A sister for Jane
My husband and I are expecting our second child, a girl. Our naming styles vary quite a bit so we have a hard time finding middle ground. My husband is the kind of guy who gravitates toward names from the 80's/early 90's. He would happily name his children Melissa and Kyle and be done with it. I am a more eclectic namer. I like the "old lady" names and names with history, literary connection, and/or quirky interest. With a different partner, I might be naming kids after constellations and Greek muses, but with my husband I am looking more for classic English names that aren't too fussy or too overused.
Our first child is Jane Elizabeth. For a second girl I'd like a name that doesn't overshadow Jane's simplicity too much. I'd also like to find a name that doesn't relegate the sibset into the land of Snoozeville, but it can't be too weird or it will not appeal to my husband.
We have a few other constraints:
- The baby's last name will sound like the name Rhys. This pretty much eliminates names ending in R or the "S" sound. Bye, Alice. Bye, Beatrice. Bye, Eleanor.
- The baby's middle name must start with E, as all the cousins in her generation have E middles. We'd prefer to use a family name, either Evelyn or Ellen, but we are open to other E middles if they fit better with a first name that we love.
- We would like to avoid the first initials T, M, and J as they have been used by Rhys cousins and we'd prefer this baby to have different initials.
My husband has suggested:
Annabel (this is my favorite of his list)
Natalie (can't use because it's a cousin's kid)
Sarah (can't use because it's a cousin's kid)
My favorites at the moment:
Ida (thoroughly vetoed by my husband because of the potential teasing "Ida-ho")
My daughter (age 6) suggests:
Susannah (I actually kind of like this one)
I'd love some suggestions that I could bring to the table that might win my husband over, or thoughts on the names above!
Sun, 06/10/2012 - 1:24pm