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A reader named Kim has a son named Harvey James. She’s expecting her second baby (gender unknown) this fall. The baby’s last name will be similar to Landsberg.
She and her husband like different types of names, so let’s tackle one gender at a time.
For a girl, I like (stodgy?) old fashioned names like Matilda, Agatha, and Wilhelmina, and he likes more common names like Kate and Anna.
I looked for girl names that have an old-fashioned feel, but a contemporary look/sound (i.e. shorter, simpler, more melodic than Matilda, Agatha, Wilhelmina). Here’s what I came up with:
For a boy, I love the more classical / romantic Oliver and Frederick, but my husband likes the more (stalwart? masculine? mainstream?) Connor and Owen.
Finding middle-ground male names was a bit trickier, but I think most of the names below fit the bill. (I also sprinkled in a few random others that I happen to like with Harvey.)
Which of the names above do you like best? What other names would you suggest to Kim and her husband?
Update – The baby has arrived! Scroll down to see what name Kim chose.
A reader named Jackie is on the hunt for a middle name:
I need help finding a middle name for Flynn for a baby girl. My first daughter’s name is Ashlynd Marie and we really like the name Flynn for a girl. Please help!
I think pairing Ashlynd with a more traditional/feminine middle was a great idea, and I bet the same thing would work well for Flynn. With that in mind, here are some ideas:
I know there are other great middles for Flynn out there…which ones do you like best?
Edit, 6/04: The baby is here…and it’s a boy! Scroll down to Jackie’s comment (dated June 4th) to find out what his name is…
A reader named Mercedes is expecting a baby girl in December:
Our 4-year-old is named Sophie. We love it because it’s cute and spunky. We initially came up with Daphne Colette for baby girl #2. But the more I think about it, the more I worry that Sophie and Daphne sound too similar. What do you think? On that note, can you think of any other names that deliver the same cute and spunky sound?
I was on the fence for a while about Sophie and Daphne…but I think I ultimately agree that they’re too much alike. As for other spunky names, how about:
(Sylvie and Phoebe are probably too similar to Sophie as well, but I left them on the list just in case.)
What other ideas do you guys have?
P.S. Mercedes is also considering the names Kendall, Julianne, Lola and Gwen.
Update – The baby has arrived! Scroll down to find out what name Mercedes chose.