I love talking about baby names!
Naming our daughter was stressful, but also fun. We’re spiritual people, and many people thought our daughter’s name would be biblical and full of meaning. Well, we basically went the exact opposite of that. Her name actually means “red headed.”
I want my kids to have creative names. I want them to be unique and imaginative. (I actually felt like God, who sees eternity, knew her name and I just needed him to tell me what it was. Like the angel appearing to Mary and telling her she would give birth to a baby boy and his name would be Jesus, only on a slightly smaller scale.) You can read the story behind her name here.
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Here are a few of my current favorites that are in the running for our next baby, if it’s a girl!
- Fern. Charlotte’s Web was one of my favorite books/movies growing up, so I love this literary and nature-inspired name. (Charlotte is cute, too!)
- Scout. I’m still trying to talk my husband into this one. I like it but I have a hard time thinking of a middle name that would add a feminine touch. It’s also literary, from To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Penny. Short for Penelope, Penny is a sweet name for a little girl. If my maiden name had been Penny, I’d totally go for it.
- Pippa. The one was actually suggested to me by my mother (who takes a while to get used to “unconventional” names), and I think it’s adorable. It kind of reminds me of Pippi Longstocking.
- Milla. Pronounced me-luh. Pretty, but I think it would get mispronounced as mill-uh a lot.
- Eisley. This was a runner-up for our daughter, and I still like it. However, in my field research, people didn’t know what letter it started with or how to spell it, and I don’t want to have to explain it every time.
- Olive. Olivia is very popular right now, but I love this variation. My husband and I both like it, so it’s a top contender!
- Zara. I don’t know anyone named Zara, but it’s gaining popularity. It’s also the name of a lovely Spanish clothing store, so her name could be on all her clothing tags.
- Roxy. Very surfer-girl-ish, but edgy and cute at the same time. Also a clothing brand, now that I think of it.
- Lulu. My parents often call me “Lou,” and I always loved it so I’d like to pass it on. This could also be a middle name.
- Blaire. This is a newcomer for me, but something about it is really cute to me.
- Wren. This is a top runner, although I haven’t told my husband yet. I like that it sounds good with Rooney but it doesn’t start with the same letter. I’ve also had people tell me that I look like the actress who played Ren on Even Stevens and always thought it was a cool name.
- Luna. We have friends with a baby named Luna, so it’s probably off limits for us, but it’s fun. Harry Potter fans, unite.
- Campbell. I am surprised by how popular Campbell has become in the past year since I first heard it. I’m a big fan.
- Goldie. Such a cute, whimsical name for a girl.
- Joa. One of my best friends is named Joa, and I’ve always loved her name.
- Monet (pronounced like the painter). I know a girl named Monet Belle and think it is one of the prettiest names I’ve ever heard.
- Willa. I’ve seen this name climbing the charts lately, too. If our last name wasn’t Williams, I might be more serious about it.
- Nora. I think this name is too mainstream to sound good with Rooney, but it’s super cute!
- Gemma. Reminds me of Jenna, but the updated, improved version.
Who knows! Maybe the right name for our next baby (if it’s a girl) isn’t even on this list!