Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Name Game

What's in a name?!

Oh, the name game of naming one's child. Songbird (obviously not her real name, but for adoption related purposes will remain Songbird until we can officially reveal her actual name).

For our boy, naming was totally not an issue. We both agreed and that was that.

With our first referral? We loved her Russian name and decided we'd keep it.

With Songbird? We also really like her name, but no one in the States can pronounce it correctly....and it's not even that difficult really! However, my hubs LOVES her name. So does our boy. I like just drives me nuts trying to explain how to correctly say it to those that ask (in person) what her name is.

So, we have compromised a little and given her a middle name that she can also go by. I love her middle name, but we also very much wanted to keep her Russian heritage with her first name. Although, oddly enough, it's not a traditional Russian name....our translator had not yet heard her name until we met her.

Anyhoo......names. I decided to post a list of girl names I like. None of which are Songbirds name, but thought I'd share some of my faves for any possible future children we might have/bring home. :)

Here they are, in no particular order:






-Larkin (I know, not technically a girl name...)


These are just a sampling. I tend to lean towards gender specific names for boys/girls. Not because I think there is anything wrong with gender neutral names, but I have one and it has been a hassle to deal with during my lifetime! However, if people want to name their kiddos gender neutral names...go for it!

I haven't listed boy names simply because I don't really have too many of those.

So, tell me....what are some of your fave names? Boy or girl...feel free to share!


  1. I love naming babies! :) My husband and I had an excel spreadsheet listed with three full boy names and three full girl names, before we even started trying for kids. ha!

    My favorite girl names - Lyssa, Adeline (addie for short), Lakelyn, Brighton, Emmaline, Laine, Annabelle and Lily!

    I hope you'll be posting a pronunciation key when you get to announce Songbird's name :)

  2. I love that you are calling her songbird on your blog right now, it's just super sweet.

    Well we have two girls names picked out since we could possibly get two girls but we don't talk about names on the internet so I will just say some that our names came down to:


    And for boys our lists looks like this


    I love names, I could go on and on forever.

  3. We have an Elijah and we LOVE it...however, no one can spell it either Our boy list looks almost identical to the one above- Isaiah and Ezra are at the top of the list. Hubby really likes Matthen (Jesus' g-pa in Matthew 1)...A girl will be either Virginia Lee or Ryan Lee (which is hubby's name.)