We are having another girl. We were all set with a boy's name - Logan, after my husband's late grandfather who he was very close to. Our 2 and 1/2 year old daughter's name is Zoe which we chose years before we even conceived (because I'm baby name CRAZY) and it was set in stone very early on. It's a name I've always loved and we liked that it was two syllables, easy to spell and pronounce yet difficult to shorten (though, of course, we now call her "Zo" from time to time).
Our last name is the challenge-- Korph (well, okay that's not EXACTLY it but my husband is all Google-shy). So many challenges: the single syllable, the guttural sound, it's just hard to find first names that aren't too clunky with it.
Names we like so far:
Lea(h) (uh, that's it that we agree on. We like it but don't LOVE it.)
Names I like: husband is iffy on all of them
I've been trying to find more soft sounding, two or three syllable names that are hard to shorten, not too trendy or crazily spelled. We don't want anything TOO unusual because we'd rather her not have to carefully spell out her first AND last name ALL THE TIME to everyone.
- Michaela- I like the way Michaela Korph sounds but I just don't think I can go with a name that's spelled so many ways like Michaela (I don't like the other possible spellings, Mikayla etc.)
- Elena- My husband's cousin named her daughter "Elaina" but they call her "Laney" and my husband and her aren't close so I don't really think it's an issue.
- Eliza- I've always loved this name, husband doesn't like "Liza" as an inevitable nickname and is a little gunshy about using another Z name lest we look like we're hooked on Zs. (I, clearly, AM hooked on Zs. Also, Xs, though my husband has totally ruled out Roxanne and Maxine. Killjoy.)
- Twyla- I was a dancer in my pre-mom days and I adore Twyla Tharp (a choreographer). Husband thinks we could MAYBE name a dog Twyla.
As far as middle names go, it would most likely be either Logan, for the late grandfather, Louise, after my mother, or my maiden name which is, basically (remember my Google-shy husband?), Marshel. But I'm not too worried about middle names.
Thanks in advance!
Eliza seems perfect to me. It's great with Zoe: it goes with it while still being distinctly different from it. The Z just...ties it in.
Phoebe would be good, too. And Lila, which is something like Leah and something like Twyla and something like Eliza. Or Delilah, which is something like Lila.
Both of you like-but-don't-love the name Lea(h), so I'm poking around for some more names like that one. There's Alia, which is part Aliza and part Leah. Lena and Lana both similar---but you mentioned a family member nicknamed Laney, and they might be too close to that.
Tia is sweet, and Adele is sweet plus pleasingly old-fashioned, and I love the name Liane or Liana. Another one on my own list is Linnea. Oh, and Eva. Oooh, or how about Willa? Willa has the cool W instead of the cool Z. Or Elsa? Leonie? Lorelei? Stella? Ruby?
Or Liesl, which gives you the Z sound without an actual Z---but that's probably too peculiar a spelling. Josie does the same thing with less of a spelling problem---but those sounds might be too similar to the sounds in the name Zoe.
My favorite is Eliza from your list. Anyone want to pick favorites or list some more possibilities?
Name update 06-12-2009! Jenna writes:
Our baby girl, Eliza Louise Korph was born on May 19th, 2009 and we finally chose her name a week before she was born. Everyone's suggestions were so great, I could name another 10 girls with the lists your readers came up with! We finally settled on Eliza and it really helped tip the scales that so many of your readers said they loved it too.
Thanks so much for your help!