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Emberly also follows the drop-a-consonant trend from Kimberly.  

February 8, 2017 07:19 PM
In Response to Nelly or Nellie?

Thanks all.  It sounds like the general consensus is Nellie, so if we go Helen nn Nellie, that will be how I suggest spelling it. 

February 5, 2017 12:41 PM
In Response to Nelly or Nellie?

Thanks!  I don't have a strong preference, just whichever is easiest on the girl.  I love Esther.  It is beautiful and meaningful biblically and meaningful for my family. 

February 5, 2017 12:10 PM
In Response to Nelly or Nellie?

Thanks!  I mainly want an idea of how people would guess it is spelled, so your thoughts help. 

November 23, 2015 06:56 PM

Most baby boy names that parents currently love end in N.  The ones that don't are mainly biblical names.  Would you rather have a name that you love or just one that is okay among those that don't rhyme with your last name?  I'd suggest widening the field. 

Possibilities if you stick to your current requirements (mainly old man names that are out of fashion because they don't end in N, but most of these are among my favorite names)

November 22, 2015 06:57 PM
In Response to Which Name?

Rae is a nickname for Rachel.
Era could be a nickname for Sierra.
Carrie is a nickname for Caroline.
Ria could be a nickname for Sabrina or Brianna or Valeria (you might also consider Bria). 

It sounds like you want a nickname-name, so I'm guessing your taste has changed since Celeste.  For flexability and in case your tastes change again, I'd suggest picking a full name that has a nickname you agree on (such as Raquella with the nickname Rae). 

Here's a list of traditional but international names that contain "R":,international&us=50,200,400,700,1000

Renee, Ariella (pronounced are-ee-ELL-uh), Karina, Mira, Raquel, Serena, Teresa (nn Reese), Carmen, Claire,

November 21, 2015 11:42 AM

My parents are building a house, and I had a suggestion for them to help with the selection of things like faucets and molding that I realized could apply to names too.  Since the number of choices is overwhelming, I suggested that the one who felt most strongly about it picked out about 2-6 of their favorites, then the other person could help with the final selection among those 2-6.  That way everyone gets a say, but the less enthusiastic doesn't have to do as much work about it.

I think that could work well in this case.  You make a list and your husband helps make the final selection from among your list.  If he doesn't like anything on the list, have him go through your list and pick names he'd like better than each name you gave, but are similar in some way to the names you gave, and list why he likes his names better. 

November 20, 2015 05:29 AM

I shared a middle name with all of my siblings and wished I had my own unique middle name.  However, your daughters have this already.  Still, unless Rose is an honor name you want to share with both daughters, I'd give it a pass.  What about Lee as a middle name?  It would give her Lily across the two names. 

November 20, 2015 05:23 AM


click on the triangle in the map. 

Jacoby Omar sounds fine to me. 

November 19, 2015 07:39 PM

Grandmother names might be a good source.  Baba is Russian and might also work.  Grandmother names sound vaguely parental, but don't seem overly tied to one gender because they aren't heard much outside of their language. 

November 19, 2015 05:23 PM
In Response to Old School Boys names

I have quite a few old-school boy names in my favorites.  We wanted a first name that was easily recognizable as such, but not popular.  That left old man names and bible names.  We ended up with a name like Arnold (name changed for privacy, but it is similar), even though I disliked Arnie.  My husband called him "Arnie" for awhile, until I firmly mentioned that I didn't prefer that unless he had a really good reason.  One doctor asked if it was Arnie or Arnold, and I said Arnold.  It hasn't been much of an issue.  Kids aren't automatically called by a nickname nowadays, at least in the U.S.  I think Thomas is a lot less popular than either William or James, if that is something you care about. 

I also like Eric, Walter, Gregory, Peter, Augustus, Douglas, Frederick, Lewis, Theodore, Martin, Paul, Edward, Arthur, Arnold, and Raphael. 

November 19, 2015 04:43 PM
In Response to Word Names

I came across a child named Knowledge.

November 19, 2015 04:42 PM

I just came across the word yaya in a fantasy book.  They had it mean child, but I thought it might work well for an alternative to mama or dada. 

November 17, 2015 07:40 PM

If you want a unique first name, would you consider Jacoby?

November 17, 2015 07:33 PM

I immediately thought Rowena for a girl.

For a boy: Brandon would be my top pick (BRandOn has ROB and brANDoN has DiAN), Andrew, Randy, Arden, Robin, Brian, Brand,


The people who wrote this ( letter to Swistle appear to have similar taste to yours.  Reading through the comments their might give you some more ideas. 

November 17, 2015 07:05 PM

I don't think that early positive results means twins, though it is fun to hope.  Wish luck and sticky baby dust to the rest of us poor bitter souls still trying to conceive? 

November 10, 2015 05:51 PM
In Response to Philo and Eve

I was having a slightly negative reaction to Philo and I'm not positive why.  It is some association.  It could be that it sounds like Phylum (with a different ending as often happens in Latin) (Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species).  Maybe it is the dough.  Maybe it is philosophy.  None of those things sound like deal breakers. 

November 9, 2015 05:38 PM
In Response to Middle name for Amelia

I like Amelia Suze. 


November 3, 2015 07:40 PM

I wonder if you like the sound of Liddy-Lou because of Cindy-Lou Who in the Grinch?