Friday, February 13, 2009

Baby Names

You know? None of the eleventeenmillion blog posts I've written in my head in the last couple weeks involved any discussion of baby names whatsoever. But I'm tired and achy and just a little bit blown away by life at the moment. Because dude.

I mean, Ish and I moved in together, into this apartment, last February 15. If all goes well, we'll be leaving it soon. And I tell you what. I knew when we moved in that I could not possibly foresee the circumstances under which we'd be moving out again. Would we be moving out together or separately? If separately, would our break-up have been amicable? Or would we be moving together to another apartment? A bigger one? A smaller one? A place we'd...own?

Never did I think that just one tiny little year later I'd have left my job and that we'd be moving to a house, in Napa, and that we'd be married and I'd be pregnant.

See? Dude.

And yes, I am looking forward to it all, of course I am. But it is a lot to take in, and not just because I've come a long way from where I was a year ago. Let's be fair. It hasn't been that long since I was splayed on the bathroom floor in a big stupid house in Connecticut, sobbing hysterically to no one because my husband had left me and my mother was dying and I couldn't envision my future, or any future at all.

Which is to say that all these life changes are great and huge and when I start to put them in context, they're even greater and huger and I'd love to have some time to just let it all sink in.

Ha! Except!

I can't very well just go flitting about, pondering and pontificating and tra-la-la-ing while things magically sort themselves out. (Although that would be cool. I picture myself skipping through a meadow with some ridiculous sun hat on, and when I return from my jaunt I discover that all our stuff got packed up and moved by elves! And there were no issues with the mortgage! And we're settled in our home and oh! The baby was born! Fiddle dee dee!)

But right. No. And all this is a very roundabout way of saying that, while I'm busy trying to sort out all the emotional "whoa"ness going on, life isn't getting put on hold.

Which brings me -- yay! -- to the point of this entry.

The baby is still due in a few months and we haven't bought any baby anything yet. I haven't taken a single class, or read more than a few pages here and there in a couple books. I still mostly think this pregnancy is totally surreal, and I'm in some fairly considerable disbelief about it.

Thus this baby most certainly does not have a name yet.

So, ah, wanna help?

Here's where we're coming from:

We are trying to avoid names in the Top 100 most popular lists, and if possible, even names in the top 500.

We like a lot of old-fashioned and traditional names, but surprisingly, many of those are on the current most popular lists. (Ex: Isabella)

We do like untraditional and interesting names, too...from history, Hollywood, or literature especially. We're very open to last names as first names, and even to boy names.

I do not, however, like made-up names. And if it's something you can imagine Britney liking, I will probably hate it. (Anything of the Brayden/Jayden variety is really just not my style.)

We don't care if the name is hard to spell.

I don't plan to change my last name, but the baby will have Ish's last name of Bartlett.

We are primarily of British, Celtic and German descent.

I also personally like French names, and I really like names with long and short A sounds.

I don't really want to provide examples of specific names we're considering, because I'd prefer not to have them shot down (everyone does it, myself included). But just to give you a small taste, one of my most favoritest names is Ava -- and see? It has both the long and the short A sound. Unfortunately, it's the #1 name for 2008 and also Ish vetoed it. So oh, well.

One of our actual still-on-the-list possibilities is the name Maeby. (Yep.)

So...any thoughts? Suggestions?

We'd love your help!

191 comments:

  1. Here are my own 7 children's names - maybe there's one there you can use ;)

    Cassidy (Anne)
    Megan (Elizabeth)
    Erin (Maureen)
    Declan (Martin)(pronounced like DECK-lin means "man of prayer')
    Kathleen (Frances)
    Ian (Oliver)
    Lara (Emma - for grandma - sadly overused nowadays)(Pronounced LAHR-a)

    There you go! It was pure torture to come up with that many as it is, so it's all I've got.

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  2. What about Anastasia? I have always liked Lorelei (from the Gilmore Girls) and have never heard anyone else named that. I will come back when I think of more.

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  3. I've always been fond of the Irish name Fionnuala (fin-NEW-luh).

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  4. Bloggo for a boy. Bloggia for a girl. Just to be different.

    This is what happens when you ask a blogger for advice.

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  5. Hmmm...

    Bartholemew Bartlett...

    "Bart-Bart"

    NAWwwww...!

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  6. Oh, I love all things "Arrested Development."

    Solange
    Rayya
    Ivy
    Helene
    Selene/a
    Luna
    Clark
    Erinna
    Poughkeepsie

    Well, maeby not the last one.

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  7. I like plant names like Ivy, Iris, Rosemary, Olive, Willow (this sounds a bit like a fantasy character). Other names I like: Virginia, Genevieve, Amelia, Eliza.

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  8. You can do this. Print your husband's family tree back several generation. Do the same with yours. Now, pick one name from each side. This next part is the hardest part. Don't tell ANYONE what name you pick until it is on the birth certificate. If you tell, people will complain, beg you to change it and even go so far as to sabotage the name you love. Keep the name your private secret.

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  9. I have always liked the Irish name Aine - pronounced like the Russian name "Anya" (or, phonetically, "AHN-ya").

    Aine Bartlett sounds good.

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  10. Veronique (Veronica in English)
    Amelia
    Amalie (the french movie that won all those awards)
    Sadie
    Mabry (pronounced 'maybe' but with an R thrown in)
    Avery
    Asia?
    Elana
    I think Asher/Ashton could be a cool girl's name.
    Freya
    Anna is probably in the top 500, but goes nicely with Bartlett and sometimes classic is just beautifully classic.

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  11. Anaïs is French and has A sounds. :)

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  12. Also, check out the British baby list names. They tend to use names that are very common there - Zara, Maisie, Gemma - but would be quite unusual here.

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  13. Siobhan (Shih VON)
    Daela (DAY luh)
    Darla
    Joelle
    Serena

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  14. I knew a girl once named Bronwen, which I always thought was pretty. And I love the name Lucienne. Both are distinctive, yet easily spelled and pronounced. One older name I like that doesn't seem to have made such a big come-back is Louise. My personal favorite girl name is Anna, but like Ava, it's pretty common.

