I think we have picked our name, but wanted to write you and see what you (and your readers) think, or could possible give any other ideas for us! J
Our Son is Cameron Ashton Roland, will be 4 in February. Ashton was because we liked the name, but not enough to use it as his first name. Roland is after my dad.
We are now expecting our daughter in March and trying to decide on a name that we both like.
other ideas were:
Caitlin (originally didn't like 2 C names, now we know a little girl with this name)
Middle name will be Joanna (or Joanne) after my mom – she wants it to be Joanna. And the question lies with, do we have 2 middle names with her as well???
We really like Old traditional names that will be a strong name when they grow up. Also don’t want there to be 5 of them in the same class! Didn’t think like that with Cameron, just liked the strong sounded aspect of it...
What we can't figure out is what nicknames she might be called (we aren't ones to shorten their name) or what possible bad names could come from it once teasing starts in school.
Really looking forward to your ideas! J
About two middle names: I think it depends in part on your family plans---but that it can still go either way. If you're stopping at two children, I think it would be nice for them to both have two middle names. If you're planning on more children (or even if you're not), then I think you could say the two middle name thing was a firstborn thing, and not do it for the others. Well, OR you could keep going with two middle names. You have a nice pattern set up: one name you liked but not enough to use as a first name, and one family name. If you have enough of both kinds of names to go around, it might be fun to keep going with that. For example, this baby girl could be ____ Caitlin Joanna Price.
The four finalist names all look good to me, nickname/teasing-wise. A Charlotte could be nicknamed Char or Lottie; Charlotte was the name of the spider in Charlotte's Web, so it's possible there could be some teasing there. A Scarlett could be nicknamed Lettie; I suppose someone mean might bring up Scar or Scarlet Letter, although surely they won't think of the Letter thing until high school English. Grace could get references to how her actual gracefulness fails to meet the expectations set by her name. A Kiera could be nicknamed Kiki.
If you want old, traditional, and strong, Charlotte and Grace are the best two on your list. If you're trying to avoid common names, Grace was #21 in 2008 and Charlotte was #87; however, Grace seems to have leveled off and even seems to be slightly decreasing in commonness, whereas Charlotte is still steadily rising. (Source: Social Security Administration.)
If you don't want two C names, Grace looks to me like the best bet, and Grace Joanna Price is a beautiful name. If you don't mind having two C names, Charlotte Joanna Price is also wonderful. Or if you want to use two middle names, maybe Grace Caitlin Joanna Price or Charlotte Sidney Joanna Price. Looking at the options, I think I prefer the names with just one middle name.
Everyone else, please weigh in on your favorite options---and can you think of any more nicknames or potential teasings?
Name update 04-22-2010! Robyn writes:
Thanks again for your (and your readers!) help!
Erica Lee Joanna was born on March 22 – and did, in fact, remain nameless for about 5 days.. Once I decided on the name, I couldn’t decide on the spelling! LOL