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    Hey there, @Rylane46!!! I remember you and I’m so glad to “see” you again!!

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    Mac-n-cheese!!! Homemade mac and cheese. I have a friend that makes this and I practically have committed her to bringing this to me for any special occasion ever. Its easy to make, all kids like it, and you can easily put it in a casserole or make a giant portion of it at one time.

    Anabel Conner
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    The zoo sounds awesome! I’m a big fan of zoos anyway, but that sounds like a great Easter tradition.

    Anabel Conner
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    10 years ago, I was probably in my house in the woods in Wisconsin. Easter was something that my parents always did with their significant others families, so I usually just spent it alone, eating chocolate or something.

    Anabel Conner
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    @Momkey, my stepkids are 18 and 13, but they lost interest in the whole Easter thing years ago. Man..I would STILL love to color eggs with my mom, if I had the opportunity! We were doing Easter at my house long after my brother and I were past our teens. My mom always got us books for Easter, so it was probably my favorite holiday as a kid. It is also different because it isn’t a very biog family event being that Marc’s family is in New York, and there aren’t any relatives any closer to us than that.

    So I’m having mimosas for Easter and someone else can drive home! :-)

    Anabel Conner
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    How about crockpot lasagna? That would be super duper easy—to make AND eat! How many crockpots do you have? lol!! I have three and I highly recommend looking up some crock pot recipes because they will ALL be easy and delicious. Not to mention portable!

    Anabel Conner
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    Well, your son’s name is very traditional and classic. May (or Mae) is the same. Vintage-y. I think May Kathleen is very nice, and I really love seeing May in the first name position, rather than stuck in the middle like it usually is.

    It would really help to know what your last name sounds like…what does it rhyme with? I ask because a one syllable first name with a one syllable last name isn’t a big no-no…it could sound perfectly fine!!

    The other thing that you could do is concentrate on longer names that can be shortened easily to May. Consider these with the same throwback feel as Henry:

    Mabel Kathleen
    Mavis Kathleen
    Megan Kathleen
    Maeve Kathleen
    Mahalia Kathleen
    Maida or Mayda Kathleen
    Mary Kathleen
    Mallory Kathleen
    Maren Kathleen
    Marielle Kathleen
    Marya Kathleen
    Mayra Kathleen
    Melaina Kathleen
    Esmee Kathleen
    Isemay Kathleen

    All of these names are in our database if you want to look them up!

    Anabel Conner
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    Hello anabel BTW i love your name i even had that one in mind … anyway im having a hard time picking the right name for my baby girl that will be born in may i just cant seem to find the right first and middle name to flow right with the last name i took already toomany breaks from getting a headach about it.. here are three that i like but just cant decide if my baby girl will hate me later or love her name
    - verity lynette mungia
    - Mariela hortencia mungia
    - selena rosette mungia
    Im not good at puting them together but id love to put her a rare name that sounds beautiful even if i cant use my moms name (hortencia) she doesnt have a middle name plz help me decide and picking a name

    Hey there, @Marivel!!

    First of all, I don’t think that any name here would be a name a girl would “hate” to have. That being said, we can’t possibly anticipate what our kids will think. :-) I THINK everyone goes through a phase where they dislike their name and wish it was something different (I did!). That being said, I think everyone also goes through a phase where they LOVE their own name (I did!!) and so it is all good!

    Your choices here are lovely. I particularly like how you are interested in using names with an ‘ette’ ending. These names are classic, yet relatively rare today, although I believe they are on the fringe of a resurgence. This, in a nutshell, means you have good taste AND that you are choosing names that are recognizable, yet not overly popular. From the rest of your question, it appears that is what you are looking for. You are right on track.

    The name that most fits what you are looking for is Verity Lynette Mungia. I think its great. All of your choices are nice, but this is the one that sticks with me.

    A few words about honoring your mother: You may want to consider including a second middle name to honor her. That is not something that is unheard of, and I don’t think it would be “too much name” either. The other options are to use a name with the initial “H” in the middle name spot to honor her. Another thing I suggest is to use a different name that has the same meaning. Hortencia means “garden” so, here are more girl names that mean ‘garden’!

    One last thing that springs to mind: Hortencia is the name of a beautiful blue variety of hydrangea. You could also honor your mother by including a name that means ‘blue’ or is a shade of blue. You can check out our Color Names list to find some!

