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Marla in Grand Forks, ND
My husband and I would like to name our son Bobby, after my father. The issue is that my husband's father, Robert, assumes that this is to honor him as well. This is most definitely not the case. Should we go ahead and name the child Bobby or should we go with our second choice, Benjamin?
Baby Name Genie:
You certainly don't want to mistakenly honor someone. That would be embarrassing. Follow your instincts and go with Benjamin to avoid any confusion.
Trisha in Wilmington, NC
I am needing help with a baby boy name. The surname is Watson. We like the name Parker but maybe for the middle it doesn't sound right in the front. However, we find anything that ends in an -on doesn't really work either. As a side note our daughter's name is Kennedy and we love it.
Baby Name Genie:
Finding a name for your child is elementary, my dear Watson. For once we eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Name your son Isaac Parker. The game is afoot.
Megan in Missouri
I need help coming up with a boy's first name. His middle/last name is Ellsworth Hoyle. I would like a name that compliments the English feel without being a common William, John, or Phillip.
Baby Name Genie:
Keep a stiff upper lip, m'lady. Chip, chip, cheerio and all that rot. For a name that even her majesty would be proud of, I give you Graham Ellsworth Hoyle.
Shana in WV
Genie, I need your expertise! We are expecting our 3rd girl. And we are at a complete loss for a name. I am 9 months and all we have is a middle name, Ranae. Her sisters' names are Desirae and Kaelyn. We are looking for something not too common and not too old school. Please help because we CAN NOT agree on anything. ________ Ranae Kurpel. Please help and please respond!!
Baby Name Genie:
I see you are fond of the "ć" grapheme (a fancy word us linguist-types use to mean "two letters hugging"). I'm sure you two can agree on the name I give you: Mćgan Ranć Kurpel.
Autumn in Colorado
Hi Name Genie, I am in desperate need of your advice. I am stuck trying to find a girl's name that I like both the sound of the name and the meaning. I like names like Sierra and Sienna, but I don't like the meanings(saw and reddish brown). I also kind of liked Saria (princess), but no one else seems too. Sarina is kind of pretty too, but I'm not sure about it. Any suggestions? I seem to like names that start with "S" and end with an "ah" sound.
Baby Name Genie:
A wise man once told me, "When given the choice, choose wisdom." Wisdom in the Scandinavian parts of the world is translated into Sofia. You'll find Sofia to be the wisest choice of all.
Kay in New York
My husband and I are expecting our first baby boy, but we have a huge dilemma; our surname is an absolute disaster-- Szczelaszczyk {seh-lass-check}. I am head over heels in love with Ezra, he is too but he also thinks it'll be one "z" too many. What do you think, Oh Wise One?
Baby Name Genie:
Ezra Szczelaszczyk is not one "z" too many. It's approximately four z's too many. But when life gives you lemons, make lemon cakes. Ezra is a perfect first name for your son.
Haley in Missouri
I am having a baby girl. A family tradition says a second born child must have the same initials as their mother or father depending on the gender. The initials are HN. The surname is McKellan. My name is Haley--so, no suggestions with that name please.
Baby Name Genie:
Your family has some oddly specific traditions. What's Christmas like at your house? A joyful time of parliamentary procedures and formulaic regimen? To satisfy tradition, name your child Hadassa Nicole McKellan.
Kaitlyn Grace in New Zealand
I need a strong, girl's name to go with the surname "Lockwood." I am interested in finding a name and altering the spelling slightly to make it more unusual. Can you give me some names please?
Baby Name Genie:
Some names? How many children are you having? I only offer the perfect name for each child. Your daughter will enjoy the strong, though slightly unusual, Krysta Rose Lockwood for her name.
Kim in AZ
Hello Genie! We are expecting our second son and we know you can help us find the perfect name. Our last name is Graves so a caveat would be to avoid silly acronyms like OMG or HOG, and teasable names like Oliver (all of our) Graves and Tobias (to buy us) Graves. We gravitate toward older names like Henry and Owen but might like a more contemporary middle name to bring it into this century. Thanks, Genie!
Baby Name Genie:
Since Doug, Justin, Phillip, and Mark are out of the question, name your son Michael Riley Graves to ward off the bullies and ne'er-do-wells.
Katherine in Unknown
Hi genie, I'm expecting a baby girl soon and her middle name will be Max or Maximum I really need a first name that is powerful and not ordinary I like older names but I want something with a modern twist. Thanks can't wait to see what your awesomeness will bring.
Baby Name Genie:
Naming a baby is no time for half measures, therefore you must give her the maximum. Though, not literally. It's important to give her a name that is both powerful, but also feminine. Name her Parker Maxine for a unique take on an older name.
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