We wanted something uncommon but not weird.
Something easy to spell.
A name that had a nice meaning.
Something that seemed to fit the child.
For a girl, something feminine but not too girlie.
We chose a few girl names and a few boy names and made the final decision after our DD was born. We love the name and it fits her well. Her name means passionate and expressive and she is definitely both of those.
The middle name we decided because while my wife was pregnant my nephew was hit by a car and seriously injured. He almost died and fought hard to not only live, but thrive with severe brain damage. We felt that the qualities that he had as a determined fighter was something we wished for in our future child. Her middle name is a female version of his name.