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November 26, 2016 05:02 PM
In Response to Names by Month

The only problem with this system is that seasonal associations are different around the world. So for someone in the Northern hemisphere, August and July may conjure feelings of summer and the sea, but in the Southern Hemisphere they're the coldest months of the year. Christmas in Australia is usually at the 40degree mark (celsius), so personally I would never associate any of the 'wintery' names with Christmas. (I understand this is a hypothetical situation, but just something to think about)

September 11, 2016 08:31 AM

I have to agree with Ivy Winter being a little to nature-y, I love Livia - but it would probably be constantly mistaken for Olivia (I know a little girl called Sabella, who is always being called Isabella). 

Some other suggestions (I love the 'V' theme everyone's picking up on) - Felicity, Iris, Zelda, Imogen (I think Imogen Winter, has a nice flow to it - even though I usually don't concern myself with flow), Evangeline, Olive, Eloise, Geneva, Jemima, Paloma, Lavinia, Eleanora, Clara, Aveline, Vivienne, Viviana, Carlotta, Valeria/Valerie, Vera, Gwen and Amalia.

From what you've said it seems your looking for a less common variant of a more popular traditional name (this is why I've suggested Amalia, Eleanora and Olive). 

Good Luck!

July 17, 2016 02:21 AM

Elena? Not really French, the french form would be - Hélène (which then doesn't have five letters)

But I'll give Hélène a 7

Next one; Anaïs



February 24, 2016 03:54 AM

As an Australian I've seen all 3 spellings used  -

Alasdair - I have only seen once and it is never spelt correctly (I would probably steer away from that spelling)

Alastair Is my automatic guess if it it pronounced a-las-STAIR, but if it's a-lis-STAIR I would guess Alistair.

its a rare enough name in Australia for you to choose between Alastair and Alistair. If it goes down to picking hairs, Cillian is 'i' heavy so I would probably choose Alastair. (I also think Alastair looks more balanced than Alistair)

Alastair Cillian or Alistair Cillian - which looks better to you? and how do you pronounce it?

February 12, 2016 07:40 AM

Zara, Erin, Paige, Jenna, Shae, Brenna, Brooke, Quinn, Chelsea, Sierra, Emery, and Elena

February 11, 2016 06:31 AM

Are there any family honour names you could use? If this is not an option, are there any names you like but arent using for some reason? Do you prefer common middle names or something a bit unique ?Without any other information I suggest

Penrose Jane

Penrose Violet

Penrose Vivian

Penrose Adelaide

Penrose Genevieve

Penrose Augusta

Penrose Evelyn

Penrose Florentine

Penrose Cecily/Cecelia

(as Penrose is a surname and placename I have suggested some more feminine names in general)

February 4, 2016 03:12 AM

I think Vivian Monroe sounds lovely (It think it would be a more memorable name than Vivian Mae), also Louise Monroe and Jane Monroe (Ingrid sounds nice as well, but I find it not as pretty as the other names on your list). 

Other first name suggestions...

Hazel Monroe

Lucia Monroe

Mabel Monroe

Emilia Monroe

Cecelia/Cecily Monroe

Victoria Monroe

Greta Monroe

Nadia Monroe

and Alice Monroe


February 3, 2016 06:31 AM

Mallory Georgia Collier

Evelyn Georgia Collier

Aubrey Georgia Collier

Alexis Georgia Collier

Phoebe Georgia Collier

Emery Georgia Collier

Camille Georgia Collier

Brooke Georgia Collier (I think the 1st and last name combo works really well here)

(I have to second Alice as well)

and don't worry too much about the flow of the first and middle name (you could do Jordan Georgia if you really want to), pick a first name you love before you try to make it flow with the middle name. You won't be calling her Georgia for the rest of her life..


January 14, 2016 10:13 PM

Depending on where you live will change the frequency of it happening - as a Julia in Australia, it doesnt happen frequently but it does happen. My sister liked to tease me when I was a child by calling me Jul-ya (in a strong bogan Australian accent), while the English and South Africans seem to pronounce it with 3 syllables. In my experience American's and Canadians are slightly more prone to the 2 syllable pronounciation - if it is not 2 syllables it is rather joined. I wouldnt say it is a dealbreaker to not use Julia though. 

January 10, 2016 11:40 PM

I think Lena is a lovely name, and your choice of pronounciation will depend on how often it will be pronounced correctly. It is a name that is easy to change pronounciations quickly, and we say our names out loud more often then they are read out. Cecilia and Lydia are also wonderful choices but I think Lena is still my personal front runner. Cecilia will most likely be misspelt half of the time (Cecelia), so the pronounciation of Lena is really not that big of a deal. 

My first other thought was Julia (my own name, which is never pronounced incorrectly or misspelt)  - this was reassured as the top name suggestion on matchmaker

Clara, Lina (another spelling - but also could be unusable depending on your desired pronounciation), Celia, Eliza, Claudia/Klaudia, Mia and Aurelia 


December 29, 2015 07:32 PM

First up - Are you considering these names as nicknames or full names? This will definitely change people's preferences of each name (would Elly be just Elly or Eloise/Eleanor/Ellianna etc); from previous experience most of the people on this forum prefer full names over nicknames.

