Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
Their new daughter will need surgery shortly after birth. Time to find a strong name with the right meaning to encourage their little fighter!
We recently found out we were having our third girl and we were absolutely thrilled. Of course, I immediately dug up the master list we used for the last two, Daphne Evangeline and Adele Emmanuelle. We knew we wanted Elizabeth for a middle, but other than that we were at a total loss.
My husband jokingly calls our naming style “Old British Ladies”, but it seems we’re not the only ones with that taste. The remaining names on our list that we loved three years ago have either shot up the popularity charts (Hazel, Isla) or sound too similar to our daughters’ names (Elodie, Mabel).
But then we got some news that put name confusion on the back burner. Turns out our little lady has a hole in her heart. We’ve met with specialists and they’re optimistic, so we are too. In the meantime, we are back to hunting for the perfect name. Our search has definitely acquired some new parameters now. We’d like to give her a name that is inspiring, encouraging, the perfect name for a little fighter. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know that our daughter is already strong. But every name we’ve found with a meaning we like doesn’t seem to work. I love the idea of “strong protection,” but Walburga isn’t really doing it for us.
We’re hoping that the fresh eyes of naming expert can give us a few options.
The Name Sage replies:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
So, after all the discussion and deliberating, what names have your fellow Berries finally picked for their babes this month? Some lovely choices in July, as always.
Here they are:
Remember Riggins? His family is back for another boy name! Because if it’s difficult to decide whether or not to use an out-there name for a son, imagine what it’s like to name his brother!
Now I am pregnant again and it’s another boy. We struggled so much coming up with a name for Riggins, we are both clueless now.
But I don’t want Riggins to feel like his name sticks out like a sore thumb. I love his name and it suits him. The girls have family-inspired names, and Riggins’ middle is a family name, too.
My husband’s only suggestion for naming this boy has been Hardy and I’m not a fan.
I guess I’m trying to ask if we should stick to the traditional family names, or should I find something unique to go with Riggins?
Our last name is very common so unique isn’t such a bad idea to me.
The Name Sage replies:
by Sophie Kihm
Names are very revealing. They carry demographic information—names often give clues as to one’s approximate age, race, nationality, and gender. However, our names say more about our parents than they do about us. A child’s name can tell you a lot about his or her parents’ values.
For example, Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr named their oldest son Memphis Aldean Williams. Memphis indicates their deep ties to the South—both as the birthplace of country music and of Jason and Brittany. And Aldean, the middle name baby Memphis shares with his father, tell us the couple values family, heritage, and tradition.
Brittany is now pregnant with their second child, and I wonder if the same values will come across in this baby’s name, or if new ones will be revealed. Likewise, what will we learn about the stars who have never named children before? Will Pippa Middleton use a family name for her baby, or choose something unexpected? Will Kate Upton go the typical supermodel route and pick a daring, bold baby name, or stick closer to her Midwestern roots with a safer, subdued choice? I’ve made my predictions below, but only time will tell.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
You’ll find a load of amazing A-names in the berrybaby announcements of June—Acacia, Ada, Amelie, Audrey, Adam and two Augusts! And for once, the boys outnumber the girls. Also, some amazing inspirations behind the names, from Ada Lovelace to Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, C.S Lewis, and T.S. Eliot. What an enlightened bunch we are!
Here is the full list:
Acacia Olive, sister to Sienna Hollie and Ezeriah Cohen
Ada Faye, sister of Lennox
“My husband announced that if our first born was a girl she would be Ada (after the amazing Ada Lovelace) with no discussion or exception, he felt so strongly. However, she was a he, our firstborn Lennox (Lenny). So when we found out our next was a girl, she was destined to be Ada. I toyed with Adalie but in the end she’s a ball of spunk and determination and Ada suits her.”
“Her first name was inspired by the film Amelie Poulain which is a favorite of mine and her papa’s and Ayala is her father’s mother’s family name, which I thought sounded beautiful and melodic.”