So, Hubby and I are planning on TTC towards the end of this year. It will be our first child. We are both very excited as we have had quite the journey in our individual lives before reaching this point, and now it seems like something we both thought may never happen is not far away. We have a few things to sort with life circumstances and whatnot before we can start so that’s why we’re aiming for towards the end of the year.
Anyway, I decided to post because we’ve been talking names and it seems we have differing tastes. I thought I’d post here for some suggestions to see if we can come across anything we both love, or at least get some fresh inspiration.
My criteria: I don’t want anything super-popular but I don’t want ridiculous made up names either. ie: I don’t want a [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]/[name_f]Ava[/name_f] or [name_f]Emily[/name_f] since it seems like every second girl you come across has one of those names currently. My husband likes [name_f]Sarah[/name_f], I don’t dislike it as such, I just find it boring. I feel like you might as well just name your daughter - girl. It just doesn’t do anything for me. He also likes [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], and again, I have nothing against this name (there are certainly far worse names out there) I just can’t bring myself to consider it. It sounds too cartoon-ish to me. Neither of us want stupid spellings or unheard of abstract names. Surname is 2 syllables starting with D. We don’t care too much about honour names, syllables, patterns etc, although we may take meaning into consideration.
We’ve thrown around a bunch of suggestions but can only ever come up with the response ‘yeah I don’t mind that’ but never found anything we both love.
I strongly dislike any names with the suffixes ‘ara’ or '[name_f]Belle[/name_f]/[name_f]Bella[/name_f]" ie: [name_f]Lara[/name_f], [name_f]Clara[/name_f], [name_f]Tara[/name_f], [name_f]Mara[/name_f], [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f], [name_f]Arabella[/name_f] etc, etc. I quite like names starting with [name_f]El[/name_f] ([name_f]Eliana[/name_f] is a current favourite and I love the significance of the meaning, but again, he’s not sold on it).
I do like pretty, feminine sounding names for girls (the frilly ones get me every time, but I’m not a fan of classics so much). I like a boys name to be strong, but not out dated or unisex in any way.
The names on my NOT [name_u]EVER[/name_u] IN A MILLION YEARS LIST are ‘[name_m]David[/name_m], [name_m]Christopher[/name_m], [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]/[name_f]Eliza[/name_f] and [name_f]Hazel[/name_f]’. I also dislike the popular trend of names from the 80’s like [name_f]Tiffany[/name_f] and [name_f]Crystal[/name_f] as to me they sound kinda cheap and trashy.
The problem I have is the names I really like, are already taken either in our close circle of friends or in family. To give you an idea those are names such as [name_m]Brendan[/name_m], [name_f]Tessa[/name_f], [name_m]Samuel[/name_m], [name_m]Andrew[/name_m], [name_f]Ariana[/name_f] etc.
We’ve both agreed we ‘don’t mind’ the following names but aren’t sold on any of them!
[name_f]Rachel[/name_f] (I personally find this a bit boring for a first name)
[name_f]Elise[/name_f] (Although he prefers the spelling [name_f]Alyce[/name_f] which I hate)
[name_m]Andrew[/name_m] (but this is his brothers name so it’s not useable)
Can anybody help us with suggestions on names that might work for us. I feel like we need to get a headstart on the name thing now so it’s not an impossible task when the time comes. Apologies for my extra long post and thank you for reading.
PS. - what does the acronym DH stand for in these posts (I feel stupid even asking).