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A reader named Jennifer would like some name suggestions for her baby girl, due in August. The baby will have three older siblings: Theo, Adrian and Nora Juliet.
Jennifer’s top choice had been Daphne…until a friend used it. Here’s what she liked about Daphne:
[I]t is Greek/mythological (I like the meaning), it is not easily nicknamed, it is not too long, and it is “old” and “traditional” but not common and it sounds beautiful, different. The sound with the last name is very important.
Now, about that last name. It’s distinctive. It starts with an x (that sounds like a z), ends with an s, has 2 syllables (stress on the first), and is unmistakably Greek. I couldn’t find a great substitute, but an Italian name like Zino or Zappa would probably suffice.
Currently, Jennifer’s favorite names are Charlotte, Eve, Genevieve, Lydia and Phoebe. She’s also interested in names that don’t end with an a-sound.
Here are some possibilities:
Which of the above do you like best with Theo, Adrian and Nora? What other girl names would you suggest to Jennifer?
A reader named Andrea is expecting her second daughter in May and she’d appreciate some name suggestions. Here’s what she writes:
My husband and I love unusual names that have a little bit of a retro feel (my first daughter is Edie). We’ve been trying to think of something fun and different but still feminine. A few we like: Camilla, Lina, Romi, Gia, Neve and Leigh.
Here are some other names I think they might like:
Which of the above do you like best with Edie? What other names would you suggest to Andrea?
A reader named Char recently asked me about the name Rose:
Rose is a family name that we hoped to use as a first name. Since it is usually a middle name…what do you suggest for a middle name?
Interesting question! Well, to start off, I would avoid names that:
- Start with a Z, S, soft C, or Zh-sound (e.g. Jeanne),
- Could turn the combination into a pun (e.g. Rose Fleur), and
- Could make the combination sound like a compound name (e.g. Rose Mary).
I think those are pretty good general guidelines. As a matter of personal taste, I’d also stay away from names that:
- Start with an R, and
- Have just one syllable.
(Some might really like pairings such as “Rose Rachel” or “Rose Grace,” though, so these last two guidelines aren’t necessarily universal.)
Now, on to the names that I would actually seek out. I like it when short forenames are followed by middles that start with an unstressed syllable, so I’d focus on names such as:
Of the above, I’d probably shortlist…let’s see….Marissa, Naomi, Nicole, Olivia, and Theresa.
What types of middle names do you think would work with Rose? Any specific suggestions for Char?
One of my readers is looking for a sibling name to complement Lydia. She says:
We were considering Audrey, but a close friend just chose to use it (without knowing we’re considering it). Can you and your readers suggest names like Audrey that would go with Lydia? I’m looking to stay away from other L names. I tend to like retro-classic names that are unusual but not exotic.
After a bit of brainstorming, I came up with the following:
Do you think any of the above names sound particularly good with Lydia?
Can you think of other names that fit the above description?
Update, 8/20 – The baby is here! Scroll down to the final comment (dated August 20th) to find out what her name is…
Unsolicited, virus-laden e-mails touting online casinos, prescription medications, and sketchy dating sites…nothing but a nuisance, right?
Not if you’re stuck for a baby name.
Think about it: Every day, you automatically receive a new batch of random names in your spam folder. It costs you nothing. And the names often come paired with surnames that can spark ideas about sound combinations, syllabic patterns, and so forth. (Who knew spam could be so useful?)
Here are some interesting spam names I’ve collected recently:
Ann U. Fritz
Roscoe D. Combs
Tolbert N. Humphrey
What do you think — could spam inspire a baby name?