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April 20, 2016 11:15 AM

For what it's worth, we very strongly considered Gwyneth for our first baby and ultimately decided it was too Paltrow. I think commenters are probably right that once people knew her, little Gwyneth and not Goop would be the first association, but we got so sick of hearing "like Paltrow?" every time it was mentioned that we nixed it, thinking that she would probably deal with that too. She ended up being Florence, which does occasionally get Florence Welch comments, but we felt like it had such a wide array of associations that that was not the dominant one, which has proven to be the case. 

February 14, 2016 03:20 PM

I know FOUR Luke & Lily pairs - that one always seemed natural to me. I also know two Owen & Ivy sibsets, although that one seems like more of a fluke. The other two that come to mind are older kids-- teenagers now, but I know/have heard of 2+ each of Lauren & Hannah and Katherine & Elizabeth sets.

November 6, 2015 06:27 PM

Dexter James is easily my favorite. I think it's a great name.


November 6, 2015 06:06 PM

As mom of a Florence who was almost an Edith (both of which were suggested in here) we may have some overlap... what about Agatha, Faye, Harriet, Henrietta, Marjorie, Lois, Enid, Maud, and Elspeth? Those were all thoughts for us at some point in time


July 23, 2015 09:56 PM

So true. I find these cultural naming differences so fascinating. For instance, in when we lived in central London a few years back, we were so entertained by the fact that there were ALWAYS name souvenirs with Alfie on them, just because that's so different from the kind of thing you hear on American boys. Who knows though, they may think the same thing about Jayden, or whatever the British version of "strangely common name across the pond" may be.

July 23, 2015 09:53 PM

I mentioned my Ditmas idea to my husband, and he laughed, which means it's open for discussion. That said, I would for sure use it in the middle name slot, because I agree with most of you that it's too much for a first name, and I do want to use it, but I care more about the first name, so if for some reason we decide we must uss something that doesn't go with Ditmas, it's probably out, for better or worse. That's fairly possible considering lots of our favorites end in -s and that repetition could be tricky. (Eames Ditmas is maybe okay, Ives Ditmas is awkward, not to mention a lot of assosiations for one kid, Piers Ditmas I can't decide about, and Atlas Ditmas is an absolutely not). I mentioned Alistair Ditmas, which I do love, but talking over Alistair we realized that it kind of rhymes with our last name (starts with a g, ends with rear, is sometimes used as a girls' name) and my husband wasnt super keen on that, so that may be a no-go. Bertram Ditmas feels a bit heavy to me, but it could be an option. Ambrose Ditmas I like. Ideas? Opinions?

July 23, 2015 09:44 PM

thanks for all the great suggestions! Brigid and Harriet stand out in the girls (I'm starting to notice I don't love girl names ending in -a, since Agatha has been the only one on any list with that ending. Maybe it feels too "girly" for me? I can't quite put my finger on it).

I really like a lot of your boy options, particularly Nestor and Ambrose. Solomon I like sound wise, but I don't love biblical names. Piers is my favorite stylistically, but my dad always talks about how he looks just like Piers Brosnan (he doesn't) so that would be entertaining to announce. (Not that that's a reason not to use it, just makes it funny to me)

July 23, 2015 12:50 AM
In Response to Quadruple the fun

Yeah, Katelynn does seem a bit out of sync with the rest of your picks, but I am all for names with stories, so I say if you like it, go for it, especially in the middle name slot. I second using the Caitlin spelling if that appeals to you, but I can also see wanting to maintain the integrity of the mashup. Alternatively, you could split the two up and use longer forms of each name - like maybe Katherine and Lynnette?

Of your names, Margaret is a favorite- that one never gets old for me, and I love the nickname potential from the more "namelike" (like Greta like you had) to the more casual (ie Mags). I think that could work with lots of mn options and sounds good stylistically with pretty much all your first name choices. 

Rosemary Eleanor and Louisa Caroline are my favorite full names combos you have up there, although Eliza Jane also has a really nice ring to it in. 

My favorite on that whole board is Winifred/Winnie, though. It's spunky and a little bit chic.  Maybe Winifred Josephine? Winifred Lynette? Winifred Katelynn/Caitlin? Winifred Penelope has nice flow imo, but it's a lot of letters. Maybe Winifred Jane? Winifred Faye?

