Category: Girl Names

The Middle Name Riddle

They’ve found the perfect first name for their daughter. But when it comes to a middle, that’s a riddle they just can’t solve.

J & M write:

We’re expecting a baby girl later this year. Luckily, my husband and I both love the name August.

However, we can’t seem to agree on a middle name.

We’ve considered:

August Vivian – But husband feels it’s too long

August Clo – But I don’t like the flow

August Ava, August Sloane – But maybe both middles are too overused

August Eloise – Husband doesn’t like

August Amelia – Husband thinks it’s too plain

We’re good to go on this first name. Please help us find a middle!

The Name Sage replies:

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International Girl Names: Turkish delights

By Woohyun Myungeun

The baby names of Turkey are a combination of the traditional and religious examples like Fatma, Ayshe and Hatice to the modern Alara, Kayra and Selin. Here are 20 stellar Turkish girl names representing that mix of the familiar and those that might be new to you.

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Nature Names for Girls

She loves unusual names inspired by nature. He’s a fan of the classics. Where’s the middle ground for these first-time parents?

Briane writes:

I love your weekly insight into baby naming crises! I feel my partner and I are definitely in one of those currently.

The nickname for our girl due in February is Cricket. Beyond that, we are almost entirely at odds.

I love longer, uncommon, nature-inspired names with nickname potential. My partner likes short, common names like Anna and Elise (in other words, the opposite).

My absolute favorite name is Elowen and has been for some time. But my sister named her daughter Ellisyn last year, which broke my heart. What are your thoughts – are these too close?

My second favorite name is the botanical Liatris (which I rhyme with Beatrice), but I can’t win my partner over on that one either.

The one name we have mutually not rolled our eyes at is Adia. But I don’t completely love how it sounds.

Please help us. I am so sad that my favorite names have been dismissed!

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Rising Girl Names: 9 likely to soar

By Abby Sandel

Head to a kindergarten classroom today, and you’re likely to hear girl names like Sophia and Emma, Isla and Mila, Harper and Quinn. It’s a mix of long-time favorites and newer discoveries. Some are unisex and modern. Others feel surprisingly traditional.

But how about the kindergarten class of 2026? Or maybe 2031? Which rising girl names seem likely to soar – or quietly climb – in the next five to ten years?

We can get some insight by looking at the names that have gained in use most dramatically.

Most of these names won’t make that list, though. Instead, a mix of on-trend sound and just enough pop culture presence might transform these nine girl names into popular choices to fill classrooms of the not-so-distant future.

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My Name is Gay

By Gay Cioffi

As the youngest in my family of five, I am the only one who was not named for a grandparent or beloved aunt or uncle. As it happened, I was named for a fondly remembered childhood acquaintance of my mother.

While not only was breaking from that family tradition the cause of a bit of a stir, and it wasn’t a saint’s name to boot (also an expected practice) nothing prepared my parents or me for the fallout to come as I grew up with the name “Gay” in the fifties and sixties.

I remember hearing my mother’s account of the reaction she got from family members regarding her disregard for how children in the family were traditionally named. I also recall that she wavered a bit between the names Gay and Joy, but again the real controversy began in my later teens when the word “gay”, came to represent more than a synonym for happy or carefree.

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