Baby Roll Naming Poll #3
My husband and I just found out we are having a little girl! We already have two boys, Miles Declan (6) and Marshall Owen (4). Husband is Matt and I am Maura, so we are planning to continue the M name theme. We have two girl names that we have loved for years and they both have personal meaning for us, but we need help deciding between them! The names are Molly and Matilda. We will pair one of these names with either Bernadette or Josephine as a middle name.
So the choices are:
Reasons for each of these names:
Molly was originally used predominantly as a nickname for Mary. My name (Maura) and my mom's name (Maureen) are both Irish variations of the name Mary, so I think it would be neat to continue in this vein (plus Molly also has an Irish flair). We did something similar for our first born son, where both dad and grandpa (on his side) and now our Miles have names that start with M and then use the middle name Declan. It's such a fun way to honor family through the generations. I know there are some negative connotations to the name Molly, but I don't care about that at all.
Matilda is such a sweet name in my opinion, and I love the German and Scandinavian association with it since I am not only Irish but also German and Swedish. In fact, my Swedish great great grandmother had this name! My husband originally suggested Molly after Star Trek's Miles O'Brien's daughter (we are both huge Trek fans). He still likes Molly, but now he seems to maybe prefer Matilda (this one was my suggestion). There are lots of nicknames for Matilda, including Mattie (cute because my husband is Matt) and Tilly (which also has a Star Trek association from the new series, Discovery). We could maybe even use Molly as a nickname since it is already used for so many other M names, but it might be a bit of a stretch.
I really truly love both of these names equally, and my husband is leaving the decision up to me since he is happy with either. But how can I decide?! I might just have to wait until babe is here to see what suits her better.
As for middle names, they are both family names, though I think I prefer Bernadette a bit more. I just feel that Bernadette goes better with Molly than Matilda, and I don't want that to sway my decision on first name. The other thing is that we may adopt a little girl in the future (maybe 4-5 years down the line). We will use the other first and middle name for her, but part of me wants to keep Molly Bernadette and Matilda Josephine as the two distinct names. But what if we never end up adopting? This is a possibility for financial and other reasons even though we would really like to. Regardless, we have a little girl set to arrive in April, and we will need a name for her soon.
Please let me know your thoughts! And thank you so much for your help!!
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:27pm