Help Name Our Unborn Baby!!

Your name says so much about you. How many times have you heard this statement? Well, when you are in the process of naming an unborn child – that statement preoccupies your every thought. You find yourself completely obsessed with finding the “perfect name”. My husband & I are expecting our 2nd child and we are going through the name game. We have had a lot of fun with it. I created a bracket (similar to the NCAA Basketball tournament) Boys on one side and Girls on the other side. Which names would make it to the “sweet sixteen” or even better the “final four”? That helps…but then you start reflecting on the name criteria.

Here are the criteria that my husband & I have submitted:
• We BOTH have to like it (which at times, seems impossible)
• The name has to work with Lefko
• Either the first or middle name need to have some family significance
• And finally – we want it to be strong & unique but not treading on strange. (my husband always compares the unique names to “Apple”)

Our criteria are quite traditional and simple.
Currently, the family significance is the one that seems to be the toughest. My parents were in town recently and we were interrogating them for a little family history lesson to find that perfect fix. I’m convinced the 12 nieces & nephews on my side make this a little more challenging as some great family significant names have already been taken.

We love our boy options but are struggling with the family name for a little girl. I thought I would give a little glimpse into my family tree – what would you go with?

Do you feel our pain?

Any suggestions?

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21 Responses to “Help Name Our Unborn Baby!!”

  1. Stephanie June 23, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    I totally feel your pain! We’re working on names for our first, due end of August. Family significance is #1 priority for us – naming after relatives who have passed away. So we narrowed down to three initials for the relatives that are closest to/most significant to me and my husband. We also want a strong name, not crazy, and my husband’s last name is a doozy so it complicates things. As we don’t know the sex, we’ve currently got a list of two first names and two or three middle names for each sex. At this point we’re thinking we’ll see what he/she looks like when they arrive!
    FWIW, I like Hazel, Ady and Marjory a lot ;-) In fact, might need to put Hazel on our list – H is one of our initials!

  2. Erin June 23, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    I really like Hazel. An old name that’s coming back!

  3. katia June 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    I’m putting in my vote for Sutton. It sounds strong, grounded and ‘new’ all at the same time. Good luck with the name game.

  4. Lindsay Lebresco June 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    I like Sutton as well – I actually think it could work for a boy or a girl. Hadey and Hazel would be my next choices…

    And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you would probably be good to cross Maude and Edith off the list unless you’re looking to start a fight with your future teenage daughter :)

  5. Erin June 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    Lindsay- agree with you totally- but about Edith, isn’t Edy cute?

  6. Adventures In Babywearing June 23, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    Ada & Marjory (maybe even call her Jory?) are beautiful! And my friend Gabrielle (Design Mom) has a Maude!!


  7. Stephanie June 23, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    I actually really like Hazel…and it goes well with your last name.

  8. Colleen June 23, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    When I hear the name Hazel I immediately think of a beautiful eye color, not an old name. I love the name. Is there is chance she could have Hazel eyes….That would be cool.

  9. Colleen June 23, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    When I hear the name Hazel I immediately think of a beautiful eye color, not an old name. I love the name. Is there a chance she could have Hazel eyes???….That would be cool.

  10. Mark D June 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    I feel your pain — the reason we call The Boy … well, The Boy, is because we literally didn’t come up with a name until the day he was born. We had a middle name (it’s a family thing) but the first one was tough.

    As far as your options go, I have to go with Hazel as well. Unique, but not strange, and it works well with your last name. I’d stay away from Maude and Edith — they still sound antiquated, and someone will eventually find an old video of the Maude TV series and it’ll all be over.

    Of course, the real key to choosing a name is yelling the full one out loud several times — you know, to make sure it makes you sound parental.


  11. Kim June 25, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks for all of the great feedback. Wow…Hazel has pulled ahead in the conversations at home based on your comments.
    We will keep you posted.
    5 weeks and counting…

  12. Sandra June 25, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    Hazel is a very good choice. If you pair it with Louise or Rae you could have a nice flow to the sound of the name. Always remember to look at what the initials do and do not spell out when put together by others, especially kids, when yours is going to school later. And don’t be afraid to think about four names together. I did this with my daughter, Alicia Sierra Rose and our last name.

    So best of luck to you and whatever choices you make. I’m sure your baby will love it when they grow up. After all, they’re the one who has to live with your discretion.

  13. tawnya June 26, 2008 at 9:22 pm #

    here are the names of our 3 kids… first up is.. Jorje-Rhaines…sounds rains…..#2..Victoria Rose..and last but not least… Cedilla Marjorie….Hazel in a nice name..for a color that is…the first nick name that sticks in my mind is.. hazzy…. you might want to think about the kick names that will stick to your child..trendy names are soo cute.. for like a WEEK!!!.. i say stick to Marjory… how about Jean for a middle name…..Marjory Jean Lefko.. to me it sounds like a strong name for a girl…hope that you find a name that you both love…happy trails ahead!!

  14. Aprille June 27, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    Maybe you aren’t looking deep enough. OK, I come from a family where we have traditional names like Christopher, Jonathan, and Matthew, but then we have Brayden. The girls, well, we’re even a little more off the wall. My older sister’s name is Bambi Lynn, mine is Aprille Mae (the Mae is also my grandmother’s middle name), my daughter is Abria Faith, my niece is Kortnie Marie (just a different spelling, lol) and I always said if I have another girl, her name would be Maelee Romayne (the first name is my paternal grandmother’s middle and maiden names put together and the middle name is my maternal grandmother’s name). So try using not only first names, but middle ones too and it might give you more to choose from. You may be surprised at what you find.

  15. Bobbi Jo September 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    I like Hazel a lot! I think it would be pretty with a simple name like Mae or Anne I especially like Hazel Ann(e). :)

  16. Shelly August 27, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    I do feel your pain too. I’m having trouble with my girl list too. From your list, I like Ada and Hadey. Personally, I’m leaning of the family name being the middle name if I have a girl. Good luck!

  17. Allison September 23, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    I think Sutton is BEAUTIFUL! It’s very unique – I hadn’t heard it before your post. I think I may add it to my short list as well! Good luck picking the name. I’m sure whatever you choose will fit your little one perfectly!

  18. Mary October 14, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Laughing, keep an eye on what the initials will be. Unfortunately I didn’t pay attention to the initials. I am pregnant with my 3rd and I need to make sure I keep an eye on that this time. My 1st child’s(daughter) initials are H. O. as in Ho (not very good for a girls initials. My 2nd child’s (son) initials are B.O.. See the issue here. My poor kids, laughing. I’ve hopefully learned and won’t do that to my 3rd. I realized what I did with my first and was making sure I didn’t do it with my second but changed my mind on the name in the middle of delivery. It was going to be Drew so D.O. would have been fine. Just thought some of you might get a laugh out of this and a little reminder to give some attention to what the initials will be

  19. Sarah October 17, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Hazel is my husband’s grandmother’s name and is on our short list of names for a girl. It took a while, but it finally grew on me and now it is one of the top runners. I also think Sutton is cute. Good luck.

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