Oooooh, I love Dahlia! So pretty.
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I don't think of Dolly at all. I do think of the TV show Daria, and of a girl I didn't like much in school named Dahlia, but that's it. I think it's a pretty name, though!
And if you're a nerd for making spreadsheets - how much of a nerd am I that when I was about 12 and my brother was about 10, we went through the whole baby name book, made lists of names we liked, and then went back and forth taking names off of our own and each other's lists until we got down to a top three for each of us? I wish I still had that computer file, but I think it may be lost in the mists of time on a very, very, very old (like 1981) computer in my parents' garage...
I don't think of Dolly either. I love dahlias as a flower, and I think it's a beautiful name!
We're kind of in the same boat in that DH and I have different tastes and don't agree on a lot of names. He's kind of an old movie buff and was on a kick with actress' names from the 30's and 40's like Vera and Rita. Not my favorite. We're so behind and have barely started talking about it seriously though. My top three girls' names are Elodie, Sabine, and Simone. DH seems to be warming up to Sabine, but now I'm not sure how I feel about it! I really like Elodie. As for boys, I'm always drawn to classic biblical names: Moses, Isaiah, Isaac, Judah. We have a lot to discuss... I'm feeling a little panicky.
Poppy, Rex is a really cute name. I wish I could get B to buy into something short and sweet like that. Plus, it means king...
Penny, Atticus is a great name, maybe Atty for a nn?
Sarah, Elodie is really cute, and I like the the boys choices too. I wouldn't panic too much, I'm sure something will feel right when you meet your LO.
I know of four little boys just born within the past two months. Their names are Rex, Owen, Atticus, and Isaac. My favorites of those are Rex and Owen. Atticus is interesting, I like it but it does have a nickname problem. I think they are planning on calling him Gus, which think is pretty strange.
We are in the opposite situation, we chose a four letter, one-syllable name that's pretty much "nickname proof." This is okay with me, but I sometimes wonder what we will end up calling him for "cutesy" when he's small.
Sarah, I like both your names and your DHs for girls, but what different styles! It seems like you really like French girls names, maybe you guys could look at a list of those and find something to agree on. I love the name Isaiah, someone told me recently they have a nephew with that name that they call "Zeke" which I love because it's my cat's name :)
monkeyscience, I love the spreadsheet story! Actually our name came from a spreadsheet I made over a year ago when I was TTC. I went though and picked a name for every letter of the alphabet for girls and boys. (It's a meme on youtube among people who like baby names), just for funsies. I ended up falling in love with one I never thought I would, that I just put there to fill the space!
Speaking of that, you guys should check out everythingbabynames and anastasiaruby on youtube, they are baby name gurus. It's pretty fun to watch, they make videos on different themes, like names popular from decades, literature, etc.
OH, and the Social Security administration top 1000 names for 2011 just came out, so you can check popularity more accurately at their web site.
Ha ha - last night my husband was trying again for Atticus, but I still really like August (Gus for short), and so I was whining about how Atticus doesn't have any nicknames, and he told me I can still call the baby Gus!
Penny, I actually love Atticus for some reason. Some cute nicknames -- Atty, Tick, Tuck, Atticadabra, etc. My nicknames growing up had nothing to do with my actual name. And my father referred to us all in the aggregate as "Children of the Night", so I'm all about nicknames that don't necessarily come from the name itself.
You could have a little Obie, Penny.
LilyTiger, it was the same in my family, re: nn. My twin and I were referred to collectively as Rip and Tear. Other than that, my brother was Duke, my oldest sister was Weasel, my middle sister was Bucky-Bear, my twin sister was Snowcone, and I was Guppy...none of those names are even remotely close to our given names. My dad still uses them too, he even has NNs for our NNs, i.e. Weez, Buck, Gup....
Our baby girl will be named Valerie Rose (or Valerie Ann, if I change my mind at the last minute.) DH recommended Valerie early on (his name begins with "V") and it grew on me. I have an aunt and a cousin named Valerie, so I like that it's a family name even if she's not necessarily named after them. We also like that it means "strong and healthy" while "Rose" softens it some. "Ann was my middle name and it's my grandmother's name, so we might do that as a mn instead. DH is already calling her "Val" and I think that he likes that it's a tomboyish nickname. We also like that it's never been super popular, but it's common enough that people know how to pronounce it.
I thought we had at least one good name, but now I'm not so sure! DH is voting for a name that is rapidly gaining in popularity, so I have mixed feelings about that.
I think we'll have to discuss this more. Which DH absolutely hates. He's not one to make lists, he just sits there and says "nope, nope, nope"
Plus I'm so indecisive right now that I just don't feel like naming this baby LOL
Our 3rd rarely has her own name used, it's usually Petunia, Junie, Junie-Petunie, Buttercup, Princess Buttercup, Sunshine...what's all this fuss about official names for anyway haha
For the popularity thing, I felt a lot better when I started looking at actual numbers of kids with that name. #42 seems really popular, but then I realized that it's only like 8000 kids, and that doesn't bother me so much. The number one girl's name last year was something like 22,000 babies, whereas when Jennifer was at its peak, it had something like 50,000. So even the number 1 name today isn't even close to being the same level as Jennifer.
That said, I love the fact that Elsa is the only one here. I've heard of others, of course, but never actually met one. It's tempting to go for an equally uncommon name for this one.
Good point about the actual numbers!
However, that's just one year. And since they gain in popularity, and take a few years to die back again, you end up with a lot more in one age "range".
Like our 2nd son, he has an old fashioned name that's something like #800. BUT in our very small community, there are two others - one is 4yrs older, the other 6yrs older. So it's not popular, but there are still three in this area.
Although it was an incredibly novel concept to him at VBS to have another kid with his name :D
So many great names!
Penny - I think August is a keeper! Is you DH set against it? Gus is great, I love Auggie too! So cute.
We have a short list but every time I think about it, I get more uncertain. We like Louisa Jane, Louisa Maebh (Maeve) or Meara Maebh. Then there are the boy names that we have started to consider for a girl too - Tierney, Ainsley, Rowan. So I think we will just wait until the baby is here and see what seems to fit best. For now we call baby 'Lu', I have a feeling that's going to stick regardless. :) This baby naming stuff is going to be fun...
My husband isn't totally against August, he's just not as excited about it as he is about others. For now we've narrowed our list to:
I still feel a little weird about Oberon, but having a baby Obie sounds adorable. And, I thought Atticus was ridiculous when he first mentioned it, but have come around, so...we'll see.