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May 9, 2015 11:57 PM

National Parks:

Sisters: Shenendoah, Samoa, and Sequoia


Mountain ranges:

Rocky and Smoky 



Zion and Bryce


Or just good old fashioned nature place names:

Meadow, Glen, and Grove


But to stay more on point


Orleans, Lafayette, and Monroe.

or Parish and Acadia.



Athens, Olympia, Ithaca, Cyprus (Greek cities could go on for a long sib list)


May 9, 2015 11:33 PM
In Response to Invent a name!



Boy: Brian

Girl: Cherie

May 9, 2015 11:27 PM

Keep:Laura Annalise

switch: Gladys Ada

1st: Imogen Simone

2nd: Frances Loraine

initials: Geraldine Mariah


Keep:Axel Benjamin

switch: Julius Forester

1st: Archer Edward

2nd: Tobias Gene

initials: Edsel Rhys

May 9, 2015 11:17 PM

I personally like these kinds of names on a girl if she is really beautiful. It's like a beauty mark or a gap between her front teeth. If she's very pretty, a name like Gertrude, Buella, Uma, etc. sort of exaggerate her beauty. If not, to be brutally honest, she'll just be living up to the stereotype these names have; much like "beauty" marks and gaps between teeth which are suddenly considered moles and orthadontic abnormalities.


I really like Gertrude. 


Magdalena (Magda)










May 9, 2015 11:02 PM

I love Bruno too but for me, the child would have to have at least one of these three, brown hair, brown eyes, or dark skin. A similar name that works for a blonde, pale, blue-eyed child, Björn.

May 9, 2015 10:59 PM
In Response to Bridge the genre gap

1. I actually think these work well together but if I must add one, Adrian (b/g) or Sadie (g)

2. Emanuel (b)

3. Noah (b)

other 3. I'm going with Noah (b) here too.

4. Leticia (g) Darian (b)

5. Ivy (g), Ashton (b)

To the site mediators, I keep getting blocked when I copy and paste from another post and then change the information. A lot of these posts require such action. Not spamming, just trying to play games that require you to add to or change things in which copy/paste is very convenient.

May 9, 2015 10:34 PM

Keep: David Elroy

Switch Samuel Adrian

1st: Abel Merrick

2nd: Cain Thomas

Initials: Noah Jeffery


May 9, 2015 10:26 PM

Keep: Layla Grace
switch:Margot Lillian
First: Hazel Gwen

Second: Alora Rose

Initials: Alexia Faith

November 9, 2014 04:58 PM

I don't remember if you use a nn for Augustin. If you do, Monty is a great nn for Montgomery. Maybe that would warm your husband to the idea.

November 9, 2014 04:57 PM

I've always liked that name. I think it works well with Augustin; similar quality with being too much the same.

November 9, 2014 01:18 PM

Just reading the title, Simone was my favorite between the three. Now that I've read the post, definitely Simone. I prefer names with meaning and personal connections. My second choice both for sound and meaning, Frances.

November 9, 2014 08:45 AM

My preferences match yours to some degree. Rosamund is a fine name. There will be some time, I think, before the names I prefer become usable in most peoples' minds. There are a lot of normal names I like too but it would have to be really special to me to use it for my child, and then only as a middle name. When they're old enough to say so, if they think I'm crazy, they can call themselves whatever they like. I wouldn't be opposed to a wacky name either. There have been a couple posts recently about holiday names and if I had a 4th of July baby, I'd be very tempted to name the child Kaboom, girl or boy. 

I see your point about admissions not being swayed by a strange spelling. I don't really think of them as misspellings; I think most parents are aware that Kymbirlee is not the traditional way to spell Kimberly. I just think it catches the eye and in some places can be an advantage. It's not my style but I get it. I see people constantly trying to be noticed above the drone of flashing colors and sounds that is our increasingly connected world. I can see why they try to set their children apart. Maybe some are trying to look cool for their friends but I think many are just trying to give their children an advantage, however minor it is. I liken it to a special fold I make when I put my name in for a drawing. It's just a little bit different and might have a better chance of being noticed by the person drawing names. I happen to win those drawings a lot, A LOT!

It pleases me to hear that school admissions are very thorough and something as non-essential as ones naming preferences would not stand in the way of a deserving student. Hopefully, if Mackynzee is getting recommendations from teachers and guidance councelors, he/she is choosing ones that know his/her abilities and accomplishments well enough that the name means nothing to them. Perhaps they will even feel more compelled to write a glowing recommendation to offset the parent's "bad choice of names." 

