So Many Baby Girl Names!

With our two sons Fitzgerald, right, and Oliver, left. tbqh Matt and I agonized over both of their names!  Photo by Lindsay Wiser

With our two sons Fitzgerald, right, and Oliver, left. tbqh Matt and I agonized over both of their names! Photo by Lindsay Wiser

After birth of our first son, while we were all still in the hospital, a new nurse came to check on him. “What’s his name?” she asked, smiling at the baby. 

“Fitzgerald!” Matt and I replied, nearly in unison, so thrilled at our choice.

“We’re going to call him Fitz,” I said.

The nurse gave us a huge, genuine smile. “That’s my dog’s name!” she blurted out. 

Rather than say what I was thinking, which was some version of REALLY, LADY?, I let the resulting silence linger. The nurse bumbled, filling the space with mutterings about how much she loved the name and her dog.  Absolutely nothing against dogs, but it was not what I wanted to hear in that moment.

Before becoming a parent, I’m not certain I realized how often you say a child’s name — or how often you are asked it? People everywhere want to know a baby’s name and why you, the new sleep-deprived parents, chose it. Anything slightly novel, including Fitzgerald, takes a bit of explaining and a lot of confidence (and/or clarifying that I said “Fitz” not “Vince”). When kids can talk, they have to say it themselves! Humbling to hear your choice from their little mouths! All of this is to say I am a strong believer that it’s a big deal, and such a privilege, to name someone. 

I have always put a lot of, ahem, thought into our choices, which is why I was more than happy to share my naming philosophy (/naming agony!) with the folks at Nameberry. It’s a a fantastic site that tells you everything you could ever want to know about a name. They asked some very smart questions, including how Matt and I came to agree on names and whether it’s hard to name your first, second, or third.

As the time comes to name our daughter, I also asked for your input. Per usual, you sent the best suggestions via Instagram! So many of you picked up on the themes that matter to me, pairing back to our sons Fitzgerald and Oliver, as well as Matt’s last name, Stuart. It was really heartening. Among my faves: the folks who pointed out that both boys’ names have three syllables and offered up three-syllable girl names. That is my kind of attention to detail!

Below is an alphabetical list of your suggestions (apologies if I missed some!). Our frontrunner name, the one I dreamed up long before we started trying for children, is on here, which made me smile. But, as was my hope, this list gave me a lot of new ideas, too. I’ll be reading and re-reading this list before we finalize our choice, so stay tuned…

What is your approach to baby naming? Any guesses on what we’ll name our daughter? Share in the comments!


Lady Stuart Baby Names

 

Abigail

Ada

Addison

Adelaide

Adeline

Adrienne

Agatha

Agnes

Ainsley

Alba

Alessandra

Alice

Allegra

Amanda

Amelia

Annabelle

Apollo

Arabella

Arwen

Aubrey

Audrey

Aurora

Austen

Avalon

Avery

Beatrice

Bennett

Blake

Brooklyn

Brynn

Callie

Camden

Cameron

Campbell

Caroline

Catherine

Cecily

Celeste

Charlotte

Clara

Clementine

Clover

Constance

Cora

Cordelia

Daisy

Daphne

Delilah

Devon

Diana

Edie

Edith

Eleanor

Eliana

Elise

Elizabeth

Ella

Ellery

Eloise

Emerson

Emilia

Emily

Emma

Emmaline

Esther

Evangeline

Evelyn

Everly

Evie

Felicity

Fern

Finley

Fiona

Florence

Frances

Freya

Gemma

Genevieve

Georgia

Georgina

Grace

Greta

Grey

Gwendolyn

Hannah

Harper

Harriet

Hayden

Hayes

Hazel

Henrietta

Holly

Imogene

Iris

Isabel

Isabelle

Ivy

Jane

Jasmine

Jemima

Joan

 

Josephine

Julia

June

Kate

Kendra

Kennedy

Lark

Larson

Laura

Lavinia

Lawrence

Lena

Lilah

Lillian

Linlee

Lottie

Louise

Lucy

Lydia

Mabel

Madeline

Maeve

Maggie

Maisie

Margot

Marguerite

Marian

Marigold

Marissa

Mary

MaryAnn

Matilda

Maud

Melissa

Millicent

Millie

Naomi

Natalie

Norah

Paige

Paxton

Pearl

Penelope

Phoebe

Philippa

Piper

Pippa

Poppy

Posie

Presley

 
 

Quinn

Raina

Rebecca

Reese

Remy

Rory

Rosalyn

Rosamund

Rose

Rosemary

Rosie

Rowan

Ruthie

Samantha

Sarah

Savannah

Sawyer

Scarlett

Sedona

Sienna

Simone

Sinclair

Skye

Sloane

Sophia

Stella

Sutton

Sylvia

Tabitha

Tallulah

Tatum

Tessa

Theodosia

Valentina

Vera

Veronica

Victoria

Violet

Virginia

Vivian

Whitney

Willa

Wilma

Winifred

Winnie

Winslow

Yardley

Yates

Zelda