I have a baby name dilemma that I would love for you and your commenters to tackle. We are expecting our second daughter in May. We have a two and a half year old named Lucy, I am Nancy, and my husband is Kevin. Our last name sounds like Strickland. About a year after Lucy was born I realized that we had accidentally set up the possibility of a fun naming pattern: K, L, M, N. We are trying to decide whether to name this next baby a name that begins with "M" and stick with the pattern or not. I would love your thoughts. And have any readers chosen to do a pattern like this, or not chosen to, and have any regrets? I like that it is a subtle pattern that can tie us all together.
Some of our top names do begin with M (Mary, Marie, Miranda, Maggie), but we also like names like Dorothy, Evelyn, Annie, Nora, Celeste (which does not work with the last name), Caroline, and Beatrice. There is no clear front runner yet. For what it is worth, we are thinking of having a third child, and using the letter J or O would be fine with us if we do commit to the pattern. Middle name will be my mother's maiden name, which sounds like Taylor.
We would love some outside opinions and words of experience on naming quirks like this, in hopes that it will help us make up our mind!
Thank you so much!
It sounds fun to me! My dad pointed out after our fifth child was born that our kids' initials and ours were ALMOST in a unified clump. If we'd had more children after that, I would have been quite tempted to find initials that filled in the gaps. But if I found a name I loved that didn't start with one of the letters I wanted, I don't think I'd be willing to give up the name to get the initial.
I think what I'd do is begin by looking at names that started with the desired initial, and just see if it worked out. If it did work out, it would be fun; if it didn't work out, it would be fine, no big deal. The biggest downfall from my point of view is that I think I'd feel increasingly stuck: if it DID work out to fill in a gap, and then I had another child, I think I would feel like I almost HAD to continue the pattern, because I'd done it on purpose the previous time and now I was invested in the plan.
Does anyone else have experience with doing (or choosing not to do) a fun little pattern of this sort?