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Oh thanks for that... I'd never heard of her, not having bought a sport illustrated type magazine in, well, ever.
Will keep that in mind!
I too can relate... same situation, though only 2 or 3 weeks left to go and still none the wiser. I'm still waiting for a name to really jump out and stick. Mind you, we don't know girl or boy so I guess that adds confusion.
I've taken the approach of leaving it alone for periods of time and seeing what still appeals after a break from thinking about it, and kind of hoping i'd hear a name and go "that's it!!". No such luck though. My own name was changed 4 days after I was born though, so I guess sometimes you just have to wait and have a look at the baby and see what sticks at that stage?
Good luck! Hope the perfect name comes to you soon!
Hmmm, yes, I do seem to like the K sound don't I? Casey... now that's a name we hadn't thought of. Hmmm, I like it. I went to school with a girl Casey and of course there is Casey Affleck who I find quite endearing, so might be an option both ways. Thanks, another to add to the contemplation list :)
Gerard as in Jerred, slightly more 'e' on first syllable than 'a'. Only thing i'm wary of with that is the propensity to shorten it to Gerry... bit naff and i'd probably end up doing it myself while simultaneously grimacing!
I quite like Tadgh also, and the bonus is there was a footballer from Co. Kerry who spent a good few years playing Aussie Rules in Sydney (for the team our family would go for), so the family at least would be familiar enough to cope. At worst they'd probably just end up making the 'dgh' silent and calling kiddo Tai. Not too offensive.
Thanks for the thoughts everyone! A few to distinctly remove from the list and a couple of extras to add :) Just praying one will stick easily when kiddo makes his or her arrival - head down and low but not quite engaged yet, so I sure hope they're not in there waiting for us to decide on a name or it'll be a tiresome Christmas! ;)
Olivia sits in the 30-40th place for the last 5 years or so... Not terrible. DH isn't quite on board with it sadly, not sure why but it gets the crinkled nose response.
Oh this naming thing is hard! Finding that elusive balance between known but not over used is a pain!
There's a good bit of crossover on popularity I've found between the US and Ireland suprisingly enough. With of course, the additions of the usual Irish names thrown in... but names like Hannah, Holly, Olivia etc do tend to be used often enough. Or at least they rank in the top 20 or so, but then when you look at the percentage rates they're actually all fairly small, like 2% or so... So maybe it's a case of chance if the kindy will be full of little Hannahs and Olivias ;)
I'm so disappointed about really not being able to use Fionn. The more I hear it the more I love it, but I just couldn't wish those kind of initials upon a child. Boo hiss!
Yup, Cian is pronounced that way - or perhaps a little more like Key-an. I suppose with accents it's essentially like Ian only with the K sound thrown in. It's actually funny, as not only are we throwing names around with an irish accent, but i'm an Aussie, so that changes the sound again. I find the "ah" ending names with the "Uh" start of the surname with an Aussie accent tends to have more problems with running on than the irish pronounciation (or at least the dublin one) of the surname starting with an "oo" sound. Oh the confusion!!
Liam and Conor are, looking at the stats, probably way too popular for me to really get on board with.
Caitlin - do you know I just remembered, when I was in high school in the 90's I actually used to try to use the name in any short stories I wrote... along with Teegan. Not sure how I feel about Teegan now!
Thanks for the input everyone! I think we've almost come to the conclusion we'll just have to wait until the baby is born before we have any idea what we'll be calling him or her. The pair of us are quite useless with this naming lark! 5 weeks to go, so hopefully some names will stick between now and then!
Thanks for the suggestions! I'll run some of the possibilities by the hubby and see if we can find one which will be a nice tribute to my grandad that we both won't grimace over :) Ah, naming... so much fun!
Thanks for that link! I'll have a good look and see what is there :)
Thanks everyone! Some really good ideas there, and you're right Chimu, I guess the surname doesn't change the sound of the first name in most cases too much to make them completely unrecognisable.
I'll run some of the name vs nn options past the hubbyman and see is there's any that he doesn't screw up his nose at... I love Charlotte, even with it's increasing popularity (which usually turns me off many of the nice names) but for some reason he just won't get on board with that one!
Maybe the child will have the decency to come out a boy and save us all this worry about finding just the right girls name! ;) Alternatively i'm just hoping that i'll clap eyes on him or her and the perfect name will spring to mind! Fingers crossed!
Thanks for your great input everyone :)