I need to have some fun! Name my baby. Or pretend you are.

It’s probably no secret to the three people that read this blog that I’ve been sick since Christmas. I’m about 12 weeks now. I’m still sick, but there are hints that I’m feeling better. The two most noticeable, are the fact that I can walk erect all the time now (instead of hunched over like I’m going to puke at any moment) and I can walk to the kitchen and get food and get back to bed without thinking I need to lay down or I might. just. die. So, while I threw up yesterday (first time in 8 days! Progress!) I still feel constant nausea, every night from around 6 pm-until I can go to sleep.

So let’s talk about something fun and exciting instead.

We need girl names. We have 4 full (first and middle) names for boys. And they are mostly prioritized too.

But girls. We have never agreed on a girl’s name. Nor have we ever needed to. Once, when I was pregnant with S (my second child) we made a deal. I agreed to give Mr. French his first choice for a first name and he gave me my first choice for a middle name (we both agreed that they went together). It would only be binding for that current child and would become null and void after the birth if we had a boy. Which we did.

Now, I don’t really like the first name that we chose back then. Plus, the pressure is on. This could be our last child (I certainly can’t tell the future). It could be our only girl. It could be that we’ll never get to use any more of the boy’s names that we picked. So we have to make sure that we love this name. (I guess we should have thought that way for the others, but we didn’t.)

So here are the guidelines:

1) Anyone can play, as many times as you want, but you can’t suggest your own name. (You can, however leave your name, which still might cause me to think of it as a suggestion πŸ™‚ Aren’t you clever?)

2) We don’t like especially popular names. Being in the top ten or twenty usually makes us leave the name behind, no matter how much we like it.

3) This is probably the only place where our age gap gets us into trouble (lest you think it’s me that’s older, it’s actually Mr. French :). Names that I like, b/c they’re unusual and old-fashioned, sound like names of Mr. F’s parent’s generation, so he tends to dislike them. Mr. French doesn’t mind names from his generation, which are names I associate with older people. I’m not explaining this well, but I think people tend to reject the names from their parent‘s generation, unless they are naming their children after someone specific. We’re more likely to fall for names in our grandparent‘s generation, or something more traditional that is not tied to a certain generation. So that means you have to go back further to find names we like, or go unusual and traditional. Clear as mud? Good. Moving on.

4) The other thing that is hard for us is that Mr. F likes a theme, or a pattern. For instance, if we named all our children with Biblical names (which we didn’t) he would be against changing that for the fourth. I don’t like themes. I try hard to give them all different first letters, different, but well-thought out initials, different number of syllables even. I don’t want any of my kid’s names to rhyme with each others.

5) I don’t like naming a child one name and then immediately start calling them a nickname. That happens a lot with girl’s names, so I think about it.

6) We’re looking for something feminine, pretty, and unusual that doesn’t start with hard C, S, or J. πŸ™‚

7) Also, middle names cannot start with a vowel. Our last name starts with a ‘D’ and usually makes a word if the middle initial is a vowel.

8) If you participate, you can not be offended if we don’t use your name suggestion. πŸ™‚

9) You will not know what name we chose until the baby is already named. I’m asking for suggestions, not opinions. πŸ™‚
Though, I’ll still comment on names as they come. I think names are fascinating and I enjoy talking about them. πŸ™‚

10) Funny is good. I need some distractions.

So, leave a comment. Or I’ll have to start giving myself suggestions.

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55 responses to “I need to have some fun! Name my baby. Or pretend you are.

  1. redchampagne

    P.S. I like the name Molly, but that’s our dog’s name. Plus, it sounds a lot like ‘mommy’ when a three-year-old says it.

  2. redchampagne

    My first thought when I realized I was due 8/8/08 was that we should name the baby Octavius.

    Octavius Durham D____
    It’s a perfect fake name b/c it’s initials spell O.D.D.

    Octavia Delightful D____ –

  3. redchampagne

    Okay, this is a lot of comments from me but, we’re also not opposed to flower names as middle names like Rose or Violet, but think more unusual.

    Gardenia
    Pansey (but she was my sister’s cat)
    Lily-of-the-Valley (actually this was my cat growing up.)

    I guess I’m as bad at this as I thought.

