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June 9, 2016 03:09 PM
In Response to Book Club

Neapolitan Novels:  I just finished Book 4, and I found the many generations of names and nicknames to be facinating.  Can anyone lend some insight?  Are these names "right" for twentieth century Naples?

May 18, 2016 01:35 PM
In Response to Nickname aversion

I teach high school, and right now I have two Francis's on my rosters.  One goes by Francis exclusively, and the other goes exclusively by Frank.  In fact, his classmates didn't even know his given name was Francis.  My point being that the nickname is not even close to inevitable.

May 9, 2016 09:58 AM
In Response to Out of ideas


April 26, 2016 11:04 AM
In Response to Sister for Emilia?






February 11, 2016 08:42 AM

How are things going, VeeMarie?

February 1, 2016 08:12 AM
In Response to Middle Name Stalemate

Yes, I also agree that the mother's side of the familly wins in a middle name tie if the father's last name is being used.

February 1, 2016 08:09 AM
In Response to Ulysses?

I must be in a Ulysses pocket.  I teach high school to a population that is 50% Hispanic, and I've had an Ulysses both this year and last year.  The one I have this year prefers to be called Uli.

February 1, 2016 08:06 AM

Congratulations on your baby girl!  I really honestly think that Ava, Ava Lou, and Ava Louise are beautiful!  You have a wonderful varity of short, medium, and long built into a gorgeous name.

I actually had nightmares when all three of my babies were tiny - nightmares that I had given them the wrong names!  But, it turned out that the names were right.  Based on my experience (which is, of course, not exactly the same as yours!), I'd recommend that you give it a few weeks.  When you are sleeping a little bit more, think about it again.  I think that you will find that you did a very good job in chosing this name.



I'm going to suggest that you try really hard to find a creative solution to keep everyone happy.  For instance, if you love the name Molly, but decided not to use it because it seems great for a child but too diminuative for an adult, perhaps you could put Georgia on the certificate, but use Molly as your nickname.  Or if there is a name you love, but it clashes with your last name, that could be your family's nickname.


But ultimately, you have to make a decision that you can live with.  Wishing you well!

January 11, 2016 04:07 PM

I live in an area with a high concentration of Polish speakers.  Good crossover names that I have seen are Alice, Clara, and Avalena.  I do prefer the English spellings.

December 15, 2015 07:52 AM

Alistair, Sebastian, Winston, Tristan

November 6, 2015 09:30 AM
In Response to Middle name for Amelia

My daughter is Amelia @nn, but I also like Amelia S@ge.

November 2, 2015 02:45 PM
In Response to Short List

Beautiful!  Congrats!

November 2, 2015 07:14 AM
In Response to Laney names please?


October 27, 2015 08:58 PM
In Response to Is Columbine usable?

I think Columbine is ok in this context.  It is clearly a part of the flower theme, and younger readers are probably unfamiliar with the tragedy.  Personally, I like reclaiming the beauty of the floral meaning of the name as a small triumph of good over evil.

September 23, 2015 09:40 AM

I like Clara Sophia and Clara Violetta, pronounced Vee-oh-LET-uh, which somewhat combines Violet and Olivia.

September 11, 2015 12:04 PM
In Response to Name Possibilities

No, not wrong.

My daughter (in the US) is Linnea, and most people we know have not heard of her name before.  Most people that are familiar with the name into do use the lin-AY-uh pronounciation.  A few want to say lin-AY, rhymes with Renee.  However, the Swedes that I know pronounce it LIN-ee-uh, like "linear" without the "r."  

September 9, 2015 08:59 AM
In Response to Name Possibilities

You might like Linnea  It is floral, like Azalea and Zinnia, light and liquid like Isla, and Nordic, like Freya.

August 14, 2015 12:42 PM

I don't have my book near by, but I'll suggest Josephine, Margaret, and Katherine.

August 4, 2015 03:00 PM

I can never remember which kid is Josh and which kid is Nathan.  I refer to them as H@ley's brother (Josh, I think) and Z0e's brother (Nathan?) instead.