My husband and I are expecting our third child on May 10th. We have two boys, Jonah Andrew and Henry Thomas, and our last name sounds like Overby (Over-bee).
This baby is supposed to be a girl, and we're having a more difficult time this time around, for some reason! Our just-in-case boy name is Charles Philip.
The finalist names are: Charlotte, Natalie and Maren (pronounced Maw-ren), and her middle name will be Mabel (in honor of the great-grandmas Monica, Avis, Bernice and Eunice). Kind of cheesy, but I like it anyway!
Reasons for not choosing each name:
Charlotte (dh's favorite) is rapidly rising in popularity, and it was just named the #1 Elite Baby Name (whatever that really means). It's also kind of a long name.
Natalie is already extremely popular, and we know a few girls with that name already. It seems a bit common (i.e. bland) compared to the other two.
Maren (my favorite) will be mispronounced and misspelled A LOT. Plus, dh thinks it's too close to the word 'marlin.'
So, what do you think? And if you have any other suggestions, please share. I'm a Nicole, and while it's a fine name, I was always 'Nicole P.' in school because there were so many of us. I'm sure you hear that all the time!
Oh, and we call her Una in utero, but we would never actually name her that - too bizarre and too many vowel sounds with our last name!
Anyway, thanks for the input!
A name I like that's similar to Maren is Mirren. Perhaps that doesn't reduce the spelling/pronunciation issues, though (I'm pronouncing it MEER-rin.)
I love the name Rose with your surname. Rose is common as a middle name but I never hear it as a first name. Rose Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Rose.
I like Eliza, too: Eliza Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Eliza.
Ooo, or Ruth! Ruth Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Ruth! Ruthie is such a cute nickname.
You mentioned you call her Una; I wonder if you'd like the name Junia? (I think it's pronounced to rhyme with petunia.) Junia Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Junia. Oh, I guess it's too close to Jonah. Shoot. Oh! Juniper! Juniper Overby! Jonah, Henry, and Juniper! Juniper Mabel! Cute!
I love Beatrix too: Beatrix Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Beatrix. Oh---but probably we want to avoid the initials B.O.
That makes me think of Josephine: her initials would be J.O., same as her nickname. Cuteness! Well, although then we run into the similarity of Jonah again.
Annika? Annika Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Annika.
Celeste? Celeste Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Celeste.
Claire! Claire Overby; Jonah, Henry, and Claire.
Name update 05-14-2010! Nicole writes:
Our baby girl came three weeks early on April 20, and was 6 lbs., 6 ozs. My hubby (with my approval) chose Charlotte Mabel, which is perfect for her.