Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What's in a Name Link-Up

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I happen to love baby names, like strangely obsessive love them. I may also visit the site nameberry.com a little more often than I should. Since I seem to be surrounded by a lot of pregnant women lately, I thought that it would be fun to have a link-up to discuss names. Of course, you don't have to have a baby to discuss your favorite names. Many people have their special furbabies and I would love to hear those name stories too.

I have been very blessed to have had the opportunity to name five beautiful girls. I got to think about boys names for a hot minute until the results of the ultrasound came through. Oh well, at this point I can't even imagine having a boy. I love all my girls. I'm getting off the subject.

Hannah Rose - Had I known how popular Hannah was going to become, I would have thought twice about using it. However, I love the name as it is classic and lends itself well to a very German last name. Rose is my middle name and was also my mother's and grandmother's. I tried to use family names with all the girls' middle names.

Cordelia Grace - If you have not seen the movie, The Happiest Millionaire, I encourage you to do so. It was always a favorite of mine and Lesley Ann Warren's character's name was Cordelia. This name was a risk, but it worked as my ex had two great-grandmothers named Odelia and Grace. We call her Cordie and I can't imagine her named anything else. However, when I delivered her and told the Dr. what her name was, he asked if it was from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Um, no. Thanks for playing.

Paige Nanette - Since I got to pick Cordie's name, my ex got to choose Paige's name. I really wanted to go with Moira, but he got the final say. It works for her though. It is a cute and spunky name just like she is. Nanette is my sister's middle name as well, but it is also a tribute to my former mother in law, Nancy.

Elsa Ruth - I was convinced that Elsa was going to be a boy and had the name Henry all picked out, but instead I got another little blond baby girl. I wanted to go with a more Scandinavian name again to go with our German last name. I was really drawn to Elsa, but was also closely looking at Lily. Since Lily seemed to be gaining popularity rapidly, we chose Elsa and I love it. The blond beauty in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade didn't hurt either. Ruth is a family name on both sides.

Emmeline Marlena - Jason had the name Emaline picked out from very early on. It is the name of a song from one of his favorite bands, Ben Folds 5. We also seriously considered the name Violet, a name I still love. Marlena was tough. I wanted a name to honor my mom, Marlene, who had passed away and Hannah already had her middle name. I didn't like the way the two names both had the hard N at the end so we changed it to Marlena. We also compromised on the spelling of Emmeline since we really didn't want it to be shortened to Emma (and I liked it better with 2 E's). The older girls call her Emme sometimes, or the Divine Miss Em.

So there you have it. I could definitely turn this post into a 10 page short story, but I'll spare you. Thanks for linking up and I can't wait to read everyone else's stories.