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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

Christmas Favor

Dear Jennifer,

I was hoping you could help me with one of my Christmas gifts for my mom, whom I’m very close to. We spend a lot of time discussing the potential names of my potential children, and I thought it would be really awesome to get her own name added to your database. My mom’s name is Danon. From what I understand, her name comes from the surname of a character in the movie “Westward the Women”, and the surname is a Catalan derivative of the name “Daniel”. I could be wrong, but you’re the expert here!

Please and so many thanks!
Cate

Dear Cate,

Danon is indeed a surname variant on the name Daniel, which means “God Is My Judge.” Merry Christmas, we have added it to the BabyNames.com database: http://www.babynames.com/name/DANON

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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