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Leo for a girl?

Hi Jennifer! We have 3 boys and just found out we are having a baby girl.  We had picked Leo as a boy’s name and fell in love with it.  My grandmother’s middle name was Leona, so Leo was a throwback to her; however, we do not like the name Leona.  We also don’t really care for any of the other girls names that have Leo in it.  I wasn’t able to find just “Leo” for a girls name; though I did find on another site that Leo was used in the early 1900’s for a girl’s name?  Can Leo be used as a girl’s name? Is there any trend to it anywhere?

 Thanks in advance!

Jenny

Dear Jenny,

I do not have any background on Leo being a girl’s name.  That being said, any name can have any gender.  Many names, recently, have crossed over from the boys’ list to the girls’ side. There are many girls named Michael, for example.

Personally, I wouldn’t use it.  I feel it sounds very masculine and my association with the name is male lions and Leonardo Di Caprio. Have you considered similar names like Leah, Layla, Leia?

My recommendation would be to keep name-storming, but if you both really love it, go for it.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Sibling names too similar?

Hi Jennifer,

We have a son Brandon. Is Brenna too similar for a little sister name? Looking for an honest opinion.

Thanks,

Mary Donaghey

Dear Mary,

I do think those are very similar names. You want to make sure siblings have their own identity. I know you don’t have twins, but I would especially recommend individual names for twins.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

About the name Theda

Hi Jennifer!

I recently saw the name Theda (pronounced thay-duh). I don’t know much about this name, and it’s not in your database. I would love to name a future daughter Theda Josephine. Can you give me any more information on the name Theda? Thanks!

Theda Bara

Theda Bara

 
~Sarah

Dear Sarah,

I couldn’t believe the name Theda was not in our database! (It is now).  Theda is traditionally a shortened version of the Greek name Theodora, which means “Divine Gift.” The most famous Theda is actress Theda Bara, whose name was actually Theodosia Burr Goodman.

Thanks for pointing out our omission!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

The name Evanlea

Dear Jennifer,

My husband and  I know were expecting a girl. We wanted something different, so we came up with Evanlea. We combined her both of her godparents name together.

Is Evanlea to different or unique of a name?

-Cat

Dear Cat,

I like the name Evanlea. It is a perfect choice for a created name because it meets two of my name criteria: it’s easy to spell and easy to pronounce.  The only possible problem I foresee is that people may confuse it with Avonlea, the fictional town from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, Anne of Green Gables.  Other than that, I’d say go for it.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Confusion on the name Darrell

Hi Jennifer,

Babynames.com says the name Darrell is from Airelle, but Airelle isn’t a name. This is confusing to me.  Is “from Airelle” the meaning, or is the one name “from” the other like Laura/Laurel. Either way, should “Airelle” be added to teh database?

Thanks,
Becky
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Hi Becky,

Sorry for the confusion. Darrell originally came from the name D’Airelle, which was given to a person (or family) from Airelle, France. That would have been a town or region, however there is no current place name Airelle in France.  On a side note, Airelle is the French word for huckleberry.

We will modify our name listing to clarify.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Almonzo Wilder’s Name

Hi Jennifer!

 Thanks so much for babynames.com. I love to daydream about names, and your site is a treasure trove.

I’m also an avid reader, and I have been re-reading some of my childhood favorites, including the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. As you may know, Laura Ingalls married Almonzo Wilder. I became curious about the name Almonzo, but I don’t see it on your site. Do you know what it means?

 Thanks so much,

Chelsea Rothschild

Dear Chelsea,

Thank you for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear from a fan!  The name Almonzo is most likely a Spanish derivative of the Arabic name El-Mansur, which means “Victorious One.” We have added it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

Origin of the name Minette

Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.

Thanks,
Madeline

Hi Madeline,

The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. “Ette” is a French tag that was originally used for nicknames.  So yes, the origin is French, and the meaning is the same as Mary: “Bitter” or “Of the Sea.”  Thank you for this new name! We will add Minette to our names database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

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