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  • BabyNamesWorld
    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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  • Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
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    @Esmerelda,

    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!!

    First, you can never ask too many questions. Ask away!

    To answer your first question, no. That wouldn’t be an issue for me. Perhaps it would seem very slightly odd if you were to have TWINS and name them as such. Then I may revisit, but singletons with these names…nah. Wouldn’t bother me at all.

    Secondly, I find it slightly odd that one could like the name Max, but not like Maximilian. This might be an area where your partner needs to consider compromise.I do, however, believe that Max is a short form name that can stand on it’s own and wouldn’t think it odd if a boy were to be named just Max, and not any longer form.

    Names that could yield the nn Max:

    Maximilian
    Maxwell
    Maxfield
    Maximus
    Maxim or Maxime
    Maximiliano
    Maximilianus
    Magnus
    Mannix


    Bh040106
    Participant

    Anabel

    Looking for suggestions for our Son, arriving in Aug – Keeping options open and would love any suggestions. Currently have a Daughter Izabelle and a son Tate. Last name is Henry.

    Some that I like but not love -Ty, Sawyer, Drake, Cooper.

    Any suggestions or idea’s would be appreciated ;)
    Thanks,


    weavie
    Participant

    Hi first time posting. All of you seem to really love the name game so no judging my lack of togetherness here, plz! ;-) Hubs and I are expecting our second in mid-August. Dunno the gender yet so we are wide open here in the Gray family. The new baby will have an older brother, Max Alexander. Looking for a good fit with our names and your opinions are very much appreciated!

    If baby’s a girl we love the name Belle. I tend to like Isabelle better but am concerned that 1). it’s bad ju-ju since our Grandpa, Isadore, is very much alive and well (don’t we typically honor loved ones who have passed- right or wrong there?) and 2). Isabelle is overused (?). Middle names for Belle: I’m clueless but like the idea of a French multi-syllable name that flows with Gray. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    If baby’s a boy, Hubs and I have trouble aligning. We can agree that we like (but are not in love with) Dylan or Zachary. We are again pretty open with middle names but some ideas came to mind that piqued our interests. His Aunt Carol recently passed of cancer so we were considering names similar to Charles. Again with the potential bad ju-ju here (scary bad ju-ju): my dad, Ronald Mathew is battling an aggressive cancer with a short prognosis…was considering Mathew as a middle name in honor of him. Or, probably a safer bet all around a middle name that flows well with Gray regardless of tribute. Open to your thoughts.

    By the way, just asked Max and his toddler opinion is, “Doughnuts or Car.” I can’t believe I wasted all the time posting- we have our answer ;-).


    JoNay
    Participant

    To be perfectly honest Anabel, Eliora was the very first name I saw chose and loved. If it’s common I have never heard anyone bear it and like u pointed out its lovely too. But of all reasons tho i just love the meaning…God is light! which is what He is and what this baby represents…light…as she’s the first and probably will be the only girl in my family. So it just felt apt! I absolutely love the name. And uve just confirmed my choice. Eliora it is!
    Now there r two spellings – Eliora, Eleora. The first is strictly Hebrew n Jewish origin, the second, Hebrew and English origin. Both have same meanings tho. Which would u prefer? Or which would u advice?

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
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    Anabel

    Looking for suggestions for our Son, arriving in Aug – Keeping options open and would love any suggestions. Currently have a Daughter Izabelle and a son Tate. Last name is Henry.

    Some that I like but not love -Ty, Sawyer, Drake, Cooper.

    Any suggestions or idea’s would be appreciated ;)
    Thanks,

    Hey there, @Bh040106!

    Congratulations on your baby boy, arriving shortly!

    It seems as though you like “modern classics”. And with a lovely surname like Henry, you have lots of options for your little guy. Do you have a middle name chosen for him? These are some suggestions for you. Let me know what you think of any of them, and then we can go from there and try to focus in on those that work for you and others that might make the grade.

    Izabelle, Tate and…

    Fletcher
    Wyatt
    Thatcher
    Kai
    Gage
    Spencer
    Gray
    Emmett
    Xander
    Calvin
    Miles
    Graham
    Benedict
    Adam
    Davis
    Barton
    Xavier
    Brice
    Arlo

    How do you feel about these? Anything that you like? Let me know and we will continue–I would love to help you all that I can!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Welcome, @weavie!

