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    Name advice from our founder, Jennifer Moss.

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Matching Meanings

Hi Jennifer,

Your site has been my most visited site recently.

My wife and I are expecting a baby boy this fall (first child). However we got into a bit of confusion over a name we initially chosen. The name is Jayson Dallas Teo. We have chosen Jayson because he can be called Jay, for short. We like the middle name Dallas because it sounds like it’s for a sharp and witty person.

We recently have done a research on the meaning of the name and they don’t quite match up. Jayson (Jason)=a healer, and Dallas = a meadow dwelling. We need your advice to this matter. I look forward to your reply soon. Thanks :)

Regards,
Ern & MM

Dear Ern & MM,
It makes no difference whether the meanings “match up” or not for the first and middle name of the child. As long as you and your partner agree on the names and love them, they can be used!

Remember, a child rarely goes by his or her middle name–unless they are in trouble!

Hope that helps.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Moss

Nicknames and Tribe Names

Hi Jennifer!

I have a little boy Noah Benjamin. I never thought when I was pregnant that Noah could be shortened but he has become Nono, No and Nose to pretty much everyone, including myself!

My real question is when I have my second boy what to name him? I love Zion and Shiloh, however I am not religious and feel silly picking yet ANOTHER biblical name?

My 3rd option is Kree. I love it and heard it from the programme Sister, Sister. I have never met or heard of a Kree here (we live in London). Is it an acceptable name? My partner also likes it but is worried that if Baby doesn’t he will not be able to have a nickname from Kree? But I believe nicknames come naturally (as in the case of our No!)

Thanks very much,
Erin

Dear Erin,

First, are you pregnant with your second boy? I’m not sure whether you are expecting or if this is hypothetical. Either way, I would choose Zion over Shiloh. For one, Shiloh is the name of Angelina Jolie’s daughter. But if having a unisex name doesn’t bother you, that is not an issue. In terms of nicknames, Shiloh could be called “Shi” or “Shy” and that has some negative connotations. If I had a Zion, on the other hand, I’d nickname him Z.

I do like the name Cree (original spelling), although there has been backlash from the Native American community regarding white people using tribe names for their children. It offends them. I hope you take that into consideration.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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How is Eoin pronounced?

Hi Jennifer,

I found an Irish name I really like – Eoin – Irish form of John. My problem is I have no idea how to pronounce it. I think it might be pronounce like Ian, but have no real idea. Could you possibly help?

Is there any way you could add a pronunciation feature to your website?

Thanks,
Merlynhawk

Dear Merlynhawk (awesome name, btw),

Eoin is traditionally pronounced “OH-in” not like the name Ian (“EE-in”).

Hope that helps!

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Eviana

Jennifer,

I just have to say I love your site. My husband and I are really banking on having a girl & I heard the name Eviana (Ev-E-Annah) the other day, but could not find it in your database. I was wondering what the meaning of this name was or if it was just made up? And although I love the name, I keep thinking of the Evian water brand and wonder if she would then get made fun of? Thank you so much!

Emily T.

Dear Emily,

Thank you for the kudos! Eviana is a beautiful name. There are many names that are derived from other, more common names. Derivative names can come from changing a letter, adding a letter or combining two names.

Eviana is one of these names. It could be a combination of Eve/Evelyn and Ana or a derivation of Evana or yes, Evian. I do not think an Eviana would get teased, as there is no negative connotation to the water brand Evian.

I will add it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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