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Naming a Daughter – At Last!

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Alice writes:

My husband and I are expecting our first baby girl in June after having four boys, and we CANNOT agree on a girl’s name.

Our sons are Dashiell Zion, JedidiahJediKai, August Simon, and Lincoln Atticus. The surname sounds like McLachlin.

We’re looking for a name that is feminine, but not frilly. My husband likes names that are a little bit more modern and I like older names. We don’t want to repeat an initial, so D, J, A, and L names are out. We do agree on a middle name: Moriah.

Our shortlist includes Maeve, Eleanor/Elinor, Cecily, Scarlett, Elizabeth, and Fern. But we’re not in love with any of them.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

I’m imagining next Christmas morning at Buckingham Palace.

Sure, it is a palace. Even the simplest room is probably chock full of history and priceless antiques.

The children opening presents might be members of the royal House of Windsor, but they will share their rather ordinary names with children throughout the English-speaking world.  The current generation includes the princely George Alexander Louis, but also three girls – Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla, and now Zara Phillips Tindall’s new arrival.

Any of the extended Windsor family names could be overheard on local playgrounds almost anywhere.

Some called the Tindalls’ choice disappointing, hoping for a Eugenie or a Zara.  But it also speaks to the incredible freedom we enjoy when naming children in 2014.

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Today’s Question of the Week is a two-parter: 

Last week we talked about naming styles for boys, now it’s the girls’ turn.

  1. With girls’ names, there are even more style preference category possibilities.  How would you characterize the names you like best?  Girly girl, gender neutral, boyish?  Classic, biblical?  Vintage Old Lady?  Trendy, nouveau?  Family or surname names British-inflected, international?  Creative?  Quirky? Eclectic? Exotic? Good girls or bad girls?   (These are just a few suggestions–we’d love to have your own designations of your style.) 

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Girls’ Names 2010: Most Popular So Far

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Three-quarters of the way through the year, we check in again with the most popular girls’ names 2010, nameberry style.

Once again, Charlotte heads the list of most-searched girls’ names on nameberry. In the number two spot is Violet, and former number two Seraphina has dropped to third place.

A note on tabulation: These lists represent the most-searched names on nameberry for January through September of 2010. Previously, we published the lists of most-searched girls’ names 2010 for the first half of the year, and before that for the first quarter.

This time around, a surprising 11 new girls’ names vaulted onto the Top 100. The newly-popular choices (in order of appearance on the list) are:

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The Question of the Week:

Do you think it’s easier to name a girl or a boy– and why?

What are the different considerations and  issues that arise?  Are there certain pressures that  apply to one gender  more than the other?

 Do you think moms and dads have different takes on masculine and feminine names?

In terms of numbers, there are many more male  names in the Bible and more female names in the data base–does that have any bearing on the issue?

What do you think?

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