Will This Baby Ever Get A Name?

Guest blogger Elizabeth Lindsay, aka nameberry’s very own Olivekit, was wracked with indecision over what to name her third baby girl — a dilemma followed closely by all her friends on nameberry’s message boards.  The final name choice surprised everyone, even Olivekit herself.

Baby Ooh La La (what my two-and-a-half-year-old calls her little sister), entered the world on July 23rd, after a quick and almost painless delivery (love the epidural).  My beautiful baby girl debuted with an ear piercing scream that made the doctor laugh and say that Baby Ooh La La was the loudest baby that she had ever delivered.  She gets that from my husband.

After cleaning her up and weighing her, they handed her back to me.  We looked her over and studied her features, she looked a lot like her big sisters Olive and Kit, but with more hair.  She was perfect.

We oohed and awed over her, took a lot of pictures, and then one of the delivery nurses asked, “What’s her name?”

Crap. What followed were endless conversations about what she would not be named.

Me:  How about Phoebe, nickname Bea?

Hubby: Don’t like Phoebe.

Me:  Why not?

Hubby:  It sounds like a mean girl’s name.

Me:  What?!

(After pushing, I found out that he asked out a Phoebe once on a date in Junior High and she said no. Emphatically. Phoebe was out.)

We tried (trust me) to come up with a name. I read every book, made lists, got opinions from the wonderful ladies of Nameberry, and my loving but opinionated husband found fault with every name I came up with.  Plus, having two daughters named Olive and Kit, the pressure was on to find a name that went perfectly with theirs. Not an easy task.

I envy people who can just pick a name for their baby and that’s that.  When I was pregnant with Olive, we had a couple over for dinner and the topic of baby names came up.  Even though they weren’t expecting yet, after ruling out a couple of names, they agreed on William for a boy.    A five minute conversation and sure enough, years later, they welcomed baby William Archer.  It was never that easy for us.

Olive was going to be Courtney or Kendall until I had a dream that I was calling her by a different name and she looked at me and said, “My name is Olive, Mommy.”  I woke up and told my husband, who loved the name.  I didn’t.  I wasn’t going to name my daughter Olive.  The only Olive I had ever heard of was Olive Oyl and I don’t even like olives.   But my husband started calling her Olive toward the end of my pregnancy and when she born, Courtney Olive she became.

At my ultrasound for my second pregnancy, the baby had her back turned to us so the gender was going to be a delivery surprise.  Since I didn’t want to call him or her “it” for the next five months, we nicknamed the baby Kit because that worked for a girl or a boy. I was positive that I was having a boy.  The pregnancy was so much different than with Ollie’s and sadly, I didn’t dream up for a name for this baby, but we had a few names picked out for him.

It’s a girl!”, the doctor proudly announced. My husband looked at me confused for a second, before we laughed and welcomed our second baby girl into our lives.  But what on Earth were we going to name her?

The nurses tried to be helpful (not really) with suggestions like Apple, Strawberry, Peach or Peaches if we wanted to continue the fruit theme, or Oyl, Sweet Pea, Wimbley, or Popeye, and Martini, because everybody likes an Olive with their Martini.    Thankfully, when Olive came in to meet her baby sister for the first time, she reminded us that the baby already had a name.  My husband sat Olive on the bed and I told her to say hi to her baby sister.  “Hi, Kit” she said, leaning down and giving the baby a kiss. And Kit Aurora she became.

At the hospital with this third baby, I went over my list.  Mae, Thea, Mabel, Sunday, Phoebe, Georgia, and Lulu, but my husband wouldn’t agree and the ones he did like didn’t feel right.  We went back to the drawing board and ended up taking home an unnamed baby we called Lala, a nickname from Kit’s Baby Ooh La La until we could come up with a perfect name.

I was becoming desperate.  My husband and I couldn’t agree. No name fit the sweet, loud little girl I was holding with the curled up lip. My brother-in-law suggested Elvis or Presley.  I even asked my daughters what they thought her name should be, and Olive said Jimmy and Kit said Baby Ooh La La or Frog.  Ask a five-year-old and a two-and-a-half-year-old for advice and that’s what you get.

