We’re expecting our first child on [name]September[/name] 23rd, and we’ve elected not to find out the gender.
A name for a boy has been chosen - before we were even married, my husband and I discussed names, and as I ran through the entire alphabet (eg., “[name]Andrew[/name]?” “No.” “[name]Aidan[/name]?” “No.” “[name]Ashton[/name]?” “No.” - you get the picture) it became evident that he liked only three male names - [name]Jack[/name], [name]Michael[/name], and [name]William[/name].
I love [name]Michael[/name] to pieces, but wouldn’t use it as a first name at this point, simply due to its rampant popularity. So it’s between [name]Jack[/name] or [name]William[/name] (he’d be called [name]Will[/name]) and my husband and I have decided that he can make the determination if our baby is a boy.
That leaves a girl. Sigh.
A little bit of background - we’re Canadian, and my husband is originally from Montreal (the English-speaking part - meaning, he’s not Francophone.) I bring this up because although we don’t live in Montreal, we do travel there frequently, and would like a name that is easily said in both English and French (I am bilingual due to French Immersion. Confused yet?)
So…a name that can easily be said in French and English. A name that is not overly popular. A name that has nickname potential. That’s our criteria, and here’s what we’ve come up with thus far (and we are open to suggestions.)
[name]Annabel[/name] - nickname [name]Anna[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] - nickname [name]Gen[/name], [name]Genny[/name], [name]Genna[/name]
[name]Audrey[/name] - nickname [name]Dree[/name] - [name]Audrey[/name] was the name of my husband’s mother (now deceased.) Worried about rising popularity here.
And finally, the wild card - [name]Magnolia[/name]. Nickname [name]Maggie[/name]. I love the Grateful Dead. [name]Sue[/name] me.
Last name begins with an L and has two syllables, if that helps.
And - a middle name. Something [name]Marian[/name] - we’re Catholic. Considering [name]Carmel[/name]. Any other suggestions?
THANK YOU!!! I’ve lurked here for several weeks, and you all do great work.