We are about to have our 2nd daughter and really need help with a name. We have a 3 year old named Harley Jane. My husband and I both love her name and agreed on it instantly! This time around, no such luck.
The only thing we have agreed on is the middle name: Diane (for my mother who passed away from cancer last year)
Hubby loves the name Kennedy. Me, not so much.
I love the name Lila. Hubby, not so much.
I mentioned the name Hannah, and while we both like it (and how it sounds with Harley), we aren't sure about both the girls having names beginning with "H". We do plan on having more children,so we don't want to lock ourselves into using only "H" names. And if we used the name Hannah, and have another child with a name beginning with something other than "H", we don't want them to feel left out.
We really need your help! Do you have any suggestions for our baby girl? I am afraid she will be born and we will call her baby girl for the rest of her life!
It's a good idea to think ahead about initials, especially if you'd feel trapped into having more H names. I think an even bigger issue for me in this situation would be that the names Harley and Hannah are different in both style and popularity. Harley is contemporary, creative, and boyish/androgynous; Hannah is traditional, conservative, and girly. The name Harley was #481 in 2007; the name Hannah was #9 (source: Social Security Administration).
As with the issue of initials, this is purely personal: some people like more matchiness than others. I like names to be roughly similar in style and popularity (though I don't let it stop me from using a name I Love Love Love), but you may not feel that way about it. And "Harley and Hannah" does have appeal: it sounds almost like a children's television show. But you can imagine what the show would be about, right? Harley would be tough and bold and outgoing; Hannah would be sweet and polite and scared to get into trouble. The appeal is in the contrast, and for siblings you may not want that.
I think the name Kennedy goes great with Harley, but if you're meh about it, I'm tossing it. And your husband is meh about Lila, so that one goes out too. Let's see if we can find some more options:
Aubrey; Harley and Aubrey
Avery; Harley and Avery
Darcy; Harley and Darcy
Delaney; Harley and Delaney
Ellery; Harley and Ellery
Ellison; Harley and Ellison
Emerson; Harley and Emerson
Jalen; Harley and Jalen
Larkin; Harley and Larkin
Merrit; Harley and Merrit
Rowan; Harley and Rowan
Some of those may be too similar for your tastes: for example, do you want a repeating "ar" sound, as in hARley and dARcy, or hARley and lARkin? It's a matter of personal preference: some people will love the way those names are very different and yet coordinated by a common sound; other people will find the common sound too matchy.
The two that stand out to me are Delaney and Emerson. Because I can't choose just one, I won't make you choose just one either: please vote for TWO choices in the
[Poll results (476 votes total):
Aubrey: 53 votes, roughly 11%
Avery: 65 votes, roughly 14%
Darcy: 18 votes, roughly 4%
Delaney: 68 votes, roughly 14%
Ellery: 22 votes, roughly 5%
Ellison: 22 votes, roughly 5%
Emerson: 78 votes, roughly 16%
Jalen: 4 votes, roughly 1%
Larkin: 32 votes, roughly 7%
Merrit: 41 votes, roughly 9%
Rowan: 73 votes, roughly 15%]
[Name update 10-21-2008! Claire writes:
Thanks to everyone for the help and all the great suggestions! We were really torn between Emerson and Merrit (although the hubby kept trying for Kennedy!).
However, we are pleased to announce that Emerson Diane was born on Friday, October 3! Mother and baby are both doing extremely well. We love her name and love her even more! Thank you!]