My husband, Jason, and I have 2 daughters, Jamri Nova and Avia Marie (2 first names) Poppy (middle name). We are expecting a baby due March 8, 2016 but can’t figure out what to name it if this is a girl! We like names that are not super common but something that will match up somewhat with the names of our current kids too. I have been throwing names at my husband for almost 9 months now and he hasn’t been satisfied with almost any of them. I’m running out of options and time.
Also we pay close attention to initials since our last name begins with an S (we thought of Ayla Scout S… Which leaves us with initials of A.S.S.)
Names I have thought of for a girl are:
Ayla or Elah
Cedar– I absolutely love, husband isn’t yet convinced
Willow– love but seems very popular
Serenity –we both don’t like this anymore
Fable–no longer a favorite
Romy–no longer a favorite
Scout– I love but husband says the poor girl will feel she has to be a “tomboy”
One name we had almost officially chosen for our girl was recently the name one of our friends chose for their baby girl born a few days ago (we hadn’t shared any names in advance so we were completely shocked they had the same name picked). The name was Finley. We feel too close to them to choose the same name they gave but still love the name so anything similar to that would be welcome too.
Thank-you in advance,
I like how you included names that used to be favorites but no longer are. It’s helpful because it keeps us from suggesting those same names, but also because it adds to the overall picture of your style. To work with this list, I’d start by crossing all those names off—but I’d leave them visible, because I think we’ll find them useful.
Brace yourself, because I’m in the mood today to start with big CHOPPING motions, like an explorer cutting swaths through a tangle of vines. I’m going to remove Olivia and Harper because I think you’ll find those too popular for your tastes: Olivia was #2 in 2014 and Harper was #11. I’m going to remove Evvie and Ayla for being so similar to Avia: Evvie in sound and Ayla in appearance. And I’m removing Emery for being too similar to Jamri. I’m removing Huxley, Judah, Mica, Ren, and Ollie for sounding like brother names in this sibset, and I’m going to add Ren back in as Wren. I’m taking out Cedar and Scout, at least until your husband changes his mind. Willow was #138 in popularity in 2014, which may or may not be too popular for your tastes; lets leave it in for now.
Let’s see what that leaves us with.
Trixie; Jamri, Avia Marie, and Trixie
Willow; Jamri, Avia Marie, and Willow
Wren; Jamri, Avia Marie, and Wren
Nava; Jamri, Avia Marie, and Nava
Ziva; Jamri, Avia Marie, and Ziva
Xumi; Jamri, Avia Marie, and Xumi
The ones I would LIKE to remove are Trixie and Xumi. I would like to see Trixie back in circulation as a sweet fairy/pixie nickname for Beatrix, but it feels too lightweight to me on its own. Xumi hits my ear as Zoomy.
Also, I didn’t notice during my first cut, but Nava are Ziva are quite close to Avia.
Willow does seem a little too familiar in this sibset. Wren might, too.
Let’s see what that leaves us with. …Oops. Too much cutting.
Well, let’s work now on building things back up. I see that you like the sound of the letter V: Nova, Avia, Evvie, Nava, Ziva, Olivia. And I see you like the sound of the letters X and Z: Trixie, Huxley, Xumi, Ziva. You like -a and -ie/y sounds/endings. You like contemporary sounds used in unusual combinations. You like word names, and a touch of whimsy. One of you likes unisex names but the other doesn’t seem to.
I want to bring back Mica from the original list. With that spelling, it doesn’t look boyish at all; and even the spelling Micah is sometimes used for girls. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Mica.
Or maybe take Ren, and instead of making it Wren, make it Renna or Wrenna or Reni or Rinna.
I wonder if Roxie feels more solid than Trixie. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Roxie.
Zola would be pretty, I think: Jamri, Avia Marie, and Zola. Or you could spell it Xola.
Instead of Finley, I wonder if you’d like Brinley or Linley. I particularly like Linley in this sibling group: Jamri, Avia Marie, and Linley. This may still feel way too close to your friends’ child’s name. Maybe Linden instead.
Or Quincy. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Quincy. That might not work with a surname beginning with the S sound.
Or Insley. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Insley.
Perhaps something like Arlie/Arley. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Arlie. I can’t tell if that fits well, or if’s too many repeated sounds.
Instead of Ayla, something like Aylin. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Aylin.
Idelyn (EYE-dah-lyn). Jamri, Avia Marie, and Idelyn.
Evanie has the sound of Evvie, but with another consonant to set it further apart from Avia. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Evanie.
Or Essa. Jamri, Avia Marie, and Essa. May not work with a surname beginning with S.