I've been following your blog for most of my pregnancy, hoping to find the perfect name for my child, but so far, no luck! We are due in the next month, we don't know the sex and we are floundering without a solid name for either a girl OR a boy! Please help! my husband and I have some very mismatched name lists and would love some additional suggestions from you and your readers!
Husband's list of names:
Ava - (Solid 'no' from me as it's way too common)
Katrina - (Both of us are losing confidence in this one. We don't like Kat, but are fine with Kate)
Christian - (Also a 'no' from me, and this might be weird but I don't want people to refer to him as "that Christian guy" :)
Sebastian - (I can't find a decent nickname for this one)
Luca - (I like this one; husband think it sounds like a pro footballer)
Maya - (Always loved it, husband is warming to it but prefers Maia)
Ivy - (Husband hates it and is really good at coming up with horrible ways to distort beautiful names! H-I-V for this one)
Fern - (l love that it's from Charlotte's Web. Husband and our families all disapprove!)
Oscar - (Husband sings the Oscar Meyer weiner song) (does anyone else have a husband like this?!!)
I should also mention that many of my favourites were cut early on due to the mismatch with our last name that is three syllables and starts with Eli- (like elephant). These were:
As for middle names, we both feel strongly about using family names. We would probably choose based on sound match, but as you can see, this is going to be tough!
Any advice you can pass on will be helpful!! THANKYOU!!
PS. I should also mention that this baby will be born in France. Everyone seems to think we should find a french-sounding name, but I havent come up with anything (aside from Noelle, I guess). I also really liked the name Paris when we thought we would be delivering in Canada, but now that we are in France, I refuse to be that corny :( I feel that all my favourites have been thrown out the window! I need some fresh and expert name advice!
My problem has become a little more specific so I hope that you and your readers can help. Basically, we have more or less decided on a girl's name, but are stuck if this little one ends up being a boy! We can't agree on even a short-list so we are hoping for some fresh advice from you and your readers before this baby comes (due this month!).
Our last name is 3 syllables, starting with the sound Eli- (like elephant). The names we would like to use as middles are from our families: John and Rudolf, and we wouldn't be opposed to using both for one child (I have two middles). We are even in mild agreement over using the name Jonathan Rudolf, but thats the closest we have gotten to a boys name at all. Since John/Jonathan is a major family name on my side, there are many in my family and so I do feel a bit repetitive using it for our child. Other names we have liked are:
Nicholas (although it is similar to my name.. so I wouldnt want to use the same nickname that I go by. I like the nn Cole though.)
Girls names that we have decided on are:
Any and all help is much appreciated!
From his list, it sounds like the name Christian is probably out for you; from yours, it sounds like Oscar is out for him. That leaves us with Luca, Sebastian, Felix, and Nicolas.
Sebastian appeals to me most because it's in the French section of The Baby Name Wizard, but it doesn't hit us over the head with its Frenchness. I would probably spell it the French way (but leaving off the French accent mark): Sebastien. I've heard two nicknames for Sebastian/Sebastien. Back in middle school, I knew a Sebastien who went by Bas (pronounced Baz, to rhyme with jazz). And one of my former classmates now has a child named Sebastian, and she calls him Seb or Sebby.
Speaking of the French section, don't react right away to this name: I think it's a tough sell because of being unfamiliar (only 28 boys were given the name in the U.S. last year), but that it has tremendous potential for working wonderfully. Ready? Pascal. It's French, and I think the sounds in it are similar to both Felix and Oscar (but with no song for your husband to sing).
I also wonder if you'd like Hugo. It has the rhythm and some of the sounds of Luca, plus it's in the French section.
His choice of Luca and your choice of Nicholas make me think of Nico.
Looking ahead to future sibling name implications might help narrow things down. I'd say that using Oscar would eliminate Maya (speaking of the song) and vice-versa. Oscar and Felix would also be unusable as a sibling set for me, but I'm not sure how many people are still familiar with The Odd Couple. Felix and Alexia might be great together or might be too much X.
Name update! Nicki writes:
Thanks to you and your readers, we went into the hospital with a confident list for either a girl or a boy (finalists were Felix, Nicolas, Theodore/Teo, and Jonathan), and after a long labour we met our baby boy and named him: Benjamin Rudolf. It was such a random, out-of-nowhere name that I had vetoed from the very beginning. But oddly, the day after the birth, my husband and I just looked at eachother and said his name is Benjamin! After nine months of crazy name discussions, we didnt even hesitate. Regardless, we thank you all for your naming help and perhaps one day a little Maya or Felix will join our clan!