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  15. Funny that Maeby is on the list when I was going to suggest Maeve which is and Irish/Gaelic name that means "intoxicating".

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  16. My mother's side of the family (Scottish) has five names that have been cycled around for generations: Jean, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sarah, and Mary. I'm a variation on the theme. Sarah and Elizabeth are on the top 100 list, though.

    More names that aren't on the list? Anne (but Anna is), Jane, Joan, Rose, Beatrice/Bea (not sure how she would feel about being Bea Bartlett), Leslie.

    Speaking of which, I have a friend whose last name is Bartlett with three sisters. I think they're Heather, Jamie, and... something else. (The youngest is too young to be on Facebook, I think. Which is where I looked.)

    I've also been thinking about naming female protagonists lately, and May/Mae has been an option, if just so she could get the nickname "Mayday" (a la Spidergirl). Another one is Eleanor, "Ellie".

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  17. Lilah
    Emma
    Georgia
    Savannah
    Ruari(Rory)

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  18. We just went through this same process (and I recommend googling "top 1000 baby names" and then each crossing out what they couldn't live with and then reviewing what is left. Very handy, and actually not that time consuming). We ended up with Audrey as a first name, which I love and have gotten a lot of positive feedback on. Recognizable, but not too popular. Middle name was a family name, as it is the tradition in our family.

    Good Luck!

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  19. Well, Laurel has a nice ring to it! :P

    I thought about Anais when I was pregnant. I am ambivalent about Anais Nin, but I really do love the name. And for boys, Oliver is my fave.

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  20. I'm just going to list the names on my ideal girl name list (even though some will be repeats from the other comments). Good luck! :)

    Aiden
    Amelia
    Anais
    Anezka (Ah-nehj-kah)
    August/Augusta
    Bronwyn/Bronwen
    Carlyle/Carlisle
    Catarina
    Charlotte
    Delaney
    Eve/Evelyn
    Gavan/Gavin
    Genevieve
    Geneva
    Georgia/Georgiana
    Harper
    Ivy/Ivey
    Jude
    Julian
    Margaret
    Noel
    Owen
    Quinn/Quincy
    Rowan
    Sage
    Shea
    Sorcha
    Veronia
    Vivian
    Zane
    Zara

    wow, that's a lot of names.

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  21. I agree with the other posters. Keep it quiet until she's born. I'm psyched for you btw.
    Here are some names i like in my french-german-italian surroundings:

    Beatrice
    Philippa
    Valerie
    Antonia
    Carolina
    Johanna
    Amei
    Helena
    Amelie
    Pia
    Petra
    Allegra
    Diletta
    Gioia
    Johanetta
    Rowen
    Maxima

    personal favorites:
    Josephina
    Alba
    Marina
    Oriana

    Good Luck!!!

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  22. One name I've truly loved for all time is:

    Ivy Morgainne
    (that's gainne like "more-gain")

    I don't know why, but I think it's gorgeous.

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  23. A French name that I have always liked is Mireille- pronounced Mir(as in the space station Mir)-ray". It means "to admire". The only downside of course is that very few people will be able to pronounce it just by looking at it... unless you move to France.

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  24. I named my second son Basil, and everyone we've ever encountered has loved the name (us included, obvs!) -- it's unusual but quite traditional, in a sense.

    If I ever had a girl, I'd name her Mirabelle.

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  25. And, oh, I like Cathy's advice: it's pretty much how we picked Basil's name (it's a family name for us -- Basil Hayden -- the bourbon guy? -- is one of my direct ancestors). And ditto on not telling anyone until the deed is done -- everyone is going to try to sway your opinion, and it's fun to snicker at all of their advice when you know damned well what your choice is. :)

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  26. my sister's name, which is love, is rooted in our irish family tree is Caitrin Sophia...so cute!

    I love Finn as well...for a boy or a girl. Finley?

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  27. I picked my daughter's name, but now I seem to hear it more often.

    Ashlyn

    I am also fond of the Gaelic names.. like:

    Brenna
    Cailin
    Caitlin
    Keira
    Riley
    Siobhan
    Talulla
    Treasa

    We picked my wife's great-grandmother's name (Christine) for Ashlyn's middle name.

    So, her initials are ACK!

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  28. Our second choice for our girl due in April was Ruby. I still really love it but my husband wasn't sold so we went with Iris.

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  29. my daughter is mirelle -- like mireille that previous poster mentions. we pronounce it mir like th space station - el.

    it's french. her father is french, i'm italian. sometimes i call her mirella.

    i found somewhere that it meant absolute beauty. and she is!

    congrats and good luck to you.

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  30. Will not so humbly suggest my own name - Corrina - supposedly of french descent, but basically my parents named me after Steppenwolf cover of a Bob Dylan song. The name has served me well.

    And if I haven't said it, congratulations!

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  31. I am currently pregnant (due May 30th) with My fourth boy. This is MOST DEFINITELY it for me so I'll never get to use any of my great girl names. None of them appear to be on the popular list...Maybe you'll like them:

    Ruby
    Daisy
    Mallory
    Louise
    Ramona

    And even though I would probably never really use this as a first name because the torment would be never ending, I still really like it and would use it as a middle name without reservation; Clemintine.

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  32. Funny you posted Maeby because I would go for Maeryn. I like that ae thing, the fact it's easy to figure out, has a Celtic-y feel, and it would go with Bartlett.

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  33. It's funny that so many people suggested "Ivy" as that's my daughter's name. Other girl names I liked were Brynn or Brynlee, Elsie, Logan, and Elliette/Elliot (which I know is a boy's name, but it's a WUSSY boy's name, therefore a cute girl's name, and you could shorten to Ellie or Elle). Elsie Bartlett.

    Whatever you choose, it will be awesome and perfect.

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  34. WOW! These are awesome suggestions. Uh, not that I doubted you, but sometimes you ask the internet a question and it comes back with some really strange stuff.

    So a few of these have definitely made the list. Yay! (But yeah, I won't say which because I know to keep mum until she is born and named and there's nothing anyone can do about it.)

