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Caleb in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
There was a big surprise a few weeks ago. In the middle of dinner, my mom told us that she was going to have a baby next year around April Fool's Day. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet, so give us what you got.
Baby Name Genie:
This is either a wonderful blessing and miracle, or it's the longest set up to an April Fool's joke in history. Assuming your mother isn't pulling your leg, I give you Derek Wayne for a boy and Laura Belle for a girl. No foolin'.
Mark in Virginia
We're looking for a girl first name. The middle name is Hayes. Wife's rules: No A's or M's. Must be feminine. My Rule: Reference to famous person in the arts or science is a plus. Thanks!
Baby Name Genie:
Have you heard of the astrophysicist who discovered pulsars, among other things? Her name is Jocelyn Bell Burnell. I recommend reading up on her so when your daughter Jocelyn Hayes asks you about her name, you'll be ready.
Stephany in Kentucky
We are having another girl! And I already have a name picked out - Briella Rose. I love it so much, but I told my parents of my name choice and they HATE it. But I am so in love with it that I can't seem to pick another name out for a little girl that isn't used very often. Please help!!!!
Baby Name Genie:
I'm sorry. You've mistakenly reached the Baby Name Genie. You're looking for Overbearing Parents Genie. He may be able to help you remind your parents that they got to pick your name, but you get to pick your daughter's name. If you'd like advice on the name itself, I can help with that. Try the more traditional Gabriella Rose, and save the pet name Briella for informal occasions.
Elizabeth in Montana
We like Verity for our daughter's first name, for both the meaning and uniqueness, but we are struggling with a middle name. I love cacti/succulents and thought it would be neat to pick the name of a unique plant. Hoping for something different but still pronounceable and feminine. Any ideas?
Baby Name Genie:
Not to be prickly, but this cacti question is a thorny one. Let me sharpen my quill and take a stab at it. Name your daughter Verity Jade, if you don't want a few barbs thrown your way.
Jayme in South Florida
Dear Genius Genie, Four years ago, you helped us decide on our son's name - Miles Jameson - inspired by our love of travel! We beseech you for our second child, a daughter, and would love to follow the travel trend. If our second was a boy, he would have been "Easton," for the "East Coast"; however, my husband would prefer something more feminine for a daughter. Her middle name will be a family name: Josephine, Juliana, or Marie. Oh wise Genie, what first name would be perfect for our newest little traveler?!
Baby Name Genie:
Ah yes... I remember. Is he traveling often? If so, say "hello" to Frequent Flyer Miles for me. For your daughter, name her Savannah Marie for a name befitting a cosmopolitan jet-setter.
Lillian in Michigan
I used your advice previously and have a lovely daughter named Cheyanne Ruby. We are looking for help with baby number two who will join us soon! And, just to warn you, our last name is Coffin!
Baby Name Genie:
I'm happy to undertake such a request for a repeat customer, though this really is the last nail in the Coffin family. If your second child is a girl, name her Sierra Ruth, and for a boy, Dylan Oliver, unless you think this whole thing is a grave mistake.
Monica in TX
We like the name Violet, and we like Serenity, but we don't want those names. Can you give me a mysterious feminine name related to them. Please? And thanks.
Baby Name Genie:
For a mysterious name that will keep them guessing, I give you the name Lillian Skye for your young enchantress.
Lizmari in South Africa
Oh Genius Genie, greetings from South Africa, the land of braaivleis and pap. A baby girl is due in November and needs to be named after her grandparents, mainly using the letters in the grandparents' names. Their names are Petro Gerda (granny) and Gerhardus Petrus (grandpa). Surname is Helm. Dankie!
Baby Name Genie:
Thank you for your greetings. I've always loved getting such South African Endearmints, just not the bill that comes with them. Name your baby girl Geraldyna Petara, and she will surely grow into a choty goty.
Zoe Jewell in Maryville, TN
Ok, you're so not gonna get this one. I'm having twin girls. My family rides horses (as well do I), and we have pitbulls. I don't want names that are too girly, but I don't want to get crazy either. GO!
Baby Name Genie:
I have a rather dogmatic approach to finding the perfect baby name. No horsing around. Hunter Victoria and Caroline Rey are the names you're looking for, unless you're some sort of neigh-sayer.
Megan in North Backwoods USA
I'm looking for boy names that have legendary quality, are VERY unique. I like Celtic, Scottish, Latin, Irish, & Italian heritages. Middle names are also appreciated if u have ideas :) PLEASE no Robert, Thomas or Brandons. The siblings are Victoria Lisette, Athena Rhianon and Zack.
Baby Name Genie:
No need for some watery tart to throw a sword at you to name your child. Dub him Merlin Cahal for a truly legendary title.
Sonora in Nevada
Please help. I need an elegant female name that is not common yet not ugly. I need a name that sounds happy and joyful as well as strong and brave. It cannot sound like a boy name. It must be a girly name.
Baby Name Genie:
Your daughter is in for a merry childhood if these are the things you value. Look forward to Caroline Jolie making a joyful noise.
Ceylan Milor in Georgia
I'm expecting my first daughter soon, but I can't decide on a first name. I want something Turkish that means a type of animal. I don't care if it will be hard to spell or pronounce for Americans. It should start with a C. The middle name is Handan, after a relative. Last name Milor (Mee-lor).
Baby Name Genie:
There are few animals in this world more graceful than a gazelle. I give you the Turkish name Ceren Handan for your graceful daughter.
Maya R. in California
My husband and I are expecting a baby girl and we're getting all kinds names. But we are trying to find something along the lines of the marvel heroes cause I'm a geek for that sort of thing, any good ideas?
Baby Name Genie:
For a super daughter with the incomparable powers of cuteness, genius and mystery, I grant you the name Natasha Storm. May she use her powers for good and not evil.
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