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October 28, 2014 04:48 PM

As a Canadian, I agree. I would definitely pronounce Louis to rhyme with Huey and Dewey. It's a French version of Lewis.

October 6, 2014 08:44 PM

I grew up with a girl named Aislee (pronounced Eye-Lee)

October 6, 2014 01:18 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

Thanks! I like Violet a lot. I like Felix too, but I wonder if it's too close to Finlay. And the female version of Felix (Felicity) is a great name, too!

October 5, 2014 06:53 AM
In Response to She's 9 days old....

Aurora Wallace - Honestly, I find this name difficult to say, not because of the Wallace, but just because of the Aurora. I seem to have trouble with too many Rs or Ls put together, like Rory or Lila.

But if you like the name, but stumble with the Wallace, why not add a middle name to break it up. Aurora Lynn Wallace. Aurora Mae Wallace. You could call her Aurora most of the time, but when you say her full name, say it with the middle.

Ariadne Wallace - I don't think it's too out there at all, it's beautiful. It gives you Aria, which you love, but it leaves you with another option if Aria seems to popular.

Alina Wallace- I wouldn't worry about the family member named Lina, particularly if you are going to use the nickname Allie rather than the nickname Lina.

Aurelina - Lovely name, and it is easier to say that Aurora for sure. Just wondering why the "lina" doesn't bother you in this one, but does in Alina. Again, if you don't use Lina as a nickname for the name, I don't think it's too close to the family member's name. I have a large family, too, and we try to stay away from direct namesakes, but we don't worry about similar or rhyming names. You just can't, once the extended family reaches a certain number. (ie we have a Brian & a Ryan, a Tea & a Tina, a Tara & a Sara, a Shelagh & a Shirley, a Karen & a Kerry, an Addison & a Madison, etc.



September 29, 2014 03:43 PM
In Response to boy J names

Jabez! Nice one!

September 28, 2014 08:29 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

Thank you! That is helpful information for sure!

September 28, 2014 03:34 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

I think you may be right concerning Isaiah and Josiah. I actually had no idea how popular these names were becoming. Besides the Biblical prophet, the only Isaiah I can think of is Mr. Edwards from the Little House tv series. Then I looked at the name charts, and polled around. Thanks for the heads-up!


I'm not in the US, so I don't think Jemima has as much of that connotation here, but I'm starting to think it's too matchy with Emogen. (Much like Finlay and Fiona, I guess.) The more children I have, the less I worry about two sounding somewhat similar, simply because there are more names to diffuse the sounds, I guess. But I don't want to go TOO matchy.

Good suggestions! Thanks!

September 28, 2014 03:29 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

Good to know about the commercial. We don't have television, so we miss a lot of pop culture references, and it's nice to know about so we can look it up. I don't imagine that a commercial will have much staying power in the cultural consciousness, but it's always good to know.


Also, I think you may be right about Anneliese. I really like it, but I am hearing a lot of Annabellas and Annaclaras lately.

September 23, 2014 06:12 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

My husband is concerned about the syrup connection with Jemima, but I love it. It just takes knowing someone with the name, and those connotations melt away, in my opinion.


Juliet is a beautiful name.

Want a little story? I took theatre in university, and my Voice prof was such a stickler about pronunciation. He insisted that the proper pronunciation is JOOLiet, with the accent on the first syllable (Think Harriet). And somehow, I don't like it as well with that pronunciation. But a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Armed with that knowledge, I just can't name a child with the "wrong" spelling or pronunciation.

If I wanted JuliETT, with the accent on the last syllable, I would have to spell it Juliette, just so that it would be "right." (I know, there's something horribly wrong with me -- I'm such a nerd).


September 23, 2014 02:04 PM

This is hilarious, because I work so hard to have unusual yet wonderful (to me) names. My daughter is Emogen (a variant of their number 1 name, Imogen). My son is Jasper (one of their top 10 names for boys). My other children are on their too, one with the first, one with the middle name.

I'm so original, just like everybody else. :/

September 23, 2014 01:45 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

Sorry, you probably already know the Biblical reference for Jemima. I copied those names from an email to my husband, and I had put the parenthetical note in for his benefit.

September 23, 2014 01:43 PM
In Response to Baby Number Five

I thought Gordon may have peaked too recently. Most of my names have peaks in the 1880s - 1920s, but Gordon's peak is much more recent. It makes the name seem more like Grandpa or Uncle. Not quite old enough to be new again.

I like the nickname Gib. I hadn't thought of that, but it's cute.

I've been thinking of some more girls' names -- thanks to Nymbler, which I understand is also associated with Laura Wattenberg.

  • Jemima
  • Winnifred
  • Dulcie
  • Fiona (maybe too similar to Finlay)
  • Jemima (Biblical name -- one of the three beautiful daughters of Job)
  • Anneliese
  • Cecily


September 23, 2014 12:05 PM

I had the same thought, about your daughter, with all of you will Pat names, would she feel left out?

Also, I really love Sean, as a first or middle. It has such a nice Irish sound that fits in well with your daughter's name.

September 23, 2014 11:59 AM
In Response to Baby boy name help

My own preference is Jameson. Jett is a cool nickname, but I tend toward more established names, with nickname potential. it gives more flexibility to the child later on.

That said. Jethro would be a cool option with a nickname of Jett.

But that's just my own taste. Both Jameson and Jett are good, strong names.

September 23, 2014 11:39 AM

And the boys' names turned girls' names never really come back again, once they're well enough established as girls names. Beverly, Shirley and Kelly, for example.

I named my eldest a name that I had never thought of as a girls' name, but it seems to be making the jump.

June 25, 2013 11:36 AM

I think my husband and I have found our compromise on a girl's name!


One day, he suggested Emily or Emmy. These are lovely names, but I prefer names that I may have heard of once or twice, but can't think of anyone actually having.




His problem with Imogen was that it was too bizarre for him, and he couldn't find a potential nickname for it that he does like. He didn't like the obvious Immy, Midge, or Genny. What struck me when he suggested Emmy as a name, is how close it is to Immy.


While he couldn't be converted to Immy based on its similarity to Emmy, I could be converted to Emogen. While I prefer Imogen, as the standard spelling and pronunciation rather than a variation, Emogen is a legitimate variation. It doesn't fall within the category of "made-up" names, which I tend not to prefer.


So I think we are going to go with Emogen Esther. And my husband will call her Emmy.


And if it's a boy, I think we are still on with Gilbert Job.


I am 37 weeks now, so I am relieved to have this sorted out. Thanks for all your help.

June 25, 2013 11:29 AM

Miriam is right, but you can also call it a trema or diacritic. I usually call it a trema, because we are Canadian, and the French here still use tremas, so it's more familiar to people here, or at least, it is to French-speaking people here!

June 25, 2013 11:27 AM

They are nice names (Vesper is maybe a bit too Catholic-sounding -- Vespers, for evening prayer), but too close to Jasper & Brontë for me.

June 10, 2013 06:44 PM

Yes, I really like those, too. It's funny, for the most part I've decided against names ending in 'a,' but Agatha is a real exception, because it doesn't come across as frilly-feminine with that hard 'g' near the beginning. So it's really growing on me.


June 10, 2013 05:23 PM

I love your name style. All those names are beautiful, and I love the old-fashioned feel to them. But I've kind of ruled out names ending in "a" (too feminine to match with Brontë, I think) and with the "ee" sound (because it would make the third child ending with that sound, and I think that's too much). But your names are gorgeous. I really like Calliope and Persephone, in particular.