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.
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.
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.
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.