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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.
I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?
Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)
Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.
Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.
Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.
Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.
Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.
Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.
Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.
Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.
If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)
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Monday, August 11th, 2014
Floral names have been in vogue for quite a while—think Lily, Rose, and Violet. But one of the most recent risers on the chart is Azalea, which first appeared in the top 1000 in 2012, and has now moved up into the top 700 in a single year.
This is the hot pink flowering shrub you’ll see around in the springtime, part of the rhododendron family. And most recently, it’s been associated with rapper Iggy Azalea, whose song “Fancy” may just qualify as the song of the summer this year.
And I think it’s a lovely choice for a girl—floral but still spunky!
If you’d love Azalea, try pairing it with Maeve, Jade, Jane or Belle.
Tell us: What do you think of the name Azalea? Is it the new cool floral name, or a little too frilly to be popular?
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Baby Name Help, In Name Only
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Lots of great dilemmas in my inbox! Reader Lisa has an exciting challenge (and a short timeframe—hope we get this help to you in time):
My husband and I are really stuck for a name for our Baby Boy #3. We used our two “dream” names for our first two sons, Julian and Anthony, and now can’t think of a 3rd name that will fit with all our criteria.
In our case, both our other sons’ names are Latin-based and fit with our last name, a very Italian-sounding Molinaro. So we’d like our third pick to work with our last name as well, however I have huge reservations about making the whole name sound “super-Italian” as I call it. In addition, I’d like the 3rd name to fit with our first two, so for example: Julian, Anthony, and Billy, wouldn’t go together in my opinion. To complicate matters further, I’m a teacher, so I’m turned off of a number of names, and my husband and I just can’t seem to agree. Here’s where an unbiased 3rd party, such as yourself, could be helpful.
Some other “would-be-nice” criteria for the name include:
– also 3 syllables
– is more of a classic name, rather than a hot-right-now name
– doesn’t end in an “O” – i.e – Franco, Juliano, etc.
I’m immediately thinking of the old-school Latin “us” names, which have become so hot lately. Some picks I love: Augustus, Atticus, Darius and Magnus, which are up-and-comers, but not yet everywhere. (I especially love Augustus, which may eventually be on an upswing thanks to the book/movie The Fault in Our Stars, but is currently just inside the top 700.)
There are a couple of names that have a stronger Italian connotation, but I like with your other picks. Have you considered Dante, Dominic or Salvatore?
And finally, a few options that also come from Latin, but don’t end in “us.” I like Francis, Felix, and Maximilian. (Max Molinaro just sounds pretty great to me!)
So help Lisa out: What other names go with Anthony and Julian? Share your favorites in the comments!
If you’re looking for a great name, start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder, and send along your dilemmas to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
We’ve had a TON of great reader questions lately—and so I’m hoping to get through a lot of them this week. We’re kicking it off with reader Mandy, who needs a little help with a middle name:
I’m wondering if you could help me come up with a middle name for Maeve, preferably one that starts with the letter J.
Maeve is one of my favorite go-to middle name choices, and I LOVE the idea of putting it in the starring role. With a short-and-sweet name like Maeve, you need a middle name that’s a little longer—so we have to discount common middles like Jane, June, Jade and James (yes, that works for a girl!). But there are still some really intriguing options out there for you.
I absolutely LOVE the thought of pairing Maeve with Josephine. It’s a feminization of Joseph and means “Jehovah increases.” There are plenty of cool historical/literary figures with the name, including Napoleon’s wife, Empress Josephine, singer/actor Josephine Baker, and of course, Josephine March, the heroine of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
Another name with great literary chops and a nice pairing option with Maeve is Juliet, the female part of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers. It means “youthful.”
A few other options for you: I love the two nature names Juniper (a berry-producing tree that is the source of gin), and Jasper, the precious stone (this name is usually reserved for guys, but I kind of like the sound of Maeve Jasper). And then there’s Jolie, a French name that means pretty.
If you want to move beyond the Js, there are a few other names I’d love paired with Maeve. Try the “J” sounding Gs, like Genevieve, Giada and Georgia, or some hard “C” names, like Clementine, Clara or Caroline.
What other “J” names do you like, readers? Or are there any other names you’d like to see paired with Maeve?
If you’re looking for a little advice for your baby’s name, don’t be shy. You can email me at email@example.com, or study names on your own with our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!
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Baby Name Help, In Name Only
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Boys’ names always seem to be much more challenging for parents-to-be—especially when there are already sibling names to consider. Reader Emily is having a hard time finding a name for her daughter Cassidy’s new baby brother:
My husband and I are expecting a boy in August. We have a 20 month old daughter named Cassidy. We almost came to blows trying to find the perfect blend of not too common, but not too off-the-wall, for her name. For our son, we are having even more difficulty trying to follow this path we set for ourselves. One of the biggest concerns (for me, at least) is our last name is Head (bleck!), so we have to find something that doesn’t sound ridiculous. We also don’t want it to be so common that he will have to be called by his full name in school (I had about 4 Jennifers as friends in elementary school, and STILL call them by their first and last names, out of habit).
We THOUGHT we agreed on Cameron. It met all of our criteria: two or more syllables; good choice of nicknames; and not too common…or so we thought. We’ve met two couples expecting boys, and each are naming their sons Cameron! We are also afraid Cassidy and Cameron are too “cutesy” together.
Any suggestions/thoughts you might have would be MUCH appreciated!
First, let me just say that Cameron and Cassidy are a nice sibling set, and not too cutesy. Cameron appears to be on a big upswing lately, thanks to Modern Family, but hey, if you love the name—you should go for it!
With the surname Head, you do have to be very careful with your name choices. (No word names for you!) You could go for another surname name, like Cassidy and Cameron. Sullivan, Jameson, Donovan and Callahan are up-and-comers that are still not super popular, or consider Finnegan, which has the cool nickname Finn. I do like the “n” ending with Head, and as a nice offset to the “ee” ending of Cassidy. You could also go with names like Declan, Kieran or Brennan, which all sound wonderful with your last name and Cassidy (I particularly like the way Declan matches up with Cassidy sound wise, without mirroring the name too closely).
You could consider some of the “son” names as well: Emerson, Anderson, or Grayson, for example. (I’d skip the uberpopular Mason, which is likely to be even more popular than Cameron is!) I’m a big fan of Emerson as a brother for Cassidy. And of course, there are all the “er/or” names, which are definitely on the rise—names like Sawyer, Jasper and Archer.
Readers: Share your ideas for Cassidy’s little brother! What should they call him?
If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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