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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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  • katyclair
    Participant

    what do you think of the name Dante. My best guy friend and I made a pact in fourth grade that we would name our son in my case after each other?


    Utahgal
    Participant

    Anabel,

    I love the name Ashlynn and as soon as we found out we were having a girl I was excited to name her Ashlynn. Now we have decided to have her middle name be Susan after my mother. Our last name starts with an S and her initials will spell A.S.S so now I have to find a new first name.. Any suggestions on what I should do?

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Anabel–

    You know how much I love the name Benjamin. And you probably also know how much DH doesn’t like it. He says it’s too “Jewish” and that he just doesn’t like the name very much. He doesn’t like the nicknames for it especially (and neither do I really. I just love plain Benjamin). I’m still holding out hope that if that time ever does come to name a little boy, that he’ll consider it, at least for a middle name.

    In the meantime……give me all the reasons why he SHOULD love the name!!!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    @katyclair,

    what do you think of the name Dante. My best guy friend and I made a pact in fourth grade that we would name our son in my case after each other?

    I think the name Dante is rad. It’s a medieval short form of the name Durante, so…if you weren’t sure about Dante, but still want to keep up your pact, you could use Durante, Durant or Duran, too and still be naming after him! Dante Alighieri is a famous bearer of the name.

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Congratulations, @Utahgal!

    I love the name Ashlynn and as soon as we found out we were having a girl I was excited to name her Ashlynn. Now we have decided to have her middle name be Susan after my mother. Our last name starts with an S and her initials will spell A.S.S so now I have to find a new first name.. Any suggestions on what I should do?

    Unfortunately, those initials really are pretty bad. In general, I think initials are important but don’t worry to much if they spell something, like INK or MAT, but A.S.S. isn’t something that I would mess with.

    That being said, the first thing that I would consider is putting Ashlynn in the middle spot and calling her that. It is very common, and…depending on where you live, even a more popular practice. Consider using Susan (or..if you want to be slightly different to avoid confusion) or one of it’s variants Suzanne, Susannah, Suzette, Sanne in the first name spot, followed up by Ashlynn in the middle. Susan is a wonderful name with tons of nickname potential (Suzy, Sanne,and my fave Zuzu) and if you and your husband call her Ashlynn from the very beginning, everyone else will, too. That’s pretty much a rule of thumb. This way, you can still use the name that you love, honor your mom AND avoid the initial dilemma!

    There is one more solution, too. Susan means “lily” so you could use the name lily and still honor your mom. Ashlynn Lily is very sweet name. The initials would be A.L.S., which is still a minor concern, but not so much so as the initials A.S.S.

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hey @yellowwatts!

    You know how much I love the name Benjamin. And you probably also know how much DH doesn’t like it. He says it’s too “Jewish” and that he just doesn’t like the name very much. He doesn’t like the nicknames for it especially (and neither do I really. I just love plain Benjamin). I’m still holding out hope that if that time ever does come to name a little boy, that he’ll consider it, at least for a middle name.

    In the meantime……give me all the reasons why he SHOULD love the name!!!

    I think that Benjamin is one of the most universal names in existence. Not to mention that it has been around since the virtual beginning of given names.

    The thing I love most about the name is the meaning: “son of the right hand”. The right hand side has traditionally been a reference to strength and virtue. Which is why we refer to a best friend or valued compatriot as your or my “right hand man”. The importance of the right hand is eloquently stated in the Bible’s Psalm 139:

    Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
    If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
    If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
    even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

    …and essentially, that is what Benjamin means. The name is sort of a summation of that idea. The name Benjamin became widely used throughout the world during the Protestant Reformation…and so many of the leaders and revolutionaries that formed the United States had the name. I just think it has so much of a historical pedigree that it is an amazing name.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Oh thank you Anabel! That’s awesome :) :)

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    That is a really cool perspective on Benjamin. :) DH and I really like it but already have a nephew with that name.
    I *never* would have thought of it as “too Jewish”; though I’m very aware of its Old Testament origins, it’s such a widespread name. I know many Benjamins and I don’t think any of them are Jewish.