    Thanks so much and keep 'em coming!!!

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  35. I always thought if I had a girl (which I won't, given my determination to remain childless), I might name her Clione.

    On the one hand, you would have to explain she was named after a genus of snails. But it's a nice snail, one that evolved out of its shell and flies around the ocean on little wings. They're even called sea angels.

    Then, when she's old enough, you can show her how a sea angel shoots giant tentacles out of its face when it's hungry (I think we've all been there).

    On second thought, Maeby is nice.

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  36. Eulalia

    u-lay-LEE-uh -- Anglicized version my grandmother used

    ooh-lah-LEE-uh -- Original Spanish version.

    Also? The only nicknames it lends itself to are things like ukulele-ah and eucalyptus. Granted, I didn't actually go by this name (it's my middle name), so kids didn't have nearly as much time to come up with good (awful) nicknames... and they pretty much had their hands full coming up with incredibly annoying ones for my first name.

    Good luck!

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  37. I've always liked Esmeralda, which shortens nicely to Esme. Esme is a great name.

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  38. My daughter's name is Lucca. If I had another girl, I would name her Isla. Good Luck!

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  39. Naming my daughter is the most stressful thing I've ever done. I don't envy you. Not one bit.

    Here are some we liked:

    Dana
    Mallory
    D'Arcy
    Reneé

    I liked Siobhan. My hubby did not.

    He liked Anastasia. I did not.

    We settled on Shannon, and think it's perfect.

    Whatever you pick will be grand. I just know it...

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  40. just throwing some out there based on the old hollywood thing, the french thing, the letter a thing:
    edna
    myrna
    mae
    marilyn
    elena
    helena
    astrid
    naomi
    lara
    vera
    vivian
    lana
    darla
    greta
    roseanna (that would be my name)

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  41. I liked Aurora (Sleeping Beauty's name) but we ended up with a Hannah Madison WAY before the 2 names became ones in the top 5..
    You will do great.. no matter what you name the little darling.. And I agree with the others.. DON'T tell!!

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  42. http://babynames.com/Names/name_display.php?id=2626

    It is listed #520 so it is off the radar and is a beautiful old hollywood name.

    Marilyn

    ALso, I always loved my previous boss' name (couldn't stand her but loved her name) Amalia (ah MAHL ia)

    Whatever you choose, just think of how she will be teased on the playground.

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  43. When I was at the movie today, I had this name pop into my head on your guys behalf: Patsy.

    I was just thinking how cool it would be to name a new little girl after a lady of unusual gumption.

    And so for some reason, the idea of an old-tyme country & western singer kinda just came out of the blue.

    Have fun pickin'! I think you'll *know* it when you hear it, even if you don't *know* it til she's born.

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  44. My one child (man - he's 22) is male so his name is Jesse Miles, but if I'd had a girl, I'd have named her Alessandra.

    Years ago I read a series of books one of which was The Black Cauldron. I loved the names of some of the characters - Taryn and Bronwen. Taryn was a guy but I think it's a pretty nice name for a girl too.

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  45. I love all the names, one of my favorites is Lavinia, very old fashioned. Olivia is a nice name too. Don't get to wild because your child will probably hate it and change it when they grow up. Like mine did.

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  46. I like georgiana, but with the french pronunciation (zhor-zhiana), not "george-anna". Of course, everyone will pronounce it incorrectly anyone.

    Also, I now some people are rabidly opposed to nicknames or any name that could be shortened. Personally, I think a longer, more "formal" name with shortened options is a great gift to give a kid. That way hopefully there will be some variation of their name that they actually like! And they can use the "formal" long name as adults in business situations, but a shorter, cuter version with friends/family etc. That's what I've done (my name's Regina, but I also use Gini or Reg), and it's worked well!

    Congratulations and good luck!

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  47. I assume you've found the Baby Name Wizard site? If you're as fascinated with names and statistics as I am, you'll love it.

    We are expecting a boy--we had chosen a name about 12 years ago, and have always referred to our unborn child by this name. Of course now the name is somewhat trendy (though still hovering around #100 overall), and we agonized over whether or not to use it. In the end, we couldn't find a name we liked better, and I figured if there are far worse tragedies than having other kids in his class with the same name.

    I do agree with the others that you should keep it a secret until after she's born. This has been really hard for my husband, who HATES keeping secrets. But you'll get WAY too many opinions about the name if you tell beforehand--no one will say a word about it once the deed is done. We did end up telling our parents, and I sort of wish we hadn't even done that.

    Anyway, the first name I thought of to suggest is Gemma/Jemma. It's not even in the top 1000 in the US, but is more popular elsewhere.

    http://www.babynamewizard.com/namipedia/girl/gemma

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  48. I'll give you my girls name...but if we ever become friends (I am in Ohio...not a chance) we have to pretend it was a coincidence. :)

    Caitlyn Ann

    Hate it or love it. Good luck!!!

    S

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  49. Cecile. I don't know why, it just popped into my head when I read your post. But it would sound nice with Bartlett, and it's a pretty name, and nobody seems to be using it.

    Cecilia is nice too.

    I always said if I'd had a girl I would have named her Evangeline, but we never had to test that one out.

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  50. I will tell you my favorite name ever but I go into this only by adding that it will be used for my first daughter (if I ever have a girl):
    Tynan

    Also, a good friend of mine just had a little girl and named her Mannette.

    I've always been a fan of Ruby, Millicent, and Delaney.

    Congratulations! :)

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  51. Women I love with kickass names: Hadley, Niko, Rowen, Penelope jane (P.J.)

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  52. My niece is named Paisley. We all love her name. They are expecting again and my sister-in-law is looking for girl names. The boy name that they have picked out since Paisley was born is Isaiah.

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  53. How about these:

    Boy-
    Finnegan
    Mikael—Scandinavian
    Meical—Welsh

    Girl-
    Gwenhwyfar
    Guenevere
    Gwendolin
    Micaiah

    I love older names that aren't heard much these days. (Also, I third or fourth or whatever keeping it to yourself until you actually name the baby. It can turn into a bone of contention in some families, as I've seen. Ugh.)

