Baby Names


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We’ve had our girl names chosen for as long as we’ve been married, so it was a total relief to learn we’d be having a girl. (Boy names are still a point of contention.)

Still…the crazy moments come when when I worry that she’ll hate her name. That she’ll hate me for picking it. That it isn’t really her name. That because we’ve felt so sure for so long, we somehow missed stumbling upon the magic name that could only be hers and hers alone.

But then I think, really, it’s only a name. It’s not a crazy name. We’re pretty normal and we love it. And she’s going to hate me for other things anyway, right?

Then I read articles like these and around we go again.

So, here’s what I’d love to know. Do you like your name? Why or why not?

For the record, I’m not letting fear-generating articles get the better of me. Her name options remain the same- we have two- and one will be hers. I can’t wait to tell you which one.

xx Sarah


8 Comments on Baby Names

  1. Joanna
    October 9, 2012 at 8:21 am (11 years ago)

    Aw, your sweet baby girl will either like her name or deal with it. I think all kids go through a phase where they wish they had a different name. (Mine were Lisa and Trelcia (I made that name up.)) I actually only just started actually liking my name a few years ago, but it’s not like not loving my name mentally crippled me. (If anything, it teaches you that you have to just suck it up in life a lot.)

  2. Jessie
    October 9, 2012 at 11:22 am (11 years ago)

    My parents gave me a tomboy-ish first name and a super-girly middle name, because they said if I decided my middle name felt more “me,” I could go by that instead. As it turns out I totally relate to my first name, and people think it’s funny when they hear my middle name because it doesn’t sound like me at all! I think people sort of grow into their names in a way – it doesn’t make any sense, but it almost always feels like someone’s name “fits.” Unless the name is something really out there (Moon Unit? Is that one of your choices?)

  3. Sandra Fox
    October 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm (11 years ago)

    Dying to hear find out what name you guys chose! For the record I’ve never liked my name, but figure it is still better than Mint (which is what I wanted in 4th grade…mint jelly was a favorite of mine…wow.)

  4. Julie & Lauren
    October 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m sure it will suit her perfectly! Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  5. Sarah
    October 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm (11 years ago)

    Ladies, I love it. Trelcia, you are the first Joanna I’ve known and my impression of the name is so positive all because of you!
    Jessie, what is your middle name?? I’m dying to know. I’ve thought before that the only other name I could see you having is Riley, which is a far second to Jessie. It’s just so your name!
    @Sandra….Mint…you’re so cute! Did you have mint jelly sandwiches? I know you weren’t eating it with lamb…
    @Julie, are you SURE you don’t already know her name? We have a an occasionally big-mouthed brother : ) xx

  6. Corina
    October 10, 2012 at 6:07 am (11 years ago)

    Growing up there were times when I hated my name. I wanted to be a Katie, or an Elizabeth so bad. Teachers would mis-pronounce my name, and no one could spell it. I hated that it was so different from everyone else’s name. However now at 31 years of age I love my name. I occasionally get a “what a pretty name” comment, and I love that. I love that I can count on one hand how many Corina’s I have met in my life, and I also love that of those 3 women none spell it exactly the same. Not sure what you have decided for a name, but even if they don’t like it at first they will grow into it and be so greatful their parents thought to name them something so special.

  7. Lydia
    October 11, 2012 at 7:05 am (11 years ago)

    I love that my name is different. In elementary school I did not have to be Lydia E. like all the Amy’s and Lindsay’s who were 5 or 6 to a classroom and had to permanently write their last initial after their names. Just Lydia seemed like something cool, but I was a strange outlier child. After peeking into you baby name options I KNOW she will love her name or at least her middle name. xoxo

  8. Yvett
    October 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm (11 years ago)

    I’ve always loved my name. It’s not spelled traditionally so I never had the cup that said Yvett, or the license plate as a kid..but my mom made me my own cup and would sew or write my name on sweaters or binders. I can’t imagine having any other name.

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