Baby #1 Needs a Name

My husband and I are expecting our first in July. We are not finding out the gender, which is very exciting but daunting when it comes to names. I am very indecisive and feel overwhelmed about where to start. Between the two of us, we seem to like traditional names and some biblical names. We have the added twist of some family names that we would really love to use. Also, I am having trouble with names flowing with our one syllable last name (Wool).

Here are some names that we like so far:



Sabine/Sabina (husband's grandmother's name)


Audrey (my husband likes this as a middle name, I'm not sure)


Jane (not sure the husband is on board wit this one)




Luke (we both love it, but I'm not sure I like it with our last name; he does not like Lukas or Luca)




Eli (too popular for my liking)

Liam (again, too popular for my liking)

Karl (husband's grandfather's name)


Any suggestions/help for middle/first names is appreciated. I'm feeling very lost despite having 4 months left to choose a name. Thank you in advance!


March 16, 2014 12:14 AM

I like Audrey and Emelia with the last name Wool and I think Sabina sounds better with your last name than Sabine. Because Wool is a thing, names ending in y or ie sound like adjectives to me. Sophie Wool makes Sophie sound like "soft." I don't get that impression from Sophia.

I love the name Luke too, but I'm not sure it works with surname Wool. My first impression was luke warm.

Henry sort of falls into the adjective category. Harry is a common nickname for Henry and I'm not to keen on Harry Wool. Depending on where you live this may not be an issue. In the UK, he most certainly would be nn Harry.

I like all of the boys names that end in a consonant. Elliott and Karl are my faves with Wool.

March 16, 2014 11:04 AM

How are you pronouncing Sabina/Sabine?  To me they are pronounced the same.  I have never met a Sabina, but I did know a Sabine (Suh-bee-nah).  Or are you saying Sabine as Say-bine, rhyming with vine, as in the Sabine women?

March 16, 2014 11:21 AM

I would've thought Sabine was pronounced like Chritine and Sabina like Christina.

March 16, 2014 12:40 PM

Not necessarily.  Sabine in German is pronounced  with three syllables and in French with two.  The Sabine I knew pronounced it with three, and that is my default pronunciation unless the name is borne by a French-speaking person.  In the non-French Romance and Slavic languages the spelling is Sabina, and the pronunciation of course in three syllables.  I thought maybe you were pronouncing Sabine like the adjective as in Sabine women (SAY-bine as in vine), but I have never heard the personal name pronounced that way.

March 16, 2014 7:55 PM

My husband's grandmother's name was Sabine and was pronounced Zah-been-eh (the three syllable German way). We have been leaning toward Sabina just for the ease of American pronunciation.

By mk
March 16, 2014 4:54 PM

Me too. The only Sabine I have ever known pronounced it Suh-been, as opposed to Sabina (Suh-bee-nah). So that would be my default if I saw it written down. Interesting that they could be pronounced the same, depending on the person.

I like Emelia and Audrey best. I think Sabine/Sabina sounds nice as a middle name for Audrey.

March 16, 2014 10:14 AM

I think, out of all your lovely boy choices, it's Karl that goes best with the surname Wool. As for the girls names, I love Sabina and think Audrey would be a nice middle name for it. Otherwise, only Jane sounds good with Wool to my ear, maybe Sabina Jane if you don't like Audrey?

March 17, 2014 4:26 PM

My husband's first choice is Sabina Audrey, so maybe it will grow on me:) Thank you for your suggestions!

March 18, 2014 10:51 PM

Matthias or Elliott Wool would be really nice. I'd lean towards Elliott because Matthias would almost inevitably become Matt. If you like Matt, then go for it. As for the girls, Emelia the best. Emelia Wool is very pretty. 



March 20, 2014 6:11 PM

Thank you for your input:)

May 7, 2014 7:48 PM

I'm still undecided. I've created a list of names that I've accumulated and I think I like. I feel like I just keep saying names enough that they sound ok. Feel free to give your honest opinion and to mix & match them:)

Family names:

Sabine, Teresa, Ana, Joan, Grace, Patrica, Donette, Margaret, Charlotte, Diane

Walter, Francis/Frank, Howard, Ludwig/Louis, Karl, John, Michael, Daniel



Sabina Terese

Amalie Jane

Ana Elizabeth

Lenora Grace

Sophia Louise

Evaline Arden

Nora Audrey

Elaina Joan

Margaret Rose

Lauren Mae

Ada Patrice



Karl Andrew

Elijah Louis

Elliott James

Daniel Emerson

Micah Christopher

Lucas Grant

Adam Elias

Jonathan Francis

Matthias John

Evan Patrick

Samuel Ethan

Davis Henry


Thanks for entertaining my insanity:)

May 7, 2014 7:53 PM

I am going to be no help, because I think every single one of those names, alone and in combination, would be an excellent choice. I just wanted to say that Margaret Rose was the name of Queen Elizabeth's sister, and, at least in her younger days, she was often referred to by both names, i.e., Princess Margaret Rose. I have no idea whether that would make a difference to you one way or the other, but there it is.

May 8, 2014 2:20 AM

Yep--not a stinker in the bunch. This is a long list of absolutely gorgeous names.

May 9, 2014 9:19 PM

:) You're too kind! Thank you for reassuring me!

May 9, 2014 9:18 PM

Aw, thanks. Also, good point on Margaret Rose...