What to Name Jill’s Baby?
Readers, it’s time for another act of public service. Fellow Parents.com blogger Jill Cordes of “Of Fi I Sing” is about to pop with baby number two — working name, Leroy.
Here’s her situation:
“My daughter Fia is 23 months old and a spitfire. She was born with reddish hair (not sure how) and Fia means Fiery one as a derivative of Fiamma. Though we’re not Italian.
” we didn’t want to name her an “ill” name, although I loved Lily
, so I made it her middle name. Fia Lily Johnston. However, she is so NOT a Lily. The only other name that could have been as perfect was Olive
. But we didn’t want anything too, too popular.
Problem with Fia is I have to spell it out constantly, as people think it’s Thea
. Originally when we were pregnant with her, but before we knew it was a girl, we were going to name a boy Finn. So when we found out it was a girl, I was somehow already glued to the “F” names. I think “Phil, Jill, Fi (fee) or Fia” sounds nice. Also, we like something with a nickname.
We don’t want an “F” name for our son. We also want a name that is accessible and not too trendy. Somehow, this time, I’ve fixated on “L’s”…Luke
. Problem with Liam (our first choice at moment) is that there is no nickname other than “Lee
” and we don’t love that. My husband’s grandmother’s maiden name was McNeil, so we thought perhaps we could name him Liam McNeil Johnston and call him Mac
Well, I like your thinking, Jill. Mac is a cute name, and it sounds good with Fia. The only problem I see is saddling him with a first name you don’t love. And one that’s getting pretty popular at that — number 30 in the nation in 2010. Why not McNeil Johnston?
OK, if you don’t want to go that path, let’s think about names that start with “L.” I think short is the way to go here — that will help the name fit into your family — so we’ll concentrate on names that are two syllables or less. Here’s what a search of the Parents.com baby name database finds (curated for cuteness):
Okay, that’s a good selection. My favorites: Lex and Leo. Why? They go well with Fia, and like Fia, are short but sweet — lots of personality. They both just sound like cool, not-too-popular names to me.
What do you think? Do you like any of the names from my list? Do any other names jump out at you
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