I just discovered your blog recently and I'm hoping you can help me. My name is Penelope Ingrid Winters, and I am called Poppy. I've always liked my name, despite the grade-school "Poopy Poppy" comments. I have one daughter, Clementine Alice. I went to the hospital after a long process (I wish I'd had your blog then!)sure I'd name her Georgia Alice, and then she came out with this fantastic bright red hair, and a name I'd rejected early on in my pregnancy as not name-y enough popped into my head. So she's Clementine. She'll be three a week before her sister is due (yikes) and her name suits her perfectly. I mostly call her Clem or Clemmy for simplicity's sake but her full name is so much fun to say that I often end up yelling CLEMENTINE! purely because of the sound. And yes, we sing the song A LOT!
And now I am pregnant! I am a single-by-choice mom and I travel a lot for work, which means Clem has already lived in 2 places. So its helpful for me to have names that work in different cultures, although of course I failed miserably with my first daughter. Anyway, this new baby is a girl and will be my last child. Here are some names I'm considering:
Harper (I really like this but worry about how modern/trendy it is; I did check your favorite baby name book and she says Clementine is more in line with, say, Henrietta, but I'm not sure I think that's true. If it is not and Clem's name is more modern than Harper works, but if not...)
Violet (but I think it's too much with her sisters name)
Dagny (came across the other day and I like it, but feel it's too unfamiliar with C's and my names)
Helena (like but doesn't sound right somehow)
Coraline (too matchy but like a lot; also don't want repeating initials)
Jessamine (not sure. possibly too unfamiliar and also might be a problem with endings, though I say Jessa-MEAN and Clemen-TINE...)
Margot (same as Helena)
Mercy (love the sound, don't want a virtue name. Honor is in the same boat)
So these are kind of all over the place, huh? I feel like Clem's name is really fun, light despite being long and has some fun nicknames...well, one or two. And I don't feel guilty giving her a really fun first name because her middle is a very traditional, relatively tease-free name that has a girly nickname. I'd like the same for her sister (and my sister used George for her adorable baby last year, so Georgia is out).
Middle name will be a family name (as Alice is) and I'd like it to start with a vowel, since mine and Clem's do. Here are a few in my family:
Eunice (but doesn't work the way Alice does)
Emma (probably my front runner right now but depends on first name)
Allegra (allergy thing, and close to Alice)
Emeline (second favorite but not as common as I'd like)
So now that I've written way too much, any help would be welcome! Thank you! I am off the scour those dreadful baby name forums...
I suggest Magnolia!