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Playing the Name Game

By Lauren Jimeson |

I had Harlan’s name picked out before we even found out the gender of the baby.  My husband is the fourth in line for his name sake, so we knew that if we were having a boy, he would be the fifth.

If it was a girl, I knew I wanted it to be a family name and I fell in love with my mother-in-law’s maiden name, Harlan.  As soon as the ultrasound technician announced that she was a girl, I began to call her by name immediately.  We had her nursery with her initials set up the very next weekend.

We wanted to continue the trend of naming baby girl number two a family name, but I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find another name in our family that I like as much as I do my first daughter’s.  Have  I set the bar too high?

I’m the type of person that likes to plan things well in advanced and I am way behind on my own schedule of naming this second little girl.  Unfortunately, I’m not to keen on any of the immediate girls names on either sides of the family (I pray my grandparents won’t hate me for writing that.)  And another unfortunate thing is that I’m not willing to budge on having the name be a family  name.  We started it with Harlan and I would like to continue the tradition with the rest of our children.  My husband doesn’t seem to care as much, but I am set on it.

With the holidays coming up, I will be spending a lot of time with my family.  My plan is to get out the family trees and start looking for names.  I’m hoping that I will find one that I love just as much as I do Harlan’s name.  Who knew naming your child could be this tough?  Apparently, not me.

Did you have a hard time naming your child?

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Lauren Jimeson is the author of A Mommy in the City, which chronicles living the city life with a suburban mentality. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Playing the Name Game

  1. Lindsay says:

    Maybe Nichole? Or a more unique name that’s some version of “Nichols”?

  2. Nadia says:

    Yep, naming babies is definitely tough! I love family names. We didn’t chose a family name for our daughter’s first name, but we did for her middle name. I wish you good luck! :)

  3. Emily says:

    Naming a child is one of the hardest things 8′ve done. I can’t imagine doing it twice!! Don’t worry, you have plenty of time.

  4. lauren says:

    perhaps if you can’t find the exact name you like, you could use the feminine version – or a related version – of a name you do like? like alexandra for alexander, etc. i know that’s a simple conversion but perhaps there’s room for creativity on your family tree?

  5. wendy @ mama one to three says:

    Let me name her! LOL. I have a list of girls’ names I prob won’t use. Unless we get a dog… :)

  6. Lauren W says:

    I’m in the same boat! I had my boy names picked out, but theyre far too masculine for a girl. I’m 25 weeks so I have a little time.

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