My best friend K is due with her third child, a girl, in less than a month but baby could arrive any day given that K's babies always arrive very early. K and her husband, J, really like unusual/unique names. Their eldest son has a made up name (rhymes with Tyson, starts with a K sound). Their second son is Declan which is a "real" name but still pretty unusual. Their last name sounds sort of like Caldwell.
Here are the notes I got from K:
First name contenders:
I don't like common names but I do want names that people can read and pronounce (except siobhan because i do like it) I did find another I liked "Brecklynn" but realized it sounds like Declan so it won't work.
Middle names in contention are: Leigh, Grace, Rae, Schae, Emmeline, Reamy, Amelia, Hazel but that's just to give you a further sense of her taste. K isn't too worried about middle names and prefers to worry about the first name right now.
Notes about names from J:
J has a longer list (that I don't have) but apparently the names are in the same ballpark (unusual). One name I know he likes is Callie (or some variation thereof) but K is not a big fan. J likes to pay attention to how the names flow as a whole and having similar sounds in first and last names (like "K" sound or "L" or "R") Their last name does have an "R" sound since it isn't really Caldwell.
Finally, commentary from Melissa, the friend. I think K's family likes names with a hard "K" sound in them. All four names in the family have a "K" sound in them and the last name has a repeated "K" sound. So, even though I wasn't asked, I think Kinley and Coralie seem like strong contenders.
Thanks, Swistle and readers, for any help you can provide in naming this baby! Bring on the unique girl names.
And then, Melissa writes:
I wanted to update you on this swistlebabynames submission. As of yesterday I spoke with K and the c-section is scheduled for June 25 (although they are still thinking she'll arrive before that) and the names are narrowed down to Raemy and Briony with likely middle name Emmeline. She'd still welcome input from Swistle readers if you have time to post this one. :)
Name update 06-26-2009! Melissa writes:
Since I submitted the request I thought I should submit the update. Also, I think photos should be required with updates :) Anyway:
Baby Girl "Caldwell" arrived June 25 and was named McKenna Emmeline. So much for their "finalist" names. The whole family is doing great.