Lara Jane


Lara Jane

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proud mama to Henry (13) and Agnes (1)

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February 27, 2015 06:52 PM

What about changing it up a little? Eddon or Eddan, a la Eddard Stark, both strike me as similar enough but without the biblical connotations and gender ambiguity. 

January 27, 2015 01:02 PM

Clarence was at the top of my list when we were expecting our first baby in 1999/2000 but DH didn't like it and thought people would naturally shorten it to Clare rather than call him by his full name (my preference) or Ren (my second choice). We named him Henry instead. 

Edith, Frances, and Millicent were all on our list when we were choosing our second baby's name, twelve years later, and we settled on Agnes. 

One of our groomsmen is Otis, third in a line but he ended the tradition with his son. Too bad! 

Cordelia is one of the most beautiful names ever, in my opinion, but any fan of Shakespeare (such as I) can't get past its tragic association! 

September 16, 2014 07:21 PM

Name nerds, who (else) knew most of these? ✋


September 13, 2014 02:22 AM

I absolutely adore Wilfred/Wilf for your sibset. Perfection.


I've seen the show but my first and strongest association is to the incredible Doctor Who character (Donna Noble's grandad. He makes me weep every time I watch Journey's End!). The tenth Doctor himself named his own son Wilfred. ❤


I'm in love with Margo(t) for Henry's sister! I think it's absolutely perfect.


Marguerite is great but Margaret would be a better match, and you could call her Daisy or Greta (a fab name on its own, as previously suggested!). Lucy is way too popular, if you want to avoid that.  I would never pair Matilda with Henry, although it is totally adorable. It doesn't strike the same note as Henry and seems like it would fall out of fashion, whereas there will always be boys named Henry (I should know, mine just turned 14!). 

May 9, 2014 04:24 PM

(copied from Name Candy)

Noah? Wow! I'm surprised! Noah seems to be a perennial classic, and I'm wondering what caused it to reach #1 status? Am I missing some pop culture reference? Not only was Jacob demoted, Liam moved up ahead in usage, too!

I can't believe my daughter's name still hasn't cracked the top 1000.

Our 14-year-old's name is now in the top 40. *groan* You bunch of hipsters! You're ruining it! *shakes fist like an old lady*

April 15, 2014 12:12 PM

Elsa will certainly see a surge in popularity. Anna is already pretty common, and I dislike that they named Elsa's sister, "Ana," with that spelling. I'm sure it's the accepted Scandinavian spelling but Ana is a legitimate name in its own right, and a lovely one! I have a second cousin called "Ana" but her mother chose a convoluted, wannabe-phonetic spelling because she worried about her daughter being called Anna. Unfortunately, the spelling has caused even worse pronunciations! 

As far as Khaleesi... I can't imagine any true fan using the name for a daughter. Her name is Daenerys. "Khaleesi" pretty much means, "wife of the leader/warlord (Khal)." It's a title. It amounts to naming someone Consort. LOL! Or, if you want it to sound "pretty," Vicereine. I guess people name their kids Duke/Duchess, Prince/Princess...

April 1, 2014 11:53 AM










Good luck!

April 1, 2014 11:43 AM
In Response to Bonaventure

I'm not Catholic and was thusly ignorant of that connection! I don't think it's too weird at all! If I heard it on a baby I would assume it's a family name. 


I did want to discourage the use of Venti as a nickname. It sounds like a Starbucks drink! I hope that isn't mean of me to say! 


I feel like Bon is not only the most intuitive nickname, it's also fresh and hip. I grew up with a guy named Vaughn and he was one of the coolest dudes in school, and Bon is also reminiscent of Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon, which is about as rad as it gets for this 80s girl. :)

February 11, 2014 11:46 AM

I should've read all of the replies, first! ha! 

I do like Helen very much! One of my good friends was pushing so hard for me to use it for my daughter, but I couldn't get over my distaste of "matchy" sibsets, and our son has an "H" name (I was more inclined toward Hazel, and sometimes I wish I'd gotten over myself because it's so spunky and cute, but she's almost 2 so we're past that! LOL!!). 


Joseph and Helen

Mayer and Nellie


Super cute. I might even pick Helen/Nellie over Charlotte/Lottie, because Helen is not just sadly underused but it also has the family connection. But you truly can't go wrong! You have great style and I'm sure Mayer's sister will end up with a lovely name! Please keep us updated! :)

February 11, 2014 11:38 AM

My vote goes to Lottie. Mayer & Lottie sound so adorable together, and both have the balance of "vintage" and a little offbeat/uncommon. A perfect sibset. Charlotte is kind of trendy, so I'd be sure call her Lottie from day one and make a note of it in your announcements. It is nice that they'd both have more traditional formal names if they chose to use them later in life, but I doubt it would come to that as these names have more character! ;)


For the record, your choices are all fantastic. Great names! I'm just considering style and usage compared to Mayer! 


