20 Weeks: A Rose By Any Other Name

April 17, 2012

I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to name my kids someday since I was little.

I had many dolls and animals. Their names were: Janie, Sarah, Doodles, Bocker, Beaker, Churton.


We have been bouncing around names for months now. There are a lot of beautiful names out there, but very few I can imagine actually choosing.

I tend to like names in 3 categories [So the name websites indicate!]:



H i p s t e r


A few of the girl names I like a lot [note Matt vetoed a few of these right away, but I’m including them for fun! We have a harder time liking the name girl names than boy names]


Ruth [Ruthie]












At least for now, I won’t get to use any of those!


Boy names we’ve tossed around have included [please note this list MAY or MAY NOT include the name we like the most at the moment, so I’m not really looking for feedback : )]



Max [Maxwell is Karen’s maiden name]


Davidson [nod to ye alma mater!]



Basil [pronounced like the herb, not like the Austin Powers character]



Churton [street I grew up on]

Boy names I’m finding are so much harder!!

Family Input

My mom actually came up with the name Baker. Pretty appropriate for our family! In fact, she now calls the baby Baker Wheatsworth when she talks about him! I hope she’s not disappointed that Wheatsworth is not on the above list : )

Before we found out it was a boy, my Dad had suggested Dakota Savannah after our two most popular bakery items!

Karen suggested the name Breád Dakota. Here Bread is pronounced “Bree-ahd” in a fancy way.

Matt’s dad [Mark] likes Mark – but spelled non-traditionally for us new-age kids like this: “Mharche”

One thing’s for sure: we won’t be sharing the name with anyone until he is born!

Lastly And Lastly

And another non-negotiable: we’re hyphenating his last name to Younger-Monson. This isn’t up for debate, so while I know many of you probably have strong opinions about hyphenation, I’d appreciate it if you kept them out of the comments because we’re definitely hyphenating. We don’t think hyphenated names are the most beautiful either, but neither of us could imagine not having our last name as part of our son’s.

Since we got married, our families call us the “Younger-Monsons” and we both think that order of names sounds better than Monson-Younger. We debated for a split second to do something super creative and become the Youngsons, but since both Matt and I are very attached to our last names (why neither of us changed them to the other’s upon marriage) we didn’t think that choice really made sense, as it would mean a new identity for not only the baby but for us as well.

I WOULD like to hear your favorite boy + girl names! We haven’t really made a decision yet and I love hearing all the cool names out there.

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{ 494 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle@PeachyPalate April 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

Ruthie and Max are my favs!


2 jane April 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

same!! While some of the names you chose are cool, kids have enough to deal with these days without having some really offbeat name. Both you and Matt have classic names and probably didn’t have to deal with people making fun of your name. Ruthie and Max are not very popular (at least not that I know of) but are absolutely adorable!! Not too overdone at all, but still not too out there. Love them!


3 Kate L. April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

Yes – when you are naming your child, you are acting on their behalf in a very important matter. It’s not what the parents want, it’s what will be smart and good for your child. As this wonderful baby names book puts it “Knowing what you know about the world now, would YOU want to go through life with that name?” (from The Baby Name Wizard)


4 char eats GREENS April 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

Very interesting about the last name thing! I like seeing different situations, such as you both loving your last names. I took my husband’s…but for me, that’s what I wanted. I think it’s awesome to be different!

So I wanted to say, that my niece’s name is Ella, AND my sis-in-law just had her third child (second daughter) on Friday and named her Ayla. I love how the 2 girls names go together!!

I think you have some beautiful options…and love that the parents are getting involved!! It’s funny that you put Violet on there because I thought my SIL was going to name the second girl that!! Good luck choosing


5 K April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Ayla is also the name of the main character in the Clan of the Cavebear books.. such a great character!


6 Jen April 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I had my daughter 5 months ago and named her Ayla. I’ve only gotten positive feedback on it! I love the main character in Clan of the Cavebear…


7 Jocelyn April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I LOVE the name Ayla! That’s beautiful.


8 Carlee April 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

Good for you for sharing the names that you like. My husband and I are keeping ours a secret for now, partly because of the whole feedback issue! I think I’m going to keep my favorites out of the blog world for now…but I will say that our list and your list have almost no repeats. Amazing how many names there are out there!


9 Meagan April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

Cute names!

Here are some of my favorites:

Girls: Layne, Shea, Kayla, Esme, Taylor,

Boys: Emmett, Cole, Stephen, Ian, Britton, Elias


10 Andrea April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I see some Twilight names in there 😉


11 Lisa April 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

My son is 3 month old and we named him Elias. We call him Elias or Bear (his middle name) and grandparents call him Eli. LOVE. IT. We liked the name because of the way is sounded but once we found the meaning “the Lord is my God” we were completely sold!


12 Christine April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

Well I know you are not having a girl, but I am partial to the name Ella. Our first daughter is named Ella Grace and I love that name. However, the name is really popular now a days and it would not be a unique name at school.

We named our 4th child Andrew Parker and I love that name! It’s traditional yet different.


13 Vicki April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

My 6 year old is Ella Grace, as well! 🙂


14 Vicki April 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

And about the popularity….it IS a little too popular right now but it also has to do with where you live. When we lived in California, we knew other little girls with the name Ella but in Missouri we don’t.


15 kate April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

It is SO hard to pick a name! When deciding a name we were torn. I wanted something classis and my boyfriend wanted something a little different. We ended up with a baby boy named Auden River Thompson. Everyone who hears his name always comments how much they love it and that they have never heard it before. It is actually an old English name meaning “old friend”. It is pronounced like the poet W.H. Auden. We are so glad we came up with something we think is a beautiful name but also unique. Good luck with the naming process! So exciting 🙂


16 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am



17 ashlynn April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

You’re always setting yourself up for criticisim when discussing the name before the baby’s born. My BIL and SIL aren’t telling anyone until their little girl is born. But, then again, it might be a good idea to see people’s reaction to the name before you put it down on the birth certificate. Something may sound good in your head but others may hear it a different way. I’ve got a pretty weird middle name becuase my dad got a little creative. You won’t find it on any of the baby name sites.


18 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

But like I said, the name we are going with is most likely not listed here 🙂


19 ashlynn April 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

Oh, I know. I read that part. I just meant a general “you” in the first sentence. Whenever names are discussed, people feel the need to jump on and give their opinion. That’s why it’s good to wait like you’re doing.


20 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:52 am



21 Megan Infantino April 17, 2012 at 8:15 am

Off your list, I like:

Even though we don’t know the sex of our baby yet (we find out the 25th!!), we already have names picked. I’ve had the girl’s name picked even before we got pregnant. My husband knows I will not budge on this name – but we really likes it anyways so he won’t complain. If it’s a girl, she will be named Eva Marie. Eva was my grandmother’s name – she raised me. And Marie is my middle name. If it’s a boy, we are naming him after my husband. Michael Joseph. 🙂

Good luck on the names! I know it’s a BIG decision but you and Matt will pick the perfect name for your little one.


22 robin April 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thats nice to name her after the person who raised you.


23 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I like Michael Joseph a lot, but it is also super popular. I have two in my family (cousin and his dad), and have two friends who both named their child Michael Joseph.


24 Lindsay April 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

I actually found boys names to be so much easier to decide on! We had a big list and quickly narrowed it down. As for girls names that list was much harder to make and I think we have finally made a decision or at least 98% sure we have. I had Basil and Dax on our list of boys names but my husband vetoed both. Also love Asher but we have a friend who has a little boy named Asher so that one got taken off the list too. We are also hyphenating our babies last name even if that means it will be a million letters (Ingalls-Fairweather) since my husband and I decided to keep our own last names when we got married.


25 Heather April 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

I’ve found girls names so difficult to decide on too. My husband and I were actually recently discussing that and we think it has to do with wanting the “perfect” name for the world to take your girl seriously. Someday she’ll [hopefully] be a successful woman, and so the name has to fit both being a cute little girl and womanhood. For some reason it seems like men have an easier pass on this. Or maybe it’s just us being overly paranoid.


26 Cate April 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

A big kudos to you for sticking with hyphenation if that’s what you want! When my husband and I got married, neither of us were very attached to our last names, but neither of us wanted to take the other’s name, for various reasons. We ended up creating an entirely new name, and we love it. Works for us!


27 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

So many names! Jacob and I were lucky we both loved hunter, made it easy to pick! A girl name was mug trickier to come up with effort we knew we were having a boy.

I’m excited to find out what name you picked, cave believe you’re making us wait 20 more weeks to find out Kath!!


28 Casi Ortiz (mamacravings) April 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

My favorite on the girls lists: Ella and Ruth(ie)

the boys: Asher and Max

But I really like all of them! You have a great list.

My son’s name is Elijah Myles. It was my husband’s pick, but I like it.
If we stuck with E’s we would go with Evan Charles (Charles is my grandfather’s name) and Elliott Ryan (my brother’s name).

For girls we like:
Elaina Grace (Elaine is my mother’s middle name)
Emelia Claire (Emma and Claire are both family names)
Elisabeth Adrianna (Elizabeth is my grandmother’s middle name).

…I think a lot about names too. 🙂


29 Kim April 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

I love all the names on your lists! I especially love Baker, because that is my maiden name. I had never thought to use it as a boy’s name. My father passed away recently, and I can’t think of a better tribute. So, if we have a boy next time that will definitely be on my list.
My daughter’s name is Raina Catherine. My husband actually picked out Raina and it just stuck. She is definitely a Raina! The name Catherine is after my grandmother, who was a very special person to me.
I agree totally with keeping the name a secret. We didn’t, and we got some comments that made us feel less than excited about our name choice. When we go down that road again we will be more hush hush. 🙂


30 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I love Raina!


31 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

Some really great names! Some are totally unique without being too weird, KWIM. My favs are Asher, Max and Davidson (or Davis would be cute).
I am a true believer in using family names or something that “means” something to you both, not just picked randomly from a baby book. Our son is Owen Walter – Owen is a Welsh version of John (my Dad’s name) and Walter was my husband’s grandfather. Our daughter is RIley Cathryn – Riley is my maiden name and Cathryn is by MIL’s first name (she goes by her middle).


32 Hattie April 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

Have you come across the Swistle: Baby Names blog yet? I’ve always loved looking at names and the combinations of first, middle, last that people come up with so this blog is purely read for entertainment. I’m no where near ready to have kids but I love to look at the possibilities!

The link: http://swistlebabynames.blogspot.com/



33 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I second Swistle! Awesome blog to read for ideas even if you don’t submit. I also highly recommend http://www.amazon.com/The-Baby-Name-Wizard-Magical/dp/0767917529 – super fun book!


34 Laura April 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

My husband and I just found out we’re having a little boy and our top three names are Max, Jack, and Henry. Our last name is pretty feminine and can also be considered a first name (it’s on your girl name list, actually!), so we wanted to go with something that is clearly a first name (versus something like Thomas which could be mistaken for a last name) and something that sounds masculine. Right now we’re “practicing” calling the baby by a name to see what feels most natural. 🙂

By the way, we’re due just days apart (I’m 21 weeks today!) so it’s been extra fun to follow your journey!


35 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:43 am



36 Ann April 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

Our dog’s name is Asher 🙂 and I think it would make a great human name! And our son’s name is Roan Anderson. We just liked Roan and my dad’s name is Anderson. For our hopefully second child I like Lena and Liam. Enjoy the process!


37 Emily @ the doodlebug April 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

Lena is my FAVORITE girls name, again – husband said no 😉


38 haily April 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Lol, Ann…. my dog’s name is Lucy, and now that I am expecting I am sad I used that name on a dog 🙁


39 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Use it anyway!


