Girls Name - what do you think??

Huby & I are expecting a little girl in 3 wks & are still very undecided about a name (nothing really jumps out as "the one").  We have a 2yr old son named Nash Thomas & I guess you could say we like names that are not very common, but not so unusual that noone knows how to pronounce or spell them (& team it with a more traditional second name - like Thomas).  I also quite like names that are short & "strong" (When we named Nash, other names we liked included:  Clay, Levi, & Indy).

Would appreciiate any thoughts on the following:

Georgia Eden (we like it, but Georgia is just SO common now)

Indie Georgia

Eden Georgia (Edie is a cute nickname)

Gypsy Isabella (Gypsy was initially my favourite, until I discovered it is considered a racial slur in some European countries)

Stella Grace (Very common now)

Indiana Grace

Thanks in advance for taking the time to comment :)

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December 6, 2012 12:11 AM

Georgia Eden is lovely-my favorite from your list.  And Georgia is only ranked #305 on the SS names list and it's stayed pretty steady in the 300 range since 2000, so I wouldn't expect to see it climb much more.  Even if it does continue to climb, it's moving really slow & is therefore less likely to seem trendy or date stamped one day.   Is it possible you are just in a Georgia pocket?  

Indie Georgia is wonderful,  I had thought of suggesting Indy for a girl's name when I saw it had been on your list for boys.  However, I would prefer Indie as the nickname with a more formal birth certifcate name.  You could name her Indiana with the nickname Indie & use a different middle.  Indie could also be a nickname for Indigo, Indira or perhaps something like Melinda or Rosalind.  I actually really like Indigo for you.

Eden Georgia is also lovely, though I would be more concerned about its popularity than the popularity of Georgia.  Eden is ranked #833, which is up from #901 just since 2008.  It's a name I expect will continue to climb, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it climb & then fall quickly.  If what you really want is the nickname Edie, I'll suggest Edith.  Edie makes me think of Phoebe, maybe you'd like that?  The nickname Fi is also really cute.  & Fi makes me think of Fiona.

Gypsy Isabella-my least favorite of all your names.  Yes, Gypsy is used as a racial slur.  Here in the States I expect you'd also get a lot of people who think of it as a dog's name.  Something like Ginevra, Giselle or Ginger would give you similar starting sounds without the baggage.  

Stella Grace-another perfectly lovely name.  Again, I'd be more worried about the popularity of Stella than I would Georgia.  Stella is currently ranked #73 and it's up from #656 since 2000.  I expect it will continue to rise.

Indiana Grace-see my comments with Indie Georgia.  My only comment here is that Grace seems a little meh compared to some of your other names, especially when paired with Indiana.  Indiana Stella or Indiana Phoebe maybe?  

 

 

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December 6, 2012 6:23 AM

"NotAGuestAnymore" - thank you so much for taking the time to reply in so much detail. I really appreciate your comments (& I'm a little amazed anyone would bother to do so!).  I'm in Australia & only recently stumbled accross this great website. 

The popularity of names must be quite different down here, compared to in the US (which is surprising to me).  In Australia, Georgia is currently ranked #24;  Stella is at #42;  Indiana is #62;  Eden is #77.

I think the main reason I want to steer away from really common names is that in a school class of just 20 kids I was one of 3 Sallys (& was forever refered to as "Sally B").  So it's no big deal really :)

We may end up going with Georgia Eden though, because my late father's name was George Edward - so it would be a lovely tribute.

 

Thanks Again!

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December 6, 2012 10:44 AM

It does seem that name trends are very different in Australia.  Here in the States, Indiana doesn't even rank in the top 1000 names!

I think Georgia Eden would be a lovely tribute to your dad.  If popularity is a concern, maybe a nickname would help?  Gigi or Georgie or even Edie if you don't mind nicking after the middle name.

Good luck, and be sure to let us know what you finally decide on!

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December 6, 2012 9:38 AM

I really like Nash Thomas, and I like the naming strategy of one more unusual name and one more traditional name (we've done something similar with our kids).