    MiVS
    Participant

    Hey Anabel :)

    I’ve been wondering about this for ages, and I can’t find an answer anywhere. Where does the nickname “Boy” come from? I first started wondering about it when reading about Boy Capel (Arthur Edward Capel). It doesn’t seem like it has any connection to any particular name, but especially in the past, men would often go by the name “Boy”. I hope you’ll be able to help me out :)

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hey Anabel :)

    I’ve been wondering about this for ages, and I can’t find an answer anywhere. Where does the nickname “Boy” come from? I first started wondering about it when reading about Boy Capel (Arthur Edward Capel). It doesn’t seem like it has any connection to any particular name, but especially in the past, men would often go by the name “Boy”. I hope you’ll be able to help me out :)

    Hi @MiVS!

    Holy smokes…do I love this question!

    First, I have some first-hand experience with “Boy”. My first boyfriend, ever, had this nickname. His real name was Edward, and he went by Eddie as well, but he was (and still is!) mostly known as Boy. In this case, Boy is more of a term of endearment given to refer to a relationship to a father and grandfather– much like Sonny, or Junior– in it’s less formal sense. Traditionally given to a boy who may do things like or resemble his father or grandfather, even if they may not share a formal name. Consequently, Girl or Girlie is also used in the same manner, and more often so depending on heritage or ethnicity (For instance, this is often found prominently among certain Native American tribes and also among those of Filipino heritage.)

    Other instances where Boy frequently occurs as a nickname are among jockeys (wasn’t Boy Capel involved in polo?), among men who seem particularly attractive or ageless, or those who seem particularly youthful or ‘rascal-like’.

    There is a personal name that was once present among the Saxons, Boia, which is one possible origin for the word Boy, but this isn’t used much any longer. There really isn’t any formal name for which Boy is a short form.

    Thanks for that great question! Don’t hesitate to come back if you have any further questions. I love this stuff! :-)


    JoNay
    Participant

    Dear Annabel,
    I have two boys Josiah and Nathan and in Dec we r expecting a third child. We don’t know what the sex of the baby is yet but we r praying fervently for a girl…go figure huh? Anyways wev been checking out girl names but we can’t seem to make up our minds on what we really want or what would be suitable for our lil Princess and at d same time match our boys’ names. Cos I like their meanings these r d names wev come up with so far… Olivia,Eliora,Elianna,Zoila,Fiona and Nicole. What would u advice??


    JoNay
    Participant

    Oh and yeah…just in case I have a boy, what would u suggest? I have practically no idea…

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Dear Annabel,
    I have two boys Josiah and Nathan and in Dec we r expecting a third child. We don’t know what the sex of the baby is yet but we r praying fervently for a girl…go figure huh? Anyways wev been checking out girl names but we can’t seem to make up our minds on what we really want or what would be suitable for our lil Princess and at d same time match our boys’ names. Cos I like their meanings these r d names wev come up with so far… Olivia,Eliora,Elianna,Zoila,Fiona and Nicole. What would u advice?

    Oh and yeah…just in case I have a boy, what would u suggest? I have practically no idea…

    Hey there @JoNay!

    Glad to help! first of all, CONGRATULATIONS!

    Secondly, any of these lovely names would complement your boys’ names beautifully. Of all of them, the name Zoila probably the least so– only because your boys names are much more across-the-boards traditional, where Zoila’s use is fairly predominant among Those of Hispanic and Greek descent primarily. Nicole is commonly found in the middle name position, because frankly, it sounds great with everything…so keep that in mind. I also like to see it out front, simply because it isn’t as common there as it has been in the past. Olivia, Eliora and Elianna are all fairly trendy at the moment, but all are very solid names with plenty of nickname potential. Fiona has less nickname potential, but is still complimentary to your sons’ names.

    As far as boys, you have a wide open playing field! Here are some that came to my mind when considering your sons names as well as your girls picks to try to match your style.

    Elias
    Orion
    Vincent
    Nicholas
    Elijah
    Oliver
    Elliott
    Zachariah
    Zachary
    Owen
    Eamon
    Quinton

    Do you like any of these? I hope I’ve helped. I welcome any follow up information or questions that you might have, don’t hesitate to ask!


    elotus
    Participant

    Hi Anabel! I wrote to you a couple months back about some name ideas, and it turns out we’re having a girl! So we already have Ian and Nora; now what are some names that compliment these two nicely? My top three right now are “Annabelle,” “Elaine/Elaina,” and “Claire.” But I want some ideas. I went through an entire list of girl names from A to Z and couldn’t find but 5 or 6 that I liked enough to write down — this is a tough decision for us!


