My husband and I are having a heck of a time coming up with a girl's name for "Turtle." It seems we really shot our wad with Aviva and there ain't no going back. The boy's name came to us rather quickly but the girl's name, well, it just isn't coming at all. I am starting to fear that "Turtle" may be it, after all.

I am very particular about names. I want something that is easy to spell and easy to pronounce. It has to be clearly feminine or masculine and it has to work with my husband's last name. (That's the name we have chosen to give to our children although I have maintained my own.) I don't want anything trendy or common but I also don't want it to be weird. No Trig, Track, or Bristol for us. It would also be nice if the name had some sort of meaning to us. Oh yeah, and my husband has to like it which is proving to be the most difficult task of all.

When I was pregnant the first time, we didn't find out the sex of our baby. We went in with four boy names and four girl names and we thought we'd name the baby once we got a look at it. Well, after the whole birth was over, it didn't even occur to me that we then had to choose a name. Finally, our midwife asked what the baby's name was and my husband just said Aviva. It was on our list and I was happy with the choice. (Although, at that point, I often joke that I would have agreed to Hortence or Wilbur.)

Those names that we had for Vivi just don't feel right for this pregnancy. I've even asked Vivi what names we should give Turtle when s/he comes out. She gave me this look that said, "Duh, mom. We already named it Turtle." Upon further encouragement, she offered a few more. They are: Agua, Nancy, Vivi, or Mommy. Hmmm...

Since Vivi is little help, I ask you fair readers to throw out your girl name suggestions.


  1. I can't remember what your husband's last name is at the moment, but here are my suggestions:

    Olivia (Liv?)

    Hopefully it will be a boy and you wont have to worry about it! :)

  2. I like all of those names but there are at least 2-3 of each that I see regularly at the playground with Vivi. Crazy, huh?

  3. That is crazy. Even Tessa? Wow. Jake has the most popular name in the country for 5 years and I have YET to meet one in his daycare. :) Ha. Goes to show you.


  4. Madeline, Elloise Gwen, Francis, Cybelle, Assetia, Brynne :)

  5. Ramona.

    That was my top choice for Maddie, but for a number of not very interesting reasons, it was not the name we chose.

    I'm curious that you're having more trouble with girl names. We had no trouble at all with girl names, but could not come up with a boy's name to save our lives. In the end, we named Riley after our fertility doctor!


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