How I Named My Baby: Zola Antoinette
When did you know you found “The Name?”
I had a dream that we had a beautiful baby girl and her name was Zola. When I woke up, I told my husband and he adored it. We looked up the name and it means “tranquil” and “ball of earth.” We were sold.
What strategies did you use to narrow down your name choices?
I literally wrote out her first, middle, and last name a million times. I kept saying it over and over, too. It never got old and I knew that meant it was perfect.
Whose baby name opinions influenced you the most?
It was always just my husband and I. We knew that we didn’t want anyone else’s opinion. I love that we agreed on that.
Is your baby named after anyone?
Her middle name is Antoinette after my lovely cousin who passed away in 2018.
What name did you hate to let go of?
How do you feel about your own name and how did that influence your choice?
I don’t mind my name at all, but I will say that it’s pretty common. I wanted something super unique for my baby girl that would shine like I know she will.
What would your baby be named if it was the opposite gender?
What are the trendy names in your social circle?
Which partner had more fun with the baby name process?
Omg, me of course! I’ve had a “baby names” list going in my phone for as long as I can remember. At least 3 or 4 years now. Maybe more.
Which partner was pickier about baby names?
Surprisingly, neither of us. We were really aligned! There were only maybe 1 or 2 names that he was like, “no way,” but everything else we both really liked.
Did you share your baby’s name before she was born?
Never! I was giving my husband crap for telling people all the time. He was just so damn excited to share. I totally wanted to keep it a secret and reveal it when we shared her with the world. We told our immediate family, but no one else.
Have any unexpected nicknames come up for your baby?
What was the most surprising part of the baby name process?
The fact that even though we had a list, we knew from the very beginning that ‘Zola’ was the one.
What advice would you give someone just starting the baby name process?
Thank you so much, Ashley!
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on September 2nd, 2020 at 6:19 am
Beautiful name for such a beautiful little girl! Zola has such a gentle but powerful energy to it. Just gorgeous.
on September 2nd, 2020 at 2:27 pm
She’s such a beautiful little girl honestly so so gorgeous and also love her bows beyond cute!
As for her name Zola Antoinette is such a lovely happy sounding name.
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on September 2nd, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Wow, what a great story. And she is so adorable!
Ashley, you really had the dream experience (haha) of the perfect name coming to you out of the blue like that. That’s what many parents wish for and few get!!
Congratulations. And thanks for sharing with us.
on September 2nd, 2020 at 5:49 pm
Beautiful name and baby!!
on September 2nd, 2020 at 7:36 pm
Love the photos! 😀
on September 4th, 2020 at 10:24 am
I love the name. They first and middle go so well together. Congrats.
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