  4. I’ll get to the naming thing later – I can’t think of the perfect name right now, but I’m working on it – but right now I just have to ask, do you really hate calling people, as you state under your Why section? If so, that makes your call to D H in high school all the more impressive!

  5. redchampagne

    It is absolutely true that I dislike calling people now. And for the last several years. And it’s true that when I was younger I got very nervous answering the phone. But, I think I was probably a bit bolder than I am now. I tend to feel very awkward on the phone unless I know someone very well.

    But I also used to enjoy pranks much more than I do now. I mean, I spent my first year of college doing prank after prank. And getting away with it most of the time.

    Except for my superior acting skills on that particular prank, which DH said deserved an Oscar, if I remember correctly (what did I say about tooting my own horn?), it was probably unusual for me even then.

    What can I say, when I was young… I was stupid.

  6. I think it was I who said you deserved the Oscar! That has to be among the best pranks in which I was ever involved . . .

  7. redchampagne

    Oh, well, thank you.

    *blush*

    It was an honor just to be suggested.

  8. Jessica

    Oh… the names that come to me right off are Bailey, Mia, Callie, Savannah & Jennifer…. I thought you would get a kick out of the first two since we know how much you LOVE popular names… and the last 3 because they start with your favorite letters!! heehee ;O)

  9. Maureen

    Bet you didn’t know that I look at your blog from time to time. What a fun idea! I had my students write me essays persuading me to name my child their favorite names…and mostly got pitiful arguments for using their own names. Here are some old names that are all (cough) very serious suggestions. I started channeling F. Scott Fitzgerald right away:

    Sylvia (my sister’s name but not at all popular today)
    Elsa (my son’s little best friend, but she’s the only Elsa I know)
    Emelyn
    Zelda
    Daisy
    Ginevra
    Stella
    Frieda
    Eugenia
    Philomena
    Wilhelmina
    Sidonia

    You could try playing around on babynamewizard.com – we loved that site. Happy naming!

  10. redchampagne

    Jessica: Okay, Don’t get me started on Jennifer! Wasn’t it like number one for 40 years or something? No offense to Jenn, Jennifer and Jenny! I know a few Jennifers who wish they had a different name, though.

    Maureen: Several of your suggestions I like, but I know Mr. F wouldn’t. ‘Tis always the problem.

    I like Elsa, and Emelyn is perfect for someone who likes the ever-popular Emily/Emma but wants something more unique.

    Frieda makes me think of that movie I never saw but involved a woman with a uni-brow. πŸ™‚

    My father-in-law’s name is Eugene and he’d probably have a fit if we named the baby Eugenia. But you’re so right. It’s not popular at all.

    Wilhelmina sounds German. Which doesn’t make it bad. But it sort of sounds like you wanted a boy named Wilhem and then you had a girl instead.

    And Sidonia sounds like a country. But place names are becoming popular. Dakota, Paris, Boston, Albertville. Maybe not that last one. Yet.

    Okay, I’ll tell you one name I kinda like (but gave up years ago, b/c of massive amounts of teasing from Mr.F).

    Tatiana
    It’s feminine and unusual.

    Just last week he was laughing about it.

    And then he said, “I think we should just have another boy. Problem solved.”

  11. Julie

    Hope it is a girl. I like these names.

    Aubrey Rose (unusual and feminine)
    Janika (our first babysitter, and one of the best, also unusual)
    Jeannette

    Will give it some more thought. Mr. J and I usually disagreed on names, so I should have a good stash somewhere, that I like. I agree, stay away from Jennifer. Jared would have been named Jennifer, if he would have been a girl (thankfully, we were spared that name!) Also, stay away from Stephanie. We have never been disappointed with unusual names, that also have a good meaning.

    All the best to you and Mr. F. Joelle dreamt about your family last night. When are you moving south?

  12. Julie

    I have always liked the name Fiona, if only Shrek did not marry her. Before that, it was a great name!

  13. redchampagne

    I didn’t even know Fiona was in Shrek. We have friends with a daughter named Fiona. I’ve always liked it. Very Irish sounding.

    I like Aubrey Rose. We’ve actually thought of Aubrey before. Just never had to conclude anything about it, obviously.

