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Currently expecting number eight. Our seven so far are: Anne Juliet John Stewart Charles Wallace James Michael Patrick Eugene Joshua Edmund Isaac Thomas Austen

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May 28, 2015 08:45 PM

We have a 6-year-old called Patrick. We introduce him as Patrick, and not a single person has ever tried to call him Pat - not even older people. So I think you are safe with Patrick. 


Ok, thanks everyone. I'm feeling a lot better after reading all your thoughtful responses!


April 8, 2015 09:26 PM

I love Polly. It's offbeat in an attractive way, and although I usually don't go in for nickname names, I think Polly (and May - one of my favorites) both make sense as exceptions today, because if you do Mary called Polly (or May) you will get a lot of blank stares. 

Have you read Louisa May Alcott's An Old Fashioned Girl? That was one of my favorites growing up, and the main character was Polly. 

Finally, it won't matter for your daughter, but I always think of the TV show "Felicity" when I hear that name. 

December 2, 2013 03:01 PM

I was responding to someone who said that Francis was only significant for Catholics. I don't see that post anymore.

December 1, 2013 02:50 PM

I don't know... I'm not Catholic, but I was following the selection (election? - see, not Catholic:) of the Pope in the news. I get that he chose Francis because of Saint Francis being kind of the saint you think of when you think poverty. And the helping the poor is his big mission. There you go, from someone who doesn't really follow Catholic matters, I know a lot, actually. And I'd also vote for either Francis or George. 

November 11, 2013 02:51 PM

I think that Lennon for a girl is a little bit more than "I like the beatles." Jude is "I like the beatles." Because John Lennon so completely dominates my associations with the name Lennon, naming your baby Lennon seems a bit more like naming your baby Oprah or Obama or Frodo or some other name that's pretty exclusively associated with just one celebrity or character. 

November 11, 2013 02:04 PM

I've always loved the name May, and I've floated it for every single pregnancy. But my husband, children, and friends are all very meh about it. I've never understood that, but I'm starting to think maybe I should not use May if we have a girl this time round, because I'd hate to give a baby a name I loved but which was universally meh to everyone else. 

October 3, 2013 05:52 PM

I like Caspian and Balendin the best. I really like the three-syllable flow with your last name and both pair well with Astrid. Augustine also has that great three-syllable flow, btw. I know a 9-year-old named Augustine and it doesn't seem to cause much trouble with pronounciation. It helps that he pronounces it au-gus-TEEN, which is how you'd say it if you were just reading it phonetically. Still, though I think the two pronunciations are so different, that once people know which one you like, it's actually easier. Certainly easier than trying to distinguish between two pronunciations of Lara or something. 

October 3, 2013 05:32 PM

I like Juliet and Isabel. They are both romantic names. The trim versions keep them from being over-the-top flowery. (I say this as a mother of a Juliet.)

July 18, 2012 06:53 PM

Many of these names (Liliana, Elena, etc. in all their variations) are very common in the Hispanic community. That might account for part of their rise of popularity. 

May 29, 2012 01:52 PM

Very impressive! 


May 26, 2012 10:10 PM

Here's the link:


May 26, 2012 10:10 PM

There is a site that is supposed to show how many people are statistically likely to have any given combination of first and last names. For instance, my first name and my maiden name are statistically likely to be shared by 57 Americans. My son John, who has our common last name, shares his namew with about 2,871 other people. Frankly, though, in this day and age, I'd take a little privacy over being unique any day. 

May 26, 2012 10:03 PM

Right. I have a friend who insists Beatrix is trendy and over-done because she knows two babies named Beatrix. The catch is, Beatrix has never been in the top 1,000 names. No matter how you define trendy, Beatrix can't be that trendy.

May 26, 2012 09:38 PM
In Response to Name pet peeves

Along the same lines, my son's kindergarten teacher was sayings she's always confusing Owen, Logan, and Evan. Even though at first blush, they are quite different, the vowel pattern is similar. I can see how it would be trying.

May 24, 2012 05:04 PM

Interesting that several people said Adrian sounds like a girl’s name. That was my husband’s reaction, too, and I had to go to name voyager to prove that male Adrians far outnumber female Adrians/Adriennes. Still, obviously his perception is common. Adrian is out. 


Also several people mentioned knowing annoying Toms. Actually, I do know at least a few annoying Toms, too:). DH is pushing for going with the name Thomas in full, so that’s probably the plan if we choose Thomas, not that we have complete control over that. 


HungarianNameGeek: I too think of Christmas when I think of Jasper. It’s part of the appeal - although this baby is due in August:) Probably Jasper is off the table, though. I just don’t like it enough.


Hyz: Interesting that you know ANY young Thomases. I haven’t met any, which I’ll admit is part of the charm for me. I can see it being popular with Catholics - it sort of feels like Theresa or Catherine to me in that way. 


Sharalyns: I, too, like the combo Isaac Thomas. So much so that I googled it, sure I must be half-remembering some famous person with that name, but I don’t think so. It just flows well. It’s a nice string of three trochees once you include our last name. 


NotAGuestAnymore: Point taken that Isaac might become date-stamped. 


Danasurfside: I can see why you suggest Timothy, but I’ve never liked it unfortunately. 


Another Laura: I appreciate your point about laughter. I think I’m ok with it, but it was worth pointing out!


Chimu: I agree that Isaac sounds the best with our last name, but that Thomas sounds the best with the other children. Logically, it probably matters more that it goes with our last name, since that will be a factor for far more of this baby’s life. Still, since they all flow relatively well, it’s not quite enough to push me all the way toward Isaac, either. 


Interesting that Thomas got slightly more votes than Isaac. I’ve put the choice on one of those baby name poll sites and the votes went 2:1 for Isaac. I’m not sure if that was chance, represents a different user demographic, or if it had something to do with the fact that on this site everyone read the other kids’ names, whereas on the poll site it was a straight-up choice between Isaac and Thomas. 


Hmmm… well, I’m going to read all these comments to my husband and see what he thinks. I’m so torn. For the first time in our lives, we might end up in the delivery room without a firm name! I’ll let everyone know what we decide when the time comes:) Any more comments still appreciated, though. 

May 22, 2012 09:19 PM

Oops. Posted this twice somehow. Please respond to the OTHER thread.

April 28, 2012 06:16 PM

Well I'm glad I asked I guess. To me, Harrry is Hah-ree more than hairy and I had never heard of that association. I will be crossing Harry off our list.