None of the options you have listed really jumped out at me except Indie -- it seemed to me the best combination of a name you like and a good match as a sister to Nash. It seems incomplete or informal to me, though -- more nicknamey than a first name. What would you think of India, with the nn Indie? India Grace would be lovely imo. Or, given that your dad's name was George, what would you think of India George? Using a boy's name for a girl, especially in the middle spot, is not uncommon -- a celebrity here recently named his daughter Ava Jaymes -- and it would be the most direct tribute to your dad.

My second vote would be for Georgia as a fn. I'm not sure I like how it flows with Eden though -- what would you think of Georgia Grace? Or (and I'm really just letting my mind wander here) something like Georgia Star (instead of Stella, but same meaning and with a nice rhythm)? Finally, I do like Eden, and nn Edie is very sweet. Good luck!

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By hyz
December 6, 2012 2:07 PM

My favorite from your list is definitely Eden Georgia, because it is pretty and a bit unusual, and I agree with you that Edie is a cute nickname.  I also really like Georgia Eden, even more so now after hearing it is a tribute to your father (and a very attractive one at that), but Georgia's popularity where you live would be a considerable downside for me (although not a dealbreaker necessarily, just something that would weigh significantly in the decision).  Georgia still feels fresh and sweet here, but maybe it feels more trendy or tired where you are--you would know that better than we would, although we do have some Australian regulars who might be able to give you a more local opinion.  From my point of view, though, given the popularity of Georgia where you are, I'd go with Eden Georgia and still think of it as a perfectly great tribute to your dad. 

Stella Grace would be my next choice, although it feels a bit trendy here and it sounds like it's even more so where you are.  I really don't care for Indiana and Indie, I'm sorry to say, and I'm not entirely sure I can explain why.  They almost feel gimmicky or something to me, a little too cute and free-spirited and youthful and non-traditional (not that any of those things is bad individually, of course, just that Indie is too much for me all at once), too associated with the movie, and too associated with various dogs and horses I've known over the years called Indy.  It is also quite androgynous in my experience, which I don't prefer.  Gypsy would be at the far bottom of my list, because of the derogatory connotation.

I hate to sound too negative so, for the record, I really like Nash Thomas a lot, and I also like Levi and Clay very much.  I think either Eden or Georgia would make a lovely sister for Nash.  Other ideas for short and snappy/strong names that might go with Nash: Ada, Eve, Rose, June, Hazel, Eliza.

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December 6, 2012 2:11 PM

I Adore the name Georgia.

If someone handed me a girl to name today, I'd call her Georgia Pearl. I also love that it's a tribute name. I suppose you could also consider something like Georgina or Georgianna, or spell it Jorja (I'm not a fan of this, but Nash and Jorja looks appealing on paper).

I do not know any, but my sister, who lives in a very wealthy, hipster pocket knows several. I think it's Going to be big here-like with the people who were into Charlotte and Henry a couple years ago.

Nonetheless, as is often pointed out here, popular names in 2012 aren't like popular names in the 70s or 80s. Even the most popular names are only given to something like 2% of babes.

I would definitely eliminate Gypsy. It is very offensive in some circles and could be very limiting if your daughter were to travel.

I'm not a huge fan of Indie or Indiana. They have a certain cute, spunky quality, but I don't find them as pretty or timeless as your other choices. Indie Georgia also sounds like a place to me, as, of course, does Indiana, and I'm not generally a fan of place names. I believe there is a poster to this site who has a child called Indigo, which I might suggest. I've also long loved Lindy, which could be a nn for a number of longer choices.

I Love Stella, and would generally repeat all my comments re. Georgia. It would be my 2nd choice.

Eden is one of those names I can't quite decide about. I think it has a very appealing sound, but there is something about it that is a teensy bit child beauty pageant contestant (forgive me). I do love the nn Edie. You might consider something like Meredith

A few thoughts (apologies for repeats) Hattie, Alice, Scarlett, Farrah, June, Mae, Olive, Tessa, Story, Ever, Ember, Lark

 

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By mk
December 6, 2012 3:01 PM

Georgia Eden is by far my favorite, with Stella Grace a second. Indiana is too "place name" for me (though Georgia isn't).