    Jeanette is my Mother-in-law’s name, so probably not. πŸ™‚

    See, case in point. My oldest sister was going to be named Jennifer. And she’s probably 12-13 years older than Jared. And I think it was popular before that too.

    Okay, I just looked it up in this book I got from the Library called ‘The Baby Name Wizard’. (my friend Esther’s suggestion).
    It says that Jennifer became popular in the 50s and it was number one in the 70s (when I was born) and it’s still popular
    to this day amongst Latinas because of Jennifer Lopez. It’s the number one name of expectant mothers today. That’s a long time to be popular!

    Well, we are enjoying the snow, but we never did see the Alamo, so we’ll have to go back sometime. πŸ™‚

  14. Eden, Grace, Zoe, Ella, Paige, Leah off the top of my head. Girls’ names are fun! Congrats!

  15. redchampagne

    Thanks. Am I the only person (besides Mr. French) who thinks girl’s names are harder than boy’s names?

    I like Eden. Definitely a more unusual Biblical name.

    My cousins ruined Zoe for me. They named their HUGE St. Bernard, Zoe. Oh, well. Mr. F probably wouldn’t have gone for it.

    We both like Grace. It’s been on our list from the beginning, but it’s become sooo popular. Well, with good reason. It’s a pretty name with a great meaning. If we’d had three girls instead of three boys we probably would’ve used it already.

    Leah has already been rejected. Mostly because of my name and the meaning. But I named my baby doll Leah Elizabeth (which is my middle name) because I liked it so much. When I was 6.

  16. the other kansan

    If we had another child, which won’t be happening, it would most likely be yet another girl. We both fell in love with the name Elodie. I’m sure Mr. F would at least consider it as it’s FRENCH. It seems to be one of those timeless names as I heard old women and young girls with it. I can’t, at the moment, think of a good 2nd name to flow with it, but I’m sure one will come. It’s a start anyway. More later.

    Oh, I know you’re not into themes, but I just thought of a good French middle name-Azure. It’s definitely unique, would be butchered by Anglophones and is French. I’m not sure yet if our ficticious (is that how it’s spelled?) 4th daughter would have that as her middle name but it’s the best I could do at the present.

  17. the other kansan

    Just thought of a, perhaps more reasonable, middle name. Grace.

    Elodie Grace. However, as one of our daughters has the Swahili name for grace as her middle name, we wouldn’t have used it.

  18. redchampagne

    So, do you think we’ll have another boy? I wouldn’t mind, but somehow I think it’s more possible after three boys that we would have a girl. Which makes me wonder why you’re convinced you’d have another girl. Not that any of this discussion means anything, since (for me, anyway) it’s already been decided.

    Tell me how to pronounce Elodie. Or I’ll ask Mr.F. I must say, this time around, we are much more attracted to French names or the French version of a name than say, before we went to France. I’ll be reading a baby name book and I’ll say, how about____, but the French version is_____ and suddenly it sounds way more interesting.

    Azure is also intriguing. I think we’re much more lenient with “thing” names for girls than with boys. Like, we’d name a girl ‘Snow’ before we’d name a boy ‘River’.

    Now I’ve said too much.

  19. Patti

    Will get to the name thing, but first did you know Tatiana is the dutch name for aunt! πŸ™‚ Just thought you might want to know. πŸ™‚

    I have always like:
    Sara Elizabeth
    Kayla Marie
    Machaela (this is a very rare name not in the top 1000)
    Chloe
    Stephanie
    (Im not going to tell you my favorite one as we may someday use it πŸ™‚ )

    Well I would have to agree with you that girls names are harder to pick. We have always come up with boys names much quicker then girl ones.

    Hope your feeling better soon. Did you ever try the meds?

  20. redchampagne

    Hmm, interesting. Tatiana has also been popular in Russia for hundreds of years.

    Do you know any good Dutch names?

    I like the name Sarah. It’s also my cousin’s name. We can’t use Elizabeth as a middle name b/c of the vowel. Plus Mr. French has a thing about naming children after yourself. He’s against it.

