Name that baby…


Who wants to help me name my little girl? Shannon doesn’t need the help, of course. She has pretty much decided on a name and once she makes up her mind- it’s all over but the crying. Not true for me. This time around, I am wobbling and wavering all over the place- with a new favorite each morning!

My naming style has consistently been “old-fashioned”. I tend to avoid trendy names and unusual spellings. As of late, I seem to favor less popular (possibly even less attractive) names that only become precious when given to a real, live baby (much less so on paper).Ā  While I love Lily & Jack (the names of number 1 and 2), they’ve gotten uncomfortably over-used for my taste. I don’t think I will ever have that problem with Abram & Alice (number 3 & 4). Having said that, picking number 5 is making me crazy!

For some fun (at Shannon’s suggestion), I sent a request to Swistle:Baby Names to get her take on my dilemma. May I just say if you are having similar issues, I 100% recommend her services! After reading hundreds of submitted questions and answers, I have concluded that “Swistle” is a baby-naming-genius (and her fans give equally thoughtful suggestions and advice). She has posted her reply to my question and a poll on the right side of her page with the semi-finalists on my list (this week, at least). If you get a chance, swing over there and let us know what you think.

If you are searching for a name, too, you can also swing by Nameberry, Baby Name Wizard, and the Social Security Administration. Designmom also has a great post about baby naming here. On that note, she also has an older series featuring real-life birth stories (the top picture was taken from my very own birth story for number 3, found here).

Only 17.5 more weeks to flip and flop on baby name number 5… I’ll keep you posted.



20 thoughts on “Name that baby…

  1. Wow – she sure does have a lot of suggestions!! But they are all good, I found myself saying, “oh that one is good!” to several. But one name that I really like, but it is an “A”, is Arden. I don’t think it is very popular, and it is still different. I also like Nora and Miriam. The last of my 2 cents is Mae, my grandfather just passed away last week and our family names have been on my mind. My great grandmothers name was Freddie Mae and she went by Mae.
    Good Luck!!

    1. Well darn! I tried to reply a second ago and it cut me off mid-sentence! Thank you for your reply, Kasey! I love your suggestions! Arden is adorable but doesn’t quite feel right with my other names… But I love Miriam (nickname Mimi) and Nora very much. As for Mae- I just LOVE it, but I know 4 little baby Maes and I fear another Lily (not that I regret the name- she is 100% LILY- but you know…). Too many options!

      Isn’t Swistle awesome? $50 for a private consultation- and she considers everything!!

  2. I too have a Jack and feel the same about how common it has become šŸ™‚ My girls however, named Claire and Norah, are not so popular yet šŸ˜‰ We loved Charlotte and Eloise too. Best of luck naming šŸ™‚


    1. I love Claire and Norah! Claire (spelled Clare) is my Alice’s middle name. Claire and Norah go together sooo well.

      Thanks for your advice & the luck! We seem to need it this time around! šŸ™‚

  3. I liked Mabel and we settled on Mabry Elizabeth. I worried that Mabry sounded too little girly but she could always shorten to Mae when she’s older. Of course, her nickname is usually just Sissy since she is the youngest of two….til may anyways šŸ˜‰

    1. Ooh! Congrats to you one another little one! May is a busy month for babies… I love Mabry Elizabeth- and I don’t think it sounds too young. But it is great to have Mae as an option if she wants it.

      I love hearing what other people name their children. It is neat to see how a name can BECOME adorable once it is bestowed upon a sweet little baby. Everyone thought we were NUTS to name our youngest boy Abram (nickname “Abe)- but when you meet Abe the impression completely changes!

  4. Evie, my little cousins name, which was also my great grandmother’s name. Just love it…so cute. Have yet to meet another. My daughter is Clara and my son Henry. When naming Clara, I almost named her Alma (think that qualifies as one of those less attractive old fashion names.) Henry may have been a Lucinda. Also really love Numa – what one of my many cousins named one of her five children.

    1. I love Evie- and I LOVE Clara & Henry together! My great grandmother’s name was Alma (nickname Mimi) and while I LOVE Mimi, I don’t think I am brave enough to use Alma- even though my mom thinks I should! šŸ™‚

  5. I Love Nora , I like the name Ava too. We have Zoe who’s name was switched at the last minute by my husband as they were wheeling me back for an emergency c-section. She was supposed to be Grace, but is definitely a Zoe. Our little boy is Finnegan, which I had never heard before we named him. Since then we have met 2 other Finn’s. Funny how that happens!

  6. I have five girls—the 5th will be adopted hopefully next month from China. šŸ™‚ Oh…and two boys. šŸ™‚ My youngest daughter’s first name is Annabelle–but we call her Annie (and sometimes Anna—and if we really need to get her attention, Annabelle). šŸ™‚ Everyone who loves the traditional names LOVES the name Annie when they hear it!! And you don’t hear very many little girls with that name—yet. šŸ™‚

    1. Too funny! I just went and read the reply by Swistle! I didn’t know Annie was suggested. šŸ™‚ All the names that you have on your list are the names I had too!! It’s so hard choosing!! For our girl we are adopting from China next month….we have FINALLY chosen (and stuck with) the name Elizabeth Pearl. We will call her Ellie Pearl. Can’t wait to hear what name you have chosen!

  7. I have a friend who named her daughter Louisa and I think it is just darling. I love Evie (could be short for Evelyn), Emmy, Lucy (which I think is becoming more popular), Madeline, Cora, and Grace. You don’t hear Grace very often as a first name and I think it is pretty. I know what you mean about some of the less attractive sounding old-fashioned names. I would have loved to have named my kids after my grandparents, but the name choices were Mildred, Herman Maurice, and Horace. Good luck and congrats!!

  8. How about Avi? Thats my daughters name. Pronounced Aw-vee. šŸ™‚ Or Avery, Ellison, Olivia, Darah, Lucie, Harper, Ashby, Caroline/Carolina, Kendall, Kinsley, Britton or Ansley?

    1. I love so many of those- Avi is so neat! I have always loved Caroline & Lucie, too. šŸ™‚ I think we are going with Eve for this one… But we’re up in the air about the middle name… Eve Elizabeth, Eve Josephine (which has several family connections), Eve Elise, Eve Amelia, Eve Colette… the options are endless…

  9. Well I have a name that is not common and have only once or twice run into another one. Not that I am trying to push my name on you but it is Rami Lynn.

  10. When I named my first daughter Skylar, whose now 9, I had only known one other and she was my age! I just had another baby girl, she will turn one May 9th and is the one that gets to dress in WDW!! I made up her name, never heard it and still haven’t….Quinlyn!! And I adore it! Kinley was the other option but so glad I went with Quinlyn!
    Good luck on baby #5, sweet Eve!!

  11. I too love older names. I work in the NICU and Nursery at a hospital in Lafayette, LA. When I was pregnant for my little girl all the names I loved (& that were not popular) all of a sudden everyone was using. Ruby & Rose were my top two names. The week before I gave birth we had 2 baby girls that were named Ruby and Rosie. So I told myself that was not the right name for my little one…. So we named her Frances Rose. My great grandmother was Frances and it fits her perfectly. She does mainly by Fran but several people call her Frankie. I love Alma though!!!!

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