We are expecting our second daughter and my husband and I have a hard time agreeing on girls' names. Our first daughter is Sophia (Sophie.) I knew it was a popular name but it was really the ONLY name we could both agree on... So... as excited as I was to hear that Sophie was getting a sister, I was also very anxious about finding another girl name!
I went through the Baby Name Wizard book and read out every single name I would consider and after my husband's veto, we are down to 7 possibilities (with 3 leading the pack)
Also Under Consideration:
Middle name is not set in stone, but will likely be Jane (for MIL) and our last name is two syllables, rhymes with Pagan.
Ideally, we'd like to find a name that sounds sophisticated but has a cute nickname she can use when she's younger. Name meaning is fairly important since the association with "wisdom" played a big role in choosing Sophia.
My husband really likes Allegra, and I do too, but I'm concerned about the allergy medication of the same name. Will this lead to teasing? Are we crazy for considering a name that has been hijacked by a pharmaceutical company? We like the musical connotations, the meaning (cheerful), and the way it sounds with our last name and our daughter's name (Sophia and Allegra, Sophie and Allie,) but I'm still worried.
You're welcome to make additional suggestions, but I've tried so many different names and these are really the only ones my husband likes... I doubt he's going to go for anything new.
Thank you so much for your help!
I love the name Allegra---and every time I want to suggest it, I back away because of the allergy medicine. I'm ANGRY at the company that stole it. Let's have a poll over to the right: Is the name Allegra too associated with allergy medication to be used for a baby? [Poll closed; see below for results.]
Poll results (337 votes total):
Yes: 174 votes, roughly 52%
No: 163 votes, roughly 48%
Name update 11-16-2009! F. writes:
We ended up naming our daughter Lucy. I love her name, but I regret not being gutsy enough to go with Allegra. Personally, I'd encourage anyone considering the name to go for it. No matter what name you choose some people will like it and others will hate it.
Thanks again for your help.