I, a desperately dilating insomniac, type this in the wee hours of the night.
My husband and I vowed we would not be in this position–VERY pregnant and VERY undecided on names. Our two-year-old toddler even senses our anxiety and looks up from his train table to offer suggestions: “We should name the baby [name]Diesel[/name] or Steamer or Mechanic. Those are good names.”
Interestingly, we had no difficulty naming our son. We both loved the name [name]Luke[/name]: we loved that it was classic, timeless, good for a child or adult, masculine, simple, and short. We appreciated that the name carried some weight (given its religious/spiritual roots), yet simultaneously had a free-spirited, pioneer feel.
But, now, we’re struggling to find a sibling name–male or female–to accompany it.
I realize that I’m not giving you much to work with, but we like short, strong, timeless names for boys. Our last name is long (Gilbertson), so one or two syllables is likely best. While we love the name [name]Luke[/name], we recognize that it’s also incredibly popular, and would like to choose a name that shares the same qualities as [name]Luke[/name], but is less common. I mentioned above that we liked the dichotomy of the name (i.e. religious yet free-spirited), but please understand that we’re not interested in a bunch of cowboy names. And, the name does not need to be biblical. Strong, short, simple, ageless, unique (but not weird). Am I making any sense? And, of course, we’d like for the name to go well with [name]Luke[/name]. I wish I could offer you more specific names that we like, but, frankly, I can’t think of any. (In fact, my brain is so fatigued that I could barely create a user name and password for this message board!) We like the name [name]North[/name], but just aren’t certain. I think it suits our last name (which is Scandinavian, i.e. of the [name]North[/name]), but I’m not convinced that it goes so well with [name]Luke[/name].
Any suggestions? Please!
For female names, we like the name [name]Francesca[/name], but, as with [name]North[/name], aren’t completely sold. We love the nickname [name]Frankie[/name], but do not at all love [name]Fran[/name] or [name]Franny[/name]. And, how could we stop people from calling her [name]Franny[/name]? I love the “cesca” part of the name, though, and wonder what other female names might have a similar “cesca” sound. [name]Tessa[/name] comes to mind, but so does my husband’s romantic past (an ex-girlfriend was named [name]Tessa[/name]). As you can see, I like Italian names for girls (but not boys) and, for some reason, I don’t mind a polysyllabic girl’s name. I’m open to non-Italian suggestions, though.
Again, not much to run with, I realize. But any ideas would be hugely appreciated. Heck, at this point, we’d even use your user name as a middle name. Or, we’re just going go with first name [name]Braxton[/name] and middle name Hicks.