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Got a nagging name question? Ask Anabel!

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    BabyNamesWorld
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    Whether you’re picking a name for your new babe or are just an all-around name lover, our in-house onomastics expert, Anabel, is here to help you with all your name-related dilemmas!

    Post your questions about names here any time and Anabel will get back to you every Monday at 1 PM EST with her best naming advice!

    ABOUT ANABEL: Anabel’s name obsession started when she was told the story of her own name by her mother and it grew right along with her. She realized she was truly hooked when she began to look forward to the telephone book delivery every year-so she could read it cover to cover and study all of the names in the White Pages. Her study of English, communications and the history of languages in college fanned the flames further, and she’s been working on BabyNamesWorld helping people choose the perfect name for their babies since 2004!

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  • Strawberrygirl21
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    I really like uncommon and very different names, but want to have a fresh list for both boys and girls. Some I like are Girls….Briar, Blaine, Maven, Rowyn/Rowen, Rome, Paisley, Zoe/Zoey, and Isla (eye-la). Boys….Jackson (although this is becoming more popular), Tanner, Sawyer, Maddox, and Zane.

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Anabel, I would love to get your advice on behalf of a friend! They are due next month (they don’t know the sex) and are having a really hard time agreeing on a name. Their son is Samuel Asher. She always wanted a daughter named Ella but a good friend just used that name. They both like, but don’t love, Luke and Sadie. They’ve also considered Clara, Anna, and she really likes Lucy and Charles/Charlie but he vetoed them.

    She said they want names that are traditional, not trendy, but that are kind of “spunky” rather than too formal-sounding or frilly. (She is kind of a tomboy, loves simple pleasures, and is a world traveler.) i.e. They like Elisabeth but feel like it’s a touch too formal for their taste. I suggested Eliza and they’re considering that.

    Any suggestions? Oh yes, and middle names will be Bernice if a girl (family name), Thomas if a boy.

    Your wish is my command @TwoSapphires–I’d love to help!

    Samuel Asher is such a classic, you would be hard-pressed to find a name that wouldn’t pair well with it. That part is a piece of cake!

    My first thought for girls names is that your friends should consider Elsie or Elsa. Both are becoming fairly regularly seen…but not overly so, so they aren’t too “out there”. I think they are both nice alternates to Ella, which, although nice, really does need a “tune up”. :-) There are a lot of Ellas out there! The other good thing about them is that they arent SO close to Ella that it would be confusing for your friends if they should all get together. Elsie and Elsa are diminutive forms of Elizabeth/Elisabeth as well, so if they elect to go that route, it is perfectly doable. I don’t see Elizabeth or Elisabeth as any more formal than Samuel, the name they gave to their oldest son.

    The second thought I had was that Maisie seems like it would fit well. If Maisie seems too informal, it is a short form of any name related to or derived from Margaret, so that includes: Marjorie, Maret, Merit, Margot, Margareta and Gretchen. Other short form variants for these names besides Maisie are: Mara, Maren, Greta, Mysie, Margie, Peggy, May or Mae, Maggie, Mamie or Maymie, Mimi or Midge. It is an absolute goldmine of a name for someone who appreciates classics and has a tough time making up their mind as to what they really want to call their daughter.

    Additional ideas:
    Laurel
    Lara
    Josie (or Josephine or Joceline/Jocelyn)
    Heidi
    Nola
    Nora
    Elise
    Ada

    For boys, Luke seems an almost automatic choice when you already have a son named Samuel. I know many Samuel/Lucas siblings. It seems like, when choosing boys names, that dad is always the most finicky. Here are some suggestions that I have for traditional names that pair well with Thomas, but that aren’t overused:

    Adam Thomas
    Jonah Thomas
    Theodore Thomas (Theodore means “gift”, and I think Theo is a really cool short form, especially with Sam)
    Aaron Thomas
    Seth Thomas
    Nolan Thomas
    Brice Thomas
    Jesse Thomas
    Gideon Thomas
    Nathaniel Thomas
    Solomon Thomas
    Ezra Thomas
    Abram Thomas
    Callum thomas
    Dane Thomas
    Miles Thomas
    Calvin Thomas
    Simon Thomas
    Frederick Thomas
    Westley Thomas
    Wesley Thomas
    Wade Thomas
    George Thomas (Sam and Geo)
    Gareth Thomas
    Jonathan Thomas (JT are great initials tha make a good nickname!)
    Josiah Thomas
    Graham Thomas

    I hope this helps..or at least gives them a starting point. Please let me know if I can help them further, because I would love to help make the decision easier for them!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi @Zolizzie !

