Our baby girl, Miss "Lulu", arrived April 16, and we are still debating the name! My son called her Lulu while in my belly and it stuck. It has become her nickname. We have several names we like, but just cannot decide. Also, we continue to come up with new names rather than crossing them off the list. My husband is just a little picky... I guess I am, too. He is from Belgium and so a name has to sound good pronounced in French and not have some strange meaning for his culture. I guess we like less common names, but not far out names. We tend to steer clear of names in the top 10 lists, because we do not want her to have a name that three other kids might have in her class.
Our son, 2 1/2, is named Orlando Jayden Rainey. We had a hard time choosing a name for a boy and finally agreed on his name about 10 days after he was born. :-) It drove our family crazy.
We are not in a panic; we enjoy getting to know our daughter's personality and her looks to help us find a fitting name. We have narrowed it down to the following names: Alicia (pronounced in French Ah-lee-siuh) but I also like the English pronunciation, Lauren (Lulu would be a fitting nickname), Celine, Julianna, Ashley, Jasmine, Chloe and Madeline.
The names I considered and rejected are: Grace, Leah, Lucinda, Sophia (too common, Unfortunately), Jordan ( she looks too feminine for this name), Severine (might not sound so great in English), Allegra, Marisol (in English it sounds terrible), Aleah. My husband's rejected picks are: Alix, Caroline, Chloé, Hazel, Helen, Ivy, Katja, Lola, Morgane, Sophia, Sylvie, Vivian, Violette, Zoé.
We are thinking of having two middle names for our daughter as well: Zénobie Anne (a family name and Anne after our mothers, Diane and Annie).
Any input appreciated.
Names like Louise, Louisa, Luella, Luanna, Lucie, Lucia, Lucienne, Lucianna, Lucille, and Lucilla spring to mind because of the nickname Lulu, but I assume you've already considered and rejected all of those in the last couple of weeks. I'll put a poll over to the right with your finalists.
Poll results (265 votes total):
Alicia: 32 votes, roughly 12%
Lauren: 93 votes, roughly 35%
Celine: 25 votes, roughly 9%
Julianna: 71 votes, roughly 27%
Ashley: 4 votes, roughly 2%
Jasmine: 4 votes, roughly 2%
Chloe: 18 votes, roughly 7%
Madeline: 18 votes, roughly 7%
Name update 05-27-2009! V. writes:
Well, it took about three weeks but we finally settled on Lauren Zénobie Anne and it suits her! (though I have to admit I hesitated when I hit the confirm button when ordering her birth announcements) :-D
Thank you to you and your bloggers for your great suggestions. It's been fun!