40 Faith April 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

This made me think of Indiana Jones! (You are named after the DOG?) Haha.


41 Stephanie C April 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I have the same problem! We named our dog something and love the name so much we wish we could use it again 😉


42 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My mentality is don’t name your kid anything that is a popular dog’s name- Max, Rex, Maggie, etc. Check the most popular dog name list and I definitely avoid those names for humans!


43 KERF April 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

But there are tons of humans with those names that prosper!

Now Rover, Tiger, Buddy, Bear…I can understand 🙂


44 LizP April 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I agree that you can prosper with a name that is a popular dog name. I personally just would prefer not to hear when I tell someone (stranger, friend, doctor, etc) my child’s name, “Oh that’s my dog’s name!” And this is from someone who loves dogs.

But, to each his own. I personally have loved spending over an hour reading everyone’s opinions and name suggestions! Such great ideas out there!


45 Jeanette April 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

I keep reading through the comments and can’t believe how many people like the name Max! Every time I see it I think “That’s my dog’s name!”.


46 Amelia April 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

My daughter’s name is Lucy, but we meet tons of dogs named Lucy and it doesn’t bother me a bit. Furry or not it’s a great name 🙂


47 Jessica April 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

I am more for slightly traditional names, my daughters are Rebecca Dee, Katelyn Diane, and Natalie Grace. So I am not a fan of most of your names, I cringe at Willow, Pepper, Frazier, Potter, Basil, Baker and Churton. Ultimately once I meet someone and get to know them, their name usually fits their personality and their non-traditional name grows on me. I am sure it will be the same with your baby boy!
Mharche? Nontraditional spellings make me cringe too. I have an unusual last name and it is no fun spelling it constantly, I can’t imagine having to spell my first name.


48 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

Cringe really? Let’s be nice.

Mharche was a total joke…


49 Liz April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

phew. I was going to comment that I really *hoped* Mharche was a joke. I don’t mind some non-traditional spellings – like trading a y for an i or vice versa – if the name is still easy to pronounce. but totally butchering the name to something that’s going to get mispronounced makes me wonder what on earth the parents were thinking. I am a polite person, so I keep those thoughts to myself and wouldn’t say anything to the parents, but I know I must not be the only one wondering. (maybe the fact that I am a teacher and see a LOT of “interesting” names makes me a little more sensitive to the subject. I’ll give you that.)


50 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:03 am

Yeah, that was his dad totally making a joke. We would never have a spelling like that!


51 Alice April 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

Totally agree about the non-traditional spellings – I hate them. There’s no need to make Eric into Ayrick or Xavier into Xzavier. It just makes me think that parents can’t spell.


52 Allison April 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Oh man! My son Baker’s feelings would be hurt 😛


53 CF April 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

I agree with one of the commenters above. Keeping secret is great, but you might want to run it by one or two close (smart) friends just in case there is something you haven’t thought of. Not so much “you’ll get made fun of at recess,” but more so a negative connotation that could affect them in future opportunities (I read this once on a website where someone wanted to named their daughter Nixon, but can’t find it now). Good luck!


54 Nina April 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

I like the above names. My favorites are:
Harper Felicity
Willow Aurelia
Celina Elisabeth
Rosemary Anastasia
Luna Alessandra
Maya Jillian
Ginger Penelope
Anya Sage

Cedar Benjamin
Homer Fox
…I’ve always been into names. No babies on my horizon.


55 Beth @ 990 Square April 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

WTG on staying strong and doing what you want (hypenating) the last name! I’m not even pregnant yet and I’m ALREADY getting crap about our plans to hypenate, but it’s just what feels right to us!


56 britt April 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

boy names are so hard for me too! i had 2 girl names and 1 boy name picked before i ever even got pregnant but now that i have a boy, i kind of only want boys. but i have no other boy names i really like or that my husband and i agree on. of course, my favorite boy name is alexandre since it’s my son’s name. it’s pronounced like the traditional “alexander” but we chose the name from the arthurian legend (my husband’s name is arthur) so we decided to go with that spelling.

can’t wait to find out the name you chose 🙂


57 Maddie April 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

I love names! I think it’s so fun to discuss and hear other people’s favorites (and I don’t like that people get judge-y). I like the different categories too. I’m no where near having kids myself, but I’ve definitely already have a couple names picked out. For a girl I love Elaina, Abigail and Ruby, and for boys I love Benjamin, Harrison, and Cameron. I really like adding a family connection to the names too, whether it be first or middle!


58 Meghann April 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

I know you said no input allowed on hyphenation, but I love that option. 🙂 I think that’s the perfect compromise and you two are both very lucky to both feel confident enough to agree on it. It shows you are both both strong and open minded. 🙂

Also, I LOVE the name Asher! That’s actually one of the names Derek and I have thrown back and forth as a potential boy name (in the far, far future). I also love the name Nolan (shorten to Nole as an ode to our alma mater), but I let that name slip to a friend one time and it’s now on the top of her baby name list for the same reason. I guess it’s true what they say – don’t share your baby names or else other friends might grab the good ones up.


59 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

Love the nickname Nole!


60 Sabrina April 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

Agreed on Asher & Nolan. Love those names.


61 Megan Infantino April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm


I’m getting my masters from there! They will soon be my alma mater too! Go Noles!


62 Sandy April 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I say use it anyway. You may not even be close to these friends by the time either of you have babies.


63 Helen April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

Really love all the name choices, both boy and girl. If we didn’t have our girl name picked out (I’m 21 weeks!), I’d be adding a few of your name choices to our short list. And also super envious of how nicely your last names flow together. They sound fantastic together! My husband and I have different last names but the thought of hyphenating our last names (mine is a super Polish last name filled with consonants that shouldn’t be next to each other in a last name and his is a 9 letter Venezuelan last name) is unfortunately not going to happen. It breaks my heart. I’m thinking about maybe giving the baby his last name and giving her my last name as a middle name, but even still, it’s quite the unfortunate mouthful.


64 kz April 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

We were in a similiar situation- with my last name 10 letter (and hard to pronounce) and my husbands 9 letters. So we went with my last name as our daughters middle name, and she has my husbands last name. It’s not perfect, but its working fo us… But I do wish hyphenating wouldn’ t have saddles our daughter with a 19 letter last name, as that would have been our first choice.


65 natasha April 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

My daughter has my last name and her middle name is my partner’s last name.


66 Helen April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

kz- Glad to hear someone else did this. Agreed, it isn’t perfect, but at least it’s working for you guys. I think we’ll likely go ahead with it. I hadn’t heard of anyone else doing this so thanks for sharing!


67 Stephanie C April 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Now sure what the tradition in the Venezuelan culture is, but my dad’s family has a tradition that the mother’s maiden name ALWAYS is the middle name of the child. That might be something to consider, because it can be a nod to his culture/family and also might work well as a compromise.
I also kept my maiden name, so now I have 5 names in total 😉 It’s not so bad!


68 Jenny April 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I lived in Venezuela for most of my childhood and people there always say my mom’s last name after they my last name (my dad’s).


69 Labeltz April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

I actually like the British way of pronouncing Basil.. but that’s probably because I associate it with the character Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers, who is a bumbling idiot but is played by John Cleese, who I love. I haven’t seen Austin Powers but I’m assuming that association is worse!

But anyway, have fun with the names! I usually go for more traditional, but one of my English professor’s kid’s names is Dashiell, pronounced dah-shell, after the author Dashiell Hammet, which I actually really like. But I think the most important is picking a name that is significant to you, like him choosing one of his favorite authors.

Thanks for the fun posts as always!


70 Jamie April 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love the name Asher, and I’ve been trying to convince my husband to love it too because we are pregnant. He’s convinced a kid would be teased and called Ash. Hoping I can change his mind. If not Asher, I wanted to name our first kid, regardless of sex Campbell since it’s his grandmother’s maiden name and his middle name but he isn’t sold on this one either. (So difficult!)

Thankfully we have a girl name/middle name already picked out and seeing how it’s a family name/family tradition, he can’t argue with me on that one 😉 If we have a girl she will be named Anna Blake.

Cannot wait to hear the name you guys pick for your sweet little boy!


71 Emily @ the doodlebug April 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

Anna Blake is so pretty!! I like Blake for a girls first name too 🙂


72 Jamie April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I do too! We have a tradition that all girls have B middle names and after the years it gets harder to come up with new ones…I was proud of this one 🙂


73 Tina April 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

One of my best friends is named Anna Blake, and I have always loved the name!


74 Jamie April 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

That’s so neat! More confirmation that it’s not crazy for the husband 🙂


75 Matt April 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Ash is an awesome nickname! Like a superhero!


76 sb April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I think this may be an indication of the difference between generations. I associate the name Ash with a rather nasty character in the original Alien movie! But I think that movie was made before you were born! 🙂



77 Sarah April 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

DeLurking to share my son’s name: Caleb Casmir

Caleb: because we love that it means “bold and faithful” and that is what we want our son to be. (Note: we named him Caleb before there was a surge of Calebs born. LOL!”)

Casmir: He is named after his Great-Grandpa from Poland. My Father-in-Law immigrated from Poland in his 20’s and married an American girl. Most of that side of the family still lives in Poland and we wanted to carry that legacy forward especially since, as of right now, Caleb is the only grandchild who will carry the last name. 🙂


78 Liz April 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

I love hearing that there are family meanings behind names. Caleb Casmir not only sounds great, but it is special to your family.

we don’t have anything too unique in our family for names (lots of English and Irish up in here), but we are going to honor family members with the middle names of our children. if we have a boy he will have two middle names – Roman and William – the names of our two grandfathers who passed away in 2011. if we have a girl, her middle name will be a combo of our mothers’ names. Lori + Lisa = Lorisa. 🙂


79 Julie April 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I’d like to do a combo of our mothers’ names for a middle name too – but I have not found the right first name to go with it. Linda + Shirley = Linley. Isn’t that cool? And, a boy middle name will be either my father’s first name or my father’s middle name because my husband’s dad already gets to carry on the last name! SO, either Gilbert or Joseph for that…I’m thinking Jacob Gilbert would be a good boy name (always loved the name Jacob and my husband likes traditional)…but…no girls first name yet…good thing we are nowhere near having a baby yet! 🙂

Good luck Kath – thanks for sharing this much! I figured names were off the table for discussion since you were keeping them a secret….but it’s been fun to read the comments!


80 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Love the combo name!


81 Brynne May 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

One of my step-brother’s names is Casmir, we call him Caz. I’ve never seen it anywhere else! My step-dad is 100% Polish and still has family over there too, so I’m certain it’s more common in that country.


82 Yasmine April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

For us the boy’s name were more difficult to find than the girl’s name. We had difficulties to be ok. I like Gustave and Emile but he hate these names 🙁 Finally our son’s name is Alexandre.
About the last name, we’re not married but, even if, I want to keep my name. At first I also wanted to append our names but my partner’s name is too long. The little boy has his father’s last name… And that’s ok because the association of his name and his last name shows his cultural mix (France and Maghreb).


83 Kimberly April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

I wish I could have gotten a bit more creative with naming my three boys. I like old english names, but my ex wasn’t for it. Ah well… All of them have first names that were my chosing, so I can’t be too upset over it! 😉 I’m all for creative and unique names (really loving most of yours!), but I could NOT believe my ears what an old friend named her son – Arsen Midnite!! Oy vey. Could they not at least spell it correctly?!?

Should I ever have a girl, I’d love to name her Ella Gray.


