Originally Posted by LilyTiger
I would welcome any thoughts on Ripley as a girls' name. I won't get offended!
This is just how I feel about it, so take it with a grain of salt ;) I grew up with the name Jordan when it was still not widely used for girls (I'm 26) and I hated it. I still don't like it, I wish I had a more feminine name. Even now when I write emails people assume I'm a boy. DH loves the name Elliot for a girl, but I will never give my daughters gender neutral names.
Originally Posted by hannabee
Our daughter is Willow Lynn (Lynn being both of her grandmother's middle names) and I love using family names as middle names.
That's so pretty. I like family names as middle names, too.
DH and I have very different taste in names, so all these names were hard won! And I'm still worried he'll change his mind, because he does that. But for a girl we like Evangeline and Adelaide (we also like Elodie, but I like it pronounced El-a-dee and he likes it pronounced el-OH-dee (like Melody)) and for a boy we like Arthur and Orrin. For a girl we will do the middle name Virginia, which was my grandmother's name and also the name of the street DH and I met on. For a boy probably Edward, my dad's middle name. If we choose Evangeline Virginia we can call her Ginny!
I figure a name will just "click". It definitely did with both of our others. I had planned on naming DD Ruby Belle but by 12 weeks I just knew she was a Clementine. With Malcolm it was the only boy name we agreed on. I didn't even know if I liked it, but I could tell it was his name. I love it now, of course. So our current kids are Clementine Louise and Malcolm Michael. Louise was my grandma's middle name and Michael is my dad's name. It's also DH's dad's name, but that isn't why we picked it.