    Hi first time posting. All of you seem to really love the name game so no judging my lack of togetherness here, plz! ;-) Hubs and I are expecting our second in mid-August. Dunno the gender yet so we are wide open here in the Gray family. The new baby will have an older brother, Max Alexander. Looking for a good fit with our names and your opinions are very much appreciated!

    If baby’s a girl we love the name Belle. I tend to like Isabelle better but am concerned that 1). it’s bad ju-ju since our Grandpa, Isadore, is very much alive and well (don’t we typically honor loved ones who have passed- right or wrong there?) and 2). Isabelle is overused (?). Middle names for Belle: I’m clueless but like the idea of a French multi-syllable name that flows with Gray. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    No bad juju, here! There are certain backgrounds, Hebrew primarily, which traditionally do not name after someone who is living. However, there are no “rules” at large or in general, to naming after someone. Besides…Isabelle and Isadore are not the same name at all, and actually come from different origins and have different meanings. They only have a similar beginning sound. Isabelle and Isadore (or Isadora, for that matter) are like apples and oranges…so there is nothing superstitious to worry about on any front! :-)

    You are right though, Isabelle is a popular name. Belle and Bella are as well. This is something you will want to weigh. How important is that? Is it a deal-breaker for you? Isabella was the most popular name for girls in America for 3 years, and it is still one of the most common. You will meet many other Isabelles, Belles and Bellas. That only matters, however, if the idea of popularity trumps your family’s love for the name. I do think Max and Belle really make a very good complimentary sibling pairing. Very, very nice. Other alternatives that aren’t quite as common as Isabelle, but will still get you the nickname Belle AND pair with Max are: Mirabelle, Annabel, Arabelle, Cristabel, Amabelle, Adabelle, Mabel, Maribel and Rosabel…or any of the spellings of.

    As for middle names, why not apply some of the same perimeters as you are considering for your son, below? Aunt Carol provides some beautiful choices, as does Ronald and Mathews! I will use Belle as the first name, since it would be the hardest to pair…any of the other longer names would be a cinch with these suggested middles:

    Belle Charlotte Gray
    Belle Carolina Gray
    Belle Caroline Gray
    Belle Mattea Gray
    Belle Matilda Gray
    Belle Veronica Gray
    Belle Veronique Gray

    If baby’s a boy, Hubs and I have trouble aligning. We can agree that we like (but are not in love with) Dylan or Zachary. We are again pretty open with middle names but some ideas came to mind that piqued our interests. His Aunt Carol recently passed of cancer so we were considering names similar to Charles. Again with the potential bad ju-ju here (scary bad ju-ju): my dad, Ronald Mathew is battling an aggressive cancer with a short prognosis…was considering Mathew as a middle name in honor of him. Or, probably a safer bet all around a middle name that flows well with Gray regardless of tribute. Open to your thoughts.

    Again, I don’t associate bad juju with naming. I, personally, think it is nice for someone to know that they have touch the life of a child in this way. If you are extremely superstitious about it, then you need to weigh that for yourself, however, there are no ‘rules’ about it and many, many people are named after friends and relatives who are very much alive. I like the idea of honoring your father very much.

    Dylan and Zachary are very nice names and both pair well with Max. I tend to favor a Max and Zach pairing. However, if you’re not really in LOVE with either, it is good to throw some additional options around. Here are some additional options for you to mull over:

    Xavier Mathew Gray
    Dominic Mathew Gray
    Cian Mathew Gray
    Preston Mathew Gray
    Declan Mathew Gray
    Dexter Mathew Gray
    Theodore (Theo) Mathew Gray
    Donovan Mathew Gray
    Levi Mathew Gray
    Parker Mathew Gray
    Keaton Mathew Gray
    Malcolm Charles Gray

    Additional middle name suggestions: Carson, Carlton, Charles, Matthias, Matteo, Malcolm

    By the way, just asked Max and his toddler opinion is, “Doughnuts or Car.” I can’t believe I wasted all the time posting- we have our answer ;-).

