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March 28, 2018 08:35 AM

I always wonder when someone will get called out on their fake quadruplets they're expecting! haha.

November 30, 2017 06:11 AM
In Response to Selene and Celeste

This is funny to me, because I worked on a goat farm and a lot of the goats had celestial names, but the farmer's daughter was also named Selena, and one of the goats was Celeste. 

One of the other goats was named Orion, so I'd definitely think of that name! Apollo, Atlas, Leo, Sirius are some other ones that come to mind. 

November 2, 2017 04:55 PM

We are using Wallace if ours is a boy (due in January) and plan on calling him Wally. Our second place name for a boy was Edward, so it looks like we have similar taste, too! My top choice was Arthur, but my husband didn't like it as a first name, so we're using it as a middle, but maybe that's a name you'd consider? Other names on my list: Eugene, Henry, Leo, Abram, Abraham, Ira, Percy, Linus, Milo, and Leo

 I love Winston, and Roscoe (I have a great grandpa Roscoe, so it's a family name for me!). Rufus is a little too dog-name for me, I have a hard time picturing it on a real baby.

For girls, I like Greta, especially as a nickname for Margaret. I love Winifred also but husband vetoed... Alexandra seems a little more common and not as interesting as the others, and I know a lot of Alexandras born in the 80's and 90's so it doesn't feel as vintage-comeback as Greta or Winifred. 

Other names on my girls list: Leona, Henrietta, Frances, Francine, Ramona, Theadora, Beatrix, Eloise, Harriet, Elsie, Hazel, Sybil, Viola, Lucille

October 26, 2017 06:09 AM
In Response to Impossible Boy's Name

Your situation sounds like what I had with my husband! His favorite names were Charles, David, Nicholas, William... all the really common names that sound really boring to me. My taste is a little more out there, although more traditional "old man" names than what you are interested in. How we dealt with it was that we made a huge spreadsheet on google docs. I used the namefinder tool on here and wrote down every single name I would even consider, even if I didn't love it. My husband did the same, and we combined them in one big spreadsheet...then we went through and each ranked every name from 1 to 5. For us the scale was: 

1: I'd use this name right now with no further discussion

2: I really like this name but it's not my FAVORITE

3: I like this name but have reservations 

4: I don't really like this name.

5: I really dislike this name/this name has strong negative associations for me.

We eliminated any names where either of us gave it a 5, and we added up the totals of our names and I highlighted all the names with a total score of 5 or less. We ended up with a name we both really like!

August 15, 2017 02:40 PM
In Response to Thoughts on "Audrey"

I don't think you should have concerns! It's a beautiful name, and I don't think it would sound dated later because of its long history. It's fairly popular but not to the extreme. I think it goes well with Silas, or at least, it doens't sound in any way odd with Silas. I'm all for it!

August 15, 2017 02:37 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

My last name ends in -son, and when I looked at baby names I specifically took off all names ending in -n, because I don't like the sound of it with our last name. I don't think it would be the end of the world if the only name my husband and I could agree on had been one that ends in n, but I definitely looked at other names first.

July 7, 2017 10:09 AM

I like that Ava and Lauren have different sounds/feels, since I am not a fan of super matchy names for twins. I think it might be nice though to have the middle names with a similar feel to the opposite name... as in, I think of Ava as sort of fancier and more feminine, and Lauren as more down to earth. So maybe pairing Ava with a less feminine name and Lauren with a more feminine name would be a nice balance.

I personally like Lauren Olivia or Lauren Marie and Ava Christine or Ava Elizabeth. Although now that I say Lauren Olivia, it makes me think of Laurence Olivier. I don't know if that's a bad association. haha.

June 29, 2017 05:44 PM

About a dozen of the names on the girls iist are on my long list of names... not so many of the boys ones, but I like a lot of them still.

Some names surprise me that they haven't gotten more popular yet, like Ida, Cleo and Lula all sound like they should be trendy already. 

I know a sibset of Otto and Loretta, so I guess their parents like this style of names!