    We almost named Molly (the dog), Chloe. Mr. French was out-voted. He’s still wondering why the person who didn’t even want the dog got to name the dog. I have no idea how that happened. πŸ™‚

    SideNote: (So, I did try the meds. And I noticed a big improvement with the added Vit. b6. And then there were several days which were just bad and I felt like the meds didn’t help at all. So I stopped taking everything. And I felt basically the same, so I would only take it if it was really bad. And then the other day after going 8 days without V-ing, I lost it because the vit b6 got stuck on my tongue, which, of course, started the whole gag reflex thing and it was a lost cause. So, I’m currently afraid to take pills again. I am feeling better though. I still have nausea, but I have a bit more energy. I’m hoping it’s a trend.)

  21. Patti

    Okay Dutch names hmmm……

    Danielle
    Dayanne
    Marieke
    Marielle
    Wilhelmina (pronouced Vilameena Villy for short)
    Lisbeth (pronouced Lizbet)
    Anneke

    Just to name a few that we know of. πŸ™‚

  22. Patti

    ps having the B6 getting stuck on your tongue was one of the reasons I had suggested getting empty capsules to put them into. Easier to swallow!! I know it is horrible when that happens. 😦

  23. Esther

    Oh, I completely agree. Girls’ names are so much harder than boys.’ We’ve had about four boys’ names all ready to go lined up for years and have dithered all over the place on the girl names. We used the only girls’ name we both liked. We’ll have a hard time when it’s our turn to think about this.

    Have you looked through Shakespeare? I’m partial because of having a Portia, but there are some lovely names in there that are classic but not common. (which is my criteria and sounds like yours too)

    Possiblities:
    Juliet (French! you could spell it Juliette but I think that looks froofy personally)
    Miranda
    Nerissa
    Beatrice
    Mariana
    Rosalind
    Celia
    Viola

    There are more…that’s what I could think of now. I think Cassandra’s in there too–if not, it should be. It goes with those names.

    D’s all time favorite name is Mariam. But I don’t like it so much. You can have it.

    Happy hunting! Glad you like the Baby Name Wizard. The real credit goes to Maureen, who first recommended it to me.

  24. the other kansan

    Just thought of another name. I don’t think I’d use it, way too British for me, but Poppy is relatively popular. Always sounds bright and cheery. And another French one is Oceane, pronounced, of course the French way (“oh say ahn”–or something like that, ask your husband).

    Elodie is pronounced like Melody with that great French…whatever it is that makes it sound French. However, you need to somehow pronounce the o. “elodie” not “eledie”. If ya know what I mean.

    I’m sure I’d have another girl because that would be my luck. “Come on Schatz, just one more baby, we’ll surely get a boy this time.” I’d go thru all that you are going thru (no thank you) and I’d still have a girl. Besides, I don’t need any more children. I’m happy with my 3 girls with wonderful names.

    By the way, I disagree, I think girl names are much easier to come up with than boy names. But then again, we had to have names that sound the same in English as well as German. Boy names, that we agreed on and that met our pronounciation criteria were much harder to come by. Just as well we didn’t have any boys, eh?

  25. Julie

    Did you know that the baby born to the Puritans (Pilgrims) on the ship here was named Ocean? I always thought it was strange but with the French twist mentioned above, it might be very elegant. I do not know if the baby was a boy or girl, but you could check history books for that. I cannot recall. Craig has always liked the name “June” which is my aunts name. Regarding Chloe, we named a cat Chloe, and she turned out to be one of the meanest things ever. We have never liked the name since, but Cloe on 24 has brought back some endearment.

  26. redchampagne

    This is really helpful for us. We were talking about names again last night and there are several I didn’t realize Mr. F liked so well. The problem, I realized, is not that there are no girls names that I like or that he likes, it’s that we don’t like the same names. Or we do, but not as well as the other person does.

    Celia is pretty. The pastor in Kokomo has a daughter named Celia.

    I just realized where I’d heard Eugenia before. Doesn’t Prince Andrew have a daughter named Eugenia and one named Beatrice? I have to say, I wondered what they were thinking when they named her Eugenia, but now I realize the Queen herself probably named them anyway.

