Baby sister for Evan and Alexander
So after an unexpected 2.5 year infertility journey, we're finally pregnant with #3 and just found out it's a baby girl! I'm thrilled and nervous and excited to be here!
As far as a girl baby name goes, we had Elizabeth Mae picked out for the past 7 years and during both of my previous pregnancies. BUT my cousin used the exact same first and middle for her baby girl two years ago (I posted about that here: http://www.babynamewizard.com/forum/my-cousin-just-named-her-baby-my-dream-baby-name-0#comment-193799 ) This summer, this cousin is back local. (And expecting twins! Luckily, both boys, so no potential name overlaps there!)
After two years of coming to terms with it, I still don't feel comfortable using the exact same first and middle names. But any other name I’ve looked at just doesn’t sit right either. (Though I’m wondering if that’s just because I haven’t spent years doodling other names? Is this normal??)
So here’s where things currently sit:
My last name: McD----
My boys' names: Evan and Alexander (usually Alex)
Mae was my grandmother's middle name; since both of my boys have familiy names (named for my father and father-in-law) and since I'm not crazy about my mother or mother-in-law's name, I'm pretty firm on using this as a middle name here.
What I love about Elizabeth: literary connections to an independent female character, the British connection, that it’s a well-known long name that's not mispronounced and not often misspelled, that the long version is “formal” but has several informal nicknames.
Girl names I love but don’t feel I can use because they’re too close to my kids’/relatives’ kids’ names: Evelyn (nn Evie), Alexandra/Alexis (nn Lexi), Elizabeth (nn Lizzy/Ellie), Olivia (nn Livvy), Isabelle (nn Izzy), Lily, Catherine/Kathryn/Kaitlyn/Katie, any M name because I'm hesitant to have first/middle/last start with M.
(And yes, there’s definitely a trend in the nn’s I love for those names—would love suggestions in the same vein for those nn's.)
Here’s the current list of frontrunners, but I'm not strongly attached to any of them:
Eliza <-- I love the idea of Eliza ("Beth" is my least favorte nn for Elizabeth thanks to Little Women) BUT I already have a son named Alexander, so having an Eliza just seems too...Hamilton for me. (But before Hamilton, there was Eliza Doolittle, who I adore.)
Eleanor <-- I think this is a beautiful name and I love the nn possibilities, but for whatever reason, when I think about it in terms of my baby girl, my mind just thinks of old Eleanor Roosevelt rather than a cute Elle/Ellie/Nora
Jocelyn <-- My cousin suggested this name, and I like it and the nn Josie and the nn connection to Jo from Little Women. But is it well-known enough that she won’t have to correct pronunciation or spelling for her whole life? And is it too different in style from my boys' names?
Ruby (girl) <-- This is a family name my husband likes, but I miss the nn possibilities (Is Bea the only option here?). And I can't shake feeling like I'd just be naming my daughter after a rock. A really pretty rock, though. And is it too different in style from my boys' names?
I'm grateful for any suggestions you may have!!
Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:32pm