If you haven't heard already, we are expecting baby #3 this Spring! We decided not to find out the sex of the baby and cannot wait to be surprised in the delivery room! We have finally picked a name if it's a girl but won't be sharing until the baby is born. Today I'm sharing the names we have decided not to use from our list. A lot of these names were in the running when we were expecting our first two kids, but never seem to make the cut. We still love and adore these names and hopefully someone else can use them!
The main things we consider when picking a girl's name:
1. Is it strong but still feminine?
We want something girly and cute but also a name that will set her up for success and leadership. Obviously, a lot of who she will be is based on how she's raised and her personality, but imagine your child in a professional setting with the name Florabella Meadow. I have a tendency to love hippie/nature names, but they just aren't strong and professional enough for an adult.
2. Is it unique but not too rare?
It's important to us that she has a unique name but if it's so rare that no one can pronounce it, we will set her up for a lifetime of annoying conversations. Sometimes this can't be controlled because of shifting name trends. For example, 7 years ago when we named Henry, 1 in every 717 boys were named Henry according to the social security website. We felt confident that we had a unique and strong boy's name. Fast forward to 2017 and Henry is in the top 100! Either way we still love his name and at least he is the only Henry in his age group.
These names are in no particular order. Let us know which is your favorite! Saylor and Waverly are my two faves!
Meanings & Origins
- Saylor- "Surname as a first name or variation of Sailor"
- Hazel- English: "Hazelnut tree"
- Edith (Eddie)- English: "Prosperous in war"
- Sophie/Sophia- Greek: "Wisdom, sophisticated"
- Delilah- Arabic: "Charming"
- Dalia- Hebrew: "Gentle"
- Maple- "Tree name"
- Elliot (Elle/Ellie)- "Variation of Elijah"
- Ainsley- Scottish: "One's own meadow"
- Tenley- English: "Field"
- Teagan- Irish: "Beautiful"
- Violet- Latin: "Purple"
- Hudson- English: "Hugh's son"
- Slyvie- French: "From the forest"
- Georgette- French: "Female version of George"
- Waverly- English: "Meadow of Aspens"
- Cordelia (Cora)- Latin: "Heart"
- Holly- English: "Nature name"
- Annie- English: "Grace"
- Quincy/Quinby (Quinn)- English: "Queen's settlement"
- Opal- Sanskrit: "Gem"
- Havalee- "Modern variation of Eva"
- Eulalia- Greek: "Sweetly speaking"
- Aoife (pronounced EE-fa)- Irish: "Radiant, beauty"
- Emmeline/Emmelina: French: "Hope, inspiration"