–A Future Elliott's Mom?
Let's start by clarifying some details about the name Elliott’s history. You're right that the number of boys named Elliott has risen sharply. Every year since 2010, Elliott has reached a new high on the list of American boys’ names. In 2015, its most popular year yet, Elliott was the 213th most popular name on the charts. You’re also right that more boys than girls are named Elliott. In 2015, for example, 1,859 boys received the name Elliott while only 421 girls did.
Well, if they were still popular, we wouldn’t call them "names from the '50s"! Right? Names take their period style—the feeling that they are the essence of their time—from popularity peaks and valleys.
–Have a Q about QA
It's not clear from your question if you will be using the two names together as a first name (like Mary Rose or Anna Lee). If not, then the practical issue of sounding "too androgynous" really only matters if someone is looking at a document which lists your child's full name, but not her sex. In that case they might use the middle name to try to figure out whether the person is male or female.
–Need a Name for Daddy's Girl
There's an obvious answer here: Just take Justin and add an E. Justine is a familiar name, but perhaps there is a reason you "can't think of" it. Justine is not particularly popular right now; it peaked in the '80s.
–Mother of Ns
At first glance, this question reads as deceptively easy. Nathaniel and Natalie don't just "go well" together, they are in fact strikingly similar variations upon one another, sharing nearly all the same letters in nearly the same order. The obvious third member of this trio would, like her brother and sister, begin with "Nat": Natasha, perhaps, or Natia or Natania.
Two colors need not be a problem, although I did advise against Hunter Greene as a first-middle combo. Just look at little Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, who seems to be doing just fine with her double-hue (and double-word) name.
–Naming a New Generation
It’s funny to think of a Victorian favorite as a "mom name," in the same vein as Ashley or Krista, rather than a great-grandmother name! Grace was at its most popular in the 1880s, alongside antiques like Minnie, Martha, and Florence.
–Psyched for Our New Son
This question is more nuanced than it might seem at first glance. It should be a pretty straightforward question, and answer: What's the best spelling for this baby name? But when we look at it, things get interesting.
–Not Wild About Harry
No nickname is truly unavoidable, especially these days when plenty of boys are named Thomas and Michael—but never go by Tom and Mike. We're quite used to hearing full names instead of nicknames, and both parents and children are comfortable saying "It's Daniel, not Danny" until they get their point across.
But some nicknames are more likely than others. There are a few risk factors that come into play. One is when a name has a single, obvious nickname, like Chris for Christopher, or Beth for Bethany. Another is a formal name of three or more syllables.