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February 2, 2016 03:35 PM

I wasn't a part of your agonizing before the birth, but congratulations. I agree that everything after having a baby is such a blur and so emotional, it would be hard to advocate for making such a major decision as changing her name right now. I think that, even if you never wanted a double barrel name, Ava Lou really does sound similar to Evelyn, and Ava Louise is really beautiful. I met a little girl whose mother introduced her as Mary Molly, as if that were a totally normal name - I think that you could consider just insisting that everyone, starting with your husband, call her Ava Louise (you could even write it Ava-Louise, but not legally change it), and that Ava Lou, or Lulu, could become your own pet name for her. Ava is a really beautiful, classy name - like Ava Gardner - in the same way that Olivia and Audrey immediately conjure that Hollywood glamour, while still be so classic. It has the wonderful V sound in it - and Ava-Louise is longer, and you have obiously loved it forever. I understand, again, that this wasn't your intention, but you have now moved past the intention stage, and are obviously suffering. Maybe consider changing the game a little by actually doubling down on the beautiful choice you did make? For what it's worth, my husband nixed all my very favorite names, but I can't imagine my daughter having anything other than the name she ended up with - but I insist on calling her the nickname I liked, and made that required by everyone, and now that is who she is, at 3 years old. If you convince your daughter her name is Ava-Louise, that's who she will know herself to be. I wish you good luck, and hope that everything else is going very well in this new adventure!

November 16, 2015 08:04 PM
In Response to Hester: disaster?

I personally have taught that novel (why are we not mentioning its title?) to inner-city high school students, and Hester Prynne is a heroine to them. She is a pretty kick-ass character in many ways, and I once had a student who barely spoke in class do an oral presentation during which she ended up proclaiming, "I'm Hester Prynne! You're Hester Prynne! We are all Hester Prynne!" This student sadly passed away from cancer in her 20s, and this is one of the memories of her that I cherish - because she got it! Hester Prynne is all of us, torn between our ids and superegos, just trying to live a fulfilling life and be a good person at the same time. So I say, go for it, and let your daughter wear this name with pride :-) 

November 2, 2015 09:01 PM

Ada Cherise is absolutely beautiful - I don't think you need anything else. I too love Audrey, but with Ruby it feels a bit too  -ee. Autumn, though, I really do love with Ruby, so I think those should be your options, Ada or Autumn Cherise. Love them both!

November 2, 2015 08:53 PM

These were my thoughts exactly. And I doubt you will be calling them Lottie and Lettie, so I say go for it!

November 2, 2015 08:50 PM
In Response to What would you do?

I agree that if you love Colette, you should name her that if she is a she. You didn't say what the boy name you picked for this child is - is it Cade or Cole?

My feeling about all the hypotheticals is this, as someone who knows many people, including myself, who weren't able to get or stay pregnant easily: You never know what the future holds, so if you really love this name, give the name you love to this baby, and deal with the next one when and if that need arises. You won't regret it, because you'll have a child with a name you are in love with :-)

October 27, 2015 03:35 PM

I found it soooo hard - mainly because you have to pick just one (well, two), instead of having these long lists of all the names you love. Also, working with a partner who shoots down all your dream names can be very disheartening. When I used to write fiction, I would take weeks and months finding the perfect name for the characters, but I was writing multiple characters for multiple pieces, and I had no one to answer to but myself - and I didn't really have to worry about how that child would feel going through life with that name... So yes, naming an actual child, especially when it's likely to be your only one, can be very difficult when you really really love names :-)

September 9, 2015 08:39 PM

I love Elodie, but it sounds like you're not sold on it. Romilly was a great suggestion, although now that I'm thinking about it, maybe there's a tiny overlap between the sounds of Maylie and the -milly ending that wouldn't quite work? 

The first name I thought of when I saw both Maylie and Elodie was Eulalie. I never would have had positive associations with this name until I saw this post on apartment therapy about this little girl's nursery (yes, it's interior design porn, be warned :-) 


and then it just seemed as charming as the room she was in to me. Along similar lines are Aurelie, Ottilie, Coralie...

September 1, 2015 08:14 PM

Definitely think first of Meadow Soprano, whom I always thought of as named after the Meadlowlands in NJ, since the family in the show was just so New Jersey-new money... I do really like the name, however, so I am torn on what to say to someone considering it. 

Mila is also really pretty, and doesn't seem too popular yet. What about Mira?

September 1, 2015 08:10 PM

Oh my gosh, this is a tough one! I adore both names and can totally see why you chose them! I'm now very curious to know your boy-boy and girl-girl pairings? (I dont think I saw that in the thread?)

Personally, I would not change Hugo. It's so much better than Hugh. I also wouldn't want to change Margo - and I think that the difference in their first syllables, which are the emphasized ones, would make these names pass the "holler test" so that the kids would know who you were calling. But if I had to change one, I agree that Marlo could be just enough of an improvement to make the difference. I think those of us who love names ending in "o" for both genders have a hard time giving them up :-)

Maybe if we knew your additional choices, we could help steer you toward other good close possibilities? What about Mariel, Maren, Meryl, Maeve, Mabel, Mallory? Or other names featuring "o"s: Oona, Opal, Josie, Ione, Nora, Flora, Nomi, Chloe, Rosalie (Ro), Orly/Orla, Olive, Ora, Posy, Juno, Willow, Harlow, Shiloh, or Clio/Cleo...

