I am expecting my 2nd (mystery) baby in July, and my husband and I are having trouble finding a girls name that we both like, and that doesn?t sound ridiculous with our daughter?s name.
She is Isla Marie, and our last name has the same long ?I? sound, so my old favorite of Violet is definitely out! (I named my mother's cat that 8 years ago, so at least I got some use!)
We have a few rules/guidelines that have come up in our name discussions: 1. Something we can both say the same (I'm American, he's English) 2. Nothing too frou-frou (would two girls with names ending in '-a' be too much?) 3. Nothing too wacky (his vote) 4. Nothing too boring (my vote) 5. We like names that are a little unusual, maybe just because they are a bit older (e.g. Leif, Heath). But we aren?t opposed to trendy names if we really like them (e.g. Isla).
We do have a pretty good idea with a boys name, though we are completely finished with it, probably Heath something or Lucas Heath. (I do realize that Heath is a controversial name on the Mumsnet board, but we like it.)
We?ve been batting around a few names, Freya, Iris, Siena, Siri, Fern but nothing has struck either one of us as "Ah ha!"
If this gets anyone's creative juices going, I'd love to hear suggestions! I am going cross-eyed from staring at baby names.
Thank you all for your suggestions! Sorry to be so long in saying that. We moved, celebrated a first birthday, had in-laws visiting, and still had work at the same time.
Your suggestions really got us thinking again. I love Esme. I was in the maternity ward with a baby Esme last year. Laurel, Lucy, Lara, Faye, Eden (Edie!), and Astrid, I love!
We have a cousin named Tasmin, which I thought was really cool, but makes Tamsin perfect for confusion. And we both liked Scarlett (another name we met on a new baby in the maternity ward last year), but couldn't figure out how to shorten it. (Lettie was out because of the American t's as d's to British ears.) I also really liked Iona, but I wasn't sure if that was a little too Scottish Isles (when combined with Isla) for an Anglo-American family in England.
Thank you all again for helping us to get out of our name rut!