I am a few days from my due date and my husband doesn’t seem sold on any of the girl names that we had on our short list. We don’t know if we are having a boy or girl and planned on having a few options for both gender. My husband hasn’t been that interested in discussing names through most of the pregnancy but wanted to go over our list yesterday. Now I feel like I need some more girl suggestions but I’m at a loss for anything new.
Our top boy name is Drake, and it feels like the right fit since we both came up with the name separately.
The Name Sage replies:
Here’s the challenge with looking for modern names. We want something that sounds fresh and interesting and new. But we usually don’t want something that seems more like a science fiction heroine than a real girl. It still needs to feel like a child’s name circa 2017.
Landing on that new-but-not-out-there quality can make for a very short list.
And yet, it sounds like none of them is quite right, so let’s add to your list. We’re looking for fresh, modern names with a certain tailored quality. And while you haven’t said that you’re specifically avoiding more popular choices, I’m going to look for names on the rarer side.
Avalon – Adelaide and Davina make me think of Avalon. It’s a rarity, a literary place name – and a real one, too, thanks to Avalon, California. It might be mistaken for Evelyn or even Avery, but Avalon seems like a distinctive and different choice for a daughter.
Bellamy – Since ends-in-y names seem to dominate your list, would you consider Bellamy? The meaning is great – fine friend – and the sound is on-trend. It’s more modern than Isabella, but still on the right side of feminine.
Vesper – With names like Harper and Piper in vogue, rarer ends-in-r names for girl seem appealing. Vesper comes from the Latin word for the evening star. That puts Vesper in the company of other night sky names like Stella and Luna.
I think your current shortlist of Waverly, Henley, and Ainsley is a great starting point. I’d be curious to know if your husband likes choices like Esme, Rory, and Malou – names with history, but seldom heard until recent years. If not, I think a name like Sloane might be exactly what you’re looking for – as brief as Drake, and with just as much style, too.
Readers, now it’s your turn! What would you suggest to Julie and her husband?