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Baby Name Ideas

Perhaps you’ve picked out a name you thought was new and different, only to find you were inadvertently following the trends.  Or you’ve been “saving” a favorite name so long that, now that you finally have a chance to use it, it’s no longer as fresh as it was when you picked it.

The solution?  Tweak that name.

With our very first book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we began suggesting ways that parents could update, respin, and coolify (yeah, that’s a word we made up) the names they might be considering.

Don’t get us wrong: Many of these names are pretty cool already.  Cool and beautiful and interesting and all those good things.  But still, there’s sometimes a way to ratchet them up a notch or two, and that’s what we’ve done here.

Girls

Instead of ………………..Consider

AMELIA………………….AMALIA

CLEMENTINE…………CLEMENCY

ELOISE…………………..LOUISE

ESME……………………..ISMAY

GEORGIA……………….GEORGIANA

IRIS……………………….ISIS

ISABELLA………………ISADORA

ISLA………………………AILSA

LEAH…………………….LEITH

MARIAH……………….SARIAH

NORA……………………NOA

PHOEBE……………….PERSEPHONE

ROWEN………………..ROWENA

SADIE…………………..SADA

SARAH…………………SEREN

SOPHIA……………….SONIA

Boys

Instead of…………….Consider

AIDEN………………..ALDEN

BENJAMIN…………BENNETT

CONOR………………CONALL

ELIJAH………………ELIHU

GRAYSON…………..GRAY

HUDSON……………JUDSON

JACOB……………….HAMISH

LANDON……………LAND

LEO……………………LEON

LUCAS……………….LUCIUS

MAX………………….MACK

NOAH……………….NOAM (the new number 1 name in Israel, used for girls as well as boys)

OSCAR………………OSWALD

REED………………..REEVE

SAM………………….SEM

Any other brilliant ideas for name tweaks?  We know you have some!

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violetsmom Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 1:44 am

Wow I really like some of these. Leith, Rowena, and Seren pretty. And I love Georgiana. But I prefer Louisa to Louise or Eloise.

susan Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 3:01 am

Fun blog!
Instead of…
Girls
Anna……..Sanna
Brenna………Brynn
Caroline……..Carys
Daphne………Delphine
Eloise……..Heloise
Emma……..Gemma
Frances………Florence
Freya………Frieda
Josephine…….Josette
Lila………….Luella
Madeleine………Millicent
Nora…………Nola
Olivia………Oona
Penelope………Paulina nn Polly
Rachel…………Raquel
Sarah……….Sariah
Tessa………..Tabitha
Violet………..Veronica nn Vera
Zoe…………Zuzu

Boys

Aidan……….Declan
Bryce………..Bram
Caleb………….Callum
Daniel………Dashiell
Ethan………Edmund
Finnian……..Franklin
Gavin………..Gareth
Henry…………Harvey
Isaac………..Ivo
Jacob……….Moses
Michael……..Miles
Nathan……..Niall
Owen……….Ewan
Robert……..Rupert
Stephen……..Stellan
Tobias………Tobin
Victor……….Vance
William…….Walter

Charlotte Vera Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 3:55 am

Emma…….Edna
Chloe……..Clea/Claea
Isabella….Isabeau
Isabella….Isolde
Olivia……..Olethea
Emily………Emmeline
Evelyn…….Everild
Ava………..Aviva
Sophia……Sephora
Madison….Marceline
Hannah…..Hadassah
Samantha…..Iantha

David……..Javed
Evan………Ephraim
Daniel…….Raoul (ok, it’s a bit of a stretch)
Isaiah…….Azariah
Michael…..Raphael
Michael…..Micah
Jacob……..Jabez
Alexander…Skandar
Anthony….Danton
William…..Willard (or Wilson)
Lucas…….Linus
Max……….Magnus

Elea Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 7:31 am

Instead of:

Adeline … Adela …. Delyn
Bethan … Betsan
Brenna … Bronwen
Eleanor … Leonor … Elora
Elodie … Eleni … Eleri
Estelle … Eseld
Eva … Evelina
Isla … Eila … Eira
Lily … Lilias
Lydia … Lydie … Livia
Maisie … Margaux
Morgan … Morgana … Morgelyn
Poppy … Posy
Sarah … Seraphine
Sophia … Sylvia
Stella … Seren
Tessa … Tressa

Alexander… Anders
Benjamin … Benedict
Bryce … Bryn… Brynoc
Christopher … Christan … Kitto
Landon … Lleyton … Lachlan
Jacob … Jago
Jonah … Joah
Maxwell … Macsen
Theo … Theron

