[name]Hi[/name] all - I had posted originally looking for middle names for [name]Eloise[/name] and settled on [name]Noelle[/name]. Well, we’ve had a total change of plans around here (4 days overdue, no less) and in the last month or so have fallen in love with [name]Beatrix[/name] (nn [name]Bea[/name]) as a sister for [name]Willa[/name].
That’s all well and good - it’s the middle name problem again. [name]Noelle[/name] is okay, not in love with it - it would reference my dad’s name - [name]Leon[/name] - spelled backwards and feminized.
But another name I [name]LOVE[/name] is [name]Marigold[/name]. My dad’s mom is [name]Mary[/name] (so that takes care of him!), as well as my husband’s deceased mom’s middle name ([name]Willa[/name] has her first name as a middle name, [name]Willa[/name] [name]Ruth[/name]).
[name]Gold[/name] references the prairies - the wheat, the fields - where we are both from. We gave [name]Willa[/name] her name because it had that same pioneer/prairie spirit. I don’t have the guts to use [name]Marigold[/name] as a first name, and like [name]Beatrix[/name] more anyhow. But do the two go together? Does it really matter? After all, how often do any of us use our middle names? It’s most important for it to anchor her to our pasts, in my view.
Our last name is two-syllables starting with an S. Any insight, good or bad, welcome!