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I recall enjoying the name choosing during my first pregnancy. We had lists and conversations all the time. I'm just not feeling inspired this time though. I don't care to use any of our top names from last time and so far I've really not found anything new I'm excited about. Well, there is one boy name I adore but I don't know if I'm gutsy enough to use it- just unusual for an American, common enough in French (my DH is French). Girl names I like are all very traditional and classic- nothing exciting.

Inspire me! I need some help!

Oh, our son's name is Tristan if that helps.
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I'm having trouble too. Especially with boys names. I've started making lists of anything that sounds interesting, even if I'm not 100% sure I actually like it.

In fact, I just hit the random name generator button on behind the name about a dozen times to see if something really interesting would pop up.

But... now I'm curious about the one name you are thinking of....

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I'm having trouble too. Especially with boys names. I've started making lists of anything that sounds interesting, even if I'm not 100% sure I actually like it. But... now I'm curious about the one name you are thinking of....
I'm afraid to post it I don't want to hear anything negative or I really might not use it.

Boy names stumped us too, first time around. We were thinking Ian, Kevin, Evan, Nicholas, Thomas. . . . and then found Tristan. We both adore the name and never looked back.

Our girl name the first time was Elise, but I'm not attached anymore. I doubt we'll have a girl anyway though.

I have lists on Nymbler this time. So far I'm just "Eh" about them though.
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I'm not big on sharing my names either, so no worries. I suspect if we ever choose names I'll keep them secret until the baby is born. However at this rate we may not have a name until the kid is 3. Maybe I should just sell naming rights... little Walmart Nike has a nice ring don't you think?

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I've always loved the French name, Manon for a girl. But, the problem is people couldn't pronounce it, so you'd have to be prepared to correct people constantly. I do this all the time. We all have "weird" names.

Also, if you like Tristan, there is always Isolde.
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I'm stumped for names too. I have Joshua and Aaron, both from the Old Testament. I'd like to keep a Biblical theme going (with GOOD Biblical names - not the name of a bad person or anything ). For girls' names, Joshua's girl name was Rachel and Aaron's girl name was Sarah. I don't really want to reuse those names because in my family, each child had a boy and a girl name, and they didn't get reused. So my name is not the name that they picked out for my older brother if he were a girl. I have my own special name. And I also have my own special boy name. I'm glad I'm not named that (Raymond Bernard ), but it's still special to me. So I want to do separate boy/girl names for my kids too.

So Rachel and Sarah are out.

For a boy, I really liked David, and that's my deceased uncle's name as well. But DH didn't want to use that. I also liked Nathan, but we have good friends that have Nathan and Aaron (in college), so it would look like we're copying them, or so DH says. I've thought of Samuel and Matthew. Haven't run those by DH yet.

For a girl, I was really set on Hannah, but then at Christmas, DH's granny and aunt were talking about girl names from the Bible, and they picked out Hannah. So now I don't want to use that because I don't want them to think they named the baby. Normally it wouldn't bother me, but they are SOOOO competitive, and they'd probably rub it in MIL's face that they named the baby, even though I'd thought of the name first. I didn't say anything at the dinner. I just didn't contribute to the naming conversation. But I don't want them competing with MIL about a name. I try to stay out of their petty competitions.

I can't think of any other girl name I like. But I will take suggestions!

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I don't know Biblical names because I'm not particularly religious. One of my favorite books, however, is The Red Tent. Lots of good names there I do like Dinah and Rebecca for girls and Reuben for a boy. I always am reminded of my favorite hot sandwich though, with Reuben, and doubt I could use it.

And Rivkah- Tristan and Isolde
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Vera- My fave biblical name is Naomi. It was our second choice for this babe. Here are some more:

Mary
Elizabeth
Eden
Leah
Salome
Susanna
Abigail
Dinah

ETA: I got mixed up for a second and thought Vera was the OP oops.

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I love French names. I minored in French, and if it'd help you could PM me the name and I could brainstorm similar stuff with you.

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Well, we had a definite girl name (Nora) and a bunch of other girl names that we loved and could have easily used.

Turns out the little dude is a boy! Our lead name at this point is William (Will) but I just don't LOVE it the way I think I should. There are some other not-horrible names out there. I've looked in every style of baby name book and on all the cool generator name sites. Nothing strikes me the way DD and DS's names did. Maybe something will come up in the next 22 weeks...
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Vera- My fave biblical name is Naomi. It was our second choice for this babe. Here are some more:
I have thought about Naomi... not sure how DH feels about it. It's hard to get him to talk names.

