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My love for names turned to an obsession in 1991 when my mom bought an old baby name book at a second hand store when my parents were trying to name their fourth boy. I've been studying and observing styles and trends ever since.

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July 29, 2016 08:42 AM

All names, at one time, were new creations.  That being said, yes I think Sofienne has a nice ring to it.  It's different but not to confusing.  Grandma and Great Aunt Joan could get used to it with minimal grumbling.  Little Sofienne would fit perfectly in her kindergarten class alongside Henry, Wrenn, Hazel, Finn and Arabella.  Good luck!

July 29, 2016 08:15 AM

Names that sound absolutely down the middle to my ear (that I like the sound of, of course) are:  Skyler! My absolute favorite, I would use it for a boy or a girl, Murphey, Sidney, Rowan, Emory, Reese/Rhys, Lee (classic!), Kimber, Blake (my son's name), Britton, Milo, Beck.. 

Good luck and congratulations!  

June 11, 2016 04:12 PM
In Response to Beau or Micah

Your little Beau sounds adorable.  I think Beau is a great name!  Go with the name you love.  Go with the name that feels right.  You have a great list and can't go wrong so choose what feels good.  If my vote counted,  I'd vote Beau Luca or Beau Lief (I kind of love that one the most.) 

I agree with the previous posters question, is there something that is holding you back from Beau?  

June 11, 2016 04:01 PM
In Response to Help Naming Baby Girl!

I hope I understood this right.... First Cheers to Rosalie!  I triple love that name! 

As far as Iola the Elder and Iola the younger is concerned I wouldn't stress about it.  Lots of families have shared names among generations or names that just sound similar i.e. cousins named Ella, Malia, and Ava. 

If your mother is usually Charlotte in most cirlcles and Iola in large family groups (is this like her siblings and cousins? is this a weekley get together kind of group?) I think it won't be terribly confusing in the beginning (no one will be calling across the room to ask baby Iola to help with dinner.)  If it starts to get confusing little Iola can use a nickname among that fam or she can be Iola Rosalie or just Rosalie (I really love that name!)  I don't think she'll feel like she doesn't have her own name, her name is special because she shares it with grandma.

If you absolutely love Iona most, just do it.  As an adult the prospect of being Iona Greenhouse or Iona Bank is much less daunting than as a child.  

As for your other names I vote Coralie (maybe Coralie Iola? or Coralie Charlotte?) or Lydia Rosalie or June Rosalie.  

  Please make this complete stranger happy and use Rosalie!

Good luck and congratulations!  Babies are wonderful.

June 11, 2016 03:05 PM
In Response to Unexpected sibset

We have neighbors with young adult children named Sidney, Taylor, and Jordan.  While they are definitely all the same style, what I couldn't keep track of was which was the brother and which the two sisters.  



May 8, 2016 10:39 AM

I want to share my hypothesis and prediction for the Annabelles.  i think the horror film had some impact but my first thought was that Annabelle/a is a double barrel trend name.  I think what we're seeing is the beginning of the gradual decline in Belle/a and Ann/a (though usually at the end of a name.)  While I don't think Isabella or Arianna are about to drop off the face of the earth anytime soon I do think this is a sign that the inevitable decline is on the horizon.  

April 11, 2016 04:47 PM

I think you should ask yourself what your priorities are.  If correct spelling is your goal, Xanthe Wren is the correct choice, as others have mentioned.  If a spelling connection among sisters is your priority, Xanthe Wrenn is totally appropriate.  If the connection to the bird is of great importance go with Wren.  How you spell Wren/Wrenn is not as important as it's a middle name and not subject to the same scrutiny or explanations.  

My vote is against Zanthe Renn for both reasons of appearance and truth to spelling origins.

Good luck and congratulations!

April 3, 2016 02:38 PM

I think Ruth is a solid name that goes with everything like Jane or Marie whether it's first or mn.

When I read on a different thread earlier that you listed Beatrix and Silvia as favorite names I thought, "she has good namesense." 

I know you said Everett is on it's way out but I'll cast my vote for him anyway.  I think Everett is comfortable in any name circle just like Ruth.  

My runner up for baby girl is Zinnia (This reminds me of a girl in my daughters class named Azalea.  Love it!)  Baby boy runners up are Calvin and Arthur in no perticular order, well maybe Calvin is slightly ahead.

   Good luck and congratulations!

April 3, 2016 02:06 PM

I have no clue what Charlie & Artie is. 

There was a super atractive guy in my high school named Arthur, went by Art.  In fact when we saw him we'd tap our hearts and say, "Art attack." 

Owen is great also and not to trendy.  I only know of a couple of Owens of any age.

February 6, 2016 06:58 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Tycho?

Lturle, you are hilarious.  I'm pretty sure we could be friends in real life.  

As I said Tycho over and over to myself I started to really like it.  I think people will catch on quickly to the pronunciation and seriously, who does't already love "Ty"?


