Rachel A

About Me

I am a Pre-K teacher with no children of my own (yet), and I have found myself fascinated with the various names that show up in my classes, especially those from different cultures than mine.

My Favorite Names
My Recent Blog Comments
September 17, 2015 07:43 PM
In Response to Invent a name!



Boy: Andy

Girl: Penelope

September 5, 2015 08:32 PM

Go for it! I have no idea if I made it up or read it somewhere.

September 5, 2015 08:01 AM
In Response to Invent a name!

It's a great game- welcome back!



boy: Vann

girl: Adalyn

September 5, 2015 07:44 AM

That's a good point, I didn't realize Benedict was so common across the pond. Maybe I just have name fatigue because I know so many Christophers, although most of them are my age.

September 4, 2015 08:05 PM
In Response to Auto correct names

I had a student named Deivion, and my assessment app always changed it to "friction."

September 4, 2015 07:54 PM

I have had a student with this name at least once every year since I started teaching PreK. The spellings are always different- so far I've had Cailen, Kaylyn and Cailin, not to mention one or two Caiden/Kaidens each year on the boys' side.

August 29, 2015 03:13 PM

I thought of Isla, too, because it starts with a vowel and ends in -a. Although the OP isn't stuck on that pattern, I think it's cute. Then the next baby could be Ursula. :D

August 29, 2015 03:04 PM

I just read about a condition called face blindness, in which a person who suffers from it is incapable of recognizing faces. I wonder if you might have a very mild form of it. Of course I'm not trying to diagnose anyone with anything- it is probably just a personality trait. Here is an article about it. It's an interesting read. 


August 22, 2015 09:06 AM
In Response to Invent a name!

Batu --> Balu

Alara --> Alora

Boy: Joshua

Girl: Fatima

August 22, 2015 08:51 AM

Winnie, Thurs, and Fry (Days of the week)

(Another) Winnie, Christopher, and Robin (Winnie the Pooh)

Giada, Wolfgang, and Ina (chefs)

Holly, Noelle, and Caroll (Christmas)

George, Charles, and Fitzwilliam (Pride and Prejudice gentlemen)

Martha, Donna and Rose (10th Doctor Who companions)

Amelia, Clara and Rory (11th Doctor Who companions)

Peri, Romana, and Sarah Jane (Classic Who companions)

Jean-Luc, James, and Jonathan (Enterprise captains)

Han, Luke, and Leia (Star Wars)

Malcolm, Inara, and River (Firefly)

Simon, Jayne, and Kaylee (Firefly again)

I love a game where I can let my sci-fi flag fly!


August 22, 2015 08:21 AM
In Response to Gingham girls

I'm not familiar with the Gingham girls, but this post made me smile because I have sisters-in-law named Carrie, Katie and Abigail. Becky and Sarah are their cousins! Maybe their moms played with those paper dolls... Or maybe they just all share naming styles. :)

August 22, 2015 08:17 AM
In Response to Gingham girls

Felicity always makes me think of American Girl dolls, too-- along with Kirsten, Molly and Kit. I had an Addy doll, but there are so many Addisons and Adelines now that it doesn't have the same nostalgic punch. 

August 11, 2015 04:45 PM

Maeveen: Your name means nimble and quick and your mind and body both demonstrate these traits.

It's pronounced mo-VEEN, as far as I can tell. Not as exotic as some of the others; I'm a little disappointed. ;)

August 11, 2015 03:44 PM

Y'all are so smart! I am in the rural Deep South of the U.S. I teach in a Head Start classroom which serves families with a lower socioeconomic status, so my sample might not be indicative of the larger population of my area. I just heard I might be getting another boy named Bray1an, so it really feels like they're all pulling from the same list. My tongue gets so twisted trying to call their names!

August 9, 2015 07:45 AM

I think you should do whatever feels right for you and your family. I will say that it was more difficult than I expected to find gender-neutral baby clothes when my sister-in-law was pregnant, but the anticipation was so much fun!

August 8, 2015 10:36 PM
In Response to 12 Dancing Princesses

Daughters of the King (religious/biblical theme):
















August 8, 2015 10:07 PM
In Response to 12 Dancing Princesses

Because I'm dreaming of the beach, here are my mermaid princesses, courtesy of the water theme page on BTN. Their middle names indicate the color of each shimmering tail!

Asherah Pearl

Darya Scarlet

Fishelle Rose

Kai Sienna

Lynn Amarilla

Marisol Aurelia

Naia Chloris

Océane Cyan

Rosemary Azure

Su Violetta 

Tallulah Tawny

Youko Sable



August 8, 2015 09:17 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Love these natural meanings! I'll see your meadow and raise you a valley.

Moss (b), Orrin (b), Blaze (b), Lea (g),

and Deena (g).


August 8, 2015 09:01 PM

My new PreK kiddos started Thursday, and I've had such fun learning and contemplating all their names! 

We've got Bray1an (b), Brant1ey (b), and Brin1ee (g). There's a K@iden, a C@dence, and a K@rsyn (all boys). Elijah, T@nna (g), Averie (g), and India round out the group, but my favorite is the one that probably gives away my location the most: Jennabe11e!

August 1, 2015 12:59 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

That set turned out fantastically unusual- I love it! Thanks for playing along. J. Anne, you get to suggest a new name if you want to.