    JoNay
    Participant

    YAY Anabel!
    Thanks for replying. I only just found out we r actually expecting a girl even tho the radiologist says I should come back in another two weeks for a follow up scan. He says he sees a female so I’m holding onto that! Lol…
    So I need a girl name…
    I’m gonna put u on the spot on this one…
    If u were in my shoes what name would u give of all the names afore mentioned? And what else would u suggest?
    Thank u…#im laughing here…

    Esmeralda
    Esmeralda
    Participant

    Hi Anabel! I’ll put to you a question that I’ve posted on here and on Facebook…

    Two of the only names we have agreed upon also happen to be characters in my favourite book, ‘Dracula’ (the names being Arthur and Mina). Would this be an issue for you?

    And another question (lol)…

    We both love the name Max. I would much prefer it as a nickname and have loved the name Maximilian for years. He, however, only seems to like it on its own. Can it work on its own do you think? What other names could Max have as a full name that aren’t too common but aren’t too ‘weird’/unknown either?

    Thanks, and sorry for the amount of questions here!!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hey there @elotus!

    Hi Anabel! I wrote to you a couple months back about some name ideas, and it turns out we’re having a girl! So we already have Ian and Nora; now what are some names that compliment these two nicely? My top three right now are “Annabelle,” “Elaine/Elaina,” and “Claire.” But I want some ideas. I went through an entire list of girl names from A to Z and couldn’t find but 5 or 6 that I liked enough to write down — this is a tough decision for us!

    Ian, Nora and Claire
    Ian, Nora and Elaine
    Ian, Nora and Annabelle

    Of these combos, I think that the first two are the most compatible, although you really couldn’t go wrong with any of them. Naming children is hard, and…when you already have chose 2 names that you love for your other babies, it gets more and more daunting with each new arrival. That seems to always be the case!

    The only thing that I can try to do, is perhaps suggest some names that you just haven’t thought of before—which is difficult because Ian and Nora are both classic, and that is where your tastes obviously lie. Finding a Classic name that you haven’t thought of before is highly unlikely. But I am up for the challenge! Just keep reminding yourself that the names you have currently on your list are very nice and you’ve done well…even if you never do come up with any others. :-)

    Anya or Anja
    Clio
    Maia
    Vivian/Vivienne/Vivien
    Alice
    Delia

    Do any of these appeal? What do you think of them? It might help me make better suggestions to hear your thoughts!


    elotus
    Participant

    I like Maia and Vivian and Alice, good suggestions! but still not as much as Claire, Elaina, or Annabelle :)

    Which of the three would you choose? I want a name that’s classic/romantic/feminine, but not overly-common.

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    YAY @JoNay! :-)

    Thanks for replying. I only just found out we r actually expecting a girl even tho the radiologist says I should come back in another two weeks for a follow up scan. He says he sees a female so I’m holding onto that! Lol…
    So I need a girl name…
    I’m gonna put u on the spot on this one…
    If u were in my shoes what name would u give of all the names afore mentioned? And what else would u suggest?
    Thank u…#im laughing here…

    Congrats on your first girl!

    Of all that you mentioned previously, I would choose Eliora, and here is why. It is probably the least common of all of them, and it has the most versatility. No matter WHO your daughter turns out to be, she can find a name within this one to suit and identify with. There is Elle, Ellie, Lia, Lori, Lore, Liora, Ori, Ora, Li/Lee, Lea, Ella…gosh, I can find more and more. I think one of the ultimate gifts you can give to a child is a name that can become anything they want as they grow. So, without a doubt, that is the one I would choose. And its lovely, to boot!

    Other names I would suggest to go with your boys’names:

    Camille
    Melina
    Mallory
    Lorelei
    Sabrina
    Rosalie
    Nicolette
    Nicola

    Do you like any of these? Your feedback can help me make better suggestions to you! Good luck!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    I like Maia and Vivian and Alice, good suggestions! but still not as much as Claire, Elaina, or Annabelle :)

    Which of the three would you choose? I want a name that’s classic/romantic/feminine, but not overly-common.

    I really, really like Elaine (without the ‘a’), simply because it is all the things you describe, but rarely found today…although names like it are popular/more common. I actually think Elaina is more the norm these days than Elaine.

    I think that Claire goes best with Ian and Nora.

    I think that Annabelle is your most versatile choice. And I know, because I am one! I love having the option of being Anne, Anna, Annie, Bel…and I have been referred to as all of those!

    I would choose either Elaine or Annabelle, if it were me. :-)

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