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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Baby Wagenson, Unexpectedly a Girl

Julie writes:
My husband and I are pregnant with a baby girl due July 23rd. We were told we were pregnant with a boy, and were all set with our name - Neal Conor (last name Wagenson). But about a month and a half ago our doctor informed us that there had been a mistake and we were actually having a girl!

Since then, we have been going crazy with lists, but no name has really stood out to us. I'm worried that we will never find a name and our little girl will either have a name we don't really like or end up being Neal! Please help!

We have two other children

Nora June (given name Eleanor, but I don't think we've ever called her that)
Tess Charlotte


Here is a selection of our extensive list.... all the names are pretty much the same style, so these are the ones we like most from it.

Olivia/Livvy
Faith
Ella
Margot
Katia
Kira
Eva
Ava
Cora
Madeleine
Hannah
Caroline
Abigail
Kate
Annie
Elissa
Violet
Sophie
Lydia
Grace
Georgia
Molly

The names are all fine, but none stick out to us as THE name. I feel like they've all got a similar feel that would fit with Nora and Tess, but they are all so much more popular, and while we don't want that, we can't seem to come up with names that aren't that we like.

We will most likely have another child, and if he is a boy, he will be Neal Conor.

Please help us! We are obviously looking in the wrong place, so hopefully you can set us on track so we can find the right name!

Thanks so much!

17 comments:

Swistle said...

I suggest Miriam or Ruth.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I like the idea of each of your daughters having a different amount of syllables in their name to make them more unique. You already have two darling names: Nora (2 syllables) and Tess (1 syllable). So I am naturally drawn to the three syllable names on your list, which are:

Olivia
Katia
Madeleine
Caroline
Abigail
Elissa
Violet
Lydia

Of those, my favorites are Caroline, Abigail, Violet and Lydia.

Other names to consider:

Sophia (three syllables, with the nickname of Sophie that you already like)
Emmaline (nickname Emma/Emmy)
Emerson (nn Emmy)
Susanna (nn Susie/Anna/Annie)
Mathilda (nickname Mattie/Tilly)

beyond said...

I love many of the names in your list, especially Cora, Katia and Margot.
How about:
Erin
Greta
Louise
Maude

Hannah said...

Based off of Nora and Tess (lovely names!) and your list, here's my list for you:

Elle
Isla
Milly
Mira
Polly (Paulina)
Blair
Vera
Rose
Zoe
Willa

Any you like?

Frazzled Mom said...

You already have a good list, but I would cross off Cora because I wouldn't want a Nora and a Cora in the same family.

I like the style of names on your list and could come up with a few others, but the one idea I have that really stands out to me is:

Sylvie - it is like combining Olivia/Livvy and Sophie from your list and getting the same name! That way you get two names for the price of one so to speak.

Rayne of Terror said...

I love love love Georgia with Nora and Tess.

StephLove said...

I love Caroline. I would pick that one.

But if you'd like more ideas, how about Anna or Rebecca?

Jasmine said...

First of all, I love your entire list of names. Here are some suggestions:

Wendy
Lucy
Louise/Louisa
Penelope (Penny or Nelly, even Poppy)
Margaret (Greta)
Sabrina
Josephine (Josie)
Elena/Helena
Susanna (Susie, Annie)
Beatrice
Mae
Linde/Lindy

SM said...

Margot!! Love it with your other names. Nora, Tess, Margot and Neal. Love it!

stellafide said...

I do like Georgia with the other two!
Nora, Tess, and Maeve.
Nora, Tess, and Audrey.
Nora, Tess, and Lainey.
Nora, Tess, and Maren.

Anna said...

I like Violet and Molly :)

Nora, Tess &

Opal
Inez
Lauren
Lucy
Amelia
Evelyn
Francesca
Hazel
Laura
Cecily
Lillian
Delilah
Lula
Martha
Mimi
Thisbe
Alice
Eliza
Mabel
Clara
Isobel
Meg
Una
Sally
Vera
Claire
Helena
Ivy
Joan
June
Briony
Celia
Phoebe
Daisy
Elsie
Edith (Edie)
Greta
Hattie
Hebe
Annabel

The Mrs. said...

All of your names are comfortable, feminine, and sweet.
It is nice that your daughters both have a different vowel sound ('Oh' and 'Eh') and different first initial ('N' and 'T').

Have you considered the name 'Mae' to fit with her sisters?
It isn't on the top 100 list and is a classic, familiar name.

That would leave you son to have his own vowel sound (helpful when calling for a specific kiddo).

Nora, Tess, Mae, Neal.

All the best to your family!

Meg said...

When reading I went "Lydia, Lydia would be perfect!", then saw you had it on your list and weren't thrilled with it. Boo. My vote is still for Lydia and think it would make a terrific little sister for Nora and Tess.

Other names I like:
Gretchen
Eliza
Anna (simple, classic and far underused in my opinion)
Harriet nn Hattie

Hattie would be my second choice after Lydia. Good luck!

christa said...

I really like Kate with Nora and Tess.

Nora, Tess, and Kate.

Kate is kinda hard to pair with most middle names, so you could name her Katherine and call her Kate.

Katherine Ann
Katherine Faith
Katherine Grace

Then if you have your Neal all your children will have 4 letter names.

Good luck!

janet said...

Some great names on your list and in the comments. I love Kate, Liv, Anne (nn Annie?)...I love the one-syllable names as a sibling set.

Jess said...

I agree with Christa in that I like that all of your children will have four letter names or nicknames. With that in mind, I suggest:

- Joan. (not in top 1000) Nora, Tess, Joan, and Neil. This seems to fit the timeless and classical trend that you have.
- Jane. (#390) Nora, Tess, Jane, and Neil. So pretty. You also don't have a hard A sound yet in your group.
- Gwen. (not in top 1000) Nora, Tess, Gwen, and Neil.

From above, I like Ruth.

I love most of your choices (minus Cora, Lydia, Georgia, and Kira), especially Kate and Molly.

I have to say that my adult friends horror at the possible teasing of "Chlamydia Lydia" ruined the name for me.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I have a Nora and love the name Tess, when we were due with baby #2 Ruth(ie) and Penelope were on the top of our list. Sorry, I didn't read the other responses, but I think Cora and Nora are a little too close.