Henry's no-name sister is HERE!!! :)
UPDATE! I posted in the Birth Annoucements forum! Thanks again for your help!
I can't believe I've gotten this far into the pregnancy without us deciding on a name. We chose Henry before we were ever married, and though it's gotten insanely popular in the 12 years since he was born, we still love it completely and are quite happy with our choice. I feel guilty -- and fearful! -- that this baby could come at any moment and we haven't settled on her name. I don't want to hold her for the first time without knowing "who" she is, particularly because we "knew" Henry before we knew he was a he!
Having such a huge age gap has complicated this process, for me, at least. DH would be happy to name her Violet or Alice, but the revival of "antique" names in recent years has turned me off to what might be real contenders. We liked that, in 1999, Henry was "common" but not "trendy." Though none of our family or friends approved of the choice back then, we're glad we stuck to our guns and are willing to go back out on that limb to find the perfect name for our girl. And I feel like sticking with the Henry-ish "timeless" names will only yield ones that I veto due to overuse.
Here are some names we've discussed, including some that have already been nixed because I can't get past the popularity issue!:
Viola (though I think this is a nice compromise to Violet, and I love the Shakespeare connection, I'm sure it would be constantly mispronounced)
Some we like but can't use for various reasons: Coraline, Cordelia, Frances, Greta, Louise, Mabel, Martha
If baby was a boy, he'd have been Felix Edward, after my great-grandfather and DH's favorite uncle, respectively.
Thoughts? I don't necessarily mind names that are "on the verge," but I would rather have a few years' delay before her name reached ubiquitousness, as we did with big brother's name. :)
EDITED TO ADD: How do you pronounce Viola? I've always heard it in Twelfth Night as VIE-a-la (somewhere between a "T-less" Violet and Lila). But I know a lot of people say vee-OH-la, vie-OH-la, etc.
Tue, 04/10/2012 - 10:26pm