My husband and I are expecting a baby girl in early April. We have yet to agree on anything we really like, only some names that we both think are "okay". Our last name is Jacobson, so we'd like to stay away from names starting with "J" and have any kid of "son" sound in it, such as Mayson, which I actually really like. Her middle name will be Kyle as it is a family name, unless we find a first name we really like that does not go with it at all.
Here are some names that are on my list, that my husband could take or leave:
Aurora (call her Rory for short)
Jocelyn and Giselle, although I don't like them with our last name.
My husband's favorites are Ainsley and Ashlyn, which I am not a fan of. We'd really like names that are not tops in popularity, but that people could pronounce and spell somewhat easily. Any suggestions to meet in the middle?
Because the plan is to use a middle name that is primarily used for boys, I suggest making the first name unmistakeably feminine. When I see an ambiguous first name, such as Tristen or Mayson, I look to the middle name for a hint; if I saw Tristen Kyle or Mayson Kyle, I would think, "Ah ha! Boy!" This is the kind of constant mistake that can get irritating.
It's too bad, though, because I think your style is more toward the less-frilly girl names: Rory, Remi, Aubrey, Tristen, Mayson, Ainsley. Normally I would be suggesting names like Avery and Ellery and Finley and Paisley and Harper. Would you want to consider saving the name Kyle for a future child, and using a more ambiguous first name with a feminine-hint middle name? Something like Ellery May Jacobson? Or Finley Jade Jacobson? Or Shelby Grace Jacobson? Or I really like Romy Brielle Jacobson.
I think Brinley would be a good choice. It's feminine enough to carry Kyle as a middle name, and I think it's good with your surname: Brinley Jacobson.
Another name that uses Rory as a nickname is Lorelei: Lorelei Jacobson.
I also like Fiona for you: Fiona Jacobson.
Averil seems to me to meet in the middle between Ainsley and Brielle: Averil Jacobson.
Oh, Elodie! Elodie Jacobson.
Name update 05-03-2010! Danielle writes:
Thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions. We ended up going with Aurora Kyle, as my husband had a change of heart for the name. She was a week late via c-section and doing great! Thanks!