And so do I. I usually love names like [name]Matilda[/name], [name]Dorothea[/name], [name]Josephine[/name], [name]Genevieve[/name], [name]Florence[/name], [name]Oliver[/name], [name]Henry[/name], Phinneaus, [name]James[/name], [name]Dashiell[/name], and many, many more. But now that I’m actually expecting a baby girl, a name keeps popping up. It isn’t a Nameberry favorite by any means, but I honestly want to know…
Is [name]Hayley[/name] really that awful?
Now before you roll your eyes and scoff at the ‘yooneek’, dated, overused name, I should probably explain myself a little more. When I was in High School, I wanted to name my future daughter [name]Hayley[/name] [name]Julianne[/name], after two of my favorite people. I couldn’t (and still can’t) think of anybody else I would want my daughter to be more like than those girls. Since then, my taste in names has obviously changed, and I’m no longer in touch with either of the girls I would be honoring. But I was going through some of my old stuff in the attic, and I came across some of my old diaries from when I was in High School. While I was skimming over them, the names just jumped off the page. As I remembered and read about all the great times I had had with them, it just felt so right to name my little girl [name]Hayley[/name] [name]Julianne[/name]. Maybe it’s just nostalgia or hormones, or a combination of the two, but it just seems like the perfect option. It’s really grown on me again, I already find myself thinking of her as [name]Hayley[/name] when I am talking about the baby. I don’t mind the actual sound of the name, it goes good with our last name, and unlike my other favorites, my husband actually likes this name.
The problem is, with this being our first child, it kind of sets the theme for names. And since I can’t see [name]Hayley[/name] and [name]Dorothea[/name] being sisters any more than I can see [name]Hayley[/name] and [name]Oliver[/name] being siblings, I might have to abandon my old favorites. We plan on having 3-4 kids, so that’s a pretty big decision in my opinion.
So that’s where you wonderful gals (or guys:)) come in. First off, what would you name siblings to [name]Hayley[/name]? I have tried to look it up in the check out a name box, but it doesn’t appear on many lists. And do you think I should go with my more sophisticated style where I already have many favorites? Or should I take my ‘Aha!’ moment and run with it?
*I also wanted to say that I’m not looking for variations of [name]Hayley[/name] or [name]Julianne[/name]. So no [name]Halle[/name] [name]Juliet[/name] or [name]Hadley[/name] [name]Jessamine[/name]. It’s either [name]Hayley[/name] [name]Julianne[/name] or back to something like [name]Dorothea[/name] [name]Florence[/name]. And while I know the latter will probably be more appealing to most, please bare with me here.