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October 25, 2017 09:45 AM

1. A popular name I don't like: Amelia. 

2. Constance. Virtue names as a whole are not necessarily a trend I can get behind wholeheartedly, but I've always liked Constance, and not just for the Connie nickname.

3. Leo. Same goes for Theo actually. I must like the boy names which end in 'o' trend. I'd probably still use them. I also really wish Cohen as a first name had never become an option, it was never one I would've picked anyway, but now that I know all the significance behind it, even hearing it as an option for a first name makes me uncomfortable. 

4. -line/lyn names. Either pronunciation, I just don't tend to like them. 

5. -axson, axton, axon, etc names. Any letter substitution tends to annoy me, so this trend was always going to aggravate me no end. 

6. Nicknames as full names. I must've gotten used to this, doesn't really bother me anymore.

7. P. As a Charmed fan I shouldn't say this, but... With both boys and girls names there aren't any I can think of right now I would use.

8. Sophia. I still like this name, would tell anyone it's a nice choice, but I know too many.

9. Irene. This must be almost ready for revival, right? Even if it's not, I really like it. 

10. Naomi. Maybe this is still in the top 100, but I never hear it and am pleased when I do.

March 4, 2017 06:54 AM

It's been announced by press release that Natalie Portman's daughter is Amalia.

May 20, 2015 02:50 AM

I love the name Celeste, so it was always going to be my favourite from your list, but more objective than my general love of the name, I think it fulfils your wish of being a style bridge between Gloria and Oceane perfectly. Congratulations on your daughter whichever name you choose.

May 6, 2015 03:19 AM

Jedi and Jaeger stick out like sore thumbs, especially Jedi, couldn't they have stuck with Jed to avoid the Star Wars jokes? And Jaeger, I don't really know what to say about that one... It's a woman's high-end clothes line here in the UK, but I'm presuming it's a boy's name here...

May 2, 2015 11:46 AM
In Response to Anthony or Anton

Anton does sound better with Murphy, I don't really like the thrice repeated y sound in Murphy Anthony Gray. I think your godfather will still see the honour if you've always called him Anton. I'd be a bit more hesitant if he only went with his full name, but he doesn't.

May 2, 2015 11:43 AM
In Response to Boy names are hard

I wouldn't use Knox, though I like the name, when you already have a daughter Vivienne because Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have twins called Knox and Vivienne. I thought of that as soon as I read your post.

April 20, 2015 09:01 AM
In Response to Baby Boy Name

Here's a link to a Swistle article where a reader asked about Cohen, in a coincedence they chose Callum as their alternative. 

April 20, 2015 08:59 AM
In Response to Baby Boy Name

Please choose Luka or Callum, which are lovely names, over Cohen. I won't go into it here, there are several threads on the subject here and on other sites, but Cohen can be and is seen as offensive by a lot of people.


Being Scottish, I've met Callums of every age and they all pull it off, so I'd recommend that name. :) You can't go wrong with Luka either though.


April 15, 2015 12:21 PM

It isn't actually my usual style, but I find myself liking Raylan Jude, Jude balances Raylan out.


Now I've never seen Justified, but am I right in saying the show has finished? If that's so, then that's a point for the usuability of the name in my opinion. If, say, you'd picked a name from Game of Thrones, a good example that I've seen discussed is Arya, then I'd warn you that that show isn't over and you don't know if you're going to like how the character develops over time. But that doesn't seem to be the case here, and I don't think non-fans are going to pick up the reference, and those who do, like your husband and father-in-law, will most likely enjoy seeing the name used.


Also, there was someone recently asking whether Homer was unusable because of 'The Simpsons' and the general consensus was that it's still usuable. Since 'The Simpsons' is much more well-known than Justified, I think that means you can use Raylan. You can always use the nickname Ray if you don't want to think of the show all the time.

April 15, 2015 04:06 AM
In Response to Thoughts on Maria?

I think Maria Susanna is beautiful!

April 14, 2015 03:17 PM

You're very welcome, I'm glad my feedback helped. Congratulations on your pregnancy and I hope you post when you've made your decision. Gabriel is a lovely English language choice and you've got some great options for the Korean name.


On Sung-hee (holiness), I've been thinking about it and the disparity doesn't bother me as such, and it definitely could be a nice nod to both sides of your son's heritage, but it is a factor to realise and consider.

April 14, 2015 04:53 AM

I'm more familiar with Chinese characters than Korean, but I can understand your dillemma, there are so many layers of meaning in each character. Anyway, I'll give you my thoughts as best I can, ranking from lowest to highest.