Mary - DH thinks of a promiscuous Catholic school girl
Elizabeth - I would LOVE this name, but a family member that DH doesn't particularly care for is named this. *sigh*
Leah - This was another one recommended by DH's granny and aunt... it was Hannah and Leah, both names I like! :
Salome - haven't heard of this one?
Susanna - MIL's name is Susan, but also an aunt that isn't well liked is named Susan, so I know DH would nix it for both reasons
Abigail - Seems like EVERY little girl is named this lately, and I'm not even crazy about it.

Thanks for the suggestions! You can see why we're having a hard time with this name. DH has *some* reason to nix just about every name. : And the names I LIKE have been suggested already by the family members who will compete with MIL. Ugh!

Hopefully we'll come up with something. I do like Naomi, but don't know if it's traditional enough for DH.

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I hope this baby is a girl because we have come up with a really good girl's name, boy's name- notsomuch Which is weird because in my prior pregnancies, we never had a hard time finding a dozen boy names we liked and would love to name our son. Nothing calls to me this time. I suppose if we find out it is a boy, we will have to rekindle our boy name discussions.

Vera- My second ds' "girl" name would have been Miriam (Aaron and Moses' sister) a name which I still love but doesn't seem to suit this baby.
And our first son is named Isaac.

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DH has nixed Miriam too.

Although there's a guy at church that calls DH "Moses" because he has Joshua and Aaron following him. And he has said we should name a girl Miriam, to go with that theme.

It is a pretty name. But DH doesn't like it. *sigh* It's SOOOO hard to agree on a name, and he doesn't exactly come up with very many ideas!

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Voltige- use the name that you like best. It really doesn't matter if it's uncommon in America- I teach school and see all kinds of names! There is even a girl in the elementary school named La-a (pronounced Ladasha). Why you would do that to a kid, I'll never know...

But if YOU like the name, then don't worry what people say. The only thing that would change our name is if she comes out and just doesn't look like Lilah Grace.

I hit the random name thing too... We also tossed around names like Evan or Ethan, Aiden (although way too popular now), David, Mack, Max, Grant... just saved them on the list- but we really didn't have a boy name. Good thing we're having a girl.

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I'm stumped for names too. I have Joshua and Aaron, both from the Old Testament. I'd like to keep a Biblical theme going (with GOOD Biblical names - not the name of a bad person or anything ). !
For boys, you could always try Solomon or Josiah, Jeremiah, and even Elijah is gaining popularity. I really like Josiah- he was the first in a long line of kings to actually do what was right in the sight of the Lord. There are lots of good names to choose from that aren't too weird.

Biblical names for girls: Anna, Gomer (just kidding, although it really was a girl in the Bible- Hosea's wife!), Ruth, Esther, Lydia, Deborah, Eve, Joanna, Lois, Tabitha, or how about a place: Bethany, Eden, Moriah? Leave it to a preacher's kid to come up with all that, huh? To top it off, DH is a preacher's kid too, so I enlisted his help.

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Thanks, musiclady! I had forgotten that I like Anna a lot.

I'm taking notes. Maybe DH will approve of SOMETHING.

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Voltige - I'm totally with you, both in the uninspired and the French names too. My dh is French speaking Swiss and finding names (especially boy names, most of which I either don't like or he knew someone growing up....) so terribly difficult. Our dd is named Annabelle which suits my Anglo self and his French sensibilities, but she was nearly a week old before she was named.

Some I'm thinking of now:
Girl names: Josephine, Frances, Penelope
Boy names: Luc (but cul backwards and we both know that's baaaad!), Louis, Pascal

Boy's middle name is easy - Pierre after dh's brother and the state capitol of my home state. Trivia - does anyone know where I'm from?

Ack, I even like labor more than naming babies!

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South Dakota?

I really like Luc. I know a Luc from Quebec, and I've never even considered "cul" so I wouldn't worry about it.

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What if a name you loved WAS on the "popular" list? :

I am really torn, because the ONLY boy name I like is #33 on the 2007 list. (Jackson) And this is because when I was a little girl, my grandfather used to call me Jackson as a nickname (it's nowhere close to my real name, so it's kind of a goofy/cute nickname). Somehow it stuck with me, and it's sort of a "family name", but not, if you know what I mean.

I didn't want any name from the top 50 most popular. But I seriously don't have any others. I sort of liked Julian, Curran and Roman, but DH doesn't like them.

For girls, we like Francesca and India best, for now.

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I think 33 is low enough that it's not a big deal. My baby's name is like 98 and I'm not worried about it.

Now, if you're picking number 1 (like my parents did in 1984), that's a whole nother story.

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I've been obsessing with thoughts like...well, it was #33 in 2007 but what about 2008, did it move up in the ranks?!??

At least it's not in the top 20. That is how I will console myself if we go with this name.

