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Friday, May 30th, 2014
Lately, people have become very territorial about their baby names—leading to lots of drama when a friend or family member picks your secret dream name first. That’s the issue reader Vanessa’s up against:
We’ve always had our hearts set on Sebastian as a name for our unborn son (before we had children), who already has a sister Clementine. However, a close friend has also chosen this name for his son (born a year ago). We live in different countries and I have asked if they would mind us using this name to which they said, they would be “funny” about.
What to do? Things are we considering:
– We don’t live in the same country
– We don’t like any other names as much
– We have many mutual friends and will come across as arrogant to everyone considering he has voiced his opinion
Other names we like:
– Charlie although we don’t like Charles and are hesitant to use a “nickname” as official name. Goes with Clementine as starts with C and ends with E.
– Archer – grandparents hate this name.
Unfortunately, you’re in a tough spot. Since your friend has said they wouldn’t like you to use Sebastian, you’ll need to decide if it’s more important to use your favorite name or to keep their friendship (and possibly, the friendships of some other people in your circle, who might be offended that you “stole” the baby name). Because it’s likely that they may not take your decision to use the name despite their protests well.
Charlie and Archer are two of my favorite boys’ names as well, but since there are issues with both of them, let’s work on coming up with something that’s in the same wheelhouse as Sebastian, Charlie and Archer. I like the name Jasper, which has the “er” sound like Archer and a similar cadence of hard and soft consonants as Sebastian. It’s the name of a precious stone, and I think it’s a lovely pairing with Clementine (another gem of a name, I might add!).
Tristan, Sullivan, Harrison and Simon all follow the lines of Sebastian—I especially love Sullivan paired with Clementine. If Archer gets some bad press from the relatives, try similar classic names Arthur, Alistair or Sawyer. Four classic names I happen to love that I think would work for your situation: Holden, Roman, Henry and Finnegan.
Tell us: Would you name your child the same thing as your friend’s child? And what other name suggestions do you have for Vanessa?
If you’re still looking for a baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. 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, May 7th, 2014
Reader Kelly is having a hard time coming up with a follow up to a wonderful name:
I would love some help coming up with a name for my son due in 7 short weeks. My older son’s name is Gianni so I’d like a name that sort of “goes” with that. I prefer a name that’s not trending and my husband and I just cannot come up with anything!
It’s great that you want your kids’ names to make sense together—it always makes me scratch my head when I see a set of siblings like, say, Rainbow and Elizabeth. If you wanted to go for another Italian name (which makes sense with your last name), try names like Dante, Luca, Roman or even short and simple Leo (even though it ends with an “o” like your last, it really flows beautifully!). You could also go with some of the Latin-based “us” names—consider them old-school Italian. Atticus and Magnus have been trending up, but there are tons of beautiful ones: I like Lucius, Aurelius, or Andreas. Of course, you could always cross the borders, and find another European name that blends well with Gianni. I like Dimitri, Ari, Olivier, and Remy.
With a long last name and a multi-syllable first, you need something short and sweet in the middle. I’d go with a mono-syllable middle name, like James, Lee, or Rey. For instance, Leo James, Lucius Ray, or Remy Lee.
What ideas do you have for Kelly to pair with her son Gianni? Share them in the comments!
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Could it be Zzyzx? (That’s pronounced Zay-zix, if you’re as stumped as I was!) That’s the baby name voted the weirdest by readers on EBabyNames, and it’s actually a place name somewhere out in California (officially titled the “last place on Earth,” thanks to that weird spelling which puts it last in the alphabet). And apparently, 5 kids received that name last year here in the U.S.
While I can appreciate the desire to give your kid an original name, does anyone think we’re taking it a little too far? Maybe it’s because of all those weird celebrity baby names, like Apple and Moxie Crimefighter. But with names like Khaleesi, Nimrod, and yes, Zzyzx showing up on the official baby name charts, can we just all agree that maybe it’s time to let our kids stand out for their talents, their personalities and just for being a one-of-a-kind person on this planet—and just give them a name that’s easily pronounceable and understandable and spellable?
