Our second baby girl and third child is due any time and we can not decide on her name. My doctor was ready for me to go to the hospital today, but I am worried that I havent decided on her name!
Our 4 year old son's name is Owen Grant (he goes by both names) Jakob and our 2 year old daughter is Olivia Katharine Grace. Grant is a family name as are all three of Olivia's names. They are actually my mother's name, my grandmother's and my great grandmother's so I always knew I what I wanted to name a daughter and it helped when she was born looking just like my grandmother.
While we were deciding though, I was really torn that Olivia was a top 10 name, but I decided that it was a family name and I had always wanted to use it so I went with it anyway. I love her name and do not regret it, but because Sophia is not a family name, I worry that it will just seem like I picked a really common name. (I certainly dont want to have the Jennifer of her generation) BUT, I think that Sophia has a similar feel to Olivia (elegant, classic, regal) and I do like that it has the O that both of the other kids have.
The fact that both of their names began with O was simply chance. I always knew I wanted to name a baby girl Olivia and I just loved Owen. I always knew I would use Grant. So, I am definitely not looking for a name that starts with an O. I do want a name that ties to their names though. Olivia also goes by Livi, Liv and Livia- we use all the variations and love them. Owen Grant loves his name and will correct people who dont use both.
So, our finalists are:
Sophia Elizabeth Kate (my Great Grandmother was Katharine Olivia and she went by Kate)
Sophia Elizabeth Blair (Blair was my the middle name of my maternal grandfather but my husband doesnt totally love it)
Vivienne Elizabeth Kate (Elizabeth was the name my mother had wanted to use for my middle name and I always remember knowing that growing up- she definitely had naming remorse even asking if i wanted to change it as an adult)
Vivienne Elizabeth Blair
I think my husband doesnt care nearly as much if Sophia is ultra popular so he has a slight preference for it, but he is open to either name.
The last two eliminated from our short list were Lila and Corinne. My husband's last name starts with K so I felt like Corinne K_____ was too much of a mouthful and the Corinne kind of got swallowed. Also I really dont care for Cora or Cory as nicknames. (Also I realized that our children speak spanish with our nanny and our nanny couldnt pronounce Corinne easily at all while all the other names seemed fine in spanish).
Livi and Lila are sweet together, but where we live I know as many or more Lila's as I do Sophia's so I decided between the two, Sophia was my preference.
I like that Vivienne is not as common but I wonder if its a little too much to have Livi and Vivi for nicknames. I thought we might also be able to use Evie for a nickname for Vivienne.
I also like Leighton and Ashton but I worry that because they are general neutral, they just dont have the same feel or elegance as Olivia's name.
My husband does not like any of the nicknames for Elizabeth which is why it isnt a first name contender.
I notice that other people mention their heritage, ethnicity, etc. We are basically of European heritage and both of us and both of our kids are blonde. We are hoping this little girl might have red hair which also runs in the family.
Any help you have would be great!! Then I would feel like I was ready to go to the hospital.
Sophia is a masterful choice: well-coordinated with Owen and Olivia in both popularity and style, and with the additional satisfying touch you mention of not starting with an O but still having a strong O sound. Olivia and Vivienne have so many short-I and V and long-E sounds in common, they almost seem like scrambled-letter versions of each other; and I agree that Livi and Vivi is too much. Sophia is indeed a popular name, but it would take three to four times the current number of Sophias to match the popularity of Jennifer at its peak.
Elizabeth is a great middle name: the family story, but also being beautifully coordinated with Olivia's middle name Katharine.
I could go either way on the second middle name: it's not quite balanced to have a second daughter named for the same namesake (especially for a great-grandparent)---but on the other hand, Kate is so perfect as the coordinating name for Grace, and your husband prefers the name Kate to the name Blair. If you didn't mind changing the rhythm, I wonder if you'd like something like Sophia Elizabeth Lila or Sophia Elizabeth Corinne. Or you could use Sophia Elizabeth Vivienne and get both name options in there. Or are there any other female family names, maybe on your husband's side?
There might not be time for this, but it may also be helpful to have a poll over to the right with your four candidates, so let's do that. [Poll closed; see results below.]