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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baby Girl Peters

Heidi writes:
I've had a heck of a time trying to come up with a name for our second daughter (due July 16). My first daughter also is an Addison (Addison Makayla Peters) and we call her Addy. I saw the post about Baby Hopes and the name Emerson really stuck out to me, except maybe spelling it Emersyn. So far, that's the closest we could come to agreeing on a name. The reason I like it so much is the nickname, Emmy. Our choices for a middle name are narrowed down to McKenna (after her grandfather, Ken) or Nicole (my middle name). Is Emersyn to matchy-match with Addison? I'm not sure if we're done with just 2, so if we had another baby I'm thinking that changing the ending to "yn" would open up more of the "n" ending names, IF our third is a girl. We're also leaning more towards Emersyn Nicole so that it's not too matchy and we would be stuck to come up with a "Mc" sounding name IF we had another girl. I'm open to other suggestions for names, specifically those that might get me to Emmy, because I think I've fallen in love with that! Other names we've considered are Riley (but no good NN), Sidney, Kinley, and Hayden.

Names to get the nickname Emmy:

Ember
Emelia
Emerin
Emlyn
Emma
Emmeline
Emerson/Emersyn
Emily

I see what you mean about avoiding the problem of feeling obligated to continue the son/Mc name structure. Emerin might be the perfect name for that: very similar to Emerson, but without the -son ending---and it gives you the Emmy nickname you're looking for. You could spell it Emeryn if you preferred. Emeryn McKenna is a little heavy on repeating sounds (lots of E, M, and N), but not so much that it's out of the running, and Emeryn Nicole is nice too. Or perhaps Emerin McKenzie for more sound variety.

12 comments:

heather said...

I'm not a fan of Addison/Emerson both having the -son ending as siblings. I do love the nn Emmy... and I think Emiline/Emmaline/Emmeline is beautiful.
Also, could you just shorten McKenna to Kenna to get rid of repeating the Mc?? Or use Kinley as the middle since you like it and it's so similar to Ken. Or what about just the name Kay as in K for Ken??
Emiline Kay is very pretty! That would be my favorite!!

StephLove said...

I do think Addison and Emerson are kind of matchy. Emma and Emily are my favorite Em-names but maybe Emelia or Emmeline would be more your style. I like the idea of using just Kenna or Kay (very clever that last one) instead of McKenna. Of the other names on your list I really like Riley and Hayden is nice, too.

Viv said...

Emerson sounds like a boy's name, and is fairly matchy with Addison.

However, I love Emmeline or Emerin or Emilia. Emilia is a fantastic character from Shakespeare, so I especially love it for that reason. Or, if you like the nickname Emmy/Emmie/Emme - you could just call her that. I do love Swistle's suggestion - Emeryn Nicole. Really, really pretty.

Anonymous said...

Kenley would be an alternate to Kinley and would especially honor her grandfather. Then the nn could be Kenna.

Emilia is my favorite way to get to Emmy.

Abby@AppMtn said...

I like the suggestion of Kenley. Is Emery out? Like Addison, it is a surname, and one that's worn by girls.

Emeryn/Emerin sounds pretty, but it seems like such an unusual choice, while Addison's name is pretty common. That always feels mismatched to me, too.

Plus, Emery Nicole and Kenley Nicole sound great together, as does Emery McKenna. And you get the nickname Emmy.

So that's my choice. :)

Anonymous said...

I knew a girl in college named Emery -- gets you Emmy as a NN but avoids the -son/-syn ending. I think it's a great name that flows well with either middle name you're considering.

Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

What about Embry?

R said...

I have an Emma - and know people with little girls: Emmaline, Emmery & Emberleigh... wishing you luck!!

Anonymous said...

I love love love the name Emmalin... I don't care how you spell it as long as it's pronounce "Em - A - Lynn" instead of "line" at the end

Heidi said...

Wow, thanks for all the suggestions! Now I feel better having some options, as we'll just take the Em-names as a list and see what she feels like! Here's hoping this last week just speeds by!

Anonymous said...

I hope there's room for one more name! How about Emmeliese? I thought of it one day as an alternate for Anneliese but have never heard anyone named this. Emmeliese nn Emmy would be so cute.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is the exact dilemma I'm in right now! We have a daughter, Addison. I LOVE the name Emerson (especially the nickname Emmie...which our almost 2 year old daughter can say!), but feel like they're too matchy. Out of curiosity, on which name did you decide?