How do you name your baby?

Beautiful and unique baby girl names when you can't find the right name for your new little one. (And how we decided to wait to name our baby girl until we met her and why you should too)

Beautiful and unique baby girl names when you can't find the right name for your new little one. (And how we decided to wait to name our baby girl until we met her and why you should too)

Naming a baby is harder than solving a rubix cube.

It may be the hardest decision we’ve ever had to make.

While I was pregnant everyone wanted to know what her name would be. It got to the point where anyone who asked I was snappy with. There wasn’t a single name that I just “knew” was the one.

Everyone has that one name that is their future baby’s name. For me, it was Sophia, for like ten years now. Of course it’s now bouncing around in the top three names of America. Having to be called Sophia B. in school was not going to cut it for my baby.

If she would have been a little boy, it also would have been a no brainer. My dad’s name is Michael, so Michael it is. No arguing whether Kase likes it or not. He of course wants to name our future son Ford. Which is fine, it’s different and strong but Ford Michael doesn’t sound as strong as Michael Ford. So if we have a little boy he will be Michael Ford but probably called Ford.

A little girl is just so much harder for me.

Rome Nicolette was my top choice but there wasn’t a definitive feeling of “this is it”. Rome was just my favorite and fit the picture of my baby girl that I had in my head. I especially love the nickname Romi; my last wolf dog’s name was Romeo and he went by Romy so I have a real soft spot for it.

Kase was not a fan. He said it reminded him of Roman from Fast and the Furious. Of course. First he was adamant her name be Mia, also a Fast and the Furious name (go ahead and imagine me rolling my eyes right about now). I fought him on Mia because I wanted her to have a name that was different and totally uncommon, just like me. Probably a sign that I might have that syndrome where mothers try to make their daughters be just like them; someone help her if this is the case. So my mom and I convinced him that if he loved Mia, why not Mira?

Suddenly that was the answer to everyone’s question: “It’s either Rome or Mira. We will decide when we meet her.” I still had a feeling that we would need more options once the day arrived. I compiled a list of pretty much every single name that I love and kept it in my phone for the day we met our button.

If you’re reading this and you’re pregnant and like me, you’ve gone through every single baby name blog you can find, maybe my list will give you a new one that you love! They are in no particular rank or order, just how I wrote them down.

Sidetone: I have a serious thing for name meanings as well as a solid nickname. Although the name we chose has neither of those that I’m in love with.

  • Emerson
    • Emery, Emme, Em
      • Son of Emery
      • Ranked #196
  • Alessia
    • Lacey
      • Defender
      • Ranked #1222
      • Easily my favorite name in existence however my aunt is Alicia; pronounced Uh-Lease-Ee-Uh so we thought there would be too much confusion. 
  • Ayla
    • The moon’s aura
      • Ranked #277
  • Mira
    • Mia
      • Peace, world
      • Ranked #613
  • Rome
    • Romi, Ro
      • ranked #2683
  • Amira
    • Mira, Mia
      • Princess
      • Ranked #418
  • Siena
    • Orange-red, Tuscan village in Italy
      • Ranked #698
  • Tilly
    • My dad’s nickname of his entire life. However, my sister thought of it first so I didn’t want to be a name stealer incase she ever has her own little girl.
      • Ranked #2554
  • Berlin
    • Bee, Lynn
      • Capital city of Germany
      • Ranked #2144
  • Presley (winner!!)
    • Pres, Pea
      • Priest’s meadow
      • Ranked #189
  • Fiona
    • Fi
      • Fair
      • Ranked #204
  • Finley
    • Fin
      • Fair warrior
      • Ranked #223
  • Marissa
    • Mira, Mia, Issa
      • Of the sea, beloved
      • Ranked #472
  • Violet
    • Vi
      • Flower
      • Ranked #67
  • Anita
    • Favored grace
      • Ranked #1393
  • Nicolette (Presley’s middle name; my sister)
    • Nicci, Nic, Niki, Nik
      • Victory of the people
      • Ranked #1524
  • Henley
    • Ranked #521
  • Gemma
    • Gem
      • Gem
      • Ranked #272
  • Holly; Holley
    • Holl
      • Holly tree
      • Ranked #449
  • Anastasia
    • Stasia, Ana, Asia
      • Resurrection
      • Ranked #240
  • Mila
    • Industrious, “Hard-working”
      • Ranked #72

Do you understand how hard it is to choose out of all of that?? We ended up not deciding until the next afternoon. The birth certificate lady told us, “I’m coming at 12:30 and I need you to have a name.” We wrote Presley Nicolette on the paper at 12:35. Talk about procrastinators.

We knew the second we met her she was not a Mira or a Rome. I was so exhausted I just gave Kase the list and said to pick his favorites. He chose Henley, Marissa, and Presley. My parents vetoed Henley as soon as we said it and I ended up deciding she looked most like a Presley.

I am a huge Elvis nerd so Presley really fits as a name for my daughter. But I have a really hard time actually calling her by her name. I don’t know if it’s because she’s so tiny still and babies are just impossible not to call pet names? All I ever call her is Pumpkin or little lady. 

What do you all think? Am I crazy or do you have similar stories? Let me know in the comments! I have a serious thing for baby names so tell me what you decided on your little ladies too!

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Beautiful and unique baby girl names when you can't find the right name for your new little one. (And how we decided to wait to name our baby girl until we met her and why you should too)

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