We're expecting our second child in December. Our last name is two syllables and starts with M. Our son is Thomas Murray. We both loved Thomas and Murray is a family name. A girl's name is turning out to be very hard for us. We definitely both gravitate towards traditional, solid, and 'old' names with a history, with no desire to create a 'new' and unique name while avoiding known trendy names. I love Emily, but husband strongly dislikes. He likes Maria, Marie, Mary, or Margaret. I vehemently object due to the last name (M). Our currently list includes Anne, Anna, Audrey, Claire, and Katherine. I can't help but feel that we're choosing from a list that we're both ok with, but not ones that either of us love. Likely middle names are Marie (I'll let it in as a middle), Kathryn/Katherine, and Anne.
So, any ideas we're obviously missing?
Well, so Emily is out, and so are names starting with M. Amelia comes to mind because it's similar to Emily but maybe different enough that he'll like it, and it's traditional/solid/old. Or might you like Emeline? It starts out similar to Emily but has a completely different sound.
Oh! Oh oh oh! How about Ruth? At the pool this summer there was a toddler named Ruth, and I could NOT BELIEVE how cute that name was on a wee girl. Her mom also sometimes called her Ruthie. How about Ruth Katherine M.?
You've got Claire on your list, which makes me think of Clara. Clara Marie M.
For old and traditional with history, it would be hard to beat the name Eve. Eve Katherine M.
Name update 12-02-2009! Stephanie writes:
I loved reading your suggestions and those of the commenters. Ultimately, we stuck with our list and Audrey Kathryn was born in the wee hours of Friday morning, Nov 27. We decided you were all right and that speculating on the popularity of a name we liked was silly :) Kathryn is my middle name, so our son has his Dad's middle name and our daughter has mine. Incidentally, she just missed sharing a birthday with me as well, by 3 hours.