I have a 2 year old daughter named [name]Brigid[/name] [name]Ceaira[/name] (pronounced as “[name]Bridget[/name] [name]Sierra[/name]”) and am expecting our second child in late [name]January[/name]/early February. I had no problems with a name the first time around, as we conceived my daughter in [name]Ireland[/name] on a sort of a second honeymoon and wanted to use an Irish name for that reason as well as the fact that we wanted the nn [name]Bri[/name] ("[name]Bree[/name]"). We decided against the Irish pronunciation for both fn and mn however, as I grew up with a very difficult name and didn’t want that for her.
Anyway, I just don’t which direction to go this time. By the way, we don’t know the gender and probably won’t find out until the big day. We have it written down in an envelope in case we change our minds, but most likely won’t look. I don’t know if I should stick with Irish names for this and future kids (we aren’t sure if this will be the last or not) or go more towards classic names. The names we had picked out for my daughter had she been a boy were [name]Killian[/name], [name]Jack[/name] or [name]Wyatt[/name], but it most likely would have been [name]Killian[/name] for the Irish reason. I do still like that name, but am afraid I’m going to stick myself into a rut if we have more kids? The other girl name we had been considering last time was [name]Caitlin[/name] Aubriella (have loved [name]Caitlin[/name] since childhood), as I like the nn “[name]Cait[/name]” or “Caiti”. However, the reason we didn’t go with it was because of the popular factor. That is the same reason that I wonder about [name]Jack[/name] for a boy, although we have liked that name for a long time as well.
Yet another option to throw into this is that my husband’s family has a history of the oldest male passing down the name “[name]John[/name]” as either a first or middle name. My husband is actually the second son, but his older brother and wife may not be able to have more children and only have girls, so it is still unused. The problem is I really don’t want to use the name very much, as I know many Johns and Jonathans, but yet don’t want to hurt my father-in-law’s feelings, and it is an old tradition. Still, my husband and I aren’t really into the naming after family members thing. I know [name]Jack[/name] is a nn for [name]John[/name], but I don’t know if that would pass as a substitute with my husband’s family. There are also more boy cousins from my father-in-laws siblings that haven’t started having kids yet, so there are more chances out there. But I don’t know if they’d do it or not. I guess I’m not completely against it, but not convinced yet either.
So, to sum up, can you recommend both boy and girl names… Irish? Classic/timeless? And typically I prefer not very popular, although if it was the right name, maybe I would just use it anyway? I just don’t know what to do!