it fits your criteria pretty well.

September 10, 2016 08:14 PM

Well, I'm an Isabelle Rose, so I love this question. I also love the idea of "dainty powerful warrior names"!

The name matchmaker suggests Camille, Adelaide, Caroline, Johanna, Juliette, Annalise, Genevieve, Felicity, Natalie, Tatiana, and Madeline, among others. I also like Rosalind or Rosalie for you.

For middle names, Grace and Rose are pretty, but they are quite common middle names at this point and are starting to feel like fillers to me. I do have a soft spot for short middle names--they seem to sound good with everything.

Wren, Claire, Eve, Brooke, Tess, Kate, Ruth, Hope, Skye, Jean, Brynn, Maeve, Joy, Quinn, Rae

September 5, 2016 09:02 PM
In Response to Baby #4

Ella Macon, Lia Macon, Macon Jane, Macon Wren, Macon Eva, Tessa Macon, Macon Tessa...

I would personally go with Macon as the first name, as it is very similar to Morgan and might end up being too matchy with her sister.

If you want people to consistently use the double name, I'd keep the full name to three or four syllables and make sure it rolls off the tongue easily. I love pairs like Ella Macon, Macon Jane etc partially for this reason (that they flow together to make a beautiful double name). It's also sweet to have some contrast between a sweet traditionally feminine name and a more unisex, less common surname-name.

Good luck! :)

August 31, 2016 04:42 PM
In Response to Invent a name!




Felix & Tatiana

August 26, 2016 09:26 PM
In Response to Colder Names!

Caspian, Atlas, Wilder, Gray, Cole, Everest, Everett, Atticus, Bear, Denali, Aspen, Wolf, Cypress, Sage, Jack, Nikolai, Perrin

Aurora, Clara, Celeste, Alice, Blythe, Zoe, Estelle, Iris, Carys, Juliet, Colette, Pippa, Nova, Linnea, Violet, Sylvie, Mira, Tess, Luna


A "cold" feeling name can be pretty subjective, but I looked around some lists and all of these somehow feel cold to me. I think they tend toward short-and-sweet on the girl's side with lots of soft s sounds on both. "Crispness", maybe?

:) Good luck!

August 20, 2016 10:16 AM

Drumroll please...

It's Theodore! They're going to call him Theo. Shoutout to Elizabeth T. and Emily.ei for guessing :)

Thank you all for your guesses!


August 16, 2016 03:26 PM
In Response to Twin Names!

Congrats! And I love their names. Great choices. :)

August 15, 2016 10:06 PM


While it can be convenient to fill out name paperwork in the hospital, you really don't have to if you haven't chosen yet. I know of babies who were nameless for weeks, and they seem to be turning out okay. If you feel like you've settled on a name, that's great, but I don't think you'll want to rush into a decision only to regret it later.

That being said, I do love Ida and Jane out of your list, and I agree that Ida seems to fit your style particularly well. So my vote goes there. I find Ida Quincy A___ very pleasing to the ear and sweet for a little girl :)

August 14, 2016 05:12 PM

Does Samuel ever go by Sam? Because then you'd have Sam and Dean. :)

I like Halina, and I don't think it's crazy out there. It's perfectly fine for siblings to have names that don't "match". I know siblings named Mary and Austin, which to me sounds pretty similar to Samuel, Halina, and Betty.

If you do end up having more children, do you think you'd want them to be closer in style to Samuel, Halina, or unlike either of them?

Tania, Mila, Anna, Lucy, Eva, Nina, Sylvia, Mara, Katie

Simon, Henry, Ivan, Benjamin, Davis, Reuben, Victor, Roman, Miles

August 13, 2016 10:49 PM


August 13, 2016 01:08 PM

I'd immediately pronounce Lela as LEE-la, unless I was told otherwise. E as "ay" (eh?) seems pretty uncommon in English, although I know it is very common in Spanish and similar languages. If I knew a little Lela was Spanish or Latin, what I'd guess would be closer to Lella. Although not exactly.

Vowels are confusing!