We are due with a delivery surprise on March 22. We have a daughter named Audrey Caroline and a son named Oliver Andrew, and we miscarried a baby that we named Christian. Our last name is pronounced "SHE lee."
For each of our pregnancies, we have tossed around Greta or Gretchen, Rachel, and Rebekah. We don't like the nicknames for Rebekah, so it usually gets crossed off the list early. For this pregnancy, we had agreed on Greta since about 20 weeks, but now I'm having second thoughts. It has been hard to find a middle name for Greta, too. I like the flow of my daughter's name, with the longer name in the middle, and I really don't care for traditional middle names like Lynn, Leigh, Michelle, etc. My husband likes Greta Louise, but it seems a little unfair to give one daughter the middle name "Caroline" and stick the other one with "Louise."
We are much closer in style on boys' names. We both like more classic, traditional names. We are both OK with Henry and Benjamin, but it just isn't *the* name. He likes George, Jefferson, Lewis, and Franklin. I am looking for something with a little more spunk, like Levi, Eli or Elias, I like double names like John Paul or John David, too We love Alexander, but only for a middle name.
We are trying to avoid using another name that starts with a vowel, and names that start with B to avoid the initials BS. We'd like either the first or the middle name to be a Saints' name or Biblical.
Here's our no list, most because one of us doesn't like it, but some because they have been taken by family members.
Girls: Abigail, Anna, Beatrice, Beverly, Bridget, Camille, Camilla, Cecilia, Claire (although it could possible work in the middle), Colette, Cora, Delilah, Eleanor, Eliza, Eva, Felicity, Gabrielle, Gemma, Genevieve, Hannah, Joy, Julia, Leah, Lydia, Madeline, Matilda, Naomi, Sophie, Sophia, Stella, Veronica, Vivian
Brice, Cormac, Dominic, Gabriel, Hugh, Isaac, John, Jude, Leo, Lewis, Linus, Nathan, Nathaniel, Roderick, Walker, Xavier, Zachary
I think some of the problem is that my husband has an immediate reaction to a name, it is a yes or it is a no. That's why our no lists are so long. He says he doesn't want to make a list, he's only looking for one name. I need to try a name out, and think about it for awhile. I'm looking forward to your suggestions and reader ideas, too. Thanks!
Why is it that men are so often difficult about things like this? They don't want to make lists or consider or discuss or to come up with their own suggestions, they only want godlike veto power. Sigh. Well, we must work with the chromosomes to which we are yoked.
Oh, I like Greta Louise! I think Louise has sass. It's one of my mom's favorite names for the middle-name slot because it's so fun to SAY. Plus as you know there's a Saint Louise so that takes care of the Biblical/Saint requirement. I think it's GREAT. Greta Louise Sheelee. I also like:
Greta Helena Sheelee
Greta Josephine Sheelee
Greta Lucia Sheelee
Greta Naomi Sheelee
Greta Susannah Sheelee
But if you decide not to use Greta, I suggest Margaret. It's such a flexible name, with so many nicknames including Greta and Gretchen but also including Meg and Maggie and even Daisy. It's wonderful with the sibling names and with your surname. Plus, there's a Saint Margaret. I think Margaret Louise is adorable and also fun to say, and if you nickname her Daisy you have Daisy Louise which is even MORE fun to say.
Another name I like for you is Clara. Clara Sheelee. For middle names I like:
Clara Jane Sheelee
Clara Josephine Sheelee
Clara Katherine Sheelee
Clara Madeleine Sheelee
Clara Margaret Sheelee
Clara Rebekah Sheelee
Clara Rosemary Sheelee
Clara Violet Sheelee
For boys, I have an idea. Your husband likes George, but you want a little more spirit. My mom knows a George who goes by Geordie. Even the nickname Georgie gives the name a lighter touch.
Another possibility is Charles, which has the spunky nickname Charlie. Charles/Charlie Sheelee. Too close to Charlie Sheen, maybe.
With Oliver, one of my favorite names is Elliot. I think it has a similar yet distinctive sound. I know you're trying to avoid another vowel, but I really like it! Elliot Sheelee.
Another good one with Oliver is Simon. It avoids the vowel, though it gives you alliteration: Simon Sheelee. Or Silas: Silas Sheelee.
Oh, or Reuben! Reuben Sheelee.
I really like Felix: Felix Sheelee.
Ivan---once again, a vowel. Perhaps vowels are particularly nice with your surname. Ivan Sheelee.
And, er, Edmund. Vowel. But so nice! Edmund Sheelee.
Oh, here's one with no vowel initial: Quentin Sheelee.
And another: Nicholas Sheelee.
A recent favorite of mine is Frederick: Frederick Sheelee.
Name update 03-20-2010! Sara writes:
Henry Alexander was born on March 18 at 12:13 pm. He was 8 lbs, 12 oz., and 20 inches long. Big Sister Audrey and Big Brother Oliver are adjusting well. Thanks to everyone for your name suggestions!