My husband and I are expecting our first baby in May 2009, a girl. Though we are not firmly settled on a name, we have settled on a style, which I define as"beautiful, feminine, dignified" names (if that is a category!). I would love to find a name that conveys beauty but is relatively easy to pronounce and easy for the child to have in a practical sense. I am half-Mexican-half White and my husband is Taiwanese-American. The last name will be Hwang. (pronounced Hwong, with a soft "ahhhh" for the a). One thought is to have a Spanish first name to go with the Chinese last name. I love names like Olivia, Sophia, etc, but I worry they are too popular and would love to find a name that is just as sweet but perhaps not the same as several of her classmates. I could also go for a non-Spanish first name. I know that with our one syllable last name it might be nice to have a more complex (3 or 4 syllable) first name and perhaps a two syllable middle name, to end it off with the brief "Hwang". We are somewhat partial to names that have the opportunity for sweet nicknames (love Lucy, Lily, Sophie for example) - - but this is not a firm requirement.
Here are some ideas ...... an assorted bunch.
Emilia Hwang (I love this spelling)
Sophia Hwang (we love the nickname Sophie)
Nuria Hwang (just came across this one and I find it beautiful)
Annelise Hwang (I have been in love with this name for a while, though wondering if it is difficult??)
Clara Hwang (a true favorite for my husband, though my cousin's baby is named Clare, is that off-limits then?? or perhaps a middle name?)
I also found the name Solia in a book recently, evidently of Sephardic origin -- it seems quite rare, but I find it beautiful.
I think we need global help with further suggestions and ideas for names that work well with our last name!
And middle names!
Names that are indeed taken in our family are Allison and Isabella, our nieces.
Oh, I like Clara too! That's my favorite on your list. Whether using it will cause trouble with your cousin depends on your cousin.
I wonder if you'd like the name Silvia, nickname Silvie? That seems similar to Sophia/Sophie, while being less common. Silvia Hwang.
Elena is another favorite of mine. Elena Hwang. Or the slightly fancier Eliana. Eliana Hwang.
I love the name Bianca. Bianca Hwang. I like how the A sounds are coordinated.
More suggestions for Erica?
Name update 06-05-2009! Erica writes:
Thanks to everyone for their baby name suggestions. Emilia Corinne Hwang was born 5/22. 8 lbs 13 ounces, and beautiful. Thanks everyone, we're so happy with the name Emilia and everyone loves it along with the ring of Emilia Corinne.