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  54. I used to teach kindergarten and I had THE CUTEST little blonde-haired, blue-eyed, tiny little cheerleader girly-girl, and her name was TESS. I have loved that name ever since I had her. Bad thing is, it is hard to find a good middle name for it...but it sure is precious. I also love Eleanor. I had that picked out for a girl, but had a boy. His name is Walker. I loved Eleanor McClain. We were going to call her Elle.

    In a nutshell, those are my suggestions. Hope it helps! :)

    I have a suggestion- list your favorites after people have sent in more names. That always helps to get a feel for what type of names someone likes, then, people can send in more suggestions.

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  55. maeby? as in, arrested development??

    that would be an awesome way to weed out the worthy folks -- meaning, the fans of that show -- from the chaff, as it were.

    i applaud you for entertaining the suggestions of others. that's admirable!

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  56. I live in the UK and have heard the name "Vaughn" for a girl several times. I think it's cute and unusual. And Gemma is a biggie, too. Good luck!

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  57. Mu daughter is Peyton and I love it. It's classic, but very, very uncommon among girls. I only know one other and she's "Payton." I also love Morgan, Claire and Caroline. My daughter's middle name is my maiden name.

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  58. So, Celtic, hard to spell, 'a' sounds - how about Aoife? (pronounced EE-fah, kind of). Means beautiful or radiant. The anglicised version is Eva, which isn't a million miles from Ava...

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  59. don't go by babynames.com for popular names, that's JUST the data from people who register for the site. Use this:

    http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/

    That's the actually data from people who register with the social security assoc. They usually don't have the previous year's data until May, but they give you 2007, and there are some cool searches you can do by name, year, or year range. Also, babynamesworld.com has meanings and shows data pulled from ssa.

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  60. I love the choice of Maeby.

    I use "Luiniel" which means "blue star" in Tokein Elvish. Thought it would make a cool name. (Pronounced "Lou-in-ee-ell"

    I also love the name Autumn. My brother and his wife named theirs Cailyn (and she shares my middle name of Renee).

    Good luck, and I agree, don't tell anyone.

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  61. I love the name Julaine. My ex-husband was an ass and thought it sounded Tahitian (?!?!) so it ended up as my first daughters middle name, but I think it's beautiful and rare...

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  62. How about Rhea or Nila?

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  63. One more: Lowry Emmaline

    My mother begged me to name either of my daughters this and I didn't so if you named your daughter this, I could direct my mom to your blog and maybe in some small way, gain favor back for my own rejection of the name. :o)

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  64. I posted yesterday (always as anonymous, because i can't be bothered to sign up for a blogger account every time...and i'm too retarded to figure out how to keep one)...and I forgot a few names...
    My hubby loves my middle names:

    Carola (pronounced: CAH-ro-la)
    Alexandra (he also likes Alexa)
    Suzanne (pronounced the french way)

    Good luck! and Yay!!!

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  65. Aeva (like Eva but with a short e)
    Layla

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  66. I loved these, but they really, really didn't work with our last name:
    Faye
    Ida
    Willa

    Marika (have met more than one, but it's definitely not topping the popularity lists)

    Also, I recommend the Baby Name Wizard book. The website is good too, but I spent hours flipping through even after we had picked our girl's name (Sadie).

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  67. Montgomery
    Maude
    Lucy
    Pearl
    Sadie
    Scout
    Camilla
    Eloise
    Darcy
    Mathilda
    Eleanor
    Skye
    Margot
    Garland
    Viola
    Mabel
    Fae

    Kinda got carried away there... enjoy!

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  68. Already listed, but ones I love:
    Avery
    Rebecca
    Madeline
    Ruby
    Violet

    My fav, and one I don't think has been mentioned:
    Aster for a girl
    (just looked it up, and it means "star" - how cute!)

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  69. Emogen (celtic - female)
    Aoife (gaelic - female - pronounced ee-fa)
    Claire
    Kaie
    Newlyn (male or female)
    Raelin

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  70. What Cathy said- especially the part about not telling anyone. Before the baby is born people will tell you they don't like a name and why, but after it is attached to the cute suckling child, nobody will criticize it.
    (or you could use the word verification I just typed: ingsty)

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  71. I have to admit that im really fond of my own name.

    Alizabeth

    Its still fairly ‘normal’ and easy to pronounce. Plus you have several nicknames to choose from. Ali, Liz, Lizzie, Beth ect….

    The downside is since its just a unusual spelling of a common name people love to think it’s a typo. To me its just a small price to pay for being different. It makes me feel like I stand out just a little bit more.

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  72. ~Morgan
    ~Lailah (the "ai" pronounced as a long "I")
    ~Hilary (my name, which I didn't like as a kid in the '70s because it was uncommon and I always had to spell it. But I love it now.)

    Good luck!

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  73. I'm big on the following at the moment:

    Camille
    Ruby
    Frances/Francine
    Eleanore
    Grace
    Maren

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  74. i think Noelle has a nice ring to it. ;-)
    -el snarkster

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  75. My daughter's name is Charlotte, but my favourite name for girls is Aisling. Would have been rather a punishment for my girl because we are in Germany and no one would have known how to spell and/or pronounce it. But I think it's beautiful.

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  76. We named our boy Palmer (my guy was a big fan of snowboarder Shawn Palmer in the 80s) and we like last names for first names too.

    Shortly after we had him a new show called "The Class", I think (?) aired and one of the female characters was named Palmer and I liked it for a girl too.

    Whatever you wind up with it will be perfect. My husband's last name is Larratt and we found that hard to work with because, we aren't the rhyming types, but really liked the names Barrett and Bennett, but you just can't do that to your kid ;)

    I heart Maeby. It's sweet and it works with the last name.

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  77. What about Nora or Dora? I think they're so cute and sound great with the last name.

    If I had my way we'd name our daughter Cecily (from The Importance of Being Earnest) but my husband is dead against it.

