Category: Baby Names Advice

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Boy Names: The new traditionals

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He says “strong traditional.” She says “unique.” Where’s the middle ground for naming a son?

Kelly writes:

My husband and I can’t agree on a boy’s name. Our daughters are Mischa and Nova. He wants a “strong traditional” boy name, but I like unique and I don’t think any traditional names work with our girls’ names.

We originally liked Theodore and calling him Theo, but now they are popping up everywhere. Another idea we had was Wellington and calling him Wells. However, a recent Bachelorette contestant was Wells, so my husband says that’s out. We also liked Lincoln and calling him Link, but his cousin just named his son that.

Any ideas? Maybe a traditional long name with a non-traditional short name?

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Girl Baby Name Search: A Sister for Lyla

Love vintage-modern nickname-proof names that aren’t wildly popular, or too obscure? Almost everyone does! That makes it even tougher to find the right name for Lyla Brynn’s new sister.

Melissa writes:

Baby girl number two is due in a few months, and we’re stuck on a name!

Our first daughter is Lyla Brynn. Her middle name comes from my husband’s name, Bryan.

I’m looking for a pretty name that sounds both vintage and modern. Our last name is two syllables, starts with a T, and ends in “er,” so I don’t think names that end in “er” sound great.

We don’t want her to be one of three girls with the same name in her class, but we also don’t need an extremely unusual name. This will be our last child, so we don’t need to consider any future names in a sibset.

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By Melissa Willets

In the 1970s, Melissa was the third most popular name for girls in the country. So naturally, my parents named me Melissa, and thus, not a year went by without me being one of several girls with my name in my class. In case you can’t tell, I hated it.

So, when it came time to name my first daughter, I was determined to pick a baby name that no one else her age would share. I can proudly report that Dana has never met another little girl with her name, as it was far more popular in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

The fact that my name strongly influenced my baby name choice made me wonder how other parents’ names might inform their decisions.

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Fresh Surname Names for Girls

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They love surname names, but can’t agree on the right one for their December daughter.

Erin writes:

We are expecting a little girl in December. We have two boys, Paxton David and Crosby Jordan.

We like surnames as first names, as you can see. For a girl, I like Emerson, Sawyer, and Greer.

My husband nixed Emerson, knows a family with a girl Sawyer, and is unsure of Greer.

His favorite is Davis. I don’t know if I’m 100% on board with Davis. What are your thoughts?

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Her husband is wild about Harry in the middle spot, but they’re struggling to agree on a first name if baby number three is a boy.

Emma writes:

We are expecting baby number three and are stuck for a name if the baby is a boy.

Our first child is a girl named Sage India, and our second is a boy, Rocco Finn.

I am trying to find something that matches with these and I like slightly unique names.

My husband would like the baby if a boy to have the middle name Harry so something that goes with that too would be great!

Top of my list for boys are Brewer or Fox. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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