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    I love the name Paloma! Very nice!!

    Esme, James and

    Elodie Paloma
    Ada Paloma
    Eva Paloma
    Athena Paloma
    Liora Paloma
    Leah Paloma

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
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    I’m not sure if anyone will pronounce it no EM ee. I have only ever heard this name as no AY mee or no EE mee, which I believe is the correct pronunciations. I think the Spanish pronunciation is no ay MEE, with the stress on the last syllable.

    That being said, you may always have difficulty with strangers, and your daughter will likely have to correct people most all of her life. The people who know your daughter personally and well will, of course, know how to pronounce her name and it will only take a time or two before they get it. But PLEASE make sure that you know the correct pronunciation before you name her that, or she will have even more trouble. Believe it or not, if you are pronouncing it the correct way, more people will know the name and its pronunciation as soon as they see it written down.

    If you are worried about her having to deal with this long term, then please give her a middle name that isn’t such a difficult name to pronounce and it more conventional. That way, she has the option of something that is easier for her to deal with, and she can go by or use that if she would like.

    • This reply was modified 1 day, 19 hours ago by Anabel Conner Anabel Conner.
    Anabel Conner
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    Hey there, Chrissy! Welcome!

    Anabel Conner
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    Hi Nikki! Congratulations!!! Welcome to BNW!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
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    Hi there I’m so grateful for you & this wonderful resource! My husband and I decided to name our son Soren. We wanted something unique, masculine, and strong sounding. Unfortunately my mom is more traditional and thinks a name like Soren will get him fun of — do you agree?? My second question pertains to agreeing on a middle name. my hubs & I have narrowed it down to Alexander, Christopher, Manning, or Michael. My personal favorite is Alexander because it sounds so strong and I think it flows the best with Soren’s first and last names (2 syllables). I also like the meanings of Christopher & Michael as well as how they bring a classic/traditional balance to the name Soren. My husband and I met at Frankie Manning’s Blue Room which is where Manning comes from. While I love the name and its personal significance, I’m concerned that’s putting two unique names together (Soren Manning) would be a bit “too unique”. I would love to know your thoughts and opinions! Thank you so much!

    Hi there @FaithandFamily13! Thank you for your questions!

    First of all, I think that you and your husband should make the decision on what to name your son regardless of your mom’s opinion. Of course she means well, however she got her chance to name her children already. This is a decision for YOU two to make! :-) That being said, I do disagree with her. I actually don’t think Soren is all that unusual of a name. Soren has been on the US popularity charts Top 1000 names for boys since 2003, last year ranking at the #622 most popular name for boys. When 2013′s stats are released (usually right before Mother’s Day), I predict we will see this name make it into the Top 500 boys names, easily. That is not an “unusual” name. It is a more uncommon one, but once a name makes it into the Top 500, it is generally a name that you see more regularly. For reference, some other boys names that charted in 2012 in the 620′s are: Neil, Jon, Raphael, Sylas, Rex, Jefferson and Shaun. Girls names registering in the 620′s are Emersyn, Brenna, Nova, Rosa, Gracelynn and Raquel. I doubt he will ever be one of 4 Sorens in his classroom, but his name will not be terribly uncommon, and certainly not unpopular enough to incite teasing! I think you have made a very nice choice, and I would stick to it. Its so hard to find a name that you both agree on, so that is GOLD right there!

    As far as middles, you have made a lot of nice choices. You really cannot go wrong with any of them! This really is all about your comfort zone. If you really feel that Soren is unusual enough that he may rather go by Chris, Mike or Alex instead one day, then your choice should be to use one of these more traditional classics. My personal feeling is that Soren is not all that unusual so I would probably opt for the more personal and meaningful Manning. Soren Manning. I think that is extremely handsome, myself. Please keep in mind that the name Soren can be shortened to the currently very hip and popular Ren and that Manning can always provide the option of Manny if he really wanted to go with something more common.

    Good luck! Please come back with any follow-up or additional questions…and let us know what you chose!

    • This reply was modified 2 days, 22 hours ago by Anabel Conner Anabel Conner.
    Anabel Conner
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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
    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!

    Anabel Conner
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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
    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
    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.

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