    HI!
    I guess this is a hypothetical question since I am still about a decade from having kids,but I’m wondering about something…I have two dots over the “e” in my name and I LOVE it, and I was wondering if you know of any names that use an e with dots (ë). (I would love to pass that unique name spelling to a future daughter or son).
    Thanks!

    Welcome to BNW! Hypothetical questions are awesome! I have always been interested in names, even when I was a very small child, so its never “odd” to ask about names…even if you don’t have kids of your own. I applaud you for not being shy! :-)

    You love having that diaeresis your “e”, eh? That’s great! One good thing about having a diaeresis over a letter in your name is that almost everyone already understands how names are pronounced without it, so that diaeresis is something that you can pass down to your kids someday, but in daily life people will still know how to pronounce the name even if it may not appear everywhere. You may have experienced this already how some computer programs and lists just leave that diaeresis off of your name…yet everyone already knows how to say Zoe. People also pretty much know exactly how to say it when the diaeresis IS there. best of both worlds! A diaeresis is also known as a trema or umlaut.

    To answer your question, there are lots of names with an ë. There are also lots of names that have a diaeresis over other vowels instead of the ‘e’. You might be interested in some of those, too…so I will give you a short list and you can do some further investigation if that idea also appeals to you!

    Girls with a ë:
    Chloë
    Brontë
    Noël
    Noëlie
    Maël (unisex)
    Maëlys
    Maëlle
    Gaëlle

    Boys:
    Gaël
    Gwenaël
    Judicaël

    Many umlauts have simply been eliminated because most people know their pronunciations without them. however, if you want to check out different names that contain them, research German, Slovakian, Breton, Azerbaijani, Icelandic, Mongolian, Catalan, Swedish names. Many umlauts can be found in their names!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hello there, @Strawberrygirl21!

    I really like uncommon and very different names, but want to have a fresh list for both boys and girls. Some I like are Girls….Briar, Blaine, Maven, Rowyn/Rowen, Rome, Paisley, Zoe/Zoey, and Isla (eye-la). Boys….Jackson (although this is becoming more popular), Tanner, Sawyer, Maddox, and Zane.

    A lot of the names I see here on your list are fairly common. Pretty soon (THIS WEEK, actually) the top names of the year 2013 will be announced via the SSA (and right here on this site, too!) and I am betting all of these names will be on it. If you really want uncommon and different, you want to be shooting for something that doesn’t rank in the Top 1000. Those are names that have been given to babies less than one hundred times in a year. That pretty much qualifies for uncommon and different! I would consider all of these names besides probably Rome (which to me, doesn’t seem very much like a name…Roma, however, that’s an uncommon name!) and maybe Briar, to be common.

    I have found the most unusual names these days are names from European history! Check out some mythological names, Icelandic, Celtic and Welsh names for some names that sound awesome to english-speaking ears, but are uncommon and beautiful! :-)

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by Anabel Conner Anabel Conner.
    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Thank you so much, Anabel! I will pass those along. She did tell me today that her H is now open to Charlie and that they’ve been considering Jesse as well but thanks for all the great feedback and suggestions!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Oh and I love the suggestion for pp of Maelys (not sure how to type the umlaut myself); very pretty name!


    Strawberrygirl21
    Participant

    Hi Anabel,

    I need help with finishing some sib sets I really love. Thanks!

    GGG
    Paisley, Willow, and ?
    Isla (Eye-la), Ella, and ?
    Reese, Willow, and ?
    Rowen, Eliana, and ?
    Bella, Isla, and ?
    Lilah, Ella, and ?
    Maven, Lilah, and ?
    Lyric, ?, and ?
    Finley, Paisley, and ?
    Liberty, ?, and ?
    Megan, ?, and ?

    BBB

    Reese, Maddox, and ?
    Reese, Connor, and ?
    Maddox, Malachi, and ?
    Lane, Luke, and ?
    Carson, Connor, and ?
    Jackson, ?, and ?
    Braxton, ?, and ?
    Trevor, Tanner, and ?
    Sawyer, ?, and ?
    Landon, ?, and ?
    Zane, ?, and ?
    Mason, ?, and ?

    GGB

    Paisley, ?, and ?
    Reese, ?, and ?
    Bella, ?, and ?
    Eliana, ?, and ?
    Ella, ?, and ?
    Isla (Eye-la), ?, and ?
    Lilah, ?, and ?