Elea Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 10:02 am

also…

Amelia … Aurelia
Antonia … Antonella
Anna … Anja … Anneli
Dorothy … Dorti
Elissa … Eliska
Eloise … Elowen
Jane … Sian
Lila … Lelia
Lisa … Laoise…Leisje
Maggie … Magali
Matilda … Mette
McKenzie … Kezia….Kerensa
Rosalie … Rosenwyn
Sabrina … Sabina … Sabine
Willa … Zilla

Austin … Austoll
Connor … Conall … Cadoc
Felix … Fergus … Falco
Gabriel … Gideon … Galen
George … Jory
Gregory … Gregor … Greig
James … Jem … Jens
Julian … Jolyon
Maddox … Madoc … Massen
Rhys…Rhydian
Rowan … Jowan … Ruan
Vance … Vaughn

Stella Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 11:19 am

I do this for my grandparents and in-laws.

Helen… Helena… Lena
Aurora…Rory…Auren
Everett… Everet (girl)
Lon… Avalon (girl)… Marlon (boy)
Gloria… Glory… Glow
Rose… Rosina

Dearest Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I’ll do this with my favourite, but too popular names, almost all from the top 250 I think:
Eliza…Elysia
Angela…Angelia
Evelyn…Evening
Clara…Clarity
Lucia… Dulcia
Olivia…Lydia/Ovidia
Ella…Elea
Lily…Lilou
Audrey…Audra
Autumn…Augusta
Nora…Nola
Josephine…Seraphine
Stella…Starla
Amanda…Amadea
Isabel…Amabel

Henry…Heron/Hayes
Aidan…Hadrian
Dexter…Dover
Logan…Ludvig
Mason…Moses/Marsden
Tristan…Tiernan
Isaac…Inigo
Noel…Nowell
Alasdair…Alastor
William…Wilhelm/Willem
Edwin…Edmund
Oliver…Olivier
Oscar…Roscoe
Lewis…Lucius
Maxwell…Bramwell/Macsen
Emmanuel…Immanuel/Ishmael
Trevor…Gregor
Miles…Jules
Damian…Bastian
Israel…Ishmael

Barb Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 1:36 pm

We’re due in a couple weeks and, if it’s a girl, we’re planning on naming her Grace. Our son’s name is 3 syllables and I’d rather have a girls name with at least 2 syllables. Anyone have any ideas about how we can modify Grace to make it a bit longer (and different?) Thanks!!

Emz Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 2:11 pm

You could go for Gracia or Graciela (I particularly like the latter). Grazia is pretty and would yield Gracie as a nice nickname.

You could make it a double barrel – Mary Grace (too Catholic?), Anna Grace, Maya Grace, Lila Grace… Grace doesn’t sound as good at the beginning of a double barrel, though.

I don’t think Grace needs messing with though. I think it’s lovely on its own – simple and classic.

ectd Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 2:28 pm

@CLEMENTINE…………CLEMENCY

Clemency means something and the connotation isn’t exactly positive.

Clementine – pleasant citris fruit
Clemency proceeding – Legal proceeding granted a prisoner sentenced to death before he/she is executed.

I would stick with Clementine…I don’t mean to bash a name but I would hate to see a little kid stuck with this association.

disa_lan Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Great idea!

disa_lan Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Instead of Grace what about Mercy?

iheartnames Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’ll use the top 10 from 2008.

Boys

Jacob……………….Jonas

Michael…………….Reichen

Ethan………………Enoch

Joshua…………….Nashua

Daniel……………..Dennis

Alexander…………Alec

Anthony…………..Antonio

William…………….Winston

Christopher………Kristoff

Matthew…………..Matthias

Girls

Emma………………Esmeray (-ay sound is long I)

Isabella……………Istas

Emily………………. Erin

Madison……………Madigan

Ava…………………..Ayla

Olivia………………..Oliva

Sophia………………Serena

Abigail……………….Adrielle

Elizabeth……………Rosebeth

Chloe…………………Clara

susan Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I think Grace as a first name is lovely. I wouldn’t change it to anything else.

Kathleen Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 4:24 pm

ADDISON………………….ADA

CLEMENTINE…………CELESTINE

GEORGIA……………….GEORGETTE

IRIS……………………….EILIS

ISABELLA………………FENELLA

LEAH…………………….LEDA

LILY………………….LINNET

MARIAH……………….MAREN

NORA……………………ANNORA

NORA……………….ORLA

ROWAN………………..ROSALBA

SADIE…………………..SABRA

SARAH…………………SAORLA

disa_lan Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Ava…..Ida
Audrey…..Auden
Brianna…..Rhiannon
Charlotte….Charlize
Diana…..Danica
Evelyn….Evadne
Felicity…Verity
Hayley…..Hadley
Ivy…..Ivana
Juliet…..Giuliana
Katherine….Katia
Lily…..Tansy
May…..Gray – as a middle
Natalie….Coralie
Phoebe….Daphne
Rose…Nasrin/Nasreen Persian – “wild rose”
Savannah….Giovanna
Tabitha….Thea
Zoe….Zola

