I’ve recently been pondering a possible trend: names ending in “ees,” as in “Elise.” It seems that there are quite a few creative names ending in the sound “on-ees” or “lise” out there, especially for Hispanic women. I’ve known women, mostly Puerto Rican, named Ivelisse, Nashalys, Xianlyze, Anabelize, Angelis, Analyse, and Emalise, all pronounced “ees” […]Read more "The Curious Case of -YS Names"
Part 14/26 Niall- Brought to fame by teen heartthrob Niall Horan from the boy band One Direction, Niall is the long-neglected original form of Nigel and Neil. Its pronunciation is tricky-Horan pronounces it like the Nile river, but some Gaelic speakers pronounce it closer to “Neil.” Niall’s origins are also murky; it could mean “champion” […]Read more "Fascinating N Names"
A reader, Jules, wrote to me about her naming predicament. She is in the increasingly common position of choosing a name without a partner. In some ways, that’s easier- you don’t have to worry about someone else’s clashing taste. But in other ways, it can make things more difficult- sometimes a second opinion is nice […]Read more "A Name to go with Patrick or Jameson"
As a follow up to Strong Girl Names, I decided to take on another gender bending trend: sensitive and peaceful boys’ names. As parents increasingly value strength in their daughters, they’re becoming more open to sensitivity in their sons. Peaceful, beautiful, and sensitive name meanings are much more common for masculine names than you may […]Read more "Sensitive, Beautiful, and Peaceful Boys"
Parents have long sought strong names for their sons. Macho names like Gunner and Wolf have a distinct appeal for boys. But increasingly, parents are looking for names that reflect qualities of courage and strength for their daughters as well. Gone are the days of dainty girls and tough boys- modern parents see the benefits […]Read more "Strong, Brave Warrior Girls"
Part 13/26 Magalie- This unusual French form of Madeleine (via Magdelene) makes for a highly distinctive but very wearable choice. Mandolin- It’s more famous as a musical instrument (pictured), but Mandolin, and variant spellings like Mandalynn and Mandalyn, is occasionally used in the US. The popularity of the Mandolin crowd unsurprisingly follows the ups of […]Read more "Fascinating M Names"
Nameberry is having a super fun contest- invent a name! There are lots of great submissions. I spotted Isadela, Avantine, Samadhi, Viterra, and Candem. My entry was Maxienne, which I loosely based on Maximus. Although the contest seemed well received, I don’t think invented names generally are. “That sounds made-up!” is a common phrase on […]Read more "Made-Up Names: The Pros and Cons"