Five-Name Friday: Girl Name Between Anastasia and Zoe

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Not only is it Friday the 13th, but you tripped over your black cat this morning, fell into a wall, and the resulting thump knocked a framed mirror onto the floor, breaking it.

So now you’re at a home goods store picking out a replacement. The saleswoman, who has been very helpful, is also very pregnant. And as she rings up your purchase, she mentions that she and her partner just can’t agree on a baby name. Here’s what they’re looking for:

I like names like Zoe and Brynn, but my partner likes names like Anastasia and Victoria. What are some girl names that are in between?

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But you’re eager to get home before all your bad luck starts kicking in, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before heading off.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with, you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in a store?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

I like names like Zoe and Brynn, but my partner likes names like Anastasia and Victoria. What are some girl names that are in between?

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]


Five-Name Friday: Boy Name Starting with T

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You’re at the gym…along with every other person in the neighborhood who made “lose weight” one of their New Year’s resolutions. While waiting for your turn on a treadmill, you chat with a friendly pregnant lady who’s in line for an elliptical. You ask what type of name she’s searching for and she responds:

What are your favorite T names for boys? Our surname starts with T, and his stepsister’s name starts with T, so we want to keep the pattern going.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But several treadmills just opened up simultaneously, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before claiming one.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with (which is what you’d be forced to do in real life) you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in public?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

What are your favorite T names for boys? Our surname starts with T, and his stepsister’s name starts with T, so we want to keep the pattern going.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]

Five-Name Friday: Girl Name for Wilbur’s Sister

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The new year is almost here! You’re at the liquor store stocking up on some extra champagne for the small get-together you’ll be hosting tomorrow night. (Your friends will be very impressed by your wreath!)

As you shop, you chat with a friendly lady who says she wishes she could do the champagne toast this year, but she can’t because she’s pregnant. You congratulate her, and as you gather up the last of the bottles, she mentions the type of baby name she’s searching for:

Wilbur’s little sister needs an uncommon name with history. Names that we love but can’t use are Sylvie, Lenore and Albertine.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But these bottles are getting heavy, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before you lumber over to the register.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with (which is what you’d be forced to do in real life) you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in the store?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

Wilbur’s little sister needs an uncommon name with history. Names that we love but can’t use are Sylvie, Lenore and Albertine.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]

Five-Name Friday: Girl Name Like Sharon

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You’re in line at the convenience store, picking up some last minute eggnog, when the nice lady behind you (who happens to be pregnant) strikes up a conversation. While the two of you chat, she mentions that she’s still searching for a baby name:

I need a girl name that honors a close friend named Sharon. So, anything that’s a play off Sharon, but has a younger sound.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But the line is moving rather quickly, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before you reach the cashier.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with, you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in public?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

I need a girl name that honors a close friend named Sharon. So, anything that’s a play off Sharon, but has a younger sound.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]

Five-Name Friday: Unexpected Boy Name

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You weren’t going to bother with a holiday wreath this year. But all the other front doors in your neighborhood have one, and now your door looks naked in contrast. So you begrudgingly decide to go to the store and buy a wreath.

While perusing your options, you strike up a conversation with a fellow wreath-shopper. At one point he mentions that he and his wife are expecting, and that they’re on the lookout for a baby name:

We’re having a boy in a few months. He has older brothers named Colton and Trevor, but for him we want something more unexpected, maybe more exotic.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give him dozens of suggestions. But you’d also like to get this wreath stuff over with already, so you only have time to give him five baby name suggestions before making your purchase and heading home.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with, you get to press a magical “pause” button, think for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer him the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in public?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

We’re having a boy in a few months. He has older brothers named Colton and Trevor, but for him we want something more unexpected, maybe more exotic.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]

Five-Name Friday: Boy Name for Sullivan’s Brother

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You’re taking a midday stroll in the park when you happen to fall into step with a friendly pregnant lady. The two of you chat about all sorts of things — from current events to Yankee Swap optimization strategies — until the clouds roll in and the wind picks up. As you both walk back to the parking lot, you ask if she’s chosen a name for the baby yet. She says no, then tells you the gist of what she’s looking for:

I am expecting a third son, to brothers Lincoln and Sullivan. I like surnames as first names (obviously!) and would love a science or literary connected name.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But the temperature has dropped, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before the two of you part ways.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with (which is what you’d be forced to do in real life) you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in public?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.
    • HINT: If one or more of your name suggestions has a science/literature connection that’s subtle or obscure, try adding context with a description (e.g., “physicist,” “mystery writer”) instead of a full name.

Finally, here’s the request again:

I am expecting a third son, to brothers Lincoln and Sullivan. I like surnames as first names (obviously!) and would love a science or literary connected name.

Which five baby names would you suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]

Unusual Real Names: Eulavelle, Jettabee, McKaskia

Another batch of long unusual-but-real names:

  • Eulavelle: Eulavelle Lee Drake was born in California in 1913.
  • Henderina: Botanist/cinematographer Henderina “Rina” Victoria Scott was born in England in 1862.
  • Hurieosco: Hurieosco Austill was born in Alabama in 1841.
  • Jacquemin: Jacquemin, brother of Jeanne d’Arc, was born in France in the early 15th century.
  • Jettabee: Radio scriptwriter Jettabee Ann Hopkins was born in Nebraska in 1905.
  • Lianella: Film actress Lianella Carell was born in Italy in 1927.
  • Limbania: St. Limbania was born in Cyprus in the 13th century. The Philadelphia Art Museum has a painting of Saint Limbania (1725).
  • Lodusky: Lodusky Jerusha Taylor was born in Minnesota in 1856. (According to Cleveland Kent Evans, the name Lodusky was derived from the literature name Lodoïska, which may have been inspired by Louise. The title character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book Lodusky (1877) went by the nickname “Dusk.”)
  • Marjabelle: Etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart was born in Iowa in 1924.
  • Marmaduke: Shipping magnate Marmaduke Furness was born in England in 1883.
  • McKaskia: McKaskia Stearns Bonnifield was born in West Virginia in 1833.
  • Mellcene: Mellcene Thurman Smith was born in Missouri in 1872.
  • Minervina: Minervina was the first wife of Constantine the Great during the early 4th century.

Which of the above do you like best?