My husband and I are currently expecting a baby girl, who will be induced on October 7, 2009. We already have a daughter, named Violet Claire. Violet is named after my husband's beloved grandmother, and I have always loved the name Claire. We settled on her name well into my second trimester. Naming a second daughter is so much harder than I ever expected, and we are nowhere nearer finding her name than we were the day I found out I was pregnant. Our family's names are Andrew (Husband), Katherine (Me), Violet (Daughter). Our last name is Kalpakis.
My preference, if possible, is to have each child have one family name and one name of their own. Though, at this point I am open to anything.
Names we have discussed that are still in consideration: Hazel, Esme, Pearl, Jane, Audrey, Arden, Anne, Amelia, and Molly.
Our reservations about Hazel are that both Violet and Hazel are colors and plants. Am I the only one that immediatly goes to that connection? Also, my daughters will be less than 2 years apart and I don't want them the silly, little 'flower' children. I love Esme and first discovered it and fell in love with it from the J.D. Salinger short story years ago, but we worry about the 'Twilight' coorelation with Esme, though the name is much more common in my husband's native country therefore not a problem there (though we live here). Jane is by far my favorite, but my husband goes back and forth. I worry that Molly is a great name, but may sound too young or demure later in life. Is that just me?
Names I love that my husband has vetoed: Imogen, Bronwyn, Olive.
Names my husband likes that I won't use: Grace, Sophia, Olivia.
Family names that could be used as middle names : Ruth, Adaleen, Marie, Jacquelyn.
Names that we love but don't want to use due to the duplicate 'ette' ending sounds are : Charlotte, Juliet, Cosette.
We are open to any other considerations. I am still waiting for that magic combination of names that will just fly off the page!
Name update 10-22-2009! Katherine writes:
Jane Mirabelle was born October 11th. I loved many of the suggestions your readers sent in (especially Amelia Louise) but Jane was the name I really had my heart set on since I found out I was pregnant, and I was thrilled when my husband committed and said he felt like it 'fit' her too. Mirabelle is a name of a favorite character in a favorite book, but I wasn't sure I was brave enough to use it until I read it as a suggestion for another one of your readers as a middle name. Thank so much for your help!