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Baby Name Dilemma: Find Me a Boys’ Name!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Reader Carlie isn’t quite sure about the boys’ name she loves:

I am due April 13th and having a hard time finding a boys’ name I love. I do not know what I’m having. If it’s a girl her name will be Alana Louise but if it is a boy I’m a little lost. I live in Hawaii and have fallen in love with the name Kainoa, But I am unsure if I want it as a first name or a middle name. I’m looking for a good name to partner it. Please help!

Hope we’re getting this name advice to you before it’s too late! I like the name Kainoa—it has a great meaning, “strength of the sea,” and too cool nicknames, red-hot Kai and Noa. I think it’s a great name, and I’d definitely put it in the first spot. But deciding what to do for the middle name is probably a bit trickier, right? You could go in the direction of a more straightforward middle name, and names like James, Shane, and Zane could fit the bill. You could also go with another nature-themed name, like Bay, Sage, Dune or Ford. If you do want to keep with the Hawaiian names, Tane (the name of a Polynesian sky god), or Tai, a Maori name that means tide, might pair nicely with Kainoa. Or you could always split the name into a first and middle—Kai’s a very popular name, even among people not blessed to live in Hawaii (you lucky dog!), and Noa is a different spelling of the Biblical Noah.

My favorites would be Kainoa James, Kainoa Bay, or Kainoa Tai.

What do you think, readers? What middle names would you suggest with Kainoa? Or would you have put Kainoa in the middle spot?

If you have your own baby name dilemma, share it in the comments, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. (You can also start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Boy’s Name With Meaning

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I love it when a couple wants to give their child a name that has real meaning to them—and that’s exactly what Simi and Amit hope to do:

My husband and I are first-generation American/British born Indians (Hindus). We both have very short first names (mine Simi, his Amit). Both names were mispronounced for most of our lives. Our last name is Shukla. With our first pregnancy we chose not to find out the gender and picked our name choices for both. We ended up naming our son Dillon. An easy name for people to pronounce, but with a somewhat Indian background (Dhillon is an Indian last name). His name means “the great sea” and “faithful/loyal”. We want our kids’ names to be easy to pronounce but have some culture/uniqueness to them as well.

Now with our second pregnancy, we have again chosen not to find out the gender. We have a girls’ name we love (Ciara). We have found two boys’ names we like, but not 100% love, like with our girls’ name. The boys’ names are Taran (meaning earth) and Cayden (meaning fighter). I’m not sure if they sound right with our last name, and in connection with our first son’s name. What do you think? Or do you have any suggestions? I have 5 weeks to go and feel like we’re not going to have a name we love if it’s a boy.

Personally, I like Taran—I think it’s easily pronounceable, and I love the idea of a name that means “earth” paired with a big brother with the meaning of “the great sea.”

But there are more options if you’re looking for an Indian-inspired name that’s easily pronounceable. Bodhi has become popular with celebrities—actress Teresa Palmer picked it for her son. It’s a Sanskrit name that means enlightenment. Kiran—(or the more popular spelling, the Irish Kieran)—means ray of light, and makes a nice sibset with Dillon. And my last suggestion, Taj, is a short-and-sweet name that means crown.

What names would you suggest for Simi and Amit? Share your favorites in the comments! You can use our Baby Name Finder to find inspiration—and like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Oscar-Worthy Baby Names

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Break out the champagne and the fancy hors d’oeuvres—today’s my version of the Superbowl, the Oscars. While the number of nominated films I get to see (at least in the non-animated categories) has fallen exponentially since I had kids, I’m always excited to check out the fashions and start crafting my own imaginary acceptance speech.

But while I love Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence and all the other nominees, watching the Oscars always makes me nostalgic for my old-school favorite movies, often starring legendary actors who never even scored an Oscar. (Cary Grant only scored an honorary Oscar for all of his years starring in amazing films like His Girl Friday and Philadelphia StoryMarilyn Monroe never scored one either, despite hilarious turns in Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.)

If you’re a big movie buff, there are plenty of wonderful names to consider among past (and current) honorees—here are some of my favorites.

You can’t go wrong with Meryl Streep, nominated yet again this year for her role in August: Osage County. She’s scored the most total nominations, with 18—and three wins among them. Her name is a variant of Muriel, which means “of the sea.”

Bette Davis was the first woman to receive 10 nominations—and had five consecutive, along with fellow actress Greer Garson. Bette is a variant of Elizabeth, which means consecrated to God.