Gypsy is considered a derogatory term in many areas so it's best to avoid it.

 

 

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December 6, 2012 6:35 PM

I'm with everyone else - Georgia Eden is lovely and by far my favorite of your list.

But I'm another American, so it sounds much fresher to me than it might to you. 

Would Georgianna or Georgette be any more distinctive?  It would be just as much a tribute to your father, but maybe a slightly less common variant?

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December 6, 2012 7:21 PM

i worked with a woman named after her grandfather i think her name was georgina pronounced george gina

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December 7, 2012 10:07 PM

Thank you all for your comments!  You all shared some really great points of view, many of which I hadn't considered previously.  Looks like Georgia is out in front atm (and you'll be pleased to know I have scrapped Gypsy).

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December 9, 2012 1:54 PM

from you initial list, i like Eden Georgia the best. however, if you decide to go with Georgia first, after your father, then i would like to suggest Gia as a nickname, since you indicated liking short, snappy names. my sister in law is named Georgia, and i call her Gia. by the way, as a side note, she is the first one i've met, but since having met her almost 7 years ago, i notice that any Georgias i see on tv or in life, are always extremely attractive, which i find to be a plus.

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December 11, 2012 1:07 AM

Many thanks for your input!  The nickname Gia you talk about, do you pronounce it "G. Ah" with a hard G sound, or "Gee-uh" with a soft g sound?  Hope that makes sense?!  In regards to Georgias being attractive - fingers crossed, though I"m not sure the genetics will hold up to that one lol!  Thanks again.

 

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December 10, 2012 4:19 AM

I've long had a slight crush on Eden. Though it isn't a name I would choose for myself, I love to see others choose it, and I agree the nn Edie is wonderful. It appears to be the least popular in Australia. 

I'm also from Australia and have known a few Georgias in the past few years - it seems quite popular, though anecdotally its use appears to be on the wane (I confess I haven't checked the stats). It is a lovely name - I just prefer Eden!

I'm also fond of Stella and though it appears I popular in the stats I've seen in the past few years, I'm yet to meet one.

I'm glad you have discounted Gypsy. It's the Home and Away association that kills it for me!

As for Indiana, whenever I hear the name I think of the line in the closing scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: "Indiana was a dog!" (It's when Indy confesses he took the name after the death of his beloved pet). I suspect that's just me... Indigo nn Indie gets past this issue for me. 

Good luck choosing and best wishes for all the excitement ahead!

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December 11, 2012 1:18 AM

Thank you Cee Cee.  I'm glad you reminded me about the dog reference to Indiana in the movie lol!  Loved that movie when it came out, but had forgotten all about that bit.  To be honest, Indiana is my least favourite from my list - just seems like it's trying a bit too hard to be different/exotic.  It's a bit of a mouthful for me too.  I just seem to prefer short names.  I do love Indie  (although I know a number of little Indie's already).  Maybe I need to try Indigo out on my hubby.

 

Yes, the Home & Away association to Gypsy is a big down side (I've not seen the show, but everyone seems to make that association), although not as big as the whole racial slur thing.  To make it even more weird, I have also been told that the Home & Away character Gypsy has the surname Nash ... & since my son's name is Nash that would be just too weird.  People would be thinking I was some sort of H&A groupie when if fact I haven't watched the show!

 

Thanks again!

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December 18, 2012 12:42 AM

I know I'm late on this, but I've been away.......... I'm another Australian and regular poster so I thought you might like my take on your choices.

I see you have discounted Gypsy, but the Home and Away reference kills it for me. The racial slur thing I didn't realise but that would knock it out for me once I knew.

I would knock out Stella Grace. I know a heap of Stella's and half of them have Grace as their middle name. It's VERY common.

Indianna is not uncommon but I don't love place names. That said I adore India and unlike other regular posters I think it's quite usable in Australia. India (nn Indie) has the feel I think you are looking for. I do know of both and India Lily and an India Rose if that gives you any inspiration.

