Megan W.


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June 27, 2019 04:07 PM
In Response to Middle for Jane

I had a Jane with a surname style middle as a student, it really grew on me.


Emerson, Cooper, Sawyer, Madison, Anderson, Taylor, Tyler etc.

Potentially a surname that's important to you.

June 27, 2019 04:05 PM

Nothing jumps out at me, but I do think you are in for a lifetime of confusion with Ashton.

February 25, 2019 02:38 PM


February 20, 2019 07:39 PM
In Response to What Do You Think?

Barbara is somewhat dated, but a classic, underused name.  Barbara Emma gives you "Be" which leads easily to Bee or Bea as nickname.

The wikipedia page on the name is full of promise: the name is quite popular internationally.

I hadn't heard Basia before, but I really like it.  Beso is kiss in Spanish (I'm not a speaker, I know a few words), which could also work.

February 18, 2019 10:51 AM

I don't have a negative reaction to them (or any reaction), they don't spell a word and they aren't an acronym that I'm familiar with.  But will they bother you?  I put initials on everything in the house - can you live with seeing them all the time?

As an aside, I have a friend for whom words are colors.  Ruth was on our short list of names, and she immediately reacted because the name is such an ugly color to her.  (Some sort of muddy-mauve-burgandy color, I had to ask).  But as I don't have that issue, I kept the name and then had two boys, rendering the whole point moot.

February 18, 2019 10:44 AM
In Response to “A” name dilemma

My guess is you actually prefer Alec to August, because when paired, you pick Alec as the first name.  I prefer August James very slightly, because I have a hard time saying Alec in way that is different from Alex.

February 11, 2019 09:24 AM
In Response to Hebrew Names

(Important to note, I can't read Hebrew letters, they just look pretty to me.)


I think Tikva looks prettier in Hebrew.  I also like the flow of Dalia Tikva, for no real reason.


(Both are lovely choices, I don't think you can go wrong here!)


February 11, 2019 09:14 AM
In Response to Lexi or Whitney?!

I agree with the above posters, Whitney is better with the older brother Alex.  I also find Whitney Avery easier to say than Lexi Avery, which runs together as one word for me.

February 7, 2019 06:50 AM

I don't have much to add; I find that Stephen fits in very well with today's boys names that frequently end in -en sounds.  For me, the nickname Ike gives Isaac a fun, spunky feel.  John, Joseph and Thomas could also work, though for me personally John and James in the same house is too much J, others feel differently.

February 5, 2019 05:54 AM

I particularly like Nora and Nina from this list.

How about Nia, Nancy, Nadya?

February 4, 2019 03:52 AM

Don't let the social worker's name throw you.  If you like the name, use it.  Cassidy-the-name will be in the child's far longer than the social worker.  Our younger son was given the name of my husband's boss.  They had a quick chat (this is not an honor name!) and my husband took a little gentle ribbing, but that's the end of it.

I do like Thea Jane the best.  Jayna is a name that always gives me trouble because you can also spell it Jana and pronounce it several ways.

Congrats on the two girls!

February 1, 2019 08:47 AM

It sounds like she'd like to shed the surname and shed the family in the process.



1) Find a last name that is more appealing with the same ethnic heritage.  So a German Nussbaum might pick another German name like Fischer.

2) Pick something she's passionate about as a surname.  If a virtue name in English is too much, perhaps translating it into another language might make it more subtle.  For example a passionate knitter might find "Knit" is too much in English, and the German is (from Google translate) is "Stricken", which is not a great English word, but "Tejer" in Spanish might be appropriate.

3) Surname of someone famous that she feel connected to.  Someone who is passionate about Civil Rights might choose Lincoln or King (MLK).  

4) Place name.  Perhaps her hometown or state.  A New Yorker could choose York, or spell it Yourke if they are looking to be not so obvious.

5) As a "W", she should think about how often she deals with alphabetical lists.  As an adult this is less of a problem.  As a school kid, my teachers were forever using alphabetical order and I was forever last.

6) Spelling/Pronouncing.  This is the name she will spell every time over the phone.  Something that isn't too complicated for others would be my choice, but that's not for everyone.

December 30, 2018 08:49 AM

This is always my favorite column of the year.  Laura, your choice and explanation are spot on.  The racial tension in the US is never far away, and in 2018 made the headlines.  In 2018, 'headlines' are often memes.  There are echos of the "Karen" post:

December 17, 2018 12:58 PM
In Response to Sibling name help!

Both of your kids have an "al" in their names.  It might be fun to link all the names, though nothing is jumping up to me (yet!)


For a girl: Victoria, Virginia, Lydia, Alma?, 

For a boy: Robert, Rupert, Victor, Thomas, Galen (there's the 'al' I was looking for!)

December 13, 2018 07:07 AM
In Response to Help with dog name!

Congrats on the new dog and I'm sorry your old dog passed.  I still miss our old pup, and the new one has now been with us for 4 years!


I love obscure names on dogs.  I particularly love Minnerva (Minnie? Nerve?) and Myrtle.



December 10, 2018 07:48 AM

Congrats on deciding!  That's a big step.  Now I hope for the best for mom and baby, for a safe and healthy delivery.

December 2, 2018 03:28 PM

Having grown up near the Hudson river, I think they go together because they are both place names.  To me Georgia is a classic girls name that goes with just about everything.


I do like the other names on your list, thought fo rme Libby remains a nickname rather than a stand alone.  I like Britta far more than the once ubiquitious Brittnay.

December 1, 2018 09:00 PM

If it isn't too late, I'd vote for Robin Leszek and Anders Peter.  While I love Willem, the Robin-Willem combination is too much.  I find Robin Aron too sing-songy, but I also think middle names matter much less, so I'd also be inclined to go with the person who meant the most too you.

These are all lovely names!  Best of luck to you and the boys!  Congrats!

December 1, 2018 06:32 AM

I'll confess double barrel names really aren't my style, but Catherine-Taylor could work, it's just long - I'd be prepared to accept naturally occuring nicknames.  For example, if you spelled Catherine with a K, you could call her KT (Katie).


I think your bigger challenge is that Catherine and your other girl names are fairly traditional girl names, and Taylor reads as a more modern, unisex name (though in my world, it is mostly female).  Siblings don't have to match, but its a consideration.  Jamie and Jean don't help make the name more feminine.  Jamie is also unisex and Jean in a double barrelled name makes me wonder if the speaker is French or English.  (Jean-Paul for example)

I agree with the above poster that Tayla seems more like Kayla to me, but if you like it, go for it!


Of your choices, I do like Catherine Taylor the best.

November 27, 2018 09:32 AM

I really like Emilia Engel (and Emmy Engel).


I'm not a fan of names that can be pronounced multiple ways, as I'm tired of correcting my own name, so for me, that eliminates Lana. 


Ella is lovely, but it overused in my neck of the woods.