Post # 1
It seems like everyone I know is having a baby or just had one. This got me thinking about the method we used to come up with our girls’ names.
My husband and I both have four letter names and without purposing it we named our 1st daughter Anna. Her middle name is Michelle after my husband’s friend Michael who passed away. Anna and Michelle are both hebrew names and together they mean gracious gift from God. When we had our second daughter we decided we wanted another four letter hebrew name. Leah was born with a condition that resulted in us choosing to amputate one of her legs. Leah is a hebrew name that means I have weakness. In the Christian faith there are two arch-angels Michael and Gabriel. Gabrielle is the feminine version and means God is my strength. Since Anna’s middle name was the feminine of Michael, Leah became Leah Gabrielle. I have weakness, God is my strength.
As you can see, we definitely had a method to naming our girls. Did you have a pattern or tradition or anything like that? I love hearing the stories behind names.
Post # 3
@MrsFuzzyFace: That is very beautiful to hear the meaning behind your girl’s name. Very thoughtful 🙂
My mother wanted a gaelic name for me and it so happened that one of the characters in the afternoon soap she was stuck watching on bedrest had one she liked! So, I’m named after a soap opera… lol. For our own children I think we will mostly use family names 🙂
Post # 4
No method behind my name or my siblings’ names or my husband’s name. Our parents just picked names that they liked and that flowed/went together well.
DH and I plan to do the same with our future children.
ETA: We want names that are semi-common (as in recognizable spelling and pronunciation) but not in the Most Popular names for the time period our children are born in. I think this will push us towards some kind of classic names.
Post # 5
I wanted a name that was a little different, but still classic, and one that would not sound too cutesey or babyish when she is an adult. So for her first name, we chose Channing. We are from the south where it’s very traditional to give a family name as either a first or middle name. FH’s dad is technically his stepdad, but has been his father since he was four and he does not have a relationship with his biological dad. We gave her the middle name Richards, which is FH’s dad’s last name, to honor him.
Post # 6
@MrsFuzzyFace: Thats lovely!
I don’t have any children, but I have my potential future daughter’s name picked out… Audrey Claire. Audrey was my mother’s name (or at least the name she went by) and Claire is just a name that I have always really loved. I originally wanted to do Claire Audrey but that does not flow as nicely.
Post # 7
DD is named Ashlynn Paige, but there’s no real reason behind it–Ashlynn is the one girl’s name we both liked (and, that Fiance couldn’t get out of his head), and he picked Paige as her middle name because of how it flowed. Even now, I’ll call her by both her first, and middle name, just because I like saying it, lol.
If I had my way, she would have been Rhylie Danielle, though. Rhylie because I liked it, and Danielle after FI’s brother, Daniel.
We’re hoping to TTC by the end of the year, and have another girl’s name picked out–Brinley Ann. Brinley we actually just thought up on a road trip, and Ann is after his mother (her middle name). We can’t for the life of us decide on a boy’s name..
Post # 8
Your post just brought me to tears. Audrey Claire was the name of one of my best friends, but she went by Claire. We lost her last year (suicide 🙁 ) but she was one of the sweetest, most giving people I have ever met. Both are fairly British names (her parents are British) so I haven’t met many others over here, but I just love those two names together!!
We have settled on Eleanor Mariah (Ellie) for our first daughter – my maternal grandmother was Ellie/Eleanor and my middle name is Lenore after her, and my paternal grandmother was Mary. Both are deceased but I was very close with both.
If we have two girls, the second will be Vera Eloise after hubby’s grandmother, and Eloise just because we both love the name. 🙂
We have Charles Robert (Charlie) for a son – my grandfather is Robert and my husband loves the name Charles so I’ll give him that. We can’t seem to agree on a second boys name but I like to have choices so we are working on it!
Post # 9
We’re Jewish, so we name our babies after deceased relatives. My parents just used our first initial or hebrew name, but we decided to use our relative’s full names. We made a list of our deceased grandparents and great grandparents. We didn’t want to go any further b/c we wanted to actually know the family member so we will be able to tell our children stories about the person and why we chose them. We used a name from his family for the first name, and mine for the middle.
Post # 10
Annabelle= Annabelle Lee from Edgar Allen Poe.
Post # 11
We aren’t planning on having kids, but we wanted unisex names because if we do happen to get pregnant, we dont’ want to know the sex.
Kendall, which is the perfect blend of our dad’s first names (totally not intentional, but awesome nonetheless).
I really love Rian, but for a girl, not a boy. Ryan also happens to be hubs middle name.
I also love, love Ainsley for a girl. Not sure why, but I just think its awesome