What Should I Name My Daughter? Siobhan and Other Baby Naming Disasters

Your baby's name is your first chance to give your beautiful new bundle of joy a complex.
Your baby's name is your first chance to give your beautiful new bundle of joy a complex.
Fortunately, even if they do hate your chosen name, they won't be able to voice an opinion about it for awhile.
Fortunately, even if they do hate your chosen name, they won't be able to voice an opinion about it for awhile.

Let's Start with Siobhan

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...

Julie Andrews seems to have an answer for everything. And I guess I have a thing for the wisdom of Julie Andrews. Just read my other hubs. We've already established I ain't no Mary Poppins.

But what I AM is pregnant. And the clock is ticking. Only two months or so to go, and we don't have a name yet for little baby what's-her-name.

Beware: Choosing the Perfect Baby Name for Your Child is Harder Than You Ever Imagined

What's in a name? Everything! A child's name is either a blessing or a curse. A good name can be a gift we give our beloved child. A bad name? Well, it can be a sore point with that child that eternally bruises her ego and sends her into conniptions, scarring her for life.

So what's wrong with Siobhan ? It's pronounced ShiVON. Hard of hearing grandma or grandpa? All of a sudden she's a dessert. A lovely chiffon. And don't expect anyone to know how to pronounce it. Kindergarten? Yikes! Nyet. Next!

My husband and I just don't seem to see eye-to-eye on the baby naming issue. After two kids with unconventional names, I am ready to settle into more traditional territory. Katey or Katherine sounds nice to me.

But my husband is attracted to strong female names, just as he is attracted to strong-willed female me. Katherine is strong. Taming of the Shrew, by Shakespeare, anyone?

First he suggested Sloan. Anyone here besides me seen Ferris Bueller? Can't shake the image. And it isn't necessarily a pretty one. I kept wandering around the house for days singing "Cameron was a wandering man...let my Cameron go!" Nyet. Next!

The next name he suggested was Dagny. My husband kindly related his source, a strong and idealistic character in that famous book by Ayn Rand. But immediately I remembered that my husband's brother named his sweet little college car after that same character.

So!? My husband replied.

So!! I reminded him of OUR named cars (it's a family thing, I guess), and said, how would you like it if your brother called you up and said, "Wow, I just loved that old car Courtney that you once owned that is now in the junk heap, and I've decided to name my first-born after her!" My apologies to anyone out there who has named their child Courtney. It really is a lovely name. But in our family, the name has already been taken...by a car.

Personal associations become more pronounced over time, which is one of the reasons I feel I'm having a tough time selecting a name I like. I'm older now, and have been through many years of school with my other children. And they have many, many classmates that conjure strong associations with the names I like. Some good, and some not-so-great.

I hear school teachers have the greatest problem with this. One teacher I know had encountered so many children that she just had to lay all of her preconceptions aside and choose a name she liked. She had known so many horrid people over the years that almost all the good names were nixed by association. The names she chose for her children were in spite of the personal associations she had formed.

But I am still having a hard time getting over the "name-your-child-after-the-family-car episode."

And speaking of associations, every so often my husband says, "What about Trish or Twila? I knew some nice girls in high school by that name." REALLY?!!! NYET!!!!!!!!

We started considering more off-the-beaten-path names, but many have associations we can't shake.

Simone—Ruined. By Al Pacino and the movie he starred in by that same name. Unless you don't mind your child sharing the name of an artificially created sex-goddess that doesn't even exist. Next!

Lola—she was a showgirl. Next!

Daphne—A pretty name, except for the Scooby-Doo association. Next!

Triona—Not bad, but it sounds like the name of a triceratops character in Land Before Time XXV, The Great Three-Horned Calamity. Next!

Ophelia—A very strong name. I like it, but I fear she'd grow up with a complex. Next!

Maybe the letters have it. Our last name begins with the letter "A". We considered some of these combinations:

Ione Kennedy Eugenie A---

Patsy Tamarind A---

Diane Nerisse A---

In case you hadn't guessed, my last name starts with "A." Well, you get the picture. Nyet, nyet, and nyet! Still, I love that IKEA store....