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  78. I have a friend named Arwen, and I've always thought she has a pretty name.

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  79. I have a friend whose daughter's name is Haven. It's one of my most favorite names and would sound good with Bartlett.

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  80. A few names that I think fit at least somewhat with your criteria that you might like to consider:

    Natasha (this used to be my favourite name but I've since changed my mind!)
    Antonia
    Amelie (French)
    Vivienne
    Luciana
    Anneke
    Cornelia (my German friend's name. I've always loved it)
    Gwen/Gwendolyn
    Laetitia
    Paige
    Nicola
    Juliana
    Nyla (a friend from years ago named her daughter this. I've never heard it before or since)
    Alana
    Ainsley
    Isla (pronounced like "eye-la")

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  81. Gloria

    Has the "a" sound and is not too common. Goes with the last name pretty well. My mom always wanted a granddaughter name after her and she is out of luck with her own daughters.
    Best wishes.

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  82. My middle name is Kohler and if we had had a girl I would have named her that.

    I also really liked the names Charlotte, Amelia and Elise; classic but I didn't know any adults or children by those names (but have since met two little girls name Amelia).

    Maeve and Anais I like a lot, I've seen a few others here list those.

    Rowan was on my short list as well.

    Good luck! Can't wait to hear what you pick.

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  83. Oh, and Colette, and Eden... Love those two.

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  84. I've always liked Phineas, from A Separate Peace. Not very girly, which I think is a good thing.

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  85. I'm going to give it some thought, but meanwhile, here's a GREAT website:

    http://www.babynamewizard.com/

    Cheers!

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  86. I'm gonna go ahead and suggest my own name. I've never met anyone in the States with this name and I always get a lot of compliments on it.

    Aya

    Pronounced eye-uh. It means colorful.

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  87. I've always liked Ava for a girl.
    I like Shayne as well.

    Monosyllabic!

    My nephew's name is Keon. Celtic for Charles. He's the only Keon in his class.

    GL Kristy & Ish!

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  88. OK, I will throw some into the mix

    Gemma (my great aunt's name I've always thought was beautiful)
    Eliza
    Lila
    Hazel
    Leyla (in Turkish it means "intoxication"; the Hebrew form 'Leila' means dark beauty - I've heard it pronounced both as Leela and Layla)
    Iliana (apparently I like names with "l")
    Connor (a boy's name but I think a girl could rock it)
    Audrina
    Fiona
    Mikayla or Michaela (or the way my mom spelled it for my middle name, Mykala)
    Shaena (or even the more unisex version Shane)
    Tate
    Samara

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  89. Oh, one more comment - two names that I had never heard of until I moved to England, but seem to be somewhat common here are Verity and Tamsin.

    Again, I still like Maeby :)

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  90. I haven't seen Agnes or Clara on any lists lately. What happened to them? Or Frieda either. All have predecessors who have done great things.

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  91. Eunice or Anya. Have 2 names handy. She could look like Eunice or Anya (or whatever 2 names you pick) when she comes out; you'd know what to call her when you see her :)

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  92. Britt
    Kayce (kc)
    Evelyn (evie or lyn for short)

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  93. Ara (girl)
    Van (boy)
    Renn (either)

    I am of German/French/mutt descent so all these would work.

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  94. I heard the name DARBY today.

    Darby. Just sounded cute. Haven't heard of many Darby's... Not obscure, easy to spell... Looks like you have some great choices to pour over! What fun :)

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  95. I like Ria. That's my daughter's name. Short, easy, not too common, and has the A sound.

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  96. I'm planning on naming my first girl Audra Bree. Ardra (a modern-ish feminine form of Ard Righ, which means High King in Gaelic)was another option.

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  97. How about:

    Monroe (b/c of your family history w/Marilyn)
    Gillian (Jill, Jewels as nick names)
    ... and I also love boy's names for girls (obviously!) like:
    Remington (Remy)
    Sheridan

    Any name you choose will be oh so loverly! As Brandon said when we were whittling down our list, "White or black, everyone loves a Dave." He he. Good luck!

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  98. I didn't read the 103 comments...geez people get nutty when asked about baby names.

    Here's how we named our second child..pretty sad but true. I sent email to everyone I knew who "cared" and asked for their 10 favorite names. Then, me and the dad sat down separately and picked out our favorites and then we made a final list of 10 and I did a poll.....

    It just so happened that the poll resulted in the exact name that the two of us had picked as number one as well....weird, I know...

    History here: Child number 1 had a name the day the dr sad, "It's a boy, does he have a name". I all but yelled, "yes, it is Walker Everette, Walker is my mom's maiden name and Everette is my husband and his grandfather's middle name"....thus he had his father's initials as well...WER..

    So, when child number 2 came along and the poll was complete, he had a J name which is what my name starts with....thus we used the same method to come up with a middle name but everyone knew he had to have a middle name that started with an A b/c my middle name starts with an A....thus we got Jace Alexander and another JAR

    for my 40th birthday, I had their initials tattoo'd on my ring finger...yerp, sho did, good ol' redneck fashion.....all the way down to naming my kid a certain name b/c the internet told me to

    Enjoy, it's a fun process

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  99. I'm an Amelia and had to pipe in when I saw the name showing up multiple times. It's a gorgeous, old fashioned name. I love it but a) as a child you will hate the Amelia Bedelia jokes and b) it's getting very popular for the under-3 set.

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  100. I am freshly home from Paris & a few feminine names sounded different to me there then ever before..
    Claudia.
    Delphine.
    Celeste.

    Also, the name Leela is one that really intigues me..plus the singer, Leela James kicks ass.

    much luck to you!

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  101. i forgot a few:

    Cecilia - (or Caecilia, or Cécile)
    Audrey - (yay, Hollywood)
    Violetta - (makes me think of opera)
    Alma - (means 'soul')
    Aurélia
    Carlotta
    Francesca
    Eugénie
    Sabine
    Madeleine
    Elodie
    Juliette
    Marlene (oh, yeah, German AND Hollywood)
    ...and I suggested Josephina earlier, but the French version is adorable too: Josephine

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  102. I love some of the ones people have mentioned -- Claudia, Eleanor, Helena. But my own daughter's name is Miranda (it means "marvelous" or "to be wondered at" and she is!) and I adore it. And despite Sex and the City, there aren't many of them out there.