84 Whitney April 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

An old friend of mine just named her little girl Ella Grey… I thought it was super cute!


85 Sandy April 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Really like that combination.


86 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles April 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Naming a child = hardest thing EVER!!!
….and I agree, boy names are tough!


87 Michelle M April 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

Picking out names is so much fun! We didn’t have a list for any of our three kids. With our son, my husband just said, “What do think about Christian?” And I knew that was his name right away. Then when we had our twin girls, I’d always loved the name Grace, so I ran it by the hubs and he agreed it was a beautiful name. A couple weeks after that, out of the blue, he asks, “What about Hannah?” That was it. Hannah and Grace. I loved it. I even knew from the get go which baby was Grace and which was Hannah. After deciding the girls’ names, we searched out the meanings of the names and turns out Hannah is Grace is Hebrew. 🙂 We thought that was pretty cool.


88 Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

Ella was the girl name on the top of our name list a few years ago too! I love that name but one of our friends took it before we had kids and so far we’re striking out on girls anyway (boy #2 on the way!). Boys are so amazing and I know you’ll LOVE being a mama to one.

I could never settle on a boy name but my husband is super good at it and we’ve got two really great ones for our sons so I didn’t have to struggle through the process!

If I had kept my maiden name I would certainly hyphenate as well, it’s the only way to get both in! People definitely are opinionated on the matter and I myself wondered if I wanted to let my maiden name go upon marriage or maybe even make it my middle name. After some consideration I decided my first and middle name were chosen by my parents and my last name would represent my new commitment. Everyone has to go through those decisions!


89 Anna April 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

We found our baby girl’s name walking a historical cemetery about a week before I delivered her (Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are buried there). The name we found was Susan B’s best friend and a well-known suffragette in our area of Rochester, NY. It was totally last minute and never made the drafts – we also never shared it with anyone until she was born which was the best decision since family and friend can be pretty critical.

Now that we’re expecting baby #2 (we didn’t find out the gender either time), we’re heading back to the cemetery for some inspiration!


90 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oooo which suffragette? Not Elizabeth Cady Stanton is it? She was very cool.


91 Kate April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

I love your names and honestly, picking a name seems like the most interesting part of having a baby. (I mean, until you have the actual baby.) I will say, though, that I have a niece named Pepper and it makes me a little sad! It seems like a great name for a black lab but a inadequate name for a little girl. And it fails the SCJ test! (Supreme Court Justice Pepper Lastname? Never!)


92 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

I think it would make a great SCJ name! The SC could use some fun names 🙂


93 Jenny O. April 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

I kind of picture Supreme Court Justice Pepper as distinguished and a bit feisty, which reminds me of the baby name book where they tell you what people’s impressions of different names are. I loved that book.

In the end, some names just sound a little odd/weird until a child is attached to them. Any/all of them would work just fine, as long as you like them.


94 Alex April 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I also have a niece named Pepper (Pepper Luella). At first I thought it was way too out there, but now I love it — and she is totally a Pepper!!


95 Emily @ the doodlebug April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Jasper has always been one of my favorites! I like old fashioned names like Frances, Harry, Scarlett, etc – but my husband has given a big NO to all of those!


96 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

Those husbands…


97 Heather April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

My husband is the same way! I tease him that a little girl spends her whole life concocting the perfect baby names only to have them vetoed in a matter of 5 seconds…

We actually don’t have any children yet, but a good friend of mine gave me the tip to pull out your favorite name towards the end of the pregnancy when you’re both sick of over analyzing names and everything starts to sound good. Haha!


98 Aubrey April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Wow Kath I am slightly shocked to see Pepper on your list! My husband I have had that name in our back pocket for about 10 years for our future daughter, when the time comes. And I RARELY see or hear it out there – which is a big part of the appeal! Perhaps there is a Pepper Yonger-Monson in your future, to go along with our Pepper Everett 🙂


99 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

Actually Stephanie who sent me the cloth diapers used Pepper for her daughter and I added it to my list that day!


100 Kate April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

Scroll up a few comments and you’ll see that I have a niece named Pepper as well!


101 Allyson Smith April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

All of those names sound great, and i’m sure whatever you choose will be perfect for baby boy Younger-Monson. For a hyphenated name, that flows pretty well! I’ve always loved Lilly and my other favorite girl name is Hadley. I really like Harper too, but my best friend has already called that name for her (future) baby so it’s out of the question for us 🙂 Boys names have always seemed harder to me… I like Hayden and Jackson (we already have two of these in the family) and Fisher, which has been in our family for several generations. Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what you choose!


102 Jessie @ Graze With Me April 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

Nice collection of names!

My daughter is Lyric Charlotte. Other girl names I like: Quinn, Sterling, Blythe, Ariel & Cora.

Boy names: Vance, Anders, Carson & Harrison.


103 Melissa April 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

I love “C” names for boys, but our last name starts with C and there is something about the CC alliterative names for boys I don’t like. Otherwise my first might have been a Cole, Colin, Charlie, or Chandler. My other favorites have too many associations and were vetoes as well- Noah, Ryan, and Matthew. I also love Jake, but it wouldn’t sound good with our last name. You’ll know when you come up with the right name. We had a girl name picked out (and have for years!) so hopefully we’ll get to use it someday. My favorites include Taylor, Eleanor, Elise, and Olivia.


104 Melissa April 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

why don’t you like Noah? I’m nowhere near babyland but my SO and I both love that name for a boy!


105 Coreen April 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

I completely understand how difficult it is to decide what to do about last names. The constant input from people who disagree with your choice is annoying. I actually can’t believe some of the comments my close friends have made about our name choice. I am very attached to my name. I am french, and my name is french, while my husbands is not. Changing my name felt like changing my heritage. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to have the same name as my kids, that was most important for me. So, I kept my last name as a middle name and took my husbands name, and he also took my name as a middle name. It was a very difficult decision though. Good for you for being creative and finding something that works for both of you.

I love how a lot of your names have special meanings. Excited to hear what you pick!


106 Julia April 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

I think hyphenating your last names is a great solution to both of you loving your last names. I got married almost a year ago and couldn’t imagine giving up my last name, so I made it my middle name 🙂 Also, a co-worker of mine and their spouce both hyphenated their names to include both of their last names. It was odd at first seeing a man with a hypenated last name, but I think it’s pretty cool that he did not just expect her to give up a part of herself because they are married. I know you were not looking for opinions, this is more of a comment than an opinion 🙂


107 Lauren April 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

Asher and Forest were on our short list but we ended up with Hunter because my husband’s middle name (and his great grand dad’s) is Hunt. My son ended up being born on May 4th (Star Wars Day-may the 4th be with you) so for a brief moment he was almost named Jedi 😉 Our list also included Lennon, Jarvis, Logan, Reilly, and Echo.
It’s funny but my son is clearly a Hunter and not a Jarvis 🙂 So whatever you choose will be perfect and exactly who he is through and through.


108 Jen on the Edge April 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

We found that girl names were far easier for us to come up with, which is good, since we have two of those creatures now. In fact, we never settled on boy names for either, although we had a short list.

We are traditionalists, so we stuck with family names: Grace Elizabeth and Eleanor Meredith. First names relate directly to someone in the grandma lines and middle names are for our sisters (Pete’s sister is Amy Elizabeth and mine is Meredith).

As a Jennifer, I’m hyper aware of trendy names, so we avoided any names that were in the top 25 of popularity for at least five years prior to our daughters’ births, although it appears that we were on the cusp of new trends anyway and 1998 was the start of a renewal for Grace and 2000 was a big year for Ellies and Ellas. *sigh*

As for your own baby’s name, it’s your business and no one else’s. Anyone who comments negatively or tries to change your mind is rude and totally out of line.


109 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

“Creatures” hahah


110 Julie April 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I’m one of about 7 Julies from my elementary/high school days…and even now at 33, I’m one of 3 Julies in my jazzercise class. I also would tend to stay away from overly popular names…and I like a name with a nickname. There are a couple available nicknames for Julie but someone was always already Jules.


111 Kristen April 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hazel is my favorite girls name! And Damian is my and my fiances favorite name for a boy 🙂 We also like Rosemary and Keira as girls names, and Bram, Seamus, Ennis, and Aden for boys names.


112 Tina April 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

I completely understand your decision to keep the name to yourselves, as feedback can sometimes be very judgemental. Whatever name you and Matt settle on will be perfect for your son. I love your choices, especially Nash and Max (both sound great with Younger-Monson!)


113 Allison April 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

With both my children we had names prepared and then when we saw them we changed our minds. My daughter was actually a bit of a struggle because she came out with jet black hair and, suffice it to say, that was a surprise…of course it all fell out and came in very blonde, but it definitely threw us off in the naming.


114 Emilie April 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

I think Max is super cute!


115 Rebecca April 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

Girls: Magnolia, Prim, Piper, Jane and Rose
Boys (they are so much harder to pick out!): Finn, Meyer, Stokes, and Beckett


116 Kaley April 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

We had a really hard time with boy names! But we ended up having a little girl and actually agreed on the name right away thankfully! Her name is Lillian, but we usually call her Lilly or Lil..Lillian if she is being naughty 🙂 I loved the name Jude for a boy and still do, but my husband was totally against that one. Oh and I also like Eben for a boy! If we were to have another girl, I like the names Kinley and Hadley. So fun to pick the name!


117 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

Has Lillis Billis come out yet 🙂 If I named my daughter Lily, I would totally get hooked on that )


118 Alyse April 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I’ve always liked Lillian since Rugrats came out. And it’s a name that ages well. 🙂


119 Becky April 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

I’ve been following (ok, creeping) your sites for the past few weeks- partially because I too am pregnant and due in late August! Names are a big deal for my hubby and I as well- having struggled with infertility for almost 5 years we’ve had quite a while to come up a list of names! Girl names have definitely need easier to come by for us- we have 4! Only catch? We’re expecting a boy- and naming him Noah Tarver, which means “peaceful leader.” Congrats to you all and happy naming!


120 Betty April 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

As long as the 3 names together, yelled out the back door slide off your tongue, you’re good to go! That was one my major criteria – as in ‘suzy Q lastname, get in here NOW’ 🙂

Have fun


121 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:49 am



122 morgan April 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

I love old fashioned and non traditional names. My husband and I just had a baby girl a month ago and couldn’t agree on her name until the day she was born (we also didn’t know the baby’s gender until she was born). We were torn between Charlotte and Ruby but ultimately chose Ruby because it was far less common than Charlotte. We let our 6 year old and 4 year old choose her middle name to which they agreed upon Grace (I think my son has a slight crush on a little girl in his class named Grace 🙂 ) Our boys are named Parker James and Theo Sam. My husband chose Parker and I chose Theo while both middle names are family names.

I love that you’re keeping a part of both sides of the family within your baby’s name! My last name is hyphenated and I truly regret not doing the same for our children. I also think it’s great that you’ve decided to keep the name a secret. I was very hurt (and annoyed) when several family members made negative comments about our second son’s name and feel that they would have probably (hopefully) just kept it to themselves if we wouldn’t have divulged the name before the birth.

Good luck and thanks for sharing your baby journey! It’s so much fun to read about others’ experiences!


123 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

Kudos to you for sharing potential names. I would be terrified of the comments I would get! People give awful responses to baby names in person, so I can only imagine what they would say when they can hide behind a computer screen!


