Help us with a girl's name?
July 14, 2011 11:47 AM Subscribe
My husband and I are expecting our first baby, a girl, in less than 3 months. Please help us with the name!
posted by anonymous to human relations (105 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I know there have been many questions over the years on baby names, so I'm sorry for adding another one. But of course every situation is unique, and every parent is looking for something different.
We are expecting a girl in October. In general, we prefer classic names over trendy ones. But I also want to avoid a "girly"-sounding name, as I have always been a tomboy.... so we have been considering more gender-neutral names. We also don't want to pick the most common name in the world, so she isn't one of 5 girls with the same name in her class.
We were about 90% settled on "Riley". But now I'm starting to have second thoughts... do you think that name sounds trashy for a girl? I was searching on the internet and came across a message board where someone said it was a trashy name, like Jasmine or Nevaeh. I am aware that the name is gaining in popularity in some areas, especially in the U.S. But we live in Canada and I have not really heard it as a popular name here (although I could be wrong, since I don't hang out with toddlers much!). We would definitely go with the spelling "Riley", though I know that many people use variations such as "Ryleigh" or "Rylee" - but I find these incredibly irritating.
If you don't like the name Riley, do you have any other suggestions? We also like Zoe a lot, but it seems to be extremely popular lately. The middle name will most likely be Elizabeth, and our last name starts with a W. (As for other popular gender-neutral names like Emerson, Avery, and Mackenzie... those are really not my style.)
Any help is appreciated! It's such a huge responsibility to name a child, and I don't want us to regret our choice in a few years.