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Baby Name Dilemma: What Middle Name Goes With Sunshine?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Reader Jennifer knows what name she wants for her daughter—but the middle name stumps her. Here’s her dilemma:
I am having a baby girl and her name will be Sunshine. It’s a heartwarming story on how we got her name, but we are stumped on a middle name. Last name initial is M. Would love to hear some suggestions!

Sunshine is a cheerful, yet still offbeat name—it had a brief spell in the top 1000 in the 1970s-early 1980s. But you’re right—it’s definitely a challenge to come up with a middle name that works. I’d probably skew toward something a little more conservative and traditional, in case your daughter feels Sunshine doesn’t work for her, but you don’t want to go too conservative, either—I think Sunshine Jane would be odd, for instance.

Another word name would be lovely—perhaps a floral name, like Rose, Dahlia, Laurel, or Lily. Or a gem name, like Jade or Pearl.

Some other options I think could work with Sunshine: Fae, Rowena, Athena, and Isadora.

So readers, what do you think? What names would you pair with Sunshine? If you have a burning baby name question, don’t be shy: Share it with me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or in the comments here. And our Baby Name Finder can help you find your perfect name, if you’re still searching.  (To keep up with the latest in baby names, you should like In Name Only on Facebook!)

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Perfect Middle Name for a Girl

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Reader Tiffany already has a perfect girls’ name all lined up—except for the middle name.

We were all settled on Lily Patricia, after my husband’s grandmother. But we found out over the holidays that Patsy wasn’t the nickname we assumed it was but her actual given name and she hated the name Patricia! Her name was Patsy Lou but I’m not wild about Lily Lou either. Our last name starts with a G, so we have a hard time with middle names that start with vowels as it occasionally creates awkward initials. We like old-ish sounding names (are toying with Frederick and Theodore on the boy’s side). We’re not finding out the baby’s sex until it is born (due in May)!

Oooh, I love Lily Patricia—it’s too bad that your husband’s grandmother doesn’t! Patsy and Lou don’t strike quite the right chord with Lily, so we definitely do need to move in another direction. What about another name that gives you that “Pat” start in homage to his grandmother? I really love the idea of a Lily Patience or Lily Patia.

You could also choose a name that has the same meaning as Patricia, which means “noble.” There’s Freya, the name of an ancient Scandinavian goddess, or Adeline or Alice. (I know you were concerned about the vowel in the middle, but I don’t think LAG is as bad as LUG or LOG.)

Or you could just go with an old-fashioned name that suits your style. I like Lily paired with Rose or Azalea for a super floral, feminine and old-fashioned name. Or try Delphine, Theodora, Beatrice—all up-and-coming vintage names that flow beautifully with Lily.

What other names do you guys think would suit Lily? Share them in the comments! And don’t forget to get a little help with your own name hunt by checking out our Baby Name Finder, and liking In Name Only on Facebook.

 

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Cool Name of the Week: Adele

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Congrats to Adele, who picked up yet another Grammy yesterday—that makes nine total for her now—for her song “Set Fire to the Rain.” She’s going to be rocking the Oscars with her Bond theme “Skyfall,” and she’s adoring life as a new mom (to a son apparently named Angelo).

I’m thinking she’s going to make her name just as golden as well. Since Adele’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts, her name has become red-hot as well—it rose nearly 300 places between 2010 and 2011, and my guess is that we’ll find it hovering near the top 300 when the next top U.S. names chart hits in early May. So it’s a perfect pick for my cool name of the week.

You might think Adele’s related to Adeline, but it’s actually based on the name Adelaide, and means “noble.” (Not a bad trait for your future daughter.) And though it’s short enough to be nickname-resistant, if you do like the Addy or Ellie nicknames, it’s a fabulous way to reach it.

Adele opted to become a one-name wonder, like Madonna, Prince and Rihanna, but she actually has two middle names: Laurie and Blue. (Her mother was obviously way ahead of her time!) Of her two middle names, I would have skipped the tamer Laurie and picked beautiful Blue for her middle name.

If you aren’t keen on following too closely in the “Rolling in the Deep” singer’s footsteps, Adele’s the kind of name that can suit a variety of middle names. I like the floral names for a middle name pairing with this classic moniker: Violet, Rose, or Dahlia would all make beautiful choices with Adele. If you like some of the more classic middle names, Jane or Caroline would have a nice flow coming after Adele.

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Cool Name of the Week: Jacoby

Monday, February 4th, 2013

So, did you happen to watch any football last night? That was the most interesting Super Bowl game I’ve watched in the past decade at least (blackout and stellar performance by Beyonce included). And while much of the attention went (deservedly) to QB Joe Flacco—and (perhaps less deservedly) to Ray Lewis, I was really taken with the amazing play by Jacoby Jones—his end zone to end zone kick return was a record breaker for both the Super Bowl and for football in general. (The play was so amazing that even my husband, who’s not a football fan by any stretch of the imagination, had to rewind to watch it once more.)

Jacoby is a variant on the top-spot name, Jacob, and it means “supplanter.” But this lesser-known variant is at #487 in popularity, vs. #1 for Jacob. And it’s a name that’s associated entirely with sports guys (perfect for the sports-loving dad): In addition to the swift-footed Jacoby Jones from the Ravens, there’s Jacoby Ellsbury, a centerfielder with the Boston Red Sox.

As for middle names to pair with Jacoby, I like that double “J” that Jacoby Jones is sporting. You could use James or Jackson (or even Jet) to get that sound combination. I’d also pair it with some of the more unique middle names that are becoming popular. I like it with the directional names, like West or North.

What did you think of the Superbowl? Would you consider naming your child after a pro athlete? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby naming news!

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