124 Reghan April 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

I have similar choices in girls names, love the flower/nature names. I just think they are so pretty! Of course my husband vetoed a lot of them right away too but we’re having a boy anyways so I guess it’s ok lol
Boys names have always been really hard for me! So I fell in love with one name and couldn’t imagine naming my little boy anything else and luckily my husband loves it and it sounds good with our last name so it’s set.
I love the idea of keeping the name a surprise (we are as well) since we shared the gender early. It’s nice to have a little surprise at the end for everyone!! Also because we are already in love with the name and it’s chosen (I have nursery art already ordered with his name on it lol) I do NOT want to be swayed on the name or hear negative feedback from people because I don’t want it to stop me from loving the name or trying to have to justify to people why we love it. It’s also not a weird or crazy name either but people have so many different opinions you will always run into someone that doesn’t the name. He will be named that and people will get used to it if they don’t like it. It’s our baby not theirs!! 🙂 Good luck, hope you and Matt can find one you both love.
My parents named me Reghan, and in 1984 that was a strange name (it’s getting a little more popular now but still nowhere near common) but I always loved my name despite having to spell it ALL the time. I was always the only one with my name and I got SO many compliments from people on it so having a different name isn’t always bad either 🙂


125 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I know a little girl named Rayghan and also a teenager Reghan and I love the name!


126 ES April 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’m pretty traditional when it comes to names (my son has a biblical name). I don’t think naming a child is where you (universal) should show just how clever you can. I tried to picture my son’s name on the top of a resume. Plenty studies have shown people judge you by your name. I also didn’t want to mess with “alternate spellings” otherwise they’ll have to be spelling their name out their whole life!

Just some tips 🙂 The baby names board on the bump is great if you want to submit a name anonymously and get general feedback on it. Good luck! Boys names are infinitely harder than girls.


127 ES April 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

“how clever you can be.” 🙂


128 Katharina April 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

Yes! Have you read the section of Freakanomics that talks about names? It’s really interesting. They use the example of “Jasmine” (I think…I read it a long time ago) and show how the more “uniquely” it’s spelled, the lower the average income of people with that name. They also talk about sending resumes into companies…same resume, different name on top. The “white” name always got more interviews than the more unique or “ethnic” name. Really interesting (and often unfortunate).


129 Alyse April 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

As someone with a non traditional name, when I have a kid it’s going to be simple; think Bob or Linda. My name has been mispronounced and mangled my entire life and frankly, it’s somewhat of a burden. While I am now 26 and don’t bother correcting anyone anymore (what’s the point?) I am more mellow about my name. But seriously, it was tough growing up with a name people can’t say right. The first two weeks of school were always the worst until the teachers learned the correct pronunciation. And at the doctor’s office? Torture.

Absolutely no criticism is intended, just giving a viewpoint of someone with a non traditional name. While my parents loved it enough to give it to me, I am less in love with it. I’m the one carrying it my entire life, not my parents. 🙂


130 KERF April 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

Just a perspective: Katherine Anne Younger is a pretty simple name and I almost always still have to spell it! Katherine is guess more because there’s Katharine, Kathryn, Catherine, etc., Anne “with an e!” if I have to share that, but I also have to spell Younger a lot – or rather I just do because the next question is always “Younger? Like…younger” so I just say “my last name is Younger, y-o-u-n…etc.”

Bob – that’s a pretty good one not to have to spell though 🙂


131 Alyse April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

I get the spelling as well, just like an Ashley. That can be spelled a bunch of different ways.

One day when I get pregnant I think I’ll also take into consideration when naming the baby how well the name will age. You know what I mean? Something like Mallory is okay for a teenager but would it suit an 80-year old? Eleanor is fun but would it suit an 8 year old? I hope I give my kids names that grow with them and suit them their whole lives.

Regardless, what you and Matt decide will be fine. Gee, I’ve been stressing about what I’ll name my kids for ten years and I’m not even married yet! haha. Such a big decision.


132 Andrea April 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I know an Eleanor, and I think it suits her just fine! I think that no matter what someone’s name is, it is going to fit them no matter what. It’s like they “grow into it” or something.. just fits perfectly with their personality!


133 Elisabeth April 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’m a middle name Anne with an E, (and I’ve got the non-traditional Elisabeth with an S, as well) 🙂 Actually, I think my parents picked my name extremely well – I think Elisabeth Anne goes really well together. I like a few of your choices, especially Max and Dax. My usual choices are very traditional, older names – for a girl I prefer Sophia (my great-great grandma’s name) and for boys I like: Isaac, Christian, Jacob (great-great grandpa’s name), Nicholas and Paul 🙂


134 Jess April 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

My grandmother is Elizabeth Anne 🙂 I agree, it is a nice name! In fact, most names go nicely with Ann/e, which is lucky for me, because that is my middle name too!


135 Jennifer (The Gourmetour) April 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

To all the commenters who are so stuck on not picking unusual names because of other people spelling it…So what if people mispronounce and mispell? People ask the spelling for my last name, White (I mean come on), all the time and everytime I have the same response, “Like the color”. But the point is that it doesnt matter what your name is, people always ask to be curtious to you, and to make sure they haven’t misheard, and to make sure that they are respectful of the differences of spelling.

I have had the opposite problem all my life. My name is Jennifer White, and there are 5 others of me at my university ALONE. Talk about not feeling special. I can’t wait to take on my boyrfiends last name Bravo someday, just so that I can jazz it up a bit.

My best friends, Kate and Avery Aoueille (pronounce, AL-YAY) are always asked the origin of their name and people are always fascinated by it. That name is hard to spell but so what, if you’re used to it, it doesn’t really matter anyway.

As for unusual names, and not specifically spelling,
I think it’s a great conversation starter and people are always complentrary of unusual names. For example, when my boyfriend hands over his credit card and people read that it says “Ethan Bravo” people always compliment him and his parents for such a strong and interesting name! Same with my aforementioned friends Kate and Avery Aoueille. The only comments I’ve ever received on my name is, “oh thats bland”.. I know.

And PS side note, as I am typing this the guy next to me told the girl next to me that his neice was born today and that he name is bryell (spelling? pronounced brie-el) and they have a 30 second convo on how pretty and unusual the name was!!! Ha! Proof!


136 Erin April 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I have been asked to spell my last name (Jones) as well. And I usually ask, “Seriously?”


137 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Haha – I’m telling ya – everyone has to do it!


138 Tara April 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I have also had to spell my last name and get this – it’s SMITH!!!! Totally not kidding.


139 Heather April 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

Ha! Imagine me, Heather…having people mispronounce or misspell it…and trust me it’s happened more than a handful of times. Crazy!


140 jane April 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

That’s why I always loved my name! And i understand Kath’s response, but spelling and pronunciation are two completely different things


141 Robin April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

We actually named our daughter Elise, after a dear great-aunt who was like a grandmother to me. Unfortunately her first name was Edna, and we couldn’t find a way to use that, so we went with a form of her middle name, Elisabeth. The only place I’ve heard it mispronounced was when a nurse at the doctor’s office called her “Elsie” once.

I’m all about incorporating family names. Some of my other favorite girl’s names are Audrey, Felicity, Harper, Piper and Willow. For boys I like Blake, Luke, Forrest and Jasper.

Names are so tough but so much fun!!!


142 Sandy April 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I love the name Alyse so I say your parents were very smart. It just has such a feminine feel to it and I think you must be a ballerina.


143 Elyse April 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

My name got butchered a lot too (fairly similar to yours), but the uniqueness of it and the compliments I’ve received through the years have more than made up for it. I’m happy my parents gave me a unique name, mispronounced and all 🙂


144 Brynne May 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

I’ve heard everything from “Bran” to “Brine” to “Brian” .. by a teacher who knew I was a girl. People always ask me about it and how to spell it and it’s really not a big deal! It’s a great conversation starter. However, it does get frustrating repeating my one-syllable name to people multiple times.


145 Louise April 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

Some fun names! Just to let you know, Basil (as in the herb) is also said the same way as the Austin Power’s character here in the UK 🙂


146 KERF April 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

Haha, doesn’t surprise me! I love the British pronunciation of aluminum too 🙂


147 Erin April 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

Amen to what everyone said about the courage it takes to share baby names in this day & age. Looks like everyone’s (mostly) playing nice, which is good! 🙂

Here are our potential baby names:
*Madelyn Ann (My grandmother was Marilyn, my middle name is Lyn after her, hence the “Y” in there, which I KNOW people hate, but it means something so…bleh. Ann is my MIL’s first name, and my mom’s middle name.)
*Ruby Christine (I just like Ruby, and Christine is my mom’s name)
*Corbett Douglas (Corbett is my MIL’s maiden name, Douglas is the name of a favorite uncle of mine who passed away)
*Fisher Robert (Fisher is my mom’s maiden name, Robert is my dad’s name)

When my husband and I met, we had both already–separately–had the plan to name any sons after our mothers’ maiden names! Too funny. So–if we have a boy first, we go with Corbett (his pick), if we have a girl first, we go with Madelyn (my pick), and then we figure it out from there.

Thanks for sharing, Kath!


148 Erin April 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

Should note: our last name is EXTREMELY COMMON, so we’re committed to outside-the-box first names so as to avoid mix-ups and the impossibility of getting an email account. HA! (But really.)


149 Emily April 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

My name is Emily Smith. Choosing emails/screen names is so difficult!


150 Morgs @ Crazy 4 Oats April 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

My favorite girls name is Emerson. I think it’s really cool and different!


151 Casey W April 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

oooooh i love that one!


152 Michaela April 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I love this name!! Fell in love with it in Ireland!


153 Kylene April 19, 2012 at 8:08 am

My daughter’s name is Emerson and we LOVE it. My favorite name ever.


154 Carly April 30, 2012 at 3:34 am

A friend named her baby girl Everson which is quite different but nice


155 Leanne April 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

I actually really like Baker. It seems very fitting for the two of you.

We find out next week if we’re having a girl or a boy. My fiance put up some fights about the girl name, even though we decided years ago what it would be. All of a sudden he wasn’t sure, but after two months of debate, we are back with the original. Go figure!

We’re actually using family names for both boy and girl. For a boy, Jack Richard after both of our grandfathers. For a girl, Delaney Gray. Gray is my fiance’s stepfather’s last name. He helped raise him from the time he was a year old, but never adopted because his biological father was still in the picture. We are so happy we can honor him in this way!


156 Christine @ BookishlyB April 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

I’ve always been torn on the whole whether to divulge ahead of time, or not to. We’ve always said no, just to be ornery and avoid scrutiny, but, on the other hand, what if you cousin/friend/neighbor/whoever takes the name you were planning on and you look like a baby-name thief? I truly never realized how political the whole name thing can be (if you let it). We’ll decide when the time comes and it becomes relevent.

Two names my husband has vetoed: Darwin and Claire (so they will therefore be my next dog names).


157 Lauren @Lettuce Eat Cake April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

Love all your names! I think I sway toward the antique/hipster varieties. I used to love the name Ava, but now it’s far too popular. I really like Vivian for a girl, with the middle name Lorraine to honor my grandmother and also as a reference to my first name. For a boy, both the hubs and I like Henry, but it’s awhile down the road. I, too, plan to keep the name a secret when the time comes. I might share it with my best friend to get her input, but absolutely no family input. 🙂


158 Mary April 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

I teach elementary school so a lot of different names come through my classroom 🙂 Some of my favorite boy names that are a little different are Gailen, Pierson, Adrian, Jai, Bala, Jackson, Theo, Caleb, and Chase. Some of the girl names that stand out are Parisa, Sanjana, Krina, Darien, Maya, Meera, Carleigh, Ariane, Nylah, Sierra, Ava, and Adya. My own sons are Christian and Gregory and their middle names are John and Michael. I think whatever name you decide on you will love once your child has it. My one suggestion would be to watch out for weird spellings of common names because they will get tired of spelling their name and everyone spelling it wrong all the time.


