I have posted here several times before and have gotten great advice, but my husband and I are still struggling for a name for our first child due next week. Our favorites are as follows:
[name]Adelaide[/name] (family name on my side; might be my favorite)
[name]Annika[/name] (my husband’s name is [name]Kevin[/name] and feels an affinity for the “k” sound)
Her middle name will be either [name]Rush[/name] or [name]Margaret[/name] to honor my grandmother.
My concerns are as follows - does [name]Adelaide[/name] sound too youthful? My husband says that he can’t picture a grown-up [name]Adelaide[/name]. Also, I am not a fan of the nickname [name]Addie[/name] for our family - primarily because our niece goes by [name]Gabby[/name] and that sounds too similar. I do think [name]Laidey[/name] and [name]Didi[/name] are very cute - but again, that doesn’t help my husband picture our daughter as a professional adult. [name]Annika[/name] I only like if pronouced [name]Anne[/name]-icka…like [name]Annie[/name], even though I know that isn’t the traditional pronounciation. Is that too “you-neek”? Also does the name [name]Annika[/name] feel a little cheesy to anyone? (I’m sorry for the negative term but I don’t know how else to put it) I think I like more traditional American names and I am concerned that [name]Annika[/name] may be too exotic. [name]Eliza[/name] is beautiful and we haven’t had any complaints about it, but it also seems to always be our back-up choice for some reason. [name]Amelia[/name] was one of my favorites originally, but I took it off the list because “amelia” is also an unfortuate medical term. But now I can’t stop thinking about the name. I think I really love it, but I have such mixed feelings about using it because of the secondary meaning.
I would love any advice and/or suggestions. My head is spinning and I am getting very anxious about not being able to decide on the right name for our little girl and then just going with something that I will regret later… Also, those of you who have children already - if you didn’t have a name chosen, did it help to see your baby before choosing a name?
Thank you so much for any help you can give us.