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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?

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Classic Girl’s Name

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Reader Katie’s looking for the perfect name for baby #3.

We have two children already who both hold family names and are trying to find a name for our third child that fits with the first two. My son is William Charles and my daughter is Elizabeth Marie. We call her Emmie (based on her initials). We have considered Charlotte, Caroline, and Lilian. Any suggestions on a name that fits the traditional/classic sound of our first two? Thanks!

Katie, you’re a baby namer after my own heart! I adore those old-fashioned, totally classic names—and Caroline is my Katie’s middle name. If I was going for #3, the three names you’re already considering would be on my short list.

But there are plenty of other classics that deserve your consideration. Here are a few that I think would work beautifully with William and Emmie.

Adeline is one of my favorite names—it was the name of my great grandmother. It means noble, and comes with an adorable nickname—can’t you just picture a pair of sisters named Emmie and Addie? If you like the -ine ending, but not Adeline, consider Clementine, Madeline or Josephine.

Alice also means noble, and seems to fit perfectly with that Elizabeth and William sibling set. I’d pair it with Rose as the middle name. If you like the softer consonant sounds—as you have in both of your other children’s names, you could also consider Beatrice, Celeste, Lucy and Helen as options. (I’m a big fan of Beatrice especially!)

I think Clara could be another lovely choice for your daughter. It means bright and clear, and is an up-and-coming name—though still well below the top 100. Since you seem to like names with Cs and Ls in them, it’s a perfect option. Other names with a similar sound include Louisa, Julia, and Veronica.

And of course, I’m very partial to Margaret–that’s my youngest’s name—it’s a lovely name that means “pearl,” and there are an array of nicknames that come with that, similar to Elizabeth. (Margo or Maggie would be my pick.)

One last note: Since you chose family names for the two oldest children, it might make sense to peruse your family trees to see if there’s something that could inspire your name choice. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match—you can honor an Alan with an Eleanor, an Anne with an Annabel, or a Harold with a Harriet.

What do you think, readers? What other suggestions do you have for Katie? And what would be your pick? Search for your own perfect name with our Baby Name Finder—or write your own dilemma in the comments or email them to me at

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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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Offbeat Choices for Boys, One Classic for a Girl

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Three actors welcomed brand new babies this week—Jason Biggs (from American Pie and Orange is the New Black) and wife, writer Jenny Mollen; Frozen star Josh Gad and wife Ida Darvish; and actress Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and director hubby Mark Webber. And the names run the gamut from the uberpopular to the so-old-it’s-maybe-ready-for-a-comeback.

Jason Biggs’ new son gets the moniker Sid. It has a lot of pop culture cred—it’s the name of infamous lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, of legendary comedian Sid Caesar, who passed away a few days before this Sid was born (perhaps the inspiration for the name). For parents, it’s probably most well known for the Science Kid on PBS and the bully-ish next door neighbor from Toy Story. Sid is usually short for Sidney, which itself is a contraction for St. Denis. It’s an old-school name, more popular at the turn of the 20th century, and falling out of favor thanks to the uberpopularity of the girls’ soundalike, Sydney.

Frozen star Josh Gad went totally classic with his daughter’s name—Isabella Eve. Isabella has been in the top 10 for more than a decade—in part thanks to the character Bella Swan from Twilight. But it’s a real classic, an international variation on the timeless Elizabeth, and it’ll still sound great decades from now. The middle name is Eve, which means “life.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 600 names in the U.S., but it’s a nice variation on the all-too-common Avas and Evas.

And actress Teresa Palmer has a brand new boy with a name that feels a little more like the typically offbeat celebrity baby names—Bodhi Rain. Bodhi is a Sanskrit word that means enlightenment, and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. With Olympic skier Bode Miller in the news lately, we might expect an uptick in this soundalike as well. Rain is one of the nature names that has taken off of late—and it makes a nice middle name.

Which of these celebrity baby names fits your baby naming style? Do any of these names make your short list?

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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?
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