Monday, July 6, 2009

Names, Names, Names

Nine days left until my due date and we still don't have a girl's name. We have a list of ones that sound ok to us, a few name sets (first & middle together) that are ok, but nothing that is coming out as "the one". We've begun joking about taking a list with us and naming her (if it's a her) after she's born. But what if we can't come up with a name then either?

Mostly, there is just something about them that aren't doing it for us. It might be the meaning. One of them is pretty popular with the family but it rhymes with the name of one of our other children, which makes me less thrilled with. Some don't seem to fit with the other kids' names. Some are cute but too trendy. Some the kids don't like, or Scott doesn't like, or I don't like. We just can' agree. Some of them just sound awful a few days later.

So, here's the list so far. It's been getting longer rather than being narrowed down. That's not helping.


Abigail seems popular. The not-so-good thing about that name is that we have a cat named Abby. The good thing about it that name is that it is the ONLY name Josh will say. We've considered putting it together as Sophia Abigail.

Naomi has been on the list for quite a while. One difficulty with that one is the kids don't care for it and we can't figure out another name to put it with. I have a hard time thinking of the name Naomi (as a first name) without putting Ruth together with it. LOL We've considered Teyla Naomi, but Teyla doesn't have a meaning and doesn't seem to fit with the other kids' names.

Lillyanne was a very early possibility. I forgot about it until a friend mentioned Lily on Scott's facebook.

Natalie Susanne is a more recent thought. I don't care for a name that means "Christ's birthday" because it just doesn't seem to fit for a July baby. Natasha is another consideration with the same problem.

The names marked with an * are ones that were interesting when first seen but not anymore.

It's just not coming together!

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Deb said...

Lilyanne is sweet and can be shortened to Lily or Lil or even Anne - great to give a kid options for their adulthood.
Maybe it just means you're having a boy :)

David said...

I have always wanted a Neomi, so that is high on my list. I do like Lilyanne though.

Twisted Cinderella said...

I like Lilyanne and I really like Sophia Abigail.

Deb said...

JoAnn - How are you doing this week? Getting excited?

Kim said...

Hi! I just found your blog from the HS group on FB. You don't know me but I hope you don't mind if I chime in... I just LOVE to talk baby names:)
I have an Emily and a Sarah so of course I like those:)
I love Lilyanne. It reminds me of one of my friends who named her daughter mariella (pronounced -> mary ella). It has the same versatility as Lilyanne. Lots of different choices. They mostly call her Ella. Another name that came to my mind when reading your list was Adele. When I was naming my babies I hung a list on the fridge so I would constantly see the names. Something about seeing it in writing, often, helped. Have fun and God Bless!

rjj11755 said...

I have a Talia - it means 'dew from heaven' (i.e. blessing from God).

Other suggestions:
Raelynn - (ewe)
Shayna (Yiddish 'beautiful', English 'God's gracious')
Joelle (female version of Joel, obviously)
Eliannah (means 'God has answered')
Dahlia (hebrew, means 'flower')
Eden ("delight")
Sadie (Mercy, Princess, Lady)
Tabitha (gazelle, beauty, grace)

I, too, like Lilyanne.
Jacquelin (female version of Jacob)
Kaela (beloved, sweetheart)
Keturah (fragrance)