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July 11, 2019 07:08 PM

With J!

Nature- Juniper/Jaybird (weird, but I'm going with it lol)

Unisex- Jazz

Hyper Fem and Masc- Josie/Jax

Celebrity- January (Jones)/Jonas (Brothers)

Invented- Jadalyn/ Jaxxon

Old-fashioned- Jane/James

Foreign- Johanna/Jabari

New Letter: H


July 11, 2019 06:56 PM

Keep: Rosalie Joy

Switch: Marigold Ada

Change First: Adele Ruby

Change Middle: Juliette Hope

Initials: Fern Esme

July 11, 2019 06:48 PM

Keep: Wesley Finn

Switch: Griffin Joshua

Change First: Asher Sebastian

Change Middle: Milo Gideon

Initials: Ezekiel South


July 11, 2019 12:29 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Willa, Isla (both have the quirky, slightly unexpected quality that I love), Evie (usually skeptical of nicknames but this one I really like. It just seems more edgy and way less cutesy than most female nicknames)

Like: Ellie (pretty, but overdone), Leia (gorgeous but the Star Wars connotation would be impossible to live with), Lydia (I've always been biased against it because of a movie villain when I was a kid, but there's nothing really wrong with it)

Lose: Hallie (boring), Jennica (what?), Apolline (way too much there) 

Names: Willa, Isla, Evie, Ellie, Leia, Lydia, Zena, Kyler, Addallee

January 11, 2019 02:04 PM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Despite both first names being very, very popular, my vote is for Abigail Pheobe and Isabelle Carris, since both middles honor your beloved relatives. 

January 9, 2019 07:23 AM

Where will the baby be living? I can't assume anything about non-English speaking environments, but here are my insights about English-dominated countries:

Zara is definitely most familiar in English-speaking countries; it's actually quite a rising star. Be ready for it to become a semi-popular name and for your daughter to potentially have another Zara in her friend group. Una seems like it would function relatively well in an English-speaking  environment, but I would still be prepared for some spelling and pronunciation trouble. The spelling Oona has been on the American name charts in the past, if that's of any interest to you. Anoush is obviously a Middle Eastern name, and would definitely spark confusion elsewhere. I personally am not super clear on the pronunciation. 

Zara is the only name with significant pop culture references. There is a popular pricey clothes brand under the sole name "Zara" that is well known to millennials and the like, as well as a Swedish singer named Zara Larsson who has been topping the American music charts. Queen Elizabeth also has a grandaughter named Zara Tindall. She is the daughter of Princess Anne.

January 6, 2019 12:26 PM
In Response to Our first girl!

Congratulations! Religious naming traditions can be a bit of a struggle, but I personally love how you did it with your sons. Are you planning to use two first names, one for each relative? Or would you be interested in trying to find one first name that honors both?

Adam is difficult since it’s a male name with few female variants (I’m guessing you’re not interested in Adamina). Addison is a male form that is often used for females, if its not too common for you. I’m assuming since Evelyn is on your list, you’ve already vetoed Eve. I would recommend trying to find something that reflects your husband’s stepfather as a person, like you did with Haven.

I love the idea of namesaking your great aunt Dana with Haven. It really honors your aunt herself instead of just her name. It’s definitely my top choice off of your list. Other ideas for Dana: You could use another feminine form of Daniel, possibly Danielle/Daniella, Danka, or Danya. Dana is also a diminutive of the Bulgarian name Yordana, linking it to Jordan, Jordyn, or Jordana. The Persian translation of Dana is “wise,” so you could use a name with a similar derivation, such as Akilah, Reina, or just the word name Wisdom. 

December 30, 2018 07:33 AM
In Response to First baby- help!

You could always use Tate with two middle names if you don’t like the staccato but decide it’s your favorite from the list. Tate William Th—pe La—ley is a very handsome name. 

December 29, 2018 05:49 PM

This is a really great idea. It denotes strength and honors his original background, which I've heard is very important for adopted children.

December 29, 2018 05:47 PM

Here are some classic Biblical names with meanings along the lines of strength and love: 

Andrew- a strong man

Asher- happiness

David- well-loved

Ethan- strong

Ezekiel- the strength of God

Jesse- gift

Malachi- my angel

Matthias- the gift of the Lord

Peter- a rock

December 28, 2018 07:52 AM


I ran your kids' names through the Name Matchmaker. The boys' choices were all along the Biblical-classics line: Nathan, Gabriel, Isaac, Michael, Matthew, Benjamin, Jonathan, Caleb, Daniel, Andrew, etc. 

I wouldn't be too worried about matching the first name with the middle name. In most situations the middle name isn't used frequently at all. Even Michael, which has the same cadence and ending as Basell, isn't unusable. 

December 28, 2018 07:36 AM
In Response to First baby- help!

It seems to me like you have a solid short list with 3 names you supposedly really like, and you even have a middle name chosen. Ryder and Tanner are easily enunciable with your surname and with the middle name. Tate is a slightly different story with the repeated long 'a' sound in the surname and one-syllable stacatto with the middle name, but I wouldn't consider either of those a huge deal. Just consider whether either of those things will bother you.

At this point, you and your husband just need to decide which name feels right. Maybe wait until he's born and see what feels right. All that matters is that you love his name.

December 19, 2018 06:42 PM

Hahaha I guess opposites don't always attract! Lily, Levi, and Lyla were all under 10 so they haven't thought much about their future baby names. :)

December 17, 2018 09:50 AM

Congrats! Nice job convincing your husband to let you pick the name. ;) You clearly have excellent taste, and your short list is great. I'm sure you're already aware that Alice and Elsie are in the top 100 in Australia, but if you aren't, would you rather have something less popular? 

I haven't read your previous post so someone else may have already done this, but I ran Digby, Edward, and Wilfred through the Name Matchmaker and used the Australian top 100 to filter anything too popular. Edith, Hester, Helen, Harriet, Hilda, Louise, Sybil, and Agnes stuck out to me (I may have taken advantage of your appreciation of porch-sitters (: ).

December 12, 2018 04:29 PM

Seconding the nomination of Roseanne because it is such a clear representation of how world culture is more and more accepting of huge groups of people who have been marginalized for centuries. “Roseanne“ was a very widely supported show, and Roseanne Barr an iconic actress because of it, yet she was immediately fired for one racist comment. Most of the time, that’s not the case, as we’ve seen with so many sexual assault allegations, racial discrimination allegations, sexuality-based discrimination allegations, etc. Her name symbolizes the progress we are making in society. 

December 12, 2018 09:52 AM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Adamina and Addison/Addy are both female variants of Adam (well, in Addison's case, a male form of Adam that has turned female). I also think Ada could work well as a namesake even though it's unrelated. 

Pheobe and Jacqueline and Pheobe and Carris are both adorable!

December 11, 2018 09:24 PM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Just chiming in to say that I love the idea of using Pheobe after your grandmother, especially since the two of you were so close. I have no idea how it would function in a French-speaking environment, so that may be an issue, or maybe not. Where did you come up with Lorelai? Do you have another relative you'd be interested in namesaking with the other twin?

December 9, 2018 01:53 PM

Congrats! Great choices. Now all you have to do is wait for your little blessing to arrive. 

December 9, 2018 06:23 AM

I like Giovanni and Sinclair with the European feel of your daughters’ names. There’s also Francois if you‘re up to going out on a limb.

December 8, 2018 04:13 PM
In Response to Help with dog name!

Aurora is one of my top choices for girls. It derives from the Latin word for “dawn,” so that’s kind of a nature connection (as well as the whole ”Briar Rose” thing in Sleeping Beauty). It's obviously a favorite character, too.