Seeing as how I started this thread, here are my picks for names and why :)
Girl: Edain (Ay-deen) Lyn
Boy: Dylan Ray
Our name choices for the final munchkin, like our picks for our son, Eirik, and daughter, Skadi, follow a couple of rules.
1) We like names with meaning or stories behind them.
- Edain is a celtic/Irish goddess that is considered a patroness of craftsmanship and artisans and has been associated being one of the triple goddesses of the sun.
- Dylan is a celtic/Welsh god of the sea, a fair-haired boy that could swim better than the fish.
2) Our names fit 8 letters...
When RJ and I got together, we noticed that his first and middle name as well as my first and middle name added up to 8 letters. We continued this trend with our son, Eirik Jon, and our daughter, Skadi Ann, and want to continue it with our next child.
3) We like middle names to pay homage to our elders.
Eirik's middle name, Jon, is a nod to both my father's middle name (John) and my father-in-law's nickname (Don), Skadi's middle name, Ann, is also my middle name, and the middle name of both of her grandmothers. Edain's middle name, Lyn, is the shortened version of Abeja's mom's middle name of Lynne, and Dylan's middle name, Ray, is the middle name of Abeja, and my maternal (and favorite) grandfather's middle name as well.
4) We try to stay away from trendy and Biblical names.
As one of 4 girls named Kelly in my grade, I honestly wanted a name that was different so that I wouldn't have to be called by my first and middle name :( We're also pagans, so we want to use names that are from our religious pantheons of the Celtic and Norse gods. :)
5) It's gotta pass the front porch test.
If you can't see yelling your kid's name off the front porch without getting embarrassed yourself, don't use it. ;)