Naming my first (and probably only!) baby
We found out that we are having a girl this week, and even though I had a name picked out for either a boy or a girl before that, I am starting to wonder about my choice.
I really want to give the baby a name with family connections, and I want a name that is semi-German/Hebrew/Biblical to represent my heritage, without being used only in that context (since my husband, and the baby's last name, are Korean). Also, since the last name is very common, I also wanted the name to be slightly distinctive without being so uncommon that anyone could track everything about them on Google. I kept my maiden name, and it is uncommon enough that, according to Google and Facebook, I am the only one with that first & last name combo in the world... which I've found kind of frustrating because everyone can find me instantly online. Finally, like all Korean last names, the last name is very short and one syllable, so I wanted a first name that was longer than one syllable so that it wouldn't sound too clippy.
So... for a boy, I was very set on Michael. Stylistically it's a little too plain for me, and Mike broke the no-one-syllable-names rule, but my brother, who died several years ago, was named Michael and I really wanted to name a boy after him. But since we're not having a boy, it doesn't matter.
For a girl, I had decided on Madgalena, my great-grandmother's name, and the nicknames Maggie or Lena. My husband's last name starts with an L, and I thought the alliteration of Lena was pretty. I still really like both Maggie and Lena, but I am not sure that I am in love with the whole name, Madgalena. I like it, and I like the history of it (both in my family and overall), but I feel like it's a little clunky.
There aren't really a lot of other great names in my recent family tree... there's Mary, several times and in several combos, as well as Theresa, Alice, Virginia, Alta, Mae, and Rita. I like Mae, but I thought it was too clippy and would sound like one word, given the baby's last name. My middle name is Ann, and so is my mother's, so I also thought about Anna (maybe too plain, given the last name) or some Ann- or Anna- combination, like Anastasia (a little too Russian) or Annabelle (but the -belle trend, plus the Edgar Allen Poe poem, ruled that out). I thought about Annamae, but that was the name of my grandfather's girlfriend, after my grandmother died, and although everybody liked her well enough, I think it would be a strange choice to name a baby "after" her.
So... two questions:
(1) What do you all think of Madgalena (nn Lena or Maggie)?
(2) Looking at the names above, is there anything that I have missed that's a possibility?
Sat, 05/05/2012 - 2:30pm