Well, it’s 11:00 here and I’ve only just gotten everyone off to sleep, but all I can think about is names!
A little bit of back story is required, I think. DH and I are adopting siblings, a little girl and boy. (They are staying with us at the moment for a three night trial - it’s very nerve-racking, but if all goes well then they could be living with us in as little as a month!) They are three and a half and fifteen months old, respectively, and were named [name]Baby[/name] (by their biological mother) and Jontee (by the social workers). Neither of them have middle names, and so we have been assured by the social workers that we are allowed to change their names, as we would change their surnames after the adoption hearing, anyway.
I really think [name]Baby[/name] deserves to have a proper name, and I have already witnessed her being teased about it, and Jontee does not fit with our naming style at all.
Our biological son’s name is [name]Raphael[/name] [name]Cyrus[/name] [name]Peregrine[/name] ([name]Raffy[/name]).
For [name]Baby[/name], we are almost set on [name]Ambrosia[/name]. It honours three people, (my mother [name]Primrose[/name], my closest friend [the mother of [name]Posy[/name], for those of you who followed that thread] [name]Amanda[/name], and DH’s half-sister [name]Amber[/name], who was incredibly helpful throughout my pregnancy), and DH and I both adore the nn [name]Rosie[/name] (he couldn’t be swayed to [name]Rosamund[/name], unfortunately). It really cemented it for us when we mentioned it today, and [name]Baby[/name] thought it “pretty”.
We have asked what she would like to be called - the name she suggested was, oddly enough, not Tinkerbell, but Sofa. Yes, like a couch. I think this is probably her own variant on [name]Sophie[/name]/[name]Sophia[/name] …
I am pondering [name]Frances[/name] as a mn, as it was the real name of [name]Baby[/name] Houseman in Dirty Dancing … a loose connection, I know, but I think it would be wrong of us to try and wipe her slate completely clean.
Other girls’ names we like :
[name]Claudia[/name] (for my grandfather [name]Claudius[/name])
[name]Venetia[/name] (DH and I met in [name]Venice[/name])
[name]Margaret[/name] (DH likes, I am not a huge fan).
Names we would might use, should we have another daughter (which we plan on doing, in a couple of years) :
Here was our boys’ list before we settled on [name]Raphael[/name] :
[name]Benjamin[/name] (we adore the nn [name]Benji[/name], but is it too plain alongside [name]Raphael[/name]?)
[name]Claudius[/name] (at my mother’s insistance)
[name]Edmond[/name] (my brother’s mn)
[name]Esme[/name] (mn only)
[name]Ezekiel[/name] (very unusual over here)
[name]Jacob[/name] (too popular)
[name]Lorcan[/name] (I can’t get DH on board)
[name]Theodore[/name] nn [name]Teddy[/name] (we are already [name]Winnie[/name] and [name]Rupert[/name], so this is out of the question, unfortunately)
[name]Walter[/name] (no good nn options).
Hopefully this gives you an idea of the sort of names that we like … Any suggestions for others, or combinations, would be greatly appreciated!