Walt Disney won the most Oscars, with 22 victories. His name is short for Walter, a German name that means ruler, and is currently on an upsurge.

The legendary costume designer Edith Head is known as the most-honored woman in Oscar history, with 7 wins, including two for Roman Holiday and Sabrina, where she outfitted the equally legendary Audrey Hepburn. Edith means prosperous in war, and is currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 800 names.

Katharine Hepburn is the winningest actress with four acting awards—and an inspiration for my daughter’s name. Katharine means pure. Her true love, Spencer Tracy, was among the first to win twice consecutively. His name, Spencer, means steward, and is currently in the top 250 names for boys.

And last but not least, Marlon Brando was a legendary actor who scored the most consecutive nominations with four in a row. His name’s origin is a bit of a mystery, but the name is currently in the top 700 in the U.S. Some more adventurous namers have chosen Brando instead to honor the Oscar winner.

What’s your favorite Oscar-related name? Share it in the comments! (And see what other Oscar-related name I picked for the Cool Name of the Week.)

Find out the meaning of your favorite baby names with our Baby Name Finder, and keep up with the latest in baby name news.

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Third “J” Name?

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Reader Kelly has a theme going with her kids’ names—but doesn’t know if she wants to continue it for baby #3
My married and legal name is Kelly Kelly.  I married a Chris Kelly nearing 12 years ago.
I am expecting baby #3 and it’s another boy. My other 2 boys are Jesse and Justin. They are 11 and 8 years old so this baby was a big surprise.
Everyone is expecting us to go with with a J name which I am fine with but my husband has not agreed to Jonah which I absolutely love. He has only given me 2 names he likes and I don’t like them….Braeden and Clayton. I have showed him at least 50 names. I feel like he is being difficult. We are open to the name starting with any letter.
I want a name that we don’t know anyone else with like Jonah or even Jude which is the only name we have somewhat agreed on.
I like Micah, Saylor just to name a couple. Also my maiden name is Harlow so his middle name will be Harlow.
So ________ Harlow Kelly!
I think Jonah and Jude are both lovely choices. Of the two, I’m a bigger fan of Jude (in part because I’m a big Beatles’ fan), and I love its meaning, praised.
I’m a bit conflicted about the J name tradition you started in your family. On the one hand, it limits the name choices you have—but on the other hand, will your third son feel like he’s not part of the crowd because he isn’t a J?
If you want to stick with the J theme, have you tried Jagger, Jameson, Jet or Jasper with your husband? They’re unique, but not too out there, and would pair nicely with Justin and Jesse. (Of the four, I think Jasper would be the nicest match, and sound lovely with Harlow as well.)
If you’re ready to diverge from the Js, Cameron, Camden, Crispin or Kieran could match nicely with your name and your husband’s—helping your son fit in with you.
What do you think, readers? What names should Chris and Kelly consider for their son?
If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or email your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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Baby Name Dilemma: A Perfect Middle Name for a Girl

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Reader Tiffany already has a perfect girls’ name all lined up—except for the middle name.

We were all settled on Lily Patricia, after my husband’s grandmother. But we found out over the holidays that Patsy wasn’t the nickname we assumed it was but her actual given name and she hated the name Patricia! Her name was Patsy Lou but I’m not wild about Lily Lou either. Our last name starts with a G, so we have a hard time with middle names that start with vowels as it occasionally creates awkward initials. We like old-ish sounding names (are toying with Frederick and Theodore on the boy’s side). We’re not finding out the baby’s sex until it is born (due in May)!

Oooh, I love Lily Patricia—it’s too bad that your husband’s grandmother doesn’t! Patsy and Lou don’t strike quite the right chord with Lily, so we definitely do need to move in another direction. What about another name that gives you that “Pat” start in homage to his grandmother? I really love the idea of a Lily Patience or Lily Patia.

You could also choose a name that has the same meaning as Patricia, which means “noble.” There’s Freya, the name of an ancient Scandinavian goddess, or Adeline or Alice. (I know you were concerned about the vowel in the middle, but I don’t think LAG is as bad as LUG or LOG.)

Or you could just go with an old-fashioned name that suits your style. I like Lily paired with Rose or Azalea for a super floral, feminine and old-fashioned name. Or try Delphine, Theodora, Beatrice—all up-and-coming vintage names that flow beautifully with Lily.

What other names do you guys think would suit Lily? Share them in the comments! And don’t forget to get a little help with your own name hunt by checking out our Baby Name Finder, and liking In Name Only on Facebook.

 

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