There are literally thousands of names out there that aren’t heard on the playground at the moment, but won’t make people say “huh?” There are so, so many intriguing names that you just don’t hear much these days—names like Augustine and Esme, Meadow and Houston, Azalea and Anders, Bodhi and Estella. Do we really need to name our kids Abcde (that’s pronounced Ab-sid-ee, if you’re wondering)?
You tell me: If you made up a name for your baby, or chose something extreme like Zzyzx, I’d love to hear why you made that choice—and what kind of a reaction you and your child have gotten from loved ones, teachers, etc. And if you’re anti-offbeat, tell me exactly what bothers you about the more bizarre end of the baby name spectrum—and share the most bizarre baby name you’ve heard!
If you’re still looking for a name for your baby (and Zzyzx and Abcde haven’t made your list!), check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names. (Sign up now, and you’ll be among the first to find out when the brand-new most popular baby name list comes out within the few days!)
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
The Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi did a pretty great job naming her son—I love the name Lorenzo! But apparently, she’s stumped for names when it comes to her new baby to be. She recently posted on her CeleBuzz blog: “Help us with names! We honestly have no ideas for any names, and I’m looking for something original like Lorenzo. Something Italian, and beautiful.”
Readers of Snooki’s blog have already given her lots of great advice, but here are my picks for a potential daughter:
Allegra I really wish the allergy med hadn’t co-opted this one. It’s a pretty name, has a wonderful meaning (joyful), and is easy to pronounce and understand, yet not exactly popular.
Giada This gem of a name is an actual gem—it means “jade.” Thanks to popular Food Network chef Giada DeLaurentiis, it’s been in the top 1000 since 2007, but it’s still unique enough to set Snooki’s daughter apart. Consider it the girl version of her fab name Lorenzo.
Valentina This top 200 baby name means healthy and strong, and comes with a whole slew of cute nicknames (I’m partial to Lena). I think it would flow beautifully with Snooki’s fiancé Jionni LaValle’s last name.
Francesca A-lister Drew Barrymore just picked the boyish nickname from this Italian favorite for her daughter—could Snooki have her own Frankie, too? Francesca means “free man,” and is currently a top 500 name.
Luciana This sweet Italian variant on Lucy means “light,” and is on a sharp upswing in the U.S.—though it still hasn’t cracked the top 500. This is another one that comes with lots of fun nicknames—which is a very big consideration with the Jersey Shore crew!
Luna Thanks to Harry Potter and Uma Thurman, Luna’s been on a big upswing over the past decade, from near the bottom of the top 1000 to the top 250. (Expect it to go even higher this year, thanks to a character on True Blood and Uma’s daughter. This sweet name means moon.
And for a son:
Aurelio This name means “golden one,” and really flows beautifully with LaValle.
Orlando Don’t think DisneyWorld when you think of this name—think more like Orlando Bloom. The name means “famous,” making perfect for the offspring of a reality show star, don’t you think?
Santino Popularized in The Godfather, this name means “little saint,” even though the character was anything but. The name Santino is just about to break through the top 600 here in the U.S.
So what do you think? Share your favorite Italian-flavored names here for Snooki. If you need help searching, check out our Baby Name Finder. Or check out our Baby Fame Name Generator for a name worthy of the A list.
Image: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock.com
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Monday, April 28th, 2014
Last week, we celebrated the Bard’s 450th birthday—and the fact that he made so many of his character’s names instant (and timeless) classics. William Shakespeare’s first name is still a top 10 choice after centuries, and names like Juliet, Rosalind, Cordelia, Duncan, Miranda, Viola and yes, even Romeo have popped up time and time again.
But one character’s name has often gotten the short shrift—and that’s Ophelia. The fact that the bearer of the name drowned in the river in Hamlet’s tragic tale probably helped doom the name—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1950s. But it’s a beautiful name, a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Olivia, and has a lovely meaning—help. Matilda author Roald Dahl even picked it for one of his daughters.
Ophelia needs a nice short middle name to go with it. I’d pair it with Lark, Rose, Hope or Faith.
What do you think of the name Ophelia? Too burdened by the weight of its tragic Shakespearean character, or worthy of another look? And what other Shakespeare names do you love? You can check out my list of the most wearable baby names from Shakespeare for inspiration!
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