5. Chang-hee. In a way this seems the simplest option to me, since it does pair well with your generational name, but since an affinity with Gabriel in meaning is important to you, I ranked this lowest because it doesn't connect with Gabriel for me. The meaning doesn't have a Biblical/theological feeling for me, I would associate it with a nature name, one linked to spring, a word name, a name derived from an old European language like Gaelic or Old Norse.

4. Seok-hee. I did factor in the pronounciation here, but again its the meaning definition I'm focused on. It seems a stretch to connect it to fire, and although it could be said that Gabriel, as a messanger angel, has a divine mind and intelligence, wisdom, but again the link seems tenous to me for some reason, this time I'm not sure why.

3. Dae-hee. At first glance, this was the one I liked best, I just got a really positive feeling from it. The link to Gabriel isn't direct, but I feel like the meaning of this carries the wider story of the Bible and angels in a way. Wide open arms, embracing the world, that seems like a sentiment that would suit Gabriel and the Bible. It's a warm name for me.

2. Sung-hee (version 2) This perhaps has the strongest connection in meaning to Gabriel and certainly has the clear fire element, but I'm uncertain about it just because the holiness radical has such a different context than the angelic one. It strikes me as a strongly Confucian holiness with the emphasis on listening. However, Korean and Western cultures do have those, wonderful, differences so it definitely could work. I think the non-name enthusiast could connect this name to Gabriel quite easily.

1. Sung-hee (version 1) Stars are, at least in my mind, closely connected to Gabriel because the angel is so linked with the Nativity story and the heavens with angels in general. I also feel that the fire/brightness element is in this one and to name your son as one of the brightest stars in the sky is a beautiful, culturally universal, message to give him.

I hope this helps, really all your choices are impressive and well thought out. This ranking is very subjective!



April 12, 2015 03:09 AM

I really like it too, I was pleased it wasn't an out there 'celeb' name. It's striking without being eyebrow raising.

March 30, 2015 08:42 AM

I also like Sylvie True best, it has the same style and rhythm as Ellary Day, it seems the most natural to me to be double-barrelled.

March 25, 2015 03:01 PM
In Response to Ahhhh Sophia!!!

Yes, So-fye-ah is a British variant, although So-fee-ah is much more common now. The one So-fye-ah I knew had a sister named Verity, which I thought was a charming sib set. It was unusual for their age group though, born in the early/mid nineties.

The song 'Sophia' by Nerina Pallot uses the So-fye-ah pronounciation, so that would be a good way to hear it.

March 24, 2015 04:44 AM
In Response to Anneliese or Ariadne?

Just thought I'd comment to say that I love Anneliese, and as a Brit to put my two cents in on the pronounciation of Ariadne.


It must vary, because when I read it, I was saying Ar-ee-ad-nay and I've heard it as such, though it makes sense that in Greek it would end in nee. I'm nore surprised by the Air vs. Ar beginning, I would've never thought to pronounce that first syllable like the word air. I guess I'm Scottish though, so a strong 'r' always seems more natural to me, lol.

March 8, 2015 04:25 AM
In Response to Ceilidh versus Cailey

As a Scottish person, though not a Gaelic speaker, I can tell you definitively that ceilidh is not a name, it's a word for a traditional party. I know it sounds like the name Kaylee but it's not a name. If you want a real Gaelic name that sounds a little like Kaylee, there is Eilidh (Ay-lee, like Kaylee without the K).


If you really like Kaylee/Kailey/Kayleigh, I'd probably go with Kayleigh myself for a child, although my friend is Kaylee so I have positive feelings on that spelling too.

March 6, 2015 03:28 AM

Maybe not the most original suggestion since you've got Mia up there, but I know a little Nia and I think her name would be cute with Levi.


The only other name I can think of right now is Irene, which might not even be your style or even really match the rhythm you're going for, but it's not too much of a stretch from Eliza or Violet, which I both like. Irene has the 'ee' sound of Levi too. Thinking of the 'eye' sound again, but more modern, there's Piper too. Or Isla.

March 3, 2015 04:23 AM

I'd love to see Barbara on a little one, and it sounds lovely in Italian. Aurora also sounds lovely in Italian, but can be a little awkward to say in English.


I've always had a soft spot for Vincenza. I like Cosima too, Simona and Annalisa.

February 12, 2015 03:08 AM

Nicola is a perfectly acceptable name in the UK. My cousin is one, as is a friend. When my cousin went to Florida however, people did constantly think she said Nicole, so maybe that rules it out for you as a Nicole variant. I do still like it though, I don't know why it hasn't transferred to the U.S.


Nicola aside, I love Annika. It's one of my fave names. Adelaide is sweet, I'd like to meet a little Adelaide, but I'm not sure any nickname for it appeals to me, I'm just not keen on Addy. It's a name I'd use at full length to be honest.