So Many Baby Girl Names!
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