    I hope I’ve helped! Please feel free to come back and ask follow-up questions if you have any. Let us know what you choose! Good luck!

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    I think you’ve made some wonderful choices! I particularly like Davis!

    Anabel Conner
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    I don’t think any of these names…or any names, really…will ever go extinct. The more people quest in finding something different, the more of these we will see again. I wouldn’t write off anything.

    Anabel Conner
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    Thanks for coming back, @dreamofyou!

    My husband and I have had a name for our future son picked out for about three years now, Everett Mitchell. Everett is the name of his uncle who passed away. Mitchell is my father’s name. My brother and his wife welcomed my nephew, Brooks Mitchell, three weeks ago. My question is, would it be inappropriate to keep Mitchell as the middle name for our future son, thus giving the cousins the same middle name? Should we choose something else?

    It is PERFECTLY acceptable and fine for you to use the same middle name! Many people do this, especially in families in regards to honoring a certain individual. I know a family with three boys–brothers— who all have their father’s name for their middle name. It makes perfect sense that you and your brother would both like to pay homage to your dad! I say ‘go for it’!

    Anabel Conner
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    Hi jenni_lynn91!

    I have another name origin question. We aren’t using the name for this baby, but my fiancé wants to use the name Anyi Sayuri for a girl. (With his accent, it sounds like Angie Sah-jury, but I don’t know the real pronunciation). From what I have looked up online, Anyi is a Chinese name meaning artistic, and Sayuri is a Japanese name meaning small lily. Is it weird to have a Chinese/Japanese name with a Mexican last name? Also, if I had two daughters, would it be strange for one to have a Spanish/Aztec name and the other to have a Chinese/Japanese name?

    Firstly, I don’t think that mixing name origins is too odd. We are living in a very global world, where people from many different cultures, heritages and backgrounds are coming together. As this happens, it becomes less and less rare for people to see names that are of different origins being used together. I do not think it is odd or strange, and I think it is perfectly acceptable.

    The thing that I would be very wary off, however, is using a name that you might not be pronouncing correctly. If it isn’t able to be pronounced the way it should be, then it will lead to a lot of confusion for both your child and everyone else. So I would say to stay clear of anything that isn’t simple to pronounce correctly.

    Thanks for your question! Please come back and ask more! :-)

    Anabel Conner
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    Hi Anabel!

    I have a couple questions, actually.

    1. My husband loves the name Aislyn, but with the pronunciation of Ace-Lynn. Many people are upset with the spelling because Aislyn is actually pronounced Ash-Leen in Ireland. Do you really think its a big deal? Or should we spell is Acelyn? Do you think people would mispronounce the name with either spelling or more so one way?

    2. The boy name we have chosen is Finnegan. We like Finn for a nickname. Some people love it, and some hate it. What do you think?

    Hi @ashleykay102!

    1. I think that most people, when they see the “Ais” in a name, know that it is pronounced “Ash”. Aislinn is such a strong, traditional Irish name that it is very recognized. Especially since Irish names went through a tremendous popularity trend in the 1990′s. If you truly want to use an “Ace” in place of “Ash”, then you will need to spell it differently to avoid confusion. Acelyn would probably get you the pronunciation that you desire. I think there will always be some confusion with this name however, because it is a fairly modern creation, and also because Ace is very, very trendy and popular today for boys. So be prepared.

    2. I think that Finnegan is WONDERFUL! If you and your husband agree on it, I think it is a perfect choice. It is strong, easy to pronounce, instantly recognizable, rich in heritage and history and it isn’t overly common. I think those traits are exactly what most people want in a name! Do’t pay any attention to the “naysayers”, you’ve done good!

    Anabel Conner
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    What a great name! Congratulations on your little bundle of boy!

    Anabel Conner
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    When the time comes for me to have children I am already dead-set on the name of my first born son. I will be naming him Eli (Garret, Garrison, Gary, Grey… depending on flow). These names will be in honor of both of my two deceased grandfathers who are very important men in my life. I am so set on this name and it is so important to me that if the father tried to dispute it, I will really just “un-invite him” to the delivery room.Is this absolutely terrible of me? Similarly my first born daughter’s middle name will be Renee. Also non-negotiable.

