Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Stating Your Opinion Nicely

I've noticed in the baby name community and when talking about names in general some people express their opinions harshly. Often times they either forget that someone really likes that particular name and has feelings or they just don't care. There have been plenty of times when I disliked a name for a number of reasons but I always told the person in a nice way. I thought I would share my tips on nicely telling someone you don't like there name.

Don't be rude about names!


Comment on the person's naming style and tell them the name fits well with them. 

Say something like, "I think *insert name here* is a name nice but it's just not something I would have picked"

Smile and make a nice comment. Then change the subject. 

Congratulate her on picking a name out. Sometimes it is hard to choice the perfect name for your baby. 

Ask why she picked the name. Even if you don't like that particular name it's always nice to hear why a name was picked. It might even help you understand why she chose such a different name. 

Tell her the name is different. It's a nice way to say say you don't like it without hurting someone's feelings. 


How do you let someone down easily? Are you nice or brutally honest?


Photo Credit: http://jackfit.blogspot.com/2011_12_01_archive.html

xoxo,

Monday, June 23, 2014

Name of the Week: Willow



Meaning
A Tree Name

Origin
English 

Rank
#155

Middles Names
Willow Francesca 
Willow Beatrice
Willow Violet
Willow Emerson
Willow Adelaide 
Willow Celeste
Willow Juliet
Willow Josephine 
Willow Valentina 
Willow Cordelia 

First Names
Jessa Willow
Evangeline Willow
Anastasia Willow
Delaney Willow
Vivienne Willow
Raina Willow
Nicolette Willow 
Veronica Willow
Alexandra Willow
Brynn Willow

Nicknames
Willa
Willie
Will
Lola 

Famous People Named Willow
Willow Smith (Daughter of Will Smith)
Willow Hart (Daughter of Pink)
Willow Palin (Sarah Palin's daughter) 



My Thoughts
I think Willow is really pretty name with some spunk behind it. Although it is ranked 155, not many babies are named Willow and you don't hear it very often. It's one of the more common nature names and to me it really doesn't scream nature. Willow trees are very flexible and have a graceful appearance. They are desired traits for a female. I find that meaning great for a name. It has a lot of background. 

Reasons It's Name Of The Week
A reader asked if Willow was on the blog. I also really enjoy this name. 



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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ivan, Nancy, Arthur, and Florence

While on the look out for new names, I am across this sibling set that I just loved. David Cameron is a Prime Minister of England. He has 4 children with fabulous names.

David with his three oldest children 


Ivan Reginald Ian: Ivan is Cameron's oldest son. He sadly passed away at the age of 6. I think this name is really sweet and very grand. I like Ivan, and Reginald is different. Ivan and Ian in the same name is a little much for me.

Nancy Gwen: Nancy is Gwen's first daughter and second child. At first I thought Nancy was a little too old fashioned for a little girl but than I just pictured this sweet little girl with the name Nancy and kind of fell in love. Usually Nancy is use on its own but I would have probably preferred it more as a nickname. Gwen is an unexpected middle name and pairs perfectly with Nancy. Both names balance each other out.

Arthur Elwen: Arthur is the second son for Cameron. Arthur is another old-fashioned name but is still really sweet on a little baby. Although I like Nancy more than Arthur, I still think they are paired nice together along with Ivan. You can see that the family really liked old-fashioned names. I think Elwen is another unexpected middle name and gives the whole name a nice feel.

Florence Rose Endellion: Florence is the last child for Cameron. Again we have an old-fashioned name that works nicely on a baby. I love Florence and I think the nicknames Flora or Flo are really cute. Now the middle name Rose is a very common middle name but I love it because Rose has meaning to me. Endellion is the name that caught my eye while I was doing research. It is the name of a saint and also a place. There have been reports that Florence was given the middle name Endellion because the family was vacationing near the village St. Endellion when she was born.


Ivan, Nancy, Arthur, and Florence make a great sibset. They are all old-fashioned names that are making a comeback on babies. They are all paired with nice, unexpected middle names that complete the whole set. The only thing I do not like about the sets is how two children have two names and the other two children have three names. I feel they should have all had three names or just stick with two names.


Photo Credit: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/feb/25/ivan-cameron

xoxo,

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Four Letter Names

Majority of the time I prefer much longer names but lately I have been loving a lot of short 4 letter names. When I look at four letter names I see sweet and strong names. These are my top 20 names for boys and girls that are only four letters in alphabetical order.

Girls

  1. Anya: Grace; Russian 
  2. Avia: God is my father; Hebrew 
  3. Cleo: Glory; Greek
  4. Cora: Maiden; Greek
  5. Elsa: My God Is A Vow; Hebrew 
  6. Elvi: Elf Friend; English
  7. Esme: Esteemed, Beloved; French 
  8. Este: Star; Persian 
  9. Etta: Pearl; Greek
  10. Isla: Island; Scottish 
  11. Juna: June; English 
  12. Kyla: Beautiful; Irish 
  13. Mona: Little Noble One; Irish 
  14. Nola: White Shoulder; Irish 
  15. Nova: New; Latin
  16. Opal: Gem; Sanskrit 
  17. Roma: Rome; Italian 
  18. Sage: Wise; Latin
  19. Vada: Ruler; German 
  20. Wren: Bird Name; English 
Boys
  1. Amos: Carried By God; Hebrew 
  2. Arlo: Barberry Tree: Spanish
  3. Axel: Father of Peace; German 
  4. Bram: Form of Abraham; Hebrew 
  5. Cash: Diminutive of Cassius, Hollow; Latin
  6. Crew: English Word Name
  7. Dash: Diminutive of Dashiell, From Chiel; French 
  8. Ezra: Help; Hebrew 
  9. Ford: Dweller at the Ford; English
  10. Gage: Oath, Pledge; French
  11. Hans: God is Gracious; Scandinavian, German, Hebrew, and Danish 
  12. Judd: Flowing Down; Hebrew 
  13. Kipp: Pointed Hill; English 
  14. Knox: Round Hill; Scottish 
  15. Leon: Lion; Greek
  16. Link: Diminutive of Lincoln; Town of the pool; English 
  17. Myer: Bringer of Light; Hebrew 
  18. Tate: Cheerful; English 
  19. Thad: Heart; Aramic 
  20. Zaid: Lord; Arabic 

More post should be coming up soon. I am trying to find the time to write post, go to class every night, babysit 2 or 3 days a week, and hopefully another day job. I miss blogging about names!


Photo: Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Valentines-day-hearts-number-4-at-coloring-pages-for-kids-boys-dotcom.gif

xoxo,
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