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Emily too Diminutive?

Hi Jennifer,

I’ve seen you advise many times not to name your child something ending in -ie or -y. I really like the name Emily for my daughter, but do you think it would age well? Or should I name her Emmeline and call her Emily for short?

Sincerely,
Autumn S.

Dear Autumn,

Emily has been a very popular name in the last ten years and yes, I think it would age well. But because it has been so popular, I would recommend a less common variant, like Emilia or even Emile. Emmeline is a great choice too. Let me know what you choose and thank you for reading my column.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

The Name Joaquin

Hello,

Question… what do you think of when you hear Joaquin? I’m trying to see how this name will work on a Resume when he is older.

Hello,

Answer… I think of the actor Joaquin Phoenix. I’m not sure how the name will work on a resume, but there may be some people who will not pronounce it correctly throughout your son’s school years. The correct pronunciation is “Wah-KEEN.”

Hope that helps!

Jennifer

Seasonal Names

Hello Jennifer,

I am starting to love month and seasonal names. Right now I like April. Must my daughter be born in April to receive that name or is that tacky? Same with Summer or Autumn, do they need to be born in that season, should I avoid matching birthday with name, or does it even matter?

Thanks,

Ali

Dear Ali,

No, there is no hard and fast rule that a baby named April has to be born in April, or Winter in Winter. However, be prepared, because that is the FIRST question everyone’s going to ask! If you don’t mind, then go for it!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Beige as a Name

Hi Jennifer,

I recently met a young lady with the name Beige, and I simply love it! I think it is a great alternative to Paige, and I noticed that it is not in the database! Could you add it?

C Lou

Dear C Lou,

I love adding new names, so yes I have added the name Beige to our database. I don’t know how I feel about it, though, and probably would not recommend it as a baby name. As you know it is a color, but it’s also an adjective for things that are…well, boring. That being said, the name Gray and Grayson have become very popular!

Readers: what do you think about the name Beige?

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Native American Names

Jennifer,

I’ve always loved the name Dakota. While I’m not yet expecting, it’s at the top of our list for a girl as it’s one of the few names we agree on. Recently, though, someone mentioned to me that it’s a culturally insensitive name due to the Native American tribe and that it would be cruel to use it for a child’s name. If I were to name my future daughter Dakota, would people commonly make this association?

Also, I’ve noticed that you don’t have the names Gloriana or Alexianna (a name that a friend of mine made up but that I’ve seen mentioned on a few name blogs) in your database.

Thank you so much for all of the work you’ve put into your site. As an author, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referred to it for name inspiration! It’s truly helpful. :)

Jody

Dear Jody,

Thank you for your compliments. As an author, I appreciate it!

To answer your first question, yes. I’ve been told that Native Americans are offended when white people use tribe names for their children. What I was told was that they feel that we have taken so much from them, now we want their names, too? It is insensitive. That being said, Dakota is a U.S. state name and a more widely accepted Caucasian name than say, Cree or Lakota.

As for the second question, Gloriana and Alexianna are both combination names of two other names. To find their meanings, look up Glory and Anna or Alex and Anna. I will put them on our list to add to the database but it’s almost impossible to enter every combination of two names morphed into one!

Hope that helps!

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Anagram Names

Hi Jennifer,

For as long as I remember, I planned on giving all my children names which are anagrams of my name, Adina. I named our first baby boy Aidan.

I’m expecting my second baby in January, so I don’t know the sex yet. If we have another boy, I want to name him Daian, which I thought would be pronounced Day-an. Do think this name can be pronounced differently and cause problems for a child growing up? Or do you think that it would be ok?

I have lots of girl names: Nadia, Dania, Diana, and Daina (which I guess could be unisex).

What do you think?

Thanks!
Ms. Anagram

Dear Ms. Anagram,

What an interesting concept! And you have a great name to anagram, so kudos! The name Daian could also be pronounced like “DY-in” but once you correct people (or he does) I don’t see it being an issue.

As for your girls’ names, they are all easy to pronounce and easy to spell–great choices, in my book!

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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

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