My sister told me I should pick an “N” name for my baby because our initials were K, L, M, and O and an ‘N’ would complete us.  I thought it was worth a try and flip through the baby name book.  Nico, Nicole, Neve, no, no, and no.  Nola?  I asked my husband, who immediately liked it.    Plus, I liked that the nickname Lala would work with Nola. What convinced me is when I did a Google search for Nola and New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) popped up.  Perfect, because that is where I got pregnant with the baby when we went there for a wedding.  A name and a story.  And that is how Miss Nola Belle got her name. A name that wasn’t on any of our lists or even on our scope before she was born.

Side note:  About a month after we named her, my husband said she doesn’t really look like a Nola.  He’s lucky he’s still alive.  So my lovely Nola is now called Belle, which suits her.  I looked Nola up on Nameberry after we named her (silly us) and saw that Nola means ‘small bell’ so essentially we named her Bell Belle.   As for now, Belle is called Lala, Bell Belle, Bibi and Bea, which was on my original list as a nickname for Phoebe.  Perfect.

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20 Responses to “Will This Baby Ever Get A Name?”

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susan Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 1:05 am

I love this story so much! I remember how excited everyone was when little Nola Belle was born.

disa_lan Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 1:32 am

This is a great story and Nola is a beautiful name 🙂

Jill Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 1:57 am

Hi there! Awww, Nola Belle is a beautiful baby! 🙂 I loved your story, and I’m so happy that you finally found a name you love.

Take care! 🙂

Lauren Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 2:00 am

I love this story, as well! It is so neat how you came up with your three girls’ names. And they are so beautiful and spunky! I especially love Kit. I hope that when my husband and I have a baby we will have a memorable story to tell our kids and family… it would be so special!

Jen Maselli Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 11:05 am

I love Olive, Kit and Belle! What an adorable trio. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has such a difficult time naming baby #3.

olivekit Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Thanks everyone. Yeah, I want at least one more, but I don’t look forward to the name game. Maybe it’ll be a boy. I have a name picked out for him. I think. 🙂

Pam, I just saw your email asking for my bio. Sorry. We were out of town this weekend and I didn’t check it.

JustADad Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

i have known a couple of Nolas and they have been so cool. I think it’s a name you grow into, looks wise. Love it.

JLyn Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I also love the name and the story. Thanks so much for sharing!

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

What a great story. I adore all of your daughters’ names. They are so sweet and vintagy. Nola is absolutely darling and I actually love the meaning of bell Belle, it technically means “beautiful little bell” if you take in account that Belle is French for beautiful. I think it works perfectly for your little princess.

redridiing Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I will have to send this to my Australian penfriend Nola – we have been writing to each other since aged 11 in 1965 and she will be thrilled!

Congratulations on Baby Nola

Anna Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Nola is a beautiful name for beautiful wee girl 🙂 congrats on making a desision

olivekit Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Thanks everyone for the compliments on her name and glad you liked the story! We must be getting better at this. No one liked Olive or Kit’s names at first.

Nephele Says:

September 29th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I have loved the name Nola ever since I heard it in an episode from The New Twilight Zone titled “Her Pilgrim Soul.” It was the best episode to come out of that tv series. I think it won an award, and I know it was made into a stage play. The Nola in the episode was beautiful and her story was very moving.

What a wonderful, wonderful name! And paired with Belle is sheer inspiration! Elizabeth, if you ever catch that episode, “Her Pilgrim Soul,” I promise that you will fall in love with the name Nola all over again.

— Nephele

olivekit Says:

September 30th, 2009 at 12:19 am

I’ll have to look for it. Thanks Nephele.

Charlotte Vera Says:

September 30th, 2009 at 1:27 am

Such a great story! Thanks for sharing.

Courtney Says:

September 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

My Lily Olive was born on the same day! Lily was my hubby’s greatgrandma, and Olive my grandma!

Courtney Says:

September 30th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Moreover, Kit was the named I loved since 5th grade (from the book The Witch of Blackbird Pond) Love your story. Congrats on your sweet girl, Nola Belle!

olivekit Says:

September 30th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Lily Olive is a great name, Courtney. I love it. How great that you had fabulous names in your family. I love the people in my family, but I don’t love their names, which is why I had to name my girls from scratch. 🙂

otgsomom Says:

March 25th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

oh my goodness, great stories behind your babies names. LOVE IT!

Jiinxsay Says:

August 10th, 2012 at 9:39 am

even tho this is a few years late, i just HAD to comment on such a Lovely Story!!!
never in a million years has this happened! that’s why it’s all soooo perfect!!!

<3 X a million!

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