The three names we had then were Ava, Samantha and Julianne. I had let Shaun keep Ava on the list (because he loved it) but with much resistance because of it's popularity (I believe it was the #5 name that year and now is like #2). It's a beautiful name but I do not like really popular names. Can you guess why? My name is Jennifer. The most popular name of the 70's. There were always at least 3-5 Jennifer's in each of my classes. There are 7 Jenn's in a 2 block radius of where we live right now (and those are just ones that I know of). I like my name and I think it suits me but I always wanted a less popular name.
When Julianne was born I immediately told Shaun "she is not an Ava". He agreed. She just did not look like an Ava so we were down to Samantha and Julianne. I loved Julianne all along and I love that it is not on the top 100 list of names. We settled on it and I still love it and think it fits her so well.
Normally I don't share names we are considering with a lot of people because I don't always want a bunch of opinions. I figure if I share them now though, maybe my faithful blog readers will
With this new babe of ours on the way we've been discussing names since we found out we were having a girl. I started creating a list of names that I liked and it was quickly shortened by Shaun. Names that I loved that he rejected immediately included: Laney, Lyla, Libby, Aubrey, Ellie, Natasha, and Natalia among several others. Fast forward a few months to now and we have come up with a list of a few names that we both like but each having ones that we like much more than others.
I LOVE Charlotte. Shaun not so much. I love that name because it is old fashioned and I LOVE old fashioned names. It is not super popular (I think it is somewhere in the 50's on last years Social Security name list). I think that calling her Charlie for short would be incredibly cute. Again, Shaun, not so much. He says he does not like this name very much but I can leave it on the list. He also did not like Julianne when I first mentioned it...hmmm?
Samantha is still on our list. It's a nice classic name. My problem with it is that it was #11 on the popular name list last year. That's actually much higher than I thought it would be but I guess a good classic name will remain popular for a while. This is Shaun's favorite name right now. He would paint it on the wall if I would let him.
Others on our list: Whitney, Jocelyn, Noelle, Molly and Claire. We each like these although Shaun is not sure about another J name.
So there you have it. Our name list. One I love, one he loves, and five others that we both like. So go ahead and comment on what you think if you agree with me. Just kidding. A little. Did everyone else have this much trouble picking names for their kids? It would be much easier if he would just let me pick!