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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Baby Girl or Boy Kenya-with-a-B, Sibling to Blaze

Kellie writes:
I LOVE your blog!  Have been reading daily for months and months now and wrote to you for help with my first baby 14 months ago (without an answer), so I'm writing this time in desperation!!  I'm Kellie, my husband is Craig and our surname is like Kenya with with a 'B'

My husband and I have recently found out we're expecting our second bub due end of March, so while we have quite some time to pick a name, it's already causing so much angst for both of us!  We had a name picked out for our first baby before he was even conceived, then a short while before he was born it got used by someone we knew so we lost interest and were at a complete loss for names!  That name was Jett, and as much as I love the name, I just know I couldn't use it - there's a total loss of connection with it.  We named our son Blaze as per my husbands suggestion right before he was born and I love how qwerky, different and unique it is.  It suits our son perfectly!  (I also LOVE that SO many people say 'wow, that's a great/cool name!'

We won't be finding out the sex of this baby, but we're pretty certain we have a girls name picked and that's Harper.  Do you think the two 'er' endings are ok together?

I also like Harlow and a few of the other girls names I liked but am not 100% on are:

Lexi (not Alexis - just Lexi, which I think would prompt every one to ask if it's short for something, so might be an issue)
Caelyn
Laci
Braelyn
Piper (but was used by a relative, so it's definitely out - but I LOVE it).
Isla

And finally Poppy.  This name is actually used as a nickname for the baby while in utero as this baby is due on his/her Poppys birthday (and I like that the baby is the size of a poppy seed at the very beginning!).  I am becoming very, very fond of this name as it has a bonding capacity for me and the baby so as much as I love this baby in my belly, I'm loving the name that that baby has.  I am pretty certain we will use this name as a middle name (if it's a girl) as it has such a special feeling to it and the connection with his/her Poppy is so lovely to me.

In general I quite like girls names that are unisex (but am not in love with them/or game enough to use them!) like:

Jamie
Billie

Boys names are a lot more tricky (and I'm sure I'm having a boy!)

I love Cruz (or Cruse), (but hubby doesn't)
I like Levi (but hubby doesn't)
I like Balen (but hubby doesn't)
I like Pax or Paxton (but hubby doesn't)
I don't mind Knox - but not sold on it
Love Beau and considered it for our first baby, but again hubby isn't sold!
I like Maddox but am worried about nicknames like 'Mad' or 'Ox' and the pronunciation might get exhausting when used regularly - what do you think?

I'd really like a boys name with a 'v' or 'x' or 'z' to go with Blaze which has the 'z'.

Hubby likes single syllable names so it can't be shortened or have a nickname, but as it appears from my lists above, I'm indifferent to this.  I definitely want something that is different although if it's popular I don't mind so much.

One last thing - we used both our grandfathers names for Blazes middle names (Brian and Douglas) but haven't got a clue what we'll do for this one (for a boy).  I'm pretty sure we'll use our second favourite name, so perhaps I'll get one from my list that husband has vetoed!

Any suggestions for the name that is perfect but we're missing?!  Would love your help PLEASE?


I think I would avoid a first name and surname that both ended with -er, but that doesn't mean it's not okay to use it if you want to. Because the name Harper is so much more common for girls than Blaze is for boys, and because it ends in -er like your surname, and because your husband likes single-syllable names, I suggest Harp.

Because you like Braelyn and Caelyn, I also suggest Maelyn and Layle (rhymes with Gail) and Vayla and Maeve and Callan.

Because you like Lexi, I suggest Bex and Beck and Laney and Delaney.

Because you like Piper and Harper, I suggest Juniper.