159 Ruth April 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Looooove that you have the name “Ruth” on your girls list. I’ve always felt like it was old-fashioned (‘antique’?), but maybe it will make a comeback!


160 Jen April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

I really like unisex names. My oldest son is Taylor, my daughter is Camryn, and my youngest son is Mason. Here are the only problems with their names: if I call the doctor’s office, for example, they say, “What is HER birth date?” in reference to my son Taylor. No one can spell Camryn and people automatically assume it is a boy name. And the problem with Mason’s name? That Kardashian named her son Mason so now there might be a lot more kids with that name.

But I still love my kids’ names! It is important, as another reader commented, to see how it sounds when you are saying their full name in a frustrated tone, because you WILL say it a lot!! 😉


161 RunEatRepeat April 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I love unisex names!


162 Kellie April 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

We named our daughter Ryan. We could not agree on a “girly” name so we picked out names that could work for both. Her middle name is Grace so she does have a more feminine middle name. I also like Blake, Carter, Parker and Devon for a girl (I know you are having a boy). Our boys are Conner and Jacob, but they are so common now! I like Corbin for a boy too.


163 Ryane April 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am a girl named “Ryan”! Though, my parents thought they were clever by adding an “E” to make it feminine (French rule though we are Irish!). I’ve always loved the name and will probably do something unisex for my own children – Jaime, Shawn, Kelly, Jordan, etc.
My only grudge is the spelling makes most people pronounce it RY-ANN or RY-ANNIE or RENEE and I do get some looks of surprise when people who have seen my name (like work emails, first day of school) a lot and then finally meet me in person and never realized I was female but I like taking people by surprise 😉 Though, I could lose all of the emails written to MR. Lastname!!

PS. I LOVE Pepper!!! actually, all of the Nature/herb names! And Dax and Asher!


164 Reb - Life Doesn't Have to Suck Blog April 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

“Pepper” for a girl absolutely rocks.


165 colleen April 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

Great discussion on the names. We never told anyone the children’s names until they were born – didn’t need the opinions or feedback. When deciding on names, we stayed away from family names to avoid showing favoritism, had a little of my Irish heritage, and wanted names that passed the initial test (where the first, middle, and last name initials didn’t spell or could mean something inappropriate– kids can be cruel in school). So in the end we went with: Carson Bailey, Isaac Parker, and Caitlin Abigail. You wouldn’t believe how many times I had to correct people on the spelling of all their first names.


166 Mary April 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

I like your list a lot! I tend to lean toward really traditional names:

Girls: Olivia, Charlotte, Emily, Madison, Madelyn

Boys: Connor, Parker, Christopher, Benjamin


167 Erin April 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Yay! Another fan of “Madelyn”! 🙂


168 Jessica April 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

We told people our name choices ahead of time for both kids. However, I am so traditional that even if the names we chose aren’t someone’s favorite, they probably aren’t on anyone’s hate-it list either. My own name is too trendy for me!

We are also nickname people, and our last name is one syllable so we kind of needed both the full name and the nickname to be two or more syllables for balance. And when we chose my daughter’s name, it had to be something that coordinated with my son’s…not crazy about using two totally different kinds of names with siblings, even if I like both names. Example: John and Rainbow. It either has to be John and Mary or Rainbow and Sunshine (not that I would ever use the latter, but you get the idea).

We ended up with Alexander (Alex) and Elizabeth (Libby).


169 Jessica April 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

Oh, and I know you aren’t particularly looking for feedback, but I just have to say that I *love* Baker. 🙂


170 Alexa April 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

My all time favorite boy name is Ari. My husband hates. I like it because it’s simple, not overly used, but still unique.


171 Sarah @ Williamsburg Baby April 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

Some names I like:

Balthazar, Milo, North, Soren, Luke, Bjorn
Amelia, Elodie, Coco, Zoe, Cordelia

But then again, I live in Williamsburg, where half of the babies are named Jagger and the other half Lola (or somesuch.)


172 stacey April 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I have loved Balthazar ever since my teenage crush on Balthazar Getty:)


173 Allison April 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

As a mom to a Baker and a Forrest, I like your names 🙂


174 Esther April 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’m due in 5 weeks and I think we are settled on Maverick for a boy and Olivet Hope for a girl. Hubby hasn’t agreed to Olivet but this is our sixth kid and I have been fighting for that name for three kids now- I will get it:-) We don’t tell either as people are less likely to give their opinion once its a done deal and can’t be changed.


175 TiffanyG. April 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

Very creative! I agree with you- names aren’t always easy to pick out.
Way back when, when I got bored, I would think of baby names that I liked.
I can come up with names I like, but I am terrible at pairing up first and middle names. /:

Girls: Ginger, Weatherly, Cinnamon, Hannah or Hannah-Leigh, Lauren…
Boys: Logan, Ivan, Levi, Ben/Benjamin, Reed…


176 KERF April 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

Weatherly is so pretty!


177 Kristin April 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

My favorite names are:

Josephine and Evan

I could go on an on, but those are my most favorite.


178 Stacia April 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

I am partial to my name (pronounced stay-shuh). I hated it growing up because no one could say it right. I still occasionally use Stacey when picking up panera (for example). I love my name now, I don’t know anyone else who has it. If I marry my boyfriend then I might have to give up my dream names because he is Indian and wants his kids to have Indian names, which I get. I love the names Arianna, Vincent, Cameron,and Natalia.


179 Ida April 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

Of the names you listed I really like Max, especially given the family significance. Boy names I really like are Rhett, Isaac and Grey. It’s funny that Asher is so in vogue right now given how old school biblical the name is.
I love looking at the social security website at the trend in a name over time, I wouldnt want my kid to have the same name as 5 other classmates…


180 ErikaMC April 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

Oh the fun/headache of choosing a name!

My favorite girl names: Claire, Audelee, Jane, Piper and Kaylee
boy names: Liam, Tharon, Abram, Wyatt and Oliver


181 Mag April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

Will you re-name Churton if you name your little boy that? 😀 It may hurt his little bear feelings!


182 KERF April 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

They would be Churton Jr. And Churton Sr.! The bear being older of course 🙂


183 Sarah April 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

Names are so fun! I love some of your choices that I’d never have thought of myself. I prefer classic names or ones that are from somewhere back in my family line. It’s nice to have that connection.

It’s funny, I grew up with a name that might as well have been Jane Doe; Sarah Brown. Seriously. There were two of me at my high school (and the other Sarah Brown was NOT a good kid! Constantly sullying my good name, arg!). I’m surprised I don’t find myself gravitating toward unusual names or nontraditional spellings because of this but I prefer the less-used classical names best of all.


184 Johanna B April 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

Growing up I always thought I would name my first girl Sara Elizabeth and call her Sara Beth. What I named my daughter was Rachel Denise. We were going for a name that matched her father’s initials. For a boy I always thought it would be Matthew David. Never got a chance to use a boy’s name.


185 Leah April 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

Some of my favorites:

Madeleine, Lily or Emma for a girl
Benjamin, Jackson or Noah for a boy


186 Madeleine April 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

You don’t know how happy it makes me to see the way you spelled Madeleine. There are about a million ways to spell it, but we always say my way is the right way. (Unfortunately, the people at Starbucks have never spelled my name right. The extra “e” kills them.)


187 Cate April 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

I love hyphenating the last name!! I could never give up my last name, either. It’s so much of my identity, it would seem weird to toss it to the side. Besides, it goes perfectly with my first name… Thank you alliteration!


188 natasha April 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

My daughter’s name is Eliot which I think is beautiful but so many people at the hospital told us it was a terrible name for a girl. People can be so rude. Then people asked well what would be call her and I always replied “her name!” I guess they thought we’d give her a more feminine nickname.

With our 1st two children we knew the names well in advance of birth. With my 3rd we didn’t decide until after she was born.


189 Alison April 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Eliot is my favorite name for a boy – with that spelling. But I have thought about using it for a girl too. I think it works great either way!


190 Jessica April 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

As a completely non-religious person, I oddly really like names like Noah and Moses. Also, of late Marcel, Emilio, Bruno, Harry, Benedict, Albert, Percy, Arthur … there a lot of good names out there that you rarely come across anymore. (Basil’s a cute one, but that’s not a weird pronunciation – it’s how we say the word in the UK!) On the subject of creative names; maybe it’s because I’m from over the pond but they seem pretentious and a little but cruel to me. People over here (and even more so in mainland Europe) find the names laughable. You can pick an American out of a list of 100 names because they are so out there a lot of the time! I guess it’s more mainstream in the US though and certainly not something which would be the subject of a stand up comedian. In any case, I think it can be difficult to choose a name until you meet the baby, he could suit something completely unexpected once you see him!


191 Andrea (@FrSeed2Stomach) April 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

I like Asher, Potter, and Forrest best. 🙂


192 Emily April 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

I love names! I work in the NICU so I keep a list going of unique names I see that I like. I am super sensitive to really popular names having grown up with 2-3 other Emily’s in every class or activity so I am always on the lookout for names that seem to be on the rise. Henry and Eleanor are my 2 favs, but they are both creeping up there in popularity. I don’t know if you care about that or not, but your boy list is pretty safe (at least where I am ). I havn’t seen any of those names much except Max, which I love but we see a lot just in case you are trying to avoid that. I know some people don’t really care though.


193 Becca April 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I also built up a list from my time working in NICU’s 🙂 My hubby and I have had a girl name picked out for 3 years, we’re so excited to be expecting our first and it’s a girl! Because we’ve had the name for so long, a few of our close friends and our family know it, but we’re not “officially” naming her until she’s born. I think working in the NICU (or even as a teacher) gives you so much exposure to names (and people’s reactions to them). It made it a lot easier for us to pick names!


194 Juliet Grossman April 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

I am laughing because my name is Juliet, my sister’s name is Lily, and our mom’s name is Ruth! I was hip before my time:-)

My sister and I have always loved our names. I went through a (very) brief period in elementary school where I didn’t like “Romeo & Juliet” comments, but by 4th grade I was over it and loved my name. By the way my middle name (OLD family name) is Drucilla! When we got married, our rabbi held up the marriage certificate (called a “ketubah”) and was looking it over. He got to my middle name, did a double take, turned to me and said (in his very heavy accent): “Dracula?”

My mom, Ruth, does not like her name and also never liked the Ruthie nickname. Her middle name is Gabrielle and she once said she wished that had been her first name instead. My grandma didn’t make that her first name because they were afraid people would call her Gabby and they didn’t like that.

My own kids have old-lady names—Eva and Jane. I don’t mind that they probably will not ever be back in style. They are comfy and (I think!) lovely old family names that have personal meaning to us:-)


195 Sandy April 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I went to high school with a Gabriella who was called Gabby which I thought sounded horrid. I would use the nickname Ella with that name.


196 Miriam April 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’m kind of letting my husband pick the name (with full veto power on my part). He seems to be really excited about naming the kid and I think it’s a great way to let him feel involved with this little person growing inside me. That and the names I tend to gravitate towards would probably lead to teasing later in life or became way too popular recently. I still love the names Falcon (as in Robert Falcon Scott – Antarctic explorer), Edison, Addison, Madison, Emery and place names like Dakota and Savannah. But I really like some of the names my hubby is throwing out there.

Slightly annoyed that some of our favorite names already went to our pets.


