Name Help: A Sister for Bram and Maren

Name HelpName Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday, one reader’s name questions will be discussed.

We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!

Amanda and her husband already have two nicely-named children: son Bram and daughter Maren.

Now they’re expecting their third child. It’s a girl!

They’re looking for a name that is:

  • Uncommon
  • Frills-free but still feminine
  • Possibly nature-inspired
  • Bonus points if the names shares the same ‘a’ sound as Bram and Maren

Their current list includes Freya, Selah, Sela, Zara, Esme, Garnet, Greta, and River.

Please read on for my response – and share your helpful thoughts and suggestions in the comments!

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Gertrude: Baby Name of the Day


Today’s post was originally published on February 22, 2010. It was substantially revised and re-posted on April 13, 2015. Once worn by queens and saints, today this name is often cited as the name you’d never give your girl. Thanks to Jillian for suggesting Gertrude as our Baby Name of the Day.


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