We wont name the baby before she is born but here is the current short list we have started.
Input and suggestions welcome.
Well, the boy middle name debate is off because IT'S A GIRL!!! I'm shocked. This is the first time I've been wrong about gender. I was certain this was a boy.
Our plan is a unique, not too out there first name. One that's easy to pronounce and won't raise eyebrows in our conservative TX suburb, but one that our child is HIGHLY unlikely to ever meet another child by that name. We'll do a family middle name. In the runnings are Virginia or Faye both for my maternal grandmother who died in Dec, Maye for my mother, or Michelle for me. We may also consider Rose or Charlotte for a middle name. It's very important to me that the first and middle name flow well together. In my family we use first and middle name often, more often than last name. DD1 is Azalea Bliss (Bliss is my mom's first name) and DD2 is Lyra Belle (Belle was a name my maternal grandmother was especially taken with toward the end of her life. She had vivid dreams about a baby girl named Belle. It is also the name of her maternal grandmother).
At the moment my favorite idea is Magnolia Maye. My biggest hesitation is using Maggie as a nickname. I love Maggie Maye, but both Maggie and Margaret are in the top 250 names right now. I'd rule them both out without hesitation for that reason alone. I've thought about Nolia or Nolie as a nickname. We would likely call her Magnolia, but I imagine she'd end up using a nickname some.... I'm also a bit concerned it's too similar to DD1's name as they would both have a flower name and a middle name after my mother.
OOOOO! A GIRL!!! Very sneaky of her :-) I have a sister named Maggie (Margaret) and there was a time where she hated her name, but it was short lived--and her name was so versatile that she had a new name every year (Magazine, Marge, Maggie, Mags, Margaret, Magatron, Greta, etc. etc.). I think Magnolia fits in the same category--lots of options for nicknames! She can choose a new one if she decides she doesn't like one or it's too common. And I think Nolie is a darling nickname. Nolie Maye sounds great to me, too :-) You have my vote!!!
I'm having fun using http://www.nymbler.com/ where you give it names to use as inspirations, and it gives name suggestions.
Yay! The suggestions are great. I added many of them to my list.
I wouldn't worry too much about names that are in songs. There are TONS of them. At least Hey Jude is a nice song IMHO. Although I do admit, I crossed Susannah off my name list because I wouldn't want her to hear "Oh, Susannah!" all the time.
Now off to play with this Nymbler thing. :)
Thanks for the thoughts on the name Jude! I'm not too concerned about the song. I love it. And I think that would get old fast. Plus i think people FIND things to say about names. Like our DD's name, some people joked how she was named after her Dad, which couldn't be further from the truth as it hadn't occurred to either of us, and her name is really different from his. It is a stretch to compare the two, even though you can.
MadiMamacita, that's great! When are you due? Our Jude is expected to arrive Sept 22. Hah. Watch me have a girl now.
I like the names you have chosen so far! I love LOVE the name Ezra - is that one you might consider? My husband doesn't want to go with it, so you can "have" it if you want to put it on a list to consider. I knew a guy named Ezra, just an acquaintance, but it seemed like such a great name!
Those are beautiful names! And, FWIW, my father-in-law's name is Michael, and both my sister-in-law and brother-in-law have used it as middle names for their sons, and no one seemed to bat an eye. For my first, we loved the name Penny, but Lost was so popular we didn't want people to assume that's where it came from. He was a boy, so it wasn't an issue, but I think if he had been a girl and we went with the name, no one would think about it now, at all. I was a huge fan and I never think about it! So, those are my 2 cents on Rue.
I love the names of your daughters 1 and 2, and I think this one is pretty, too! My mom named my little sister Katherine, and it was Always KATHERINE. 3 syllables. Not Kathy, Katie, or Kate. Katherine. Period! My mom was very firm on it, polite, but firm, and it worked. My sister is now in her early 20s and is still only known as Katherine. So, you might have more power in preventing "Maggie" than you think.
Sorry to double-post; I've been wanting to come on here for so long but haven't been able to; I'm kind of playing catch-up, I guess. Sorry!
We have a hard time with names. For our first, we had a short list of boy and girl names, but after he was born none of them fit. He went unnamed for 3 days; then "Jesse" came to me and we both liked it and its meaning, so Jesse it was. Funny, it had never even crossed our radar before he was born. My husband wanted to do James for a middle name, but I thought "Jesse James" might have been too much... We went with DHs middle name, Nathan. Our daughter was unnamed for a week, then my husband went along with Sylvia, which had come to me right before she was born. Lynn is her middle name; mine too. DH chose that; I wanted Jean or June.
Now? Who knows. We might find out the gender, if we can, I don't know. I would kind of like to experience both finding out the gender before and at birth. Anyway, surprisingly, we both like Lydia if it's a girl. But, is it too matchy/cutesy to have a Sylvia and a Lydia? Or are they similar more on paper than in practice? Her middle name might be LeighAnn (Not set on spelling), after my two sisters Katherine Ann, and Loraleigh. But do you think Leann/LeAnn/LeighAnn has too strong of a country connotation? It kind of does to me, and we are NOT country people. (We are building a house sort of in the country, and that's about it!) (No offense to anyone who is or loves all things country! It's just not us.) Otherwise June. (Also was my Grandma's middle name.) And all of our kids have/will have Murphy as a second middle name, it is my maiden name and I have it as a second middle name, now, too. Not that it's ever used, it's more for posterity.
It's always interesting to me to hear how and why parents choose the names they choose.
We had decided on a name for our new little boy, and his initials would be GAG. We realized this, and didn't think it would be a big deal, but it has been only 1 day of announcing his name and we have already received lots of comments about his initials being GAG. So now I'm reconsidering his middle name.... Just wondering if all of you think about the initials and what they might spell???? I certainly don't want our new DS to be teased because of his initials! I would love some honest opinions please!