New Baby Name: Welcome Finley Juliet!

Our amazing pregnancy blogger Bekka Besich just welcomed home her brand new baby daughter, Finley Juliet, who joins big sister Harper. (And we’re all so excited about the big news here at!)

I know Bekka’s been checking out my blog on occasion for some baby-naming advice, but it looks like she didn’t need the help. I think she did fabulously well on her own.

Finley is an Irish name that means “fair-haired hero.” Like so many popular names now, it started out as a boys-only moniker, but over the past few years has shifted to become even more popular for the girls than it is for the boys. (Though boys are still getting the name, as it’s skyrocketed from the low 800s to the top 500 names for boys in the past five years alone.) It’s currently in the mid-300s in popularity for girls, making it likely Miss Finley will be the one-and-only in her preschool class. While Finn is the typical nickname when it’s used for boys, I’d like Fi or Lee as a nickname for a girl.

Juliet means young, and has as its claim to fame the heroine of one of Shakespeare’s masterworks. As a name choice, it flows beautifully with Finley.

Plus, I love Harper and Finley as a sibling set. The names are fresh and slightly offbeat, but classic enough that they won’t be getting mocked on the playground.

What do you think about Bekka’s baby name choices? Would you put Finley on your short list for your son or daughter? And don’t forget to head over to Bekka’s blog, Great Expectations, to congratulate her on her big news!

Image: Newborn baby by Zagorodnaya/

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  1. by Pat

    On February 14, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I don’t like Finley for a girl. It’s too much a boys name. There are so many awesome names for your daughter, that I don’t understand picking a name that’s boy sounding. To me, my first thought is that you wanted a boy and already had the name picked out for your son and then decided to just use it for the girl. Sorry, just my opinion. I have a cousin who named her daughter Ryan. I told her the same thing.

  2. by jln4101

    On February 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Wow Pat, I bet you’re a ray of sunshine at family gatherings.

  3. by sr

    On February 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I really don’t like Finley either. I’ve heard a few boys and girls with the name, and I just think it’s an annoying name.

  4. by SarahR

    On February 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Finley is a boy’s name. I can’t stand the trend of giving sweet little bundles of pink names that sound so masculine. I have a daughter and it never crossed my mind to name her Finley or Maxwell or Eliotte or Grayson. I know many young boys named Finn. No matter how you spell it, no matter what you plan on calling your child they sound like boys names when you say them out loud.

  5. by AJ

    On March 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I love it! And I love Irish unisex names especially paired with a beautiful classic name. My daughter is named Teagan Cecelia.