Brainstorming baby #2
Long time lurker here. I regularly visit for the linguistic and history lessons from the wise posters, despite not having named a child in well over four years.
Well, after the election threw us for a loop, my husband and I said screw it, let's do something life-affirming, and here we are, swiftly pregnant.
Of all the parts of being pregnant, the naming process is the most delicious to me--all those possible futures! All those letters and sounds! Unfortunately, my common tale of woe is that my husband is pretty closed-minded about what he likes, and he has never suggested a name in all of our discussions over the years, except in jest. He is perfectly happy to veto, though.
So I want to take him a list of names that maybe he won't uniformly hate?
Our daughter's name is Iris. I adore it's simple spunkiness and it's multiple meanings, botanical, anatomical, mythological and scientific. This will definitely be our last child.
Below are some names on my lists with a few annotations. I would LOVE further suggestions, input, whatever!
*this is a very hard category for me, since there are few names I love that work for a mixed Jewish/formerly Christian couple. "Goyishe" names like Christopher, William or the like are emphatically OUT.
Clark - this is by far my favorite. Really matches the feel of iris for me, but the last name begins with K - two syllables, and sounds a bit "Clark Kent"/alliterative. I may be able to get over this.
Joel - I like this name. My husband is on board, but I don't love it. I hate the ambiguity of the middle vowels. People will say Joe-el and Jole I fear. I don't prefer one or the other, but I hate the in-betweenness of it.
Clive - too hipster? Too alliterative?
Ansel - too hipster?
*middle name will be Simone for family reasons
Beatrice - was in love, bit ardor has cooled. Would be tempted by nickname Trixie even though this belongs to Beatrix
June - I think I could get my husband on board for this, but it lacks some of the flavor of Iris. I would love to go with Juniper, nn June, but my husband thinks I'm a crazy person.
Tamsin - though not the full Thomasina. My husband is NOT into
Miranda - love those Shakespearean names
Moriah - too associated with La Carey?
Viola - see Miranda
Helen - same first initial as me. That's a strike against it.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:17am