Hello there! We would be ever so grateful if you could please help us in choosing our baby name! We're having tremendous difficulty settling on a name for our little girl, due in June. We just can't seem to decide on a name that we love. We've been thinking about it for so long, but we seem to be getting nowhere. Here is the scoop on us:
My name is Christine and my husband's name is Jim. Our last name is Harris. My husband has two children from a previous marriage, Elizabeth (Libby) (age 15) and Zachary (Zach) (age 17). We also have a puppy named Ella (and I have a sister named Ellen), so we want to make sure that we don't use anything too similar to either of those names!
First, I should let you know that we have decided on the baby's middle name. It will be Judith, after my husband's mother, who passed away a few years ago. I'm finding it difficult to find a first name that flows particularly well with that, but I'm not too concerned on that front. It would mean a lot to my husband to have Judith (or Judy) as the baby's middle name, since this is the first grandchild born since his mother's death.
As for Baby Girl Harris' first name, my husband's favorite option so far is Hannah, which I also like, but I am somewhat reluctant to choose this since we live in Montana (i.e., Hannah Montana). Also, I'm not too sure whether the alliterative effect of "Hannah Harris" is desirable or not. My husband really likes this. I'm on the fence about it as I've heard some people say that this type of alliteration has a cartoonish effect.
Personally, my favorite name is Abigail (nickname Abby). My husband likes this, but both he and my stepdaughter are concerned that it is too similar to Libby. I don't think it is, but I certainly don't want to name the baby Abby if it will in any way detract or cause confusion with Libby's name. Likewise, both Jim & I like the name Olivia, but the nickname (Livvie) also seems terribly close to Libby.
Other names we've considered include:
Emma or Emily (although we are concerned that these names are just too popular right now);
Paige (I like this, but my husband isn't crazy about it);
Olive (my husband likes this, but it's not my favorite);
Virginia (nickname Ginny);
Charlotte (nickname Charlie - with the caveat that my mother has already indicated that she doesn't particularly care for this);
Scarlett (I am huge Gone With the Wind fan, but I am concerned that Scarlett Harris is just a little too close to Scarlett O'Hara); or
What do you think of any of these? Alternatively, do you have any other ideas for us? Any comments or suggestions you have would be most appreciated! We are in quite a muddle right now.