    Don’t discount your toddler too quickly! When someone says Doughnuts and Car to me, I think:

    Douglas
    Duncan
    Dorothea
    Dorothy
    Carter
    Carson
    Charlotte
    Carmella
    Cara
    :-) Let me know your thoughts, and please…by all means, come back so I can help further!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    @JoNay

    To be perfectly honest Anabel, Eliora was the very first name I saw chose and loved. If it’s common I have never heard anyone bear it and like u pointed out its lovely too. But of all reasons tho i just love the meaning…God is light! which is what He is and what this baby represents…light…as she’s the first and probably will be the only girl in my family. So it just felt apt! I absolutely love the name. And uve just confirmed my choice. Eliora it is!
    Now there r two spellings – Eliora, Eleora. The first is strictly Hebrew n Jewish origin, the second, Hebrew and English origin. Both have same meanings tho. Which would u prefer? Or which would u advice?

    Today, both Eliora and Eleora are not completely obscure so most will be somewhat familiar with it, but you will not hear it commonly. Both come, essentially, from the same place and have the same root, so just choose what you like best. I tend to like Eleora just a smidge more…only because it just appears more vintage to me, and that is sort of my style. You can’t go wrong with either, though and I think it is a wonderful choice for you. Everyone ALWAYS loves to hear a story of how their name was chosen, and you have one for your little girl, for sure!

    Zombehh
    Zombehh
    Participant

    I like Arden for a girl and he says he likes it too but it sounds like a boys name to him. What do you think? It makes me think of the korean actress from one of his shows (Teen Wolf).

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi @Zombehh!

    I like Arden for a girl and he says he likes it too but it sounds like a boys name to him. What do you think? It makes me think of the korean actress from one of his shows (Teen Wolf).

    Arden has been used for girls for a long, long time and, although regarded as unisex, it has always been used much more often for girls than boys. Arden is one of my very favorite girls names, ever. I wouldn’t worry at all about it sounding too masculine.

    DharmaJam
    DharmaJam
    Participant

    Hi Anabel!

    I am now one week over my due date, no clear name choice in sight, and my husband going nuts over it. I had written to you about the name Dilpah, which I was xtremely drawn to but I got such negative feedback from family & friends that I decided to ditch it.

    Some background on me: 1/2 my family is Jewish and I do like to stick with the naming convention of taking the first letter of the deceased honoree’s name for naming a new child.

    My husband is Hispanic, last name Maldonado. I enjoy giving Sanskrit middle names which have deep spiritual meaning, but I deviated from that with my 3rd because we chose a biblical 1st name and I wanted to honor my grandfather with the middle.

    The names of my 3 kids:

    Emerie Satya Maldonado
    Annika Purnima Maldonado
    Luke Michaelis Maldonado

    We are having another girl and here are my thoughts. I really want to honor my Grammie Doris with this child’s name. Although I am very much drawn to “D” names like Devi, Dori, and Dinah, I am not opposed to using references to a much beloved Great Grandmother of my Grammie, whom she is also named after with her middle name of Aline. The full name of Doris’ Great Grandmother was Marie Alisande Aline Beçanson Von Brun.

    Ideas and alternatives?

    Many Thanks

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    I am now one week over my due date, no clear name choice in sight, and my husband going nuts over it. I had written to you about the name Dilpah, which I was xtremely drawn to but I got such negative feedback from family & friends that I decided to ditch it.

    Some background on me: 1/2 my family is Jewish and I do like to stick with the naming convention of taking the first letter of the deceased honoree’s name for naming a new child.

    My husband is Hispanic, last name Maldonado. I enjoy giving Sanskrit middle names which have deep spiritual meaning, but I deviated from that with my 3rd because we chose a biblical 1st name and I wanted to honor my grandfather with the middle.

    The names of my 3 kids:

    Emerie Satya Maldonado
    Annika Purnima Maldonado
    Luke Michaelis Maldonado

    We are having another girl and here are my thoughts. I really want to honor my Grammie Doris with this child’s name. Although I am very much drawn to “D” names like Devi, Dori, and Dinah, I am not opposed to using references to a much beloved Great Grandmother of my Grammie, whom she is also named after with her middle name of Aline. The full name of Doris’ Great Grandmother was Marie Alisande Aline Beçanson Von Brun.

    Ideas and alternatives?

    Many Thanks

    Ohhh! I hope I’m not too late!!!

    I think Aline is a gorgeous name, and it goes so well with your other choices! If you were drawn to Dilpah, why not consider Aline Dilpah Maldonado? I think it covers all of the bases: It honors your Grammie AND Great Grandmother and you are still using a Sanskrit middle name…and it also starts with a “D”. This was my first thought, and I think often times first thoughts are the best! Alina Dilpah Moldonado is also very nice!