Hmm, the spam filter stopped my comment so I'm going to send it out line by line and see what's allowed:

My husband definitely wants to be able to put out names, not just pick from my names. I think he's a little picky but probably less picky than me.

We seem to have pretty similar style, although I think I'm more adventurous than he is. For instance, my names are traditional names, but less common...such as Arthur, Walter, and Eugene

He has mentioned that some of his favorite names have already been taken with our nieces and nephews - Sophia, Natalie, Andrew, and Luke. (names I think are kind of boring). 

I'm not allowed to say the names I don't like apparently, the spam filter keeps going off when I list them. Br@den, J@xon, P@xton, C@mden, and similar types of popular names nowadays

Whew! That took forever to figure out what was setting off the spam filter.

We named our cat together, and had a big list of "old person" names that we picked from, that we both really liked. However, I think he might be more adventurous about naming a cat than a human baby. 

Thanks for the ideas!


Ooh, I really like this idea! It makes it into a game. My husband and I have a tendency to turn everything into a joke, so most of the name converations we've had have been totally joking. This is a fun game idea that is kind of jokey, but also makes you think. Thanks :)

April 10, 2017 04:44 PM

I like Caroline! I don't think it would be common at all for people to shorten it to Carrie. It's certainly not a name with an automatic nickname. 

I think Camille is totally different than naming a girl James, it's almost entirely feminine now. I know what you mean about not wanting to give a girl a man's name. And Camille is not a "mans name" even if it has been used on men in the past.

April 1, 2017 01:38 PM

I disagree that Bernice is not a possibility! I can totally imagine it being a hit, especially with the cute nickname option of Bernie, which might appeal to the millennials who were Bernie supporters. 

I agree that Harriet is one of the most likely to make a comeback...it really surprises me that it hasn't come back more by now. It has the great nickname Hattie, which is in the top 1000 on its own.

March 25, 2017 06:19 PM
In Response to 2nd Boy Name Help!

To me, Knox and Dax are just a little too similar. They're both one syllable, ending in an x, and it's just too much for me personally! I also happen to know two babies named Dax where the parents have had name regret, so maybe that's just my personal bias.

Here are some names that came up with the name matchmaker:  Finn, Liam, Wyatt, Grady, Luke, Cash, Lane, Tate, Zane, Ian, Ezra, Owen

I like Finn best, I think that goes well with Ella and Knox. 

March 13, 2017 05:04 PM
In Response to Help With A Boy Name

I love the name Lɛvi and think it works great for a Texan. It has kind of a cowboy feel to it. 

March 10, 2017 06:45 AM

Thanks everyone! My main concern was that there was something really obvious I was missing. I will keep trying out the name and see if I'm still digging it when the time comes!

March 9, 2017 06:01 AM

It sounds like a surname to me, and I would assume if I met someone with this name that it was a family honor name. I don't think it's so awful as the previous commenters at all! I think unique names that come from somewhere traditional are kind of cool, and I think he would probably enjoy having a unique name. If you feel too nervous to use it a as a first name though, you could always use something a little more traditional and put it in the middle name spot.

What about the nickname Gil? It is in the name, just backwards. 

December 14, 2016 04:41 PM

It makes me think of how much of the midwest (at least children) pronounce "Santa." That's the pronunciation I would say if I came across it, Santa but kind of skipping over the t. 

December 9, 2016 06:55 AM

I knew a young woman from China whose English name was Fox. She had picked it for herself, and at first I thought it was a rather funny choice, but the longer I knew her the more I liked it.

Another name that I've heard that is not on this list that I would add is Wolf.

November 28, 2016 05:17 PM

I like a lot of these, but Dara really just seems way too feminine. I've known 3 women named Dara(h) so I can't imagine a boy named Dara at all! 

I do really like Ira, Aram, Hiram, Jorah (although it makes me think more of Game of Thrones) and Boaz. 

October 25, 2016 07:12 AM

I would say that Shiloh also leans feminine, I have only ever known female Shilohs. Maybe Indie, too, although I've never heard that used as a name. Otherwise though, I agree, these are mostly boys names