I LOVE your blog! Have been reading daily for months and months now and wrote to you for help with my first baby 14 months ago (without an answer), so I'm writing this time in desperation!! I'm Kellie, my husband is Craig and our surname is like Kenya with with a 'B'
My husband and I have recently found out we're expecting our second bub due end of March, so while we have quite some time to pick a name, it's already causing so much angst for both of us! We had a name picked out for our first baby before he was even conceived, then a short while before he was born it got used by someone we knew so we lost interest and were at a complete loss for names! That name was Jett, and as much as I love the name, I just know I couldn't use it - there's a total loss of connection with it. We named our son Blaze as per my husbands suggestion right before he was born and I love how qwerky, different and unique it is. It suits our son perfectly! (I also LOVE that SO many people say 'wow, that's a great/cool name!'
We won't be finding out the sex of this baby, but we're pretty certain we have a girls name picked and that's Harper. Do you think the two 'er' endings are ok together?
I also like Harlow and a few of the other girls names I liked but am not 100% on are:
Lexi (not Alexis - just Lexi, which I think would prompt every one to ask if it's short for something, so might be an issue)
Piper (but was used by a relative, so it's definitely out - but I LOVE it).
And finally Poppy. This name is actually used as a nickname for the baby while in utero as this baby is due on his/her Poppys birthday (and I like that the baby is the size of a poppy seed at the very beginning!). I am becoming very, very fond of this name as it has a bonding capacity for me and the baby so as much as I love this baby in my belly, I'm loving the name that that baby has. I am pretty certain we will use this name as a middle name (if it's a girl) as it has such a special feeling to it and the connection with his/her Poppy is so lovely to me.
In general I quite like girls names that are unisex (but am not in love with them/or game enough to use them!) like:
Boys names are a lot more tricky (and I'm sure I'm having a boy!)
I love Cruz (or Cruse), (but hubby doesn't)
I like Levi (but hubby doesn't)
I like Balen (but hubby doesn't)
I like Pax or Paxton (but hubby doesn't)
I don't mind Knox - but not sold on it
Love Beau and considered it for our first baby, but again hubby isn't sold!
I like Maddox but am worried about nicknames like 'Mad' or 'Ox' and the pronunciation might get exhausting when used regularly - what do you think?
I'd really like a boys name with a 'v' or 'x' or 'z' to go with Blaze which has the 'z'.
Hubby likes single syllable names so it can't be shortened or have a nickname, but as it appears from my lists above, I'm indifferent to this. I definitely want something that is different although if it's popular I don't mind so much.
One last thing - we used both our grandfathers names for Blazes middle names (Brian and Douglas) but haven't got a clue what we'll do for this one (for a boy). I'm pretty sure we'll use our second favourite name, so perhaps I'll get one from my list that husband has vetoed!
Any suggestions for the name that is perfect but we're missing?! Would love your help PLEASE?
I think I would avoid a first name and surname that both ended with -er, but that doesn't mean it's not okay to use it if you want to. Because the name Harper is so much more common for girls than Blaze is for boys, and because it ends in -er like your surname, and because your husband likes single-syllable names, I suggest Harp.
Because you like Braelyn and Caelyn, I also suggest Maelyn and Layle (rhymes with Gail) and Vayla and Maeve and Callan.
Because you like Lexi, I suggest Bex and Beck and Laney and Delaney.
Because you like Piper and Harper, I suggest Juniper.
A name like Blaze seems like it needs a pretty cool/tough brother name. Some possibilities: