Everybody likes to talk about baby names, right? Except husbands. Isn't your husband like that? Cameron will veto a name or tell me if "it's alright", but that's about it. But women? We love to discuss baby names! So, I will have to get my baby name fix here.
I think that the more children one has, the harder it becomes to choose a name. We did not choose Truman's name until the week he was born! Truman was not even on our list! We had 3 names picked out: one name I had picked, one name Cameron had picked, and one name that had been on our list if we ever had a boy since I was pregnant with Katria that my brother and his wife named their little guy, our nephew, who was born 6 days before Truman! That really sent us scrambling for a name! LOL! Once this third name was out, neither of us wanted the other person to not get his or her first choice so we decided to scrap both names and start again. None of the three names "felt right" anyways. We scoured baby name books and resorted to the internet and prayer. In God's Providence, we stumbled upon the name Truman and immediately loved the meaning: A faithful man. We also loved the nickname "Tru". So, only 5 days before Truman was born, we chose his name. The only problem with this was that since we had been set upon choosing one of the names from our list for so long, I was not used to the name "Truman" and for a few days after he was born, I would momentarily forget his name! Well, that and I was sleep deprived! LOL!
I don't want to go through that again. I want to have a name chosen long before this baby girl is born. We had Anna, Jonas, Elyse, and Semaiah's names chosen well over a few months before they were due. Katria and Haven were more last trimester decisions--well, Katria came 5 weeks early and was more of a last minute decision than any of them. But, we had her name picked out, it was just a toss-up between her name and a more "normal", safer name. We opted for the unique name. ;) Truman was truly an 11th hour pick.
I think the most difficult part of choosing a name for #8 is trying to figure out if it "matches" our other name choices. What is our naming style? Some people go for more modern choices, some for old-fashioned classics, and some for names with a unique flair. So, we have to decide if a name "fits" our style--whatever that is. Second, we have to choose a name that is not too similar to the names we already have. We also have to choose a name that we can live with, that won't get tired or dated. Lastly, I always feel a need to consider my friends' choices and how it will affect them if we choose the same name. My problem is that as soon as a friend has a baby and I hear the name, I instantly think: "Oh, that's such a great name! I love that name!", even though it wasn't on my list the previous day. Does anyone else do this?
Here are some of my favorites that have been vetoed: Amelia (love this, Cameron doesn't), Eloise (too close to Elyse), Josephine (too close to Jonas), Vivienne (a friend's little girl in our church has this name), Harper (after Harper Lee who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Nan Harper who was a Christian woman who survived the Titanic. This is also my mother-in-law's favorite girl name) and (don't laugh) Honora (pronounced Ah-Nora). I think it is pretty.
I am purposely keeping silent about the 2 choices that are our running favorites. We have learned the hard way to keep a secret so that other's opinions do not sway us. Well-meaning folks like to give their opinion prior to the birth, but cannot say anything after. I can even be swayed by someone's silence! LOL! If I tell someone our choices and they just nod their head, I think, "They hate it! Are they hearing something that I don't hear?" Eventually, though, I fall in love with a name so much that I don't care what other people think.
However, I am still taking suggestions because it is fun and because we have not decided anything yet! And because I change my mind just about every week! Nothing is set in stone until we sign the birth certificate, right? :) What are your favorites and why? Also, what is popular right now? Too popular? In the dr.'s waiting room today I heard the names Ava, Asher, and Emily. Cameron has told me that he has delivered quite a few babies named Lucas, Alexander, and recently two Anna's! He and the children have this game going on in which the day after he is on-call, they guess how many babies he delivered. Then, they guess whether the babies were boys or girls. Then, all my girls want to know the names. Cameron used to not remember, but he has since learned that he is going to be asked and had better know! LOL!
Any more suggestions?
In Christ, Laura