Back again to name baby #3!
Hi fellow onomasts!
I don't know if anyone remembers me around here. I was a frequent commenter back in the pre- and early-forum days. I consulted the wisdom of this group when naming my son S1mon K3lly and daughter H3nrietta (Hattie) J@ne, the latter of whom was born almost exactly four years ago. The intervening four years were fairly eventful with finishing my dissertation, writing, moving to a new state, starting a new job and the children, of course. But I am now 20 weeks along with our third child and back again to say hi and get some crowd-sourced name advice!
Once again, we have opted not to learn the baby's sex, so we need to choose both a boy's and a girl's name (lucky us). I'd like the name to sound well with our other kids' names (both Hattie's full name and her call name) and to be outside the top 100 if not the top 200. My husband this time around does not want a full name that is different than the child's call name, as he finds explaining Hattie's name situation to teachers and doctors and the like a bother. I really love having the two names for her and would be excited to do the same thing for another child, but so it goes. Both of our kids also have family names-- K3lly was my mother's maiden name and H3nrietta was my husband's great-grandmother--and it's important to me to continue that tradition with the next child. (Actually, S1mon and J@ne are both names in our families as well, but since we chose them independently of their family connections I don't count them as family names).
Right now, our boy's list consists of basically one name:
Those were our grandfathers' names. Even though George is more popular than I typically like, I really love this name. I love how straightforward, serious, and also friendly the name is. I love how it sounds with my other kids' names. For me, this name is it and I can't imagine any other. For my husband, he says it will do until we think of something better, but we agree on nothing else other than both liking the nickname Gus. I refuse to give a nickname on the birth certificate and he refuses to give a formal name that we don't use. He also hates all the longer forms that get you to Gus and won't even consider something like G3orge August as a path there. So G3orge Arthur it remains.
On the girl front, we're even more stymied. He's rejected most of my suggestions and I've rejected most of his. I was really feeling Cecilia or Cecily for this baby and he just won't get on board. His favorite girl's name is Ramona, which is too hipster for me. We've got a current list of three/four names:
L0uise Georgiana (I love the combo but he hasn't agreed to the middle yet)
Ge0rgia Mary/Georgia Louise
Geraldine was my great-grandmother. Georgia/Georgiana would be in honor of my grandfather, same as George.
Of all these names, Louise is my favorite. I think it sounds nice with the other two kids' and hits that sweet-spot of familiar and rare. One thing I love about Hattie's full name is how many incredible and accomplished women there are in history who bore it, and I think Louise would have the same kind of legacy. I prefer it to Louisa, which is also more popular, but am fond of that name as well. My husband is still debating which he prefers. He suggested the other two, which I like, but which don't feel quite like me. Margot is too midcentury, and I've pretty much eliminated it. Georgia I like when it strikes me as British but I like it less when it strikes me as Southern. He prefers Louise as a middle for that name, but that crosses over to really Southern for me.
One last possibility: he's very into the name Mary right now (which is weirdly not a family name for us). As I'm Catholic that works for me, though I'm surprised my Jewish husband suggested it. It doesn't feel as exciting as I'd like, though. I had suggested Mary Louise and calling her Millie-- he likes Mary Louise but not with a nickname. Our daughter did mention she'd like Millie for the baby's name if it's a girl and I've always loved that name. My husband would consider Mildred as the full name, as it was the name of a beloved great-aunt of his. But Mildred is a bridge too far even for me!
Finally, we both were charmed by the idea of Winnifred/Winnie for another daughter, but my husband has declared that he simply can't be the father to daughters named Henrietta and Winnifred :)
Sorry for the novel! I would love your insight, impressions, and advice. I'm sure this conversation will develop quite a bit over the remaining months. Thanks!
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 10:07pm