Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Posts Tagged ‘ baby name dilemma ’
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Reader Lindsay is having a tricky time finding a name for her third baby.
I am in need of some assistance naming our baby boy (making his debut in January). I have a set of 3 year old twins named Noah and Elyana. Our last name is Williams and my husband loves the name Liam for this next one, however Liam is short for William…so are we naming our baby William Williams ? I want something more unique…I love Everett I am Jewish and he is Christian…would be nice to do something that reflects our backgrounds too?
Liam is indeed a variant/nickname of William. It’s not exactly like naming him William Williams, but it’s close enough that I would probably think twice about using it, too. I like the name Everett, which would sound lovely in a sibset with Noah and Elyana. It’s a little sharper with that final “T” sound, but still flows beautifully—and it’s not too close to Noah and Elyana to make it tricky for you or your kids, like an Aiden/Jayden sibset.
I think Everett would make a lovely choice if that’s what you like. Keep in mind, though, that it’s currently on a sharp spike in popularity. It probably won’t be a problem for your son, but if the run continues, there’ll be an Everett in every class within a few years.
But Everett doesn’t reflect your Jewish background, as Noah and Elyana both do. Here are a few suggestions to consider beyond your pick:
Emmett is a Hebrew name that means “truth.” It’s also on a bit of a hot streak right now, currently in the top 200 names in the U.S. It’s similar to your favorite Everett, and also fits nicely with his siblings’ names.
Adam is similar to Liam, without the repetition—it’ll sound lovely with Williams. It’s still in the top 200, but on a very slow decline. It means son of the earth.
What do you guys think? Any other names you think might fit the bill for Lindsay?
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Monday, September 2nd, 2013
Reader Daisy fell in love with a cool name that some of her family members don’t quite adore. Here’s her plea:
Please help me!!! I am expecting a baby girl due in December and I’m having issues with the name. For the past 4 years I always said if I had a girl her name would be Xiomara. I have always loved that name and my husband as well. As soon as we found out the sex and told everyone our name my sister, mother and friends didn’t not like it and expressed their opinions. They said it was too complicated to pronounce in English and people would always get it wrong. Now I am second guessing myself and have been looking at other names but I always go back to that. I want her name to be unique and not something everyone else has. Please give me your opinion.
Xiomara is a beautiful name! It’s an Aramaic name that means “joyful deer.” Xiomara has broken the top 1000 baby names, thanks in part to its appearance as the name of a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, and the name of a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theater.
I can see why your family may be concerned about pronunciation—I’ve seen two different ways to pronounce it! (Either soo-oh-mara or see-oh-mara.) But after you or your child pronounces it for their kindergarten teacher or new neighbor, that shouldn’t be a problem. If pronunciation does become an issue, your child can choose to go by the easier-to-pronounce nickname, Mara.
If you and your husband both love the name, I see no reason why you shouldn’t name your baby Xiomara. You can deal with the naysayers by simply saying, “Thanks for your concern, but this is the baby name we love, and we hope you’ll grow to love it.” (I think this is why some people these days wait until the name is totally official to let friends and family know—so that they don’t have to deal with all the drama around it!) I’m sure once little Xiomara is in their arms, the name will no longer be an issue.
But if all the drama has made Xiomara lose its luster in your eyes, consider a few more popular options that have the same vibe. There’s Ximena, a name that entered the top 1000 at the turn of the century, and now sits near the top 200 (thanks in part to popular Mexican pop singer Ximena Sariñana). Or consider Amara (a Greek name that means “lovely forever”), or Samara (which means “under God’s rule”).
What do you think? Should Daisy keep on with Xiomara—or try an alternative? Share any other name suggestions you have in the comments! If you have a baby name dilemma, feel free to share it in the comments, on my Facebook page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good baby name dilemma—but reader Stephanie has a real quandary when it comes to naming her third child.
We have such a hard time with boys’ names. Right now I LOVE Arlo William….so much so that I’ve pretty much stopped looking for other options. My husband is not convinced, he likes it but feels like it might be too out there. What do you think? Ideally I’d like a name that starts with an “A” and has a nature meaning but I’m open to other options. Our other children are Violet and Silas…we like more old-fashioned names.
Arlo is an excellent choice! It’s a name that seems to be on a big uptick lately—it jumped 100 spots from 2011 to 2012, and is currently in the 818th spot on the top 1000 baby names. It has the nature theme you love (it means “tree”), and was picked by several celebrities recently, including actress Toni Collette and Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville.
For a few other choices, consider these options:
Ashton Ashton Kutcher has brought this name into the limelight, but it’s a lovely old English name that means ash tree, and works beautifully with William. It’s currently in the top 150 baby names. If Ashton Kutcher doesn’t work for you, try Asher, which means beloved, and is only slightly more popular than Ashton. Asher also has the softer consonant sounds that work beautifully with your sibling choices, Violet and Silas.
Aurelius Speaking of Greco-Roman names like Atticus, consider this softer name, which means “golden one,” and was the name of a popular Roman emperor. Not loving Aurelius? Consider the more popular August or Augustus.
What name should Stephanie pick? Do you have any other suggestions that you want to add?
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013
I’m due in less than 2 weeks and we don’t know if its a boy or girl and are struggling choosing a name this time. Here is our short list of names:
What do you like?
I’m loving Nicole’s taste in names—Malin Rose is super cute (Malin is a unisex name that means either little warrior or tower). While I think any of the names she picked would be great, my favorites were Grayson James and Scarlett Mae.
On the boy front, I felt that Mason is too popular right now, and also too close in sound to Malin—Grayson is a little more unexpected, and while it has the two-syllable, end-in-n thing going, it’s different enough that she won’t always mix the two names up. I do like the multicultural mashup of Kai and Magnus, but for me, Grayson James was the winner.
As for the girls’ names, I’m a big Gone With the Wind fan, so Scarlett as always been on my love-it list. Samara is pretty, but ever since it was used for the ubercreepy little girl in The Ring, I haven’t been able to get behind it as a name for a kid. And to me, Kendall always feels like a name for a kid who’s a little stuck up (maybe because Sarah Michelle Gellar played her on the snotty/whiny side on All My Children?).
What do you think of Nicole’s picks? Do you agree with my picks—or should Nicole go another way?
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