Barnes and Noble.
If we’re limited to clothing – Ann Taylor Loft.
I was thinking that Lorelei and Rhiannon would go well on this list as well since you seem to like a lot of mythology-based names.
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1. Flows with last name. I’d put ethnic origin here too because I’d only care about the ethnic origin if it resulted in a name that clashed with the last name. Otherwise I have no preference for ethnic origin.
2. Teasing potential for both the name itself and initials was a big exclusion factor for me.
3. Ease of pronounciation/spelling
4. Uniqueness. I prefer less common names that don’t sound made up.
5. Meaning – bonus points for a good meaning or personal connection and I might exclude a name that had an awful meaning but if the meaning was just ok, I wouldn’t care.
6. How well it goes with other family members. It didn’t occur to me to consider this until I came to this site, but my taste is fairly consistent so I guess it didn’t matter too much.
Beth and Victoria were my favorite names when I was little enough to have dolls, but my dolls were largely a neglected bunch, many of whom were nameless gifts. When I was in junior high or so, I decided that I’d have twins someday named Todd and Heidi (This shortly after reading the book. Not sure where Todd came from though). I used to write tons of stories and would have a blast naming all the characters, but I don’t remember any that particularly stood out. In high school and college, around the same time as I plastered my room with pastels, I loved all super girly, breathy sounding names like Alisondra, Gabriella, Anastasia, and Aria. It’s funny, because I really wasn’t all that much of a girly-girl over all.
I don’t limit the number of friends, but I do have my privacy settings pretty tight, so it isn’t easy to find me in the first place. Also, I hide or limit the posts of people who post a zillion non-personal things a day (like sports, anything with a subtitled cat in it, or 8000 reasons why you shouldn’t vaccinate your children or eat things that contain food). I have a special short list of family and close friends who receive the majority of my posts. The people I work with don’t need to know about all the adorable things my kids do
I like Naomi best from your girl list. It is classic but not seen that often. Imogen and Persephone would be runners up for me – both very fresh and interesting. I like Penelope too, but it is a bit more popular these days than some of the other names, and it seems like you are more a fan of unusual girl names. Cassandra is beautiful if you don’t mind the inevitable shortening to Cassie or mythical connection. For boys, I like Zachary, Alexander, and Maxwell best. I’d skip Loki. It seems like that would just set him up to be getting into trouble at every turn
I kind of like Ruth with Evangeline. Lucy, Sarah, Rachel, Hannah would be pretty too. Susanna, Georgia, Eliana, and Anneliese seem too long to flow well, and Lila shares the Li sound with Evangeline, which makes it a bit harder to say imo.
How about Mai or Mia as a first name and then a mn that begins with an L? Then it is (or is almost) Liam backwards.
I think Theodore (nn Theo) is better than Theo as a full name so he can choose to be more formal in certain situations if he wants to. I really like Owen with your other sib names. Owen Jack maybe?
Birthday dinner tonight with my family!! Tomorrow, a wedding shower, and Sunday, a birthday party for a classmate of my daughter. Full weekend. In between, there is a ton of laundry to be done and I might blow torch my kitchen in an effort to get rid of the flour weevils once and for all. Just found two new ones, predictably, under the chair of my daughter, who eats like Cookie Monster. Num num num num.
We make our own card with pictures of the family on it and then email it to friends and family along with a short message. We send a hard copy out to the one or two people we know who don’t have email addresses. If we had to address, stamp, and send cards through snail mail it would never get done. Not as classy, I know, but I figure it’s better than nothing.
Does it have to literally end in “ie” or just the “ie” sound?
Elizabeth nn Ellie
Madeleine nn Maddie
Josephine nn Josie
Robert or Robin nn Robbie
Theodore nn Teddy
Perrin nn Perry
Oliver nn Ollie
Daniel nn Danny
Eric nn Rickie
Frank or Francis nn Frankie
Matthew nn Mattie
I hesitate to even post this, but what they hey. I will start by saying I know lots of women who can’t wait to change their name, and plenty who would rather not. I am supportive of whatever a woman wants to do with her own name when she gets married. I don’t think it is anyone’s business but hers. When I was in college the topic of name changes came up and when some of my guy friends learned that I planned to keep my name regardless of what my husband’s name was, they were bothered by it. They pointed out that the kids would have a different last name than mine. I asked whether they would change their name to their wife’s name so that the whole family would have the same name. They said no, because it would be a hassle and they liked their given name, and because it would make it harder for people to find them. Those are the same reasons I decided to keep my own name. It doesn’t have to be some big feminist statement. I don’t think it has anything to do with women being chattel or whatever nonsense some people quote. It just seems like I wouldn’t like it as much, and I didn’t see any good reason to do it. My kids still know I’m their mommy, and 80% of the time, the teachers give me the kids’ last name anyway, and it’s not a big deal to me. My husband and I still love each other, and after 10 years together, we have one of the strongest marriages I know of. If your mind is made up and you are happy with your choice, I think that’s great, but even if it is important to him what your name is, it’s ok for it to be important to you too. It’s still your name and you should make sure that whatever you choose to do is something you will be happy with for a lifetime. Hopefully this isn’t too obnoxious. Sometimes I don’t know when to keep my mouth shut.
I think it is fine as long as it looks intentional. If you have them grouped together in different parts of the room or artfully interspersed, it could look cool. If you have 5 same-sized pictures in a row, and only the end one has white matting, it will look like you ran out of ivory.
For girls, I think Alisondra, Delilah, Clarissa, Adrianna, Persephone, or Calliope would work. For boys I like Gabriel, Elijah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Xavier, or Phineas.
Ooo Magster, that’s a good one. My old roommate kept turtles in a huge tank that was too big to lift and it took her maybe 2-3 hours at a time of lugging nasty turtle poop water and then ammonia water to and from the bathroom before the tank was clean. Now I’m feeling kind of lazy about begrudging my time with the dishes.
Defenestration means to throw someone through a window. I don’t particularly want this to be used more in everyday life, since, hey, I’m a peaceful person. It just tickles me that a single word exists for something so specific. Kind of random.
Another funny word that I’m sure you all know – pumpernickel (as in the bread)- has the most bizarre derivation I’ve ever heard, which maybe people who are so into names would like. It comes from two German words – pumpern, which means to break wind and Nickel, which means goblin. Literally, the bread is named after a goblin fart. Not kidding. Look it up if you don’t believe me I happened upon it accidentally in the dictionary one day while I was looking for something else.
Whenever my 4 yo daughter talks about having kids, the kids are twins and she names them after her and her brother. She has also named one of her Barbie dolls and its horse both after herself. Glad she approves Several stuffed animals are “Madison” after a cat we know. I named most of her stuffed animals when she was a baby. Those that she has named on her own have names that are both unpronounceable and mutable.