    Viola is more unusual, but I think I like Violet better. If we had twins we could have Violet and Azure. Such subtle differences in color. πŸ™‚

    And we can’t have Nerissa b/c that’s Portia’s dolly’s name. πŸ™‚ I was going to ask how you got away with naming her dolly for her. When I was her age I named my doll, Nooney. I still have her too.

    Mr. F laughed at the Oceane suggestion. Sorry.

    I need to ask Mr.F about the pronounciation of Elodie b/c when I say it it doesn’t sound French to me.

    Yeah, the two culture thing would make it harder. I remember Trish telling me that they had to consider how their daughter’s names were pronounced in both English accent, American accent and French. We’d never get far if that was our criteria.

    The name June makes me think of Junebug. Though that would be a cute name for a girl. “What did you name her?” “Junebug. She just looked like a little junebug.”

    This is what happens if you wait until after they’re born to name them!

  27. Graham Jaroski

    I thought of only 1.
    Since the baby is going to be born in August why not call it August! LOL

  28. redchampagne

    Or Augusta

    Or Augustus

    But what if we loved it and then the baby comes in July?

  29. Hey Mrs. D,

    Well I hope it’s going to be a girl!
    I have not thought of any girl names yet for you but if I do I will let you know! =) My Birthday is in August as well!

    Kathryn~

  30. redchampagne

    August must be a good month for babies then. πŸ™‚

    And can you believe that not one person (outside of our immediate family) thinks we need another boy? But then most people hoped J would be a girl and there’s nothing girlie about him. I can honestly say I don’t care either way.

  31. Patti

    okay thought of a few more

    Clementine

    Anastatia

    Helen

    Ruth

    Jacqueline

    hmm to think of names Mr F would like is like trying to think of names my DH would like. Not very easy. πŸ™‚ He doesnt like most names I pick. πŸ™‚

  32. Amanda

    Congratulations! It’s always so exciting to open your email messages b/c I know I’m going to laugh!
    I definitely feel that a girl name is much harder than a boy. I’ve got one that I’ve been harboring since our last one turned out to be a boy (again). Lilly. I think it’s very sweet. But I think I don’t know how to name a girl b/c I’ve never had one and it just seems entirely foriegn to me.
    By the way, there’s some sort of weird statistic out there that says after you’ve had 2 boys, you’ve got something like a 70% chance of having a 3rd, not the 50% you would imagine. So it might get even bigger after you have a 3rd boy, but I haven’t read that one πŸ™‚
    I used to hope that when we have another kid it would be a girl just so I could dress it, etc. I hate the way all children’s clothing stores are 75% girl clothes. But now that my guys are playing together and so crazy funny, I think I’d go for another boy if God let me choose.

  33. Colleen

    We agree…coming up with a girl name is a lot harder than a boy’s. We always have a couple of boy names on the table, all of which we love, but always have a hard time coming up with a girl name that we like (we’ve given up on names that we love). The names we’ve always loved are too popular right now (Hannah & Grace). There are a few other names I really like but can’t use for various reasons:
    Anna
    Charis (pronounced with a hard “c”…sorry! πŸ™‚
    Elise
    Or just get really creative…you could make up a name using the letters in your names. Come on, how great of a conversation-starter would that be? “…and this is our daughter, Teika Cherl.”

  34. redchampagne

    I had another friend suggest Keraya (our names with a ya added for effect).

    Can I just say how lovely it is that at least two people in the world are not going to think we’re idiots if we named our daughter Keraya Teika?

    I always worry how a name will be perceived by other people (b/c sometimes perception is reality) but NOW I’m thinking anything goes.

    Although I really think there should be a ban on the name Jennifer for at least the next 50 years.

    It’s actually taken me a while to be able to say I wouldn’t mind having a girl. Everyone with girls thinks they’re wonderful and brilliant but I really love having three boys and I think four would make it super-fantastic. But, I think I’m mature enough now that I might be able to have one. πŸ˜‰

  35. redchampagne

    Oh, yeah, about the statistics. I guess my take on it, is that it still doesn’t prove much because I can think of numerous families I know who had as many as 3-5 boys before their first girl. Although interesting. Same with number of girls before the first boy. Although those families usually end up with significantly more girls than boys. I wonder if the statistics are different for families with lots of girls?

