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March 11, 2016 09:06 PM
In Response to Abetta

Thank you all for responding!  Yes, I did poke around and found it in some obituarites etc.  It also seems to be the name of a prominent saddle maker.  Elizabeth is actually a family name and I was hoping on useing that, but I'm intrigued now on this 'Abetta' especially since it has been a name, but can't seem to really find out more.  That is interesting about perhaps from Albert...

March 11, 2016 12:59 PM

Penelope Quinn

How about Felicty Quinn?

February 22, 2016 03:27 PM

I know of someone with this name and she is pretty and accomplished Asian American, however I really can't say I find it appealing at all.  It is kind of lauhable to me.

February 22, 2016 02:00 PM
In Response to Laureanne/Laurianne?

Hmmm not a big fan of mashing up random names.  If you like this combo go with 'Lorraine'

February 20, 2016 07:09 AM

My best friend named her daugher 'Lydia Noelle' after me!

February 20, 2016 07:02 AM

How many syllables is your last name?

February 20, 2016 07:00 AM

ONe or three sylables will give you the best cadence with 'Victoria Fenton' - 4 and 2 syllable first and last name


Victoria Beatrice

Victoria Charity

Victoria Clementine

Victoria Cordelia

Victoria Daffodil

Victoria Emily

Victoria Rosalie

Victoria Valerie

Victoria Blthye

Victoria Brooke

Victoria June

Victoria Leigh

Victoria Love

Victoria Sloane


February 19, 2016 03:14 PM

Hi there,

I like these names and they are traditional, but would b also blend well in an English speaking environment:








February 16, 2016 09:37 AM
In Response to Paxley

I like to discriminate between 'unique' and 'made-up'.  Paxley is in the later, where 'Clea' is unique - it is from literature, but not commonly heard.  I know people say that ALL names are made up, but I'd rather trust thousands of years of names to have substance, clarity, meaning and beauty then flinging together some syllables in 2016 and calling them unique.

February 16, 2016 09:35 AM
In Response to Naming Libby

I love both Elizabeth and Isabel - so you can't go wrong.  People nickname based on much weirder things!  My great uncle was called 'Tod' and his name was Francis, but his mother liked Tod!  So I really don't think it is an issue.

February 16, 2016 09:21 AM

With a first and last name with two syllables, I'd go for a three or more sylllable middle name for the cadence. 

i LOVE Kieran - so great choice!  I also love Alistair which is three syllables, but I'd stay away from more 'R' sounds

Kieran Indiana Briel

Kieran Augustus Briel

Kieran Emmanuel Briel

another consideration is origin - Kieran - Gaelic and Briel Germanic

Do you have other European ancestry to honor?  French, English, Italian etc? 


February 15, 2016 03:58 PM
In Response to Too Late For Kate?

Thank you all!  There are so many variations it is hard, but I'm sure we will pick the right one!

February 15, 2016 03:55 PM
In Response to Valerie

Valerie Simone - is nice, but is Nara your last name? I'm just really not feeling 'Valerie Nara' sorry :(

February 11, 2016 07:51 PM
In Response to Too Late For Kate?

Another thing I keep thinking of is that 'Kathryn' is two syllables and 'Katherine' is 3....what do you think about that?

February 11, 2016 11:16 AM
In Response to Too Late For Kate?

Thank you all for your input - I really appreciate it!  So the thing is my best friend gave her daughter my first name 'Noelle' to her daughter 'Lydia Noelle'.  My best friend is 'Kathryn' and I agree that I prefer the Katherine spelling or even Katharine over 'Kathryn' however if I did name my child this, I'd never want to call her any of those - she would always be just 'Kate'.   So that is a bit of my dilemna, I love Kate and would like to honor my friend as well, seeing as she did me and I love 'Kate' so just trying to decide if I could go with "Kathryn" as a name even if I dont like it so much...I think I'd feel bad naming her 'Katherine'!

February 11, 2016 06:43 AM

How many syllables is your last name?


I like 'Penrose Elizabeth'

February 10, 2016 11:39 AM
In Response to How to pronounce...

I really wish people would stop doing this for first names.  'Irene' is not going to show up on a google search for 'Irene' from a baby name forum.  AND WHO CARES.  No one is going to guess your identity from a first name discussion.  Just dont put your last name or use numbers for that.  It is silly for first names.

February 8, 2016 07:25 AM

Yeah Stacy is very dated and 80's to me. I wouldn't call it classic at all.  But Sophie is actually not a classic at all either.  It has become popular, but in fact it's use is recent.  Isabel is classic, alla Queen of Spain.


Do you have any other ideas?

February 6, 2016 01:37 PM

Just change her name to the name you LOVE.  This is you'll be calling your daughter forever! What if you have a boy or don't have another child and can't use your favorite name - you will feel really sad.  There is no need to mourn this, your daugther does't know her name yet and the people in your life can deal with it.  It is not that uncommon to change her name. 

I got off of Facebook because it was affecting my life negatively.  It seems like you are very concerned with SOCIAL MEDIA.  Really WHO CARES - are these people you see, talk to on the phone??? or just people you feel the need to impress.  Your REAL Friends and Family will fully support your decision.  So make a decision, do the paperwork and THEN tell everyone after.  That is it, over done and you can gently correct everyone if they make a mistake that her name is Olivia. 


In a few years this will be funny, not traumatic.  But keeping a name you don't love will never be funny.

February 6, 2016 01:30 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Tycho?

I think its unusual and I can't say I love it, however I think it is modern and will go well with thie crop of kids being born right now and 'Ty' is a classic and a solid nickname - so I think it works.  Congrats on finding something unusual, real and meaningful!