Clara might've been a contender for me, but I'm not sure how you're pronouncing it. All of the Claras I know IRL are "CLAIRE-uh," but as a diehard Whovian, I've come to use Clara as "CLAR-uh" as my default pronunciation! Also, see my name. 36 years of mispronunciation and counting! 




October 1, 2013 11:39 AM

Most of these sound like fantasy or sci-fi characters!


My 13-year-old had a classmate named Slade when he was in preschool. He's the only one I've ever met. And I knew a girl called Lark, we went to high school together in the 90s. Otherwise, I don't know anyone with these names!


I did consider Briar as a middle name for our daughter but it wasn't harmonious with her first two names. I do think it's lovely! Naturally, most women will use it with Sleeping Beauty in mind, though I had chosen it to honor a friend. ;)

September 24, 2013 03:38 PM

My post was a direct reply to the first one made by another Laura, sorry for any confusion since it isn't showing up correctly on my phone!

September 24, 2013 03:25 PM

Our two are like this as well, by providence rather than choice! 


Henry was born in 2000, quite a number of years before the Henry trend. He's in 8th grade at a very small school (just under 300 students in preK-12), so the Henrys are just starting to roll into school in the lowest grades.


Agnes was born last year, and I expect her (or rather her name's) curve to popularity will be shorter than Henry's, though I doubt her name will ever reach the heights of his.

July 16, 2013 11:04 AM

It sounds like Hazel is the name. I wouldn't worry too much about the middle name seeming redundant (though you can tell from the comments that it doesn't bother us!). I would rather use both names together than have two children with "H" names, which is why I ended up with Agnes and not Hazel! ;)


May 9, 2013 04:04 PM

I agree, Alison. 

I am annoyed that Henry has continued to rise, not so much because it's "our" name but because everyone hated it when we named our Henry thirteen years ago. Like, now it's cool, but we were sooo awful to do that to our baby back then. I wish our family and friends (and all of the strangers who asked) could see the data; sweet vindication! lol

I'm kind of surprised Agnes didn't break the top 1000. But since our choices have a long curve, we will probably be hearing about loads of babies called Agnes when she's around age 10. :P

March 5, 2013 11:55 AM
In Response to Our boy's name?

We know a man in his early seventies named Parke, and we gave Henry a middle name to honor him. My husband has known Parke for twenty years and decided to give a child his name long before he ever found a wife! ;)

I do agree that Silas sounds great with your last name. Good luck!

March 3, 2013 12:06 AM

I root for Edith, too. But then, I have an Agnes (and a 13-year-old Henry) so my taste tends to skew against the trends. ;)


Some names that I would suggest to go with your girls' are far too popular. Violet, Charlotte, Amelia... even Beatrice (I pushed DH sooo hard for Beatrice but he would not cave!) is very of-the-moment.


It's too bad about Susanna. It is an underused classic. Would Suzette work? Still too French?


What about these? Some of the '-a' ending probably don't pair well with Maria, but maybe they'll inspire you anyway!



Cecilia (this was one of our tops but a friend used it first)

Cora (another Downton name if Edith doesn't win you over)

Aurora (similar sound to Eleanor)

Gemma (too English?)



Giselle (another Frenchy)

Louise (though I think it would sound better swapped, Maria Louise. Okay, yes. I love Maria Louise!


I must say, I love the suggestions of Georgia and Genevieve, particularly because I think it's cute that you have an 'E' and an 'F' already! I think it's a sort of "theme" that most people wouldn't pick up on unless they were writing the names together, and you do have a 'J' to break up the set! ;)



I think Beatrice has been OTV for a few years.

I added it to my list in high school because I adore the character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. It fell off my radar until my son Henry was in kindergarten ten years later (2005) and his class read a book called "Beatrice Doesn't Want To," and Beatrice's older brother was called Henry.

When we were expecting our baby girl last year, I lobbied hard for Beatrice but my husband wouldn't agree to it, and we ended up with Agnes.

Oh, I forgot to comment on Tobias! The others are right; there is no separating the name from the AD character... Perhaps in a few more years, the younger crowd will be able to revive it without thinking of the world's first analrapist. 

September 26, 2012 11:26 AM

My sister's kids called our grandma "Gigi," for "Great-Grandma."


I have a friend with a Gianna called "Gigi" as well, and it doesn't remind me of my grandma at all. I guess it's all about context!