A name like Blaze seems like it needs a pretty cool/tough brother name. Some possibilities:

Arrow
Axel
Axton
Bax
Bode
Cain
Colt
Cord
Daxton
Drake
Duke
Flint
Ford
Hugo
Hutch
Jax
Lance
Maxon
Maxton
Maxx
Nash
Orion
Otto
Pierce
Rhett
Ripley
Slate
Steele
Stone
Vaughn
West
Zed

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of all of your boy names, I like Cruz the best, but your names do seem a little plain next to Blaze. Some other suggestions-Cash, Royal, Hawk, Jude, Peregrine, Ace, Noble, Phoenix.

I like Harper, but it does seem a bit ordinary compared to Blaze. I'm also not a fan of the double "er". Swistle's suggestion of Harp is really good. I also really like Poppy as a first name, though that would probably be too confusing since that's what her grandfather is called.
I'll suggest Briar, Aurora, Rain, Aura, Avalon & Paisley. I really like Avalon since it has the V (why save the high scrabble letters for boys?).

Gail said...

Some other short male names with V, X, or Z that sound cool with Blaze:

Croix (rhymes with toy, means "cross" in French)
Pax (means "peace" in Latin)
Valo
Zion
Enzo
Ivan
Yves
Zane
Ezra
Lennox
Zander
River
Rex
I think my favorite might be River.....

Girl names soft in tone and similar to Harper (I tend to agree with Swistle about avoiding the double "er"ending)

Lark
Orla
Mira
Willow
Tamsin
Darby (very unisex, though)
Avery
Coralie
Elowen
Pippa
Kestrel



Anonymous said...

What about Thane for a boy? I was thinking Blaze reminded me of Blaine...which reminded me of Thane. That would be one hardcore sibling set if you ask me.
Blaze and Thane, kicking butt and taking names! lol
For a girl it looks like you have some choices you like, but what about Hadley? I guess Hadley Poppy is a bit singsongy but it seems close to Harlow and Harper minus the er problem. I'd also suggest just Bree for a girl, or Brielle shortened to Bree.

p said...

Go with Harley for a girl. Harley and Blaze - so cool!

Anonymous said...

Pippa for a girl. Keaton for a boy.

Anonymous said...

I notice that there are a lot of celebrity baby names in there (Harper, Harlow, Cruz, Pax, Maddox, Knox) - maybe you can look at celebrity baby name lists for other inspiration? The website namecandy.com has a lot listed

Trudee said...

I'm confused here. Where is the double -er ending coming in? I thought the last name was Kenya with a B? Am I missing something?

StephLove said...

I am confused about the double -er problem, too. But I like Harper or Isla for your, or maybe Penelope with the nn Poppy.

For a boy I like Cruz and Maddox, or how about Axel, Felix, Tor, or Van?

Wendy said...

How about Thor?

Swistle said...

The surname is LIKE Kenya with a B---but it does end in an -er.

Mary said...

What about Craig Kellan as middle names after you and your husband?

Some ideas for siblings to Blaze (sorry if any are repeats):

Calix
Jago
Brett
Ryker
Jax
Kai
Zeke
Axel
Hawk
Boone
Bryce
Brooks
Dierks

Mary said...

As for girls,

Harper B---er could be a bit much, but it depends on the middle sound.

I think Hadley Poppy could be very cute with Blaze.

Other ideas:

Arden Poppy
Auden
Wylie
Kinley
Bellamy
Ruby
Dabney

Or you could go with a full name for Poppy, and have Poppy be your nickname for her

Penelope,nn Penny or Poppy
Phoebe
Pomme

Anonymous said...

What about Rex for a little boy? I also like the suggestion of Harley for a little girl. It would avoid the whole -er double up.

Anonymous said...

What about Creed for a boy. I realize it doesn't have your 'v', 'x', 'z' criteria, but I think it sounds great with Blaze! And I love Poppy for your girls name. I think you should go with it!

Grace said...

I love swistles suggestions for short, cool boy names. My favorite is Ford. I hesitate to suggest it, since I love it Soo much, but Crew is my favorite name. It has that short, cool feel. Also Madden is like Maddox, but less popular and without the 'ox'. Finn or Flynn would be good choices too.