After much thought, my daughter provided just the right insight into the baby naming issue. Mom, she said, we just need to come up with a name that will be mis-spelled, mis-pronounced, and altogether easily forgotten!

So here it is: Caoimhe.

I don't know how to say it, can't remember how to spell it, but gee, I sure do like it.

What Should I Name My Child?

But seriously, what name will we pick? I can't tell you. Because there are two other baby girls on the way in our extended family, and they share our last name. It's hard enough coming up with a name we like, but now we have to make sure it's not going to be used by someone else in the family.

Traditional family names are out. My husband favors his Polish background, and I can't pronounce half of those names either.

And Julie Andrews? Well, we REALLY liked that name Lisle, from the Sound of Music, but as my dear friend pointed out, although it is a great name, Lisle is SOOO Von Trapp!


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wannabwestern 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

What factors influenced your baby name choice?

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The Indexer 8 years ago from UK

You also have to think about initials - do they spell a word? And how would the initials fit your surname? Don't make the mistake of an old friend of mine, surname Jelley, who called his daughter Katie Yvonne. With initials, a vowel as a middle initial is often a mistake, especially as you don't know what her married name might be in later life. For example, if your name is Atkins, you may think there is nothing amiss with naming your daughter Belinda Ursula. But that might well put her off marrying a Mr Smith or, even worse, a Mr Morgan!

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kerryg 8 years ago from USA

In my husband's culture, it is not allowed to name a child the same thing as anybody in the entire extended family, with only occasional exceptions made for honored elderly or dead relatives. They have big families, too, so hundreds of names can be nixed in a single go. Fortunately in our case, most of those names are unpronouncable to Americans anyway (Mohiniso? Fakhriddin?), but it certainly made finding a name for our daughter an interesting process. I am tempted to leave her an only child for that reason alone. We didn't know her sex before she was born, and every single boys' name and almost every girls' name I have ever liked was nixed either because it was already in one of our families, one or other of us knew someone with the name who we hated, or it couldn't be pronounced by speakers of one of the three different and largely unrelated languages we had to accommodate. It kind of astonishes me we managed to find any name at all!

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

I had an aunt that was called "sister" for 9 years, came here in a covered wagon ("here" being Oklahoma) and finally named herself Louise.

Names are so interesting!! and, so important. They last way beyond a lifetime.

Jane 8 years ago

I don't think you'll have to worry about us taking a name you like, if we have a girl, since I think our taste in names is different than yours. I vote for "Katherine" for you. I like it, but it is overused in my extended family so is not a very good choice for us.

By the way, if you have any cast off name suggestions, I could sure use some ideas. We are due in one month and haven't come up with any likely names. Our daughter wants "Susan". She's the same one who wanted "Hamra" for our last baby. I think her taste is becoming more conventional, but not exactly what I'm looking for.

sam  8 years ago

I think you perfectly identified the problem! There is no perfect name. Someone will screw it up no matter what. Even my name, besides never liking it because it was too common, and more Dr. Seuss jokes than anyone should be allowed to bear, people don't seem to get it. "Hi my name is Sam. Simon? No Sam. Simon? S-A-M. Sam?? Really?? yes REALLY." Not sure why this happens. Just choose one you like.

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Find/choose a nice name you would have felt very comfortable with. It is about your daughter and you wish just the best for her.

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Sapristi! 8 years ago

I love beautiful and rare names. In my opinion, the more you sound like the heroine of a novel, the better! "Brooke" is very odd (and kind of ugly) in non-English speaking countries, and so I spent most of my childhood with a weird name. On the one hand, it was hard to find personalized kids' knick knacks (like those cheesy magnets at tourist shops - so disappointing), on the other hand, if I ever become famous it will be more catchy. Go odd names!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

I hope you find an answer to your naming dilemma. Our friends wanted to name their boat but couldn't come up with one they all agreed on. Consequently they had "Nameless" painted on the boat instead. I think that anything you would choose would certainly be better than Nameless. Good luck! I personally love the name Andrea.

