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Expecting! And welcome Giovanna

Congratulations to my sister and best friend Jennifer who recently named her newborn Giovanna!

Speaking of real babies, my husband and I are expecting our first baby in early December, gender unknown. I would love to hear suggestions from readers and visitors to the blog - my mind is just static right now! When we make our final decision I'll post a list of the runners-up, both male and female. While my husband and I have loved the same three or four boy names for 5+ years, picking a girl's name has been way harder than I imagined! I am limiting myself too much (nothing that starts with a soft G or a B, nothing in the top 1000, etc) but other parts have been very fun, such as finding a middle name that honors my mother without using her exact name. Not sure why middle names are so much easier for me, but they are! As for first names, I've been drawn to very rare names with cute nicknames that also look good with our very Polish last name. In the past I've thought about names such as Lorelei, Melusina, Sabina, Saskia, Elska, Ottilie, Rumina, Zenobia, Esmerina and Aurielle, but the list is getting shorter and shorter.

So, if you're up for a bit of fun, help me find a name for an ethereal star gazer, enchanting and charming, who is wild, whimsical, magical, brave and bewitching!

UPDATE: It's a boy! But feel free to suggest names just for fun!


  1. Congratulations!! (both to you and your husband and your sister :))

    I sometimes think that being a name nerd actually makes it harder to decide on a name! I'll put my thinking cap on and see if I can come up with any suggestions for you ;)

  2. Hooray! Congratulations all round!

  3. Hi congratulations how exciting! I have been following your blog for a little while now as my husband have and I have begun discussing having children in the near future. We are the same way, lots of boys names but only one girls name and it is one of the ones you mentioned above. We however cannot decide on a middle name so I guess we part ways there! The name that comes to mind for you is Oksana.

  4. Hi congrats how exciting! Although not yet expecting my husband and I have been picking out names and have multiple boy names and only one girl name and you mentioned it above:) We do not have a middle name however. The name that came to mind for you is Oksana.

  5. Thank you everyone!
    Brooke, I agree - I've seen so many names that none seem perfect. I'd love to see your suggestions!
    Kat, thank you for suggesting Oksana, it is one I've considered on and off.

  6. Concrats on expecting your first childmay there be more! from your list i really love Esmerina i never heard of it and it sounds so melodic and loveable! i like names like Daphne, Sabria,Lucinda,Lucia,Marinda or Odette,Sybille ,Corinne.

    1. or Verena ,calling like geman , not english spoken,Veronica


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