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  103. Milo, Irish and Matilda. I think I'm venturing on celeb baby names here but it's not on purpose. I am by no means suggesting Apple.

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  104. I love...
    Eulalia
    Eliose
    Carys
    Alicia
    Gloria

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  105. I have two that I haven't been able to use -

    Joelle
    Joie

    And my kids names -

    Aspen
    Kyan

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  106. I have just named my baby Lucinda (Lucy) - traditional but not popular. Another name I liked is Fiona (like the Princess in Shrek!)

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  107. Seren its Welsh and means star...although I had a friend in college named Star and I always secretly thought it sounded like a stripper name. Seren doesn't have that connotation in Wales however.

    When joking about uber ridiculous suburban moms with SUV strollers and sensitive children, my friends and I always dub the child Chardonnay. Which would probably be unfair to the child, but hilarious for your readers, especially those looking for the wine diet.

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  108. I like Lia and Lila right now. Also, Rowan.

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  109. I like Bronwyn, Celeste and Anya.

    Ooh -- I just thought of Parker. That's pretty cute! And I think Coraline sounds really cute, but maybe that's just cuz I keep seeing ads for the movie.

    Good luck Kristi!

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  110. My little girl's name is Landry Joy. I've always liked a friend of mine's girl name too, which is Nicolette Blue.

    Good luck - it is a big decision!

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  111. I have a friend with a 1 year-old named Rhea (pronounced Ray-uh), which I think is beautiful and fits in with your A-sound criteria.

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  112. Vivienne for a girl.

    Don't know about a boy's name?

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  113. So there are like 50 million comments and I have ZERO attention span which is my way of saying if someone else has suggested my suggestion they're clearly a very awesome and classy person.

    Thusly introduced, I submit Lucia for discussion. It's unusual without being weird, shortens nicely to a childhood nickname and is more likely to belong to a judge than a stripper. An important criteria, IMO

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  114. My Faves:

    Layne (Laynee)
    Elliotte Grace
    Wesley Quinn
    Avary Reese

    Brooklyn
    Charlotte
    Ruby

    Weston (for a boy)

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  115. I will share my favorite name ever with you: Alita Renee.
    (If only stupid Stephanie Meyer hadn't ruined Renee for me with her stupid compound Renesmee name-abomination - Now I have to find a new middle name for my eventual future offspring.)

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  116. My older daughter is Gillian (pronounced with a J) Helena (hel-EE-NA). Helena was for my British mother. For her sister, I liked Molly but DH had a friend with a labrador so named. So we got to Holly from there. Everyone thinks (erroneously) she's a holoday baby though.

    My cousin Gareth is married to a Zulieka (zoo-lie-ka).

    And definitely check the SSA database. You can go back to the early 20th century.

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  117. How about Nola? I've run into two people with that name, and they both seemed pretty cool (you tend to hear your kid's name, even an unusual one, on the street a lot more once they're born. It's sort of like seeing your car model everywhere after you've bought it).

    Nola and Finola are Gaelic, very old, and quite out of the ordinary, without being weird. Cute on a baby, spunky on a teenager, and kick-ass when she's a woman.

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  118. How about Saffi for a baby girl. It's a Danish name and I ran across it online. It sounds like it would be evergreen at any age from cradle to hospice. And it's such a light name as opposed to Magnolia or something which is really dense. Does that even make sense?

    And Ari for a boys name...also Danish. Also very ethereal sounding.

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  119. Hi

    I love the name Belle Rose. Just keep kicking out boy's so I never got to use it.

    Good Luck

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  120. Imogen! And then you could call her Idgie like Idgie in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe!

    That's my plan, anyway. I just have to go on a date so I can get married and have a baby. First things first.

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  121. Louise or Louisette - Lola or Lulu for short.

    Henrietta - Henry for short.

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  122. Oh, and Susan. That's an excellent name...

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  123. You should check out the website of the Baby Name Wizard. Tons of useful information. Also take a look at nymbler.com. You enter names that you like and it kicks back suggestions of other names based on themes from names you entered. So happy for you and Ish!

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  124. No kids here, so I don't have any experience with picking names...but my favorites (and always have been) are my grandmother and her sister's names...Ruby, Opal, and Pearl :) We called them the Gem Sisters.

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  125. http://www.babynameclusters.com/

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  126. I have a book for you:

    Cool Names: For Babies by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz

    luvs!

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  127. How 'bout Maeve (like Maeve Binchy, author of Circle of Friends)?

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  128. I like Bronwyn and I also like Rhiannon. That was my pretend daughter's name for many years. It's totally Fleetwood Mac but i never cared. I assume most normal people would. Welsh names in general are pretty cool - all those letters! ;)

    I like Finola too (stolen from above...I skimmed, so if there are any other scarf-wearing 70s rock freaks up there that I missed, hi!)

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  129. Maeby is lovely, but here are a couple more:

    Rita (love it)

    Lalage (I think it means chatty or something like that. Soft "gee" sound at the end.)

    Enjoy the search. Meanwhile, call her all sorts of things that you will never get away with calling her once she is born.

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  130. So you like Ava and you're of Celtic decent? I am too and we named our daughter the Celtic version of that: Aoife (pronounced EE-fa). I actually have a cousin in Ireland with the name and we fell in love with it then. My daughter's middle name is Sovrin-which is of Nordic decent for her father's side. Another name we considered was Severine (Seve for short--rhymes with heavy). That was the name of a friends grandmother. Naming is so much fun! Aoife wasn't named for the first 3 days after being born. We had a list of 3 girl names we liked and 3 boy names (we didn't know the sex). We spent hours trying out the names on her to see which fit. It was a blast and the nurses loved finding out what we were tossing around too!

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  131. Congrats! I haven't read your blog in a long time -- since Ish moved in, I think! Congrats congrats congrats.

