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December 10, 2018 09:58 PM

Given the other names in the sibset - all three syllables, all with an Old World appeal to 'em - I would personally go with something ending -iel or -ael. There are some obvious options - Daniel, Michael, Gabriel -  and some less so. Raphael actually would be my favorite of these names. I have a soft spot for Is(h)mael, but that might be awkward with a brother Isaias. Israel is a bit much post-1948. Gavriel is cool but might look like a typo. A lot of -iel names starting with a Y have currency in Latino communities, Yadiel and Yariel being my favorites.

If you lik Cyrus but hate the nickname Cy, Darius might be worth considering?

December 10, 2018 08:47 PM
In Response to Creative honor-naming

There's a lot of olive-adjacent names out there. My immediate thought was Athena - the olive tree being a symbol of both her and the city that bears her name. There are also more botanical options - Laurel the most obvious among 'em. There are also plenty of greenish colors that work as names e.g. Jade, Emerald, Kelly...

Less "symbolically" there's the sorta-anagram option of Viola.

I'm only brainstorming girls' names because of the obvious and on-trend choice of Oliver for a boy: that being said, I would be remiss if I did not mention Leander (which is a bit more name-y than Oleander, and also less poisonous).

April 30, 2018 10:21 AM

If I met a little Adley I'd almost certainly misremember her name as Hadley, which has some historical unisex usage and has been just shy of the top 100 for most of the decade.

I do agree that Alice Beatrice is too much, unless you want to have a little ice ice baby :)

February 21, 2018 10:44 AM

Natalie was the outlier for me too-- I think it feels too singsong with the double ee sounds.

February 18, 2018 09:15 PM

I've seen The Fifth Element twice and could not tell you the name of a single character in that film. Until I read the comments on this post I thought the film you were talking about was "Lilo and Stitch" ...

February 6, 2018 07:31 PM

Funny, my first pop-culture association with Calliope is the novel Middlesex. I'm not sure that's going to be a big deal, but I'm surprised no one's brought it up.

February 4, 2018 08:35 PM

Elena is pretty without being frilly-- I like it. There's a test that we bring up here with girls' names-- could you imagine a Supreme Court justice named X?-- which Elena obviously passes with flying colors. Great crossover name too, since it's a common name in plenty of languages. Elena nets you the nn Ellie which is very en vogue, although the Elenas I've known always used their full names.

Beatriz is my favorite of the three, with the caveat that I would be surprised to meet a young Beatriz who was not Latina. That's hardly a bad thing-- I get the vibe you're trying to avoid that, in which case Beatrice, Beatrix, and Bellatrix are all options, the latter of which open up Trixie as a nickname possibility.

Calliope is a beautiful (if kinda out-there) name, but only if you're pronouncing it right. If your heart is really with it, go for it, but I will dutifully note alternatives-- Callisto and Cassandra both have the Greek mythology tie-in and the same initial syllable, while Penelope has the same unique ending. None of these names have the potential pronunciation issues, and they're relatively familiar.

December 2, 2017 02:04 PM

Not really a compound name, but Clair de Lune (like the Debussy composition) sounds gorgeous in my opinion.

November 25, 2017 03:37 PM
In Response to Cute Girl Name Ideas

This is interesting, because a lot of people I've seen here try to avoid names that can be read as sentences. Not that there's anything wrong with naming your child Sierra Skye, to cite a cute example I've seen rejected on these forums.

I'd look into word names-- colors (Indigo, Sienna, Magenta), gems (Opal, Amethyst, Pearl), flowers (Lilac, Rose, Daisy)... plenty of pleasant choices to go with there.

November 21, 2017 10:40 PM

Fair warning: the "iy" cluster is a hard sell. I know a Valeriya and a Nataliya, both of whom have their names misspelled on a regular basis. To my knowledge, the only name where the "iy" spelling is most common is Aaliyah.

November 17, 2017 08:07 PM

I've got a dark horse candidate here, and one hot off the presses to boot: Paul Dochney. Or, as he was known before his real name was posted online six hours ago, @dril. Certainly, his vulgar, typo-ridden tweets wouldn't have achieved the same level of notoriety had they come from the mouth of @PaulDochneyOfficial.

But what makes this NOTY-worthy is the Twitterverse's reaction to this revelation, namely, loudly refusing to acknowledge this fact. Some people even suggested starting an active disinformation campaign so that no one can figure out who @dril really is! That's a name story that's very 2017, and this is just within the past 24 hours: who knows where this could go by the end of the month?

November 9, 2017 08:56 PM

The first name that comes to mind when imagining a brother for a little Jasper is Miles, another word name with a hip jazz vibe. Since Milo is on your list that seems like a logical next choice.

Malcolm and Malachi could also work if you're looking for Milo-soundalikes. I'm really partial towards Malek (pronounced MAL-eck, not ma-LEEK), but that's just me.

November 9, 2017 08:34 PM

Honestly, why not Ada? It's a sophisticated pick with one of the most significant figures in the history of computing as a namesake.


Melanie strikes me as people looking for an alternative to Melissa more than anything else.

And for me, Ebony and Raven are two teenage girls in a Hot Topic. As far as "say it loud I'm black and proud" word names go, I'm partial towards Onyx.

November 9, 2017 08:18 PM

Great article, but I do wonder whether Paris really counts as a place name. Maybe I'm just weird, but as a person name, I think of Romeo and Juliet, The Iliad, and even Ms. Hilton before I think of France.


Here's a trend that's definitely at a turning point, although I'm not sure in which direction: M-L-N names.

Laura's baby name newcomers post on the blog listed the names Melanin and Million as newcomers to the baby field, and Milan exploded in popularity in the past decade. I'm wondering whether the FLOTUS is going to give M-L-N names a temporary boost (which could die off after 2017) or kill them off.


Erics, maybe not, but Ursula certainly took a huge hit from The Little Mermaid.

October 9, 2017 09:13 AM

I like all your boys' picks and am chillier on the girls' ones. I do like Stella a lot in tandem with your last name.

October 4, 2017 11:48 AM

Florien is unambiguously male in its current usage. There are plenty of nature names ending in -en for a baby girl: Aspen comes to mind immediately.

October 4, 2017 11:43 AM
In Response to Natalie

I don't think anyone would consider Natalie Russian. Natalya, maybe...