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Miss_Kitty 8 years ago from Southern California

Hehe, I liked reading this and seeing I am not the only person who had such a hard time picking a name. I have the problem that if I can associate the name to any one I have ever known - I don't like it. This drove my husband nuts. We finally chose our name from the movie The Godfather. Santino, nickname Sonny. The middle name? I joked if we gave him a middle name that started with an O, his initials would be S.O.S. - therefore our love of literature brought us to Odysseus. Yup, Santino Odysseus. We like it!

My favorite girl name was Novalee, from that movie with Natalie Portman where she gives birth in a Walmart. Too bad I think I am the only person who really loves that name.

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wannabwestern 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Wow! Miss Kitty, I like the names you chose. I have a copy of the original book--the Natalie Portman movie...Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts, I believe. I also like the author's southern name...a female Billie.

We are leaning toward Evangeline Brooke. Our daughter has an old-fashioned name. too--Veronica. We we call Evangeline "Evie", which also hearkens back to my great grandmother, Eva.

My friend has two boys. I always liked the name she chose for her younger son, Gian Carlos, pronounce "John Carlo". And it is unusual around here.

Louise 8 years ago

I'm having a really hard time trying to find names because of my fiance's surname Mann! We like unusual names but they just sound stupid with his surname! His ideas have Maverick, for a boy and Missy for a girl! The more I think of names the more I think that nothing actually goes!! It's going to be bad enough when we marry and I'm going to be Mrs Mann but think of our daughter Miss Missy Mann! He actually really likes this name! I think he's crazy! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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wannabwestern 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Mann oh Mann, Louise, I do feel for you. I've been noticing a lot of politicians have unfortunate names. There's a person by the last name of Schmuck running for office where I live, and there was a person with the last name of Butts in my last town. Seriously, I'm not joking. Names are such a matter of personal taste, but with your unique situation, I would definitely run it by some friends and family members before you make a final decision. Is there any reason why you and your husband are going with "M" names? You should not choose a name that begins with an O, which rules out Olivia, Ophelia, or Ogden, but you might try some other names that don't begin with the letter M.

Susie 8 years ago

Why don't you just call her Julie Andrews?

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LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

What did you choose, in the end?

Jon 8 years ago

I love Siobhan but didn't name my daugher that for every same reason you mentioned.

There actually was a study that corrolated "ethnic" names with poverty - so you are right on here, names do matter.

Sorry Shakespeare

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

All, I've been off line for a few months since the birth of...drum roll please...little Evangeline Brooke. We call her Evie for short, which is an homage to my great grandmother Eva, a name I liked, but which was too short for my husband, who leans toward the four syllable names. Loved all of your comments. Keep coming back and I'm looking forward to diving back into the Hubbub of Hubburbia real soon! Thanks.

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

lovely name - and congratulations!

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks LondonGirl! My young son has dubbed Evangeline Evie Cakes. Now everyone has a nickname ending in -cakes. I'm Mommy Cakes. So I guess that makes our family a bakery! LOL

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

my other half calls me a lion cub (because of the "mane") and so our son gets called "mini cub"

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mamahops 7 years ago

Loved reading this - it is SUCH a chore to name your children! It's as permanent as a tattoo, and there are always those associations we have. The best names in the world can be ruined by one unpleasant person you've known or dealt w/ at some point in your life. I hope you came up with a great name, after so much consideration!

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you mamahops! We named her Evangeline. We wanted to pay homage to my great grandmother Eva, and liked the literary connotations. Plus, for now we have cute baby nickname and if she wishes, at a future date, she could shorten the name to any number of different things.

