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Your Best and Worst Name Letters

baby names initials

Okay, so maybe you’re not going to give all your children names that begin with C…..or that start with vowels or contain the lovely letter L.  (Or maybe you are, and that’s okay too.)

But have you noticed a sound pattern to the names you like?  You might find yourself attracted to names that contain the letter O — as I knew I was when I realized I’d given my children the O-heavy names Rory, Joe, and Owen.

Or you might love names that have the soft S sound in there somewhere, or that start with A or end with N.

And at the same time, maybe you DON‘T like names with the hard K sound or that end in the trendy -er.

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family names

Let’s say right up front that we don’t advise naming your daughter Davette to honor Grandpa Dave, or any of the other similarly awkward cross-gender namesake names.

So how do you, did you, can you best choose a name for your baby that honors a relative or friend or hero of the opposite gender?

Some parents simply use the name, as Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard did when they named their daughter Lincoln or several celebrities recently have in giving their daughters the middle name James.  But this cross-gender appropriation happens most often when giving male names to girls, which may be inherently sexist — though even the most feminist parent may stop short of naming a son Mary or Patricia, even in the middle place.

So what do you do then, use the name Patrick?  Or choose a name that’s more conventionally gender-identified that starts with the same first letter?  Or maybe appropriate Grandma Mary‘s maiden name as a first?

There are all kinds of ways of approaches and beliefs on this subject, and we’d like to hear yours.

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What’s your favorite flower name?

flower names for girls

Daisy or Dahlia?

Flora or Fern?

Flower names are blooming in a big way, with options ranging from the everyday varietals — Lily and Rose — to the exotic — Lotus and Primrose.

For the full list of flower names, go here.

Which is your very favorite flower name?  Your guilty pleasure?  The name you’d choose for a child…or even yourself?

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best baby names

Maybe it’s the name your sister picked for her baby.

Or a name your heard in the Nameberry birth announcements.

It might be an admirable celebrity baby name (there are a few).

Or even the name you chose for your own child.

What’s a baby name you’ve heard in recent months that you loved?  A baby naming job well done you’d like to celebrate?

Share your favorite recent baby name with us here.

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baby name decisions

We were intrigued by the question posed on the forums by jackal, who loves the name Ingimar, well-known in her native Iceland, but wonders whether she should give her son-to-be a name that travels more easily, like Robert or Matthias.

Jackal’s question came down to head vs. heart: Which is the best way, the right way to choose a baby name?

Of course, if your heart and head align in your name decision, that’s the ideal.  But often the name we love, the name we want in our gut has some issue: it’s hard to pronounce or it doesn’t work with our surname or our partner doesn’t like it or we fell in love with it long ago but it’s since gotten too popular.

And then our head steps in, proposing the name that flows better, or the name that is immune from teasing, or the name that honors your beloved grandpa even though, ouch, Floyd

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