Eden Georgia is probably my favourite for the feel you seem to be going for. I do know of 1 boy Eden but it mostly reads girl to me. I think Edie as a nickname is great and you could do 'just' Edie, although I like Eden nn Edie better. I personally don't care for Edith.

Georgia Eden is lovely and I only know 1 or 2 little Georgias. It doesn't seem like it's quite as good a fit as some of the other combos but the family connection trumps that.

Thinking of some other names that might fit your criteria (sorry for any repeats):

Ever

Gia

Poet

Sage

Zea

Aurora

Asha

Grier

Aster

Briar

Elka

Nell

All of these would sound good paired with something like Georgia for a middle name

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December 19, 2012 1:05 AM

Thank you Chimu.  I'm so glad you took the time to comment.  I'm still not much closer to a decision on this, and with 10 days til the baby is due I am just hoping it will become obvious when I see/hold her.  

You & I share similar opinions on the names I've suggested.  Gypsy, Stella, & Indiana are all off the table.  I seem to be tossing up between Eden Georgia & Georgia Eden, but as neither stands out as "THE ONE" I still browse name lists thinking an alternative name might "grab me.  I do love Indie as a nickname but no longer version grabs me either.

My reservations about Eden as a first name is that maybe I am trying too hard to be "different" & therefore choosing something I don't really LOVE.  Also, because it is so short, I worry it is not very feminine (in contrast to Georgia).  I agree it is a better fit with my son's name & the style we are going for though.

Conversely, my reservations with Georgia as a first name is that I am just picking a "safe " option.  I do really like the name & the connection to my father is great, but I feel that I could regret giving her a name that is so common (as our son's name is not very common I've had numerous people say "I can't wait to see what you call this one").

In any case, once we name her, that will be her name & everyone (including me lol) will soon get used to it.

Thanks again!

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December 19, 2012 4:42 AM

I think that both Georgia Eden and Eden Georgia are great combos, so you can't go wrong!  I think no matter which you choose you could use Edie as a nickname legitimately.

I can see that you are feeling a bit of pressure to live up to your son's slightly unusual name, but I think both are lovely choices and do 'go' with Nash.  Georgia is definitely more mainstream but it fits a similar vibe (to me anyway) so I don't think it's a lesser choice in any way.  

I like Georgia but are there any of the other George variants that interest you? Georgette, Georgiana, Jorja? Would they make the name feel a little less 'safe' and therefore more palatable?

I don't think Eden is trying too hard. It's not that out there or that uncommon, I doubt it would raise an eyebrow. If you don't love it though, that's a different matter. Do you love Edie? If so, then an Eden called exclusively Edie is fine. I do think it's better to have a longer name on the birth certificate, even if you aren't sure if you will ever use it. I know others disagree with this though. I think an Edie Georgia is also a good combo and I could get behind that if it suits you better.  

Lastly, I think you will know the right name for your little one when she arrives.  I went into the delivery suite with a veritable ton of options and it wasn't that hard to pick the 'right' name despite my fears of being stuck for weeks with no name. I suspect your little one will be either and Eden or a Georgia (or maybe something else altogether) and it will be obvious to you in the days after her birth.  

Good luck with the birth and I'm sure she will be well named!

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February 2, 2014 9:22 AM

Love all your name choices! They are very similar, some identical, to mine. I'm due with my second girl and Georgia is on our short list. I've always adored this name but am also fearing it may become too popular! Eden was on our list with my first but we ended up going with the Swedish name Elin (pronounced Ee-lyn) as an alternative. I was worried about the association with Tiger Wood's ex-wife but I'm glad it didn't steer me away because it's perfect! Other names we are toying with for this pregnancy are Lois (nickname Lo), Grey, Selma, and Lucille (nickname Lou). 

Adore Indie from your list!

Good luck!

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February 11, 2014 11:22 AM

(Note that this is an old thread that was "revived" by a spammer. The little girl the OP wanted a name for should now be over a year old.)