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Thanks so much for all the opinions guys! That was exactly what I was thinking, but needed the little added assurance that Lucy and Annabelle maybe go together a little too well and a little too sweetly. I also agree that Lucia or other first names would help with that less cutesy feel, but my husband and I were never able to compromise on our favorite longer version for Lucy, so just Lucy it is. Will keep you posted on the middle name. Josephine and Eleanor were just examples of more serious/weighty ideas -- Eleanor was just used by my sister for my niece, Beatrix Eleanor, so I don't think that's actually in the running.
Congratulations RobynT and Jane mother of now 6!! RobynT, that is EXACTLY the same feeling I had when we found out there was really going to be an actual living being to give a name to!!! Something that had been SO enjoyable, suddenly became quite daunting. Gooood luck!
Or while on lead singers, there's also Bono of course. Haha
another Laura re: Bonnie... I knew a boy growing up named Bowen... seems like a doable jump from Bonnie.
I am 3.5 weeks away from baby being born! I think I'm right around the same time as a couple others expecting on this board and also feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to get ready so haven't been commenting much at all! We are going with Lucy (in honor of my grandfather, Lewis - relevant to this topic!) but haven't told anyone yet. Middle name is still up for debate a little bit. Would love some feedback if anyone is willing!
Main contenders are Lucy Annabelle and Lucy Amelia, but our last name begins with K so I feel slightly bad about giving the initials LAK. Last name is only one syllable, so I like something with a little length to it. But do you find Annabelle with Lucy on the cutesy side? Part of me thinks with a name like Lucy, I need a more serious name to weight it down in the middle, like Eleanor or Josephine for example. Any thoughts, NEs?
Excellent point, what shall we deem her instead of Boo? The other quandary about the Toy Story movies was the toys all always go by their toy name - given by the manufacturer, so Barbie was just Barbie, etc, but I was surprised Andy's sister didn't have multiple Barbies with different names, or that Woody and Buzz didn't run into other Woody and Buzz toys with the same names when they went to the daycare center.
I've never been a big Alice or Oz fan, book or movie, but I must say my recent experience with this kind of character naming came up when seeing Toy Story 3... My husband and I both fell in love with the little girl introduced in the movie (I think we both secretly thought about our soon to be daughter, who will almost definitely look similarly with the brown hair and hazel eyes, and will hopefully have a similar personality) and were both hoping she'd have an adorably fitting name... weren't too excited by Pixar's choice of "Bonnie." Haha, I think its endearing now on the character, but certainly not what I would have pegged her!
From the last post: 4forme - I like Annabelle June, too! Also, Annabelle being our 2nd runner up for so long, our mn choice was Mae for her. The cute sassy mns fit well with it for me. June probably would have been up there for us but it rhymes with our ln so it was off the list.
Allison - other runners up on our list were Annabelle (as just mentioned, haha), plus Penelope, Susannah, Leah, Clara, and Natalie. Charlotte was another we liked, but I liked Charlie for a future potential boy, so I didn't want to get too close. Now with trying to decide on the mn, I like Annabelle best with Lucy, but we're nervous about using our top 2 favorite names in one kid and not finding anything for future girls! Our other possibilities are Lucy Amelia and Lucy Susannah.
Allison - I sympathize! We are about 12 weeks away at this point, naming has been one of the most stressful things, and your list looks very similar to mine! In fact, we are pretty much decided now, Lucy!, but seeing your list makes me feel twinges of regret at not using some of my runners up that are on your list too. I'll be happy to hear which one you end up with.
Do you have a middle name idea yet? That's our hang up now. I thought we wanted to honor a family member, but we started getting worried about which side of which family to try to honor, so we may end up just finding something that flows nicely.
My siblings and I would be:
Lewis, Vincent, Dale, Maxine, Molly, and Emily
Ha! Makes me laugh, especially because I really do have 5 siblings - 3 girls and 3 boys, so I can dole out one of these names to each of my siblings and its entertaining. I guess I'd get Molly, which I think totally works for me... unfortunately her real name is Mildred, so I might have gotten saddled with that in reality, but I would have gone by Molly like she did too!
I know a late 20s female Dale in Maryland, but if not for her I don't think anyone of my generation knows of the female association... My dad's generation is another story though. He liked Roy Rogers as a kid, and I believe Dale Evans married Roy Rogers, so it was definitely a girl association for him.
Oh, interesting Valerie! My 6 kids would be:
ehhh, I'm not crazy about it, haha. :)
Love the article on fictional characters' real names. I knew a few of those... like Aloysius Snuffleupagus! But not Guy Smiley's real name being Bernie!
I pronounce Violet with 3 syllables, and I'm a little torn on my vote between Violet Emily and Iris Emily. I like Violet Emily better, but agree that Iris is more unexpected and interesting.