    Additionally, I would love to name a daughter after my grandmother, Nola. However I am worried that my other grandmother, Carol, will be offended that she is the only grandparent I’m not naming children after… Caroline is an option.. but I’m not entirely crazy about it, and it would have to flow.

    Hi @meamacat!

    The one thing that I have seen most often make naming a child difficult rather than an enjoyable part of welcoming a new baby is the failure to compromise. Many times, it is a picky hubby that is quick to veto suggestions. But just as often is a mama that has her heart set on a name being her honor alone, and boxing out her partner. Neither situation allows for the other’s feelings to be taken into account…and this could be the seed to lead to a WHOLE pack of other problems!

    Names are important. Yes. But a baby is a whole lot more than a name…and we have babies for many more reasons than to choose a name for them. There is going to be a whole lot of work and time and sweat and blood and tears that goes in to raising a baby from the start of his or her life to the time they are an adult and self-sufficient. Would you want your partner-when you really need him- to be that adamant to elect to just not participate because he is not getting his way? What if it is something about school, or discipline or health?

    It is really, really important to look at the big picture and lay the groundwork for compromise. As long as you are willing to compromise…things will be so much easier…and happier! That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your name ideas. It just means that you have to go into it being completely honest, but understanding that your partner might have feelings just as strong as yours and that those are just as important as yours. Heck, you might get lucky and you both will love the same names and there won’t be any problem at all. But, it is important to approach it as a joint endeavor, rather than a “my way or the highway” one!

    The OTHER important thing to remember is that there is always help when an agreement can’t be reached! I think that is one of the things forums and websites like this are best for: absolutely honest opinions and ideas from people who are objective and might be better able to help because they aren’t the ones that are “in the thick of it”! So don’t worry…we’ve got ya!

    As far as your grandmother being upset: Remember it is your choice along with your partner. Unless grandma is the baby’s parent, she doesn’t get a voice in the choice unless you say so.

    Anabel Conner
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    Hey @Myosotis!

    I’m still 10 or 15 years away from having any children, so this is hypothetical, but is it bad to not honour anyone in a child’s name? I love my family and friends, but their names? Not so much. I’ve noticed that loads of people honour family or friends through their kids names, but none of my family’s or friends’ names are my style at all. Plus I’d hate to have to miss any friend or family member out.
    Also, along the same lines as @ashthedreamer, do you think using names from other cultures is okay? Loads of the names I like are Greek, but I have no connection to the culture in any way. Do you think names like Evanthe, or Ariadne, and other -the/-adne names are too much?

    You absolutely don’t have to honor anyone when choosing your child’s name…not even if it is a family tradition! :-)

    You get to choose who you want to honor, who not to honor…or not to honor anyone at all! That’s perfectly fine! If you have a family tradition that you don’t care for, either…that is also ok. It is entirely up to you and your partner what you decide to do. There aren’t any hard and fast rules at all about choosing a family name. You get to make your own! I mean, how meaningful would it be if you chose a name you didn’t feel right about just because someone else made you feel obligated? A tradition is only meaningful if you want to take part in it…and if you truly believe in it.

    To answer the second part of your question: Absolutely. I believe using names from other cultures or origins to be perfectly fine. Just be sure you know the proper pronunciation and history of the name you choose, because even your child will be curious about his or her name. The story of how my mom chose my name is what made me interested in the subject of names and inspired me to learn more and more about them. So, I feel that aspect really is the most important…much more important that if you truly are, for instance-Greek or not. Evanthe and Ariadne are both names that are not to difficult to grasp, and I feel they would translate well. They are much less complicated than many other names that are being used every day. You will have to be prepared for people to possibly spell or pronounce them wrong, but even people named Jessica or Ashley have to deal with that.

