By Abby Sandel
And yet, other names are open to multiple possibilities. They’re not necessarily wrong – just different. Our assumptions about correct pronunciations are shaped by regional accents and changing trends. Pages and pages in our forum discuss this very issue.
It’s a different challenge from names that are misheard. Name your daughter Emmeline, and she’ll probably be called Emily at least some of the time. But that’s a different kind of frustration than explaining that she’s emmaLINE, rhymes with fine and sign, not emmaLYNN.
Or, of course, the opposite. Because it can be emmaLYNN, rhymes with kin and win, just as easily. Unless, of course, you pronounce it emmaLEEN.
Let’s take a look at nine baby names with pronunciations that often lead to confusion.
Maybe you’re looking for a cool name for your baby — or you might simply be interested in what counts as cool these days. Think of this as your starter list for cool baby names.
We include samples from all the different kinds of cool names here: vintage names and modern baby names, names from the Bible and mythology, along with baby names from brand-new sources. There are cool names here that are popular and also names so cool you’ve never heard them before. Find the cool names you like the best, and then dig deeper into that category.
He says her favorite names are weird. She says his suggestions aren’t for her. But does this couple have more in common than they think?
My husband and I are having a boy. We are struggling with a name and could really use your help!
I like names that are a little less common, but I don’t want it to be so unusual that people have no idea how to say or spell it. The other type of name that appeals to me is an old name that’s new again.
My husband thinks my list is “weird.” From his list, I think Oliver is okay, but too popular. Everett, Lincoln, Ellis, and Truman are on my maybe list. Ezra might be fine, but with a son named Levi, it seems like we’re sticking with Biblical names, and that’s not the case.
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By Linda Rosenkrantz
There aren’t very many usable names beginning with Z, and even fewer for girls than boys. Yet the very rarity of girls’ names starting with the last letter of the alphabet immediately gives them an element of distinction, as well as an exotic sound.
Over the years, Zelda has been the longest running American Z girl, in the Top 1000 for most of the years between 1880 and 1967 (and returning just last year). But recently it has been Zoe—and all her spelling variations—that has been the massive hit.
Here they are, along with other, less common, great Z possibilities for girls.