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January 28, 2015 10:32 AM

Here is just one other consideration on why a parent woud not pick a common name. I have a very common last name (think Jones, Smith, Johnson kind of common). Occassionally something comes up and I have to do something like have someone look up my account over the phone. The phone call normally goes something like this with typing between each question

Last name?


First Name?


Date of birth?


Social security number?


So basically I have to give them everything but my dental record for them to find me in their super long list filled with 5,000 Does, 500 Jane Does, 50 of which were born on the same day to narrow it down to me. I get that for some parents it shouldn't matter, but for some of us, there are very practical reasons, even if it just means not having to resort to giving out your ssn just to fix an issue with your tuition, or not having to be worried about being the second person in a company with the exact same name, so you get the weird random email and all your emails go to the wrong person because everyone just uses the same standard format email that the other Jane Doe got first.

October 28, 2014 04:55 PM
In Response to Baby Jesus?!?

Really? I actually didn't know that. I have only read the name, never heard it pronounced. My guess is that most people that see that name would pronounce it like Wolf-rik. So if you like the name (which is understandably a big if since I know Old English names are not exactly super popular) you could change the end to emphasize which sound you want, either at Wulfrik or Wulfrich.

October 28, 2014 04:55 PM
In Response to Baby Jesus?!?

Really? I actually didn't know that. I have only read the name, never heard it pronounced. My guess is that most people that see that name would pronounce it like Wolf-rik. So if you like the name (which is understandably a big if since I know Old English names are not exactly super popular) you could change the end to emphasize which sound you want, either at Wulfrik or Wulfrich.

October 25, 2014 01:36 PM
In Response to Baby Jesus?!?

So tying into your Patrick, Frederick, and Wolfe names, what about Wulfric? It has the Rick tye in to the first two and has the Wolfe sound at the beginning without being the complete statement name.

October 16, 2014 04:46 PM
In Response to Brother for Hallie

So when you say Country Western, are you saying you like the names of country singers like Garth, Toby, etc? Or do you mean cowboy type names like Maverick, Wyatt, or Colt?

October 15, 2014 06:36 PM
In Response to Baby #4

You could try Frederick, Alaric, Milo, Lothar, Gregor, Garrin, Karl... lots of potentials, can you give example of names from your old list?

October 14, 2014 08:37 PM

One thing you might consider is that the name will morph to fit the person. Think of a name that you know several people with. Probably easiest to go with a common name like Michael, David, etc. More than likely those people are not super similar, but the name fits them just fine because it is a part of who they are and it morphs in your mind to fit the person. Georgie fits your daughter because your daughter is Georgie. Pick a name you love and it will fit because you will give it to your daughter who you love. If it's a name that you can say with love and tenderness then it is the perfect name.

October 13, 2014 07:19 PM

I really like Theodora myself. I like Phillipa and Josephine as well. If you like the feminized male names, Latin/Roman names are a good place to start. With that you could look at Julia/Julianna (Jules), Antonia (toni, tonia), Octavia (tavia, tavi), etc. You could also try Alexandra/Alexandria (alex, lex, ria),  Evangeline (eva)

August 19, 2014 08:24 PM
In Response to Do you like your name?

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I don't like my name (Tiffany), mostly because it is a very dated name and tends to be viewed as very feminine, while I am not a super girly person

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

Stephanie because it's not my name

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

My parents thought they were having a boy so they did not give much thought to a girls name, but they heard someone call their kid by tht name and decided they liked it. By the time I was born the hadn't chosen a girl middle name so they gave me my other's middle name (nicole)

April 14, 2014 08:08 PM
In Response to Initials: S-A-D

What about Sylvia Eve (SED)? Has a similar feel to Anne, and your hubby could be happy with the nounish feel. It's also one syllble and not super common and generic

March 31, 2014 06:55 PM

For boys

Valerian (NN Valor?)








