My husband and I recently found out that we are expecting our second child in January 2012. We had a horrible time agreening on a name for our daugther, but settled on Meadow Alexis. We love the tranquility and playfullness that Meadow conjures. My husband is Italian, and our last name is Biondini (pronounced bee-on-dee-nee). He favors unusual names and Italian names. I tend to like names that have stood the test of time, but that are not super popular. There aren't many Italian names that I like, as I feel like we already have strong Italian last name. Both of us like nature names. Our dog is named Sunny, and the other top contender for Meadow was Daisy. We both still agree on Daisy, but I am afraid it may be too much with Meadow, especially since they will be 14 months apart in age. Also, the middle name will probably be Anne, in honor of my mother.
Here are some girl names that I like, but that my husband does not care for:
- Willow (husband says it is too trendy because of Willow Smith and Willow Palin)
- Charlie (as a nickname for Charlotte, or by itself)
- Emmet (nickname Emme)
- Isabel (nickname Bell, but probably would never use now due to the popularity of Isabella)
Names that my husband likes, but that I do not care for:
Could you help please help us come up with a playful, not too popular name for Baby Biondini number 2 that doesn't sound like the hippie cousin of Meadow and Sunny?
I think what we are looking for here is WHIMSY: nothing too hippie, nothing too staid. The Baby Name Wizard recommends sister names Willow, Ember, Harmony, Winter, and Lark.
Lark doesn't quite work for me because of the meadowlark, but I do like the concept of a bird name. Robin is hard to say with the surname, and it's not as current a name as Meadow. Wren is another possibility. Phoebe is subtle: it's a bird, but I don't think of it as a bird. But again, I don't think it's good with the surname. I like Starling: it's highly unusual but I think it would quickly seem familiar and easy. Meadow Alexis and Starling Anne.
Winter works in theory, but the contrast with what I imagine a meadow being like (warm sun, soft breezes, pretty flowers) makes the name Winter feel chilly and grey to me. Summer and Autumn would both work, and I wonder why hardly anyone uses Spring?
I think Story would work well, or Fable, or Haven, or Juniper.
One of my favorite whimsical names is Clover, but I'm not sure if it's good with Meadow. On one hand I love it, but on the other hand clover seems like a subset of meadow---like using the name America for one child and Georgia for the next.
Another of my favorite whimsical names is Marigold. This SHOULD be exactly the same problem as Clover, but this just goes to show how very subjective name impressions are: to me, it's a much smaller problem and maybe no problem at all. Perhaps because I think of clover as growing in meadows, but I don't think of marigolds growing there? perhaps because they both start with M? I can't explain it.
I think the name Serenity would be great with Meadow, but I hesitate to suggest that name: it could be such an ill fit for some personalities.
I like the cheerful sound of the name Brighton, but the -on ending makes it seem masculine to me. Perhaps Brighten? Brightly? But then it looks less like a name. Hm. No, I think Brighton is best. Brighton Anne.
Sierra is a nature name like Meadow: Meadow Alexis and Sierra Anne. For something less common: Vienna.
Or Liberty: Meadow Alexis and Liberty Anne.
Piper would be darling: Meadow Alexis and Piper Anne.
Or Padgett: Meadow Alexis and Padgett Anne.
You only mention girl names---are you also looking for boy names? Those feel less fun to me: there don't seem to be as many whimsical boy names, and the nature names seem more serious: Stone and Flint rather than Marigold and Clover.
Name update! Staci writes:
Our daughter, Aria Fable Biondini was born yesterday Feb. 1, weighing 7 lbs. 13 oz., and 21". We are calling her Fable which is a name that either you or one of the commenters suggested. We think it is the perfect whimsical complement to big sister Meadow Alexis. Thanks for your help!