Personally I love the name Nell, but couldn't imagine a grown up Nellie. I do, however know several grown up Elly's and Allie's - spelling is also a preference. If Allie is the full name I would go with that spelling, but with Elly I would automatically assume it was Ellie. 

If these were the full names my preferences would be 

Ellie (ie spelling)



This changes to the opposite order if they are nicknames to full names: as these are all great nicknames but need grown up/ professional names. Examples include

Nellie - Eleanor, Helen/a, Nell, Penelope, Elena and Cornelia

Allie - Alexandra (and other Alex- names), Alicia, Alia, Alison, and Alice. (Or Rosalie, Natalia)

Elly/Ellie - Ellianna, Eleanor, Eloise, Elise, Eliza, (or Noelle, Gabrielle/a)

Other nicknames/ nickname sounding names that (I believe) can stand on there own

- Etta, Mina, Abbey, Della, Lena, Elsie, Bridie, Clem, Connie, Stella, Lainey and Carly

December 29, 2015 01:59 AM
In Response to How to pronounce Kiah

I personally grew up with a girl named Kiah, and she was constantly spelling and prononcing her name for others. She pronounced it KY-uh but got a whole lot of other pronouncitations and spellings. I don't know how I thought to pronounce it at first (I was probably 5 or 6 when I first met her);  now I automatically read it as KY-uh.

In this instance I think the spelling is more of an issue, as people don't automatically think of K-I-A-H as an option. - and as mentioned before Kiah is also a girls name which has mutiple spellings (generally the more trendy KAYA/ KAIA are used) - both of these spellings have been featured in the top 1000 where as Kiah has never been in the top 1000 for boys or girls.


December 21, 2015 05:48 PM

That's wonderful! The middle name sets off Tess wonderfully. (I think you really wanted to go with Tess the whole time by the sound of things) 

December 21, 2015 03:59 PM
In Response to Help!

The only thing that would stop you from using it is that they are both 1 syllable names with an abunance of consonants. Giving it not much of it a flow, but I don't think it should stop you from using it -  Especially if you really like the name Blake.

December 18, 2015 01:18 AM

To go with Caroline I would suggest

Annalise, Phoebe, Elena, Felicity, Natalia, Emilia, Lucy, Alexandra, Tessa, Rebecca, Eva, Jemima, Elodie, Greta, Isobel and Holly

Are there any names you would like to use but are either not completely sold on or uable to use?

December 17, 2015 01:51 AM

Being an Australian named Julia myself, I must say the Julia Gillard phase has died out. Especially with there being the recent swap of leadership. I don't think it was ever a real problem, because of the general popularity of Julia in Australia.

Other suggestions for girls from me would be (sorry for any repeats) Adele, Julianna (or other Jul- alternatives if the Gillard association is still strong), Celia, Amalia, Florence, and Henrietta; mainly because of a book I read with characters whose names were Nell and Etta (short for Eleanor and Henrietta).

Your main problem seems to be that names don't fit in your sibset or sound too similar to Lewis. Don't worry to much about the sibset, but I would stick to the trying not to be matchy.

December 5, 2015 05:06 PM
In Response to Girl name trouble!

According to match maker using  - Sienna, Lainey and Brooklyn (I'm assuming that Sienn is a typo for Sienna, and it doesnt recognise Laynie) some suggestions would be

Harmony, Shayla, Aubrey, Cadence, Paisley, Aspen, Emilia, Eden and Skye

the first things that came to my own mind were - Marina, Alexa, Elodie, Lily and Kelsey

December 5, 2015 08:03 AM

It would obviously be more convenient to use Beatrix for the nickname Trixie, but Trixie is definitely still a very usable nickname for Beatrice (in my opinion). In the long run, I think Beatrice is a more classic sounding name then Beatrix and I do prefer it as a full name without any other conditions. Unless you love literary name connections (Beatrix Potter), I would use Beatrice if you prefer it.

December 4, 2015 04:26 PM

As you seem to so far be skewing towards unisex names, I would suggest

- Auden

- Mallory

- Paisley

- Reese

- Scarlett

- Hillary

- Payton/ Peyton

- Tyler

- Brooke

and Teagan (obviously quite a few of these can be swapped to the other gender if needed be)

For boys - I second the idea to use Everett as the first name

- Wyatt

- Tate

- Lincoln

- Austin

- Clayton

- Quinn

and Beck

November 26, 2015 03:06 AM
In Response to Greta for baby girl??

I think Greta is a beautiful name. (as others have said) It definitely fits with the other vintage comeback names. Personally I prefer it as a standalone name and my association is (Australian) the Winner of Junior Masterchef - who was obviously a child. The associtation is more a connection to preteens and younger than older ladies.