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Salome - haven't heard of this one?
According to behindthename.com: From an Aramaic name which was related to the Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". According to the historian Josephus this was the name of the daughter of Herodias (the consort of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee). In the New Testament, though a specific name is not given, it was a daughter of Herodias who danced for Herod and was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist, and thus Salome and the dancer have traditionally been equated.
As a Christian given name, Salome has been in occasional use since the Protestant Reformation. This was due to a second person of this name in the New Testament: one of the women who witnessed the crucifixion and later discovered that Jesus's tomb was empty.

There is also:
Eve
Anna
Eunice
Lois
Mara
Martha
Priscilla
Rhoda


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Some I'm thinking of now:
Girl names: Josephine, Frances, Penelope
Boy names: Luc (but cul backwards and we both know that's baaaad!), Louis, Pascal
I love Penelope

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What if a name you loved WAS on the "popular" list? :

I am really torn, because the ONLY boy name I like is #33 on the 2007 list. (Jackson) And this is because when I was a little girl, my grandfather used to call me Jackson as a nickname (it's nowhere close to my real name, so it's kind of a goofy/cute nickname). Somehow it stuck with me, and it's sort of a "family name", but not, if you know what I mean.

I didn't want any name from the top 50 most popular. But I seriously don't have any others. I sort of liked Julian, Curran and Roman, but DH doesn't like them.

For girls, we like Francesca and India best, for now.
The only boy name that I am really drawn to is really popular, esp on MDC. But actually it is 140 on the top 1000 list, and Sebastian is in the 70s... I just hear Oliver a lot more often than I hear Sebastian. I think as long as it's not in the top 25 it would be OK. There is a lot of variety out there now so even the top names its not like ALL the kids have that name any more.

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When I realized I was pregnant (I'm a dummy and didn't realize, stopped charting, etc.), the first name that popped into my head was Declan. DH is Irish and French, I'm Native American and Swedish.

We have a weird naming convention in our house. No first or middle names start with the same letter as any other child. We have a Chris, Tania, Kaycee, Shayna, and Patricia. Their middle names are Alexander, Nyssa-Luna, Illiana, Brianne, and Jean. See what I mean? That's 11 letters that we can't use. Yes, yes, I know that there are 15 other letters, but none of the names we are coming up with sound good...

Oh, the other naming convention... the names have to sound good when they are yelled down the street to come home for dinner. We're a little weird, I know, but you should hear some of the names being yelled up and down the street...it's enough to make you cringe!

So I went to a baby names site that listed Irish names and really the only ones we've liked thus far are Declan, Deaglan, Finley, Gaelin, and Quinlan. I think Finley and Quinlan are pretty popular in their shortened versions, and I've seen quite a few Declans on MDC.
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When I realized I was pregnant (I'm a dummy and didn't realize, stopped charting, etc.), the first name that popped into my head was Declan. DH is Irish and French, I'm Native American and Swedish.

We have a weird naming convention in our house. No first or middle names start with the same letter as any other child. We have a Chris, Tania, Kaycee, Shayna, and Patricia. Their middle names are Alexander, Nyssa-Luna, Illiana, Brianne, and Jean. See what I mean? That's 11 letters that we can't use. Yes, yes, I know that there are 15 other letters, but none of the names we are coming up with sound good...

Oh, the other naming convention... the names have to sound good when they are yelled down the street to come home for dinner. We're a little weird, I know, but you should hear some of the names being yelled up and down the street...it's enough to make you cringe!

So I went to a baby names site that listed Irish names and really the only ones we've liked thus far are Declan, Deaglan, Finley, Gaelin, and Quinlan. I think Finley and Quinlan are pretty popular in their shortened versions, and I've seen quite a few Declans on MDC.
That's more complicated than my requirements! I think it's neat though.

I like Finley, I think it's way cute.. and Finn is a great nickname

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I love French names. I minored in French, and if it'd help you could PM me the name and I could brainstorm similar stuff with you.
I'll think about it. Thanks!

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Voltige- use the name that you like best. It really doesn't matter if it's uncommon in America- I teach school and see all kinds of names! There is even a girl in the elementary school named La-a (pronounced Ladasha). Why you would do that to a kid, I'll never know...
Oh, the name is very easy to pronounce, even if you've never seen it before. Only four letters- really can't get it wrong. I just come from such a conventional family and everyone had conventional names. If we use this name it will just be different, is all. And I guess that's not so bad.

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Voltige - I'm totally with you, both in the uninspired and the French names too. My dh is French speaking Swiss and finding names (especially boy names, most of which I either don't like or he knew someone growing up....) so terribly difficult. Our dd is named Annabelle which suits my Anglo self and his French sensibilities, but she was nearly a week old before she was named.

