I’ll admit that I probably wouldn’t have posted news about Bachelorette couple Trista and Ryan Sutter.


They named their daughter Blakesley Grace.

She certainly fits in with Avery, Delaney and the like. But I still find Blakesley rather odd. Apparently it is an Old English place name and legitimate surname choice – but does it feel like they tried awfully hard? Or maybe Trista has a grandma Blakesley?

Thing is, I thought their son’s name – Maxwell Alston – was quite nice.

What do you think?

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What do you think?


  1. I don’t like the “s” in the middle. I know people wont like by choice, but my daughter’s name in Blakely Carlene. I LOVE her name and I’m ok with other people not liking it. The extra “s” makes it harder to say though.

    As far as Petal Blossom Rainbow. WOW that’s all I have to say.

  2. Why do people feel the need to name their daughters Fluffy-wuff Care-bear? I mean, pur-lease! Give them something stronger!

  3. Like Lola, my first reaction was that they took the hot name Blake and added a fun ending to personalize it. The star of the teen pseudo-drama Gossip Girl is named Blake Lively. I tend to still think of Blake as a male name than gender-neutral name. The “kes” sound however does match the “x” sound in Maxwell.