    BBG

    Maddox, ?, and ?
    Reese, ?, and ?
    Trevor, ?, and ?
    Carson, ?, and ?
    Zane, ?, and ?
    Lane, ?, and ?

    DharmaJam
    DharmaJam
    Participant

    Hi Anabel,

    I am being hounded by a name that keeps pressing into the forfront of my mind, but I can’t find it on any baby name sites, and I am someone who weighs heavily the meaning of a name prior to selecting. Online I was able to find both men and women of Indian descent who have the name, so it is a “real” one and not something my brain simply made up!

    The name is Dilpa, or alt Dilpah.

    Do you know the meaning of this name?

    Also, do you know any derivitives for it?

    Many thanks for helping solve this mystery!

    P.S.
    I am due in 2 months

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi Anabel,

    I need help with finishing some sib sets I really love. Thanks!

    Hey @Strawberrygirl21! I wasn’t sure if you wanted to fill in the blanks with names of your faves from this list, or if you wanted a completely fresh idea, so I did both! The fresh, new name I listed as “or NAME”.

    GGG
    Paisley, Willow, and Bella or Winonah
    Isla (Eye-la), Ella, and Megan or Elise
    Reese, Willow, and Ella or Miranda
    Rowen, Eliana, and Lilah or Raven
    Bella, Isla, and Lyric or Elora
    Lilah, Ella, and Megan or Mila
    Maven, Lilah, and Liberty or Felicity
    Lyric, Megan or Margot, and Finley or Farrah
    Finley, Paisley, and Lyric or Lyra
    Liberty, Lilah or Liora, and Ella or Elisheva
    Megan, Bella or Brielle, and Reese or Reone

    BBB

    Reese, Maddox, and Trevor or Ace
    Reese, Connor, and Sawyer or Shane
    Maddox, Malachi, and Mason or Magnus
    Lane, Luke, and Landon or Langston
    Carson, Connor, and Zane or Calder
    Jackson, Braxton or Gannon, and Mason or Weston
    Braxton, Landon or Brice, and Reese or Brannon
    Trevor, Tanner, and Carson or Tremaine
    Sawyer, Zane or Xavier, and Malachi or Maxwell
    Landon, Jackson or Jace, and Zane or Zander
    Zane, Reese or Reid, and Luke or Davis
    Mason, Trevor or Trevin, and Connor or Collier

    GGB

    Paisley, Bella or Brynn, and Tanner or Tristan
    Reese, Megan or Rachel, and Jackson or Jordan
    Bella, Finley or Frances, and Malachi or Malcolm
    Eliana, Bella or Elsa, and Rowen or Royce
    Ella, Megan or Ayla, and Tanner or Dristan
    Isla (Eye-la), Lyric or Lissette, and Malachi or Marshall
    Lilah, Rowen or Raeanna, and Mason or Brice

    BBG

    Maddox, Malachi or Marshall, and Megan or Meredith
    Reese, Trevor or , and Rowen or Gwyneth
    Trevor, Landon or, and Megan Marielle
    Carson, Connor or Calder, and Bella or Chloe
    Zane, Sawyer or, and Reese or Merritt
    Lane, Connor or, and Elianna or Elodie

    Hope you get some good ideas from this list! :-)

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by Anabel Conner Anabel Conner.
    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi Anabel,

    I am being hounded by a name that keeps pressing into the forfront of my mind, but I can’t find it on any baby name sites, and I am someone who weighs heavily the meaning of a name prior to selecting. Online I was able to find both men and women of Indian descent who have the name, so it is a “real” one and not something my brain simply made up!

    The name is Dilpa, or alt Dilpah.

    Do you know the meaning of this name?

    Also, do you know any derivitives for it?

    Many thanks for helping solve this mystery!

    P.S.
    I am due in 2 months

    Hi @DharmaJam! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    No. Certainly your mind didn’t just make this one up! I, too, know of people named Dilpah and Dilpa. If you do a Google search, you’ll find a whole bunch of them, as you said.

    I believe that Dilpa is a modern transcription variant used for both boys and girls of the traditionally masculine name Dilipa. It translates from Sanskrit to mean “protector of Delhi” or “one who gives generously and protects”. Additional variants of the name include Dilip, Dulip and Duleep.