For girls


Valkyrie (not as sure about this one and the previous one since it is norse/germanic myths, but pretty epic name for a girl)

Nymeria (if you are a big GoT fan)


Marian (kind of a religious meaning, with the added bonus of robin hood legends)

Amare (pronounced ah-mar-re I mostly like this one because it is latin for "to love" alternate could be amari for clearer pronunciation)

January 5, 2014 03:47 PM
In Response to Help pleeease!

Me personally, I like Theodore. Theo and Teddy are both cute nicknames, and it was the name of my favorite president. For the girls I like Madeleine, although my first association is the cartoon by the same name, followed closely by the cookie. Victoria is also nice. Clotilde is probably really pretty with a French accent and not nearly so with most english accents. If you really like Automne you could use the english spelling. I don't like the look of it as much but people would pronounce it and spell it right more often. Fleur unfortunately makes me think of the character from Harry Potter. And I am just not a fan of Olive which I associate with the color, the food, and Olive Oyl from Popeye. Abraham has the double connection of Old Testament character and Abraham Lincoln, a popular president, but one that makes the name feel very old. I actually like Phileas, I think it sounds fun and kind of quirky, like the name you would see on crazy inventor or professor, although I do think most people would jump to Phineas instead. Elijah is nice, but very popular right now and Eli is a cute nickname. Joseph is ok, just not a name I think much about either way, although it would have been my name if I had been a boy. Leonard, I'm npt personally a fan of. The rd is just a harsh ending sound. Although Leo is not bad which is probably what it would get shortened to.

October 1, 2013 08:20 AM

True, but the double whammy of a connection with a prostitute and a phone is just too much to overcome for me, and he dropped the idea pretty quickly after we found that out.

July 20, 2013 09:49 PM

Hmm, I've gone through so many. For a long time I liked Alexandria Eve for a girl and Phoenix Blaze or Phoenix Skye for a boy. I went through a phase of liking Alannah as a name, with the emphasis on the last syllable. But then I met someone with that name and people ended up pronouncing it a lot more like Elena. I also liked Griffin (with various different spellings), Ashling (but pronounced ash-ling rather than the Irish version). I've liked Dante, Valor, Sol (pronounced like soul rather than saul).

July 20, 2013 09:04 PM

Well my maiden name, Irwin, has been used as a first name, although it does not exactly seem to be a common or fashionable name currently. If I ever made a nod to family names I might use it as a middle name. I also know some last name Griffins that could make a pretty cool name. My current last name is so common as to be unusable as a first name.

July 20, 2013 08:34 PM

What about Keening? It has a surname feel to it, sounding similar to names like Keating. Keen has the double meaning of sharp and resilient such as a keen edge or a keen wit. It can also mean a wailing lament for the dead, so it has a dark feeling with some strength to it. Here is the link to the definition. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/keening Hope that helps. Plus I like the sound of Dawn Keening.

July 20, 2013 08:08 PM

You're much better at this than me :) I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who saw the trend. Is there some tie to the first two names I'm not seeing with the current selections.

July 20, 2013 07:54 PM

It could be a regional thing. Is there something in your area that might drive this name up? A politician or celebrity from that area with those names? I don't know any Augusts and the only Finn I know is someone's dog, and he's a Finnigan not a Finley, and even that was accidental. He tried to name him Fenrir after the mythical greek dog, but his mom couldn't say it right so he just stuck with Finn.

July 20, 2013 07:47 PM
In Response to Run on names...

What about giving her a name where the full version ends in something else but the nickname ends in the ah sound you like, like Emily with the nn emma, Corrine with nn Cora, Evangaline with the nn Eva, etc. With that she can be introduced with the full name that flows together well but you can use the shorter name with the ah sound you like for regular use.

July 19, 2013 09:52 PM

Given the option I like Lila Rose best. What surprised me is that you seem to have a theme going with the names India and Taj that you don't seem to be continuing. Have you thought about another India related name? Maybe something like Kashmir, an area in India?