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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


Breaking your own Naming Theme

Dear Jennifer,

I find myself caught in a theme with trying to name our second child. Both of our names end with a y and our son’s name has a y in it (we picked it cause we loved the name and not for the y). For a girl we are considering Laney, not because of the y but because we like the name. My question is, when it comes to a boys name, are we obligated to think of names with y’s in them or is it ok to break the theme we find ourselves caught in? Also what is the common spelling for Laney or Lainey?

Thanks for your input,
Mom caught in an unplanned theme

Dear Themed Mom,

Here’s news for you: YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! You are in charge. That being said, I’m not a fan of female names ending in Y or IE. I feel they are too diminutive for a grown woman. Would you name a son Jimmy without the given name James? I hope not.

If you are considering Laney–my preferred spelling–use it as a nickname. Name your daughter Lane, Tamerlane, Brilane, Delane or another name she can grow with.

Sincerely,
Jennifer


Gloriette

Dear Jennifer,

My grandmother’s first name was Gloriette, pronounced glory-et. I’ve tried looking up this name before with no luck. Does the name come from somewhere? People used the nickname Glo for her a lot. That side of the family also has a strong French Canadian background. Thank you for any information you might be able to give!

Sincerely, Alexandra

Hi Alexandra,

Yes, the suffix -ette is a diminutive used to mean “young” or “little” in the French language. Gloriette, then, would mean “Little Gloria,” most often used for a daughter–or relative–of someone named Glory or Gloria.

It would have the same meaning, then, as the name Gloria: “Glory (to God).”

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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