Dale is my dad's name, so I tend to have good associations with it - he is a great guy, but at the same time 1. he hates his name and has told us he would never want any baby named after him. He has said that he hates it because its a girl name and it gets confused for Dave constantly. And 2. I do understand people's hick-ish associations with it. The Nascar driver and the cowgirl, Dale Evans. For my father's parents, it was a family name in rural Pennsylvania. He also has a brother, Thomas for what its worth.
I like Averitt and wouldn't worry at all about the girl Avery. They are clearly different and Averitt is clearly masculine to me even though its not a name I'm familiar with, thanks to Everett.
Over the weekend, while contemplating my continued love of "Lucy" but dislike for many of its full name options, I was thinking about how Lily has Lillian, but when Lucy tries on that ending she jumps over to the masculine Lucian. Was Lillian ever originally a boy's name?
Wow, I knew it was based on a book but had no clue at all that they were intended to be nicknames!
Excellent research and commentary, Laura, but I'm guessing the poster of it was probably coming from the movie, Where the Heart Is (the one with Natalie Portman and the "Wal-mart baby" a few years back) where she wants a "good, strong name" for her baby girl and goes with Americus. :) She's very southern, very rural as you referenced. Actually, for NEs, the movie also has Ashley Judd's character name all of her many kids after snack foods! I can't remember any except for Brownie, but they're entertaining.
KRC - the only Astrid I've ever known has dark hair and blue eyes!
Kimberly - I forgot to add my comment before, but while I was first thinking I'd probably avoid the BRA initials myself, when I read that Ruth was in honor of your mother I decided it was worth it. And I agree with hyz that if you throw Eleanor in there as well using all 4 initials will be easy enough in most cases. The only thing is that there are some official forms or semi-official forms that just won't allow for a second middle name, so you or she would have to pick one. But at that point, it would most likely be a formality and on paper, so less worrisome for BRA teasing potentially.
...And speaking as a former BS and now wife to a JRK, if she has a good sense of humor I think BRA can be a fun ice-breaker!
Oh man, I'm soo behind! But I only ever thought Alistair was STAYR, so add me to the minority!! I think my only association in real life may have been with Cookie's Monsterpiece Theater!!! Hahahaha.
Random Gordon anecdote: I hired an older guy at my job recently who while doing paperwork explained to me that though his real name is Henry, he hates it and only goes by Gordon. It took me back at first, as I think Henry is such a nice name and I'm not really a fan of Gordon.
My associations with Carmen are also 1st the opera, and 2nd the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Latino) character, oddly enough. But I think I like it as a name regardless.
I actually really like Eileen! That's one of those oddities, like Rachel young namer was just talking about, where a lot of my favorite names go together style wise and then there are some that others may think of as dated but for some reason I don't have that association with them and just like them a lot! And I think Eileen Elizabeth sounds super lovely!
emilyrae - I can't remember what I ended up jotting down for my answers to the name game, but all of your answers are right on... as in, if I didn't go with one of your answers as my final answer, it was definitely one I was considering. Just saying... good taste!!!!
KVS -- I also love Annabelle Jane. Annabelle is tied for my #1 name for my girl due in October. We'd go with Annie for the nickname. Can't figure out the middle name we'd go with yet, since one of the frontrunners for middle names is Susannah and I can't see having the anna sound repeated that closely. I totally understand worrying about pregnant gut decisions! I wanted to have names all totally decided on before even getting pregnant just to be on the safe side, ha!
Chimu: I like your feedback on Penelope... my husband's still hoping for it, and I do think Penny is adorable, plus Nell, etc, for nicknames, I just can't really come to terms with the full name Penelope. Plus, our last name is like Koons, and Penelope Koons reminds me very much of Penelope Cruz.
Most of these have already been done, but I'd have to go with:
Month: June (though I could never actually use this in real life with last name Koons!)
Day: Sunday (maybe I'd go Sundae to tie in a *whimsical* ice cream theme, hahaha)
Season: Can I just go with Season? Its kind of like Susan or Sampson, eh...
Flower: I love any variant name of Rose
Bird: Wren, girl, Jay, boy
-Bubble Bee: I know, they really think they're just coming up with these original names for the first time! I'm half excited to hear them and half driven crazy!
I agree, Clementine would still seem very interesting and fun on a baby today to me. I don't know if it'd fall under whimsical for me though. I think of whimsical as fun names like that but with a little more fluff or frill, like Esperanza or someone mentioned flower names which seem to work well in my head for whimsy, too.
Yay I'm glad for you, Empathy! I do LOVE Mabel Susannah! (We're hoping to use Susannah as a mn, though my hubby would like it as the fn.) Are you and DH solidly sure that's it now? I can't imagine what a fantastic feeling that will be if I ever get to that point... hopefully before the kid is a month old, you know.
I felt like we had a shortlist going of favorite girl names we could agree on, and then today my DH throws me for a loop picking all kinds of interesting great names out of BNW2 that he doesn't recall previously shooting down. I feel so confused! He's usually such a traditionalist and yet today he throws out Juniper and Adelaide!