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About Evuska and Feedback on Cherry

Hi Jennifer,

My question is:  Do you know the meaning of Evuska?  I was told it is basically my own name (Evelyn) in Slovak. Could you in some way verify this for me?  Thank you so very much.

My Comment is:  You advised a writer to you not to name her child Cherry. Respectfully, one of my sorority sisters is a Cherry and no one ever teased her about it as I was teased with Evelyn (Elephant and Eveleven). My mother had wanted to name for my father Stephan with Stephanie, but her mother talked her out of it because she thought I would be called Fanny and she totally disapproved with that name!  But Stevie would have been much better in my own opinion.  So, this is to say it is all in how we look at a name as to how it appears as “good” or bad”, at least in my own experience.  That said, I love reading your opinions and suggestions.  Heck I love the entire site you have made for all of us searching names!  Thank you so much for all you do for the rest of us.

Evelyn, call me Ev but NEVER Eve!!

Dear Evelyn (Not Eve!),

Thank you for your feedback regarding the name Cherry. You are right in that any name can be teased, if someone is determined to tease! However, we wouldn’t want to start our children off with any kind of disadvantage regarding their names, and I believe Cherry would be a disadvantage in this day and age.

As for the name Evuska: It is a Slavic form of the name Eve, most likely from the region of Czechoslovakia.

Sincerely, 

Jennifer

Ya-Ya Sisterhood Name

Hi Jennifer,

We are having a baby girl soon and have not picked a name. I just read the ya-ya sisterhood and fell in love with Siddalee.

I can not find its meaning anywhere. Did the author make it up? Do you think having such a different name would be a burden on her?

Thanks,

Laura

Hi Laura,

We’ve had that question before, believe it or not! At the time, I wrote the author’s representative to get the answer.  She responded by saying that Rebecca Wells created the name Siddalee for the book.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

Baby Bellamy

Jennifer,

I was wondering if you know the meaning of the name Bellamy? I noticed the name after actress Bellamy Young appeared on the TV show Scandal and I couldn’t find a meaning anywhere. Also, I really love the name and I love The French language, so what do you think of twist on the spelling, such as Belleamie?

Thank you!

Lyndsie

Dear Lyndsie,

The name Bellamy was originally an English surname, which–as you guessed–has French/Norman roots. It means “Good Friend” from the French/Latin terms “Belle” (good) and “Ami” (friend).

If I were you I would stick with the traditional spelling, Bellamy. I’m sure as a person who has had an alternate spelling of a traditional name, you have always had to spell your name for people, right? Has your name been a burden on you because of that?  It is a great name, by the way, and we’ve added the name (and the alternate spelling) to our database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

About Amzie

Hello Babynames.com,

I am a writer, and I recently came across a screenwriter by the name of Amzie Strickland. I thought the name was interesting, and I have found several historical people called Amzie – but Amzie is not in your database. What does Amzie mean, and is it even a real name?

Thanks,

CopyRightAmanda!

Dear Amanda,

Amzie is a feminine derivative of the Hebrew name, Amaziah, which means “strength.” I have added it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer.

A Girl Named Rhys?

HI,

My quandry is I love the name Rhys, and I wanted to know if you or anyone else thought if this name could be unisex…i am only going to  be able to have one more baby, (health and promise to hubby )  and I love this name but if we have a girl I dont want to scar  her for life if this is more  a boys name vs a unisex name.

thanks
Shannon

Dear Shannon,

I know several girls named Reese, and they are not scarred for life. It is perfectly acceptable to give a girl a name that has been traditionally male, and Reese is one of those names that has already crossed the gender charts. Look at Reese Witherspoon!  I don’t see it being any different with the traditional English spelling: Rhys.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Same Middle Names

Hello Jennifer,

I think I may be pregnant so I have been toying with names, my question is about the name Matthew. I have always loved that name as a middle name because I think it goes well with quite a few first names, If I have a boy I would like to name him Elliot Matthew. But I dont know if I should, considering my 5 year old little brother’s middle name is Matthew. His first name is Owen. I just feel it might be a little strange to use the name again when the baby is only gonna be 5 years younger then his uncle. I do have other options for a middle name but Matthew is by far my Favorite! What do you think?

Thanks is advance!
Myrraya (Yes my name is made up)

Dear Myrraya

Actually, your name is not made up, however the spelling is.  Your name is a derivative of the French name, Mireille. One of my favorite names!

As for using the name Matthew, I think it’s perfectly fine to have two children in the family with the same middle name. If it were either of the kids’ first names, I may take pause. But I think  you’re good to go.  Congratulations and let me know how it goes!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Created name: Sameric

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I are trying to decide on a middle name for our son. We were thinking of honoring both of our fathers. Samuel & Eric. I came up with Sameric. Is this a terrible made up name or is this somewhere in the past an acutal name? What do you think?

Thanks

Emily T.

Hi Emily,
Whereas Sameric can be a totally made up name, in which you combine the names Sam and Eric, it is also a rare Arabic last name based on the name Samir/Samer.
Samir means “Companion in Evening Talk.” Kind of a cool idea, isn’t it?

I say if you both love the name, go for it!
Sincerely,
Jennifer

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