Okay, guys, I’m at a loss. We’re searching for a middle name for baby [name]Sylvie[/name], due to arrive in [name]November[/name]. [name]Sylvie[/name] is named after DH’s aunt, and we want her middle name to honor DH’s two late grandmothers, who both happened to be called strictly by their nicknames:
[name]Nancy[/name], whose real name was [name]Annie[/name] [name]Janet[/name]
[name]Nettie[/name], whose real name was [name]Renata[/name]
It would seem that an “N” name would fit the bill, and there are a few that I like, but each one seems to have some kind of problem, and ‘N’ has got to be the most difficult letter for girls’ names! (One reason is that many of them have strong religious meanings that we’d like to avoid–ie. [name]Natalie[/name], [name]Natasha[/name], [name]Nastasia[/name], [name]Noelle[/name]). DH is also very hard to please–he’s vetoed everything from [name]Naima[/name] to [name]Norah[/name] to [name]Neve[/name]/[name]Niamh[/name]!
Here are the top contenders right now:
[name]Nadine[/name] - I love the meaning of this one (hope and courage), but reaction (even among you berries) has been tepid…lots of people think it’s trashy, even though we’d pronounce it nah-deen (not nay-deen)…I can’t decide if this reaction matters to me or not! It doesn’t bother DH.
[name]Nanette[/name] - It’s kind of neat how it perfectly combines both grandmas’ names, and I think it’s totally cute, but is it too French with [name]Sylvie[/name] and our French Canadian last name? (We live in Western [name]Canada[/name], far from [name]Quebec[/name] and a few generations removed from the French-speaking relatives.)
[name]Nicolette[/name] - I really love this longer, more feminine middle name next to [name]Sylvie[/name], but can’t shake the ‘nicorette’ association…does it matter?
So first I’d like to ask if anyone has any other N names to suggest, and then I’d like to know if you can think of a way to combine any version of the two grandmas’ names, using any first initial you want. For example, I’ve come up with:
- Annarose ([name]Anna[/name] for [name]Annie[/name] and R for [name]Renata[/name]…DH wasn’t as moved as I was!)
- [name]Janette[/name] (don’t love this)
- using two middles, one of them being [name]Ren[/name] or [name]Wren[/name]
(Oh, and FYI, we’ve been back and forth with [name]Renata[/name] itself but now I’m vetoing it since its meaning (reborn) is a bit too religious for us.)
Thank you so much for your help and your thoughts!