We never had a third name like that. Nothing all set to go that had stuck with us for years. It's kind of fun starting from scratch but it's also daunting, especially when we are going the surprise route so we need two sets of names ready to go. I've looked in books, on baby name websites, on message boards and have kept an ongoing list in my phone which Raj and I have talked through several times. But we can't quite decide. He likes some names that I'm meh about (or have a negative association) and I love some names that he is like, "Really!?" about. As it goes, of course.
So (perhaps against my better judgement) I'm going to do a little crowdsourcing for ideas. We have a boy name we are pretty set on, but surprisingly (to me) the girl name is where we are having trouble. I like more girl names than boy names, but there isn't one name that stands out from others quite yet.
I would love it if you guys would read through these lists and see if there are name ideas or variations I'm overlooking. I don't know if it's fair to ask this, but I would prefer any negative feedback be left unsaid. In other words, if you can avoid saying "I hate [insert name here]. Reminds me of [insert unpleasant thing here]" that would be much appreciated. I ask this because I am a hormonal mess prone to hurt feelings but also because there is a good chance that another reader has a child named [insert name here]. Love and kindness, moonbeans and kittens! Feel free to turn to your spouse and have a good "WTF is she thinking with [insert name here]!" if need be, though. I have no problems with that and there are names on both lists below that give raised eyebrows to either Husband or me.
Okay. So here are things we like in a name that have guided our choices thus far:
- We like names that give options. So names that are a bit longer are usually more appealing as they offer more nickname choices. We like names that work while they are little ("Bella" "Ollie") but transition well into adult/professional lives ("Arabella" "Oliver").
- We like a wee bit of flair.
- We generally like obvious pronunciations and spellings.
- I'm okay with a name being somewhat popular as from what I have read there will never again be a "Jennifer" type situation because no one name is that popular. However, we probably wouldn't pick a super popular one-syllable name because it wouldn't offer nickname options.
- We have found ourselves favoring British names, but there is no particular reason for that.
- Our fake last name (per the Love Story series) is "Rijwani" but it's close enough-ish that you can keep that in mind for how the full name flows.
- We aren't tied into any of the above guidelines.
So what do you think? Any fun ideas? Any names jump out at you more than others?
Laura Marie, a lady with a solid first name she has always liked (I mean, Laura Ingalls Wilder, yo!) and a very popular middle name that she has never minded sharing with 50% of the females her age