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    11 weeks to go - need suggestions!

    We have only one girl's name that we can agree on: Eleni (middle name in progress). However, everyone I know that has recently had a baby has ended up thinking the name they picked didn't work and had to come up with something new. Could be the hormones, but the idea of not having a name for our baby for the first week is really stressing me out. I need a backup name (or two)!
    Criteria: It can't start with A and must be longer than one syllable.
    A few we've contemplated to give you a style idea: Juniper/Wren (nature), Eleni/Athena (Greek), Georgia/Theodora (Traditional), Tenley/Noa (modern)
    We've looked at so many names now, they're all looking the same. I welcome your most outrageous and creative suggestions!

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    Oh, Eleni is very sweet. I know an Eleni whose family calls her Elenimou (my little Eleni).

    A few that come to mind...
    Ariadne
    Cassiane / Kassiani (Cass-ee-ahn-ee)
    Thea / Althea / Anthea - oh hey, you like Athena, do you like Anthea?
    Irene
    Anna (like Ahna or Anna; the first syllable rhymes with on, not man)
    Adele
    Ada
    Beatrice
    Cordelia
    Corinne
    Mariel

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    Just to reassure you, we went to the hospital with one name and we used it and love it just as much as we ever did.
    That said, a backup shortlist seems like a reasonable idea.

    Why did you reject the others you mentioned?

    What about...
    Eudora
    Zarah
    Tulia
    Annabel
    Mabel
    Lenore/Lenora
    Gwendolen
    Imogen
    Claudia

    I like Imogen and Claudia the best!
    Mama to little Ramona Mae 3/2011 and Sylvie Joy born 11/2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosebyanyothername View Post
    Just to reassure you, we went to the hospital with one name and we used it and love it just as much as we ever did.
    That said, a backup shortlist seems like a reasonable idea.

    Why did you reject the others you mentioned?
    I'm relieved to hear that your name worked out! Maybe we'll get lucky as well. We rejected the other names I listed for a few reasons. 1) My step-daughter has a speech impediment so "r" names like Wren are hard for her to pronounce, 2) My hopeful future boy's name is Theo so Theodora felt like too much, 3) My sister has dibs on Noa/h/, 4) I am concerned that my orthodox family might be offended by Athena as a first name, or 5) we just could agree 100% (Tenley, Juniper).

    There have been some great suggestions so far! I like Imogen, Leora (not sure about the "r" but really lovely), & Zara (Zair-ah or Zahr-ah?) Please keep the suggestions coming!! Thanks a million!!

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