Are you a long-time reader, but never commented? Is there a name you’ve been dying to suggest for ages, but fear that I’ll scoff? Reject the suggestion, you, and your every idea about names? Ignore your email forever? (Okay, that last one might actually happen, but I’m working on it.)
Here’s your chance.
The week of September 10 is reserved for requests from those who have never, ever, ever commented before.
Here’s how it works:
1. Leave a comment on this post with one name suggestion.
2. I’ll take the first four names that:Have not been previously been covered here. Aren’t so crazy close to a previously covered name that there’s little new to say. Have enough history of use to create a story. Is not already on the calendar in the upcoming months.
3. It is unlikely that the first four names posted will fit these criteria, so don’t be discouraged if you are post #10.
4. No worries if you’re suggesting a super-common name or a wildly unusual one. All are welcome.
How will I know if you’re a lurker? Easy. Your comment will be held for moderation, as all first-time comments are. I suppose you could invent a fake identity and game the system, but I’d prefer that you don’t go to extraordinary lengths to fake us all out. Just use the contact form in the top right corner of the site to request a name.
Ready, set, go – and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Wow, so many great suggestions! I want to write about every one of these … and eventually, I hope that I will!
The week’s names will be:
Monday: Madeleva, suggested by Angela.
Tuesday: Pierce, suggested by Lulu.
Wednesday: Aderyn, suggested by Marie.
Thursday: Lowell, suggested by Kay.
A few others:
SoPeJo, I’ll write about Margaret in December – I’m having a classic names week.
I have always loved the name Creed for a boy. How about it?
If it’s not too late, I’d like to suggest Talora and Gaia.
L. R. says
I’d love to see something on Ismay (f) or Arvid (m).
I’m a first time lurker, however I’d love to see some one finally have the name Anneliene pronounced “Anna leen”
It’s my younger sisters Christian name, to remind us of our heritage. All I know is that it is of Dutch African origins, although I’m not so sure that there would be enough information to make it a feature name.
I’m a first time lurker, however I’d love to see some one finally have the name Anneliene pronounced “Anna leen”
It’s of Dutch African origins, although I’m not so sure that there would be enough information to make it a feature name.
Would love to see a write up on Raleigh!
Raleigh is actually coming up later in August!
Too late to get in the game? How about Junia? It’s been baffling me for weeks. How exactly is it pronounced? Is it wearable? How common is it?
My beautiful mother’s name; Joyce, and her mother’s name; Ottilia.
How about Eilifur? I believe it’s an Icelandic name but that’s as far as I know. I came across it in a second hand book I bought recently which was presented to a Eilifur. I am definitely intrigued and would like to know more about the name as it’s not one I’ve ever heard of before.
I just discovered this blog last week, and I’m having a blast going through all the previous entries. I was a bit disappointed that Zoe and Eden (two of my all-time faves) hadn’t been spotlighted yet, though, so those are my suggestions!
I’m interested in the name Sibley, my maiden name.
I’d like to suggest:
Eniko – a Hungarian girls’ name
Sonseray – possibly a unisex name of Turkish origin?
Vashti – a Biblical girls’ name
Sasson – Hebrew?
Quitterie – a French girls’ name
Inari – a girls’ (or unisex?) name with both Finnish and Japanese origins
Sunday – word name
Hi! I think I might go back to lurking…and you have lots of names to be going on with…but I’ll still add some of my favourites that I don’t think have been profiled here.
Boys: Alberic, Sholto, Wulfstan/Wulfran/Wulfric
Girls: Aphra, Clemency, Sunniva, Thora
Zena Eve says
Hey, I’m definitely a lurker. I love the history you find on these names.
I would like to suggest:
Esther- one of my favorite biblical classics.
Fabiola/ Fabiana- names I picked up from the Olympics that I thought were pretty.
Liriel- don’t know if this is legit, but would love to know more about it.
Oriana- a frilly dawn name that I think gets overlooked.
Rosalba- I would like to know more about the usage of this name.
Obadiah- another biblical name that I love.
Israel- started off as a name, but now a country. Is it still usable?
Alphonse- purely FMA related love.
Hezekiah- one of my top favorite boy names.
Nicodemus- would like to know its history of use.
How about the name Potter? In my family tree it started as my great-grandmother’s maiden name. It was then bestowed as a middle name for my grandfather, father and brother. I think it could be a rather fetching first name as well!
Paintbox Sarah says
I’m SO a lurker. I’ve commented once on an old post, so that doesn’t really count, right? 😉 A couple suggestions from our name list…
-Alessandra… My name was changed from Alexandra right before I was born. Now my younger brother bears Alexander as a middle name. I thought Allie or Aless/Ales/Allis (Alice) would be cute nn’s.
-Lily… There are a couple Lili-ish names on your NotD list already, but what about pure and simple Lily?
-Esther… I love the Biblical Esther. One of my favorites.
-Lawrence/Laurence… Switching to boys (sort of), I love the classic and masculine feel of Lawrence, and the charming nn of Lars. I knew a French girl growing up named Laurence so that spelling has always felt feminine to me.
-Jonathan or Jonas… Again with the Bible names, Jonathan is sweet. Jonas, not even sure that it’s one of my favorites but wondering where Jonas originated from.
-Lincoln… My favorite president. The only Lincoln’s I know are adults.
