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October 21, 2018 09:34 PM

Lily and Mason are names that are both modern and rather classic. Marie, and using family honor names, says to me that you might generally roll a bit classic on names. Combining that with K and N...


Natalie, Nora, Noelle, Nicola

Katrina, Katherine (or its variants), Kristin/Kristen 

October 20, 2018 06:10 PM

This is really just one of those names that has two acceptable pronunciations. Your daughter (and you) will likely have to correct people. It's not wrong, it just is. 

July 21, 2018 04:06 PM

now I'm thinking of Star Trek, where Uhura's first name had several competing names for decades, none of them canonical. In the 2009 reboot film, Kirk not knowing her first name was a running gag until it was revealed, late in the film, as Nyota (long the most popular of the competing non-canonical names). 

November 10, 2017 06:08 AM
In Response to Burundi naming

At least one of the folks in the article has a similar first name (without re-reading, I think his first name was Phillipe). His last name was the descriptive one, and apparently descriptive names are sometimes passed down to children like a surname and sometimes given individually but used like a surname. 

November 10, 2017 06:06 AM

I didn't suggest "Ada" because the OP specified a minimum number of syllables, which "Ada" does not have.

November 9, 2017 12:44 PM

A lot of folks have suggested Amalia, which I agree is a pretty name. I'm going to suggest Amalthea, though -- it's pretty, unusual, has both mythological and more modern uses.

Other ideas: 

  • Acacia
  • Augusta (the first name of Ada Lovelace)

November 9, 2017 12:27 PM

I think nedibes suggestion of "Kai" is a good one. I have also known a few Chinese & Chinese-American folks who go by Lin, which was always part of their name to start with -- it's easily recognizable and pronounceable by English speakers. Since it is already part of your name, perhaps that could be an option?

If you want to stick closer to the sound of Kyaw and Kai doesn't suit, the next name that occurs to me is Casey. This is a reasonably gender-neutral name fairly common, but not TOO common, in the United States. I know people ranging in age from 15-60 with this name, men and women. Its pronunciation is unambiguous. It is derived from an Irish name but has no real meaning and no offputting implications. It is well known from the poem "Casey at the Bat", which many children in the US read in elementary school, about a baseball player. "Casey Ye" (assuming Ye is your family name) is not hard to say and looks pleasing written down, to me anyway! 

October 18, 2017 09:18 PM
In Response to Joss

Like you, I would not assume a gender. I think, as a nickname, it's very neutral. 

October 18, 2017 09:11 PM
In Response to Max, Ryan or Ian

I personally prefer Max, because then the endings aren't so same-y -- but if that doesn't bother you, they are all fine names.

October 15, 2017 02:54 PM
In Response to Names like Thessaly

How similar-sounding? Do you mostly care about the consonants, or about the number of syllables? 

October 13, 2017 08:26 AM
In Response to Jesusita

as a daughter of a Laura, I am now incredibly annoyed that instead of spending years arguing about which Laura was meant when, my parents didn't just call me Laurita. 

October 13, 2017 08:16 AM

The show also made a point about Kimmy's mother's terrible parenting by having Kimmy's half-sister named Kymmi. There is definitely at least one name nerd among the writers on that show.

October 12, 2017 02:18 PM

I was thinking about this article the other day, when I ran across another assumption about data you would THINK would be safe...but isn't. (This was in the context of a hockey player scoring a goal in a game in which he did not play. Yes, this happened.)

Data can be VERY weird and the edge cases even weirder.

October 5, 2017 01:05 PM
In Response to Name Anastasia

I have a number of assocations for that name, and none of them are model/actress/designer (though of course an Anastasia could be those if she wanted). 

The two earliest ones I have are Stashie from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and the title character from Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry, both of which I read as children. Then, of course, there's the Russian princess. 

October 5, 2017 01:00 PM
In Response to Thoughts

I like Flynn on its own fine, but "Flynn Barron" sounds choppy to me. Maybe that's what people are reacting to -- not FLYNN, but thinking of that name with your surname.

October 5, 2017 12:55 PM

One of my favorites that seems to fit your criteria is "Valancy". Valancy Sterling is the protagonist of L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle. She grows up in an emotionally abusive home and the book is about how she decides to escape and what happens afterwards. 

October 5, 2017 12:50 PM

Another vote for "mostly, that's Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan". After the good Captain, it goes to Anne for me. Both of those associations could be called the long arm of King Lear, though!

September 22, 2017 05:50 PM

My first reaction was "if you want it like Maya, maybe spell it Zaia?" which I think tells you that B is the pronunciation I'd reach for naturally. 

September 17, 2017 10:11 PM

I think you'll get a lot of Lell-uh with Lela, and probably some Lay-la, too. 

September 17, 2017 10:09 PM

Same. I would straight-up name a child Leela after Turanga Leela. (I also think a Leela & Nibbler parent-infant costume is HILARIOUS, though, so.)