Some I'm thinking of now:
Girl names: Josephine, Frances, Penelope
Boy names: Luc (but cul backwards and we both know that's baaaad!), Louis, Pascal
Annabelle comes up quite a lot on our lists, and I LOVE Louis! DH does not though, despite it being very traditionally French. Luc was in our top five boy names last time

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What if a name you loved WAS on the "popular" list? :

I am really torn, because the ONLY boy name I like is #33 on the 2007 list. (Jackson) And this is because when I was a little girl, my grandfather used to call me Jackson as a nickname (it's nowhere close to my real name, so it's kind of a goofy/cute nickname). Somehow it stuck with me, and it's sort of a "family name", but not, if you know what I mean.

I didn't want any name from the top 50 most popular. But I seriously don't have any others. I sort of liked Julian, Curran and Roman, but DH doesn't like them.
Tristan is in the top 50 I believe, and we NEVER hear the name elsewhere. Some people have to ask a couple times when I say his name, they've never even heard of it. I find that odd, but there it is. I think that unless your name is in the top 10 it won't be THAT common.

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I wouldn't worry TOO much about name popularity lists. For one, it's going to vary regionally. Joshua was in the top 5 (maybe #2 or 3?) for his year of birth, IIRC. But I've actually not run into ANY Joshuas his age! I've met a couple a few years older than him at some mom groups, but even at church (where a lot of kids are given Biblical names), we haven't had any Joshuas. We'll see if there's one in his Kindergarten class next year (going to a Bible school, so higher chance of that name probably). So far, the kids I know of that are going to be in his class have very different names from him.

I guess around here, the popular boy names haven't been as popular? The girl names have been. I know a TON of Abigails, and I think that was #1 for a while (may still be). I also know some Madisons, which was another high up name. But Jacob was #1 or 2 on the boy list, and I haven't been around any Jacobs lately. It's weird.

I certainly wouldn't worry about a name that's down in the 30s. You'll probably hardly notice any others that far down the list. I can't think of ANY Jacksons around here that I've come into contact with.

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I certainly wouldn't worry about a name that's down in the 30s.
I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal. My mother tells me to pick whatever name I love, despite where it falls on the popularity list. I think that's true...to an extent. I think anything in the top 10 out for sure. (for me.) 33 is easier to swallow. Plus, we would spell it Jackson, not Jaxon or Jaxson, which can be trendier.

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For a lovely, Old Testament name, you can't beat Mara. Sure, it's my name, but I give you all permission to use it.

One of my problems stems from the fact that, apparently, we can't use any name from DH's side of the family, from any deceased relative that his mother didn't get along with. Which, apparently, is ALL OF THEM. DH says that after we named our dog, she asked him, "Why would you name your dog after your Aunt Alice?" (We didn't. We named her for Alice in Wonderland, because of her perpentually dumbfounded, wondering expression. DH forgot all about Aunt Alice.)

So there are all of these lovely, classic names, that represent women DH would like to honor-- aunts, grandmothers-- that we can't use because it would tick her off. I don't get it. Seems to me that if we want to name our (potential) daughter Violet or Elizabeth, MIL can get over it. But DH says there are enough names out there, that we can pick one and keep the peace.

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I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal. My mother tells me to pick whatever name I love, despite where it falls on the popularity list. I think that's true...to an extent. I think anything in the top 10 out for sure. (for me.) 33 is easier to swallow. Plus, we would spell it Jackson, not Jaxon or Jaxson, which can be trendier.
If it is significant to you, you should do it. Since I was a little girl, I have always loved the named Isabelle, which was my mother's name. My mom died about 18 months before my daughter was born, so the name was even more special to me.

The very close variation, Isabella, was ranked 11th the year she was born and was 2nd in 2007 (although I had no idea of this at the time, I didn't even check on the popularity of it). The popularity doesn't really bother me since it has such familial significance. It gives us the opportunity for me to tell my daughter about her Grandma Issy and how much she would have loved her and her brothers

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I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal. My mother tells me to pick whatever name I love, despite where it falls on the popularity list. I think that's true...to an extent. I think anything in the top 10 out for sure. (for me.) 33 is easier to swallow. Plus, we would spell it Jackson, not Jaxon or Jaxson, which can be trendier.
I love Jackson, and spelled exactly that way!

Volitge you have me ever curious!

AFM- I had my heart set on Brenna Elizabeth for the longest time. DH doesn't really care for Brenna, although I think it's a beautiful name. So, somehow I saw the name Lilah. He wanted to spell it Lila, but there was no way that I would even consider that, and so... Lilah Grace it is. I love the name Grace, even though it's so popular. But I totally understand not wanting to share your name choices. It's a little daunting, especially given that so many people have so many opinions, KWIM?

I do remain open to changing it if she doesn't look like a Lilah, so I'm NOT going to embroider the quilt I'm making.

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I think we're going with Elsie if it's a girl and our 6 year old picked out the name Sam (Samuel) if it's a boy. We don't care too much about popularity, only that it goes with the other 3 kids' names, which are Max, Lucy and Gabe (Gabriel).
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