Thursday, August 31, 2006

Names?

It's not that we've ever come up with a definite name for a child before it emerged, but I do wonder with only about six weeks to go, if I ought to start thinking about names. We don't want the child to be two and still be going by Baby Boy or Baby Girl Adams.

The problems are as follows: there aren't a lot of boy's names out there that I really like and that meet my criteria of falling below the Top 100 names from the annual SSA list, my husband is still hoping for St. John, one of my favorite boy's names is on the top ten list for France, I've used up another favorite boy's name as my son's middle name, I've used both my favorite girl's names on my daughters, and my friends inform me that I can't possibly use Jemima even if I do promise to call her Jemma.

So I leave it to you all to make suggestions, which will all, no doubt, be roundly rejected. Of course, one must keep in mind that the name must go well with those of its siblings, sound like an Anglophile named the child, and not have a ridiculous set of initials when paired with a last name that makes every set of initials sound like some sort of organization.

24 comments:

Meredith said...

My husband wouldn't believe me when I told him Jemima was an often-used, uppercrust British name. It's also used where my MIL lives, but, as she put it, everything sounds better with the title "Lady" in front of it!

Janis Gore said...

I take it "Adam" is not on your list.
I can't think of but one "Paul" in my life, and he's my brother.

earthgirl said...

I would have named a girl Margaret. It is my sister's name and my grandmother's name, both exceptional women. My sister was nicknamed Peggy by my grandmother, but I like Margaret, or Maggie, or Meg. yes, a "Little Woman" name. Have I convinced you?

Ellen said...

Anglophile? Ok, I'm pulling out all the stops here...
Boys: Nigel, Rupert, Eustace, Arthur
Girls: I would have suggested Hermione, except for a certain book series, Millicent, Eugenia, and for what it's worth, I like (girls names are harder...)

Ellen said...

Ok, that should say "I like Jemima"

Amy said...

Being that we are "John" and "Amy," we tried also to pick names that weren't the most popular-but not too off-beat. My current favorite girls' names are Clara and Audrey. Boys' names are so much harder for us!!! No personal favorites being that we used them on Bentley. Actually, Maggie's middle name is a boy's name as well-Brett. Have fun figuring out the perfect moniker for the little one!

amy said...

i'm partial to literary names. i recently re-watched "much ado about nothing" and fell in love with the name "hero" for a girl - also re-read "gift of the magi" and thought that "della" is a lovely name and namesake.
i'm also a fan of the old nature names and have, at one time or another considered ruby, rose, daisy, and fern.

dcrmom said...

Henry
Charlotte

Tricia said...

I have to confess to not knowing your oldest two kiddos' names! But, here goes: my two best girl suggestions: Amelia (and yes, I know it's on the list, way down, but still - I never meet any Amelias!) and Charlotte. I found boy names harder to choose, but maybe that's because we had to come up with three different combinations! What about Albert or Elliot?

skinnydan said...

Boys names: Ethelbert; Athelstan; Gunderic; Gunthamund
Girls names: Hildegard; Placidia; Hrothwaru; Wulfgifu
What? What?
[I used to do this to Mrs. Skinny everytime she suggested something I hated. Incidentally, I got the last two girls names from this list of Saxon women's names.

Jordana said...

Interesting suggestions -- some won't work, like Henry, because I have a nephew with that name. And Albert is the name of my least favorite uncle and cousin...
And Dan -- while The Middle Girl's name is the name of a queen from the 1300s, I don't think I'm willing to go back much further than that in my consideration for names. :)

Sarah said...

How about Gemma for a girl? And, obviously, Quintard for a boy.

chewymom said...

I don't know where these fall on the list, but my Anglophile relatives (one of whom lives in London) have used Elliot and Julian (calls him "Jules") for boys and Margaret (Meg) for a girl.

steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) said...

Jemima PuddleDuck Adams has a nice ring to it. FYI, our son and daughter-in-law haven't picked out a girl's name yet for their's, but they've got 'til November. Her family is wishing hard for a boy.

Tom Jackson said...

I'd recommend Michael, which combined with The Boy's name is about as Anglophile as you can get, except that it fails the SSA non-popularity test.

Tom Jackson said...

Ooops. Clarification:
I was referring to "Michael and George," as in KCMG.
Not George Michael. Not. Not.

patricia said...

Jemima is a perfectly good modern name :-)
I also like Alice, Catherine, Rose, Louise, Jeanne, Emerentiana... saints names, all, I guess.
For boys, Kilian, Eugene, Benedict (of course!), Dominic, Tobias...
Which brings to mind the thought that you might have fun cruising some of the indices to saints on the Web, if only for a peek at names you will certainly not be using: Athanasius, Rogatian, Wiltrudis, Expeditus...
http://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php
is one long list to check out. (Yes, being able to bear up gracefully with an excruciating name does seem to be one metric of saintliness ;-) )

Ree said...

My good friend's name is "Jude." I have always loved that name and it works for a boy or a girl.
My great grandmother's name was "Forest." Since my kids are Wolf and Scout (really), I always thought Forest would fit in nicely if we have more children. But I can see how many people think it's a little odd, plus there's that whole Tom Hanks, Run Forest Run thing.
Good luck.

s said...

My dd's name is Rosamond, which is English and (of course) a wonderful name.

Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady said...

I always loved Hannah Katherine -- if I'd had another girl, that's what she'd have been named.
For boys, I love Everett.

Steve the LLamabutcher said...

Grizzly.
Oh, come on, that was low-hanging fruit. Sue me.
It's not like I suggested Henry Charles Adams.

skinnydan said...

Or John Quincy Adams, for that matter.

Jordana said...

Or Sam Adams...
Not that having a brewer and patriot in the family is such a bad thing.

Holly said...

I'm due in about 5 weeks myself, and having 4 boys already I think if I had to pick another boy's name I'd be lost. They tell me this time it's a girl, so I'm going with the name Vivianne if they are right (won't hold my breath...gotta see to believe), and if it does turn out to be a boy, maybe...Quinn? So, those are my suggestions :)

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