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  1. #1
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    Jun 2012


    My little girl is a year old now, and I thought it might be worthwhile to post some of the things I've learned or realized about the name May in the last year, for anyone who's considering it for their child.

    1) May is really hard to search for. Like this post will probably not show up in any special way under "May in the Forums" because all of the other posts that include the word may as a verb. It won't even let me use May as a tag, because it's an overly common word. You're pretty much stuck following Mae instead, which I feel like appeals to a different set of people. (To me, May is more timeless, and Mae is more vintage). I think this could be an advantage in the modern age'll be harder for random people to google her.

    2) I really expected to need to add an extra syllable to May for a cutesy nickname, and spent a lot of time before she was born worrying about whether I liked Maybee or Maycee or Mayzee. I have never once called my daughter any of these things. I have a friend who calls her Maybers.

    3) We do call her a completely unrelated nickname. In the first few months, we used it almost exclusively, and I worried sometimes that we weren't using her name and that maybe it hadn't "stuck" somehow. But at a year we use her name all the time, and it feels completely natural.

    4) The fact that May rhymes with so many words is really convenient for improvisational lullabies

    5) The fact that it's so short and easy to say means that she'll be able to say her own name pretty soon...which I'm pretty excited about. She can actually already say her name, but we're not sure if she means anything specific by it.

    6) May is occasionally misheard as Meg.

    7) More people have asked or joked about May born in August than I expected.

    8) I use the word might more often now, because May may need a nap just sounds silly.

    9) May can be "short" for A-may-zing or Mayhem. Also, Oh may oh my.

    10) When I was pregnant, the only real long form for May on my radar was Margaret, which I decided wasn't really my style. It turns out a lot of historical Mays and Maes were actually named Mary though. I still probably would have picked May as a stand alone name, but I like May short for Mary a lot...especially if you have a Mary in your family that you want to honor.

    11) May isn't common at all these days, but simple M names are. I had a lot of them on my girl list (Metta, Minna) that I still love, but the next girl (if there is one) will definitely be venturing out to different parts of the alphabet

    12) I love the simplicity of three letters now more than ever though. If my husband wasn't involved, I'd probably have to fight the urge to give all of our children overly matchy super short names. It's so much fun to write on everything, and she is going to feel like a genius on the first day of kindergarten.

    13) I still don't know if my father-in-law really cares that we used his grandmother's middle name to honor his side of the family. So good thing it's a name I like independent of the family connection...although I do enjoy being able to tell people it's a family name, and I'll probably enjoy having that be part of the story I tell her too.

    14) My husband never loved our boy name (Roy), which would probably be overly matchy with May if we have a son in the future anyways. I've come to terms with letting it be her "If I had been a boy" name, and now feel a little happy that she has one that won't just be her baby brother's name.

    15) I hated when other girls had "my" name growing up, especially if it was my name but spelled differently, but I don't feel the same way with my daughter. It probably helps that May is much more uncommon, and maybe also that none of the different spellings are really competing to be the "right" one. Mae is completely legitimate, and so is Mai and Mei. I worry a little bit that Mae is gaining in popularity so much faster than May...but the fact that I can watch either version of the name gain in popularity and not be stressed out about it is a major accomplishment for me. It's honestly such a great name that more Mays in the world can only add to it.
    Last edited by kerrycl; August 21st, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

  2. #3
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    Jul 2013
    Glad to hear all this. I am loving May right now....trying to sway my husband.

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    May Katherine would be a fantastic combination! Or if you can't convince your husband, Kay-short-for-Katherine is one of those super simple names that I have a new appreciation for now, and would be tempted to use if I didn't already have a May.

    Oh, one more thing that I forgot to mention...Hi, May sounds like the Spanish pronunciation of Jaime. We have a lot of James' in my family, so it's kind of a cute connection.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Ontario, Canada
    Mae is my top choice at the moment. However, I would be using the nickname Maisie quite frequently. Thank you for this little insight into what life would be like with a Mae I also prefer "May" with the full name of Mary.
    Name Nerd

    No kids (yet), not even trying... but, I can't help but dream of beautiful (and ever-changing) names for my future children!

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    This is a really helpful thread - thank you! (I'm not actually using May, but I was considering it at one point and I absolutely love the name)

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