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October 20, 2013 07:56 AM
In Response to Help!!

I'm 95% sure that there isn't an Olympic swimmer named Ford River Grace, and there definitely isn't a world record holder in the 400 IM by that name. The current world record holders in the 400 IM are Ye Shiwen (women), Katinka Hosszu (women's short course), Michael Phelps (men), and Ryan Lochte (men's short course). The American men to hold the world record in the 400 IM going back to the 80s are Michael Phelps, Tom Dolan, and David Wharton in long course and only Ryan Lochte in short course. The only American women to hold the world record in the 400 IM since 1980 are Katie Holt (long course) and Julia Smit (short course).

Given that, I'm guessing that this isn't a real post.  If it is, hc1543, you don't need to make up fake accomplishments for the regular posters here to take you seriously!

October 8, 2013 07:08 AM

My initials are MP, and it's never bothered me. Nobody has ever brought up Military Police or Member of Parliament (although I'm American, so MP = Member of Parliament isn't in daily use around me). I was one of those kids who was going to be teased no matter what my name was, and was teased using my first name (despite it being very common for my age group), and yet nobody has ever even mentioned that my initials can be used as an abbreviation.

My sister's initials are HP, and, as far as I know, that's never been a problem for her. I've never made the connection between her initials and the company HP, despite being familiar with the company.

Of the others you mentioned, the only two I'd possibly avoid are PP and TP. The meanings of AP, IP, and KP seem as unlikely to come up as the meanings of MP. The companies BP and HP have about equal exposure in my mind, so if HP's never been an issue for my sister then I don't see BP being an issue, either.

September 26, 2013 06:03 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

Karen -> Katen

Peter -> Theter


Girl: Josephine

Boy: Raphael

September 23, 2013 08:51 PM

Keep: Isolde Katherine

Switch: Rose Genevieve

Change Middle: Cassia Diane

Change First: Martha Elise

Keep Initials: Abigail Jessamine

September 23, 2013 08:49 PM

Keep: Paul Andrew

Switch: Martin Thomas

Change Middle: Arthur Nathaniel

Change First: Christopher Lionel

Keep Initials: Matthew Benjamin

September 16, 2013 05:58 PM

Since no one else has commented, I'll give it a shot. Other posters are much better at this than I am, so hopefully one of them will chime in soon.

From your "liked" section:

Although I like all three, Theodore, Henry, August, Quentin, and maybe Benedict all seem a bit "tame" compared to Maximus.

Would Julius, Augustus, or Aurelius make you feel locked into a Roman theme, and would you be okay with that?

Jericho, Dante, and Quillan/Quillian don't fit well with Maximus to me. My only association with Jericho is the Biblical city, so it doesn't feel like a person's name to me. Dante has always felt sort of informal to me, for reasons I've never been able to pin down. Not like a nickname, but also not grand like Maximus. Quillan and Quillian both feel like modern invented names (I'm not saying they are, just that without doing research, that would be my impression of the them). Of the two, I'd favor Quillan because the second "i" in Quillian gets lost in "l"s a bit.

Leonidas doesn't feel any more "too much" to me than Constantine, Augustus, Aurelius, or Maximus.

I'm not confident in my pronunciation of Riordan.

I think my favorites in this group with Maximus are Leopold/Leonidas, Constantine, Evander, and Raphael. For middles, I'd lean toward Theodore, Henry, August, Quentin, and Benedict with Leopold/Leonidas or Constantine because I like the balance of giving a tamer middle. With Evander or Raphael I'd lean toward Barnaby, because I like the idea of using a family name.

Of the perhaps group:

Aleron, Davian/Davion, Jorian, Jotham, and Mavery all feel like modern invented names to me. I have no idea if they are, but that would be my first impression.

Maverick doesn't feel like a person's name, although I know it is used as one. It feels strange enough with Maximus to me that I'd wonder about siblings named Maverick and Maximus.

The pronunciation of Simeon is uncomfortably close to simian for me.

I'm never sure how to pronounce Joaquin.

Conan is the barbarian. I've never seen a Conan the barbarian movie/tv show (I'm not even sure which he has - both? only movies? only tv?) or read any of the books, and that's still an overwhelming association for me. A distant second is the late night talk show host (whose show I've never watched).

Aldrich or Leandro are my favorites with Maximus of this group.

September 5, 2013 07:04 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Malcolm (b) and Audrey (g)

September 3, 2013 05:31 PM

Keep: Leah Rosamund

Switch: Stella Jessamine

Change middle: Lavinia Marguerite

Change first: Julia Ellen

Keep initials: Marina Ruth

September 3, 2013 05:25 PM

Keep: Jonathan Peter

Switch: Alexander James

Change middle: Theodore Philip

Change first: Joseph Frederick

Keep initials: Samuel Martin

September 3, 2013 05:22 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

Deanna => Beanna

Lincoln => Zincoln


Girl: Hannah

Boy: Marshall

July 19, 2013 04:38 PM
In Response to Invent a name!

Colleen --> Zolleem

Boris --> Noris


Girl: Catherine

Boy: Charles

July 15, 2013 06:39 PM

I like Caspian, Emeric, or Octavian best of your current list. They all fit well with Astrid to me, in that they're unusual and have a bit of weight to them, but are still easy to pronounce. Octavian might be a bit long for everyday use (although I do know Elizabeths who go by their full name successfully), but EVie had some great suggestions for nicknames.

August and Lysander are alright, but don't quite feel like they fit with Astrid to me. August feels too normal, and Lysander feels too light.

I'd worry about pronounciation with both Loic and Soren. Soren looks easy, but I have a vague memory of being told that I was pronouncing it wrong and not being able to get the correct pronunciation. Loic is much harder, because of the accent mark. Accent marks are very intimidating to me, to the point that I hesitate to even try to pronounce names that include them.

Remy feels very much like a nickname to me. I know that it's not, but I can't get rid of that impression.

I can't comment on Ambrose. I had a friend in high school who used it as a joke name, and I can't get past that association to get a more general sense for the name.

June 21, 2013 06:56 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Ginger (g), Ivy (g), Laurel (g), Kenny (b), Rusty (b), Lucy (g), Tad(b),

and Cole (b)

June 18, 2013 07:27 PM

What about Lettie as a nickname for Violet? I went to high school with a Letitia who was usually called Lettie. It reminds me of Lottie, which seems to be well-liked as a nickname for Charlotte.

June 7, 2013 06:20 PM

I'm going to disagree with previous posters. Ad-a-lyn seems perfectly natural for Adeline to me, by analogy with Madeline and Caroline, both of which I've heard pronounced lyn as or more frequently than line.

June 4, 2013 06:06 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Ginger (g) and Ivy (g)

May 31, 2013 06:11 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Graham(b) Elspeth (g), Vaughn (b), Alistair (b), Maeve (g), Fiona (g), Cormac (b), Declan (b), Brenna (g), and

Charlotte (g).

May 28, 2013 05:06 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Graham (b), Elspeth (g),

and Vaughn (b).

May 26, 2013 05:37 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Temperance (g), Journey (g), Clarity (g), Peregrine (b), Flint (b), Autumn (g), Maverick (b), Storm (b)

and Lark (g)

May 23, 2013 05:30 PM
In Response to The Ks Have It

Huh, I've never thought of the replacing Cs with Ks trend as being particularly new. I thought it was already a fairly mainstream trend in the 70s/80s?