I’m having a baby in mid-to-late [name]January[/name] or thereabouts, and feel strongly that it is a girl, (DH and I cannot even think of any boy names, so if it turns out to be a son, we’ll deal with that then, even if it takes a few weeks after the birth to decide)
and the name that first came to me was [name]Joy[/name]. The hard part is, the siblings are [name]Hope[/name] [name]Martha[/name] and [name]Langdon[/name] [name]Michael[/name] (they go by [name]Hope[/name] and [name]Michael[/name]) and [name]Joy[/name] might sound like I am trying to be kitschy with daughters’ names.
My DH has longed for an elaborate, polysyllabic girlie-girl name, and I put my foot down pretty much eternally against [name]Natasha[/name] and [name]Sasha[/name] and the other Russian names he’s fond of, because a) I don’t like them even though I speak Russian, and b) we haven’t a drop of Russian heritage between us, so it seems pretentious, and c) I want our kids to sound like they came from the same family, not a bunch of separate international adoptions.
So he suggested [name]Anastasia[/name] ([name]Anastacia[/name]) as a middle name, and we both like the ring of [name]Joy[/name] [name]Anastasia[/name], both for the season, and the meaning (even though it’s not an [name]Easter[/name] [name]Baby[/name]).
Problem is, if she went by [name]Joy[/name], we’d have 3 single-syllable kids ([name]Hope[/name], [name]Mike[/name], and [name]Joy[/name]) and DH really wants his one chance at a pink-satin-ribbons-and-lace name for a daughter. If she went by [name]Anastasia[/name], which is pretty albeit a tad commonplace, it would get shortened by everyone to [name]Ana[/name], which I really don’t care for. It’s harmless enough, but lacks distinction and is extremely common.
So… I’m trying to find pretty, perhaps Victorian, but ornate, yet well-rooted (traditional, vintage, or historically sacred to the season) names for a girl, to consider. So far,
sound decent enough
and I like the meaning and tradition behind [name]Rowan[/name] and [name]Holly[/name], but not the more recent social connotations they bear. [name]Diana[/name] is a great choice for a winter-born girl, that connotes feminity, personal power, etc, but has been worn too thin in recent decades for my taste.
Interestingly, I also like some of the [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name]/Romanesque/Romantic/Classical Revival names such as [name]Minerva[/name], [name]Araminta[/name], etc but since our other two children have comparatively staid names, I don’t want the third to sound like an au pair visiting from abroad! LOL
Can anyone suggest pretty, feminine (or perhaps strong-yet-feminine, like [name]Rosalind[/name], [name]Evangeline[/name], and [name]Eleanor[/name]) names that evoke something of the sacred observances of winter, yuletide, the beginning of new hopes for a new year, and/or something heavenly and/or traditionally sacred?
Thanks for any help!