We are expecting our first child at the end of March. We're not finding out the sex of the baby, I think we have a boy's name decided on. It's the girl's name that is giving us problems. It's hard to find names we both agree on. For a boy we have Oliver Matthew picked out. Matthew is my husbands first name. And Oliver I just LOVE.He didn't care for it at first, but is happy with the name now. He wants to call him Olly. Not sure if I'm crazy about the nickname, but I don't have to call him that. I also love Henry William, which is a family name on his side. (His dad is Henry William 3rd) Henry is also the husband's middle name, but he hates it.
There is one girl name we agree on, which is Meredith. I really like it, but I'm having such a hard time commiting to it. I think it's because there are other names I like more. Like Charlotte, my all time favorite. I also like Eliza, but he hated that one. My list also includes: Amelia, Liselotte, Hannah (he has a cousin named Hannah), Maragret, and some others that I don't remember without going look because the husband has vetoed them. I'm not even sure what names he likes for a girl other than Meredith. He doesn't mention them anymore. But he has mentioned Megan, Monica, Lauren, and such before. But I really don't care for them. I don't want a name that is too popular, unless I LOVE it. I seem to be more fond of names that have nicknames, but that's not required. I want a name that has substance and is feminine, but not girly. A name that will work for her at all stages of her life.
As for middle names. He wants to use mine, Leigh. Which I'm okay with if it sounds right. But I would rather the middle name be after his mom. Her name is Joanie Marie. Which I have had a hard time with. Joan is an option instead of Joanie. I am not fond of Marie, but I think Mae could possibly do the trick. I also like the idea of the nickname going with the middle name, if that makes sense. Such as Charlotte Joan (or Mae) and calling her Charlie Jo (or Mae) I also like Jane as a middle name, but I don't feel as if it honors his mom as much as Joan would.
Our last name is Lutz, so I've kind of ruled out S names. Mainly because if they ever have to fill out something with First initial and Full last name, it isn't pretty. Or if the name starts with an O the middle name can't start with a S for the same reason. I'm so picky, which is probably why this is so difficult.
Oh, I LOVE the name Meredith! I've had that on my girl name list with each pregnancy. Meredith Leigh is great, and so is Meredith Joan. With Lutz, I prefer Joan; you could call her Merrie Jo. I think Jane and Mae are too far from your mother-in-law's name for her to think of them as honoring her, but I like both of them as middle names if you decide not to go with the namesake idea.
You could also use Meredith Charlotte Lutz, but your husband may change his mind on Charlotte later on so probably you will want to save it: my husband disliked a name with my first pregnancy, and it was his first choice for the second pregnancy. If he comes around to Charlotte THIS pregnancy, I like Charlotte Joan Lutz best.
More possibilities to consider:
Anastasia (Anna Jo)
Cordelia (Corrie Jo, Delia Jo)
Eleanor (Ellie Jo, Nellie Jo, Nora Jo)
Francesca (Frannie Leigh, Frannie Jo, Chessie Jo)
Genevieve (Evie Jo, Genna Leigh)
Penelope (Nellie Jo, Penny Jo)
Virginia (Ginny Jo)
Winifred (Winnie Jo)