July 23, 2015 12:28 AM

Oh wow, this makes me feel quite a bit better actually! Thanks so much. My data was not at this level and much more circumstancial.. I had seen the ranking (not exactly the same as the total number of births, I'm only now thinking about) going up incrementally in the past few years (I hadn't looked before to see that it's been hanging out in the same spot for a while now) but it was all pretty circumstancial. I guess I kept thinking it was rising too, hearing/seeing the name discussed a lot on name sites and in certain trendy mommy circles. I haven't actually met one though, so I think this vision of Edith as a phenomenon is mostly in my head. 

As for Florence and the Machine... I did worry about that a bit, but ultimately we decided there were enough stronger associations with the name that I wasn't too worried about it, although I am curious to see how the name does in the next few years. Gwyneth we decided the opposite- Ms. Paltrow was the only one anyone seemed to know about, and I just wasn't ready to use it, although I really love the name. That could still be rehashed though.

Thanks again!

July 22, 2015 05:27 PM

Agatha was actually the top choice of middle name for Florence for about thirty seconds before we realized that it would not work well with our G last name. (She became FIG instead, which we decided was fine). I would be willing to reconsider that for a first name, and Agnes as well. I really like Esther too, but one of my old college roommates who I'm still in touch with had claim on that name and I don't know that I'm attached enough to fight for it.

July 22, 2015 05:07 PM

Sylvia was my first thought. It flows nicely with the others, even if the repeated v is unintentional. Isla, Stella, Annabelle, Adeline, Clara, and Agatha were other ideas.

July 22, 2015 04:48 PM

That is something to think about...at this point I think it's become more of a running joke/nostalgia thing than an actual idea that we would potentially act on, but that's a good point either way. 

(fwiw, I actually adore the name Dieter, but we aren't at all German so I don't think I would go for it)

July 22, 2015 04:46 PM

thanks for all the great suggestions! I agree, Ives Ditmas is way too much to saddle a kid with (in addition to being kind of awkward sound wise, I think). I have to pick one or the other there. I'm really liking the idea of Bertram though- its a little harder sounding than most of my boy favorites, but I'm really liking it. I should explore that direction more. Plus Bert is a great nickname, imo.

Edie is a favorite nickname of mine- I am one of those people who must nickname all children, for better or worse, and the idea of Edie and Flo makes me so happy... I guess with Edith my concern is less that it is so popular now, and more that it is trending upwards rather quickly, and that combined with the fact that it is on the more popular side of our picks already makes me nervous.

July 22, 2015 04:30 PM

That's an interesting idea...now you've got me spending all day looking at streets in Ditmas Park :) Love cortelyou street, but I don't know that I prefer that sound wise to ditmas, and it can be even harder to pronounce I think...stratford and lenox I quite like though, and I think abermarle and newkirk have potential as well. Beverley could be interesting for a girl too

July 22, 2015 04:22 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Regina

Regina brings to mind two main associations for me- one is Regina Spector, who gives the name sort of quirky, charming in an offbeat way vibes, and the other is Regina George from Mean Girls, which may pose a bit of a problem with the younger generation. However, I think i would forget that quickly if I actually met a little girl by the name. I quite like it. 

July 22, 2015 04:17 PM

If I were to see the name Indiana Kyle on a roster, I would assume it was a boy. I probably wouldn't be too surprised to later find out it was a girl, but I think you're in the clear.

July 21, 2015 08:56 PM

For a long time I thought Etienne was a really pretty girl name1 Eh-tee-enne. That was kind of sad to find out.

Also, I knew a girl named Siobhan and assumed it was spelled Chevon(ne) for the longest time, and I always thought it sounded so nice but I hated the (assumed) spelling. I had seen the name Siobhan written out, but thought it was see-obe-hawn. That one I was much happier to clarify.

finally, a smaller discrepancy- I though Cosette was not pronounced co-zette but cose-ette, like the same way you would say it in "go set the table." I still like my way better.

August 7, 2014 12:50 AM
In Response to Elowen/Elowyn

Yes that's the one! Thank you!

July 12, 2014 03:49 PM

What about Emmeline Quinn?

July 12, 2014 03:36 PM

Mira Rose and Lilah Jane sound like sisters to me, which I like, so I vote that one. I like Elsa, and I think that a little girl would probably actually like having a princess name (although it might bother her when she is older). My main concern there is that Elsa may be having something of a popularity spike because of the movie at the moment, if that bothers you.