I've been naming my future children for as long as I can remember. Obviously my favorite names have changed a lot over the 20-some years. But over the past few years I've gathered lists of favorites and narrowed it down to 8 girl names and 8 boy names.
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So without further ado...
Favorite potential baby girl names:
- Evangeline (potential nickname Eva or Evy)
- Penelope (potential nickname Nella)
Favorite potential baby boy names:
- Anderson (potential nickname Andy)
- Benjamin (potential nickname Ben)
Note: My best friend, Laurel, pointed out that she can see the "Lost" influence in some of these names, either actors or characters names on the show (Evangeline, Penelope, Benjamin, Liam, Katherine). That made me laugh. I do love Lost.
None of the first names really have a particular backstory behind them. They are just names I like. My favorite place to research baby names is The Cradle Baby Namer.
I like the idea of paying homage to a family name via middle names. The most likely middle name contenders for girl is Katherine. And contenders for boy middle names are Andrew, Clayton, or Jackson. All of those have some family significance.
I actually have a hard time first finding names I like because...
First, a lot of names I love don't sound very good with our last name (if fact a lot of names don't work well with our last name), so sadly those names didn't get to make the list. Just so you know, our last name is one syllable and sounds like Green.
Second, I don't want a name that is too popular or trendy.
Third, I want a name that is decently to read and pronounce. My name get mispronounced more than it get's pronounced correctly. This kind of drives me crazy. I don't want to subject my future child to this same torture. For example, one of my very favorite boy names is Calum (pronounced Kal-um) but I know people would read it say Kay-lum, Call-um, etc.) so I sadly I had to strike that from the list.
Which of my potential baby names do you like best? How did you or will you choose your kids names?