About Abby Sandel

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  1. Okay now I am rethinking this lol. I for some reason love Verity, Everly and Rowan, though I agree Tallis rocks lol. Thanks for the help, now to talk dad into rethinking this ha ha. On dorky names I’m a huge fan of tv and movie names because the are always so interesting. Remember Xander from Buffy haha I loved that name. I told Josh I was naming our son (again me joking around) Tiberibus (spelling?) like James T Kirk ha ha. Still movie names can mess things up I now think of Bellatrixs as bad even though that’s silly : ) Thanks everyone!

  2. Speaking of “nerd” baby names and Zelda… my cousin and his wife named their baby girl Midna. I’m told it’s a character in the Zelda game. Yeesh.

    1. Midna … I don’t hate it, but I almost can’t say it. I adore Minna, though.

  3. Hey who can be mad about names. I’m not worried I was just surprised but the attention my blog was getting from it lol. Rhyley is still not completely a go…I’m still thinking. I thin kI want to keep Sage for the middle name so any girl names you want to throw my way is always helpful lol Thanks

    1. I love Sage! Actually, I think you might be let down by Rhyly. Cambria is a stand-out, and if you add up all of the kids named Riley/Rylee/Rileigh over the past few years, it is pretty ordinary. Cambria Rogue and …

      Callisto Sage
      Reva Sage
      Verity Sage – wait, that’s almost redundant …
      Coraline Sage
      Valo Sage – another read used it, been in love with it ever since …
      Bellamy Sage – too ordinary for you?
      Bellatrix Sage – love the name, but I do struggle to get past how downright rotten the Harry Potter character was …
      Rowan Sage – wait, I think I know a baby named Rowan Sage …
      Kestrel Sage – again, an awful lot of nature name, but I can hear Cambria & Kestrel as sisters

      I get the sense you want something with some edge, right?

      1. I found Tallis on a blog. I can’t remember the name of it, but I know she had another daughter named Pia.

    2. We name lovers mean the best, but sometimes I think we forget that there are real people with real feelings about a baby name that you happen to love that might not be a favorite of ours.

      With Cambria, I would suggest


      -ly, ley endings like Rhyley


      Other names I like with Cambria, but not with Sage as the middle.


      Good luck!


      1. wait. Scratch Bree. That won’t work with Cambria.

        It’s late and I obviously need to go to bed. ?

  4. Gambit Coheed was me joking around and it was meant for a boy. Rhyley Sage is for the baby girl we are having and it was the best we could settle on lol as daddy has a say too. Still we shall see. I almost regret asking for help over at Swistle lol people are really crazy over names. It’s not like we are naming her apple or moon unit.

    1. My apologies about the gender confusion – and congrats on daughter #2!

      For the record, I think Apple, Cambria, Clio (my daughter), and nearly any other unusual name would encounter equal love and drama on the average message board.

      Except maybe if you name your daughter Beatrice. Beatrice almost always gets a thumbs up, at least circa 2011. Ten years from now, I expect to hear parents complaining that Beatrice is everywhere, and why did the name have to get so popular?

  5. Regarding the name Larsa – it is an ancient place name in Iraq. Larsa mentioned that she is Assyrian and hails from Chicago, which has a large Assyrian population.

  6. Is Rhyly Sage a boy or a girl??? I dislike names that you can’t instantly tell (especially with the middles) what sex the child is.
    I know of a Ryly (sister to brother Cydny) so I am not totally shocked about the spelling.
    Beaudy reminds me of Pregnant in Heels Bode (which still looks like bode instead of bo-dee to me) and they would be better off with Bodhi if they want that name.
    I am excited for this weeks names!

  7. Thanks for mentioning Nerd Baby Names on your blog. Love your Baby Names of the Day… I may have to snatch Akira from you (while crediting your site, of course!)

  8. I’m assuming Marshall, Williams, Mosley and Thompson are all family names, in which case I give them all a pass. They’ll fit right in in the South.