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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Reader Amy started a baby name trend with her first three daughters—should she keep it going? She writes,
We are expecting our fourth girl. Our older girls are name Madison Reagan and Cailyn. We originally thought we HAD to go with a name that ended with an N or n-sound, so we had Kathryn Lauren and Laine on our list. We were struggling and felt that we were limiting ourselves, so we decided to simply go with a name we both liked regardless of whether or not it ended with an N. Well, 2 months later we are still struggling. I love the name Emma Kathryn. My husband likes it, but feels it is too popular and that we would be “settling” for that name for lack of finding something else. We also like the name Harper, but again we worry about the popularity. It seems there is a lot of pressure these days to pick a name that is not too common/too popular. However, I hate to dismiss names we like just because they’ve been used “a lot.” I also worry that picking a name that doesn’t end with N will seem odd to people at this point or that this baby’s name won’t flow well with her sisters’. Any suggestions or advice? Our baby is due at the end of June and I’m starting to worry we’ll just have to simply pick something from our list and might have naming regret later.
Amy, relax! No matter which way you go with the name, as long as it’s one that you love, you’re golden. So if you can’t find a “n” name that resonates for you, or all the names in your top 10 are in the overall top 10, it’ll be just fine. (And I think both Harper and Emma are lovely choices for daughter #4.)
I hate to see people who start out picking all “J” names or all nature names feel trapped by their decision when they get to later sons and daughters, and they can’t quite muster up the same enthusiasm for the names that remain. So don’t feel saddled by the “n” factor. Your daughter won’t mind.
If you’d like to stick with the “n” names, here are a few more offbeat choices that fit nicely with the baby names you picked for your older daughters. Consider some of the lyn/line names that have started climbing to the top of the charts. I adore Clementine, Evelyn, Madeline, Emmeline, Adeline and Evangeline. (Of these five, I think Evelyn makes the nicest addition to the sibset, but Emmeline would be a nice way to get your pick Emma in but still follow your name tradition.) If you’re into nature names, Wren, Fern and Aspen could all be possibilities. And don’t discount some of the cooler unisex names, like Rowan, Quinn, Sloan, Arden, Cameron and Emerson. (I’m liking the idea of Emerson or Cameron, both of which share a lot of the same consonants as the big-sister names, so they’ll flow nicely.) And of course, I can’t help but recommend the birth month. I like June for its vintage vibe.
Related: 6 Steps to Picking the Perfect Baby Name
And if you don’t want to go with “n?” Well, the world is your oyster! Since most of your name picks are more unisex in nature, I’d go with names like Avery, Parker and Marlowe, which share the same vibe. Along the lines of Emma, consider Amelia, the slightly less popular variant, or the celeb-worthy Mila.
Okay, readers, your turn. What should Amy consider for her fourth daughter? And if you were in her shoes, would you continue that “n” trend, or go your own way?
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Friday, March 13th, 2015
Reader Jenn will be having a baby girl in a few months, but can’t decide on a name.
I am 6 1/2 months pregnant with a girl. I would really like to give her a unique but not too far off the wall name. I like unisex or almost boy names that can now be girl names like Braxton, Maxwell, etc. I also like vintage names. I’m just having a really hard time coming up with something different and meaningful.
I can totally understand the urge to have something different and meaningful, and not the typical Olivia, Sophia, and top 10 crew. Here are a few suggestions I have:
I’m loving some of the cool old-school floral and nature names for girls. Names like Juniper, Hazel, Clementine, Flora (or even Florence), or even fresh flowers like Poppy and Iris make beautiful options for a baby girl. Some of them are on their way up, but still aren’t quite as well known as ones like Willow, Violet, and Sage.
Or consider some of the vintage British names that are coming into vogue there, but still aren’t heard too often across the pond. I’m thinking Imogen, Isla, and Eleanor.
And then, there’s always those wonderful unisex baby names. What about considering Winton, Vaughan, Vale, or Laurent for your daughter?
Here are a few suggestions for naming your daughter: I like Winton Jade, Clementine Mae, or Eleanor Laurent.
And here’s where you step in, readers: What names would you suggest for Jenn? I’m sure you guys all have some great ideas!
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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Reader Yvonne is looking for baby names for her second daughter. Let’s give her a hand!
I am 17 weeks pregnant with my second girl. I have no idea what I want to name her, besides something that is not on the top rated list! My husband wants the middle name to be in the family but I don’t like any of them—and my husband and my daughter both have very unique names (Jory James and Joryn Marie) and I’d love to continue down that road. My name is Yvonne Yvette. The other family names are Debbie, Mary Lou, Lucy, Olga, Thelma and Marie. And I’m not a fan. The only names we’ve thought of were Sloan and Cora or Kora. Any suggestions would greatly help!
