We are struggling with choosing a name for our baby girl arriving in March.
Our son’s name is Theodore and he goes by Theo. For years we have liked the name Lyla, and recently considered Daisy for a middle name. But now that we are down to the wire we aren’t sure!
Lyla isn’t super popular, but there are so many close variations – Layla, Lola, Lula, Leela, etc. that I am worried people will always get her name wrong. It’s already happening! People say things like, “What are you naming the baby again, Lola?”
We’ve also considered Daisy as a first name, Meadow, Summer, Vivienne, and Eden. Lyla is still a top choice. We love a good nickname, so while not a dealbreaker, we would like a name that has some nickname options.
We have twin daughters, Hadley and Lyra, and we want a name that feels untraditional and uncommon. (Though both are rising in popularity.) Our surname is two syllables, starts with M and ends with –son, which rules out many options.
We’d like to avoid another H or L name, and we plan to use my dad’s name, Donald, as the middle name.
Names we’ve considered include Archie, Barrett, Kit, Nico, and Jonah, but none of them feel quite right, and I’m feeling defeated.
We’re expecting our third baby and having a great deal of difficulty picking a name.
We have a literary theme going with our kids: Ender Grey and LyraYvaine. We hope to continue the tradition by also naming this one after strong literary figures from science fiction and fantasy. It’s no secret that we prefer unusual names, and we also want everyone in the family to have a unique first initial.
Our surname is unusual, and starts with an S, so names that end with an ‘s’ or ‘x’ sound don’t work.