My maiden last name was pretty normal, boring, easy to spell. So is my first name. I went to university with a lot of international students. The profs would struggle at roll call and then I could see them breath a sigh of relief when they came to my name. LOL. Easy to read, easy to spell, BUT Unique, those are my goals!
I love everyone's names so far. I think middle names should go with the first name, compliment it, and not end the same. So as far as us its been a battle. We could agree on a the boys name Clayton (clay) but found out we are having a girl. lol so its a kinda long story but here is where we are with it.
I like unique names because I enjoyed growing up being the only Kia i knew. So i like .Hadley, Avery, Zadie, and Aliya
Jake suggested the names Zoey, Cloey, Emma, and Arieanna (Arie) I wont use Zoey or Cloey... dont care for them myself.
So the night he suggested names we asked Elora what the baby's name should start with and she said "E" (she can say E and I because we spell her name and sing Old Mcdonald alot). So i turned to jake and said "Emma?" Elora then pointed at my belly and said "Emma" and continued to do so the entire night. I suggested Emmalyn because I love that name too and he said we could do Emma Lynn.
I told my mom and sisters about it and found out it was my grandfathers mothers name! I got the chills because I am named after my Grandmothers Grandmother and then this baby would be after her Grandmothers mother too! So I agreed to use it but....
The next day I was looking into the name Emma and found out it has been in the top 3 for 4 years running! Gerrr. But I really love Emmalyn Marie tho DH wont even talk about names anymore because in his mind we have named her. He doesnt like unique names at all. What do we do!
Kia: I'm all about trying to avoid most popular names but if you love it, you love it! Keep in mind that the top name is less used than the top names were 20-30 years ago by a lot (look up the # of births by name and compare last year to the year you were born). I have a friend with an Olivia which was #1 or 2 the year she was born but she's never met another one yet. Does that make sense? But being someone who had AT LEAST 3 girls with the same name in school every year, I understand the concern. By the way, I love Clay for a boy but it sounds horrendous with our last name.
If it's a boy I am pretty sure we are going to do Noah. and I'd like to use DH's middle name, so it would be Noah Bryant. As for a girl we had originally decided to do Heather (which is the name of a friend of mine htat was killed in an accident right after high school...but we would request permission from her parents and sister as we are very clsoe with them and don't want to upset them) Im also not a fan that there aren't really any nicknames for Heather. (that I am aware of) the middle name of the girl is going to be Ann. It is my grandmothers, mothers and my middle name. I want to continue that tradition. However that would mean the initials would be HAW and I a m not sure I like that. I am stuck on girls names. the only other one I REALLY liked was Chelsea. and my niece who is due the month before me is doing Chelsea Michelle. My cousin (who is due 3 weeks before me) is doing Julianne Elizabeth and Jackson Kenneth depending on which they have. (which takes away the Elizabeth I liked too. I don't want ot use the same names that are alreayd in our family as our family is too confusing as it is! I have 3 Aunt Karens, there are multiple Matthews, Jims etc. I also hated that my name was so unique and no one ever got it right.. or did and had tons of jokes to go with it. so I dont want anything tOO unique.... I need to look into girls names becase that is what my gut is telling me
Heather is a GREAT name! I love it!
Nicknames don't have to come directly from the name. When I was a baby my nickname was Chuckles. My dad calls me "Heathe" sometimes but that's really just his nickname for me.
As for initials, I was HAR now I'm HAH. Tee hee. SO funny! HAW isn't bad. Besides, how often do you write initials anyways?
There are some really great names being tossed around! I think this board are going to have the best names!!
We are not finding out what we are having, so we need to get two names sorted.
We have so many rules, few names fit what we want.
1. Nothing in the top 10.
2. Nothing with 12 alternative spellings.
3. Nothing with a nickname. We name them what they are going to be called. People were flipping furious that we chose Tori Beth, not Victoria Elizabeth. Oh well!
4. Nothing so off the wall that people wonder how to pronounce it but nothing so common that there will be a six of them on the basketball team (failed with Lucas--one play group he's in has Lucas, Lucas and Luca. Grr!).
5. I prefer to follow the syllable pattern we already have. Two syllable, one syllable. But this is not a 100% deal breaker.
My top boys names are:
My girls names are nothing I really truly love so far. And many don't have middle names.
Morgan Jane (a bit too popular but it's my grandmothers maiden name so it's special--her name before marriage was Janet Morgan)
Molly (I love Molly but my mom has a stupid dog named Molly. Grrr!!!)
One of the big things we are doing now is yelling the names with our kids "Tori, Lucas, Henry, get in the car!" And trying to see what sounds most natural.