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July 9, 2013 06:15 PM
In Response to Wanna bet?

What would a baby Alexandra be called?  Or a baby Victoria?  Would she go by her full name?

November 28, 2012 07:38 AM
In Response to He's FINALLY here!

Congratulations, pennyx!  

October 25, 2012 11:52 AM

Oh how I love an interesting name list!  I generally agree with others' comments: Catherine or Calloway (if you'd be willing to move it) are great girl options, and Reid or Pierce for boys work very well with Stanton.  (Does Stanton ever go by a nickname, by the way?)  I have a second cousin once removed named Reid, taken from a family surname, and I think it's a name that wears very well.

October 25, 2012 11:41 AM

Alexandra and Samantha are both lovely.  I agree that all three seem SLIGHTLY date-stamped to the 90's: they all peaked in popularity then, Samantha and Taylor in the top 10.  The only child I know with any of these names is a Taylor, so none seem super popular to me currently.  I have a personal aversion to "boy" nicknames on girls, which makes me like Ally the best of the nickname options, but that of course is just personal preference.  Ally is FAR less ubiquitous than Ellie/Ella (Elizabeth, Eleanor, Isabella, Gabriella), but may blend in with that group.

October 25, 2012 11:26 AM

Thank you!  I agree that Florence/Flora is really our best option -- now to convince my husband! (tempting him with Beatrix as a middle name might do the trick...)

I like both Josephine and Elinor/Eleanor for first names, but we have friends who have daughters with these names.  Come to think of it, I know 3 Josies -- all adorable, but one is a little...high spirited :).


October 18, 2012 10:56 AM

Ack, baby is due in 3 weeks, and now all of a sudden I don't like any of these girl names!  We had tentatively agreed to Philippa Josephine, but then I read some random comment somewhere about someone and her sister dressing up as Kate and Pippa Middleton for Halloween -- this just made me cringe, and I'm wondering if any mention of Pippa Middleton anywhere would cause me to have a similar reaction should we choose that name for this baby.  Or would our own baby overshadow any pop culture comments/references over time?  I find myself wishing we had a Phillip somewhere in our family tree so I felt we had a "legitimate" claim on the name...

October 18, 2012 10:20 AM

We are firmly anti-matching: both DH and I have names that start with J, and we purposely avoided J names for our children.  I like Laura's reasoning on this subject.

I'm curious about families in which one child feels left out simply because of a different first initial -- did the older siblings make a big deal out of this?  Does a youngest child just feel left out more often in general, and the initial becomes a symbol for this feeling?  I wouldn't think twice about switching initials for a 3rd child, but maybe that's just my insensitve firstborn nature :).

September 1, 2012 08:40 PM
In Response to Cadence

I totally agree with your analysis and opinion, EVie! We once thought about using it as a bicycling-inspired name or middle name, but its fast rise gave me pause.  Now, the fact that Kaydence is the most popular spelling has really turned me off.  

Combining spellings, Cadence/Kaydence/etc. was #106 in 2011, down from a high of #90 in 2010 and 2009.  

Ignoring all of my (unnecessary?) analysis, I still quite like the name.

September 1, 2012 08:19 PM

Oh, I love Magnus!  It's on our short list if this baby's a boy, and was a close second choice when we named our  3rd baby (Albert).  One thing that held us back from using it last time was the possibility that our son would be small and skinny, sort of the opposite of a 300-pound guy called Tiny.  We were possibly overthinking things...

How do you feel about Linus? 

I also quite like Ambrose, and it doesn't read particularly Bible-thumping to me.  Otto and Piers are my other favorites. 

I agree with others that Casper may sound too close to Astrid.

August 15, 2012 03:43 PM

I was also going to suggest Piers as an alternative to Pierce! 



I think Quentin does sound a little "bumpy" with your last name, but it may just be that I'm biased toward Xavier :).  As for nicknames, Quinn seems like such a different style than Quentin -- all of the qualities of Quentin seem to be lost with the nn Quinn.  

Re: Trying too hard -- I don't get that feeling from Xavier, but I know what he means.  For me, this has a lot more to do with the personality of the parents than the name in question.  IRL, I quite enjoy a sibling set that includes both Paisley and Electra, but I have raised my eyebrows recently at Calliope and Loralei (names I probably have suggested to others on this very site!).