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Suiiki 7 years ago from City of the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead

Just pick a name. I like foreign names, as it saves you from having a kid who know 50 other kids with that name in school. Whenever my mum would yell at one of us at a church function using our names, about a quarter of the other church women would look up and go "Yes?" (Michelle, Elizabeth, Ruth, and Danielle) I know you've already had this baby, but if you have another one any time soon, just remember that. When I start having kids, we've decided that either our first daughter will be Andrea Becka (Andrea being a name that means something to my spouse, and Becka being the name of a friend of mine, who was killed by a drunk driver my sneior year of high school) or we will name our first daughter Andrea and our Second Becka. I also like names like Aria (Both for it's connection to Mary, being a derivitave of Maria, and for it's musical connotations) and when I write fiction, I make up names, like Marisil, or Annika (Which I found out later is actually a Norwegian name, which I am completely in love with) Unfortunately I don't have ANY tips for naming boys...I suck at coming up with boys names. My spouse likes the name Seth...but who wants a name like Seth Sillars?!

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Suiiki, thanks for your input. Giving a child a name is an art form. I think that naming your child after someone you love and respect is one of the highest forms of praise and honor. In our family, where my husband has 7 brothers and sisters, this was a challenge. We would have liked to name our children after their grandparents, for example, but we had to consider that two of my husband's sisters were already their mothers' namesakes, and both my mother and my husband's youngest sister shared the same name, so there would be many cousins potentially with the same name if we did it that way.

Another thing that complicates naming here in my region of the world is that people often have 5 or 6 kids in their families. Many families use names from their ancestors so you often see Annikas and Bronwyns and the like for girls names. Another interesting naming device is to take part of the husband's name and part of the wife's name, so sometimes you get names like "Dawnell" or "Brylee", two of my college roommates.

Cheers and good luck in your naming adventures.

Siobhan Hobson 7 years ago

I think my name is only pronounce "Shuvahn" if you're American. I am English, and have an Irish family (hence the Irish name), and Siobhan is pronounced "shuvorn"

Everyone at school had very plain names - Dean, Adam, Ben, Sarah, Jane etc. I was glad to have an original, slightly unique name!

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you for chiming in, Siobhan! I've been waiting for a Siobhan to leave a comment: I'm glad you did! It is a pretty name, just not pronounced as one would expect.

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Plants and Oils 7 years ago from England

""Dawnell" or "Brylee""

No offence to your college mates, but those are both horrible AND egotistical (-:

Evie, on the other hand, is lovely.

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks! Names are a matter of personal taste, but I agree that Dawnell and Brylee are unusual and a little grating on the ears. My college roomies were great girls, though.

Obviously we like Evie, too. :P I'm thinking someone out there doesn't, though.

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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

Evangeline Brooke....so cool wannabwestern!! bet shes sitting up already? her name means like an angel that lives near a brook...funny eh? in the desert, with the Rio gone long dry...Siobhan mans God is gracious...that He is!

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

RNMSN-I like your new avatar! Thank you. It's interesting you mention the meaning of Siobhan, a name I actually really like. John also means God is gracious, and many names are a derivative of John. One of them being my second child's name, Zane. I agree God is gracious. We have three living proofs of the fact here in our home.

Evie is not only sitting up but she is toddling around and digging out the makeup in my drawer and some days she walks around wearing other people's panties on her head. I'm sure I could make a hub of that one! She is quite a ham.

Love your comments. I never thought of her being an angel in the desert!

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

Caoimhe is pronounced kwee-va

Siobhan is shuv-awn in Ireland,I know other countries alter pron because of accent differences.

One that's easy to say and a beautiful name is

Aoibhe pron eeva

Aoife pron eefa.

Good luck with birth and baby.


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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you Itakins! I appreciate the pronunciation guide. I like Aoibhe and Aoife. We named our daughter Evangeline, and in its shortened form, is Evie. :)

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

Yes I see ,a bit similar!!I have 6 daughters all with Irish names so this subject always grabs my attention.Good luck with choosing,it's not easy.I know!

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you. You are kind!

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Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

Hi there again ... I would so love to give you a sensible answer or a list of great names, but your hubs always leave me laughing till my sides hurt, so I can't even think. thank you.

