At the Editor’s Desk: Name Game

I’ve got eight weeks to go until baby #3 arrives, and we are at a standstill.

This baby needs a name. And while we have a few front-runners, we’re not satisfied just yet with the choices.

And frankly, we can’t agree. For example, we both like the name Elizabeth. But he would want to call her Beth, and I like Eliza.

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We're still eight weeks away, but this baby needs a name. Can you help? Photo by kaatjevervoort on flickr

Tomato, to-mah-to. We called that one off.

It’s so bad that my 5-year-old came over to me with the TV remote today and said, “Look Mommy! Here’s a name for the baby — AV!”

AV.

I could not make that up if I tried. (And yes, we couldn’t stop laughing.)

This baby has been a bonus in more ways than one. When we decided to find out the sex, one reason I wanted to know was because I thought it would cut down on the name drama. If baby had been a boy — well, that would have made things a lot easier. We picked out one of those names oh, six years ago.

Maybe we’ll have a boy dog someday to give that one to.

In the past, we’ve had a little more guidance in the names we choose. We narrowed down the field using the Jewish custom of naming a child to honor the memory of a loved one. We named our eldest after my husband’s late father (first name) and my late grandfather (middle). We named our youngest after (well, I sort of broke the rules on that one) my grandmother.

We have other relatives we could pick from, but none that strike us as meaningful. The field, so to speak, is wide open.

So where to look for inspiration? A site I’ve used quite a bit is nymbler.com. I’ve used celebrity baby blogs for guidance on what *not* to do. (Blue Ivy anyone? Really?) I looked at the top names in the state of Illinois, the latest data available from 2010.

The other day I joked to a friend that I should ask all of you for baby name suggestions, and maybe even make it a sweepstakes. Why not? I’ve already tapped out my network on Twitter.

Then it became not so funny. I mean, we can use all the help we can get, right? Right?

I talked myself into it, and here we are.

Here’s how to enter the contest:

Give us your best name suggestion for my baby. I will pick THREE names I like the best, and then next week, chambanamoms.com readers will vote for their favorite name. Each of the three finalists will receive a chambanamoms.com T-shirt; the “winner” will receive a $25 gift card to — where else? — Babyland.

So please leave your name suggestions in the comments. You can enter as many times as you like. I will pick the top three names on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and the voting will take place the following week.

Hit me up, friends. We’re all ears.

Laura Weisskopf Bleill is the co-founder and editor of chambanamoms.com. You can reach her at laura@chambanamoms(dot)com. She reserves the right to pick another name besides the winner. (I’m crazy, but I’m not *that* crazy.)

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Comments

  1. Sara Joy

  2. i suggest

    1. rayanna grace
    2. christa rose
    3. satie rose
    4. emilie grace
    5.ella faith
    6. elana grace
    7. savanna grace
    8.savanna elaine
    9. nevaeh beth(heaven spelled back words)
    10. coralynn love

  3. Okay I’ve yet to officially make a suggestion though I know we discussed once via Twitter. I’ll throw in old style Vera Jane

  4. I love

    Greenlee Diane
    Adalaide Beth
    Finley Grace

  5. Love the names Macy and Natalia

  6. BARBARA CODY says:

    Your sweet baby name should be:

    Chloe Rose

  7. HOW ABOUT CINNAMON ROSE

  8. Sandrine
    Amelie
    Lana
    Alina
    Miriam
    Rachel

  9. Johanna
    Eleanor
    Isabella
    Plus I love the name Elizabeth it is my daughters middle name!

  10. I always liked the name Olivia Grace. But when we were talking about names, Piper was at the top of our girls list

  11. I like these names:
    Emily
    Natalie

  12. Given the Elizabeth starting point, but the nickname hold-up, how do you like Elisheva in both English and Hebrew?

  13. Madeline

  14. Emmaleigha

    Pronounced: Emma-lee-ya

  15. Kelly
    Rachel
    Lyndsey
    Janice Olivia
    Maxie
    Emily
    Lexie
    Jennifer
    Jocelyn
    Mitzie
    Vida
    Michaele
    Tomasina
    Trixie
    Bethany
    Gail
    Lizbeth
    Livana
    Sadie

  16. Claudette
    Cleo
    Paulette
    Sandy
    Shelly
    Pauline
    Mara

  17. My suggestions:

    Annabelle
    Olivia
    Samantha
    Jacie

  18. One more… Carly

  19. Jen Bergman says:

    Love the name Olivia or Liv. Also love charlotte :) mazel tov Laura! so happy for you!

  20. Renee Hart says:

    If I had a girl I was going to name her “Enid Hazel” which I still love.
    I also really like Miela, Zadie, & Emiliana.

  21. Fiona
    Belle
    Cinderella
    Jasmine
    Arielle
    Wendy
    Tinkerbell
    Rapunzel

  22. Leilani (Lay-lah-nee) Grace

    Brinlee Anne

    Kinsley Anne

  23. Congrats!

    Althea

    Sally

    Anne (called Annie)

    Celeste

    Brookes

    Charlotte (called Charlie)

    Iris

    Adrienne

    Glennon

    Yael

    Sabrina

  24. I know how difficult it is to come up with names with 2 daughters myself, I’m not sure what I would name a 3rd, but I’ll put in my dautghters names, since I already thought they were perfect :)
    CC (stands for Claire Catherine) and she loves her name for being unique, but also easy.
    Caroline

  25. Quinnlyn
    Madeline
    Marin
    Lauren
    Adaline

  26. Abigail Rose
    Natalie Anne
    Eleanor (Ellie) Elizabeth

  27. I love pondering over names! Good luck deciding…

    Abigail
    Olivia
    Hailey

  28. Aura Lee would be so sweet with the other girls’ names

  29. Josie

  30. Hadley, Lydia or Catherine

  31. Harper!

  32. Dorothea

  33. Bernadette says:

    Naomi
    Siobhan
    Mariam
    Rebecca
    Shoshanah
    Tabitha
    Mara
    Maia

    I tried to avoid names with “L” just because of the last name, but here are some names if you don’t have that concern:
    Joelle
    Liora
    Alisa

  34. Alayna
    Stella
    Harper
    Clare
    Audrey

    Happy Picking!

  35. I’m a fan of “A” names, personally. My daughter is Ambrie Kathryn (nicknamed Brie/Bree), but I also love Avery, Amelie, Arie, Aria. :) Congratulations on your upcoming little one!

  36. Elora or Eliora
    Ruth
    Hannah
    Ester/Esther

  37. Harper Lee
    Brooklyn
    Serenity
    Ruth
    Rebekkah
    Leah
    Rachel
    Esther
    Hannah

  38. Claire elizabeth

  39. My very first thought was Elizabeth! I think it is so beautiful. Why not settle for Eliza? Another old-fashioned name I am very fond of is Charlotte. It is my granddaughter middle name.
    Eve or Eva are great names. So to summarize:
    Elizabeth
    Eliza
    Charlotte
    Eve
    Eva
    I think it’s such a great idea to do this and I wish you luck. Can’t wait to hear what you choose! .

  40. Sadie, Eliza (sorry! I vote with you), Stella, Kate, Dalia, Maya, Beatrix…fine I like Ivy too.

  41. what name was chosen?

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