[name]Hi[/name] there - we’re expecting our first child. We’re sorted on boy’s names - but the girl’s names have proved a bit tricky.
My husband and I live in San [name]Francisco[/name] - but I’m Southern, with roots in Mississippi, [name]Virginia[/name], and [name]Louisiana[/name]. And I come from a long family tradition of giving girls’ “Southern” names - which usually means either ultra-feminine OR very a tomboyish surname. (I have a boy’s name myself, and female cousins named [name]Carter[/name], [name]Peyton[/name] and [name]Emerson[/name]). Then there’s the whole Greek revival faction - I even had a Great Great Aunt [name]Clytie[/name] (as in Clytemnestra!).
So! Help me honor my baby’s Southern roots without ending up with a too-obvious [name]Scarlett[/name] or [name]Flannery[/name], or a too-country Bettysue
I want something creative without being TOO crazy, literary would be great too.
Some current favorites:
[name]Clementine[/name] (is this getting too “done” among the hipster set?)
[name]Lucy[/name] (grandmother’s name, and I’ve loved it since I was a kid - but is it too common now?)
[name]Jane[/name] (my mother’s name, but it could use more kick?)
[name]Ella[/name] (other grandmother’s name - but TOO popular and already taken by a cousin’s child)
Also - 4 candidates for middle names (we usually use family surnames as middles) are:
[name]Holladay[/name] (yep, that’s the spelling)
Meriwether (is this too [name]Lord[/name] of the Rings? It really is a family name, but…don’t want to make ppl think of Hobbits)
Our last name is “[name]Parker[/name]” btw.
Thanks for your help and opinions!