As far as girl names, poppy is cute for a middle. I like Harper, but it is becoming very popular. Hadley is the name we plan on using for our daughter, so I guess these names are right up my alley! I feel like Caelyn and Braelyn are too trendy. I like swistles suggestion of Delaney.

Good luck!

Angi said...

Ryder? Blaze and Ryder.

Heidi J said...

Flint, Slate and West are my favorites!

Anonymous said...

poppy and blaze!
what about spike? spike and blaze so cool!!!

Rita said...

I think it would be nice to use another nature / world name - which is why I love Poppy for you. Blaze is so cool that somewhow I can't imagine it paired with something predicatble like Piper or Levi.

Alexia "Lexi"
Azure
Bliss
Blithe
Bryony
Brave / Bravery
Crimson
Ember
Everly
Fable
Halo
Holiday
Hero
Liberty
Reverie
Solace
Scarlet
Temperance
Temple
Zara / Zahara (since you seem to be a fan of the Jolie-Pitt's naming style!)

Bracken
Chord
Falcon
Flint
Fox
Hawk
Harbour
Hunter
Indiana
Lake
Lynx
Onyx
Reed
Rider
River
Sage
Scout
Storm
Story
Wilder
Wolf

Trudee said...

I think Harper sounds fine with your last name (I'm hearing it rhyming with "tenure"). It's a great name that goes well with Blaze. Poppy seems a lot girlier to me but would also go well with Blaze (if that's important to you). I really think you are between those two, but for what it's worth, I also like Lexi and Laney/Delaney.

I think you have a lot of great suggestions for boys. I think I like the suggestion of Ryder the best. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I really love either Vale or Vaughn for a boy.

Blaze and Vale (Awesome!)
Blaze and Vaughn

I also suggest Zane (more popular though).

For girls I like Hazel, Ivy, Waverley.

Blaze and Hazel
Blaze and Ivy (Love!)
Blaze and Waverley (Very pretty!)


I also really like the name Aven (Boy or Girl).

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!!

Eva.G said...

My favorites for boys are Cord, Daxton, Harbour, Noble, and Thor. May I also suggest Atlas? Blaze and Atlas; love it! Since you like Beau, what about Beaumont? Blaze and Beaumont.

For girls, even though I love it, I agree that Harper is too much more popular than Blaze. Harper flew up the charts and is ranked at #54 in 2011.

I do like Blythe, Harlow, Juniper and Lark.
Would you also like:
Ever
Honor
Juno
Lyric
Pippa (instead of Poppy)
Poem
Sloane
Sonnet
Story
Thisbe
Tulip
Vaela
Winslow

jmv said...

For Girls:
- Wren
- Scout
- Ivy

For Boys:
- Zeke
- Arrow
- Grey
- Abram

Kellie B (original question asker) said...

Oh my!! Your readers are amazing Swistle (as are you of course!!) I'm so very thrilled to read ALL of these suggestions! Have printed off this page for hubby and I to have a big discussion!

I'm really off Harper now as I was always worried about the two er endings and you've all confirmed this.

River for a boy would be great (Blaze for fire and River for water!).

Beginning to really like Pippa - my cousin recently used Piper (which is why it's out), and my mum kept mistaking it for Pippa and it seems to have grown on me...

Will certainly write with our update once this baby is born!!

Anonymous said...

love Poppy!

Moomoo said...

If your last name is like Kenya, I think dont use any er or a ending names. Too matchy with surname. So Pippa, River, Harper are all out. But Poppy is a lovely nickname (I know two girls who it is full name, NOT nickname, but I think there should be a formal bame that it is short for, like Penelope or Persephone or Portia)
I know a boy Blaise who has Hermione and Tamarind as sisters.
Russell and Hugh are underused names which have a manly sound like your Blaze. If you have gone off Jett, what about Rhett?

Moomoo said...

Oh, or Posie for a girl?

K said...

Love the suggestion of Arrow!

What about Cove?

K said...

Archer! (for a boy).