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

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You’ve stopped at the supermarket for some eggs. As you examine the contents of each carton one by one, the friendly lady next to you — also hunting for the perfect dozen — strikes up a conversation. At one point she mentions that she’s pregnant, and that she and her partner are trying to find a baby name:

We would like a boy name that sounds good with the name Callista (his older sister). His middle name is probably going to be William.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions on the spot. But you’ve found a good carton, so you only have time to give her five helpful suggestions before heading off.

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:

We would like a boy name that sounds good with the name Callista (his older sister). His middle name is probably going to be William.

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 Logan’s Brother

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You’ve stopped by the local public library to pick up an interloan book. Standing nearby is a friendly lady with two rambunctious boys checking out an impressive stack of children’s books with titles like How I Became a Pirate and Diary of a Worm.

The two of you strike up a conversation. At one point she mentions that she and her spouse are expecting baby boy #3, but they can’t think of a name for him. Here’s the gist of what they’re looking for:

We have two sons, Logan and Declan, and are now having a third son. Prefer names with Irish/Celtic history.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of ideas on the spot. But you can see she’s got her hands full, so you don’t want to overwhelm her with suggestions. Instead, you decide to stick to five names.

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 library?
  • 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 have two sons, Logan and Declan, and are now having a third son. Prefer names with Irish/Celtic history.

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 that’s Cool, not “Extreme”

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You’re out running errands when you suddenly feel thirsty. So you pull in to the first place you see: a juice bar.

Inside, it’s swarming with hipsters. You browse the menu of smoothies with punny names (Flaxmaster, anyone?) when a man standing nearby — another non-regular — asks you what the heck spirulina is. It’s just a fancy word for algae, you say. He shrugs. His pregnant wife sent him here because she had a craving for smoothies, but he has no idea which one to choose. He also has no idea which name they should choose for their son:

My wife said no to the name Wolfgang, she says it’s “too extreme.” What are some really cool boy names that don’t cross the “too extreme” line?

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give him dozens of suggestions on the spot. But you’ve got to get back to your errands, so you only have time to give him five solid suggestions before buying a drink and heading off.

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:

My wife said no to the name Wolfgang, she says it’s “too extreme.” What are some really cool boy names that don’t cross the “too extreme” line?

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 Audrey’s Brother

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You’re in the optometrist’s waiting room for the second time today, surrounded by magazines you can’t read because they’ve just given you the dilating eye drops. So you strike up a conversation with a nearby patient who happens to be pregnant. At one point she mentions that she can’t figure out what to name baby #3. She says:

Boy names are incredibly impossible for me. What would you name a brother for Maximus and Audrey?

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of great suggestions on the spot. But you’ll be called in for the second part of your appointment any minute now, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions.

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 mall?
  • 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:

Boy names are incredibly impossible for me. What would you name a brother for Maximus and Audrey?

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 Wilder’s Brother

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It’s spring! Time to start some spring cleaning. But a quick perusal of your cleaning closet reveals that you’re running low on a few key things, so you head to the store to restock.

In the cleaning goods aisle you strike up a conversation with a friendly pregnant lady. She jokes that she’ll be brainstorming for baby names while she vacuums. You ask her what sort of name she’s looking for and she says:

We’re looking for a boy name to go with big siblings Matilda and Wilder. Mild literary or nature associations are a plus, but not necessary.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions on the spot. But you’ve got a lot of dusting and scrubbing to do, so you only have time to give her five helpful 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 (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:

We’re looking for a boy name to go with big siblings Matilda and Wilder. Mild literary or nature associations are a plus, but not necessary.

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 Sarah

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You’re back at the furniture warehouse, this time looking for an armchair to go with the couch you got a few months ago. While there, you strike up a conversation with yet another friendly pregnant lady (what are the chances?!). You ask her if she’s chosen a name yet, and this is what she says:

I want to name my daughter after my mom Sarah, but I also want my daughter (and my mom!) to have their own unique names, not exact duplicate names. What are some nice names like Sarah?

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions on the spot. But there are hundreds of armchairs to choose from, and the store won’t stay open forever, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before you get back to your shopping.

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:

I want to name my daughter after my mom Sarah, but I also want my daughter (and my mom!) to have their own unique names, not exact duplicate names. What are some nice names like Sarah?

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: Quirky Girl Name Like Sesame

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You’re idly wandering through a novelty shop — aisles full of noisemakers, gross-out gifts, books about rednecks, etc. — when you happen upon a pregnant lady examining a roll of glow-in-the-dark toilet paper. She starts up a conversation, and at one point mentions her ongoing search for a baby name:

My cousin just named her daughter Sesame and I wish that I had thought of it, I love that it’s a slightly uncommon word name that sounds similar to more familiar names (e.g. Cecily, Jessamy). Now I’m looking for a similar longish, feminine, but quirky name for my daughter.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions on the spot. But you’ve found a cool set of mustache refrigerator magnets, and you want to make your purchase and get going. So you decide to stick to five baby name suggestions.

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:

My cousin just named her daughter Sesame and I wish that I had thought of it, I love that it’s a slightly uncommon word name that sounds similar to more familiar names (e.g. Cecily, Jessamy). Now I’m looking for a similar longish, feminine, but quirky name for my daughter.

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.]