Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Nameless Baby

UPDATE:
This has been so fun to read everyone's ideas for baby girl names! I had no idea it would be so tough to name baby girls. The boys were so easy, we have always had a short list of boy names, just none for girls. Here are some of my favorites so far (and Brandon has vetoed ALL of them for one reason or another):

Elaine or Lainey (Brandon is okay with "Layne", but his spelling falls under the "weird spellings" category, and it rhymes with Dane)
Ava or Eva (both vetoed for being too trendy)
Bella (also too trendy)
Claire (I love it, but Hot Brandon says it's an old person name. And it's one syllable)
Gracie (another old person name, according to H.B.)
Audrey
Maisy or Maisie
Sadie (vetoed by both of us, we decided it was a dog's name)
Eden (we both love this name, but it rhymes with Aidan)
Natalie

Basically, if Brandon has heard of another person with the name, it is too common. He tells me there are a "ton of people" named that, even if he can only name one. A few that he likes, that I have vetoed:

Jael
Piper
Skyler
Meadow (or something like that. It may have been Moonbeam or something.)
several others that I can't remember because I already vetoed them.

We have a name in mind that we will probably choose because it's the only one we can both agree on, but we'd love to keep hearing your ideas in case we see one we like better!

Original post:

You may not have heard, but I am pregnant. With a GIRL. And she will make her grand appearance in March. The only problem is, we will have to call her Baby Girl until she is old enough to pick her own name, because Brandon and I CANNOT agree on a name that we both love.


So I am pleading and begging for help here. I need some ideas. I have googled and searched for names and we just cannot find it. So please, please, please, give us some ideas and suggestions. Here is the criteria:

1. Something unique, but not too weird.
2. Nothing trendy, we do not want her to be one of three kids in her kindergarten class with the same name.
3. Without divulging too much info on the good ole' internet, her last name will be our last name (um, duh), and her middle name will be my maiden name. Her middle name is one syllable, which "goes better" with a name that is more than one syllable.
4. Nothing that rhymes with Dane or Aidan
5. Must be easy to pronounce and spell. No weird spellings.
6. Nothing that sounds like a stripper. (For example: Dane really likes the name Lola. Just. Not. Happening.)

Nameless baby appreciates your help.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maggie.

The Driskells said...

Nora, Cora
Kara!!!!
Sara
Allie
Kelli
Jacee, Kacee, Lacey, Macey
Karen,
Marla,
LeeAnn,
Danna, Shanna
Krisa,
Brianne,
Shiann,
April,
Lilly,
Kristen,
Tera,
Renee,
Hayley,

(This is fun! I'll think of more and get back to you!)

lindy said...

Lindy seems to fit all the criteria...

lindy said...

I thought of some more...
Jenna
Ava
Micah,
Taylor

Sorry if these are too "trendy" ...I don't know many babies

Anonymous said...

How about Leetle...it is an old family name dating back to the last century.

Adrienne said...

Just a few for starters...

Teegan
Demi
Bridget
Annika
Merit
Charity
Briley

Anonymous said...

I checked at nymbler.com and put in Dane and Aiden for inspiration then searched for girl names. Here are some of the cuter suggestions...

Taryn
Jenna
Britta
Riley
Mia
Deidre
Lacey
Mayra
Maisie
Devin
Chloe

I'll keep thinking. Naming babies is something I LOVE to do!!!

:) Sheila Layman

Anonymous said...

Ooops! I just noticed that I spelled Aidan wrong. Ugh. I hate when I do that. I'm sorry!

:) Sheila

Jack S. said...

A panel of three (mom, Fran, & I) suggest the following....

Sally
Sarah
Wilma
Lucille (nicknamed Lucy)
Leah
Alexandria
Esther
Deborah (mom really likes that one)

Well, at least we tried. ;)

A couple of questions...
1. Are you in favor of "family names"?
2. Are you in favor of having a formal name and goes by a nickname?
3. Are you going to have a split-the-pot to help raise money for medical/house experiences?

The Driskells said...

Eden,
Ella
Haven
Kendra
Keegan
Anna
Rylan
Noel
Kiran or Keeran
Darcy
Tamra
Elsa
Julie or Julia
Lina
Audrey
Mona
Laurel
Sybil
Clara
Jenna
Carly
Casey
Janet
Josie
Maddie

I'll stop with those, even though I've had a ton of fun looking up names for you! Good luck!

John said...

Aviendha
Birgitte
Egwene
Elayne
Lanfear
Min
Moiraine
Nynaeve
Siuan
Tuon

And some from other sources:
Leia
Cheetara
Marzipan
Mandy Jr.

And finally... She-Ra (which has the added bonus of containing the name of the sun god)

Izzy, Valerie and Joel said...

How about...
Cameron
Addison
Ava
Jolie
Leah
Natalie
Lily
Piper
Skyler
Tallulah
Beulah
Kyra

Not Micah...our next boy name!

Katee said...

Brandon hasn't talked you into naming her "Jael" yet?

andy said...

should i feel weird that i actually understood john's joke, (well at least upto chapter 1 of the first book of it...)


chloe
autumn
audrey
andy (just throwing that out there, just in case)

Mandy said...

Oooh! I am loving this! I love some of these names! But not any of John's...

