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    It's a short form of Harriet or Henrietta. ...

    It's a short form of Harriet or Henrietta.

    That said, I agree with you, and I just did the boyfriend test-- as in, I asked my boyfriend what he thought of Hattie, and he said, "it sounds like an...
  2. Scarlett Johansson's new baby: Rose Dorothy

    So, Scarlett Johansson gave birth and announced her daughter's name as Rose Dorothy. SWOON.

    What are the chances that she's secretly a name nerd? It's such a perfect, stylish, yet unusual...
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    I woudn't use it. Pandora is sort of like...

    I woudn't use it. Pandora is sort of like Lucifer-- a baddie of mythology-- with few redeeming qualities. Plus, there's the internet radio station. It reads as brand first, name second.

    You should...
  4. Thread: Ursula

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    Wow, you could be me! Just this past weekend I...

    Wow, you could be me! Just this past weekend I was reading a book by the marvelous Ursula K. LeGuin and suddenly developed a crush on her name. I think it's quite mysterious and beautiful. Plus it...
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    I think Wren is fine on a boy. It's not very...

    I think Wren is fine on a boy. It's not very common for girls, and I don't see it becoming mainstream for them really. (Mostly because of the non-intuitive spelling and the fact that the current...
  6. Poll: Hmm, I voted for Harrison Hinchey but to be...

    Hmm, I voted for Harrison Hinchey but to be honest I don't love any of them combined with the surname. The repetitive "in- in" sound that comes from the endings of these names and the first syllable...
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    Juliette nn Lettie?

    Hi all,

    Do you think Juliette with the nickname Lettie works, or is too much of a stretch?

    I like Juliette very much (and it's an honor name for us) but have poor associations with Julie as a...
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    This idea is nice in theory, but why not spread...

    This idea is nice in theory, but why not spread the posts out over several days? This is really clogging up the forum!
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    Yes! I think it works as a first or middle name. ...

    Yes! I think it works as a first or middle name.

    I think I'm on a quixotic crusade here, but I think it is very important to make a distinction between using names OF other cultures that have...
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    Are these too strange and difficult?

    Hi all,

    I've recently fallen in love with three rare Celtic/British girl names:

    Gwenllian
    Ishbel
    Ferelith

    However, my partner dislikes them. He likes very unusual names (especially word...
  11. Ah, yeah, I forgot about Hazel! Isn't the lead...

    Ah, yeah, I forgot about Hazel! Isn't the lead character in that new movie "The Fault In Our Stars" named Hazel? That could propel it quite high. Or not. You never know with these things.

    I agree...
  12. Thread: Jacaranda

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    I can't say it's a name I'd like for myself-- too...

    I can't say it's a name I'd like for myself-- too frilly and somehow sort of steamy. But I could see it working in some families, especially if it was meaningful to the parents. I don't love it...
  13. Predictions for the US Girls' Top 10 in coming years

    Hi All,

    I know the fun of guessing 2013's stats is over since the list came out, but I'd love to talk about predictions for the near future (1-5 years from now) for the US top 10 list for girls....
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    I think Lulu is a cute name, but why sacrifice a...

    I think Lulu is a cute name, but why sacrifice a formal version that she could use (or not) her whole life just for sake of more closely matching style with a sibling she will probably only live with...
  15. Ah, ok! I'm American and definitely wouldn't know...

    Ah, ok! I'm American and definitely wouldn't know how certain names are perceived in Australia.

    I also wanted to point out one other thing you may not have thought of, but what would you have...
  16. Hi! Welcome to Namberry. That's a nice list in...

    Hi! Welcome to Namberry.

    That's a nice list in theory, but many of them sound off with your surname. The "a" ending of Joshua runs into the "Hor-" beginning. Oscar is also difficult because of the...
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    I highly doubt the vast majority of Italians or...

    I highly doubt the vast majority of Italians or people with Italian heritage would be offended by your use of the names. There's an enormous difference between using the name from another culture...
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    I think DK as in Dorling Kindersley first, then...

    I think DK as in Dorling Kindersley first, then DKNY as in Donna Karan. The dick reference never occurred to me. I think you're safe!
  19. My significant other has more "out there" tastes...

    My significant other has more "out there" tastes than I do. He is very into word names, and would happily pick outlandish for our future kid. He really likes Wave for a boy, for example, and Sonnet...
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    Definitely Dahlia or Dalia. I wouldn't want to go...

    Definitely Dahlia or Dalia. I wouldn't want to go through life named Delilah. Too heavy, too saucy, too suggestive.
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    I'm not even religious at all and Delilah always...

    I'm not even religious at all and Delilah always sounds suspicious to me. It's sort of like Lilith. Great names, but reality bites. Other people are going to react negatively-- so why set your...
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    That's a nice set of names. I'd skip Elianna...

    That's a nice set of names. I'd skip Elianna because it is part of a very, very trendy/popular set of sounds (Iliana, Eliana, Ella, Elianna, Liliana, Lilianna, etc).

    I think Evangeline is really...
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    Poll: Overall I prefer Penelope to Felicity for...

    Overall I prefer Penelope to Felicity for personal reasons BUT in your case I say Felicity all the way. It was your original impulse, it fits better with your other kids' names, and sounds better...
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    You can google "ssa baby names" "beyond the top...

    You can google "ssa baby names" "beyond the top 1000" for a zip file with complete info on all names given to more than 5 children every year since the late 1800s. Warning, it is really overwhelming!...
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    It took me a minute to figure out the issue with...

    It took me a minute to figure out the issue with Henry and Etta. When I did, yes, I smiled a little. But if I loved Etta, it wouldn't keep me from using the name. They will only live in the same...
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