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Lise is expecting her third little girl and would like some name suggestions. Her first two daughters are named Olivia and Marie. She says:
We have a long last name so it has to be easy to spell. Also we speak French and would like the name to be easy to pronounce in French and English.
Here are a few names that I thought might work:
Which of the above do you like best with Olivia and Marie? What other names would you suggest to Lise?
A reader named Andria would like a middle name for Lucinda. The baby’s last name will be a T-name similar to Kendall.
I tried to come up with suggestions that (like Lucinda) are old-fashioned and/or Latin-based. Also, because Lucinda and the surname share several consonants, I aimed for names that add some new sounds to the mix. Here’s the result:
My preliminary list included a bunch of long names. I cut most of them…but the ones below I liked too much not to mention:
Which of the above do you like best with Lucinda? What other names would you suggest?
A reader named Debra wrote to me a few days ago about her situation:
I’ve loved the names Sophia and Olivia for about 10 years, but now as I am about to have my own baby girl, these names are very popular. I’m looking for girl names that are old fashioned, a tad unusual, and don’t clash with our names, Nathan and Debra. So far Silvia/Silvie is my front runner but my husband is not in love with it. I’d love suggestions.
Many expectant parents seem to be in the same boat regarding names like Sophia and Olivia (…and Isabella, and Hannah, and so on).
Luckily, there are plenty of other old-fashioned names out there. For instance, none of the following are super-popular on a national level right now (though a few, like Valeria and Lydia, do have the potential to become popular in the next few years):
I’d intended to exclude all D- and N-names (for a distinct first initial)…but Dorothy I kept. I like how it both begins with a D (as Debra does) and includes a Th (as Nathan does). A cute way to pay tribute to Mom and Dad, maybe?
Let me know what other names you would suggest!
Update: The baby is here! Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Debra chose.
A reader named Rachel is having her first baby and needs a few middle name suggestions.
She and her husband have narrowed the first names down to Evie, Vivienne or Kiki for a girl and Milo or Max for a boy. The surname will start with an L, and end with a Y, and contain 2 syllables (with a stress on the first).
Rachel also mentions that, while she loves the name Kiki, the combination of Kiki and her surname
sounds like some kind of spicy food, “a portion of Kiki Lxxxxy please!”
Kiki is definitely an interesting pick. :) I have to admit, I don’t see it come up as a first name choice very often…especially next to a name like Vivienne.
Here are some ideas I came up with for middles:
Do you think any of the above work especially well?
What other middle names would you suggest to Rachel?
Sophia, Isabella, Hannah, Olivia… these names were once considered old-fashioned. Now that they’re the 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th most popular baby names in the nation, though, they are quite in fashion. This is an unfortunate turn of events for those who once loved the “antique” sound of these names.
Now the big question is: Are there any good, old-fashioned names left out there? Ones that don’t look like they’ll be skyrocketing in popularity anytime soon?
I think so. Here are a few I’ve come up with:
Most of these are fashionably dense with vowels, making them more sonorous than the likes of, say, Myrtle and Mildred. Still, they’ve remained under the radar. (Think any of them will ever catch on?)