  36. Abigail

    I’m not going to suggest any good names, because if I thought of a good name I would keep it for myself (sorry). We have, however, had a much easier time with girls’ names than boys’, so if you have any rejected boys names to pass along… πŸ™‚ I’m not going to say anything about the merits of boys vs. girls or girls vs. boys, they are both fun in different ways. But just think about how cool your daughter would be with three older brothers to train her! Why does everyone have such a phobia against girls? I understand to a certain point, I mean, I really didn’t want to have an OLDEST girl (for obvious reasons, older sisters are such a pain :), but girls aren’t all bad. They have a couple of good qualities…I’ll get back to you on what they might be. πŸ™‚

  37. redchampagne

    Actually C says he wants to have a girl. And J agreed with him (because that’s what you do when you’re three. You either agree or disagree.) But S is still holding out for another boy. S would be very sweet with his sister though. And I’m sure they’d all be very protective. I just wonder how much screaming we’d have to listen to with three older brothers. But it is kind of hypocritical of me not to want a girl, since, I’m like, a girl.

    Boy’s names we like but have rejected (for various reasons): Caleb, Colin, Noah (although Mr. F still thinks it’s on the list), Simon, Enoch, Herman, Jacob (S came very close to being Jacob-right up until an hour or so after he was born), Timothy, Cotton, Cameron, Oliver (although Mr. F said that if we had ten boys he’d consider it-that shut me up), Bradford (after William Bradford), Jude. I’ll let you guess which one wasn’t really ever in consideration. πŸ˜‰

  38. I don’t know if you remember me or not. I knew you years ago when C was a baby at the Westminister Church in Chicago.
    Anyways, I couldn’t help but comment here as baby names are a big deal for me right now too. I will admit that I’m hoping we have a boy, and I agree that girls names are really hard to agree on. But here are some suggestions anyways…

    Madelyn Ranee

    Olivia Kristine

    Gwendolyn Ruth

    Charlotte Manette (French pronunciation of course)

    Ellen Felicity

    and I have to recommend Grace because it is such a beautiful name.

  39. Jessica

    I like a lot of those boys names on your reject list, but it’s true that many of them start with C,S,J, which are obvious no-nos.

    I’m with Abigail, I’m not sure I’d want to tell you my favorite girl names in case we ever have an opportunity to use them in the future, not that it would be horrible if our children ended up with the same name.

    I agree that girl names are harder for us than boy names. I really like the name RenΓ©e, but we’ve never been able to come up with a middle name that sounds good with it. If we ever use it, it would be a middle name since it seems to go with every first name we can think of.

    Yes, definitely ban the name Jennifer and Jessica too while we’re at it. I think every other girl born in the 70s had these names, and I answer to both since people can’t seem to tell them apart. πŸ˜‰

  40. the other kansan

    I was thinking of this name thing. I remember my grandmother’s advice on the subject. She said you shouldn’t give your kids names you wouldn’t want to yell out the back door.

    Please tell Mr. F I’m affronted that he laughed at the Oceane name! I’m sure I’ll take it personally. =)

    You could do what some Africans do and name your child after an event or even some special thing in your life around the time of the birth. I knew a lady who was walking to the hospital to give birth but didn’t make it. She ended up giving birth on the front lawn of one of the missionaries I worked with. The boy was called Jonathan after the man on whose lawn he was born. Or my beloved knew a man named Paracetemol because the father had malaria at the time of the birth and Paracetemol had given him great relief from pain. My parents knew a family in Saudi Arabia–an American family–whose child, born during the first Gulf War, had Scud (after the scud missle) as a second name.

    I suggest you wait until just before the birth and see what events happen or how you feel at the time. Perhaps you will want to name him/her something like “Why Didn’t You Come On Time” or “Epidural”, you know, a sort of souvenir of the birth.

