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.]


Five-Name Friday: Boy Name like Graham, Tanner

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You’re at the mall, doing some early holiday shopping, when a nice lady who happens to be pregnant strikes up a conversation with you. After a few minutes she mentions that she and her husband haven’t been able to settle on a name for the baby. Then she tells you what they’re looking for:

We like boy names like Graham, Maxwell, and Tanner. Would love something that has never been (and will hopefully never be!) in the US top 100.

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of great suggestions on the spot. But you’ve got more shopping to do, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before hitting the next store.

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:

We like boy names like Graham, Maxwell, and Tanner. Would love something that has never been (and will hopefully never be!) in the US top 100.

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 Fiona’s Brother

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You’re in the waiting room at the dentist’s office, chatting with the friendly pregnant lady a few seats down. She is equally unenthusiastic about getting a cleaning today, but she says flipping through random magazines is helping her brainstorm for baby names. You ask what type of name she’s searching for and she responds:

I’m looking for a name for Fiona’s little brother. I don’t want it to start with F/Ph, M, or T please.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But the hygienist just called your name, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before you head off to the chair of pain dental chair.

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 dentist’s office?
  • 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’m looking for a name for Fiona’s little brother. I don’t want it to start with F/Ph, M, or T please.

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 with “Zh” Sound

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You’re standing on the sidewalk with a small crowd of people, waiting for the walk signal. Next to you is a friendly woman who happens to be pregnant. As the two of you chat, she mentions the type of baby name she’s searching for:

I am absolutely set on finding a name for my daughter that includes the zh/ž sound. I’m looking for something less obviously Slavic than Nadezhda or Anzhelika, and more “namey” than Beige or Treasure.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But the light just changed, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions while you cross the street together. (After that, the two of you head off in different directions.)

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 am absolutely set on finding a name for my daughter that includes the zh/ž sound. I’m looking for something less obviously Slavic than Nadezhda or Anzhelika, and more “namey” than Beige or Treasure.

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 that Starts with A

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As the cashier rings up your sizable Halloween candy purchase — candy corns, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, etc. — you idly observe that most of the stuff you’re buying just isn’t very tasty. She agrees, but concedes with a smile that this year, since she’s pregnant, she’s happy to eat whatever sub-par Halloween candy comes her way — even if it’s black jelly beans. Besides, maybe the extra sugar will give her the energy she needs to continue her seemingly endless baby name search:

Looking for a girl name that starts with A and contains the letters R and S. Would like it to be uncommon and have 4-6 letters.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But a line has formed behind you, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before stepping out of the way.

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 at 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:

Looking for a girl name that starts with A and contains the letters R and S. Would like it to be uncommon and have 4-6 letters.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

(These lists might be helpful: A-names for girls; 4-letter/5-letter/6-letter girl names)

[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 with “Mouth Feel” of Rachel

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You’re at the craft store, inspecting the impressive selection of wiggle eyes and glitter poms, when a lady with a cart full of pipe cleaners wheels up to the same display. She happens to be pregnant, and as the two of you chat, she mentions that she’s also shopping for a baby name. Then she tells you the gist of what she’s looking for:

I’m looking for girl names with similar sounds or “mouth feel” to Rach(a)el. Ideally, 3+ syllables.

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of great suggestions on the spot. But you’ve got to get on with your day, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before you buy your crafting goodies and head out.

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 a craft 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’m looking for girl names with similar sounds or “mouth feel” to Rach(a)el. Ideally, 3+ syllables.

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.]

Ten-Name Tuesday: Boy Name & Girl Name for Twins

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You’re in a crowded costume store, rifling through a bin of plastic masks — zombies, demons, evil clowns, creepy dolls — and chatting with the friendly man next to you. Both of you are doing some last-minute shopping for various Halloween parties coming up. Just as you discover the classic Frankenstein mask that you’ve been looking for, he mentions that he’s also on the hunt for a pair of baby names:

We are 2 dads Casey & James having boy & girl twins. One of us likes unique and the other more traditional.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give him many, many suggestions…but now that you’ve found your mask, you only have time to give him ten baby name suggestions — five for each twin — before you make a dash for the check-out line.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first ten 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 ten names you can think of.

Some things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your ten names before looking at anyone else’s ten names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in public?
  • Ten names only! All names beyond the first ten in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.
    • DETAILS: Please comment with 5 female names and 5 male names. Either list them in two separate groups or, if you prefer, pair them up (1 male name + 1 female name). Don’t go over 10 names total, though.

Finally, here’s the request again:

We are 2 dads Casey & James having boy & girl twins. One of us likes unique and the other more traditional.

Which ten 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.]