I love the idea of honoring family members with the middle name—but you don’t have to use the exact name to honor them. Mary’s siblings could include Marit, Molly, Maribel or Marin. Honor Thelma with a Thea, Debbie with a Devra or Devora, Lucy with Luz, Luca, or Lucinda. Maeve would be a nice combination of Mary and your name, Yvette. And James has been popping up as an unexpected middle name for girls—why not honor Dad?I do like the baby names Sloan and Cora—Cora in particular. I think Cora Maeve or Cora Lucinda would be lovely. If you’re looking for other unique names in the Sloan/Cora vein, consider Jovie, Vienne, Clea, Ione, Lilou (which would honor your Mary Lou), Cerise, Chiara, Oceane, and Sidra.My baby name pick for daughter #2? I’d go with Cora Maeve, Vienne James, or Lilou Eve. Okay readers, share your baby name advice! What other suggestions do you have for Yvonne?
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Reader Christie already has two girls and a boy—and is looking for the perfect name for her third daughter.
I am pregnant with my 4th child. This will be our 3rd girl, and we are having trouble finding a name we love. My other children are Austin, Sophia and Marlie (twins).
We don’t really want a popular name. And we have a tough last name to match with: Graham.
Some names we like, but not sure if we love are: Annalee, Cora, Coralee, Charlee (pronounced like Charlie). Also we are trying to stay away from M names, because we have a Marlie, and I have a stepdaughter Maddie.
We are considering Joy for a middle name, but it’s not set in stone.
I think Joy is a lovely middle name, and there are plenty of names that would sound great with your pick. Of the ones you’re considering, Cora would be my choice. (I’d nix Charlee, since it’s too close to Marlie, and you’ll end up calling them both the same name!) I like that hard C, which mirrors your name and the “a” ending like big sister Sophia. I think names with an “ine” or “yn” ending would also work beautifully. I’d consider Coraline, Clementine, Adeline, Evelyn, and Caroline.
Some other names with “C” that you could consider: Clara, Cordelia, Celeste, and Charity.
If you want to move away from the Cs, consider some other names that feature the softer sounds like your other children’s names. Some of my picks that’ll flow nicely with her big sisters and brother: Eliza, Eleanor, Juliet, Adelaide, and Annabel.
Of my suggestions, I’d go with Clementine Joy or Eliza Joy.
Now it’s your turn, readers: What names should Christie consider? What goes best with Austin, Sophia, Marlie, and Maddie?
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Monday, November 17th, 2014
Reader Michelle clearly has some wonderful baby name taste—I really adore the names she picked for her first two kids. But she hasn’t fallen in love with a name for her third child (they’re planning to be surprised as to whether it’s a boy or girl). Let’s help her out! Here’s her dilemma:
We are having a gender surprise sibling for Olivia (4) and Roman (2) early next year. We have read 900 baby name books and I think just the crazy lists numb our brains because there’s nothing we love.
-We don’t want a really common or traditional American name (although Olivia is very common, but I’ve loved it since before it was high on the list so we went with it anyway) like John or Jennifer. However, we do like older American names pre-1940′s era.
-We also like a lot of Irish and Scottish names, and also some of the cool European regal sounding names.
-We don’t want something that can’t be easily spelled or pronounced (i.e. the problem with “Isla” below).
-We like cool nicknames, too. Olivia actually nicknamed herself “Oli” pronounced like “Oh-lee”, and we call Roman “Ro.”
We LIKE but don’t know if we love the following, but any other ideas/opinions?
Isla (I’m being told the general public will never pronounce or spell this correctly, but it’s our favorite), Harper (dang it Beckham family!), Lucia (Loo-see-uh, aka Lucy)
Wyatt (sort of), Finn… uhh we’re really bad with narrowing down boy names…
I love all of your baby name picks! I think Isla is becoming more well known here in the U.S., with actress Isla Fisher and with it becoming so popular in the U.S., so your concerns about spelling and pronunciation issues may be a moot point. (Of course, you could always move to the U.K., where it’s so red hot that your Isla will likely not be the only one in her class.) Personally, I love Isla and Finn best out of your picks, but any of those names would be sweet and go well with your other kids’ names. If you’re still looking for suggestions that suit your baby name taste, here are my thoughts:
It’s so hard to narrow it down! I love Clara, Violet, Lillian (which comes with the cool and in vogue nickname Lily), Adeline (which would be my third daughter’s name, if there was a third daughter to name!), Eleanor, Rosalind, Clementine, Fiona, Alice, Harriet, and Louisa. Just to name a few!
Boys’ names always seem to be a bit trickier for parents. Here are a few I think would work beautifully with the sibset, and have some flair and personality: Arthur, Alistair, Edwin (nicknamed Win!), Killian, Flynn (like Finn, but with a little more flair—think swashbuckling early silver screen star Errol Flynn), Ewan, Evander, Lachlan and Duncan.
Okay readers: What’s your favorite? And what other suggestions do you have for Michelle? (I know there are plenty of other favorites out there to recommend!)
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