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November 29, 2017 12:25 AM

Kalila's siblings don't have to have Muslim or Arabic names.   I chose her name because I just like the sound of it.  Yeah, I understand about her parents having different naming styles before they got together and had her and her younger siblings.  It makes sense to mix things up a little.  They're not Muslim, or religious at all btw. 

The timeline is actually in the mid-2000's (not exactly sure what year I'll make it), so she would have been born some time in the mid to late 90's.  I have just figured that part out so I didn't say it sooner.  lol

As for the name suggestions themselves, I like Meilani, Lyra, Kaiya, Lilia (I almost went with it.  It's my top favorite girls' name, but it feels too close to Kalila and both could easily shorten to Lily which is what the youngest siblings call her), Carina, Dalia, Keanu, Avi, Reilly, Dario, and Nikolai.

November 10, 2017 09:46 AM

Also, what would you name their town? I'd love something either seasonal (like autumn or winter related) or nature themed, as the story will be set between Halloween and Christmas, at least initially.

November 10, 2017 09:40 AM
In Response to Name For Character?

For middle names, I'd suggest something classic to help balance out the uniqueness of their first names.  


Suggestions for first name:


Similar to Persephone (mythological themed) - 













Others - 










November 10, 2017 09:17 AM

Edit: Each child that the couple has together will have two classic middle names. The older children just have one.

November 10, 2017 09:13 AM

I'd also prefer not using overly trendy names or boys' names for girls.

November 10, 2017 09:10 AM

Sorry for the double post!  My browser keeps acting up.


My first daughter will be Lilia Genevieve (or the Latvian spelling Lilija) if I ever have kids.

Other possible daughters' names:

Irena Judith

Maia/Maija Elizabeth

Vera Josephine

Susanna Audrey

Aislinn Jane (ASH-lin)

Maeve Alexandra

Fiona Audrey

Magnolia Jane nn Maggie

Vada Elizabeth

Evelina Rose nn Evie

Zoya Madeleine (I pronounce Madeleine as Mad-ah-line, not -lyn or -len.  I hate most -lyn names)

Paulina Rose

Ksenia/Ksenija Violet

Cassia Noelle

Estrella Madeleine

Nadia Mireille

Calla Vivian

Stephanie Alessandra



Dmitri James

Ronan Jesse

Lachlan Elliot

Abram Vincent

Alton Gregory

Damon (not sure of middle name)

Conrad Jensen/James (not sure which middle name works better or if I like both middles together or not)

Ephraim Zachary

Andrejs (like the Spanish name Andres.  Not sure of a middle name)

Dario (not sure of middle name)


March 15, 2017 12:10 PM
In Response to Do you like your name?

I have always hated my first and middle names (and my last name too).  My real name is Amanda Lynn and I hate how popular and trendy Amanda was when I was a kid.  It was like every other girl at school had that name so I never had a chance to stand out.  When someone would call my name out, several girls would turn their heads.  My middle name Lynn is boring, ugly, and not feminine at all.  It doesn't have that beautiful, feminine sound to it that I like.  Paired with my common first and last names. it's even more horrible and trendy.  Trendy names will always be seen as evil to me.  I wish my name was something classic, but not common, or an international variation of a classic name.

I also associate Amanda as a bully cheerleader name because all the other Amanda's I met were cheerleaders and always bullied and abused me at school.

If I could rename myself, I'd probably be Helena, nn Laney since I already go by Laney anyway and Helena reflects my Latvian heritage and also honors my late grandmom whose middle name was Helen.  I'm not sure of a middle name yet.  I don't know if any name suits me.

August 8, 2016 11:31 AM
In Response to Which spelling?

I like Aislinn Jean.  That would honor my late paternal grandmother Regina.  She went by Jeannie.  An aunt was named Regina too and she went by Gina.  I also like Aislinn Sophie and Aislinn Elizabeth (maternal great-aunt) from your suggestions.

As for other honor names,  I like Rose (3rd cousin), Stephanie (family friend), Mary/Margaret (maternal grandmother, and a cousin), and Helena (Helen was my maternal grandmother's middle name and the first name of one of my 3rd cousins.  But because Aislinn and Helen end in -n, I chose Helena).

August 3, 2016 06:27 PM

lol Thanks! :P

August 3, 2016 06:24 PM

Actually, Kimber is a character in the fandom I'm writing for (Jem).  I didn't name her.  lol  But yeah, Kimber would have been a really odd name during WWII.

Thanks for pointing out that Aviva and Zev weren't appropriate for the culture and time period, and thanks for the link.  :)

August 1, 2016 01:20 PM
In Response to Name help needed

Found a few other boys' names I like (Thanks for the suggestion of Ronan), but still need more suggestions.



Ronan Jesse

Ronan Alfred

Darius (I like Darien too, but does it feel too Sailor Moon-ish?)


True, there is a lot more diversity when it comes to names now than when I was in elementary school back in the 90's. 

I still don't feel right using a top 200 name in the first name spot but would happily use it in the middle, particularly if it's a classic name or honors a family member or friend.

July 31, 2016 11:10 AM
In Response to Name help needed








I like Aurora and Nora too.  I wish they weren't too popular.  Rosina is pretty too.  Don't know if I'd use it as a first name, but it's really growing on me.  Maybe as a middle name.  I love Rose and Rosalie, but Rosina is more unusual.  :)


Not crazy about the boys' names.

July 31, 2016 10:56 AM
In Response to Name help needed

I like Ronan from the Name Matchmaker thing so far, still looking.  I'm just hoping Ronan doesn't get too popular.   I have a really common name and hated being one of 3-4 in my classroom so I couldn't do that to my kids.  I love Audrey, Olivia, and Victoria for girls and Andrew, Dominic, and Eric for boys though.

I love a lot of girls' names, but when it comes to boys' names I'm really picky.  lol  Finn seems like it's rising too fast (add in Finley for both genders and it feels even more trendy) and I'm not feeling Declan, Rowan, or Callum.

Vada is awesome.  It's definitely a nice change from Emma, Ava, Isabella, etc...

July 31, 2016 01:49 AM
In Response to Lilia for second girl?

Lilia is a gorgeous name!  It's at the top of my list.  :)  Lilia and Stella are perfect together and it's a great way to honor your sister.  Love the idea of honoring your DH's grandmother, but Rose paired with Lilia feels too matchy.  It's beautiful though.  If you still like Eleanor but feel it is too popular as a first name, why not use it as a middle name? I love Lilia Rose Francesca, but yeah, it feels like too much.

July 31, 2016 01:22 AM

I love Serena.  :)  I associate it with Sailor Moon, as it was her civilian name in the 90's English version of the anime.  I think it's a classic and ages very well.  No clue how long it's been around, but I know it's been around a long time.