We are expecting baby #1 in a couple of weeks (actual due date is November 19th) and I would love some feedback on the names that have made our "short lists". Sex of the baby is unknown. Although we've all been referring to the kid in-utero as Baby Edge, our last name is actually Edgerton. The middle names have been set from the beginning: if boy, the middle name has to be Dow (a family name); if girl the middle name will be Cynthia. Other than that there are no restrictions on the names although I would prefer not to name the kid something that is too associated with Catholicism or some other religion that we are not. I am of Eastern European Jewish heritage and my husband's family has been in the States since colonial times, from the British Isles before that. We have narrowed our lists to 6-7 for each, I can't see any pattern in the names we like, though I would be interested in any you can decipher. I am open to suggestions of pretty variations on any of these as well as completely new suggestions that we may not have thought of. Here are the lists (in no particular order):
Girl: Mikayla (would call her Ayla for short); Eliza; Anika; Madelyn; Lyla; Anya; Samantha (would call her Sam for short)
Boy: Henry; Andrew; Asa; Ryan; Owen; Jonah
I love Eliza Edgerton so much, I am having trouble drumming up motivation to look further. Well, although I also like the initials you get from Anika or Anya: ACE seems like a fun nickname she could access in her high school years if she wanted to.
For a boy, my favorite is Henry Dow Edgerton. I also wonder if you'd like Isaac Edgerton.
What does everyone else think? Favorites? Additional suggestions?
Name update! Gabi writes:
Your blog helped us name our first daughter, Eliza Cynthia, now 3, and we have been extremely happy. It was a hands down favorite of yours and your commenters, and that was all the encouragement we needed to pull the trigger. We get compliments on her name all the time.