Name that baby...

Posted by Aeolidia

abedelivery-772573 Who wants to help me name my little girl? Shannon doesn't need the help, of course. She has pretty much decided on a name and once she makes up her mind- it's all over but the crying. Not true for me. This time around, I am wobbling and wavering all over the place- with a new favorite each morning! My naming style has consistently been "old-fashioned". I tend to avoid trendy names and unusual spellings. As of late, I seem to favor less popular (possibly even less attractive) names that only become precious when given to a real, live baby (much less so on paper).  While I love Lily & Jack (the names of number 1 and 2), they've gotten uncomfortably over-used for my taste. I don't think I will ever have that problem with Abram & Alice (number 3 & 4). Having said that, picking number 5 is making me crazy! For some fun (at Shannon's suggestion), I sent a request to Swistle:Baby Names to get her take on my dilemma. May I just say if you are having similar issues, I 100% recommend her services! After reading hundreds of submitted questions and answers, I have concluded that "Swistle" is a baby-naming-genius (and her fans give equally thoughtful suggestions and advice). She has posted her reply to my question and a poll on the right side of her page with the semi-finalists on my list (this week, at least). If you get a chance, swing over there and let us know what you think. If you are searching for a name, too, you can also swing by Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard, and the Social Security Administration. Designmom also has a great post about baby naming here. On that note, she also has an older series featuring real-life birth stories (the top picture was taken from my very own birth story for number 3, found here). Only 17.5 more weeks to flip and flop on baby name number 5... I'll keep you posted. XO- Sarah


  • I have a friend who named her daughter Louisa and I think it is just darling. I love Evie (could be short for Evelyn), Emmy, Lucy (which I think is becoming more popular), Madeline, Cora, and Grace. You don’t hear Grace very often as a first name and I think it is pretty. I know what you mean about some of the less attractive sounding old-fashioned names. I would have loved to have named my kids after my grandparents, but the name choices were Mildred, Herman Maurice, and Horace. Good luck and congrats!!

    Christy on
  • Too funny! I just went and read the reply by Swistle! I didn’t know Annie was suggested. :) All the names that you have on your list are the names I had too!! It’s so hard choosing!! For our girl we are adopting from China next month….we have FINALLY chosen (and stuck with) the name Elizabeth Pearl. We will call her Ellie Pearl. Can’t wait to hear what name you have chosen!

    Jenn on
  • I have five girls—-the 5th will be adopted hopefully next month from China. :) Oh…and two boys. :) My youngest daughter’s first name is Annabelle—but we call her Annie (and sometimes Anna—-and if we really need to get her attention, Annabelle). :) Everyone who loves the traditional names LOVES the name Annie when they hear it!! And you don’t hear very many little girls with that name—-yet. :)

    Jenn on
  • Well I have a name that is not common and have only once or twice run into another one. Not that I am trying to push my name on you but it is Rami Lynn.

    Rami on
  • I love so many of those- Avi is so neat! I have always loved Caroline & Lucie, too. :) I think we are going with Eve for this one… But we’re up in the air about the middle name… Eve Elizabeth, Eve Josephine (which has several family connections), Eve Elise, Eve Amelia, Eve Colette… the options are endless…

    W.D. Wolf on

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