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A reader named Eva is expecting twin girls and would like some help naming them. She says:
One of the twins should have a unisex first name and a very girly middle name. For the second twin we want a girly first name and unisex middle name.
Here are the names Eva likes so far:
- Unisex: Avery, Harper, Morgan, Kennedy, Madison
- Feminine: Anastasia, Michaela, Caroline, Sofia, Kristina
Her husband is only on board with Avery, Caroline, Kristina and Michaela (he prefers the spelling Makayla).
The twins will have an older brother named Thomas Aiden (nn Tommy) and their surname will be similar to Damon.
Eva’s criteria reminded me of the twins named Charlotte and Dylan I wrote about a few years ago. I think the name Charlotte is a good option in this case, but Dylan plus that surname might be D/N-overload. Here are some other possibilities:
Which of the above names do you like best for Tommy’s sisters? What combinations (either unisex+feminine or feminine+unisex) sound best together, do you think?
Here are a few combinations I like, just to kick things off:
- Unisex+Feminine: Avery Helena, Cameron Nicole, Riley Caroline
- Feminine+Unisex: Amelia Quinn, Olivia Willow, Victoria Leigh
A reader named Kelly e-mailed me this afternoon about the name Shay for her son. Kelly asked if I knew any girls or boys named Shay, and if I thought the name was “girly.” I’ve already sent her a reply, but my answers were basically:
1. Yes, I’ve met babies/kids of both genders named Shay/Shea/Shae. And the stats tell a similar story–if you look at the top 1,000 baby names in the U.S. over the last 50 years,
- Shay ranked 15 times for boys and 3 times for girls,
- Shea ranked 35 times for boys and 31 times for girls, and
- Shae ranked 0 times for boys and 1 time for girls.
2. Shay doesn’t sound girly to me, but it doesn’t sound masculine either. More like androgynous. (I’d say the same about Peyton, Avery, Dakota, Riley, Jordan, and about a dozen other names.)
What’s your take on Shay: Girl name? Boy name? (Does the spelling make a difference?) Is Shay too girly for a boy?
Related post: Shea, Shae, Shay – Girl Names or Boy Names?
A reader named Ashley is searching for a middle name:
I love the first name Melody for a girl, however, I’m extremely picky and can’t find a middle name! Last name starts with N and is one syllable, and I don’t want to give her a middle name that starts with A or E and have her initials be MAN or MEN. I also do not want a name that could be abbreviated as Katie.
Ashley didn’t mention that she was going for any specific style of name, so I tried for a broad range:
Do you like any of these with Melody? What other middle names would you suggest?
A reader named Alex is looking for a name for her second daughter, due this September:
My first born is named Rowan Isobel and we’re looking for a name that will complement her name. We generally like Welsh/Celtic names (my husband’s name is O’Donnell) but also like unusual names. Rowan was ‘almost’ Arwen or Bronwyn, but – though we like those names, we think they are too close to Rowan. The biggest problem is that we think Rowan is SUCH a perfect name – we may have set the bar too high! Any suggestion would be appreciated!
I brainstormed for Celtic names that seemed to fit with the “style” of Rowan, and here’s what I came up with:
What other names might sound good with Rowan? (I think non-Celtic suggestions are welcome as well.)
Want a baby name that’s short & sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable girl names:
Brynn, Bryn, Brynne
Claire, Clare, Clair
Faye, Fay, Fae
Gail, Gayle, Gale
Jade, Jayde, Jaide
Joy, Joi, Joie
Laine, Lane, Layne
Lynn, Lynne, Lyn
Rayne, Rain, Raine
Shea, Shae, Shay
See any you like?
P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable girl names of 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.