  41. sarah

    here’s a go, dearest cousin, I tried to think of 3 sylable names for you:

    Cassandra
    Tabitha
    Penelope
    Joshephine
    Ophelia
    Sophia
    Elena
    Cressida
    Katharina
    Emilie
    Natalie
    Isabella
    Rosalie
    Gwenivere
    Gwendolyn
    Linnea
    Susannah
    Juliana
    Johanna

    OR, if you want flower names,
    there’s the 4 sisters from that British sitcom, Keeping Up Appearances:
    Hyacinth
    Rose
    Violet
    Daisy

    Creative flower names?(I can do this because I’m a florist!)
    Ginestra
    Agapanthus
    Blueplurum
    Scabiosa
    Salidego
    Ranunculus

    Or, there’s:
    Iris
    Dahlia
    Poppy
    Hydrangea

    Anyway, Nate suggests “Beulah” and I, laughingly, thought of dinosaur names, but maybe not!

    Hope all goes well!
    Sarah

  42. Abigail

    Actually, several of those names are somewhere on our list, I even suggested Cotton the other day. Dan likes the idea of naming boys after historical figures (not unlike yourself), but he kept suggesting names of people that I wasn’t sure we should name a child after, so I suggested maybe a Puritan or something…. “How about Cotton.” Then he started coming up with good names to go with it, so I dropped it. It’s going to be a long 6 months.
    I did think of a couple of girls names for you, though. Here are a couple of great Minnesota (and therefore probably either Swedish or Norwegian) names: Ole, Lena, Aine, Laila, or Inge.

  43. redchampagne

    So many people to respond to!

    First, Mr. F would be oh so utterly happy if you named the baby Cotton, Abigail. I could see using it as a middle name. And I thought long and hard about it as a first name but in the end all I thought about was Grandma’s Siamese cat and just couldn’t do it.

    Sarah: The problem for me with Penelope is that when I see it on paper I first see it as “Penny-lope” instead of “Pen-nel-lo-pe”. Like when Abigail was little and she read a sign for Chicago and she just couldn’t think of it any other way but as “Chick-a-go”.

    And you first on the “creative flower names”. “Where are Scabiosa and Ranunculus! I told them to set the table!”
    You think if I start practicing now, I’d be able to pronounce them by August? πŸ™‚

    The idea of naming your child after an event reminds me of a story a nurse told me of a woman who wanted to name her child, Meconium. She’d heard the Dr. mention it in the delivery room. Then there’s always Braxton-Hicks, and Why did you wake me at 3 a.m.?, back labor, and Wow, that hurt.

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Abcde. Pronounced Ab-ci-dee. Sort of sounds like absess. I actually saw a birth certificate with the name on it, when I was working as a nurse. I also accidentally offended a young mother when she asked me about the spelling of her daughter’s name and I told her that what she just wrote, did not spell her daughter’s name. I forget what it was. She didn’t want to get any more advice from me after that.

    And of course, I remember you Allyssa! How are you? (you can e-mail me if you like) I don’t forget people who babysat my kids!
    Incidentally, before I was pregnant, we got a babysitter to go out one night and I told the boys that a babysitter was coming over and C asked, “Are we getting a baby? Why are we having a babysitter?” I said it was just a phrase we use. They call all their babysitters, “Friend”. Like, when is ‘the friend’ coming over to stay with us?

  44. Hey. How fun to think of girls names. I haven’t done that in 8 years or so! Maybe again someday.
    Here are a few I’ve though of that I don’t know if they’ve been mentioned
    Abigail (or Abi/Abbe/Abby for short) means “Source of my Father’s Delight” or “Source of JOY” depending on what book you look at.
    I wasn’t named Abigail, “just Abby” but I’ve always liked that name and it’s meaning.
    Vivianna
    Lilianna (or Lili/Lily for short)
    Kaitlyn
    Ashlyn
    Aubrie
    Juliette
    (I actually know an Aubrie Juliette and think that’s pretty)
    I also like Chloi/Chloe
    Delaney

    Those are just a few that come to mind.
    You narrowing it down any with all these suggestions?
    Have fun!

  45. redchampagne

    My sister’s name is Abigail. I was almost 5 when she was born and I thought it was a weird name when I first heard. I’ve since come to like it. It wasn’t popular back then, but it’s moved up the charts quite a bit since.

    We have sort of come down to about 4 or 5 names. We’ve had some favorite middle names that we keep trying out with different first names. I don’t expect to decide anything for many more months though. I don’t even feel like I have to have it completely decided by the time the baby is born. Sometimes it’s nice to see the baby and then decide which name suits them better.