197 mollie April 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

i loooooove the name miriam! that’s also been one of our favorite names after seeing the movie “zach and miri make a porno.” lol. it’s so beautiful! 🙂


198 mollie April 17, 2012 at 11:45 am

get out of here….clementine is our #1! followed closely by iris, flora, pepper, and hazel 🙂 i will not share my boys name, b/c i don’t want anyone to steal it. lol. picking names is so much fun!


199 Allison k April 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

Are people really trying to talk you out of hyphenation? Or was that just a preemptive strike against possible comments? I think, while people are super opinionated about names, at the end of the day it is totally rude to ridicule a chosen baby name to the parents face. Having an opinion is fine…
Our son STILL does not have a first name! I love Sawyer, my husband hates it. We have a list of Names we agree on, and we might just wait until the baby comes to pick one.

And because I know you will appreciate this, I have a cousin whose middle name is Lorien,as in Lothlorien. I think it is pretty!


200 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Not so much lately when I tell them it IS what we’re doing, but there have been blog comments before trying to talk me out of it


201 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

pS. love the Lothlorien link!


202 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

There is such power in a name and really, you have to choose what you love and what you can see being the best fit for that child, at that point in your life. When I was pregnant, the name Willow that’s on your list kept coming up, too, but the closer to the birth we got, it wasn’t feeling right anymore so it got scratched but I still love the name.

Of the girl names you wrote, at least least half are all in use by MANY of my daughter’s 5 year old friends…Lily, Juliet, Ella, Lily, etc. I think some of those names are the new Susan or the new Katie or Julie when I was growing up. I think I had 10 friends named Katie and my daughter has many Ella and Lily’s as friends 🙂

Pick what you love!


203 Elle April 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

I go back & forth on girl names all the time. Luckily, babies are nowhere in the near future for us!

I would love to name a future daughter Georgia…I think it is an old-fashioned, classic name. However, I graduated from the University of Georgia and SEC fans are known to be a bit…fanatical…and I’d be afraid someone would think I named her after my school! I also like the name Bonnie as a nod to my favorite movie/book, Gone With The Wind….it isn’t as obvious as Scarlett 🙂 But the husband vetoed that. I’d like to have Rebecca included for my grandmother. Her name was Frances Rebecca, I just can’t bring myself to do Frances 🙂

For a boy, I’ve been hung up on John Ryan for a while. John is my dad’s middle name and Ryan is my husband’s.


204 Reb - Life Doesn't Have to Suck Blog April 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Your mom and Karen are hilarious. I’m diggin the Breád. Sounds Irish.

Lily is my future daughter’s name (at least, at the moment) and I like Violet, too.

Have you seen the names of Jamie Oliver’s kids? I think they’re adorable, and they’re all floral (at least the girls). “Daisy Boo,” “Poppy Honey” and “Petal Blossom.” The boy’s name is “Buddy Bear.” That might be up your alley….


205 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Haha cute!


206 Sarah M. April 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

We are not preggo yet, but have already picked names (because I wanted to make sure we could come to some sort of agreeance :)). For a boy, he will be Bennett Holmes McLendon and go by Bennett…for a girl, Sarah Mia (pronounced My-uh) McLendon and will go by Mia (my mother-in-law’s Swedish middle name :)) or possibly a double name? Not sure if I like Sarah Mia together?


207 Susan @ Lawrence 785 April 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Ohhh, I love Asher!

If my sweetie and I ever have kids, our first son will be named Daniel John, no doubt! Daniel after his best friend he lost, John after my father who I lost. I have NO idea about girls names! Except Fiona. I really like Fiona.

Some of my favorite girls names have kind of been ruined for me by others of the same name, ha ha. At least for now 🙂


208 Laurie April 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

We named our son Ashton, and I’m still in love with it just as much as the day my husband and I both said we liked it 10 years ago. But I also love the name Asher that is on your list.

For girl’s names, my husband and I have had the hardest time agreeing on one but so far we both like the name Elle…possibly calling her Ellie at times. But going along with your nature theme, I also really like the name Meadow for a girl, yet I don’t know if I’d have the guts to actually name my daughter that. Still love that name though!


209 Lara @ TresLaLa to TinyLaLa April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Love all the names! We’re not sharing ours (at all!) until the kiddo is born. We’ve had names for 2 of each (even though we really only want 2 kiddos) picked out for a while. Although last night the hubby mentioned that we weren’t set on names yet. *ahem, what?!? Need to have a chat with him!* If it’s a boy, it’ll be his middle name (which is his mom’s maiden name) with middle name unknown at this point; if it’s a girl, it’ll be my grandmother’s middle name with my great-grandmother’s name (other side) as the middle name (my grandmother, my mother, and I all have a variation on this name as either our first or middle names, but I’m going back to the original!)


210 Melissa April 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I love Max and Jasper for the boy names. We have several friends who have used mom’s maiden name as the middle name for the baby and I love that and wish it was something I would have thought of. My babies are all grown up at 14 and 10! I can’t wait to see what name you pick!


211 BethT April 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I love the name Max – was my top choice for Lucy if she’d been a boy! And funny enough re: Churton for you, I really wanted a boy middle name to be Stanyan after a street we live near in SF 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you ultimately decide. Naming a kid is simultaneously difficult and thrilling. I’m surprised the middle name OATS isn’t on your list! 🙂


212 Becky April 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I love the name Ella! Unfortunately, though, I named my parents’ cat Ella (I usually call her EllaBelle) before considering the fact that I might want to name a kid Ella someday. Whoops.


213 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I think it’s fine to name the same as pets. Aunt Kitty Lillian was honored that Lily was on our list 🙂


214 Kylie April 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

(see my comment, 3 comments down) i meant to post it here, oops!


215 Christine @ BookishlyB April 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

If we ever have a girl she’s getting our beloved Golden Retriever’s name (Cordelia) as a middle name. Those who think it’s lame obviously don’t realive how awesome our dog is 😉


216 KERF April 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hahahaha. Great attitude! That’s how I feel about Great Aunt Lillian


217 Alyse April 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have always loved Cordelia. Since “Anne of Green Gables”! My future probably husband despises it, though. 🙁


218 Ashley April 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Me too! Ever since Anne of Green Gables, I’ve loved Cordelia and Adelaide! But my husband doesn’t like them because he can’t pronounce them! 🙂 I’m stuck on the name Bailey right now, for a girl. I love it!


219 Leslie April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

I love Cordelia too… but because of “The Tragically Hip” song.


220 jess April 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

My sis in law is named Cordelia and goes by Delia. I love it.


221 Sarah April 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Our friends, The Schicks, were expecting and waiting to find out the gender. It turned out to be a girl, but we were begging for them to name their baby Jack if it was a boy simply so we could ask people, “You don’t know Jack Schick?”


222 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hahahah. If you have a boy someday (or a boy dog..), you MUST name him Hugh Jass!!


223 occula April 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I know you asked us not to, but … I hope an entirely supportive comment about hyphenation is appropriate! Of course, I feel that your readers’ role IS to be entirely supportive. You’re a real person and it’s none of our business except to help you celebrate, since you’re generous enough to share!

Hah, an explanation of where “Churton” came from!!

I LOVE Bre’ad! Then as an infant you could call him your li’l crouton!


224 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

🙂 support is always welcome


225 occula April 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Oh, I was going to say that my husband and I didn’t change our names, either, although kids’ last names isn’t an issue for us, since we’re not having kids. I wouldn’t attack anyone for making a different choice, but for us, the tradition of the female changing her name is part of the tradition of the female being property or the male being the “head” of the family. I couldn’t abide by it!

It’s my real FIRST name that I’ve always hated. I was never able to think of anything I liked better and didn’t feel foolish changing it to, but I will always hate it. Tip: don’t name your kid something that was super trendy thirty years ago. 🙂 I think this is why I always preferred classic-type, simple names. Like “John” and “Mike”!


226 Kylie April 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

To Becky above (regarding Ella): that’s funny to me because I named my parents’ cat Sophie several years ago (because my mom had had so many cats & couldn’t think of a name), not realizing that was what I wanted to name my daughter later. My husband & I settled on Sophia. When my parents got another cat (their 7th), I told them to count me out naming this one!


227 Alana April 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love hearing what a friend or family member has named their newborn. It’s just so..interesting! I love finding out if there is a special meaning behind the name (especially middle names) or if it’s just something they liked from the get-go.

My favorite names:

Girls- Giuliana, Cecilia, Catherine, Harlow
Boys-William, Henry, Finn

And I have recently fallen in love with Lennon, for a boy or a girl. Possibly a middle name choice for our future child. 🙂
Good luck with your decision!


228 Rebecca April 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I didn’t realize people gave flack over last name hyphenation! My husband and I are both so attached to our last names we are both hyphenated now so we do technically have the same longest last name ever so of course our son as well has that and my poor child also has a hyphenated first name, eee bad parents?


229 Brie April 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Oh dear God. We will be lucky if this baby has a name by the time it’s born.
If it’s a girl, our frontrunners are Alice, Lila, Gemma, Tessa, Lorelai, Jane (and a list of about 30 other names we have in a shared Google Doc). I LOVE Theodora but Tim says no.
If it’s a boy, the only name we agree on is Doyle, but we’re not sure if it works as a first name. I love really Irish/British/Scottish-type names–my two favorites that Tim hates are Seamus and Cedric.
Can’t wait to find out which set we’ll get to argue about tomorrow! Either way, we won’t reveal the final name until the birth most likely.


230 Allison k April 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I also love Seamus…but my husband vetoes it.


231 Stacy K April 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love your list of names! Especially Hazel, that is hubby’s Grandma’s name so it was one of my top choices. Since it’s an older name for a girl we are going with Claire Hazel, but we CAN’T choose a boy’s name to save our life. Right now I’m digging Harrison, Trent, William and Jackson.

We’ll have our gender scan in early May and I cannot wait to find out what we are having since we can’t agree on a boy name I’m pulling for a girl 🙂


232 Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year April 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

My niece is called Clementine! My nephew Mani and my son Damien. 🙂


233 Seana April 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I got a lot of comments when I gave my son 2 middle names. Both of my grandfathers (and dad with same name as on of the grandpas) were alive when he was born. To honor all 3, he ended up being named Jacob Henry James + his last name which is a girl’s name. Go with whatever you like!!!


234 Alistair April 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I love Karen’s suggestion! I think Crouton, pronounced Charles, for a boys name would be perfect!


235 KERF April 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm



236 Molly @ RDexposed April 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Random comment but did you see the baby naming episode of Friends? Ross and Rachael keep vetoing each others name suggestions and Phoebe starts liking the name veto. One of the choices was even Ruth! Ha


237 KERF April 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I did not..


238 Katharina April 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I was thinking of the one where they are arguing about which order to put the hyphenated names in (when Carol had Ben). Ross was mad that they wanted to put Geller last in the hyphenated last name because he knew it would get dropped and no one would ever say all the names. Willick-Bunch-Geller does seem a bit cruel!


239 Michaela April 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

lovely post 🙂
I have kept list with favorite names for future children since I could write…
I adore your girl´s names!!
But Forest? Not meaning to be disrespectful, but I can hear others yelling “run, Forest, run” already…
My favorites:
Girls: Charlotte, Josephine, Ava, Mia, Louise, Molly, Lilly, Roisin
Boys: Ben, Maximilian, Jonathan, Liam
Can´t wait for the baby-is-here and name announcement!


240 KERF April 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Yeah, I probably wouldn’t choose Forest for that reason (Our employee Jenny gets “Jen-nay” all the time) but still love the name 🙂


241 Andrea April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I actually really love the name Forest!


242 Michaela April 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

it DOES have a lovely sound to it, absolutely! I think Forest would be perfect as a middle name.