    Other names to consider that start with D:

    Delaney
    Dorothea
    Daphne
    Damarys
    Dahlia
    Daisy
    Darcie

    Have you considered any of these? I really do love the idea of Aline/Alina, though!


    JoNay
    Participant

    I do though don’t I? We ve decided to go with Eliora though. Firstly cos that’s d first I saw…and u just said the first thought is usually the best! and Secondly it just spells and reads better to us…our opinion entirely… While Eleora spells vintage to u, it reads…funny…lol…to us. a clear case of different strokes for different folks! Anyways thank u so very much. Uve been of tremendous help. I just LOVE the name and the fact that u concurred…well beautiful icing on the cake.
    And so it’s Josiah, Nathan, and Eliora
    How’s it sound??
    Thanks Anabel.
    U r d best!
    Muah!!!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    @JoNay, I’m not Anabel but just wanted to say I LOVE Eliora! :)

    @DharmaJam I can’t wait to hear what you end(ed?) up choosing!

    @zombehh, I agree that Arden is plenty feminine!


    JoNay
    Participant

    Aww thank u TwoSapphires! U r welcome to it if u haven’t stopped making babies…lol. thanks again.

    DharmaJam
    DharmaJam
    Participant

    OH-KAY! Anabel, thank you so much for your input. I realized after I posted that I wouldn’t get a response until the following Monday and I was planning a natural induction with my midwife on Saturday.

    In any case, I was comfortable with holding out on naming for a few days after the birth, but hubby got so nervous about her not having a name yet on Sunday that I went ahead with it.

    After a sweet and tender moment together it suddenly became very clear that her name was…

    Eliana Devi Maldonado

    I kinda fancy that Eliana and Alina are related somehow, even though I know that the former is Hebrew and the latter is French. Still, they are similar in form.

    Cheers,
    Dharmaja

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    I do though don’t I? We ve decided to go with Eliora though. Firstly cos that’s d first I saw…and u just said the first thought is usually the best! and Secondly it just spells and reads better to us…our opinion entirely… While Eleora spells vintage to u, it reads…funny…lol…to us. a clear case of different strokes for different folks! Anyways thank u so very much. Uve been of tremendous help. I just LOVE the name and the fact that u concurred…well beautiful icing on the cake.
    And so it’s Josiah, Nathan, and Eliora
    How’s it sound??
    Thanks Anabel.
    U r d best!
    Muah!!!

    Thanks so much, and I am so glad that you’ve come to a decision! Its a beautiful name, and…it’s true! Often, your first thought is the best one!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    OH-KAY! Anabel, thank you so much for your input. I realized after I posted that I wouldn’t get a response until the following Monday and I was planning a natural induction with my midwife on Saturday.

    In any case, I was comfortable with holding out on naming for a few days after the birth, but hubby got so nervous about her not having a name yet on Sunday that I went ahead with it.

    After a sweet and tender moment together it suddenly became very clear that her name was…

    Eliana Devi Maldonado

    I kinda fancy that Eliana and Alina are related somehow, even though I know that the former is Hebrew and the latter is French. Still, they are similar in form.

    Cheers,
    Dharmaja

    Dharmaja, I am SOOOOO glad that you discovered her name–and that’s really what you did when you spent a little bit of time with her. You did really, really well and her name is just lovely. Welcome to the bright new world, Eliana Devi!!! Congratulations!


    Smoke77
    Participant

    I have a black/white, japanese baby but can’t think of any really good girl names. So far I’ve only came up with Alisha. Input would be very much appreciated.

    DharmaJam
    DharmaJam
    Participant

    Thank you!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi there, @Smoke77.

    I have a black/white, japanese baby but can’t think of any really good girl names. So far I’ve only came up with Alisha. Input would be very much appreciated.

    Well, my first thought is that the “sky is the limit” as far as name options. Is it important to you to recognize, specifically, the Japanese heritage? There are so many beautiful Japanese names that I would encourage you to pursue that angle if you’re so inclined. I would be happy to suggest some of these names that are similar to your tastes, if you would like.

    In order to make some suggestions, I would need to know a little more information so I can get a “feel” for your style, and to suggest names that would be appealing to you. Are there any names that you love, but wouldn’t or cannot use?

    As soon as you answer, I will post back! :-)

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