    Than you for your questions! Please feel free to ask me anything! :-)

    Anabel Conner
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    Hey, Anabel! My question is all pretty hypothetical at this point, as I’m nowhere near ready (or able) to start a family at this point, but it is something I’ve sort of been mulling over in my head, and I’m wondering if they’re in any way usable. Lately I’ve been realizing how much I love these international names (sometimes international variants, but mostly just names used in other cultures that are a bit spunky and strange here, but still have aspects that are familiar, so I can see them fitting in okay), and I’m wondering how usable they really are. The ones I’ve been liking in particular are these:

    Eilidh
    Laerke
    Anouk
    Madelief
    Helene (I like the French prn., ay-LEN)
    French double-barrels (like Anne-Claire or Anne-Sophie)

    I feel like they’re really different from the usual Isabella, Emma, Sophia, Lily, Avery, Gabriella, etc., but they all seem to have aspects that either look or sound familiar (Eilidh sounds like Haley, Laerke looks a lot like Lark, Anouk can get Annie, Madelief has the same beginning as Madeleine/Madeline/Madelyn, Helene looks like Helen, etc.), but I can’t help but wonder if it’s a bad idea to have a little Madelief if I have no Dutch history at all. Thoughts on that?

    First of all, I do not think you have to have ANY Dutch heritage to use a Dutch name. So, if you chose to use a name like Madelief, I think it would be fine. Somewhere along the line, there seemed to be created an “unwritten rule” that a name should adhere to a person’s background. This, of course, is perfectly acceptable…but not necessary. If you love a name like Martinez and your surname is Smith, it is still totally doable! People are doing this sort of thing all over the globe! Go for it! America is a melting pot and really, that representation is true for most all of the world. So, I don’t think a person needs to use a name from their own heritage, and yes…perfectly fine to use a name of an origin that you don’t have a connection to. Just honor the name, and make sure that you know how it is pronounced correctly and where it comes from, because people will ask you–including your child!

    I will caution, however, that your biggest challenge here is that many of these names will be spelled wrong and pronounced wrong. You will frequently have to explain, and your child will as well. If this is ok with you, then go forth and just be prepared. If this is not ok with you, and you don’t want your child to have to explain or spell their name many times over, then opt to take some of these names that you love and use them in the middle name position. Your child can definitely choose to go by them or use them in any way he or she may like throughout their lives. The two on this list that I think you would have the least of this problem with would be Helene and Anouk.

    How bad of an idea is it to use a unisex name that is fairly strongly skewered to the girls’ camp on a boy (think Addison, Bailey, Hadley…). Bailey’s been a long-time favorite, and I’ve been really crushing on Addison lately, but I just get the feeling that this is a really bad idea. :( Just wondering your professional opinion on that…

    As far as unisex names, the tide is turning and many parents are starting to use unisex names as TRULY unisex names. Which means there are more people choosing names like Addison, Hadley and Bailey for boys. True unisex names are pretty hard to come by, anyway. For instance, the name-nerd in me wouldn’t call any of these names unisex. They are all surnames, so, they are masculine names, but are often used for either sex. There is nothing wrong with using these names for boys. Today’s social climate is very much open to these sorts of names being used on either gender…probably more so than ever before!

    Thanks for your fun questions @ashthedreamer! Please feel free to ask anytime!

    Anabel Conner
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    Sophie is a fine name, as is Sophia and Sofia. however, I vastly prefer it in the middle name spot. This name is so incredibly popular now that it is virtually unexpected to see it in the middle…and there is no reason is shouldn’t be there.

    If you really like this name, by all means…it is lovely. Be aware that there will be many, many Sophies. In fact, there will be more Sophies than Sophias because most girls that are named Sofia or Sophia will be called Sophie…so it will be heard even more than those options.

    For me, it would be to frequently used for my personal tastes. That is purely my personal opinion, though. I would, potentially, use it in the middle name spot.

    Anabel Conner
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    Thank you Anabel!! Appreciate your input:)

    :-) You’re welcome!

    Anabel Conner
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    I see what you mean about the versatility (and I do love that about our boys’ names; with my own very short FN, sometimes it bothered me to have no options). Do you think Lucia would fit better than Lucy? I think it’s pretty and flows well with our Portuguese LN while Lucy would be a cute, spunky nn option. Lucia Josephine might be an option. (And I do also really like your suggestions of Josephine Cora or Josephine Lila; putting those on the list of contenders. :) )

    Great follow-up q, @TwoSapphires!

    I think Lucia, Lucille, Lucinda, Luciana, Lucina are all great options for you. There are also names such as Lucretia and Lucasta, which are very lovely, but I think they might seem a bit “off” with your boys, although they certainly wouldn’t be off limits, either. As I said, you have a little more leeway with a girl, since she’s going to feel different no matter what, because…you know… she’s a girl! :-)

    Please, come back with more questions! I’m happy to help!

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