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A reader named Juliet writes:
My husband Ralph and I have five children, and I am four months pregnant with our sixth.
We’ve always had a difficult time choosing names, but Ralph and I have always found names that we’ve both loved early on in the pregnancy (agreeing on the name was another story).
This time around, however, it seems like there are no names out there that either of us even like. Can you help us?
Our kids are:
Susannah Blair (she goes by Sunny)
Edward Atticus (we call him Ned)
We’re looking for names that are quirky, light, vintage-y, and that will age well and go with my other children’s.
Wow, a lot of great names there! (In fact, Juliet’s large, well-named family reminded me of Cora’s large, well-named family from a few years ago.)
For #6, here are some boy names that came to mind:
And some girl names:
I focused on first letters that aren’t already in use, only because everyone else seems to have a unique first initial. Not sure if this is something that matters to Juliet or not, though.
Which of the above do you like best with Felix, Olive, Maeve, Susannah and Edward? What other names would you suggest?
Update: It’s a boy! Scroll down or click here to learn what his name is.
A reader named Kendra writes:
My husband and I are pregnant with our first child and have decided on the name Lilyanne. The only problem is that we can’t think of a really good middle name.
The baby’s surname will sound like Schmidt.
Kendra didn’t mention that she was looking for a particular type of name, so any suggestion is game. Here are a few ideas to start things off:
Do you like any of the above with Lilyanne? What other middle names would you suggest to Kendra?
Update: The baby is here! Scroll down to find out what Lilyanne’s middle name is.
A reader named Emily wrote to me late last month. She and her husband need a name for their seventh (!) baby, which will be a little girl. Their six older children are named Kyle, Conor, Nichol, Joelle, Danielle and Anthony.
The only names we’ve agreed on so far are Lucy and Aimee, and I don’t particularly like either, for me they’re too normal and safe. I’d prefer something with a bit of edge, not much, I don’t want to call my child Apple or Fifi Trixibelle, but just something that isn’t dull and isn’t so well-used.
Emily also likes “slightly older names” including Esme, Isabelle, Amelie and Grace, “but [her] hubby has said no to all of these.” She almost had her husband on board with Lexi, but then she changed her mind about the name because “it’s so popular at the moment.”
Here are some of the ideas I came up with. (It’s kind of a hodgepodge, but I mostly aimed for older-sounding names.)
What other suggestions do you have for Emily?
Update, 6/04 – The baby is here! Check the 4th comment to find out what her name is…