I am due with our first baby (a girl) in early August and my husband and I have been having a hard time finding a name. We're looking for something that is relatively uncommon but not weird or something that she will always have to spell for people. Our last name sounds like "while." We've come up with a long list of names but some of them seem too common, some names one or the other of us is not thrilled about, and a couple of others are closer to what we are looking for but are not quite right:
Too common: Grace, Sophie, Madeline
Only one of us likes: Sylvia, Olivia, Rachel, Annabelle, Cleo, Ella, Eloise, Josie, Lila, Mila, Sonia, Romy
Closer but not quite right: Macy (thanks, Baby Name Wizard book!), Sabrina, Miranda
We also like Natalie and Serena but they have been claimed by our siblings already.
So as you can see, we are all over the place! Please help!
The names Grace and Macy make me think of these possibilities:
The name Natalie makes me think of these possibilities
The name Miranda makes me think of these possibilities:
Name update! Robin writes:
Apologies about the very late baby name update for Baby Girl While (from August 2009) - have not been back to this site for a long time and then saw the post re One parent loves the name, the other is fine with it. That was pretty much our situation - I loved the name Sonia - it really clicked for me - but my husband was very meh about it. Going into the hospital we were thinking Sydney, because it was the only name we were both OK with, but neither of us loved it. But then I had a long, very difficult labor and delivery, and after the baby was born my husband turned to me with tears in his eyes and said, "you can pick the name!" I took a day or so to decide and ultimately did go with Sonia after assurances from him that he didn't hate it. As compromise, we used his grandmother's name, which I don't love, as her middle name.
Maybe it was a postpartum thing, but in the weeks afterwards, she just didn't seem like a "Sonia" and I had difficulty calling her that, and even thought about trying to change her name to Sydney. I think a big part of it was that I felt badly that my husband had not been excited about the name. Even now she just doesn't quite seem to fit her name, and I was surprised that a lot of people mispronounce it ("Sawn-ya"), and although we didn't want a super common name I feel badly that many people, especially little kids, seem very unfamiliar with it.
So, in summary - I wouldn't completely discount one of the parents not being thrilled about the name. It depends on the situation (my husband did care, a lot, about the name, although he is fine with it now), but presumably you married the person you did because you value their opinions, so it's probably a good idea to listen to them!