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  47. Anne

    I know I’m probably WAY past this voting thing, but seeing how I just “became” friends with you…I have to put in my two cents worth (which is all it will probably end up being!!!) And I’m obviously giving you names that I know M has already vetoed (numerous times, on some…I always try to slide some in the choices, but it always comes back to “No” on the one I was hoping he wouldn’t notice. :)) And yes, I agree with you, choosing a girl’s name that we BOTH like is much more difficult than choosing a boy. Especially if you’re trying to incorporate family names as middle names, which we are. πŸ™‚ Have fun!!!!

    Lydia

    Shiloh

    Elaina

    Erin

    Allie

    Felicite (with the accents over both “e” s…forgive me, it’s been a LONG time since I took French – even though I took 4 years of it in high school…shh, don’t tell your hubby!)

    Lauryn

    Liana (my cousin has this name and I love it the spelling, but M isn’t so wild about naming kids after someone we know (unless it’s a middle name))

    Lucy

    Noelle

    Skylar

  48. redchampagne

    Shiloh reminds me of Pitt-Jolie baby. Also, wasn’t there a reference to a Shiloh in the book Christy by Catherine Marshall. I did like that book. But Shiloh reminds me of that setting, if ya know what I mean.

    I love the name Lucy, but Mr. F would never go for it.

    Wouldn’t do Erin b/c with three brothers it would be hard to determine which is the girl, IMHO. (by the sound of the name-not the spelling, obviously.)

    I’ve never seen Felicite spelled that way. Is it pronounced the same way Felicity is? Now I’m curious about it.

    Okay, so I looked it up, and it says that Felicite is the French form of Felicity, which also means ‘bliss’ in French. It means ‘happiness’ in English. And it looks like it is pronounced a little differently.

    I was just thinking about your son’s name and how, if you had a daughter named Skylar, they would match! (Maybe why M rejected it?) πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I’m going to do an update post soon.

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  50. Rachel

    I don’t know…
    I love the name Isabelle. I also think Elle, Anne, Victoria, Lily and Melanie are pretty names (first.) Middle names should be traditional or meaningful, so you could put in someone’s maiden name or something like Elisabeth, Katherine, Marie, Stephanie, or something in there.

  51. Christina

    I’m not sure what can of name you are looking for..but kind of picky I’m thinking. These are all the names that I like. But if you don’t like them it’s okay.
    Hazel
    Davianna
    Adaya
    Aireanna
    Amara
    Zahra
    Adeline
    Tatianna
    Paisley
    Taylyn
    Skyla
    Masline
    Amelia
    Alora
    Maleah
    Talia
    Emi
    Alexa
    Ellieanna
    Ella
    Aleah
    Teah
    Krya
    Isbella
    Layla
    Raine
    Alana
    Addisen or Addison
    Tayah
    Lana
    Ayanna
    I hope I helped

  52. Mr Herriot

    i’ve just arrived and am enjoying you so much that i am now reading all your entries!
    as you haven’t had the baby yet, here are my girl nominations (i have a boy myself, so never got to use these, although you won’t like my #1 choice: Charlotte Jacqueline)

    Madeleine
    Marcella
    Eleanor

    and i also think Grace is a lovely middle name

    glad to see you are at 37 weeks at last post, cause now the suspense is going to kill me!

  53. I assume you have already chosen some names, but I bumped into this page on Google and thought I might give this little game a try:

    Alexandria
    Darnell
    Cynthia

  54. Niki

    Here are som of my suggestions

    Girls
    Emme
    Willow
    Kyan
    Phoebe
    Lali
    Parisa
    Ava
    Rain

    Boys
    Alijah
    kade
    Landon
    Kane
    Jayden
    Noah
    Pacey
    Fynn

    thanks good luck

  55. Hey…I am a personal name advisor and baby name consultant…according to the information given I think I can help..I don’t really know your naming style…but here’s some names

    Felicity
    Lila
    Miriam
    Cecily
    Penelope
    Gillian
    Adriana
    Fiona
    Daphne
    Elodie
    Ivy
    Lydia
    Gemma
    Alexa
    Anneliese
    Kendra
    Bianca
    Annika
    Lorelei
    Arianna

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