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks Dim, I have to admit that the pregnancy hormones seemed to really up my humor quotient, probably because it made me so sarcastic. My next humor hub is in process. Thanks for reading, I'm deeply flattered, but I do hope your sides recover.

Brenda  7 years ago

My fiancé & I comprised a bit on naming our baby girl that we are expecting in June - we decided to officially name her "Siobhan" but change the spelling to "Shavonne" when it came to things like school & other events - almost like a nickname. That way, when she is old enough, hopefully she will take a keen interest in using the proper spelling of her given, birth name. We take pride in our backgrounds and heritage & we don't want to ignore it or suppress and definitely want to teach her about other cultural customs and traditions. :)

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Brenda, that's great. People shouldn't be ashamed of their heritage. Sometimes our languages of origin are harder to spell than others, but c'est la vie!

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Dixie W 7 years ago from Odessa, Texas

My Daddy named me Dixie and threw in Wanette for my Mom (Wanetta Sue) so never had to worry about a nickname, some of the kids in school made up tacky names but now that I am grown I really like my name and get me riled up and the southern really takes over (its ok I am a Texan). But you know almost everyone that I meet remembers me.

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks for your comment Dixie, I was a Texan too for part of my life. Having a distinctive and unique name has its advantages. I was thinking just this morning of my friend from College whose name is Dawnell. It is such an unusual name that I think she should be easy to find on Facebook, too!

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CennyWenny 6 years ago from Washington

I'm a "Ceinwyn" and never minded having to pronounce it:) My dad wanted my sister to name her second daughter "Boudica" after the Celtic warrior queen, I'm glad I got "Ceinwyn" instead of "Boudica"

My son is going to be a "Griffin", easy to spell and pronounce, not very common but not off the charts, and the mythical beast was usually portrayed as strong and noble.

Thanks for the great read!

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks for your good-natured comment, CennyWenny. I too am a fan of less conventional names, just not Dagny. :)

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Diane Inside 6 years ago

Well Diane has served me well so I like it. However in your husbands defense there is a home improvement or decorating show that comes on here and the hosts name is Sloane and she is a very lovely and beautiful woman. But I'm sure once you pic a name, by the time she is a year old you couldn't picture her with any other name, whatever it may be.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

I think the cultural associations are specific to your location, age, religion, and other experiences. I know I've offended some Siobahns and Sloanes, but it does drive the point home. Thanks for your comment, Diane.

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LondonGirl 6 years ago from London

We named our son Isaac Alun, after his two grandfathers. In the case of "Isaac", it was my father-in-law's first name, but he never used it, he went through life with his middle name. "Alun" (the Welsh version of Alan) is my Dad's middle name, but what he's always called.

siobhan 6 years ago

my name is siobhan, and i absolutely love it. people end up remembering it pretty fast because its unique. i wouldn't change my name for the world.

caoimhe is pronounced kind of like QUEE-vuh

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks Siobhan. There are many more Siobhans out there than I could have ever realized. I appreciate the pronunciation tips!

Haruhi 6 years ago

Name her something foreign... Like Haruhi or Mikuru! Or Iris, if you're in too Greek stuff... I like Haruhi though.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

I like Iris. My niece is named Hawa. Haruhi is an interesting name, too. How is it pronounced?

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mussmuss 6 years ago

I personally like to see girls with names that reflect nature (eventhough I probably would never name my own child with a name like that)...for example: Sky, Breeze, Rainbow, Rain, etc...

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

I do too, MusMus. My girls both have nature names as their middle names. I heard someone on the radio the other day claiming their parents were hippies because they named her Autumn and her brother Forest. I don't think we are hippies, we just like the nature names.

Seonaid 6 years ago

My name is Seonaid and my sister is named Siobhan. We are both fans of having different names. I am pregnant as well and I am planing on naming my daughter Ayla or Grainne ("graw + nya" with a strong a st the end)but i'm open to suggestions.

