My little girls are Sophira Li ([name_f]Sophie[/name_f]) and Avaleigh [name_f]Beth[/name_f] [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f] (Aavie).
I always thought one day if I would have a baby girl I would name her something like [name_f]Savana[/name_f] or [name_f]Bethany[/name_f] [name_f]Ava[/name_f]. However, when I was 6 or 8 months along with [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] I was watching tv and a movie called Eragon came on and I heard the name [name_f]Sapphira[/name_f]. I just knew in my heart that was it. A powerful, defined, feminine name. I didn’t care about people referring to the dragon movie when they heard her name it just seemed right. My hubby and I discussed nicknames, he didn’t want her to be nicknamed Saffy so we decided on Sophira instead as it’s really similar anyway and we would call her [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] most times. We wrote out different spellings like [name_f]Safira[/name_f] but they just didn’t look right. I looked up Sophira on Facebook and surprisingly there were loads men and women all over the world with that as a first name or surname. I found that really interesting. My husband choose her middle name Li to honour my [name_f]Asian[/name_f] heritage and family. Her name means pretty and powerful and she was born in the year of the tiger. [name_m]Even[/name_m] though some people think her name is a typo sometimes and we didn’t get much reception about it when she was born, she really suits her name and wears it well. We don’t know anyone who has met another Sophira too which I think makes it more one of a kind (at least in Australia I love all the different accents of her teachers and friends saying her name. The kids at her daycare find her name such a novelty too
With our second little girl Avaleigh, we liked the names [name_f]Ava[/name_f] and [name_f]Emily[/name_f] but we thought [name_f]Ava[/name_f] was too common and [name_f]Emily[/name_f] sounds too much like our surname. I love Gone with the Wind and [name_u]Vivien[/name_u] [name_u]Leigh[/name_u] so I choose [name_u]Leigh[/name_u]. [name_u]Lee[/name_u] is also a family name (part of the reason we choose [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]'s middle too). One of my nicknames is also [name_f]Lil[/name_f]/[name_f]Lily[/name_f].
We were thinking [name_f]Bethany[/name_f] or [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f] almost throughout the whole nine months when I was pregnant with both girls. I loved the idea of a [name_f]Dolly[/name_f] or [name_f]Gwen[/name_f] as nicknames but with our surname, they would be set up to be teased.
I decided to use the name [name_f]Beth[/name_f] as a middle. I prayed the Hail [name_f]Mary[/name_f] every day walking to the hospital a few years ago when I
almost lost my husband (then fiancée). I didn’t want to use the name [name_f]Mary[/name_f] but wanted to honour her so I choose [name_f]Beth[/name_f] from Bethlehem where she gave birth to [name_m]Jesus[/name_m].
[name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f]'s was a restaurant my family used to go to a lot when I was a child and i had incredible memories getting up and dancing to the piano player with my siblings (they thought my brother was part of an act My husband is a No Doubt fan and I have a cool work friend called [name_f]Gwen[/name_f] too.
Aavie’s name I also saw quite a bit of on Google search and Nameberry. It’s much more popular in the US then anywhere else. Her name has gotten more compliments then her big sister’s name. A few people including family members had trouble pronouncing it and mispronounce/d it Av ( as in Avenue or [name_f]Avalon[/name_f]) ah-lee but I don’t mind as I find that way of saying it pretty too.
If we were to have another child one day (maybe if we won [name_u]Lotto[/name_u] or had a surprise) I find the names [name_u]Seth[/name_u] [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] ? just thrilling