I’m due in [name]October[/name] and despite being a bit name-obsessed for the last few years, now that it comes down to naming an actual human, I’m struggling.
My three year old daughter is [name]Estella[/name] [name]Marie[/name], what I’ve had in my head and my heart since I was a teenager. Unfortunately, it was my favorite for so long that everything else pales in comparison to me.
Our naming tradition is to give each child his or her own first name, and then a middle name from the family (or a modified version of a family name). I kind of like the idea of your family having your back, but you get to be your own person first. [name]Estella[/name] is middle-named after my sister [name]Marielle[/name] (originally planned on calling her [name]Ella[/name], so [name]Ella[/name] [name]Marie[/name] was closer to [name]Marielle[/name] than [name]Estella[/name] ended up being, but what can you do?)
Anyway, if I have another girl, my frontrunners are:
[name]Eloise[/name] [name]Kate[/name] (after my mother [name]Kathleen[/name]; bonus that we get two E names, which I kind of like because my sister and I are bo)
[name]Penelope[/name] [name]Kate[/name] (as above, clearly; bonus that my mother-in-law is Greek, so [name]Penelope[/name] is a nice connection, minus that it’s a bit popular)
[name]June[/name] [name]Francesca[/name] (after my father [name]Francis[/name])
Last name sounds like Grello.
All that blabbering leads up to my question: are these names “serious” enough? I read that you should be able to picture your child as a supreme court justice with their name, and I’m not sure that these would work (then again, does [name]Estella[/name]? I’m not sure). It’s sometimes difficult to remember that a baby name is also an adult name.