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Baby Name Dilemma: Something “Green”

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I always love when there’s a story behind a chosen name—and reader Kara’s looking for another name that has personal meaning. Here’s her dilemma:

We are currently expecting our 4th child. My maiden name is Green and married name is Stone and since I am an only child I wanted my maiden name to live on. So I chose the names Jade and Teal…Our 8-year-old daughter is Jade Marie, 5-year-old son is Anthony James (Jr), & our 2-year-old is Alexis Teal. If it is a girl we have it covered but if it is a boy we are totally lost! Any suggestions?

Finding a name with meaning can be tough. Since big brother is a junior, if it’s a boy, you might want to consider looking for something in the family tree (or perhaps a variant on your name!) for your son. Carey means “dark,” and could be in homage to your name, Kara. Jamison could be an intriguing way to bring your husband’s middle name into your son’s name. Look at the grandfathers, and see if there’s something that might work.

And of course, you can work with the Green theme you started with your daughters. Jasper is a precious stone that’s often in green, and it’s an up-and-coming name for boys (currently just inside the top 250). Consider it a nice way to combine your maiden name with your married surname! I also like Olivier, which means “olive tree.” It’s the French variant of popular Oliver—and actually, either would pair nicely with Stone. Laramie isn’t just the name of a city in Wyoming—it also means “canopy of leafy boughs.” And it might be worth considering for your son, too. One last thought: Forrest. It’s not just for the titular character of Forrest Gump—consider Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker!

Tell me: What other meaningful suggestions would you give Kara? And did you choose a name with meaning for your baby? 

You can search for the perfect name with our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to for some personal suggestions. 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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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Baby Name Dilemma: Can I Use His Middle Name?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Reader Lisa is pretty set on the name Joseph for her son—but is looking for something other than Joey as a nickname. Here’s the scoop:
We are having a boy due early April and my husband is pretty set on naming him Joseph, after himself. I’m okay with that but I don’t like the nickname Joey and that’s what everyone is going to call him. 
If I give him a middle name I like I could use that for a nickname. But then I run into the problem of people calling him by two different names, any suggestions on ways around that?
The name I like is Joseph Lincoln and call him Linc. Or we’re thinking of Michael, after my grandfather. But since Joey/Mikey are equivalent in my book, I would probably end up calling him Joe (not thrilled about that either).
Do you like Joseph Lincoln even though I will call him Linc? Or do you think a strong family name will have more importance to the family and my son, and should I suck it up and just name him Joseph Michael? Also, another curve ball, my grandfather’s nickname is Roman and my maiden name is Romanelli so we could also go with Joseph Roman. 
I totally get wanting to pick your child’s nickname—we picked our daughters’ names and nicknames long before we met them. Your influence can play a part in what your child’s called, at least until he hits school. So if you and your husband both agree to call him Linc (or whatever name you pick), that’ll be what he’s called. Of course, once they hit school, all bets are off—as my aunt discovered, when the boy she insisted upon calling Matthew became Matt sometime in elementary school.
I really love the name Lincoln—it was picked by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard for their daughter, but it’s much more popular for boys. And Linc is a super cute nickname.
Your son’s going to have a name with significance, since you’re naming him after his father. So don’t feel obligated to use Michael or Roman, unless it’s a name that floats your boat. Of the two family names, I like Roman best—and it also gives you another unique nickname option: your son’s initials. (JR, anyone?)
What do you think? Is Lincoln a great pick? What would you do in this situation?
If you’re still looking for a name for your child, you can e-mail me at, or start searching on’s Baby Name Finder. Happy hunting! (And don’t forget to keep watching In Name Only for the latest in baby names!)

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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