August 31, 2006


It's not that we've ever come up with a definite name for a child before it emerged, but I do wonder with only about six weeks to go, if I ought to start thinking about names. We don't want the child to be two and still be going by Baby Boy or Baby Girl Adams.

The problems are as follows: there aren't a lot of boy's names out there that I really like and that meet my criteria of falling below the Top 100 names from the annual SSA list, my husband is still hoping for St. John, one of my favorite boy's names is on the top ten list for France, I've used up another favorite boy's name as my son's middle name, I've used both my favorite girl's names on my daughters, and my friends inform me that I can't possibly use Jemima even if I do promise to call her Jemma.

So I leave it to you all to make suggestions, which will all, no doubt, be roundly rejected. Of course, one must keep in mind that the name must go well with those of its siblings, sound like an Anglophile named the child, and not have a ridiculous set of initials when paired with a last name that makes every set of initials sound like some sort of organization.


My husband wouldn't believe me when I told him Jemima was an often-used, uppercrust British name. It's also used where my MIL lives, but, as she put it, everything sounds better with the title "Lady" in front of it!

Posted by: Meredith at August 31, 2006 05:49 PM

I take it "Adam" is not on your list.

I can't think of but one "Paul" in my life, and he's my brother.

Posted by: Janis Gore at August 31, 2006 07:12 PM

I would have named a girl Margaret. It is my sister's name and my grandmother's name, both exceptional women. My sister was nicknamed Peggy by my grandmother, but I like Margaret, or Maggie, or Meg. yes, a "Little Woman" name. Have I convinced you?

Posted by: earthgirl at August 31, 2006 08:02 PM

Anglophile? Ok, I'm pulling out all the stops here...

Boys: Nigel, Rupert, Eustace, Arthur

Girls: I would have suggested Hermione, except for a certain book series, Millicent, Eugenia, and for what it's worth, I like (girls names are harder...)

Posted by: Ellen at August 31, 2006 08:04 PM

Ok, that should say "I like Jemima"

Posted by: Ellen at August 31, 2006 08:05 PM

Being that we are "John" and "Amy," we tried also to pick names that weren't the most popular-but not too off-beat. My current favorite girls' names are Clara and Audrey. Boys' names are so much harder for us!!! No personal favorites being that we used them on Bentley. Actually, Maggie's middle name is a boy's name as well-Brett. Have fun figuring out the perfect moniker for the little one!

Posted by: Amy at August 31, 2006 08:14 PM

i'm partial to literary names. i recently re-watched "much ado about nothing" and fell in love with the name "hero" for a girl - also re-read "gift of the magi" and thought that "della" is a lovely name and namesake.

i'm also a fan of the old nature names and have, at one time or another considered ruby, rose, daisy, and fern.

Posted by: amy at August 31, 2006 08:25 PM


Posted by: dcrmom at August 31, 2006 09:08 PM

I have to confess to not knowing your oldest two kiddos' names! But, here goes: my two best girl suggestions: Amelia (and yes, I know it's on the list, way down, but still - I never meet any Amelias!) and Charlotte. I found boy names harder to choose, but maybe that's because we had to come up with three different combinations! What about Albert or Elliot?

Posted by: Tricia at August 31, 2006 10:38 PM

Boys names: Ethelbert; Athelstan; Gunderic; Gunthamund

Girls names: Hildegard; Placidia; Hrothwaru; Wulfgifu

What? What?

[I used to do this to Mrs. Skinny everytime she suggested something I hated. Incidentally, I got the last two girls names from this list of Saxon women's names.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 1, 2006 06:36 AM

Interesting suggestions -- some won't work, like Henry, because I have a nephew with that name. And Albert is the name of my least favorite uncle and cousin...

And Dan -- while The Middle Girl's name is the name of a queen from the 1300s, I don't think I'm willing to go back much further than that in my consideration for names. :)

Posted by: Jordana at September 1, 2006 07:21 AM

How about Gemma for a girl? And, obviously, Quintard for a boy.

Posted by: Sarah at September 1, 2006 07:39 AM

I don't know where these fall on the list, but my Anglophile relatives (one of whom lives in London) have used Elliot and Julian (calls him "Jules") for boys and Margaret (Meg) for a girl.

Posted by: chewymom at September 1, 2006 07:40 AM

Jemima PuddleDuck Adams has a nice ring to it. FYI, our son and daughter-in-law haven't picked out a girl's name yet for their's, but they've got 'til November. Her family is wishing hard for a boy.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at September 1, 2006 10:13 AM

I'd recommend Michael, which combined with The Boy's name is about as Anglophile as you can get, except that it fails the SSA non-popularity test.

Posted by: Tom Jackson at September 1, 2006 10:42 AM

Ooops. Clarification:

I was referring to "Michael and George," as in KCMG.

Not George Michael. Not. Not.

Posted by: Tom Jackson at September 1, 2006 11:56 AM

Jemima is a perfectly good modern name :-)

I also like Alice, Catherine, Rose, Louise, Jeanne, Emerentiana... saints names, all, I guess.

For boys, Kilian, Eugene, Benedict (of course!), Dominic, Tobias...

Which brings to mind the thought that you might have fun cruising some of the indices to saints on the Web, if only for a peek at names you will certainly not be using: Athanasius, Rogatian, Wiltrudis, Expeditus...

is one long list to check out. (Yes, being able to bear up gracefully with an excruciating name does seem to be one metric of saintliness ;-) )

Posted by: patricia at September 1, 2006 05:57 PM

My good friend's name is "Jude." I have always loved that name and it works for a boy or a girl.

My great grandmother's name was "Forest." Since my kids are Wolf and Scout (really), I always thought Forest would fit in nicely if we have more children. But I can see how many people think it's a little odd, plus there's that whole Tom Hanks, Run Forest Run thing.

Good luck.

Posted by: Ree at September 1, 2006 10:40 PM

My dd's name is Rosamond, which is English and (of course) a wonderful name.

Posted by: s at September 2, 2006 01:03 PM

I always loved Hannah Katherine -- if I'd had another girl, that's what she'd have been named.

For boys, I love Everett.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at September 3, 2006 04:34 PM


Oh, come on, that was low-hanging fruit. Sue me.

It's not like I suggested Henry Charles Adams.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at September 4, 2006 09:06 PM

Or John Quincy Adams, for that matter.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 5, 2006 07:25 AM

Or Sam Adams...

Not that having a brewer and patriot in the family is such a bad thing.

Posted by: Jordana at September 5, 2006 07:43 AM

I'm due in about 5 weeks myself, and having 4 boys already I think if I had to pick another boy's name I'd be lost. They tell me this time it's a girl, so I'm going with the name Vivianne if they are right (won't hold my breath...gotta see to believe), and if it does turn out to be a boy, maybe...Quinn? So, those are my suggestions :)

Posted by: Holly at September 8, 2006 07:20 AM