I am looking for a name like Jane, that isn't Jane. Our last name starts with a J, and I dislike the alteration. Another name I like is Paige, but that won't do, because of the "juh" sound. It doesn't necessarily have to be one syllable, though I'm drawn to those. My three year old son's name is Clark, and I find myself looking for the girl equivalent. Old-timey, sturdy, perhaps even a little dull the first time you hear it, but the coolness sneaks up on you?It's not a requirement, but I prefer names that don't end in an "a" or an "ie" sound.A name we've kicked around is Rose. But can a Rose be a tomboy? Can a Rose be a badass, superjock cop like her auntie? Could a Rose be a Senator? I'm interested on how you and the comment-ers read Rose.Her middle name would be Gail or Louise after my mom, but for the perfect name, I would sacrifice this idea. Maybe my mother's mother's name, Gloria?Thank you so much!
I think Rosie the Riveter did the name Rose a huge favor: now the name contains not only the associations of sweetness but also associations with strength and capability. I definitely think of it as a name with backbone, and it seems perfect for your idea of a name that is old-timey, sturdy, AND cool. Its familiarity as a middle name makes people overlook it, I think, but it's much rarer as a first name. I love Rose Louise, and I love "Clark and Rose." I am holding back my impulse to get PUSHY about it.
Another possibility is Eve. Ava is in fashion, and Eva is following---but there Eve sits on its own. Eve Louise; Clark and Eve.
A few years ago I encountered a baby girl named Ruth, and it has completely revolutionized the way I felt about the name. Before meeting the baby, my eyes would have skipped over the name completely (old-timey! sturdy! dull!); after meeting the baby, I felt actually STUNNED by my oversight. Ruth! Ruth Louise; Clark and Ruth.
I overheard a child at the store being called Faye, and I thought it really worked. Faye Dunaway gives the name the kind of glamor generally referred to as "Old Hollywood." Faye Louise; Clark and Faye. Mae and Kaye are similar options.
Leigh is a name I'd like to see more often. It's not great with the middle names (and in fact it seems like a challenging name to find middle names for), but I love it with Clark.
I've been starting to see Pearl on baby name lists, and I see it has just crossed into the Top 1000 as of 2007. Pearl Louise; Clark and Pearl.
Nell has the right current sound (Elle, Ella, Isabel), but is not being used. Nell Louise; Clark and Nell.
This will depend on your own community, but you know what name has shock value in my area? Mary. One of my children had a Mary in his class, and I was startled by it the entire year. I had thought if it like the name "John": so generic as to be invisible. But as with the name John, on a CHILD it's startling and fresh. Mary Louise; Clark and Mary.
Another possibility is Rosemary. My eye passes right over it---but then I think "Botanical! Lovely!" Clark and Rosemary.
I think Mabel would work. After the Mad About You couple named their baby Mabel, I would have expected a jump in popularity---but the name didn't even get into the Top 1000. Mabel Louise; Clark and Mabel.
Just the other day I was thinking how the name Lynn is a name I'd place money on for a good solid comeback after it's had a rest. The look of it makes people dismiss it, I think, but the sound is so pretty. Lynn Louise is so fun to say, and Clark and Lynn is unexpected and fresh.
Sally is one I think is nearly ready now. Sally Louise; Clark and Sally.
Many people say it was their love of the book Charlotte's Web that led them to the name Charlotte, which makes me wonder why there has not been a similar popularity surge for the name Fern. It was on my name list, and was a name I would have liked to use for my daughter's middle name (I sometimes go ahead and call her Elizabeth Fern anyway). I love it so much as I'm typing this, it's pushing Rose out of the way. Fern Louise (*faint*)! Clark and Fern (*faint*)!
I think using Louise in the first-name position could have the effect you're looking for. And Louise is one of my favorite names to say. Clark and Louise. Too close to Superman-reference Lois, though, or to explorers Lewis and Clark?
Name update! Anna writes:
She arrived September 18th and we decided to call her Margot Louise! It was down to Rose or Margot, and we loved both, but I found I felt sadder about not getting to use Margot than Rose, so that helped me decide. My husband liked Rose better all along, but came around when we came up with GoGo for a nickname.
Here she is!