Cassie 6 years ago

My mother just had a baby in august, and for his middle name she took the first letter of the middle names from her grandparents and parents and husbands parents, And then her and her husbands middle names, and came up with Allister. So his name is David Allister M. And we like to call him Davey Crockett. (Though since he likes to sit inbetween my legs and sleep leaning back on my baby belly, I call him Davey Crotchett. :P)

But I really liked the name Allister, I just wish my boyfriend was as into uncommon names as I was, but we're naming our baby boy Douglas Michael. Michael is after his father, and his brothers middle name is Michael. As for Douglas, we just both liked the name, and he was very keen on having that as his name. (:

Congrats on your little girl, I love that name, Evangeline Brooke. (:

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Seonaid and Cassie, thanks for chiming in. I think Allister is a great name! Seonaid, I never knew how popular these names were! Very pretty too!

Siobhan 6 years ago

OI, what's wrong with the name Siobhan!

Its an AMAZING name.

Ericale 6 years ago

I very much enjoyed reading this. I am expecting my 4 th child, a daughter due in about 8 wks. We still can't agree on a name. We have Daniel Lee III, Cadence Luciana, & Sebastian Levi. Dan , Cadee, & Ian. I seem to have too many rules for baby naming and every name can be associated with something or someone or honey that's your niece's name "oh yeah." So I am becoming more and more fond of Siobahn and it seems most people with the name really like it too! My husband likes Melody & Liberty and those are the only suggestions he has come up with :\ I feel like I have read all the name books and websites and still have yet to see anything that stands out to me. I also can't remember any of the girl names I liked with my other pregnancies??? I believe there is such a thing as a perfect name so I will continue in my search. My list now consists of Elana, Vanna, Eloise, Julia, Celina, Chelsea, Pearl. Some are family names. None of which I am crazy about... Evangeline is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!!! (belated)

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Don't allow my remarks about the name Siobahn to deter you if that is your favorite name. I've had quite a few Siobahns chide me in the remarks section! It is a strong and unique name. You have some wonderful names selected, and they are so hard to decide between. I'm having another boy in October and we're leaning toward Ezra Nathan (though I have to convince Dad of the middle name, his.) Thanks for your comment and best with everything!

SIO 6 years ago

My name is Siobhan and people always tell me it is a beautiful name and to be honest I think it suits me perfectly as a am brunette and naturally a little dark It makes me sound sort of exotic :) but People always pronounce it seye-o-bah-han and it is basically the story of my life, even on my graduation nobody thought to ask how to pronounce it right, so on stage getting my diploma i was sio-bah-han once more. It also really bothers me that people spell it "chevonne" or "shovan" or "shiobhan" like. seriously. LOOK UP THE NAME before naming your child. Siobhan is correctly spelt with an accent over the "a" . I would rather go through life having it mispronounced than having the embarrassment of it being spelt wrong.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Siobahn is a beautiful name, but where I live most people have never heard of it and would try to pronounce it phonetically, as you suggested. I think it is fine to name a child anything you wish, but my point, even though it is humorous, is that some names can become a burden when no-one can pronounce them or when they are easy to make fun of. I always have fun writing, though, and i'm glad you like your name!

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

Why not Julie- after Julie Andrews? Anyway, I hate celebrity baby names, they're just awful only that kind of name will fly in the strange world of Hollywood. So out here in the real world, I agree traditional is great, but a twist on traditional is even better. I like Stella, Erin, Claire, and speaking of celebrities, if I were to consider a different type name,I would name a girl Lolavie. it was supposed to be Jennifer Aniston's name of her perfume but she dropped it. Thank goodness because if I had another girl I'd name her that. My daughter's name is Haley- fairly common, plain, but I wanted it that way. I'm into meanings- Haley means female hero. Lolavie means laugh at life, Stella means star, Rane means queen. Cool hub, now I just need to get pregnant again- lol.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