And like you said, you like seeing unusual names because it makes you curious about the person. Sometimes children are vastly different from their parents but most of the time the apple doesn't fall far. Chances are that the name I choose, as long as it's true to who I am, my child will gain some advantage from. For different people that is traditional, religious, unusual, hereditary, spelled strangely, picked from the top ten, or a seemingly random words like Taxi Rain (nn Cabby) who was born in the back of a cab in the rain. Whatever disadvantage another person sees is irrelevant because I'm not living their life. Their little Sophia will have all she needs to be who she is and so will little Rosamund and even little Cabby. If they don't, great news, names aren't permanent; we can call ourselves anything we want to.

November 8, 2014 07:07 PM

Considering the similarity, Genevieve would be my choice. I'd probably use the nn Genie for Genevieve. 

November 8, 2014 08:40 AM















November 7, 2014 08:12 PM

I think there are a couple of reasons for this aside from those mentioned in other posts. Population and proximity. There are more people and we are closer than ever before. They're not just trying to be individuals in a classroom of 15-20 kids, they're trying to set themselves apart from thousands online. This is where I see a benefit to the unusual spellings and mash-up names. Many say those kids will face discrimination in education and the workplace but I disagree. That may be the case at the moment, but there are so many of these kinds of names that in order to discriminate, in the future, the snooty HR personnel and admissions officers will be hard pressed to fill their quotas with common names. They are also going to have a lot more resumes and applications to sift through. If there are three Kimberly's applying and one Kimberlee, HR is more likely to remember Kimberlee and her qualifications, and it will be easier to find her the second time on sites like LinedIn. I see it as an advantage. This reminds me of a video I saw recently of three beautiful, strong, intelligent girls doing a poetry slam about censorship, laws, and gender roles in education. Their names are Zariya (unusual name with a unique spelling), Rhiannon (unusual name) and Belissa (mash-up.) These names haven't stood in their way at all. Here is the link if you're interested. 

Another reason I think parents are choosing unusual names is because we are hitting a limit on the illusion of human creativity and originality. Up until now, people could go about thinking that an idea they came up with was unique and original. Historically, for an invention or discovery you were praised, but with more people and closer proximity we've discovered, to quote the bible, "there is nothing new under the sun." Anything you can come up with has already been done or is being done right now. Aside from the rare individual, anything truly unique and original is on the edge of technology and funded by large corporations. Even those geniuses don't get credit for their ideas. Pay and benefits, but not credit. So they try to be unique any way they can. Naming their children is one way to do that.

For me, personally, I grew up with an unusual name and really loved that no one I knew shared my name. I also think it was helpful that no one had any associations to the name. I think people sometimes become the stereotype that goes with their name because that is what society expects of them. For super popular names it isn't as much of a problem. Christopher, John or Jennifer could be anybody, any personality, but Lexi, Amanda, Kimber, and Sarah all come with expectations. People also have a fear or intrigue reaction to unusual names. Some people are turned off and don't want to befriend such a person (helps me keep the squares away) and others are drawn in and want to know the person with such a name (people with curious minds that I like to associate with.) For these reasons I have always wanted to give my child a unique name. And I don't mean that it just falls outside of the top 1000. I mean practically unheard of. And the only reason I care what other parents think of the name is if it would cause problems for the child, negative associations. I really couldn't care less if they think I'm creative; I'm not searching for approval. My middle name is common and when meeting someone with which I only intend a casual interaction, I use that name. (Pizza delivery, name tags at workplaces and conferences, situations like that.) I would give my child that option but would not hide the name I love in the middle. 

November 7, 2014 03:16 PM

I like that one too. It kind of makes me want to write a bedtime song, Lillaby's Lullaby.

November 7, 2014 12:38 PM

Bethany sounds like a good compromise and isn't made-up (not that it matters, I kind of like the mash-ups)

Bethamy maybe?

November 7, 2014 12:30 PM

Lillaby (Lilla-bee)

Lizaby (could be Lizza-bee, Liza-bee or end with the bye sound)

Ellamy (play with the pronunciation. I like it if it were to rhyme with Elodie)

Violet Ellamy Eisel

November 7, 2014 12:27 PM

Elizie rhyming with Elodie


Emiliza (Emma/Liza)


Interesting question. I'll let you know if I think of more.

November 6, 2014 01:23 PM

Not sure if anyone else mentioned it but the RW initials are a bit of a tongue twister. Robert Right Rooten, Wobert White Wooten. I wouldn't do it.