Now that we know we’re having a girl, it’s a little easier to try to settle on a name. But only a little, because our family is firmly divided on which name to choose.
For years, I had two names picked out for the rare chance that we might ever have a baby again and have a girl. At the time, they were pretty uncommon names… Isabella and Sophia.
Well, those names are now anything but uncommon! So my favorite names went out the window.
After much searching, discussing and poring over baby books, we came up with two new girl names that we all could agree on: Josephine (Josie for short) and Fiona.
Okay, most of us can agree on those. The boys insist on Sunshine. 😉
Victoria is firmly set on Fiona.
Anna is firmly set on Josie/Josephine.
I like both, although I lean a tiny bit more towards Josie.
Victoria has inundated me with Facebook polls (Fiona is far ahead), less-than-subtle hints and even blog comments from her friends. 🙂 She’s waging an all-out campaign for her pick!
Both names fit our criteria for being associated with someone nifty in history/literature. Each of our children has a name that he or she shares with someone pretty cool:
Victoria — a queen
Rhiannon (Anna’s real name) — a Welsh goddess (she protected animals)
Jack — a president
Alex — a ruler, a czar
Josephine and Napoleon are a great story from history, and Fiona is a pretty cool modern fairy tale heroine.
I love Josie as a nickname for a little girl, but I am a little worried that it’s going to jump in popularity over the next couple of years. I’m suddenly hearing of a lot of Josies. The same could happen with Fiona, which is now not only a fairy tale heroine but it’s also the name of a pretty cool character on Burn Notice. 😉
If we went with Fiona, the kids would all have their own first initials (Anna usually uses R as her initial). But since our boys and girls have different last names (the girls have mine, the boys have Daryl’s), Josie (JB) would have different initials than Jack (JH) anyway.
One weird element in the mix is that we had a beloved cat named Josie for most of the kids’ lives. That’s one reason Anna wants to use the name and one reason Victoria doesn’t! I happened to name a lot of pets names that I liked over the years, especially since I had a decade of miscarriages and didn’t even know if I’d ever get to name a baby back then. And if we used the name, she wouldn’t be named after the cat, she’d just happen to share a name. But still…
On yet another hand, I like Josie as a nickname better than Fi or (eek!) Fifi (Victoria says she’ll call her Ifif!).
And I don’t know which name would suit our little girl better. It’s hard to know when we’re just going by kicks and bounces at this point!
So…. dear readers, what do you think? Do you like one better than the other? Think it’s wacky to name a child after a pet? Have any opinions?
And then there’s the whole part about my long-dead mother naming her Emerson…. But she’s out of luck! 😉