How to Find A Name You BOTH Love
We’re expecting our first child, and we’re keeping the gender a surprise.
Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated! I’m due in early January.
The Name Sage replies:
I’m forever jealous of those couples who instantly agree on names. He says, “Julius?” She says, “I love it!” and they move on to sourcing vintage artwork for the nursery.
Your situation is far more common! I do think it’s a great sign that you both have names that you like. It’s a great starting point.
But before we get to the names, here’s my suggestion. It’s a good exercise for any couple struggling to find common ground.
Talk about the general qualities you’d like in a name, before you focus on adding possibilities to your lists.
Here’s my go-to shortlist of questions:
—Do you want to honor a loved one? If so, are there any names that you’d like to use? Or do you love your grandpa Herman but hesitate to pass down the name? Creativity in choosing honor names is always an option.
—Do you have strong opinions about nicknames – for or against?
–Are there other considerations – religious requirements, or perhaps a need to pronounce the name in a second language?
–Would you prefer a name that is clearly feminine or masculine? Or are gender neutral names more your style?
—Do you like long names, short names, or something in between? Sometimes the child’s surname can influence this decision – though there are no rules, and Arabella Krolikowski and Max Smith are great names!
In this case, what strikes me isn’t so much a difference in style – though that’s there. It’s the difference in popularity! I wonder if your husband would appreciate a vintage name that’s more common. Or maybe you’d prefer a slightly more modern name if it was less popular.
Let’s take a look at some possible names that meet in the middle.
Vintage girls’ names in the Top 250: Iris (Number 245 in the US), Georgia (Number 243), Eliza (Number 212), Fiona (Number 204), Esther (Number 203), Daisy (Number 180), Ivy (Number 146), Molly (Number 122)
Surname boys’ names not in the Top 500: Thatcher (Number 862), Duncan (Number 797), Fletcher (Number 706), Flynn (Number 659), Nelson (Number 642), Crosby (Number 614), Hendrix (Number 546), Hayes (Number 545)
Names like Ivy or Willa seem like a perfect compromise between his Ava and your Posey or Nancy. They share qualities that draw from both of your shortlists. I also think that Abel and Thatcher would be great names for a boy! Abel shares Mason’s long a sound, but has a vintage feel. Thatcher might be a surname like Parker, but I don’t think it’s too far of a stretch from your preferences.
I know the readers will have some great suggestions, too, and please don’t forget to update us when your son or daughter arrives in January!
Readers, what names would you suggest to Nell and her husband?
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on November 25th, 2015 at 7:29 am
for a girl: IVy was a great suggestion! Or Maeve, Eve, Aurelia, Ada, Edie, Veda/ Vada, Nora,
For boy: August was a great suggestion! Theodore, Wesley, Henry, Asher, Martin,
on November 25th, 2015 at 4:59 pm
Juliet. Lorelei. Luna. Celia. Cecily. Cecilia. Simone. Shay. Carys. Sylvie. Delphine. Elodie.
on November 25th, 2015 at 6:45 pm
I just wanted to reassure you. My husband and I were so the same way, and so were most of our friends. We exchanged lists until one night my husband actually woke me up with a name that just clicked. Either way, your baby will make the name you choose his own, and it will elevate the name because it’s connected with such a wonderful little person. Anyway… congratulation, and good luck!
on November 25th, 2015 at 7:27 pm
on November 26th, 2015 at 3:32 pm
I love the suggestions of Iris, Gwen, Ivy and Eliza, I think they’re all gorgeous names which somehow meet in the middle of both of you favourites. I would also like to suggest Maeve (or perhaps even Mavis, LOVE) or Mabel.
For a boy I like the suggestions of Jasper, Fletcher and Flynn. I’d also suggest Rupert, Nathaniel or Benjamin.
on November 26th, 2015 at 3:33 pm
Oh, I like @ashbee’s suggestions of Clara, Emilia (although I prefer Amelia), Lucia and Lydia but my absolute favourite is Alma! Have you considered Ada? I think it’s got such a vintage beauty to it but the similarity to Ava may win you OH over.
on January 1st, 2016 at 2:17 am
Here are some cool names
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