I am very emotional and I need some reassurance about the name my husband and I have chosen for our 3rd daughter (due this January). We have two daughters already, Annabe11e Marie and C1ara E1izabeth. Their names were chosen easily and without any conflict. Our last name is fairly normal and can go well with almost any first name. After much discussion and thought, my husband and I have chosen the name Juliette Pearl for baby #3.The problem is that I am starting to have doubts about this name. I loved it at first, so much that I told anyone who asked, including our daughters who now refer to "Baby Juliette" all the time. My husband loves the name - he thinks it sounds feminine and elegant and I agree; however, I have some issues. For one, I am thrown off that everyone is pronouncing it JU-liette instead of juli-ETTE. I am also worried that Juliette is such a heavy and grown-up name that it may not "fit" a little girl.I still love the name...I am just having cold feet. My husband thinks I am being a touch hormonal (which I acknowledge is a real possibility), and that I need to relax. I just wonder: what is your impression of the name Juliette? Is it too much for a child? Is it a sweet and elegant name that matches her sisters' names? I know you are incredibly in demand and have a lot of requests, so I really appreciate any time that you choose to devote to this issue.Thank you so much!
I second your diagnosis of cold feet. It sounds like this is the right name for your family.
My guess is that the issue of emphasis will be persistent but minor---similar to the way Annabe11e will, over the years, regularly need to clarify for people that Annabe11e is spelled with two N's and two L's and an E. Most names have an issue of this type.
Juliette does not seem like a heavy name to me, which makes it hard for me to consider if it would be too heavy for a little girl. It seems sweet and elegant to me, like Annabe11e and C1ara.
But if you decide it's not right for you, there's still a third of the pregnancy left for changes. If you think there's any chance you might not use the name, I'd start by telling the children that the name is not yet certain, to take some of the pressure off. Hearing the name in their little voices, it can feel like it's a done deal---but it really isn't, at this point. And of course I'd tell your husband that you're not yet certain: he can call it cold feet, but if it's NOT cold feet, he's going to keep thinking the issue is closed until you say so. But you still have plenty of time to think and decide, and if you're not done thinking and deciding, he needs to be brought back into the thinking/deciding stage too, instead of thinking it's all taken care of.
Name update! M. writes:
Thanks for your help with our baby's name. After much thought, we stuck with Juliette (nickname Jules) and it fits our little darling PERFECTLY. It's a perfectly feminine name for the third of three sisters.
As an aside - I just yesterday learned that Mabel was originally a nickname for Annabelle. I wish I had known that six years ago when we named our Annabelle - I LOVE it as a nickname; however, six is a little old to start using that kind of nickname and my daughter hates it. I told her that I will use it when she's being a stinker. Ha.
Thanks again for your help!