And... just saw your follow-up post. I love both names, so if you are attached to them I say totally do it - they're wonderful! 


September 1, 2015 07:45 PM
In Response to Name Possibilities

I absolutely love your name style. Zinnia is a name I love so much, I almost convinced hubby to use it for our daughter but he wouldn't, so I am really hoping to encourage a likeminded namer to use it. The flowers are gorgeous, and it's just so vibrant and underused.

Azalea was also on my list, and I loved the idea of the nickname Ozzie :-) Iggy Azalea kind of ruined it for the moment, though, so I might shy away from it, not knowing if she's a 15-minutes-of-famer, or more of a Madonna (I doubt it, but who knows...)

I do love Ruby, and it's kind of just a perfect name, so charming and delicious, so I'd go for it even if it is popular, as others have said, it's not going to be a Sophia I don't think.

Isla and Freya are good, but not as good as the others for me. I do love Mireille, prefer that spelling for sure, and Melody is probably my least favorite. Did you consider Mallory? It's got a similar vibe but I like it better for some reason that I can't articulate...

I know of a Lachlan who goes by Locky, which sounds like Rocky, Rocco - pretty close names there. I like both, but maybe I don't love either? But they are very cool names that I think would get a boy noticed in a good way...

Let us know what you end up choosing!

August 17, 2015 06:47 PM

Personally, Sophia is just a bit too popular for me to recommend it to anyone at this point, so I would probably opt for Sophie. Of those listed above, I agree with Miriam somewhat about sticking to slightly less "out-there" S names to go along with your family's tradition - although I might push the edges of that a bit if it sounded really nice :-)

Sophie Sabine sounds nice to me (not Sabrine)

Sophie Sarai sounds even better to my ear.

If Sophia or Sofia or Sofiyah ( I am not a fan of this spelling, though I understand and respect the family connection to it) is going to be the name, I like a shorter middle name with it:

Sophia Sage (Reminds me of Ruby Rose) would be my vote.

Snow, Sky(e), and Shea also sound good, but I don't feel they work as well as names with Sophia.



August 12, 2015 08:43 PM

I adore both those names, don't feel nicknamey to me, even if they CAN be nicknames. I think they're classy and beautiful and you sould use whichever one you like best. Of course, you could use Tessa and end up with the nickname Tess :-)

August 12, 2015 08:41 PM
In Response to Gus

I like Angus - or what about Mingus? or Magnus? A little off but could work... Do you have a problem with Augustin(e) too?

August 12, 2015 08:38 PM

Coco for sure. I love that nickname. Don't really see the point of Coral as a nickname for Corinne - might as well just call her Corinne at that point, no?

August 5, 2015 11:14 AM
In Response to Second boy

I think Leo is great, although same first letter as Luca. What about Milo, Noah, Geo, I think Teo was already mentioned... Aldo is pretty great. Roman? 

To be honest with you, Sebastian Ponce De Leon sounds pretty great to me, something about the rhythm offsets the length, but...only my opinion... There's also Bastian by itself...

I've had Latino students named Oscar before. How about Bruno? Simon? Dante? Hector? Ivan? Arlo? What about other boy names that end in "a(h)" like Ezra or Isaiah? Too Biblical? Not Spanish-oriented enough?

August 5, 2015 11:02 AM

I could not get on board with either of the Tracy combos, so I am very excited to see you are branching out to Th- names! 

Thea is absolutely beautiful with Tran, and I am (personally) a huge fan of the very unusual name Thisbe, which I think sounds amazing with the last name: Thisbe Tran will most likely not get lost in the crowd :-) Thisbe Tien Tran sounds so lovely to me.

I also like Tilda Tran, Theda Tran, Twyla Tran, or Thora Tran. They all would sound fine with Tien as a middle, I think.

August 3, 2015 03:03 PM

Congratulations! I'm in love with that name! And thank you for the update, we get very invested here and it's so tough when people don't let us know the outcome :-) Blessings to you and your family!

July 16, 2015 03:06 PM

I like Clark. I think Clark Caspian and Clark Indigo are both great. What about from your original list? Clark Sterling, Clark Zachary? Or Clark Peregrine? I wouldn't do Oliver because it matches Olivia, and Clark Foster makes me think of glasses, like Clark Kent and Foster Grants, not that glasses are bad, I love them :-) but it sounds a bit like a fake name to me for some reason. 

I still like Marshall, nickname Mars, though, I have to tell you. I think Tru, Win, and Mars is a pretty cool set, don't you? Unfortunately, Clark Marshall doesn't sound so good, nor does Marshall Clark...

July 16, 2015 03:01 PM

Let us know what you decide :-)

July 8, 2015 07:54 PM
In Response to Sweet baby girl names?

Laney is a favorite, but yes, I suppose it is too close to Alena. 

I am wild about Posy - this is so sweet (as desired) and uncommon and just, I love it. Posy Drew Faith sounds very nice to my ear.

Isla is lovely, too, and I like Eden mostly because I love the name Edie (would you use that?) but Winnie isn't a winner (ha) for me, just my personal taste.

Some other possibles: Gemma, Maeve, Dahlia, Fiona, Flora, Vera, Tessa/Tess/Tessie, Georgia, Thea, Esme, Tilda/Tillie...