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Boy Baby Names: Gone to the Dogs?

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They have a favorite name picked out for their son, but some have dismissed it as a dog name. What does that mean, exactly, in 2017? Should they choose another name, or stick with their first choice?

Monica writes:

We are expecting our first baby boy in just a couple weeks and still haven’t decided on his name.

We have a 2 year old named Betsy Ray, both inspired by family. We love the country casual vibe of her name, and really want to match that style for baby boy.

Hipster baby names are big where we live. I love most of them, and prefer “old man” names for the most part.

The middle name will be John, another family name. Our last name starts with a T and sounds like tunes, so names ending in a T don’t work well, and I tend to think names ending in S don’t sound very good, either.

Our current frontrunner is Murphy. My husband is a surfer, so the meaning – sea warrior – is perfect. Plus, there was a comic strip from the 1960s about a little surfer dude named Murphy, drawn by one of my husband’s favorite artists.

We’ve also considered Louie, Stanley, Victor, Fletcher, and Otis, but none of them have the same meaning.

I’m not sure about Betsy and Murphy together. Are they too matchy? When I look online, I see mentions of Murphy’s Law, Murphy Brown, and Murphy beds.

Also, lots of people call it a “dog name.” Which I’m really sick of on the whole. I always seem to like all those so-called dog names. Who cares if people named their dog a GOOD name? Does that mean we should just turn the name over to the dogs indefinitely?

Thanks for any advice you have. I want to just fall in love with Murphy, but I can’t shake this feeling that I’m not all the way done looking yet!

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They found a great family name for their firstborn, but now they’re stuck finding something every bit as meaningful and stylish for their new daughter.

Meghan writes:

My daughter’s name is Clementine Jay and we just love it.

Clement is my father’s middle name, and Jay was my father-in-law’s middle name, so it is meaningful as well as adorable (in our opinion).  We call her Clemmie.

We are now expecting a second girl and are at a stalemate.  We feel compelled to give her a family name as well, because we love having that connection.  My husband’s mother, Brenda, is deceased and so we’d love to honor her.  But Brenda (and similar names Brenna, Brianna) just don’t resonate with us.

We’ve come up with a few names that start with B to honor her, but nothing is really exciting us yet.  We are also considering Annabeth Claire (a mashup of our three sisters’ middle names) but aren’t quite sold on it yet.  Any suggestions?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

A new year, and a fresh roster of beautifully chosen names.

First of all, two sets of twins announced in January, one pair for each gender:

Beatrice Ophelia and Persephone Aida

Ivar Quinn and Kurt Damian

We continue to see a profusion of nature names, some inspired by their parents’ love of the great outdoors: River, Cypress, Snow, Juniper, Poppy, and Arbor, plus the perennials Rose and Violet. And check out some of the really imaginative and impressive sibsets.

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Boy Baby Names: More great choices for #5

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They’ve named four boys together – and they love every choice so far! Now it’s time for boy number five, and they’re out of ideas.

Kate writes:

My husband and I are expecting our fifth boy in a few months.

After naming four boys, it’s hard to find a name we both love! Our sons’ names are Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

We like:

Theo – We have a nephew named Ted, but we never see him – so I think we could still use it.

Duke – I’m not sure I can picture this name for an adult.

Dash/Dashiell – My husband only likes the short form Dash, and I don’t know if that name would age well on its own either.

Do you have any name suggestions for our fifth boy that go well with our other four boys’ names? I want to find a name I will love just as much as the previous four. His middle name will be Christopher.

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New Baby Names: lovely October arrivals!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Once again, there are an exceptionally large number of twin births among the Berries this month, a mix of girl-girl, boy-boy and girl-boy:

Alexander Merlin and Imogen Persephone

Anneliese Luna and Arielle Sofia

Calliope Frances and Iris Mary

Emmeline Samantha and Theodore Alexander

Graham Daniel and Rory Benjamin

Hunter Belle and Isobel Lilah

Also noted: the preponderance of girl babies, and especially girls whose first initial is a vowel—A, E, I and O!

Most unusual first name: a girl named Rowe; tribute middle name of Kahlo

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