    Please come back with any additional questions you might have…I would love to help in any way that I can!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I haven’t heard Dilpa before, but it has cool meanings!


    newnamw
    Participant

    Hello, my question is if anyone knows a good last name to the first girls name ‘Tazia’? it does not have to be a stereotypical ‘last’ name, looking for anything that sounds good after Tazia! Thankyou! xx


    elotus
    Participant

    Hi Anabel! A couple questions in one: 1) If we’re having a boy, we like Ezra (we have an Ian and think it pairs nicely). However, I’m concerned that this strikes people initially as a girl’s name. Your thoughts? 2) If it’s a girl, I love the name Elise (we already have a Nora), but our last name is “Lodes” (pronounced like “Lotus”). Is Elise Lodes too obnoxious? 3) We like Annabelle, or Annabel, or Anabel…which spelling is the most practical?! Like the Average Joe would spell it right? I’m partial to the ‘belle spelling since I’m a Southern girl. :) Thanks!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    @newnamw- Hello there!

    Hello, my question is if anyone knows a good last name to the first girls name ‘Tazia’? it does not have to be a stereotypical ‘last’ name, looking for anything that sounds good after Tazia! Thankyou! xx

    I am a bit confused to what you mean by “last name”. Do you mean a surname, like Smith, Jones or Lopez? Or a middle name like Anna, Marie or Grace?

    There are limitless surnames out there, and nowadays, people even make them up by combining two surnames to make one! So…on that front: knock yourself out! People change their names to almost anything that their heart desires, and it isn’t all that difficult to do so.

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi @elotus!

    Hi Anabel! A couple questions in one: 1) If we’re having a boy, we like Ezra (we have an Ian and think it pairs nicely). However, I’m concerned that this strikes people initially as a girl’s name. Your thoughts? 2) If it’s a girl, I love the name Elise (we already have a Nora), but our last name is “Lodes” (pronounced like “Lotus”). Is Elise Lodes too obnoxious? 3) We like Annabelle, or Annabel, or Anabel…which spelling is the most practical?! Like the Average Joe would spell it right? I’m partial to the ‘belle spelling since I’m a Southern girl. :) Thanks!

    Firstly, I am super-duper confused by anyone thinking that Ezra is a girls name. It is ALL boy, and has been for absolute centuries! Not only that, but it isn’t entirely uncommon these days. I honestly say to just give those people thinking Ezra may be a girl a quizzical look, and then just carry on with your plan. Ezra is a lovely compliment to Ian and Nora. Well done. I wouldn’t worry about a thing.

    Secondly, I don’t think Elise Lodes sounds even remotely weird, or strange…definitely not “obnoxious”. I think it is fabulous!

    Third, being an Anabel myself, I feel like I have an extra-expert opinion! My name is usually spelled by people most commonly Annabel. Annabelle comes in second and the way my momma put it on the birth certificate, Anabel, is dead last. My mom’s reasoning for choosing Anabel had nothing at all to do with our heritage (this is primarily the Spanish/Portuguese variant) and everything to do with her thinking it would be easiest for me to learn how to write and spell. My favorite and preferred spelling is Annabel, but that’s just me. I would say that if you like Annabelle to go for it, because that is probably neck-in-neck almost of what the “average Joe” would put on paper if you asked him to spell it. For what its worth, I have had people misspell my name in really outrageous ways too, like Anoball, Anobell, Annibell, etc. That’s not the norm, but I’ve learned to just tell them “Anna” at Starbucks! :-)

    I think you’ve chosen some very lovely names. Please come back with any follow up questions you may have, and also let us know what you chose! Good luck!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Anabel, I have to crack up at the spelling attempts you’ve gotten. :) While my first name is pretty hard to screw up (and I do like that about it), I have gotten “Annie” a few times. Like my skating coach in HS totally had it in his head that I was an Annie, no matter how many times I corrected him. Good thing I like Annie, too. ;)

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Anabel, I have to crack up at the spelling attempts you’ve gotten. :) While my first name is pretty hard to screw up (and I do like that about it), I have gotten “Annie” a few times. Like my skating coach in HS totally had it in his head that I was an Annie, no matter how many times I corrected him. Good thing I like Annie, too. ;)

    I once picked up my car after it had been serviced and they had put a tag on my keys: “Aniboll”. Really? Thankfully they fixed cars better than they spelled.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Hilarious! Almost like Hannibal. ;)

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I can’t believe someone could butcher up Anabel so much!!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I’m curious to know your thoughts on alliterative names. Do you think they should be off-limits, sound good, or does it just depend? What if it’s the first and middle names that are alliterative rather than first and last?

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