February 6, 2016 06:49 PM

I would suggest not stressing about the double letters.  Your oldest has them in both his first and middle and the second son only in the first.  I don't think it's a big deal at all.  

If it's keeping you up at night, you could choose a middle name with a double or just add one in (most people will never see the mn spelled out anyway.)  Choose the name you love the most for the first name.  You'll have less regret down the road if you go with what you love.  As you already know, siblings have all kinds of differences and similarities, their name is only one aspect of their persona and less likely to create a bond than a good family vacation gone wrong ;)

As far as naming is concerned you have excellent taste in my book.  Your children's names are wonderful and so is your list.

I vote Theo and Maddox for a boy.

Everly and Nia for a girl and I particularly love Cecily!  This would be because I have a Cecily and while we get some confused looks from time to time, I've been suprised how many people come to me later and say, with a little surprise in their voice, "you know....I really like that name."  

Good luck and congratulations!

February 6, 2016 05:47 PM
In Response to Name vs Name

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December 8, 2015 11:05 PM
In Response to Is it a good nickname?

The first thing to come to my mind was Leelee because I love it!  I also thought of Isla/Eila.  If you are wanting to combine the two my thought is Lyra.

Good luck and congratulations!

December 8, 2015 10:59 PM

Congratulations on your new baby girl!

Your list reminded me of a name my friends gave to their daughter as a middle name, Sole' (said: Solaye)  It's italian for sun.  Something like that might be an option if you're worried about the link being to obvious.

Of your list I prefer Acacia 1st then Soleil, it might be a lot of ss to say together with Cypress. (I don't dislike the other names however.)  Acacia doesn't make me think Alicia or Alyssa.

Most of the names I would recomend have been mentioned.  Of those I absolutely love Azalea!  Others I think go nicely with Cypress are Wren, Clover, Lark, and Sky/Skye (not really a common name but it is something most are familiar with because IMO it's fabulous.  What could be more natural and beautiful than the sky?)

Spring (I heard this years ago and have always thought it sounded so fresh, clean and happy)

Breeze or Breezy, Bright, Senecca, Poppy, Petal, and I love the last suggestion of Orchid.

Good luck and again, congratulations!

December 8, 2015 10:23 PM

I agree with the pairs from lizzieme333.

I think Camilla and Elliot match well with each other and with Georgia and August if that's your goal.

As far as pairings go I also like:

Finley and Lilah 

James and Lillian 

Max and Amelia

Actually, I think all of the names you've listed go well with each other.  The only pair I'm not a fan of would be Ivy and Finley (I think they are both wonderful but for some reason I don't love them together.)

A few suggestions (sorry if I'm interpreting your style incorrectly, naturally I suggest names that appeal to me as well):

Adelaide, Cecily, Charlotte, Lena (or Helena), Celia, Willa, Juliette, Isla, and Calista

Emmett, Wiley, Wyatt, Ben, Bentley, Hugh, Ulysses, Grady, Seth, and Levi

Good luck and congratulations! 

September 7, 2015 10:20 PM
In Response to Name Conjugator

Clover: Clovo, Cloves, Clove, Clovemos, Cloveis, Cloven

Lamar:  Lamo, Lamas, Lama, Lamamos, Lameis, Laman

Skylar: Skylo, Skylas, Skyla, Skylamos, Skylais, Skylan

I think I did it right.  It's been years.

September 7, 2015 10:08 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

Violet->Fiolet (For the "I want it to sound basically the same but look different" parent.)



Boy: Blake

Girl: Cecily

September 6, 2015 12:21 AM
In Response to TheSwap The Name Game!


Calista Margot, Michael Stanley, Thaddeus Ian, Joan Cressida, Adele Mariska, Grant Arthur, Mariana Cheyenne, Lydia Emmylou, Megan Caroline.


Julie Yolanda, James Bentley, Sienna Gretchen, Olie Christopher, Lena Marielle, Norah Piper


Laura Shelby, Brigham Henry, Della Ivy, Hattie Vivian, Niles Aaron, Everett Charlie, Ivan Damian

September 5, 2015 11:55 PM

Denise definitely does not sound muppety to me.  Bernice, absolutely!  Dollie, Flossie, Gladiola sure.  Maybe even something pretty like Katarina that isn't associated with any generation and has never been popular.  (Admit it, Katarina Pig is kind of funny, it's like a dog named Bear.)  

However, I'm wondering what my kids would think about Denise the Pig, I'm going to have to ask them in the morning.  I don't know if they have ever even heard the name before.  I wonder if Denise will be to them what Kermit was to me when I was little.  I thought Kermit was a muppet original!  I had no idea Jim Hensen didn't make it up until years later.    

April 20, 2013 04:32 PM

Super fun.  I think this would be an awesome party game.  Let everyone guess who's who.

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Brave Lashed Mamma

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