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    Help! Meaningful name for our first blessing

    Hi Berries!

    I've been lurking on this site for a good while now hoping and praying to make a post of my own someday and FINALLY, here I am! My husband and I are expecting our first (and very much wished for) blessing May/June of next year and we couldn't be more excited. We're planners so we've been talking about names since long before we received our good news but my oh my could we use some suggestions! We have a couple of very high contenders for a boy and only one current contender for a girl. We won't know what we're having until Christmas, but despite being planners, we're a bit indecisive so I figured we better jump start on this sooner rather than later. We have a few things that are really important to us: The name cannot be in the top 100 (preferably 200), hubby doesn't like names that are too "out there", and unless the name is an honor name it needs to have a strong meaningful association; biblical association is great too. For a boy the middle name will definitely 100% be Doyle after my maternal grandfather who does not yet have a namesake. I think having the middle name before the first name has really hindered us but it's been decided for some time now and isn't negotiable so we're doing our best to work with it. We also like the idea of having a nickname possibility. We feel like if there isn't a more obvious choice for a nickname, someone will make one up. I went through school being called Ash-tray!

    I really like the idea of an 'R' name for a boy because my paternal grandfather who passed just weeks after we were married was named Robert Ray and while I don't want to use Robert I just think an R name in general would be nice.

    Other names within our family: Rex, Richard, Andrew, Alice, Gail, Ray/Rae, Sue/Susan, Wilma, Wanda, Velma, Don, Sentman, Eleanor, Jeffrey, Callie .... we don't have much to work with!

    And finally, our last name is Henderson. It's a strong surname that seems to be rhymey with a lot of the popular boy names ending in 'son'.

    So here are our contenders.

    Abram Doyle (nickname potential Abe or Bram). We have no strong connection to this name other than it isn't overly popular and it has a great biblical base to it. It feels modern without being trendy and sounds great with both the middle and last name.

    Bennett Doyle (nickname potential Ben). We love that Bennett means blessed or little blessed one and we have a few influential Ben's in our life. Our biggest issue is that it seems to be rising in popularity and we aren't sure if Ben Henderson is too much of a rhyme.

    Susannah Grace (nickname potential Annah/Anna). We have a lot of connections to the name Sue/Susan. His mom and grandmother both share the middle name Sue and my mom is Susan. We love that Susannah is classic but fear the obvious nickname of Susie will follow her and we both really hate Susie. We also like that Susannah is Hebrew for Lily which was a symbol for peace. Grace is another family name and will more than likely be attached to any girl name we come up.

    Thanks in advance for all of your help and advice! We're so excited and can't wait to start reading responses!

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    Edit: I thought it might be helpful to throw out a few names that are on our very short list to give a hint of our style.

    Gilbert (this is also a family name I forgot to include above)
    Elias (rising way too quickly)

    Johanna (beautiful meaning)
    Caroline (Carol is a favored aunt in our family and my husband works for Ford Motor Company -- Carol Shelby, maker of the Shelby Mustang. Lame I know but Hubby has to have an opinion to!)
    Ansley (A cross between daddy (Andrew) and mommy Ashley))
    Margaret (nickname Maggie. Means pearl)

  3. #5
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Orange County, CA
    Gilbert Doyle Henderson sounds very handsome and distinguished!
    For an R-name, how about Reuben Doyle Henderson?

    Because your last name is 3 syllables, I think Carol flows better than Caroline.
    All of your names are really nice. I know you guys are planners, but I think even if you just sit with these names for a bit--maybe even wait until you meet your baby--there's no way you will go wrong, especially because you're putting so much thought into meaning and personal history.
    Current favorites: Olive, Louise/Louisa, Magdalene/Madeline, Phillipa, Talitha, Mallory, Blythe, Eliza, Mercy, Talia; Calvin, Charles, Gideon, Abram, Jude, Reuben, George, Reid, Clark, Holden.

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    Thank you! Gilbert Doyle was actually our top contender for a long time before we got pregnant but it seemed almost too old fashioned. I do so agree that it is handsome and distinguished! I know it will become easier once we find out the gender next month but until then we'll continue brainstorming. Reuben is nice (I'm not sure it is quite hubby's taste) but I do like it. Just earlier today I was thinking Ruby would be especially sweet for a little girl. PS. I also see Solomon on your current favorites--love that, but it doesn't sound very appealing with Henderson. Thanks again!

    Would love other suggestions from other berries!

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    jersey city, nj
    Gilbert is one of our faves too, and it means "bright promise." Gil, Gib, Gibby and Bertie are excellent NN options.

    Gil Henderson sounds nice!

    and i've always been a fan of Susannah.

    best of luck!
    Devoted Mama of Remember Jane Josephine 04.04.2012
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