We haven’t finalized our name for baby girl yet, though we are down to eight finalists. It’s been quite a process trying to come up with just the right name. We decided there weren’t any family names we wanted to use and so we were off to the races going through lists and lists of names. We went through US Census data to pull the popular names from each decade from 1920 through 1990. We like the idea of having a name that was popular in the past but not used very often now. That way it’d be a name that everyone knows how to spell when they hear it and say when they see it, but not so popular that she’d have three other classmates with the same name.
Girl names are tricky because there are so many trendy names out there, where boy names tend to be more traditional.
Last time around we were stuck trying to pick two names at the same time. Wanting names that go together but that weren’t too matchy matchy. Now we have the challenge of picking a name that will fit in well with the rest of our family and knowing that it’s the last kid we plan on having we want to make it a good name.
Basically we’re over thinking the whole thing.
But we’re having some fun too. Our boys are named Graham and Miles and without meaning to we selected names that are units of measurement. I didn’t even realize it until after the boys were born and my hair dresser made the comment on how clever it was. I just sat there in shock hearing the glass shatter around me. Joel says he mentioned it at some point in my last week of pregnancy or during labor but apparently I wasn’t aware of the theme.
So this time it was an immediate joke that we needed to come up with a feminine unit of measurement for her name. Joel’s coworkers have had the most fun with this I think.
Then we started going down the road of being serious about it and our friend Mark suggested Penny. An actual name that would still fit in with theme. Nah. We couldn’t really do that. Could we?
I know a great gal whose name is Allida. I had it on our list and liked it a lot. Until I realized then it would be.
Graham, Miles and Allida. Say it out loud. Nah, we couldn’t do that!
So we ditched the unit of measurement idea and started back in our list. We had it narrowed down to twenty or so names and one that I was really liking was Anna. Both of our mothers have Ann(e) as their middle name so Anna would be a nice nod to that family name.
Except then it would be Graham, Miles and Anna which doesn’t really flow off the tongue very well. Our friend Kerry said, that’s an easy fix. You just say their names out of birth order. Like
Anna, Graham and Miles.
HAHHHHAAAAHA! That wasn’t going to work for me!
So, now we’re back to our finalists of eight names. Hoping to pick something we’ll like on its own and like when said with her brothers’ names. I wish there was one name that just jumped out to me as feeling right. But so far I haven’t had the inspiration.
Thanks to everyone who has been a sounding board and who has listened to our over thinking ramblings – a name is very important to me. I want her to have a name that she’ll like her whole life. Easy to spell and good for the corporate world. Something cute but not cutesy, popular but not trendy.
And hopefully we don’t end up accidentally naming her something with an odd outcome we didn’t think of before she was born.