Category: Family Names
Update: Cora’s brother has a name!
They gave their first two daughters traditional, feminine A names. Should they stick with that style – and letter! – or try something new if their next baby is a girl?
My husband and I are happily expecting our third (and last) child in October of this year. We have two girls, Amelia (Mia) Noelle and Alexandra (Lexi) Seeley. While we don’t know the gender of this little one, I have a strong inclination that we will have three girls in our future.
If we do have a boy, we’re all set. We’ve had our boy name picked out for nearly a decade.
Girl names however, turn into a word association game. I’m not convinced we need to go with another name that starts with A, though my husband seems to think that this little one will be left out if we don’t. I can’t find any that I absolutely adore; like yes, but not enough to say “That’s the name!”
We have Aurora, Anastacia & Audrey. Other names we’ve discussed are McKenna (DH likes McKenzie which I don’t), Julianna, Teagan, Tarryn, Lochlyn, Grey (a variation on our chosen boy name), Oriana (DH says it reminds him of Oreos), and Leigha/Leighton.
I know our girl names both start & end with A’s as well as they are princess/royal names. Middle names always come from somewhere in the family.
Please help! I feel like this little one will be nameless forever.
The Name Sage replies:
What to do when your last name rules out nearly every first name you love? An Australian reader turns to the Name Sage to solve the puzzle of a not-too-religious boys’ name that works with Lo.
I’ve been reading your Name Sage posts keenly, hoping one might help us out. But our problem feels unique, and I’m getting genuinely worried, so I’m plucking up the courage to write in with our dilemma.
We’re pregnant with our third – and final – child, whose sex we’ve decided not to find out. We like the surprise!
The kicker is, their surname is Lo. Turns out, it’s the HARDEST name to work with! Here’s why:
– Any names starting with B, F, G, or S would sound out as blow, flow, glow and slow!
– Names ending in ‘s’ or ‘x’ also roll into Lo awkwardly, making the sound ‘slow’.
– Names ending in vowels, especially if they contain ‘L’ in them, sound too sing-song.
We have a few girls’ names in mind, but are stuck for boys’ names. Please help!
The Name Sage replies:
Where do you get naming inspiration from? One of my favorite things in the world of names is learning the stories behind why parents choose the names they do – that’s part of what makes the monthly Babyberry announcements so much fun to read.
The news this week features names from lots of different sources, from family to food to far-flung countries. Whether you’re suffering from namer’s block or just curious about where parents get their ideas from, here are some stories for you.
A baby name becomes trendy for one generation. For the next two generations, while those initial babies are parent-aged and grandparent-aged, you can expect the name to go out of style. But during the third generation, once the cohort reaches great-grandparent age, the name is free to come back into fashion.
Evelyn is a name with a usage pattern that fits this description well.
What’s the most unusual name in your family? Can you imagine it ever coming back into style? Or maybe it’s so rare it was never in style in the first place.
We’d also love to know whether you’d consider using it as a name for a baby? A middle name? Do you love your unusual family name? Hate it? Why or why not?
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