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October 29, 2016 03:40 PM
In Response to A huge dilemma

I notice Sarah on the list, but it starts with an S? Oh, and Amy? Are those also-rans then?

If you wanted to avoid repeating initials you could eliminate names starting with J, G, or E in the event you have James, George, or Edward at some point in the future.

That doesn't seem necessary to me, but if you're at the point of just needing to narrow the list, it would be one way to go.

Are you in the states? I ask because for me Amy is a very sweet name but a bit date stamped to the 70s when I grew up with quite a few. 

Jasmine, for me, is a bit of an outlier. I just don't get that same  classic but spunky vibe that I think the others have. 

Chloe is a bit precious/sweet for me, but that's just me. Esther, on the other hand, seems a bit plain Jane next to Sophie, and Iris a tad quirkier.

I think my favorite is Lilah, followed by Elise. I do think Lucy and Phoebe are darling and would be excellent fits, but I don't love same endings for twins. Lots of people would see that as a plus, of course. I adore Evie, but I'd prefer it as a nn.

Other thoughts Emma, June, Violet, Clara 

You have lots of lovely choices, so I think you can hardly go wrong! 


October 5, 2016 04:47 PM
In Response to First baby on the way

Marie is the easy winner for me

You can't get much better than a name that honors both grandmas equally! 

It's also a sweet classic, and it sounds darling with Sophie. Yes, it's a popular choice, but Sophie is uber popular, and that doesn't make it less lovely.



September 21, 2016 09:16 PM

I agree with this 100%


September 19, 2016 10:33 PM

I will just 2nd the idea that you prepare yourself for the book references.

I'm not saying you shouldn't use it, but I do think you should know about them. They are totally ubiquitous, and she is a very particular kind of scatter brained character who takes everything literally and gets in zany messes. 

September 12, 2016 01:21 PM

I like Michael Chandler for a brother of a Daryl. 

Otherwise, I'd vote for Evan and Owen equally.

I"m not a fan of Chandler, and I've heard it on girls, which also makes it less appealing to me, personally. 

Robert is also a fine name.

September 9, 2016 08:03 PM
In Response to What if its a boy?

I have a Henry. He is 11, so we were a bit ahead of the uptick, I guess. We only know of one, who is a preschooler.

My sister lives in a very wealthy neighborhood an hour or so north of us, and she knows many more. I think it is a very pocket-y name. 

In any case, popularity isn't what it used to be, and I don't think it should be a deal breaker, unless it's really a big deal for you. Our older son is a Jack, which is Super popular, but even having hiim sometimes have to use his last initial hasn't made me want to change it. :)  But, of course, only you can decide how much it matters. As for Hank, I know of one child who is always Hank. I know of no children named Henry who go between Hank and Henry. We thought we would, but it just didn't take. I know this will shock the folks on this site, but there are many young people who have no idea Hank is a nn for Henry!

I've probably bored with you all of this before, so apologies for that....

I just don't love W@rner, but I agree it's appealing if you want something recognizable but distinct and not too hard to say or spell. 

I like both M@rtin and M@rty very much. It's a  tad middle aged but feels ready for a comeback, and I can't imagine not liking a kid named M@rty. It has that appealing, All-American quality for me. 


September 4, 2016 01:22 PM

I haven't checked the stats, but I feel like I know more M@sons and @verys than Amelias. If you both love Amelia, I would go ahead and use it. There are also lots of nn possibilities with it-Mia would be cute with M@son and @very, I think.

How about Elodie? Similar to several each of you like...

Other thoughts:  Ellery, Claire, Serena, Isabelle, Everly, Audrey, Phoebe, Hadley, Harper, Vivian, Lila


September 2, 2016 01:08 PM
In Response to Baby #2 - Name Help

I think Hadley is a great name and a great choice.

I'm not a fan of Leighton. I think it has a harsh sound. Perhaps you would like Ainsley or Avery?

I like both Margot and Sienna very much.

As a whole, your names sugget a certain old world glam to me

Stella, Aspen, Greer, Harlow, Eva, Evelyn, Lila

July 2, 2016 10:09 PM

Fwiw, my nephew was named for his father, who was named for his father, and so on....

and he has only ever been called by his mn.

It may be regional, but it has not been a big deal for him at all, and out here schools and such are very trained to ask what name a child goes by. 


July 2, 2016 10:07 PM

I'm going to suggest Huxley.

It has a similar sound, a literary connection, and I think it pairs better with Sawyer (and Bronte).

July 1, 2016 11:39 AM

I vote for Davis


June 29, 2016 08:10 PM
In Response to Alicia?

I agree with all this. 

Generally speaking, I think it's best to go with the most standard spelling of a name, unless you have a compelling reason to do otherwise. 

Having said that, my name is Megan, with a different spelling involving a ridiculous number of vowels, and I've survived.

I met one Alyssum once. Her mother was super impressed that I understood her name-said I was the very first ever who got it right.

It IS pretty, though! 

I'd probably vote for Elise or the, "Regular," Alicia, but my tastes are on the low risk side. :)

hth, op

June 29, 2016 08:02 PM

I'm going to suggest Jacoby. 

It's similar to Jacob, but uncommon, and the, "Country," part of your family would probably like nns like Coby, in addition to Jack.

My older son is a, "Just Jack."

While it's not my style personally, you might like Jax, and I suppose you could make that into any number of things....Jaxton etc...