243 Sara April 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

My husband totally wanted to use the name Forrest and I said the exact same thing. I really do like the name, but I just couldn’t do it.


244 Allison April 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My 8 month old is Forrest in since he was bone, we have only heard that comment once. I think it is weird when people let stuff like that keep them from naming their child something they like!?!?


245 Allison April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Omg, my autocorrect!! That should say, my 8 month old IS Forrest and since he was born…


246 Kendall April 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

For some reason, I find Dorcas to be a really beautiful name for a girl. It’s Hebrew for gazelle, but also sounds like two not nice things!


247 Allison k April 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I know someone who’s grandma was named dorcas…they wanted to Honor her and named their daughter Sacrod (dorcas) backwards and pronounced sacred.


248 Robin April 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I grew up on Dorcas Street!


249 GrandPeePaw April 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Younger-Monson is somewhat of a mouthful particularly tacked on the end of some of your names so I’ll likely shorten it to Y-M and pronounce it “yum”. When introducing my grandson I’ll say: “This is my grandson Baker Wheatsworth Yum.” Fits right in with the bakery and Kath Eats Real Food themes 😉


250 KERF April 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Haha love it!


251 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Haha, this is too funny! 🙂

Kath, I love all the names you’ve listed, and think they are beautiful.

My favorite girl name of all time is Jane. So simple and sweet. I like Henry for a boy, but it’s become a lot more popular recently.


252 Sara April 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Our last name is extremely common, so we always gravitated towards names that were more non-traditional. If we’d had another boy, he would have been Ryder. And lately, I have been loving the names Teagan and Tanis for a girl.

I was always annoyed growing up that my name couldn’t really be shortened into a nickname like all my other friends named Jennifer could be. (yes, I had three friends named Jennifer! Obviously, we were born in the 70’s!) And then when we named our kids, the names we chose can’t really be made into nicknames, either. Go figure.

And don’t forget to try to see what mean names your choice can be made into – make sure to do the banana-fanna-fo-fanna test. 😉


253 KERF April 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Ryder! Love that name. I used to have a huge crush on Ryder Strong


254 Leah April 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm



255 Becca April 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

My parent’s reminded me just the other day of the banana-fanna-fo-fanna test. With a name like Becca I’ve never thought of it, but my Dad (Chuck) definitely has.


256 Michelle April 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

My sons name is Ryder! I love it!!


257 Tracy April 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I’ve always been a fan of biblical names, not for the spirituality per se, but because they have been around for thousands of years and withstood the test of time. My kids are Mitchell (deriv. of Michael), Luke, Patrick and Bridget.


258 Marlow April 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I LOVE the name Marlow! It’s my blogging persona but also my maiden name.

I have to agree with other comments that have said to be careful of sharing. I had mentioned at a party that my boy baby name was Marlow and low and behold, four months later my friend named her little baby boy Marlow! I talked myself out of being mad, it doesn’t really matter as we don’t live in the same city, our babies won’t grow up together since I’m not even pregnant. But I couldn’t help but be a little peeved secretly. It had no special meaning to them and a WHOLE BUNCH to me.

Ehhh. I’m also partial Louie. But I only like it as a baby. Baby Louie just sounds so stinkin’ cute!

Girl names: Nora, Fleur, Merit


259 sb April 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Love the name Marlowe (I spell it with an E) too! We named out beautiful tuxedo cat* Marlowe and it fits him perfectly. It is a very dignified name.

* Please don’t take offense at the comparison to a cat, our cats really are like our kids!


260 Marlow April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

No offense at all! It is quite a regal name for sure! I have two fur kids myself: Professor Maxfurs (Max for short) he has his PhD in snuggling. And then there is Princess Hazel Basil.


261 Katelyn April 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I love your list of names! Can’t wait to see what you and Matt will choose 🙂 I love the idea of passing names down throughout family. My middle name is Pauline, after my great-grandmother, and while it seemed old fashioned to me when I was younger, I absolutely love it now. It’s so unique and so special to me, even though I never met my great-grandmother. Her name was actually Lillian Pauline, but she went my L. Pauline (I don’t know why because I love Lillian too!). I’m no where near starting a family, but when I do, I love the name Alexis Pauline for a girl, and I like Sebastian for a boy. 🙂

Good luck choosing, and I’m glad to see that you’re feeling better in your second trimester than you were in your first!


262 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Three things…

– Our good friends had a son last year and his name is Asher, it’s a nice boys name 🙂
– Way to go on sticking with the hyphenation. I think this is a very personal decision and no one should voice their opposition to something that is none of their business.
– I thought changing my last name to Murphy when I got married would end having to spell out my Japanese last name but sure enough, people ask “Murphy? Is there an E in there?”


263 Anna @ On Anna's Plate April 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Picking out names is so fun. We talked for a few years about possible baby names (just for fun) before we got pregnant, and then, funnily enough, the name we chose (Lila) ended up being one that I don’t think we’d even thought about before. We named our baby Lila Scott– Scott is my dad’s name. And now that she’s here, I think it suits her perfectly! 🙂

Have fun with the decision!!


264 Katie April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

While I don’t have kids yet, the stress of naming my dog is enough to make me want to have a name picked out far in advance. For our future daughter we are naming her Vivian Kay and for a future son his name will be Hunter. I really like non-traditional and/or vintage names as well.


265 Ali April 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

My husband is a cheese-lover and his choice of names are Brie (girl) and Stilton (boy). Ha ha!


266 KERF April 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hahahah love it!


267 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks April 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

My man-friend’s father was named William Thane, and most people called him Bill. However, he was a writer and he wrote under the name: Thayne, which I really like a lot.

I don’t know if I am destined for kids or not, but I think if I have a son, I might like to name him Jakob Thayne. I really love the spellings and the way it sounds together……I wouldn’t mind calling him Jakob, or Thayne or even JT. Lots of options and I just think it sounds really awesome and neat. 🙂


268 Jordan April 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I have a question. I too would love to keep my last name. I am the last “Wandfluh” in my family. My dad has all sisters and I am the only child. I feel like I am letting everyone down by changing my name. But when I have children I am nervous to hyphenate. What happens when they get married? Would they hyphenate or change their last name. Any thoughts? I love all the names you picked out. I especially like Basil!


269 KERF April 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’m going to leave that up to him. Maybe he’d take his wife’s name, esp. if it’s Jones or Smith 🙂


270 Becca April 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

A friend of mine took his wife’s name. She comes from a family of girls, and he a family of guys (with no worries of his family name dying out), so it was a natural choice for them. He has to face some flack for it, but handles it really well. It quite suits them both.


271 Rachel April 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

You are brave to share your names! I personally like classic ones and respect very parent’s right to choose. As a teacher who works with young kids, I see so many kids with the same names as their parents pick popular ones again and again. If I may, a little food for thought: I would just encourage you to notice trends – it can be tough for little ones to be “So-and-so L.,” for example, in a classroom or grade of “So-and-sos.” I have never met a child who loves having the same name as many others.


272 Christine April 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Pepper and Willow are awesome names… wish I thought of that for my daughter {Ashley Love}
And loving Asher for a boy.
I went with Ethan… of course, he’s going to be 18 now..


273 nancy April 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

The interesting thing to me about names is that they need to fit the person being named. When we were expecting our children (we have 3) we discussed several name options and kind of left it at that. We did not know gender ahead of time so we tried to have 2 or 3 names selected for each gender. Then once the baby arrived we just had to decide which of the names seemed to fit the baby the best. For our first child it was an immediate decision. Our second (our son) took until the next day. Our third took an hour or two of discussion once she arrived. Not a perfect system but it’s what worked for us. Love your creativity and totally agree with keeping your choices to yourselves. No one else really gets a vote. 🙂


274 Lauren April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

We have a little boy named Rowan….we didn’t want to share the name before he was born so I just asked strangers (my hairdresser, etc) for their opinion. 🙂 I was mainly concerned that it would be seen as a boy name (I’ve seen it used for a girl as well) so I wanted feedback. I love it because it’s unique but not far out there. I hope he loves it too.


275 Tori April 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I’ve always wanted a boy more than a girl, and I’ve had a name picked out for a LONG time! Haha! I love the name Parker I don’t know why but it’s super boy-ish to me and different. I would name him John Parker after my grandfather but call him Parker.

As for girls, not so sure. I like the ones on your list though!


276 Caitlyn April 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

What fun names! They all have a lot of character. My favorite boys name is Logan. That was my parent’s back-up name if one of my younger sisters was born a boy (they didn’t want to know the sex beforehand). My friend named her little boy Brolyn (pronounced Broe-lynn). I love that too!


277 Karen April 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My daughers are Ella Katherine and Emilia Genevieve. Ella is almost 10, and when she was born, her name was relatively uncommon, but now there are so many Ella’s out there. We spelled Emilia’s name with an E to match Ella (and because my husband and I are both English teachers, and that’s the way Shakespeare spelled it), but in retrospect, I wish we had spelled it “Amelia.” I get so tired of all the different ways her name gets butchered. Just my two cents…


278 Tess April 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m a total name nerd. I have spreadsheets going back years with my favorite names and their meanings. I can tell what phase I was in by what names I had listed. For example I had Thor, Freya, and Odin were on my list during my love for anything Scandinavian after I traveled to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
My husband is a little more traditional and our son was named after his great-grandfathers. We shared his name very early because that’s what I called him while he was still in the womb. Name research is so fun. I know when we have our next one a more traditional name will be given as a compromise, but maybe I’ll name our next dog Thor.
I’m sure you know of this name site, but Nameberry.com is a really fun name site.


279 Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com April 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I named my dad’s dog Thor!!!

I actually sort of wish we’d saved it because it is such a POWERFUL name; how awesome to find someone here who likes it too!


280 Tess April 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

I think you can still use it for a human kid.
At one one point, I almost had convinced my husband that Thorin just a variation would be a perfect for our son.

*Also I want to correct a mistake I made. I said “his great-grandfathers”. It’s actually our great-grandfathers.


281 Dodie April 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

For boys:

Shane – my boy is now 20 and I still love the name.

Cole – wished I would have chose this for my second.


282 Maija April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Who cares about the hyphenating?! I have a cousin that hyphenated her last name with her husband (and is keeping it with her daughters) so their last name is Higganbotham-Patakoski– a.k.a. a total doozie but she’s strong and awesome and didn’t want to give up her last name! I also have another friend with a hyphenated last name- Steeves-Reece and her sister is Reece-Steeves because her mom wanted it totally equal, hah!

More power to you for going against the grain, Kath!!


283 M. Howard April 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

We have a Miller – he’s 6 and I love his name more every single day. It’s a family name but when I read you were having a sweet little boy I thought the name Miller would fit well with your family loves and occupations.
We also have a Wyatt (11) – I love to tell them their name was the 1st gift we ever gave them.

Enjoy this time…it’s wonderful but the best really is yet to come and his name will be perfect.


284 Julie April 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I love the name Miller – and it does seem to fit well for K & M!

Kath – I know you are moderating all of these comments – sorry – I just can’t stop commenting on such a fun discussion! I’ll stop now! 🙂


285 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Haha no worries!! It’s been a fun day


286 Carly April 30, 2012 at 5:59 am

Friends of mine just named their baby boy Miller


287 Kathy W. April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

An old-fashioned girl’s name I think is beautiful but rarely used (a plus, in my opinion) is “Willa.” Reminds me of spring.