An interesting question!  I have to say in doing research on my family tree, I much prefer more unusual names.  I was once contacted by a woman whose ancestor was named Marie Weber, born in 1910 in MN.  (I also had an ancestor by that name, born in 1910 in the same town in MN.)  Turns out they were two differnt Marie Webers, not related to each other at all (that I know of).  This particular concern (tracking/researching ancestors) will perhaps lessen over time as well with the increase in online information -- in the case of Marie, I could simply have located her facebook page and found out who her husband and, perhaps, several other relatives were to fit her in the appropriate spot on my family tree...



August 6, 2012 12:27 PM
In Response to Idea

I certainly agree that using surnames from one's own family tree is preferable to choosing a random surname.  And I do know a little boy named Anderson (his mother's maiden name).  I actually hadn't really thought of using a surname as a first name because it's NMS, but there are some relatively useable ones back a generation in my own family tree: Boe and Baumler both sound perfectly reasonable...

August 2, 2012 02:09 PM

Well, Mark is my FIL's name, so I'm biased to like it.  I agree that it's in the "new classic" category rather than the "outdated" category.  I also like the suggestion of Marcus if you feel Mark needs "freshening up".  

Max, to me, seems like more of a nickname than a full name (which, again, I just have a personal bias against).  

You may not want to use Max as a nickname for Mark since you may have another son in the future and still wish to use Max.  I don't think they're too similar that you couldn't have siblings named Max and Mark.

July 31, 2012 03:24 PM
In Response to It's a Girl!

I am also much better with boys' names than girl names!  And, like you, pregnant with a baby (unknown gender) deep in flyover country :).  I'd be happy with any of the five names on our current boy list, but my main concern with our girls' choices is whether they are just "too much" (names like Florence and Beatrix).  

I wouldn't be very concerned about your daughter's contemporaries raising eyebrows about any name -- my 8yo son recently came home talking about a boy named "Jeopardy" that he met (turns out, the kid's name was Jeffrey; in my son's mind, Jeopardy and Jeffrey were equally appropriate name choices!).  If YOU can handle the occasional raised eyebrow from these children's parents, then stand up for your naming style and choose the name you like best!  Also, I think the name style you like will eventually become more popular even in your/our area.  The reaction to your daughter's name in 5 or 10 or 15 years will likely be much different than the reaction you might get now.  (I'm experiencing something like that right now: the son mentioned above is named Oliver, which was a little "much" for our area 8 years ago.  Now, I know a handful of baby Olivers in town.)

That said, perhaps simpler-sounding names would have the best chance of blending in if you decide that is important to you.  I like the suggestions of Gemma, Alice, and Sylvia/Sylvie.  But I would be so happy if you used something like Florence or Imogen or Beatrix instead :).  

July 23, 2012 11:10 AM
In Response to Asking permission

That is pretty weird.  From her reaction, it seems like maybe your coworker thought/thinks Freya is a name you made up, so it's more "yours" than the average name?

July 23, 2012 10:56 AM

I might stay away from a K name in case you have more children -- you may feel you HAVE to choose a K name the fourth time around, even further limiting your choices.

Perhaps something like Dempsey or Brooks, or another name that's a departure from starts-with-K, two-syllables, ends-with-N.  

July 23, 2012 10:04 AM
In Response to Thoughts.....

I know a child under five with each of these names, so none of them reads WAY more popular than the others in my neck of the woods.  I was surprised that Everett, Bennett, and Griffin are all about equally popular (in the 200s).  Of course, all are on a pretty big upswing, so be aware that one of these names may evenutally sound more dated than the classic William (though I don't think the date stamp will be as bad as some of the even trendier names/sounds, ie Brayden/Jayden).  Of course, this isn't necessarily a bad thing; just a thought.  

I agree with others about finding a middle name that has some personal meaning.  If you like Joseph, I personally wouldn't worry about the BJ initials; this sort of teasing may not happen, and if so, is likely to be confined to a brief period of time in the seventh grade.  It was around this time that two boys (last names Bates and Beta) in my school became the subject of much laughter when it was discovered one could call them "Master" LastName with hilarious results.  Once everyone had heard the combination once, the laughter died down and normal life resumed (as far as I know: perhaps I should confirm with Master Bates that he was not permanently scarred from this episode...).

July 21, 2012 01:45 PM

I love the name suggestions!  In particular, MY favorites are Dahlia, Matilda, Zinnia, Juniper, and Delphine.  

July 21, 2012 01:40 PM

Mr. Brimley's name is actually Wilford, which sounds much more firmly in the "porch sitter" category than Wilfred. I agree that together, the sibling set is much more English than porch sitter.