Perhaps Jace nn Jac? 


June 26, 2016 06:01 PM

I like surname styles, but this one seems very firmly a masculine surname to me.

It's the sort of name that suggests a stuff, Lord of the Manor type....or maybe a butler....or a butler's dog....

I guess I'm just not a fan. However, I'm a very low risk namer, and I don't love the nn Winnie either.

I am used to hearing Windsor Johnson on the radio, so I could get behind that one. I could also endorse Winslow in the mn spot if its a family name.

Just for fun, I will toss out Waverly

Different sound, but it's a similar style, more feminine imho, and it's unique and has that W.


June 22, 2016 10:16 PM

I like Amy, Britt, and Kirsten of these.

I think you do need something either vaguely Nordic/international or classic. 

Other thoughts: Eve, Greer, Aspen, Claudine, Simone, Laurel, June, Sabine, Gelsey, Bronwyn, Carys

If you aren't opposed to All a endings, I would add Maya/Maja and Lara.  For me, they don't rhyme, but perhaps that is a regional thing.



June 14, 2016 04:00 PM
In Response to Sibling for Cecilia

I think Daphne would be perfect with Cecilia! 

A few other thoughts-trying to avoid repeats-Vanessa, Claudia,Rosalie or Rosalyn, Gwendolyn, Marcella

And regulars on here know that I won't be able to resist offering Verity or Araminta

I also think something similarlly elegant but spare would work...June or Rose or Lila or Claire, perhaps

I am not personally a fan of Sebastian, but I think it fits well with Cecilia. I don't know any young ones.

I do like the name Ellliot very much. We have known of a couple but they are older. I have heard of it being used on girls (shudder), but I assume they mostly go by Ellie or Ellla. Fwiw, the Elliots I've known have all been very bright. I assume Miriam's grandson is no exception.

Other thoughts: Graydon, Emmett, Sterling, Everest, Oliver, Winston, Desmond, Duncan

June 9, 2016 11:22 AM

Is Audrey popular? 

I haven't checked the stats, but I think I hear and see Cora more these days than Audrey. Of course, Aubrey is a somewhat popular name, though for me they are very distinct.

At any rate, I adore Audrey. I think it's a timeless classic with the same kind of feminine spunkiness of Gemma.

Objectively, I think Cora is a great choice with Gemma, too. They share an English schoolgirl vibe for me. I just don't personally love the sound, but it's a name with a lot of fans on this site.

Other thoughts: Lucy (could also be a nn for Lucia or Louisa), Frances or Francesca, Pippa (on its own or as a nn), Clara, Maude, Ruby, Alice


June 7, 2016 09:17 AM

I would rule out Levi. I'm just not a fan, and it's the only one that doesn't fi with Felix for me. I know it's an old, Biblical name, but I think the vibe is all downhome country with Levi these days. That's obvioiusly just my opinion.

I think the rest all work well, though I do have favorites for you.

Edwin seems a bit regal next to the cheerful, upbeat tones of Felix. 

My favorite of the group is Jasper, followed by Casper. You do have two cartoon characters with Felix and Casper, but I think those associations aren't nearly as strong these days. I also had an uncle who was Kasper with a K.

Xavier and Ezra and probably tied for runner up for me. The fact that Xavier can be said more than one way always makes me hesitatant about it.

Soren is objectively fine; it's just not a name I love.



June 5, 2016 10:08 PM

Well, it's a great list, so he'll be well named no matter what! 

Oscar-This is a cool, underused name that feels ready to overcome its, "Grouch," roots. I would say it is a bit more macho than your others, for lack of a better term. Out here, an Oscar would likely be Hispanic American, which is neither good nor bad, obviously-just an observation.

Felix-This is a fun, cheerful name. I wasn't sold on it initially, but I've warmed to it over the course of many discussions on this site. I do think it would still be the most surprising/risky choice on your list here in greater suburbia. 

Oliver-I adore the name Oliver. It does have a very, "Bookish," quality, though the nn Ollie makes it a bit more versatile. I only know of one, and he's around 11.  It's a classic name, so I don't think it will have a fad quality, even if it gets more popular. If that is the only thing holding you back, I would use it. 

Max-Max is a name I've always liked. It has all kinds of storybook charm, but a certain sportiness as well. It is definitely the most popular name on your list. I do like it slightly less with your ln or lns compared to the others.

I think the hyphen issue is really a personal decision. 




June 3, 2016 07:16 PM
In Response to Baby Nameless any day!

Only people who just can't spell will misspell M@rgaret

Yes, iit's trendy. The ADA thing is absolutely a non issue. 

Let's toss out any that you are have strong reservations about or that someone actively dislikes. 

You could consider Thea.

It's the boxer for me. 

Great name; no one uses Chuck automatically these days. I don't think it's too connected to Charles, or too close to Charlotte.

H@nry-We have one. See my comments on the other H@nry post. :)

W@lden-It's a little too something for me....earnest, maybe? The adjective-not a name suggestion. llol

Archie or Archer? Yes, it's popular, but only with small children. 

There are lots of other great nns....I don't think he'd be lost unless you used L@am.

You might look for that post Laura did on up-voting names....finding a reason to love one oveer the other, rather than looking for flaws in each. Perhaps one of the kind souls on here will link to it. 

hth! You have a great list. Baby will surely get a fine name!