Tessa Claire

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Name addict :D

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September 19, 2017 12:51 PM
In Response to Middle name for Sylvie

I like Juniper the best of those three. Fiona might be a nice alternative.

September 19, 2017 12:01 PM

I LOVE that little boys are being named Calcifer! Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite books and Calcifer is such a great character (and reasonably friendly demon).

May 7, 2017 06:34 PM

Very interesting! I haven't thought about the uniqueness of Scarlett before. To me some sound-alikes are: Natalia, Viola, Petra, Eve, Liv, Ingrid, Celeste, Sabra, and Valentine.

January 26, 2017 09:52 AM

Evangeline and Honora are both in my top 10 for girls! Many of these I also love variations of. Nice list!

December 28, 2016 09:53 PM

I've thought for a while that Henna would be a cute herbal/botanical name. I think it is already used as a nickname for the rarely used Henrietta.

December 22, 2016 09:24 AM

Excellent post! Very well written and thought out and a nice touch of humor in a tough year. Thanks for running such an entertaining and informative blog. I always enjoy it.

July 12, 2015 02:29 PM

Some really great and unusual names here! Tycho has been a favorite of mine for years! I love the link to astronomer Tycho Brahe, and that it is fun, yet masculine. My sister would have named her baby Jethro if it had been a boy, but instead we have little Sylvia. Honora is another favorite of mine because it belonged to my greatgrandmother and Vesper and Azriel are just super cool.

And one other interesting fact, both Theodosia and Flavia are characters in currently popular book series, so those may be on the rise.

April 15, 2014 07:18 PM

Here are a few from my list that might fit your requirements and go well with Louise as a mn:

Adele, Althea, Honora, June/Juna, Mira/Myra, Petra, Regina, Vera, Viola, Zola.

None of these are very common at all :)

April 15, 2014 07:00 PM
In Response to How popular is Iris?

I have met one young Iris (under 5) while doing storytimes at the public library. It struck me as unusual and refreshing, yet at home with the vintagey revival names that many of my little storytimers have :) While it works with current trends, it is unusual enough not to seem trendy.

May 13, 2013 01:43 PM

Sounds like a tough one! Linus is definitely unusual, but Linus Arthur LN sounds pretty good to me, though Arthur as a first name would be nice :/ Here are a few ideas that I had which might possibly suit you.

Lawrence, Wesley, Levi, Gideon, Hector, Mercer, Algernon, Thomas, Marshall, Micah, Tobias, Conrad, and Douglas.

Good luck!


That is awesome! I had been wondering about this too! Is there one for boys names somewhere also?

May 13, 2013 09:48 AM
In Response to Baby Boy Walden

I think that Walden Graham is very nice! The nickname Denny also came to my mind and I think is it a very nice possibility :) Graham Walden is also a nice reversal if you still can't get behind any of those nicknames. A few other name ideas you may be interested in:

Conrad (Konrad Lorenz - animal behaviorist and author)

Tycho (Tycho Brahe - astronomer)

Lawrence (lots of possible namesakes - D.H. Lawrence, T.E. Lawrence, and of course Laurie from Little Women)

Mercer (Mercer Mayer - children's book author and illustrator)

Digory (Digory Kirke - Character from The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis)


Definitely go with your gut and don't worry about not sticking with Walden if you aren't in love with it anymore :)

May 13, 2013 12:00 AM

You could go with Geneva Helen, Geneva Merle or Geneva Rose. Also, Violet, May, Claire, Shea, Pearl, and Lynn might be some alternatives for middle names.

November 28, 2012 02:51 PM

I really don't know. I was wondering about that as well! I feel like it would be, but who knows? :)

November 27, 2012 05:18 PM

Figured I would share here rather than start a new post. Did three baby storytimes today (0 to 24 months) and had an interesting batch of names :)










Nissan and Shimon (m twins)

September 22, 2012 02:55 PM

Yes, Reg@n is a boy. I'm thinking it probably has to do with a fondness for conservative Reganomics? Maybe a Tea Party-ish thing?

September 22, 2012 02:50 PM

It's a little boy :)

September 22, 2012 02:49 PM

I found it pretty surprising as well! All I can tell you is that the mother is a children's librarian. The first thing I thought of was whether they were Keith Urban fans!

September 12, 2012 09:31 PM

Here are a few recent ones from my neck of the woods:

M!cah C@ptola (girl)

Dex+er J@mes

Urb@n Ny(x)

Sylv!a L0raine

Reg@n Patr!ck

3zek!el M!ch@el


September 11, 2012 09:05 PM

Genevieve is beautiful but I can understand about the nicknames. A couple of alternatives could be Eny (or Enne), which was the full name of a friend of mine, or maybe Ivy. I also like Nevie/Nevi. I think that Josephine is a perfectly good alternative, though Sophie is extreemly popular now, incase that bothers you.

Some alternatives: I also like Seraphina (one of my fave names), plus Mariella (Mari, Rilla, Ella), Marilena (Mari, Ilena, Lena), Cimorene (Cimi, Rena, Mori), Antonia (Ani, Toni, Nia), Rosaline or Rosalie (Rose, Rosa, Sali), Elianna (Elly, Lia, Anna, Elia), Astoria (Aster, Tori, Ria, Stori), Valentine (Val, Ali, Tina), Ophelia (Phi,Phil,Lia, Ophi), Celeste (Celi, Lesi, Ellie), Ronia(Ro, Ronnie, Rone, Nia), and Beatrice (Bea, Trix, Reece).

Good luck!