Aiden…..Adrian
Brayden….Bade
Cameron….Camden
Donovan….Vaughn
Elijah….Ezri
Isaiah….Osias
Joseph…Joaquin
Michael….Malachi
Owen…..Olin
Sydney….Sindri
Toby….Tovi
Timothy….Titus
Zeke/Ezekiel….Zechariah

Chloe Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Amanda…Amara
Leah…Lena (lee-nuh)
Hannah…Hanabelle
Ava…Ivy
Sarah…Sarai
Lily…Lila
May/Mae…Mabel
Rose…Posey
Alexis…Alexia
Sadie…Saya
Isabelle…Sable

Bella Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I love Jacoby (Ja-ko-bee) instead of Jacob.

I love Isadora and Isis.

Whenever I see Ismay I think dismay and Sariah I think of the disease psoriasis…not good visuals there.

I would love it if you did a blog dedicated to all names Rose, it has become such a filler middle name, it’s one of my favourites, but I would love to see all the unique and interesting options laid out together! Please, please, please consider it! 🙂

Rose Says:

February 2nd, 2010 at 11:17 pm

It’s makes me really sad to think of my name as a filler… Even though it is, a lot of the time. However, Rose as a first name really isn’t very popular at all, to the best of my knowledge. In fact, I’m the only Rose that I’ve ever met, if you disregard Rosalie’s and Rosalyn’s and one girl I know named Roz.

Also, one person said Anna…..Sanna. I would alter Sanna to Sanne, which is pronounced the same, but I think looks and feels better. It’s a short form of Susanna, which means lily or rose.

Filipa Says:

February 3rd, 2010 at 10:19 am

Ava … Alda
Emma … Alma
Olivia … Ilidia
Abigail … Valquiria
Chloe … Salomé
Audrey … Aurea

Marjorie Says:

February 3rd, 2010 at 4:05 pm

How is Hamish a “ratcheted up” Jacob???

@ectd “Clemency” means “mercy” or “leniency.” You might associate it with inmates’ requests for stays of execution, but the word itself is a nice one.

Ectd Says:

February 4th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

@Marjorie – I wasn’t saying that the word “clemency” has a negative meaning. As you pointed out it has a lovely meaning and is a good virtue. My point was that as a name it could have a negative association. When you google “clemency” the death penalty information center is the fourth result. Not all words with positive meanings make good names. I think doing a “google test” is critical when considering any name for your child.

Evie B. Says:

February 4th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Olivia….Odilia
Tessa….Odessa
Alice….Althea
Vera….Verity
Sophia….Saskia
Matilda…Marisol

Lucy Says:

February 4th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Sophia—–Sophronia
Olivia—-Ophelia
Ava—Ada
Emma—-Edna
Isabella—Leonora

zaidagal Says:

February 8th, 2010 at 9:06 am

my favourite – instead of Alex, go for Alec! (my boys name!)

and instead of Aaron, go for Arran (my other boys name! And the name of a Scottish island….)

Anna Says:

February 10th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

NZ top 10

Sophie-
Ruby- Reubana
Olivia- Olympia
Isabella- Arabella
Ella- Adela
Emily- Elke
Charlotte- Scarlett
Lily-Delilah
Emma-Emelina
Amelia- Accalia

Jack-Jacinto
Oliver- Gulliver
James- Jago
Joshua- Josiah
William- Willoughby
Samuel- Samson
Liam- Ephraim
Benjamin- Bennett
Daniel- Miguel
Thomas- Thaddeus

Anna Says:

February 10th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

oops forgot Sophie- Josephine

Anna Says:

February 10th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

and Sophie- Josephine.

Anna Says:

February 10th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Sophie-Hebe

Anna Says:

February 11th, 2010 at 4:11 am

Oops sorry! I didn’t appear at first then changed my mind from Josephine to Hebe!

Cailin Says:

November 16th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

When my mom was pregnant with my older brother she loved the name Caitlin (or any variation of the spelling) but by the time I came along the world was too full of them. That said, she didn’t exactly “tweak” it into a new name but rather found a name that was close but different in a baby book. Cailin was a name before I popped out, though a rare one at that. It’s pronounced like Caitlin without the ‘T’, and is a (American) mispronunciation of the Gaelige (Irish Gaelic) word for girl (which should be pronounced Colleen.)

PrincessNoriBori Says:

September 1st, 2011 at 9:46 am

I’m officially terrified that my name is on a name-tweak list… *gulp* curse you social security list!!!!

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