If you haven’t yet, check out my INTRO here.
N, annoyed as some of you at the fact that I didn’t post a clue last week (even though he obviously knows all the answers) and instead just a teaser, said I should change the name of it from The Baby Name Game to “A Quizzical Way to Introduce a Baby Name”.
As superficial as it sounds, I have anticipated ever since I was a little girl, naming a whole brood of children. I love picking out baby names, both for fiction and real life. I’m a self-proclaimed baby name lover and always enjoy hearing the final name selection as my friends have their babies. Sometimes there is a good story or meaning behind the name, other times they just chose the one that both parties could agree on. I’ve even had a few friends consult me on their naming choice and it feels both really exciting to be there from the beginning but also a little stressful as I hope that I steer them in the right direction. Names are forever, after all. And either way, whether I’m in on the baby name talk from the start or find out after birth, I greatly enjoy the process. When I’m not naming mine (or other people’s babies), I try to keep my finger on the pulse of up and coming baby names to feed my name appetite :).
Before I reveal the clue to start you off today, I will tell you a little story about how we chose this baby’s name. If you’ve been following along from the beginning, you know that N and I like to have a “baby name bank” built up with our top name choices well before our next baby arrives. This helps ensure that we have liked a name for a long time and have not chosen something based on impulse (not that impulse is bad, just not our style, we find it too stressful :)). We’ve had our top boy name in the bank for a long time (it has changed a little since my pregnancy with MG, but mostly just by switching the middle name to the first position), and it has been the same since then.
As far as girl names, we have always had our first choice name ready to go as well as a backup, just in case we changed our mind after birth. Funny enough, we didn’t use our backup name (for MG) when Bea was born and we aren’t using our backup name (for Bea) with this baby either.
Our backup name for Bea stuck with us, however, and I thought for a long time we would use it should we ever have another girl. It passed the test right away: it fit in our overall style and N loved it. I landed on it a long time ago, back before a certain celebrity used it, and loved the sound of it with our chosen middle name. I knew it had the potential of gaining popularity, especially after it was used in Hollywood, but was determined to use it anyway since we liked it so much.
Fast forward a few years, and I feel like I see it everywhere now. I’ve met a few little girls with the name and I’m pretty sure it is headed right for the top of the Social Security list in a few years. At first I tried to convince myself I was okay with this because I loved the name (as did N), but ultimately we decided we just couldn’t do it. It was the trendiness I found off-putting but it was also how different this name would sound next to our more rare girls’ names that changed my mind.
Which brings me to my point: naming a third is hard. We’ve sort of boxed ourselves in with our similar name formats and to drastically change that now would be odd, especially if this is our last baby.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you this name yet as the one we ended up choosing has a very similar ring to it and because I’ve already spoiled that part to a few friends, I didn’t want them to be able to guess it based on reading that piece of the puzzle here. But just like last time, after her name is out in the open I will do a follow-up blog post that explains all of the clues and the meaning behind her name and will also share with you our ultimately axed choices.
So without further ado:
Same format: three girls, three names apiece
Probably the most obvious of clues, so we will start here. Just like her older two sisters (and her parents too!), this baby will have two middle names, giving her a total of four names (including our last name). It will be the same format as last time, first name, middle name, color name, last name.
One of the extra hints I will give you is that this baby will not have a hyphenated name like MG and she will also not have a double nickname, like we sometimes call Bea. (Though I have tried to make one work, I just don’t like it as much as the nickname by itself).