LOL Izetti! My oldest daughter is sorta-kinda named after a movie star. Her first and middle name is Veronica Lake. That was a famous actress in the 1930s and 1940s. We actually chose the first name for its religious meaning ("the true image") and because we thought it was a pretty, traditional name that wasn't too common. Then we just struggled to find a middle name that could work with our long last name, and ended up going all nature-themey with Lake. When my grandmother, in her 80s, heard it, she was convinced we had named her after the famous movie star. Didn't we know about her? NO? So then we had to rent several movies with her in it to make sure she wasn't some kind of trollope (sp?). Anyway, long story short, we stuck with the name and here we are. I like your names and considered Reine, the German spelling for Rane. :) One final thought, if you are going to name your child after a product, better it be a perfume than something like radial tires....

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I really like that name, Veronica. Never heard of the actress though. I was named after "Laura" Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. Not so bad I guess better than Lindsey after Lindsey Lohan- You think anyone will name their kids Britney or Lindsey anymore- lol. Fun hub I could talk about names for a while. I like Reine, that's pretty. When naming my daughter I had "Hayley" Mills in mind- not the same spellig though but I grew up watching some of her movies.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Yes, these days the childhood movie stars keep turning to bad behavior, even the cute ones from the Disney movies. I guess if we do any more movie star names we'll have to choose from ones that are deceased so their previously-established reputations won't be sullied.

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lauralolita 6 years ago from Florida

This is hilarious! I actually knew a girl named Siobhan and I couldn't for the life of me, figure out why it's got that stupid "b" in it. Entertaining read.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you! I had never once met a Siobhan myself until I wrote this hub. The name is more common than you might think!

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Kotori 6 years ago from Chicagoland

Great hub. I've gone through this twice in two years. The names we chose for our boys were biblical, since most boys names have been commandeered as girls' names, anyway (EX Ryan, Aidan, Taylor). What we did was this: We went through a name book with 10,000 names. I made a list of a page full of boys' names, and a page full of girls' names. My husband did the same. We circled the ones that were on both of our pages. Then we narrowed down from there into first and middle names. Then we tried yelling them across the room, combined with our last name to see which ones sounded stupid. Then we tried out the initials. It worked pretty well.

BTW- Lauralolita- Siobhan is a traditional Irish name- different alphabet and all that. That's why the strange pronunciation/spelling.

Oh, and I just saw that Van Trapp name listed in a book recently- Liesel.

siobhan 6 years ago

my name is siobhan and i love it most of the time, but it gets annoying some times when im in class and we get new teachers and or friends (im 15, but dont worry im not pregnant)and i have to go through the whole process of telling them how to pronounce my name right(it gets embarresing after the first 5 yrs of it), some times i wish my name was spelt how it was pronunced, just to make things easier.

p.s personly i like the name jullian for a boy and peyton for a girl

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thanks Siobahn, I assume from your comment then that you don't live in Ireland? Most of the Siobahns who live there seem to love their name and balk at the mispronunciations, since it is a somewhat common name there! I like your name choices. I especially like Julian!

jenniferfr 6 years ago

I named my daughter Eva Helène because her father is French and I'm American.The first name is PanEuropean and the second name is French for Helen. Now, our second child now due will be called Elsa Romane. Elsa which is PanEuropean and Romane which is French. It is the feminine of Romain like the actor Romain Duris which means Roman.

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cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

GREAT hub! Too funny trying to name kids. It can be soooo nerve wracking! I wanted to name my firstborn "Pandora," but...

My husband HATES his given name. He says that's the name his mom gave him, and that he goes by the name he chose. Which is not any part of his real name!

