I am due at the very beginning of January with my second baby, and we don't know the gender. We have one son whose name is Declan Christopher James (the two middle names are for a specific reason, but not one we need to repeat with this baby). Our last name is F.o.l.e.y., thus rendering most names that end with -y, -ie, and especially -lie too cutsey or sing-songy for our tastes. If you couldn't tell from our son's name or our last name, we're Irish, but a lot of the Irish names we like (ex. Aiobheann) are terribly difficult to spell or pronounce in English, so we're willing to branch out, unless someone has any suggestions.
At this point, I think we've whittled our list down to either Eleanor Megan or Margot Anne for a girl, and Elliot Somers, Miles Thomas, and Winston Somers for a boy. All of the middle names are family names, so we're set on using those, but we're open to suggestions for first names. My husband also likes Miles for a boy, and I like Adrian and Julian (neither one of us has managed to sell the other on any of those, but we also haven't eliminated them), and we both like Maura for a girl.
We'd love additional suggestions, as well as opinions on the names we've already listed.
I really, really like your choices. If you twisted my arm and forced me to choose, I'd choose Eleanor Megan for a girl and Elliot Somers for a boy, but I don't think you can go wrong no matter what you choose. I'm going to make two polls, one for the girl names and one for the boy names.
Poll results, girl names (232 votes total):
Eleanor Megan: 136 votes, roughly 59%
Margot Anne: 96 votes, roughly 41%
Poll results, boy names (231 votes total):
Elliot Somers: 99 votes, roughly 43%
Miles Thomas: 105 votes, roughly 45%
Winston Somers: 27 votes, roughly 12%
Name update 01-17-2009! J. writes:
We finally had a baby girl yesterday, January 16 (I guess she just needed extra time to get those sweet chubby rolls!), and we decided to name her Eleanor Megan. Thanks so much for the votes!