I'm due with my first child- a girl- in early February, and desperately need your help in coming up with a name! My name is Sarah; my husband's name is Brendan, and our family name is Burr with a 'd'. Somehow, in the course of this pregnancy, we've become certain that this little girl is mellow and sweet. Thus, we really like short and sweet names for our little lady. But one problem is that we can't narrow down our list! We like:
Charlotte (nn Lotte)
a few disjointed thoughts:
We would have named this baby Everett Thomas if she had been a boy. We really favor strong Celtic names for boys (and plan on using these names for any future boys): Seamus, Cormac, and Finlay. For some reason, the same rule doesn't apply for girls' names: I ruled out Mairead, which I do love, as sounding a bit "too Irish", but we both love Margot (said the French, not German way) and similarly my husband ruled out Tegan for not sounding feminine to our American ears. The one Irish name that stuck was Fiona, but my husband isn't sold on it as being "the one" and neither am I.
We ruled out Chloe, Emma, and Sofie because they're currently top 10 names. My husband ruled out Jane, which I love, for being "too plain". My husband think's Elizabeth is too plain as well, but doesn't mind Eliza. Catherine was ruled out as a first name because my husband's sister, who he has a strained relationship with, is named Kathleen (goes by Katie).
Right now my husband's number one pick would probably be Margot Quinn (middle name being a family name- and he's said about Margot that "he thinks of her as a Margot, but isn't sure she'll look like a Margot") and my number one would be Nora, or else Rose. My burning question, in addition to "is there some fabulous name we're missing? One that is a bit traditional, feminine, sweet, but fresh sounding? Preferably a saint's name, since we're Catholic?" would be "what middle name could we use for Rose?"
Please help! I'm really waffling about here. It seems like every day I have a new #1, which is making it difficult to even visualize her having a name. Meanwhile, my husband is pretty certain about Margot but would be open to using Rose if we came up with a balanced sounding middle name.
Rose seems like the perfect option to me: short, sweet---but strong and versatile, too, if she ends up being less mellow than expected. For the middle name, I'd consider many of the names from your list (or names that didn't quite make the list), especially ones you love but don't want to use as a first name: Rose Emma Burr, Rose Catherine Burr, Rose Mairead Burr.
But when you asked for a sweet, feminine, fresh name that was also ideally a saint's name, the name that sprang to mind was Felicity. Felicity Rose Burr, maybe, or Felicity Quinn Burr, or Felicity Jane Burr.
The other sweet feminine saint's name that came to mind was Cecily. Or Camilla, or Flora, or Genevieve, or Josephine. Or Maura gives you a saint and also a moderately familiar Irish name. Or I have a soft spot for the name Winifred, with the very sweet nickname Winnie.
The name Nora makes me think of Cora, one of my favorite sweet names, and Cora makes me think of Clara. Those might have too much R with the surname, though. Oh...and Cora Burr-with-a-D might sound like corridor.
Willa would also be sweet, or Molly, or Faith, or Laurel, or Rosemary.
If Chloe is too popular, Cleo or Phoebe.
I'd also suggest this post: Narrowing down a list.
Name update! Sarah writes:
Writing in to update that I finally had my baby girl! We named her Margot Jane, a compromise between my husband's favorite (Margot) and one of my favorites, which he'd initially vetoed as a first name (Jane). We are smitten with her! Thanks to you and your readers for helping us name her. We're already brainstorming sibling names. :)