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August 11, 2015 11:03 AM

Our last name is Lee, which seems so common & ordinary that you wouldn't think it would cause naming problems, but it does!  Four of my top contenders for girls' names had to be tossed because of Lee issues: Bailey (the weird repeating syllable), Laurel (having a last name that starts with L drops the ending L sound out of Laurel making it sound like "Laura" which is not a name I love enough to give my daughter), Claire (Claire Lee sounds too much like "clearly" - everyone we tested it on made a joke about it) and Harper (obvious reasons - the irony is I decided on the name Harper because I love Harper Lee so much.  But giving my daughter the EXACT same name is a bit much).

September 24, 2013 02:28 PM

I am college professor with a son in preschool, so I definitely see the differences in the names.  In my classes (I teach mostly upper classmen but the occasional freshman sneaks in there), I am still seeing LOTS of Kate/Katie/Katelyn/Cate/Catie - I can almost guarantee I'll have one of them in every class, and sometimes more than one.  Also lots of Taylor/Tyler of both sexes.


My son has 16 kids in his pre-K class, and they actually have 2 repeating names - 2 Coles and 2 Abigails.  Other than the Coles, every other boy in the class (there are 9 of them) have a name that ends in -N, my son included.  And none of them is an Aiden rhyming name.

November 21, 2012 11:16 AM

Katniss was my first thought, too - although I don't know how 2012 specific it is since the books were so popular before the movie.

I do think Trayvon works, although (unfortunately) that story has already faded from public consciousness.  I can't imagine reading the name next year and immediately remembering why it was important & representative.

Sandy & Mitt don't pass the test for me either - both were part of big, memorable stories from the year but as a PP said, in neither case was the name really an important part of the story.

I did like another PPs suggestion of Blue Ivy.  It's unusual style, celebrity connection and most importantly, the attempt to trademark it are a perfect illustration of our culture's changing views of names.


October 23, 2012 01:19 PM

My two kids have the same first initial - not intentional, just the two names we liked best (we have a boy & girl) & we weren't going to rule them out for that reason.  It was hard enough finding names that DH & I both agreed on - nixing a name because of a matching initial for the 2nd child would have been way too trivial in comparison to the other family issues & naming styles we were juggling.

I will say though, reading the blog post and many of the posts here, there is a BIG difference between a matching initial and a matching first syllable - many of the examples given have the latter (like Kailyn & Kayden).  To me, that is not the same thing, although many are lumping them together.  Jackson & Jacqueline?  Too much.  Jackson & Julia? No big deal.

September 26, 2012 11:12 AM
In Response to Pottery Barn catalog

How do you pronounce Joycee?  I haven't come across that in real life, and all my attempts end up sounding like I'm saying "Jersey" with a bad New Jersey accent.

August 21, 2012 11:49 AM

My 3 year son just started preschool this week.  Here's the list of the names from his class:

So, nothing in the Aiden clan, no repeats (although Addison & Madison are close) and the only real stand out in the bunch is Kinkade.
ETA: Sorry the formatting is so strange - it looks normal on the reply screen.

July 13, 2012 02:31 PM

A word of caution about Britton: I went to school with a girl named Britton (this was in the 70s-80s) and she was on the chubby side.  She was teased mercilessly by being called "Great Britton".  I know that virtually no name is tease-proof but I always wondered if life would have been a little easier for her if she had a name that didn't have such an obvious choice for weight-related teasing.  Just something to think about...

June 26, 2012 11:11 AM
In Response to Camilla-popularity

I know one Camilla - she is in her mid-30s and has always gone by the nn Cami.  It's a beautiful name, and I suspect her own cohort won't have any of the Parker-Bowles associations at all, so I say go for it!

June 24, 2012 03:11 PM
In Response to School Year Book Names

There is a girl Jayden in my 3 year old son's class at church - but it is spelled Jaedn.  I try not to judge but man - that spelling just about puts me over the edge.