    Ok, onto names. We just had a baby girl, and I'll give you all the names we couldn't agree on.

    My fave: Nora= LOVE IT. Summer = fun. Nina = my MIL's name.

    Also, girls gone child had a baby girl recently and named her Fable. So interesting!

    I can't think of any others, but I'll holla back if I do.

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  132. I dare you to find a girl named Ara (pronounced air-ra). Fits the -a sound. Unique, eh??? I should know, as it is my middle name and I have NEVER met anyone with this name ever, ever, ever..

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  133. Hmmmm, my best friend's name is Aya. So it's close enough to Ava, except no where near the top list.

    (It is pronounced Ah-yah, by the way.)

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  134. I love the old French girls name Heloise (el-o-iz).. sounds nice with Bartlett too ;-)

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  135. Some for you

    Luciana (Lu-chana)
    I love Beatrice but prefer it pronounced in Italian (Beh ah tri chay) others that sound better with an Italian accent: Lucrezia, Letizia (or Leticia) (pronounce the z's a little harder than an "s" not so hard as in "pizza".)

    Vivian and variations. Lucy. Mae (or May or Mabel). June. Rose, Violet, Lily. Stella. Celeste. Delilah. Genevieve. Hazel...etc.

    Best wishes to you guys! Can't wait to see what you end up picking.

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  136. I always thought the most fun part of having a baby would be picking a name. My freshman year dorm RA was named Mavelle, it's a little unusual and pretty, I like it. Plus it's celtic. :) I've always liked Genevieve too and for old fashioned names Josephine (or Josephina) and Thomasina. Michaela is nice too, but not all that uncommon.

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  137. Manon is quite a nice French name.

    (pronounced MA-Noh or something) perhaps too hard to pronounce.

    Was surprised to see my daughter's name (Brenna) earlier. I see it so rarely (It's a bitch to pronounce correctly in French).

    Whatever you do, imagine how you would feel bawling it across a crowded playground. If you like the sound of it, it's a keeper.

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  138. Great advice from Mrs. C... My father told me the same thing, he said "Go outside and scream the name as loud as you can." It eliminated some of my stranger choices.

    I love the name Finnley. I will stop commenting now. I promise.

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  139. The only name I have to offer with both short and long a sounds is my own, which is Azar. The a's are reversed from Ava, though. The first a is pronounced like father, and the second like apple. http://forvo.com/word/azar/

    It's persian, and it means the blue flame of the fire, pureness, and freedom.

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  140. Here is my top list:
    Charlotte (Charly)
    Isabella (Belle)
    Dara
    Belle
    Claire
    Hera
    Starla
    Isolde
    Moira
    Wynne
    Mia
    Calliope
    Cressida
    Veela
    Quinn
    Fiona

    Good Luck!

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  141. My family is German and Irish and my brother, sister and I all have German names. My sisters middle name is loveley, I always thought it would be a great first name.

    It's Anneleise, the german spelling of annalisa but it's pronounced anna-"lace"....just another one for you. As a side note I was to be April until I came out and mom decided Heather was better.

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  142. My daughter's name is Sarai. (sa-RYE) It is from the very beginning of the Old Testament. It is the pagan version of Sarah.

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  143. lola. cute, fresh, hip..

    although i really like "Anne"s name: Declan.

    so put me down for
    girl: lola
    dude: declan

    and really?? not change your name?? come on. so early nineties. kristi bartlett. take the plunge

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  144. After years of trying invitro, having a miscarriage and now at the age of almost 42 - there's no chance of having my own child now. If I had a boy it would have been Nicholas Austin a girl Marina Violet.
    Both middle names are from my grandparents.
    It never will happen now in my world -
    sooo glad for you it is happening in yours!:)

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  145. I named my daughter Lorelai (same name as suggested by Dani #2 comment). I have to say that now that she is two, I wish I had used the traditional spelling of Lorelei, but chose the alternate spelling to assist pronunciation. Soon, no one will remember the Gilmore Girls. It is a German name (actually a place you can go visit!) with a couple of possible stories behind it. The one I like best is "German legend says that in nights when the moon shines brightly elves have been seen dancing there. In Middle High German the word "lure" refers to dancing, and in the same language the word "Lei" means rock." So, Dancing Rock.

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  146. Gertrude (Gerttie for short)

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  147. I've always liked the name Gwendolyn, which is Welsh for blessed ring.

    I also saw some above that I like, too. Lorelai, and Bronwyn

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  148. Try Evelyn. We'll use that for one of our daughters someday.

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  149. Have you ever visited the website nymbler.com? It picks different names for you based on your list of preferences. :)

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  150. My friend names her baby boy Atlas.

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  151. Marlowe

    I have no idea if its on any lists but I had never heard of it until someone I know named their baby girl Marlowe.

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  152. Marlowe

    I have no idea if its on any lists but I had never heard of it until someone I know named their baby girl Marlowe.

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  153. avril aline bartlett, it has the French (Avril is April), has the long "a" and short "as", and if she ever becomes a writer she can go by the pen name A.A. Bartlett.

    Or you could go with Adeline, Amity, Caris . . .

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  154. just found this: Adienne
    -el snarkster

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  155. Good Lord...I know you'd get tons of comments about this question, which was why I had to click over to this post and check it out. :)

    All I'd like to say is...good for you for staying off the Top 100 list! As someone who appreciates unique names, I applaud you!

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  156. I like Ainsley, Audrey, Allanah, Olivia, and Madeline.

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  157. I can't resist (and apparently no one else can either).
    Margaret
    Eleanor (the traditional nickname is Nell)
    Magdalena
    Genevieve
    Rose
    Lydia
    Claudia

    Personally, I like the old-fashioned names, but don't care for last names as first names.

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  158. Honor or Honoria

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  159. I would totally name my daughter Maeby!!!

    I also love: Wyatt, Colin, Luke, and Lucy.

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  160. Rebekah!

    Not on the top 100 :o) And it's a fun spelling - technically it's the OLD spelling, but everyone's done "Rebecca" for so long that this way is starting to look fresh again.