-Oren… It keeps coming back to us.
-Sparrow… Sad that this was used by a celeb, I hope it isn’t picked up too much by others. This has been on our name list for years. My hubby and I slyly said to each other, we could name a boy Jonathan Sparrow and call him Jack… A momentary lapse of judgement? I’m crazy enough to do it.
-Blackbird… On the birdy note, with all the Ava’s flitting around these days, could Blackbird be used as semi-sensible girl’s name? I like it.
-River… As in River Phoenix. Awesome.
I don’t remember if I’ve ever commented here or not, but here goes.
I’d love to see Percival covered!
How about Micah.
I noticed your reserved week of september 10th falls near my mother’s birthday so I’d like to nominate her name:
Hi! This post prompted me to search the archives for three of my current favorite boy names to make sure I wouldn’t suggest any repeats, and it turns out you have already covered them – Callum, Tarquin, and Cassius! However, it looks like the archived post on Tarquin has been cut short – perhaps if you get some time you can try to re-post the whole entry? Thanks for such a wonderful name website!
Ander – it’s basque for Andrew
Ainara – also Basque, it means Swallow (the bird) It’s our girl’s name, but we’re having another boy, so he’s probably going to be Ander. (my husband is Spanish, born in Basque country, obviously)
I was hoping *crosses fingers* you could cover the name Aeson. It’s my absolute favorite boy name but none of my favorite name blogs have ever covered it; I’d love more information on it. 🙂
I heard the name Romelia (pronounciation: rom-ay-lee-a) once and have loved it ever since. Especially since I can shorten it to Romy or Romee (pronounciation: romay) which are both names that aren’t extremely popular in my country but also unot very unusual.
I would love to hear about it.
P.s.: I thought of another way to shorten it; which is Romia.
Don’t think I have commented. What about Zia? Getting to included?
Or Mahalia, Miquain, Riva, Kala, Kita, Ajua, Veran.
British American says
I met a baby Zia recently – that would be fun to read more about. 🙂
I’ve read for about a year now and some names I would like profiled are Marisol and Luella. For Boys a getting to Mac(k).
I love this site! Thank you. 🙂
Hi, I’m a longtime lurker. I’d like to know more about my own name, Hallie. I rarely meet people my own age with my name but I am starting to see it on little girls more often. Thanks!
hi, i’ve never commented before. i would love to read a post on “getting to Tess.”
Julie Brandsgaard says
Tessa! I’m annoyed that it only shows up on the SS charts in 1964. I’m SURE it must have a deeper history than this!
Charlotte Vera says
It was probably usually used as a nickname for a variant of Theresa 🙂
Lisa F. says
Hi, throwing in my daughter’s name, Willa, into the mix. I’m starting to hear it everywhere now (my daughter is turning 5 next month). Would love to hear your take on her name. 🙂
I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to comment or send a message, so I did both 🙂
how about Tomyris?
I’m a lurker too lazy to see what’s in the archives… maybe one of these meets all your qualifiers?
Love your blog!
My husband loves the nickname Lo if we have a daughter. It would be awesome if you dd a post on “getting to Lo” for ideas for first names at could be shortened to Lo. Thanks!
My spouse loves the nn Lo too, and we have gone around and around finding something we both love with that nn. (still haven’t succeeded!) I would love to see a “getting to Lo” post too!
Third this! love the nickname Lo!
I can’t remember if I’ve commented before…but I would love to see information for the following names:
I read your blog everyday but I’ve never commented.
This is a family name and I think it fits the bill; it’s Lowell.
I’d love to see it up there!
How about Aderyn?
Hello, I am a lurker 🙂
I would like to suggest a few names, Gabrielle and Ayla for a girl and Pierce and Darcy for a boy.
I am afraid I have been lurking for quite a while! I do have a few suggestions.
Also, I would love a ‘getting to’ for any of:
Also, is there a section (like names for girls/ boys) for the ‘getting to’ posts?
I would love for you to write about Dafna. I love your site but have indeed never commented before.
I know a Dafna! I agree that this would be amazing.
Hey there. I’m sure I’ve commented at some point, but I mostly lurk on Google Reader.
Some names that I’ve stumbled across in life and I’d love to get more info on include:
– Aya (which I think is pronounced the same as my nickname Aiea, and keeps popping up on Top 100 lists in non-English-speaking countries)
– Madeleva (the name of a poet/nun who was born Mary Evaline, and I don’t know what the significance/origin of her new name was)
– Tarquin (for years, this was my favorite male name. It’s probably too unusual in the USA to be usable, but I still like it. I believe it’s Etruscan in origin?)
– Maylis (a French girl I knew in high school)
– Isyemille (a Mexican girl I knew in high school, who said her name was Arabic?)
– Jnana (a girl I knew in high school who said her name was something crazy like Swahili)
– Ebba (a girl I knew in high school; I think it makes a good alternative to the more popular Emma and Ella)
– Élodie (I saw it in a magazine article about French school girls. Not even sure how to pronounce it, but it stuck in my brain as something interesting)
– Hannelore (I read it in the book “Sophie’s World” back in high school. Don’t know how it is pronounced, but that it was interesting. I assume it’s Swedish?)
– Hestia (my favorite Greek goddess)
– Laelia (saw it in a book somewhere, thought it seemed pretty)
– Eulalie (I always dug this name in The Music Man)