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

It takes a strong person to rise above their own baby naming disaster! I think Pandora would have been the perfect name for your firstborn. ;)

christia2010 6 years ago

My daughter's name is Rielynn LouAnne. I really like the name Riley, but it's too common, so I used the middle names of my Mom, Step-Mom (who has passed), and my Mother in Law and came up with Rie (for Riley) lynn(for my Mom) Lou(Mother in law) Anne(step-mom). Rielynn LouAnne, and my great Aunt calls her Riley Lou...I am very happy with my daughters name and I hope she can appreciate it when she grows up.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Naming your daughter for all of the important and special people in her life will surely help her to appreciate her name!

shioban 5 years ago

am name is shioban i am 10 i live in maserton it is cool they i love my nana lost and mum dad

Chikubi 5 years ago

Mikuru and Haruhi are both Japanese names. Haruhi is pronounced like Har-oo-hee. And Mikuru is pronounced Me-koo-roo. Haruhi means spring or clear weather, depending on the characters used to write it. And Mikuru means "to forsee" or something of the sort.

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sstokes90 5 years ago from North Carolina

My fiancé is so difficult when it comes to names. He finds something wrong with every name that I like. The only names that we have settled on are Isabella, Natalie, and Mia for girls and Landon for a boy.

Names he has tossed to the side? Helen, Abigail, Claire, Farrah, Sophia, Lena, Juliet, Charlotte, Carson, Stephen, Adam, Gage, Wyatt, Mason, and Liam.

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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

What a personal story!

What a weird comment!

(the second sentence refers to my first one).

I came across your article by chance, I don't usually spend much time reading about names, but I wrote a few articles and one of them (understandably) about that one only time when I had to pick a name. HP told me that my story was too personal.

I thought all stories of that sort were personal and voila! here is yours. As personal as it gets!

So, what name did you pick in the end?

I liked the last comment (the one before mine - sstokes90) - when it comes to the real choice it is really hard and I understand how associations ruin the best of names.

I think we should use numbers instead -

I am gladly taking #42.

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wannabwestern 4 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

42--the meaning of life, the universe, and everything!

Kallini, I feel your pain. I wrote this article 4 years ago and at that time HP had an almost "anything goes" policy. Since then, as their internet presence has grown, and their need to direct the kind of site they'd like to become increased, they changed some of their rules. I have found that this is not such a good platform for "mommy blogging" these days. Still, it is a good thing for all of us because it make HP a better place to publish. Good luck finding the right balance.

Our beautiful, doe-eyed Evangeline is turning 4 in two weeks. God bless,


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Yes, I agree, wannabwestern, rules change as everything in this world changes. Sooner or later.

I don't mind that - I just did not think of my article as a blog. I was telling a story and making associations. What people can learn from me is how to make or rather change negative into positive, how to justify the decision and maybe even fight for it.

I have not written any hubs on the list of names because I don't think they are very informative. Not to me. But who cares? Those who read my (personal) article liked it that's what was important.

Now that you have told me the name of your daughter, I can recommend for you to read one of my articles (YOU DON'T HAVE TO! You might be interested, but there is no obligation, God forbid!)

"Names - an Echo of Love. Taking God's Name in Vain" - I am not giving it as a link as I am not supposed to promote anything of mine.

It is about theophoric names - Evangeline is one such name. So is Daniel.

But what can I say? When the whole choosing name story is behind us, what is we are left with?

Right - our BEAUTIFUL CHILD. And it is the child that makes the name and not so much the other way around.

Congratulations for your Evangeline!

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wannabwestern 4 years ago from The Land of Tractors Author

Thank you for your remarks. I am intrigued by your article. You sound like a person who has an affinity for languages and linguistics. I dabbled in linguistics in college but I found the subject was taught in a way that seemed irrelevant to me at the time. So I moved on to a far more utilitarian degree in English literature. (hee hee) Name origins are always fascinating, especially since, as you said, our children are precious and we usually want to bestow a meaningful name that will mark that child's life with purpose and beauty, or some other quality that we find important. This article really is a humor piece and not so much a linguistic exploration.

I did not mean to accuse you of blogging. I'm afraid I didn't read your original article. But I don't have anything to do with the moderation of the site, so I'm not really sure why the article you wrote was not deemed appropriate. Best of luck!

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babynology 3 years ago from New York

Wandered over from supreme Write, and I'm excited to explore your blog some more... I completely know this sinking feeling as I realize I'm not the only one who comes up with good ideas, but you're totally right.

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