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I love history and literature, and have always been interested in names. My parents are very particular about names, which might be part of that. My sisters and I have all called "dibs" on certain names, although none of us have kids of our own.

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April 16, 2019 10:59 AM

I like it! I wouldn't expect pronunciation issues--some people might pronounce the So- at the beginning a little more strongly that you seem to, but that's very minor. For me it evokes sunshine and the beach, which is delightful.

April 4, 2019 02:41 PM

Just from your list, here's what I would do for girls--

Allison Mia

Harriet Kali

Lorelai Grace

Girls suggestions not on your list: Eleanor, Gwendolyn, Cicely, Isabel

Your boy list is harder for me, though I think Grayson would be a good way to honor Gracie. I like Noah, Evan, and Oliver from your list, though I don't think you'd want to use both Evan and Oliver as first names as they sound very similar. You could probably do one as a first and one as a middle for different children. For boys, I would also suggest Jasper, Hugo, Nathan. I was trying to think of a way to bring in How I Met Your Mother, and I actually think Neil, Patrick, and Harris or Harrison would all work, though definitely not together!

October 22, 2018 05:23 PM

For possible honor names that don't end in -a:

for Linda--Rosalind

For Delores--Lorelei, Laurel

for Elizabeth--Isabel/Isobel

for Mary--Mariel, Marian

for Zelma--Zadie? (definitely stretching it)


February 16, 2018 11:54 AM
In Response to My triplets

So many great choices! I agree that it's hard to pick which one to put where.

I like Hermione's repeating initials, so I'd go with

Cora Martha Cynthia

and switch it up a bit and do

Tabitha Luna Lillian

March 1, 2016 11:11 AM

I love Quest as a middle name for a boy!  It's hard for me to think of interesting middle names for boys, and that is a great one.  Rhodes is also good, a little more traditional, but I like Quest more.  Tyson and Donovan are both nice first names.

I like Amara and Audrina for a girl.  For me, Audrianna just crosses the line into too much.  I like Audri, but spelled that way, it looks a bit incomplete.  I would stick with Audrey for that sound, or use Audrina for the full name.

April 28, 2015 05:28 PM

My sisters and I have C middle names, so I'll suggest them for you--




April 16, 2012 05:15 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

I'll add Kane, so--

(Carys, Vaughn, Brynn), Reid, Liam, Donavan, Ainsley, Lesley, and Kane

April 16, 2012 04:53 PM
In Response to Sister name for Daphne

I love the names you have so far!

Some suggestions--

Serena, Camille, Clara, Julia, Laura/Lauren, Charis/Carys, Melina, Elise

I second the suggestion of Linnea.

April 16, 2012 04:40 PM

I Love Dylan August for a boy!!

I agree that it would be helpful to have a more traditionally feminine middle name with Luca to clarify for people.

I like Celia, Scarlett, and Nina all a lot, for first names.

I like Luca Scarlett together, from your list.

I love the name Celia, but don't like 2 names ending with A together.  What about Luca Cecily?

I also like the idea of adjusting Luca Lorenz to Luca Lauren, just because I'm not familliar with Lorenz, so on paper I wouldn't be sure if I was looking at a boy or girl name.

Other ideas--Luca Charlotte, Luca Juliet, Luca Diane, Luca Marie, Luca Fleur.

April 16, 2012 04:27 PM

From your list I also like Margot the best.

Some suggestions--

Meryl, Beryl, Eileen, Ellen, Mavis, Agnes

April 16, 2012 03:59 PM
In Response to Baby Boy name struggle

Love Ambrose for a middle name!

From your list, I like Tristan and Bennett, but maybe not with brother Brendan.

Some suggestions (some are also suggested above)--

Quentin, Roderick, Gareth, Grady, Nathaniel, Crispin

April 16, 2012 03:40 PM
In Response to Name for Baby #3!

Oh, I really like Anna Juliet and Anna Rosalind!

Though Anna Elizabeth and Anna Katherine are both lovely too.

April 16, 2012 03:15 PM

I love Carys!  I think it sounds great with Clementine (I'm digging alliterative names recently) or Rhiannon, and Thalia is fine too.

I think most of my suggestions for boy names are listed above, but I'll give them anyway--

Seamus, Donovan, Riordan, Cormac, Murphy, Gavin, Tobias

Also, Bennett and Beckett are both good, though Beckett nn Beck does seem a little "Dash"ier than Bennett nn Ben.  If that makes sense to anyone else.

April 16, 2012 02:59 PM

What is yor first daughter's name?  That might give an idea as to your style.

Some suggestions--Audrey, Amelia, Caroline, Laura, Marianne, Monica, Tabitha, Gwendolyn

I would avoid more of the s sound, with Spencer.

June 23, 2011 01:12 PM
In Response to When Names Were Heroes

This post is so true, in my family! My grandfather, born election day 1896, was given the middle name Bryan for William Jennings Bryan. His son and grandson also got the middle name Bryan. The great-grandson, first name Bryan, knew it was a family name, but didn't realize he was named for the (losing!) politician until he was 20. Good to know he's part of a social trend :)