We typically don't do "family names" at all, this way both sides of our family are offended equally. I would prefer the first name to actually be what we would call her. And I don't know what a split-the-pot is. Please tell me! No, the baby will not be named Jael. Brandon was vetoed, and he has vetoed some of my favorites as well. It doesn't fit the "easy to spell and pronounce" requirement.

Keep 'em coming!

Jack S. said...

The 3rd question I was talking about was a joke that failed miserably. It was suppose to be centered around the fact that you are seeking peoples advice on the matter, and could earn some extra cash if you collected money for each guess so that if their name won then the person who suggested the name would "split-the-pot" so not only do they win but you win twice (new family member and additional income).

However now that I think about this through with a rested mind, it wasn't as funny as I originally thought! :S

Anonymous said...

Back to Nymbler. I added Jael as an inspiration! :) Here is a new list...
Adele
Keelin
Logan
Megan
Christa
Charlotte :) A Personal Favorite!
Nora
Maura
Dara
Alexa
Kylie
Rory
Ashlyn
Leslie
Morgan
Anna
Audrey
Lindsay
Alisha
Darby
Reagan
Avery
Eden
Adelaide
Maya
Hannah
Cara
Dena
Elspeth
Elsa

I had a dream last night that you chose one of my suggestions! I hope I win!

:) Sheila

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to think you don't like Maggie... OK name her Louie.

Adrienne said...

This IS fun! :o)

Tabitha
Emerson
Emery
Delaney
Laney
Arden
Ryan
Fallon
Rowan
Kennedy (but she'd have 3 last names :)
Mallory
Evie
...and I still like Harper!

your MOM said...

I think these are cuties:

Jenna
Annie
Lizzie (not Elizabeth, just Lizzie)
Karen
Christy
Krista
Stacy
Darcy
Lucy
Avery
Laney
Addison
Emery

I'm sorry but I stole some from some other people, but some are just mine.

Izzy, Valerie and Joel said...

How about...

U'nique
Female (pronounced Feh-MALL-lay)
Dominique
Sisteene
Victoria
Shelby
Sweetie
Olive
Olivia

Mandy said...

Valerie, why do you hate my daughter?

Becky said...

I like Clara. Or Claire if you ok a 1 sylable.

Anonymous said...

U'nique
Female (pronounced Feh-MALL-lay)
Dominique
Sisteene
Victoria
Shelby
Sweetie
Olive
Olivia
Let me see if I have got this right... These are from JOEL'S mom???

Izzy, Valerie and Joel said...

I'm sorry! You said creative... Harper is still my fav!

Anonymous said...

Doug & I think you could consider:
Sydney
Kendell
Bailey
. . . and we still love Harper, too!

it's mom again said...

Reed
Joey
Jessie
Tessa or Tressa
Scottie
Zana (rhymes with Lana)
Reba
Danika
Daisy (makes me think of happiness and flowers)

The Crecelius' said...

I think the name Avery is cute!

BrooksFamily said...

Mia
McKenna
Emme
Serenity
Madilynne
Susanna


Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Robert suggested Clarissa and my dad likes Sierra. I think Mia is my favorite.

I think you need to update us with a list of yours and Brandon's favorites...

:) Sheila

Anonymous said...

Well, in keeping with your "theme", so far, of naming your children (A=Aidan, B, C, D=Dane), then E, F, G=Gabrielle?, Gina? Grace? Gillian? would be the next choices? Just an idea. . .

Anonymous said...

Well, in keeping with your "theme", so far, of naming your children (A=Aidan, B, C, D=Dane), then E, F, G=Gabrielle?, Gina? Grace? Gillian? would be the next choices? Just an idea. . .

Jack S. said...

We came accross a website that might help in finding out if everyone truely does have that name.

http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager

Type in the name then the website give you how popular it was per year.

Oh and Francie wanted to add one more name to our list....

Frances

;)

Anonymous said...

Maggie has a nice ring to it. ALSO Maggies are always tough broads....Do you think your daughter will need to be tough???
I guess it is decided then.

mom said...

I thought of

Nadine-It uses the letters of Dane & Aidan's name

Anonymous said...

Morgan

Allison said...

Ensley

Eisley

we've pretty much named everything (dogs, future kids) after bands or things we like..

so excited for you guys!! miss yall too

Grammy said...

Hi Mandy, Here's one I haven't seen so far:
Emmalyn

And you don't say it Emma Lynn. You put it all together. Probably falls under the weird spelling catagory or some other "no dice" catagory. But I like it and thought I'd throw it out there!
Debbie Watson

Olga said...

The Hancocks have a few...
Selah
Odette
Brandy (BrandonNMandy)(Stephan's suggestion)

I am sure you guys will come up with the most perfect name for your little girl!

Olga said...

The Hancocks said...
Selah
Odette

I know you guys will pick the most perfect name for your perfect little girl!

God is Good. Luv ya'll

The Beasley's said...

I just ran across your blog while reading Cassie's, and I just had to make a comment. I don't know if you'll even see this considering you have so many comments on this particular post, but I love hearing everyone's thoughts for a name, and you might have already settled on a name, but what about..Callie, Lilly, Macy, Aubrey, Tatum, or Zoey?! Hopefully these aren't all repeats from everyone else!! I'm going to have to check back to see the final outcome :)

Anonymous said...

How about Jill or Jillian. I thought v-p Biden's nickname for his wife "Jillie" was really loving. And she seems to be a real honest lovely gal.
barbara bailey

Anonymous said...

Jill or Jillian love the nickname "Jilly"