Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
A remarkably rich roster of new babyberries in this month’s report. First of all, three sets of gorgeously named twins, two girl pairs and one boy:
And we can’t help noting the even greater than usual profusion of floral and other nature names among these newbies and their sibs—Amaryllis, Marigold, Willow, Posey, Juniper…also nice to see the return of Jemima and Jethro.
Here is the full list of announcements posted on the forum in September.
My husband and I have decided not to find out the sex of our baby. We’re excited about the surprise, but are struggling to pick out both a boy and a girl name.
Our daughter is Leena Gray. We picked Leena because it is familiar to my husband’s Indian family but still accessible to mine, it has some global recognition, and it fit our criteria of being recognizable but not common.
Her middle was going to be Elizabeth (a family name), but a couple months before she was born we decided on Gray instead, after my dad Gary. I’m really glad we did, as I love the juxtaposition between the more traditional and unexpected names. I also really like the family connection. I was named after my great grandmother and have always appreciated having a story behind my name selection.
For the next baby, our criteria are the same, but we’re not necessarily committed to an Indian name.
Despite all that, my favorite right now for a girl is Violet (which my husband is not a fan of). His favorite is Ivy – I’m not sure where the botanical connection is coming from – which I like, but just doesn’t feel quite like “the name”. Perhaps with the right middle or as a middle? I’m also a fan of the Elizabeth nicknames Elsa and Elsie, but worried that they’re too popular after Frozen and that they’re too close to Leena.
For a boy, we’re completely lost. I have some interest in Ezra or Milo, but hubby’s not biting. I feel like it’s harder to find the sweet spot of relatable but not too popular boy names. Maybe this is where we need to dig in deeper to Indian names?
As far as middles for girls from my side, Elizabeth is a family name. My sister is Emily and my sister-in-law is Amelia, so I also like the idea of Amelie or Emilia or some sort of combination, and it’s a bit more unexpected, like Gray.
We’d appreciate any advice you can give. I’m seriously ready to open the envelope to find out if it’s a girl or a boy just to narrow our choices!
We are expecting a girl in December. We thought we had the perfect name picked out for our little darling: Easton Brennan LastName. We loved that Easton is not expected for a girl and Brennan is my best friend’s last name. Our son Nash Anderson‘s middle name is my husband’s last name.
Then Kim and Kanye have to go and get pregnant! It’s rumored their boy will be named Easton and I just can’t get over it! Our kids will be born at similar times and I don’t want announce that my new baby has the same name as this celebrity babe.
The problem is we can’t agree on other names! I like Vivi, but it’s so common.
Help! I want something as fun and unique as Nash!
The Name Sage replies:
Among the most popular features on Nameberry are our Baby Name Games forums, and occasionally (okay, maybe once) we invent a name game for the home page.
Now we have a new name game inspiration we thought it would be fun to invite everyone to play. Here’s how it goes:
The first poster, me, comes up with a name for the oldest child in a fictional family. My fairly random pick:
The next commenter adds a second child to the family, the next names a third child, the fourth names another child, and then the fifth commenter names the final child in the family of five. Children can be either gender and names can be themed or not.
Once we have five children, the next commenter starts all over, choosing Name Number 1.
Remember, the first name is:
I want to include a tribute to my dad who was James Edward (Jemma is like James or his initials which were JEM) and Edie is a play on Edward. I have also thought of using Milla, a tribute to my maiden name Miller. Please help me. It is keeping me up at night.
The Name Sage replies: