Friday, March 27, 2009

Name That Baby!

Ok Dear Readers, I am once again soliciting your opinions and advice because presumably if you are a recurrent reader of my blog we might perhaps be functioning on a similar frequency.  Or maybe it's more like you stop by to watch what kind of train wreck I've involved myself in this time.  Either way, I am in a conundrum.  

I have been struggling for months now to come up with a name for this baby.  I have a list of several that I like, but as of yet, nothing is really tugging at my heart and I don't hear the silent cry from this baby as to what she should be called.  And yes, Elsbeth sort of told me her name.  And it just fit.  

I am rather picky when it comes to naming people as I think it is a very important task to bestow upon someone.  So, I'm going to give you my criteria and then my list of names and you tell me which ones you like and why.  PLEASE HELP ME! 

The Dilettante's Name Choosing Manifesto:
 I believe that names have meaning and weight and when we place them upon someone we are saying something about them and ourselves.  

I would never choose a name for someone without knowing what it means or just because I like the way it sounds.  It may be the most beautiful sound but if it means "Shit for brains" who wants that?

I could care less if a name is popular or if kids are going to make fun of my child for it.  I think if kids are going to make fun of you, they'll find a way, funny name or not.  How many times do you think I had to hear "Jack and Jill"?  And unfortunately, when I hit high school it turned into Andrew Dice Clay's version of that nursery rhyme. HEY!

If I happen to choose an unusual name for my child I will raise them with the understanding of why I chose it just for them and why it's special to me.

And without further ado, here is the list of names I've chosen in no particular order:

Genevieve: (Meaning: Of the race of women), and she WILL NOT be called Gen.  Her nickname will be Viva which is Latin for "full of life"

Pippa: (Meaning: Lover of horses) This is also a poem by Robert Browning, click HERE to read it.  

Anya: (Meaning: Gracious, Merciful)  I admire these qualities in a person, particularly in women

Breindel: (Meaning: Blessing) Well, that about sums it up.  My hope would be that she would continue her life as a blessing to others

Ariella: (Meaning: Lion of God) I dig it.  Fierce. Holy.

Sloane: (Meaning: Warrior) Well, I know she didn't ask to be born into economic times such as these, but my hope would be that she would learn to fight for what is right and work hard for what she wants.

Aurelie: (Meaning: Golden)  This is perhaps wishful thinking on my part that she will inherit my corn silk hair as a child.

Margaux: (Meaning: Pearl) Nice, but I'm really just grabbing at straws at this point.


Joie: (Meaning: Joy)  Joy is beautiful and contagious.

Ok, are you ready for this doozie?  

Alnilam: (Meaning: string of pearls)  This is the name of the middle star in the belt of Orion and has particular meaning for me.  Because I moved so much growing up I was in a state of constant change.  I found it extremely comforting that no matter where I was in the world I could always look up into the night sky and find my constellation.  I realize that the sound of this word is strange and hard to pronounce but the more I read about this star the more I fall in love with it.

There they are, in all their glory.  I implore you again, Dear Readers, give me your opinions and if you think of a name that you like that's not on my list, please tell me and don't forget to include the meaning!


Charlotte said...

I bestow names on everything, and not just humans, so I'm excited to reply.

First thing, I spent my first week as "Betsy", 'till I convinced my mom that it didn't fit. So don't get too set on a name 'till you meet your little girl.

In order of preference:

Anya: (Meaning: Gracious, Merciful) Beautiful name, beautiful meaning, I know one other Anya and she's a INCREDIBLE child

Sloane: (Meaning: Warrior) I love this name, and I love your interpretation of it.

Breindel: (Meaning: Blessing) We all should remember to be grateful for our many blessings, this would be a good reminder

Genevieve: Prefer your nickname to the full name.

Ariella: Just a little Tolkien for my taste.

Margaux: (Meaning: Pearl) My mom is Margaret (same meaning) and has been pushing "Garret" as a nickname. Margaux spelling just makes me think of M. Hemingway, and her death, but I otherwise like it.

Pippa: No specific objections, just like the others better

Aurelie: Brings thoughts of areola. Otherwise nice enough but not WOW.

MIDDLE NAMES = only one choice:

Alnilam: GORGEOUS - love the significance, and it's a perfect source of strength to give this little one. DH and I have stock in but that wouldn't affect how your little girl feels about her name (though it's been doing quite well!)

You don't want to add Estella to this one???

Lauren said...

I LOVE Sloane... if it's good enough for Ferris, it's good enough for me.

Ariella is very pretty too. A certain movie star just used this as her daughter's middle name and I immediately thought it sounded lovely.

Jillian said...

Thanks ladies! So far it's two votes for Sloane!

Amanda said...

Sloane is my first choice! (Plus, if we go w/ Claire, I want her to have another single-syllable named friend.) I liked Reese a lot too, but David isn't much of a fan of that one.

I also like's one of the first ones you told me you liked, and it's kind of stuck with me.

Once you figure out your baby's name, will you help me with mine??? The list keeps getting longer instead of getting shorter...and our due date is RAPIDLY approaching!

Freth :-p said...

My first choice would be Anya, followed by Genevieve,

How about Katrina as a middle name?

Sarah said...

I knew a girl called Genevieve, and have always thought it a lovely name.

mcgeefamily said...

I LOVE Pippa... Poppy was on my list, but was a boy...

J.Marie said...

I'm a new reader but I came across your blog while researching bicycles & fell for your way with words & view on the world...and being a lover of names, I couldn't resist adding my 2 cents (or 10 cents, as the case may be)!

First, while I whole-heartedly agree that names should have meaning, not just sound pretty, I also don't think there's anything wrong with a pretty sounding name. I have an aunt named Mildred Faye who hates her name, made worse by the prettier name of her sister, Janet Marie.

So, while I love Sloane (warrior), I can't help but think it sounds harsh in contrast with Elsbeth (which is so elegant). Since you already put thought into meanings and I think they're all lovely and personal, I narrowed it down by the sound or feel of the name.

Thus, my picks in order are:
1. Breindel (with one caveat...a search said it also means brunette)
2. Ariella (you seemed to lean towards the meaning on this one)
3. Genevieve (though sometimes the "right" nickname doesn't stick)
4. Anya (pretty & virtuous)
5. Sloane (cool, strong, just not as feminine as Elsbeth)
6. Margaux (elegant & unique, but less soft & doesn't seem to mean as much to you)
7. Aurelie (not fond of the sound & what if she's not blonde?)
8. Pippa (cute for a baby, but too cutesy for a woman, in my opinion)

Middle names - love Joie, hate Alnilam. Yes, it's a very cool meaning, but couldn't you find a prettier constellation? Cassiopeia? Polaris? (north star) Ursa? (the constellations including the dippers) Heck, make "Orion" into a girl's name! ;)

Jillian said...

@Freth: Thanks. I'm sure you may know my personal history with "katrina". If I would have used it as middle name, I think it would have been better suited for Elsbeth as she (and many other babies) were a product of so many bored nights "post-Katrina.

@Holly:I know! LOVE Pippa too, but I'm beginning to agree with a couple people who have said that it is cute for a young girl but not a woman.

@J. Marie: Thank you so much for your comment. I really enjoyed reading it and share many of the same feelings. I think you have just convinced me to make her middle name Orion. After all, Elsbeth's middle name is Asher which is a boys name.