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Baby Name Battle – Lisa, Angela, Pamela, Renee

lisa, angela, pamela or renee?

LL Cool J’s hit “Around the Way Girl” came out in 1990.

Toward the end of the song you’ll hear the lyrics: “Lisa, Angela, Pamela, Renee, I love you, you’re from around the way.”

Which of these girl names do you like best?

Which "Around the Way Girl" name do you prefer?

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Here are the popularity graphs for Lisa, Angela, Pamela and Renee, btw.


Name This Couple’s Daughter – Amelia? Cthulhu?

Stephen McLaughlin and his wife have put up a website, NameMyDaughter.com, where you can suggest and/or vote for a name for their unborn baby girl, due on April 2.

The caveat, of course, is that the couple “will ultimately be making the final decision” regarding their daughter’s name. Meaning that the site is really no more than a great big suggestion engine that happens to be getting a lot of traffic right now, thanks to Reddit and some press coverage.

Well played, McLaughlin family. Well played.

But it’s an entertaining site nonetheless.

As you’d expect, the internet-suggested names are a mix of serious and silly. The day I created the this post, Amelia was the first name with the most votes. Now that I’m writing it up, the top choice is Cthulhu. Other first names with a lot of votes include Charlotte, Olivia, Camille, Sage, Megatron, Pond, Streetlamp and Stormageddon. Also, both Zelda and Not Zelda.

For middles I see Mae, Rose, Grace, Renee, All-Spark, Le-dash-a, Salad and Of-the-sea. (Of-the-sea is actually kinda awesome. I’ve voted for that one a few times.)

What first-middle pairing do you think the McLaughlins will end up choosing?

What would you choose if you could name this baby?

Source: What happens when you let the internet choose your baby’s name?

Baby Name Battle – Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, Tamar

Between 1966 and 1977, Michael and Evelyn Braxton had 6 children:

  • Toni Michelle (a.k.a. Toni Braxton)
  • Michael Conrad
  • Traci Renee
  • Towanda Chloe
  • Trina Evette
  • Tamar [TAY-mar] Estine

Which Braxton family girl name do you like best?

I like:

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P.S. Tamar’s son’s name is Logan Vincent, specifically for the initials LV. “It gives me lots of reasons to buy Louis Vuitton,” she said recently on the talk show Bethenny.

Source: Tamar Braxton shares Vincent Herbert love story

Baby Names Needed for Twin Girls

A reader named Bridgette is having twin girls in October and would like some name suggestions.

The plan is to use the babies’ grandmothers’ names, Eileen and Patricia, as middle names. So Bridgette and her husband are interested in names that sound good in front of either Eileen or Patricia. (Especially Patricia–that’s the one they’re having a hard time with.)

Here are the names currently under consideration:

Alice
Amelia
Corinne
Gwyneth
Juliette
Margot
Paige
Renee
Sabrina
Shannon

Bridgette and her husband like different types of names (i.e. one likes unisex, the other prefers feminine, etc.) so it sounds like they’re open to all sorts of suggestions–so long as the suggestions work with Eileen and/or Patricia.

Finally, here’s a cute observation Bridgette made:

Husband’s mostly Irish and says he’d like an Irish name, but seems to gravitate toward French sounding names.

Sounds like she knows him better than he knows himself. :)

Here are some of the name ideas I had, to kick things off:

Camille
Celeste
Charlotte
Claire
Clarice
Daphne
Darcy
Edith
Elise
Esme
Eve/Eva
Frances
Grace
Hannah
Jocelyn
Judith/Judy
Kelly
Lucille/Lucy
Mabel
Maeve
Marie
Meredith
Michelle
Molly
Naomi
Nicole
Opal*
Penelope
Rachel
Romana
Rosie
Ruth
Sabine
Sadie
Simone
Suzanne
Sylvie
Tara
Vivian/Vivienne
Yvonne

*It’s the birthstone for October, so I had to throw it in.

Which of the above do you like best? See any good pairings? What other names and name pairings would you suggest to Bridgette?

Baby Name Story – Petal

I know of two Petals born in 2009. One belongs to chef Jamie Oliver, and the other belongs to Renée Soeterik and Boris Milinkovich of Toronto.

How did the latter Petal get her name? Well, Renee was taking a bath, Boris was brushing his teeth, and they were discussing baby names.

A vase of beautiful mixed flowers, from Boris – sent for no particular reason – sat on a ledge near Renée’s feet. A petal fell on her toe; she said “Petal.”

…and Petal’s what stuck.

Most people think the baby’s name is “charming and unique,” according to Renée, but a few have said it sounds like a stripper name.

What’s your opinion on Petal?

Source: A winter’s tale turns to a pretty, perfect Petal

Baby Name Needed – Girl Name for Fourth Baby

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:

Beryl
Bettina
Camille
Caroline
Cecily
Chloe
Clytie
Colette
Corinne/Corinna
Danielle
Diane
Dorothy
Emily
Esther
Evelyn
Hannah
Harriet
Helen/Helena
Ione
Irene
Julie
Katherine
Laurel
Leonie
Lisette
Lucia
Margaret
Marie
Mona
Monica
Odette
Pauline
Rachel
Renee
Rosalie
Selene/Selena
Sibyl
Sophie
Sylvie
Yvonne

Which of the above do you like best with Theo, Adrian and Nora? What other girl names would you suggest to Jennifer?

Dad’s Computer Algorithm Spits Out So-So Baby Name

Over the weekend, I read Renee Moilanen’s funny account of her husband attempting “a more mathematical approach to baby naming” after all other methods had failed.

First, he had us each write down names that appealed to us. Second, my husband categorized our choices using three different baby name books to determine that we wanted a timeless name in the “fitting in/standing out” genre. Next, he downloaded 200 years’ worth of historical baby name data from the Social Security Administration and loaded it into a geeky software program called Matlab.

Lastly – I swear I am not making this up – he created an algorithm to yield all of the timeless, fitting in/standing out and not-too-trendy names by weeding out names with big popularity spikes (goodbye Jennifer and Jason) and those currently in the top 100 of popularity.

(Have to be nitpicky for just a second — the SSA only has about 130 years’ worth of data, not 200 years’ worth.)

Sadly, after all that work, they didn’t find a name they loved.

[W]e picked a name off the list that we both could tolerate. We didn’t love it, and even now, we only half-joke about changing it. But the name seems like it suits our serious little engineer-in-training: Grant.

Undoubtedly, when Grant grows up, he’ll hate his name. But at the very least, he’ll have to appreciate his father’s dogged determination to find a quantifiably perfect name. My husband spent many long nights tweaking that algorithm and crunching data for a little guy he’d never met but loved just the same.

On the one hand, it’s a great story. I love that the husband actually set out to find a “quantifiably perfect name.”

On the other hand, the name they ended up with is one they “tolerate” and “half-joke about.” Hm.

What do you think — successful experiment?

Source: Who picks a name for a newborn without crunching the data first?