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  161. My favorite name is German - Lena (pronounced LANE-uh).
    Congratulations, no matter what the little one is called!

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  162. i love the names mona and sloan.

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  163. Dahlia - it might be popular now, I don't know but I like the way it looks on paper and it's a flower so it seems "pretty".

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  164. Too many comments to read- so forgive me if these are a repeat;

    our children's names:

    Ethan (prob too boyish)
    Hayley
    Sophie

    Also suggest:

    Emery
    Avery
    Sabrine or Sabine

    Have fun!

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  165. Oh! One more which was in my top 3 when pregnant with Hayley:

    Caprial

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  166. It's a tradition in Judaism to name after someone who's passed ... Leah and Rebecca were my grandmother and Michael's ... it's kinda nice ...

    Have you considered Linda? or Johnna?

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  167. G*
    Sorrel
    Kasia (Kay-shuh)
    Tahlia
    Anya
    Mahlee
    Seven
    Malila

    B*
    Kemen
    Benat
    Aland
    Alain
    Alstyn
    Ander
    Rainer
    Reyne
    Tryst
    Ander
    Daegan
    Torian
    Aled
    Talesen
    Kearney
    Taber
    Tate
    Toran
    Trevlyn
    Errol
    Kennon
    Lennox
    Nicol
    Paden
    Ramsey
    Torin
    Jesten
    Belden
    Tevin
    Bowen
    Riordan
    Dace
    Dagen
    Balin
    Adder
    Amery
    Bain
    Ximon
    Dayton
    Severin
    Jovan
    Liam
    Kain
    Aleister
    Dante
    Fallen
    Salem
    Talon
    Ketton
    Delen
    Zane
    Breten
    Jenner
    Daylor
    Westyn
    Xener
    Taylen
    Lennon
    Kahlen
    Soren

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  168. My favorite name for a girl is Ryan, but since I'm (probably) not having any more kids, I (probably) won't be using it. Who cares anyway, since I'm in another country.

    Also to consider: Ceilidh (pronounced "Kay-lee"). It's quite a common name around here, and it doens't get much more Celtic than that.

    Greta is also really pretty, as is Layla...and Myra...and Taryn...my list is lengthy (I have boys).

    My son's name is Rory, which is also very cute for a girl.

    Best of luck, I have you on RSS and you're keeping this Nova Scotia girl very entertained.

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  169. As if you needed more :)

    Hannah (my dd)
    Keely
    Aiden or Aidyn
    MariAna
    Quinn
    Maeve
    Moira (moy-rah)
    Grainne (grahn-ya)
    Siobhan
    Fiona
    Fionoula
    Monet
    Eleri (eh-lair-ee)
    Tristan
    Darby

    I like Maeby.
    Have fun, good luck, and of course don't tell.

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  170. Isadora? Sorta like Isabella, but slightly less conventional.

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  171. Allison Mae

    Allie Mae, Sonnie Mae. Using what you described it's what came to mind. A good solid name with plenty of 'A' sound. The more I say it to myself the more I like it.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  172. Well, I tried to read all the comments....but then I got bored. So I think I'll throw in my two cents, even if you've already been given the same advice-

    Keep the name a secret!! We did, and I'm glad. Because do you really think that your family and friends are going to say that they hate the name AFTER it's a done deal? Of course not! However, given the chance, the name you choose will be picked apart no matter how cute and perfect it is. I guess if you don't care what others think, then go for it, but otherwise, mum's the word. I learned the hard way to keep my trap shut about names I liked because I mentioned once that I *loved* the name Nathan Alexander if I had a boy and you'll never guess what my sister was planning to name her 4th if it was a boy....yeah. Thankfully she had a girl, but she talked so much about "Nathan" that now it would look like *I* was copying *her* if I named a son that. And she has convienent amnesia to the fact that it was my idea to begin with. Sorry, I didn't really mean to rant like that, I just get all irritated when I think about it. Anyways, I just had a little girl back in October and we named her Hannah Lucille. We technically agreed on the whole name, but it was more my hubby's preference. I really wanted something more unique, but he had his heart set on Hannah. And Lucile is my MIL's niddle name (we're doing the family names as middle names thing with our kids) We're planning to have more kids-these are some of the girl names I like (Of course Hubby has veto rights.....)

    Laurel
    Annabelle (Belle for short)
    Saydren (Sadie for short-one of my favs but hubby says no)
    Charlotte (Charlie for short, but isn't there a movie about Charlie Bartlett??)
    Payton
    Paige

    I like a few of the names I've seen suggested here-I might have to scroll back through for ideas!

    Good luck with the baby and congrats!

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  173. I really like the name Alivia for a girl and I that would go great with the last name.

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  174. i like the name kate. it's simple and sounds strong.

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  175. How about Liam for a boy (Irish version of William)

    For a girl my current favourite name (and not that known in North America is Michaela

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  176. Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
    Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

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  177. My husband and I are planning on naming our baby maeby if it's a girl! We absolutely love this name no matter how many weird looks we get!

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  178. I am sharing top baby names with you here.

    Boy Names
    Liam
    Noah
    Mason
    Ethan
    Jackson
    Jacob
    Jack
    Lucas
    Aiden
    Logan
    Benjamin
    James
    Michael
    William
    Matthew
    Carter
    Jayden
    Ryan
    Oliver
    Gabriel
    Joshua
    Elijah
    Connor

    Girl Names
    Emma
    Sophia
    Olivia
    Isabella
    Ava
    Mia
    Emily
    Madison
    Amelia
    Lily
    Addison
    Charlotte
    Chloe
    Avery
    Abigail
    Ella
    Harper
    Hannah
    Sophie
    Sofia
    Grace
    Layla
    Aubrey

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  179. wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend nandu , hyderabad,i have read all posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards, muslim baby names

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  180. Indeed an informative article. I even visit baby names sites and suggest names to my friends and family, I think your article is unique . I am also a regular visitor of babynology.com and have found ideas like this. It is true in 2013 Unusual baby names are in trend.

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