I was wondering if you could help my husband and I with a baby naming dilemma we are having. We are expecting our first baby at the end of the June and do not know if it is a boy or girl.
The dilemma is that we are very reluctant transplants to the Midwest from our beloved hometown of New Orleans (husband and I met at college in New Orleans - he never left after his freshman year; I have lived there my entire life until now- didn't even leave for college!) So, given the significance of New Orleans for us, we would love for the baby's name to reflect our NOLA love. We have more or less decided on first names of Walker for a boy and Catherine for a girl.
My husband has decided that he is so hurt over the Saints bounty scandal (aren't we all?) that no Saints related names will be allowed, so WhoDat is definitely out, as well as Sean, Pa(e)yton and Drew. Ideally, I would like something with a little more NOLA flavor than those names anyway. We have come up with short lists for each -
Girl - Delphine (Google Delphine LaLaurie - I love the name but don't know if I can get past the story)
Coralie (I'm not sure how I feel about Catherine Coralie though)
Boy - Carrollton
Eli (this is my husband more than me)
George (there are a bunch of New Orleans artists named George)
Our last name is 2 syllables, starts with T and ends with R. We would love any thoughts on which one of these names works best or any other ideas you might have.
Thank you so much!!!
The names that sprang immediately to my mind were Louis, Louise, Louisa, and even using Louisiana or Orleans. (Louisiana, incidentally, is one of those names I'm surprised more parents who like the "long feminine name with lots of nicknames" style aren't using: nicknames Lou, Louie, Louise, Lulu, Annie, etc.) If you weren't set on using Catherine as the first name, you could also go a bit clever with something like Louise Anna.
Nola, of course, would work for a girl. Or Nouvelle, for La Nouvelle-Orléans.
I am a bit worried about the initials of some of the girl options allllmost spelling naughty words, but I tend to be cranked up a bit high on Initials Sensitivity. Spelling Catherine with a K may help. Along those lines, I would want to have considered ahead of time that Eli would give the initials WET, and Adelaide gives the initials CAT, and Orleans with Catherine gives the initials COT, and Faulkner gives initials of WFT but a monogram of WTF.
I love the name Delphine, but the very first line in her Wikipedia entry is "...a Louisiana-born socialite, known for her involvement in the torture of black slaves." It's not just that this is one of many things she's known for, as with a famous author or politician who later was discovered to have a skeleton in the closet---it's the ONLY reason she's famous. And since you're specifically considering the name for the New Orleans tie-in, and her brutal torture of slaves IS the New Orleans tie-in, I regretfully vote no.
Wikipedia has a whole page for people from New Orleans. Those and the other options on your list probably depend on how strongly they bring New Orleans to your mind.