Currently TTC, and we are struggling to find names we love for baby #2. Our daughter’s name is [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_u]Marie[/name_u], and we love her name so, so much. It’s the perfect blend of uncommon yet recognizable, we love that it’s short because our last name is 10 letters long, and I love the vintage vibe.
So far we haven’t found another that gives us the same feel for either boy or girl names. Our top contenders right now are:
[name_f]Lena[/name_f] - we both like the sound of it with [name_f]Ada[/name_f] and the meaning is lovely. There is a [name_f]Lena[/name_f] in DH’s family tree, which is cool. We’ve been pronouncing it LEE-na
Sylvie - we love the meaning, but not sure if it feels right with [name_f]Ada[/name_f]. Is it more trendy than vintage? Would [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] with nn [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f] work better?
Daphne - I love this name, DH is undecided. We both like the meaning though.
Willa - This is one we both keep wavering on. It seems like it should fit well, and my late father’s name was [name_m]William[/name_m] so it would be a lovely tribute.
Liana - We really love the floral meaning, but not sure if it has the same vintage charm as [name_f]Ada[/name_f].
June - I haven’t been able to convince DH about this one yet. I think it’s so cute. [name_f]My[/name_f] sister-in-law did once have a cat named [name_u]June[/name_u], but that was a few years ago.
Zelda - DH loves this name, but I worry about the [name_u]Legend[/name_u] of [name_f]Zelda[/name_f] references. Plus, our nephew’s name is [name_u]Lincoln[/name_u] and gets called “[name_m]Link[/name_m]” a lot…DH thinks that’s cool but I think it’s weird haha.
[name_m]Simon[/name_m] - I think the vintage feel is right. The meaning is fine.
Hugo - DH isn’t sold on it, but I think it’s cute. Our last name starts with H but I think they sound good together.
Milo - I haven’t run this past DH yet, but it’s been speaking to me lately
Ted - I’m really liking the name [name_m]Ted[/name_m] lately but I don’t know how I feel about naming a boy JUST [name_m]Ted[/name_m]. I’m usually not a fan of having a longer name just to get to a nickname, but would it be weird if he was just [name_m]Ted[/name_m]? I like [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] okay, but it’s so long (our last name is long) and then people might call him [name_u]Theo[/name_u], which is cute but so popular.
Edmund - Another name that’s speaking to me lately, and I do know it could have the nn [name_m]Ted[/name_m], so maybe a good option. Definitely old-fashioned but more uncommon.
Zach - This was actually the boy name we had picked out for [name_f]Ada[/name_f] before we found out her gender. We’re not as in love with it as we were before. Partly I think because DH became friends with a former coworker named [name_m]Zach[/name_m], and although we don’t see him much (even pre-COVID) and the fact that he is a nice guy, it sort of ruins the name for me.
William - As I mentioned, this is my late father’s name and it would be lovely to honor him (he and I were really close). I’ve always thought I would use it as a middle name, but lately, I’ve been considering it more as a first name. But, it’s SO popular. I like “[name_m]Will[/name_m]” okay as a nn, not a fan of [name_u]Liam[/name_u] or [name_m]Bill[/name_m] (which is what my dad mostly went by).
Any opinions or other suggestions? I’m not so worried about middle names, as we’ll probably pick a family name.
PS: A few vintage names I love that are unusable due to family or friends already using are [name_m]Arthur[/name_m], [name_m]Henry[/name_m], [name_u]Wyatt[/name_u], [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f], [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f], and [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f].