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Baby Name Dilemma: A Girls’ Name to Suit the Sib Set

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?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send your dilemma to me at, or 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.

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?


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What’s Your Baby Name Pet Peeve?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Are there baby names that grate on your ears like nails on a chalkboard? It seems like everyone has that certain name or name type that really makes them crazy. (And of course, one person’s trashy name is another’s treasured moniker.) But what baby name types seem to draw the most ire? After serving a few years as the resident baby name expert here at Parents, I’ve noted what usually gets people riled up. Check out the most common baby naming pet peeves.

Kreative Spellyngs.  There are enough Jurnees and Addysyns out there to attest to the fact that creative spellings are here to stay. (In fact, Aiden, the alternative spelling of Aidan, is more popular than the original.) But detractors think that parents who pick a creative spelling seem less educated than a proper spelling stickler.

Celeb-Worthy Baby Names. Would you vote for President North West or Apple? Odds are, the children of celebrities who are often get saddled with these offbeat names will never have to work a day in their life. But it’s likely that your kiddo will need to get herself a job one of these days—and people may think twice before they listen to the advice of Dr. Moxie.

Giving a Girl a Boys’ Name—and Vice Versa. The trend of giving girls boys’ names seems to have no end in sight—which is a shame for many boys, as people end to stray away from giving their sons names that have started favoring the pink side of the column. (Did you know that names like Meredith, Carol, and Ashley all started as boys’ names?) And it’s rarer, but some guys have started getting names that are generally for the fairer sex.

Pop Culture Character Baby Names. While your personal family tree is a great way to find a name with meaning, many moms-to-be are hunting their favorite shows for name inspiration. But some character name picks (i.e. Arya from Game of Thrones) may be inspired and wearable, while others—like Khaleesi, the Game of Thrones Dothraki word for queen—may be better left to fiction.

Ultraconservative Baby Name Choices. The other extreme of baby naming is to go with the simplest and safest name. If you pick Sophia or Noah right now, you know your kid won’t have any trouble fitting in namewise—there will probably be at least a few of fellow Noahs and Sophias in class with him or her. But the naysayers shake their heads at this nod to conformity and stick-to-the-basics baby names.

Tell us: What’s your big baby name pet peeve? What names really make you cringe?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at 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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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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Should You Be Able to Create a Last Name for Your Baby?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

That’s the battle the Sabr family is facing with the state of Tennessee. Parents Kim Sarubbi and Carl Abramson decided to give their kids a name built from parts of theirs: Combining the Sar and the Abr from the beginning of their surnames to make Sabr. Their plan worked out fine for the two kids who were born in California, but apparently, their new son who was born in Tennessee isn’t so lucky: His birth certificate was returned with a big red line through Sabr. And they’re supposed to either pick one of their surnames for their son, give him both surnames—or pay $150 to change his name to whatever they want.

But the couple is opting for none of the above, and intends to take their fight to court, to help prevent this from happening to other name mashers.

(For the record, Tennessee seems to be a very tough place for baby-naming freedom—this is also where a judge denied one mom the right to give her son the name Messiah.)

Personally, I’d just pay the $150 and be done with it. (Or I’d just do what I did, and give my daughters my husband’s last name, and just keep my maiden name. Done!)

But I’m intrigued about what you think: Did you give much thought to which surname you’d give your baby? Did you follow tradition and give your baby his/her father’s surname, give your baby a hyphenated last name, or choose yours? And would you ever consider creating a mashup surname like the Sabrs?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or get personalized advice by emailing your issue at And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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


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Baby Name Dilemma: A No-Nickname Name

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.

I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?

Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)

Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.

Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.

Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.

Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.

Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.

Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.

Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.

Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.

If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)

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

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Cool Name of the Week: Azalea

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Floral names have been in vogue for quite a while—think Lily, Rose, and Violet. But one of the most recent risers on the chart is Azalea, which first appeared in the top 1000 in 2012, and has now moved up into the top 700 in a single year.

This is the hot pink flowering shrub you’ll see around in the springtime, part of the rhododendron family. And most recently, it’s been associated with rapper Iggy Azalea, whose song “Fancy” may just qualify as the song of the summer this year.

And I think it’s a lovely choice for a girl—floral but still spunky!

If you’d love Azalea, try pairing it with Maeve, Jade, Jane or Belle.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Azalea? Is it the new cool floral name, or a little too frilly to be popular?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, send me an email at, or try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name


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