(I think one of Meryl Streep’s daughters is named Willa. Actually, Meryl is a pretty name, too.)

Names from nature are great — such as your “Jasper” (mineral), Violet, etc.

Like Evan for a boy’s name, too.

(and “Clementine” nickname = “Cutie”? 🙂


288 Carly April 30, 2012 at 6:00 am

I love the name Willa but my husband is not too keen


289 Kathy W. April 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

p.s. oops, it was actually Keri Russell who named her new daughter Willa.


290 cathy April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

We like classic names. Our daughter is Emily Jane (jane for my mom it was her middle name) and our son is Alexander James (James is for my husband, uncle and godfather) we call him AJ. I love Ella, Violet for girls and Baker, Nash and Davidson for boys. Best of luck to you and Matt!


291 Katie of Cabbage Ranch April 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

We didn’t find out our first baby’s gender, and absolutely didn’t share our name choices. We just didn’t want anyone else’s input, frankly. When she was born, it was a huge reveal! Even better because we named her Helen, after my dad’s mom, which everyone found very touching. I love that Helen is classic but not common. I should add that we nicknamed her Beep early in my pregnancy, so everyone had a name to call the baby in the meantime… and she still goes by Beep most of the time!


292 April April 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I just read “Shades of GREY” they called the baby BLIP! lol


293 Katie of Cabbage Ranch April 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Ha! I’m pregnant again and we still haven’t settled on a nickname for this edition… Hmmm… 😉


294 Sarah April 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi Kath! I have been reading your blog for over a year and love it! I was so excited to find out that you decided to create a new blog about your pregnancy! Wondering if I can get some help from your readers . . . my mom passed away at the end of February from a very aggressive cancer. I found out weeks before she passed that I was pregnant with her first grandchild! I am 14 weeks pregnant now and I am having some trouble coming up with a girls name. My husband I would really like to use my mom’s name (Gale) in the baby’s first name but in a unique way. I am not sure what the sex of the baby is yet but I know that I if I have a girl I would like to find a way to incorporate her name. Thanks!


295 KERF April 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I’m sorry for you loss Sarah. Hope you get some good inspiration here


296 Maggie April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I had a female camp counselor one summer growing up and her name was Galen. I remember thinking she was just so cool, and I always loved that name. It’s one idea for a version of Gale. I’m sorry for your loss, and think incorporating your mother’s name for your baby is very sweet indeed.


297 Sarah April 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Galen was on our list but we felt that others would think that it was too masculine, but I do like it. I would love others opinion on the name Galexy with a nickname of “Lexy”. My mom was named after the 1950’s sitcom star “Gale Storm” so I thought of using “Storm” as a middle name but then I was second guessing my myself because it sounded too unique 😉


298 Lauren April 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I have a friend named Gailyn. It’s the same as Galen but spelled in a more feminine way.


299 Reb - Life Doesn't Have to Suck Blog April 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

What about Abigale?


300 Stephanie C April 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

This might not work for you, but the first thing I thought of was using the first two letters (Ga) in the first name) and the last two letters (le) in the middle name. Sorry for your loss.


301 marie April 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Since I’m a meowmy, I get to choose names w/o worrying about the namee’s peers making fun of it! My kitteh is named Nigel simply because I absolutely love the name. My next kitteh will be Dresden, for my favorite fictional wizard.


302 Emily April 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

My boyfriend has a hyphenated last name and I always joke that when we get married, I’ll have a double hyphenated last name. Our dog has a double hyphenated last name and multiple middle names 🙂 My last name is pretty cool, so I think we’ll have to work something out so that I can keep my name and have a part of his.

I love nature and antique names too. I’m still a few years away from having kids, but I have a few names in mind. I LOVE Eloise for a girl. For a boy I like Cullen, Everett, Wesley, Leo, and Jude.


303 Katherine @ marie & james April 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Max would be a great name and tribute to his grandmother. I have always liked honoring the past 🙂 Additionally, the last name will be long so a short, simple first name is ideal. Fewer letters for him to write.


304 April April 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

My mom and dad used their Middle names for our middel names.

MOM: Shari Dawn
SiS: Sara Dawn
ME: April Dawn
Niece: Colby Dawn
Want a girl so I can stick with the family tradition! 🙂
I like:
Autumn Dawn
Lily Dawn

Go with your gut!!! 🙂 HUGS


305 rosie April 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

We’re pretty sure our top boy names are Graeme or Oliver. Though I also like Elijah, Cedar, Colby and Sawyer.

The girl name list is lonnnnng: Harper, Fiona, Phoebe, Piper, Sadie, Hazel, Lily, Olive, Elliot, Maile, Eden, Eleanor, Emory, and Kieran. Harper has always been my fave, but one of my Asheville friends’ daughter’s name is Harper! I also love Lucy, but that’s our dead dog’s name! The middle name is either going to be Rose (after me!) or Mae.

Our last name is McDermott, so I want something cute and Irish-y!

I can only think of one time I’ve ever thought negatively about someone’s kid’s name… a friend of mine named her daughter Evelyn but calls her Evie. Though it’s not EE-vie like you’d normally read it, it’s EV-ie, pronounced like Evan. It’s a pretty name, but that girl is going to go her whole life correcting people!


306 Rebecca April 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

My sisters and I love playing the “name game”…but I can’t imagine how hard it’s going to be to choose when I actually have kids!!
Some of my current favorites are Magnolia (Maggie for short), Ella (!), Claire, Lyric, Cherish
For boys I like Winston, Lincoln, Harrison, Isaiah
And can I just say I love how many “foodie” names made your list ~ Pepper, Basil, Baker ~ so cute! 🙂


307 Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com April 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Wow, your short list of girl names is REALLY close to our short list of girl names for this pregnancy.

For girls in my first pregnancy we had: Eleanora (Ella for short), Ruth, Isolde/Iseult, Lena, Violet, Amelia, Josephine, Ivy, Isla, Delilah, and Clementine. Eleanora, Ruth, Iseult, Lena, and Clementine are all family names. We named our daughter Charlotte Anais.

For boys in my first pregnancy we had: Silas, Jacob, Loic, Jack, Nathanael, and Oliver. None of which are family names. We didn’t find out the sex of the baby until delivery, so the boy name we had picked out was Arthur Daniel (both family names).

We also have had two angel babies. We named them Zachary and Aurora. I keep their middle names private.

For girls in this pregnancy we have: Evelyn, Eleanora (Ella for short), Lena, Hazel, Margaret (Daisy for short), Iris, Clementine, Flora, Julia, Ruby, Leila, Hyacinth, and Clara. Evelyn, Lena, Eleanora, and Clementine are family names. I’ve been fighting hard for Evelyn or Iris; my husband has been fighting hard for Lena or Leila.

For boys in this pregnancy we have: Jacob, Luther, Caleb, Maxwell, George, Wyatt, Avi, and Hugh/Hugo – only Max is a family name, although Caleb is an old Marines buddy of my husband’s so he considers it nearly the same. The middle name would be Daniel, my father’s name. We also liked Tristan, but since the surname is Christensen…it seems a little too rhymey. And I like Caspian (my husband does not), but I have a hard time getting over that someday on an art project their name would be written Caspian C. Say it out loud; you’ll get it. So I’ve been fighting hard for Wyatt or George and my husband wants Jacob or Caleb.


308 Ginger April 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I have a Clara 🙂


309 Dot April 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

As big Lost fans, you and Matt could name the baby Benjamin Linus! I really like Linus Younger-Monson. Linus (imo) was also the best Peanuts character.


310 KERF April 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

🙂 or sawyer!


311 katie April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Ooh I love the name Sawyer! We just had a little girl and went traditional all the way, but the next child, be it boy or girl, will get the first name of Jett, my maiden name. If its a boy my husband’s vote is Jett McClane. Of John McClane fame from the Die Hard movies…


312 Nancy April 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I like names that are maybe not the most common but still traditional. For a girl I like Eloise and Caroline. For boys I like John and Hugh.


313 Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com April 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I should say, I also second (third? fourth? seven billionth?) the decision to keep the name to yourself. When I was pregnant the first time, we told someone we were thinking about Silas or for a boy or Fleur for a girl and they pretended to sneeze and told us they were allergic to the names! WTF?! And we decided on Arthur Daniel for a boy and then had a friend who had decided on Leon Marcus suddenly switch to Arthur Daniel two days after we told her. She told us she pilfered the name when she called to announce his birth. Okay, we said, but that’s still our boy name. “You can’t name your son the same name I just gave mine!” she retorted. “I’m your friend and friends don’t steal names!”



314 Margaret April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Your kid can always change their name. My brother and several of my friends changed their names. In my brother’s case it was because his name Sandy is traditionally masculine in the Scotland or to baseball fans, but he hated when people saw it written they assumed he was a chick. His full first name is Alexander but our dad is an Alex, are grandfather AJ, and great-grandpa is another Alex. So now my brother goes by Sanders, still different but not mistaken to be feminine. One friend changed a “creative spelling” to the normal spelling and another changed her last name because she didn’t like it.

My family is not creative with names if you couldn’t tell. My brother is the eighth only son of an only son with the same name. Its also the same first name as sixty percent of the men with our surname, though that is very unusual. He threatens to name a kid Han Solo, but I know he will maintain the tradition. My name is used every generation in my family and goes back four generations to the woman who adopted my great-great-great grandmother.

I can’t imagine using a name that wasn’t a family name. Everyone in my family is named after someone in a previous generation, though there is often a literary overlap. Like my aunt Emily is named for a cousin of my grandmother’s and Emily Bronte.

My dad wanted to name me Fifi Trixie-Belle. Thank god, my mother said no. Its hard enough being the child of hippies and a prosecutor, since they break most of the laws I uphold, but I can’t imagine saying “Fifi Trixie-Belle for the prosecution, your honor.”


315 Ashley April 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Good Idea not telling the names. We didn’t tell with either of our boys.

We used Thompson William Monk & Jonathan Ridley Monk.

They are called Thompson and Jonathan.

From your list i like Asher & davidson. I too am from NC! 🙂 But its your kid and you get to choose!!! I Think boys names are much harder!


316 Molly April 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

There is a little girl in my daughter’s day care class names Sage and I think that is a pretty, and fitting for you, name!


317 Kaye April 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I have zero opinions on other people hyphenating their names. 😀

My name is Kaye – pronounced like the letter, my mother’s name is Jye – also pronounced like the letter. Were I to have a daughter, she will be named Elle…like the letter. 😉
Ideally, I’d like a boy and a girl, but were I to have two girls, the second daughter will be Emme.
My husband is not on board with this – and my concession is that we could name girl #1 Ella (an excellent name) and Emma. I told him he can name the boys. They don’t have to have alphabet names! 😀


318 Kate B April 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Beautiful names that are wonderfully creative! Your mom had a vision that can go on for generations…your husband better get on board with those names:-)

I recently met a man whose name is Tres (pronounced Trace) and he is, no joke, the third boy in his family. So, Kath, if all else fails…just go with Uno. 🙂 JK


319 Bizzle April 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I hyphenated my name, but I usually just use my last name. Occasionally I go by his name at work functions bc it does sorta get to him I think. I love Asher for a boy or girl! Although, I can see where the “As” at the front might lead to covenient name calling. Good luck at your appt!


320 Ella April 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Obviously I am partial to Ella, haha 🙂 I like so many of those girls names! Some were on my girls name list. But I also had a little boy 3 months ago and we made the name of our residential college (aka our dorm) where we first met his middle name – Pierson. I like the idea of honoring your history as a couple through your school! Also I like including a bi