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    Naming a child after a loved one who recently passed away...

    Has anyone done this? Did you find it difficult? Did you love the name itself or more the meaning behind it? Were you happy with the decision?

    One of my best friends, Holly, passed away in June after a long battle with cancer. At the time, I didn't know if I was having a boy or a girl, but during her memorial service, I got a strong feeling that the baby was a girl and that we should name her Holly after my dear friend. Baby was indeed a girl, due 12/5/12. Only problem is that I'm not sure if I love the name. It's also a little bittersweet... all I can think of when I hear the name is my friend, and that makes me both happy and sad... Will I get over the sad connotation?

    It might be easier to make Holly a middle name, but we can't find a first name that goes with Holly. Suggestions welcome! (something classic but not in the top 25-50).

    Thanks!
    Last edited by indecisive; September 10th, 2012 at 11:53 AM.

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    My niece named her baby Leon after her father Leo and she loves it and it makes her feel good. That's whT matters good or bad feelings. Hollis is a great classic 1st name.

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    I like the idea! I would stick to Holly as a middle name though, as a child, i wouldn't like that my first name is after someone who passed away, not pleasant. but for sure as a middle name!

    Jenna
    Quinn
    Brooke
    Linsday
    Catherine
    Anna
    Lillian
    Andrea
    Amelia
    Dahlia
    Sophia
    Paige
    Kinsley
    Madeline
    Amber
    Stella
    Victoria
    Violet
    Claire
    Jocelyn
    Nora
    Mackenzie
    Naomi
    Samantha
    Elizabeth
    Rachel
    Ashlyn
    Sierra
    Gabriella
    Abigail

    hopefully this provides some inspiration
    good luck!

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    My mother in law died about 2 months before I got pregnant with DD. There was really no questions about naming my DD after her, I loved her even though I really disliked her name, Bonnie. We used it as a middle name but it really took alot of my favorite first names off the table since they sounded horrible with Bonnie. But I am SO happy we named dd Claire Bonnie, it makes her feel closer somehow and gives her name so much meaning. Plus my FIL started dating someone within 3 months of her death was engaged again before the year anniversary of her death. It is like he erased all traces of my MIL which was very hard on the family so Claire brings her back.

    So I think naming your DD after friend would be lovely and she would have her own personal angel. I would use is as a middle name and it also is great for a December Bday!

    How about
    Caroline Holly
    Claire Holly
    Katherine Holly
    Elizabeth Holly
    Amelia Holly
    Rebecca Holly
    Bridget Holly
    Victoria Holly
    Charlotte Holly

    Good Luck !
    Mom to Jack Louis, Claire Bonnie and baby BOY due Christmas Day
    He will be either Max ,Ben, Ryan or Patrick
    Vote on my names http://www.babynames.com/namelist/9751728

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    I would use Holly as your sweet girl's middle name. I would avoid an "ee" sound at the end of her first name, one syllable first names, and nature names (ie: Juniper Holly sounds like a plant) ... here are some suggestions:
    Amelia Holly
    Julia Holly
    Savanna Holly
    Clara Holly
    Obviously, I have no idea about your style, but hopefully this might spark some ideas for you. Good luck! I think it's very sweet that you want to honor your friend. We will do this some day, but are planning on using the friend's middle name as our son's first name. Maybe that would be an option for you?

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