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Born (1979), raised, and currently living in Hawaii. Spent several years in the Midwestern US. Teach and research language. Married 2005, daughter Olive born April 2011.

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June 6, 2013 01:50 PM

Koa could be from Hawaiian.

August 12, 2012 03:36 PM

@Laura: Love the post!

@Fruity: Jezebel is a great blog. I wonder if it will change connotations of the name... not sure the blog is *that* well known...

July 23, 2012 01:28 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Edge (b), Sonnet (g), Shadow (b), Evening (g), Silver (g), Truth (b), Whisper (g), Hawk (b), and

Echo (g).

July 23, 2012 01:14 AM
In Response to a new Kardashian

Wow, Penelope shocks me. I only know of one IRL and her parents are theater folks that strike me as kind of offbeat.

July 23, 2012 01:00 AM
In Response to My Sister's Expecting!

I love Mir1am also! I am a fan of V1olet as well, but I guess it doesn't seem as fresh... just cuz I know one kid w/ it as a middle name!? I guess I also hear it discussed a lot. Also, the little girl I know with middle name V1olet has a sister with middle name Rosemarie. I wonder if V1olet/Rose is a popular sibling combo.

January 19, 2012 12:55 PM

I really love that you always show us how new naming traditions have historical roots. My exp with this subject: I had a classmate named Channel'. She would've been born 1979 I guess. She said the ' was so people knew to pronounce her name Chanel rather than Channel. Not sure if that's a grammatical rule somewhere or was invented.

January 3, 2012 12:53 PM

Is Axl a respelling of Axel?

January 3, 2012 12:51 PM

I had a Hispanic (I think?) student named Axel several years ago. Maybe he was Filipino. I feel like it was pronounced with the stress on the "el" sorta like to rhyme with Noelle. Sorry I'm not putting much effort into Googling, but just thinking about whether Axel is related to Axl.

October 25, 2011 12:55 PM

cc_sadie: I remember when Malcolm in the Middle came out, I thought it was a weird name for a white kid, but since then I guess I've gotten more associations with the name than Malcolm X. I think of Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly too. I wondered if the nickname Mal in Firefly was supposed to be symbolic or something. I mean going with the meaning of "bad." I definitely have positive associations with Mal from that show though. I feel like I've heard/heard of Wynn also. Or maybe heard it as a middle or surname and thought about the meaning. I guess I have to say I like how Wynn is a little subtler

October 23, 2011 01:07 PM

Not sure if Marlo is in BNW2, but I've heard of a couple (one in a family with #1 and 2 quite popular/stylish/trendy names) and I love it/think it could be up-and-coming, etc.

September 15, 2011 06:51 PM

adding Orson to Zoerhenne's list of long vowel followed by short. (i guess the second "o" is actually a schwa right? in any case, not long.) as for Claire and Mary, i was unsure about whether those were long A's too. hrm... how many different sounds does each vowel make in American English? long, short, and schwa? seems like there are more...

September 15, 2011 12:58 PM

very cool. i think i may tend toward shorter vowel sounds too. i wonder if that alone makes my choices unpopular with, say, grandparents, for example. ok wait, maybe we need three categories: names with long vowels, short vowels, and both? i wonder if the "feel" of those with both would elicit a reaction somewhere between the other two. or does one long vowel "freshen" it up? or one short vowel frumpy it up?

September 10, 2011 01:55 PM
In Response to Overheard in Nameland

some interesting names from my roster: F@rren (male) G3nesis (male, says he's named after the Bible) W3nd-0rrie (says her mother was going to name her Wendy, but got the call that grandma 0rrie passed while she was in labor and so amended the name)

September 1, 2011 07:10 PM

At story time at the library there was an Ella, Emily, 2 Rhythms (yeah idk what that's about), Jaya, Kiele (boy, rhymes with Teal), Ginger, Sandy (girl), Ty, Maverick, and others I forgot.

July 3, 2011 01:41 PM

interesting names from my local listings: VIVIENNE - CARALINA - MELANIE - CORMAC - SKYLY - BRAYE - RIANA - AGUSTUS - FRANK - SABRE

June 19, 2011 03:33 PM
In Response to The Decline of Debbie

Elodie: I think people will come around on Irene. They probably just find it old-fashioned, but I think there are a lot of us these days giving names that our parents find old-fashioned. And I agree with others that it is among the freshest-sounding of the een names. And I love Frances. We considered using it with nickname Frankie (grandpa is Frank) and I think it would be our top runner if we had a second girl. Eustace: hrm... i can think of one Andrew that is the first boy in his family... oh, another that is the second... for some reason not able to think of many Andrews and Deborahs... re: Lulu: I don't immediately think dog, but I do prefer Lou as a simpler and more boyish nickname. (I am a fan of boyish nicknames but obviously that is just personal taste.) oh, and some interesting names from my local listings: jayd@ lynn and j@ydee ann (twins) @rrik-jack and kirr@-jill (twins) Ace Lucca Azariah B0sstyn Tienn@-Rise (I'm sure most of you will notice that @rrik is Kirr@ backward.) Beth: Your comments, especially the one about teenage Cici and Lulu, made me laugh!

June 15, 2011 06:36 PM
In Response to The Decline of Debbie

I thought some of you might be interested in this article, "On Abandoning 'Americanized' Names," written by a Persian-American:

June 14, 2011 07:40 PM
In Response to The Decline of Debbie

Eustace: When you say Deborah/Debbie and Andrew don't sound like first child names, do you mean they are not usually parents' first choice? Or they match well with a lot of other names? As for Samuel and using the full name, I think there are ways to request that without sounding snotty. I guess it helps if others are polite about it and ask your preference though... SandraIsMyName: I guess the aunt aspect overrides the trendy sounds. Maybe the br is a problem. Are there currently popular girls' names with br? I think we had talked about consonant blends previously... also, to me, Deborah sounds old too. I think I prefer Deb/Debbie... I think Deborah is very Biblical and the "h" is especially old-fashioned (in contrast to Debra). Deborah is so serious, whereas Deb/Debbie are cuter.

June 14, 2011 02:13 PM
In Response to The Decline of Debbie

I can think of only one Debbie I went to school with (b. 1979). I remember there was a Debra (not Debbie) too. I like Ellie as a current day Debbie. And I think it's adorable that Deborah means bee!

June 10, 2011 10:50 PM

Linnaeus: Ah, maybe the parents of Quetzalcoatl is a fellow writing teacher!