Help w/girls name

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Registered: 08-08-2008
Help w/girls name
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 3:14pm

I need your help! We're expecting our first baby (a girl) late this summer. We're 90% sure we've chosen a name. My husband would say that we're 100% sure, but I'd really like to have a back up name.

We've chosen the name Annabel Kate. I love it and can't really find anything that I love more, nor can hubby and I agree on anything else. But I'd really like some other options. I feel like we chose Annabel too early on and I didn't really explore enough other options. On the other hand, I've been obsessed with names for as long as I can remember, so nothing feels "new" to me.

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 6:49pm

Hi there.

I don't want to suggest anything else, because I love Annabel Kate. :)

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Registered: 11-05-2010
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 7:03pm
I was just thinking about how lovely Annabel is. Literally just two days ago, I was going, why didn't we consider Annabel. Love Kate as a mn, we considered it too as it is a family name for me. I do prefer family names myself, and I agree that Elise sounds nice. I'd suggest looking through some other family name options just to see if any throng jumps out, but Annabel Kate is a winner!
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Registered: 08-24-2006
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 12:33am
I agree! Annabel is a great name! I prefer the spelling of Annabelle myself and it would TOTALLY be on my list if my last name didn't start with the AN sound as well! I love Anabel Kate together, Annabel Elise is another good option.

You could go with Annabeth as well to tie in your moms middle name. Annabeth Elise is pretty. Or even Annabeth Makena.

It sounds like you like a classic style name based on the ones you mentioned.
I have to recommend my own name, Caroline, I think it fits with the names you like. Other names you may like: Victoria, Samantha, Elizabeth, Adrienne.

Good luck choosing your final name, but really, Annabel is beautiful!
- Caroline

* Wife of Eric (July 28, 2007)

* Proud Mommy of Allison Kathleen (April 14, 2007)

* Expecting another BABY GIRL on September 16, 2011

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Registered: 11-12-2008
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 1:17am

I think Annabel is great.

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Registered: 01-21-2007
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 11:35am

I went through the same thing when I was pregnant with Gwendolen, our third child. DH and I had the name Gwendolen Eve on our baby list since we first started putting baby names together, but all the way through pregnancy I kept doubting if we made the decision too early, if it went with our other names, whether she'd feel short-changed, etc. But through all of the testing, comparing it with other names, etc, it was the right name, after all. I even tried an alternative name out on her a couple of days after she was born, and the alternative name felt completely wrong.

So, you need alternatives to test the strength of Annabel Kate on. Once it passes all of the tests, you'll know it's the right name, too, without a doubt. Annabel Kate is too perfect a name to fail these tests.

Here are some alternatives, borrowed straight from the Baby Name Wizard blog:


There's also:



And for middle names, there's also Sage, Eve, Jane, Jill, Fae/Fay, Leigh (I'm not recommending it with Annabel, but maybe with another name), and Luz.


wife to Danel

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Registered: 10-10-1999
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 2:51pm

Instead of Ava how about Ada? Alta? Aja?


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Registered: 08-08-2008
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 2:15pm

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I like quite a few on your list, particularly Felicity and Sabine!

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Registered: 08-08-2008
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 2:18pm

Thanks for the ideas. I love Caroline (but it's a close coworker's name) and the others you suggested. Mine name is Adrienne, so that one is out! :)

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Registered: 08-08-2008
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 2:56pm

Lots of beautiful names on your list!! I'm thinking that you're right though and we'll probably stick with Annabel, but these will be great to keep on the list for any future girls we may have. My biggest problem is getting the first and middle names to sound good with the last name. For example, I love Sage for a middle name, but I don't like the way it runs together with our Sch.... last name.

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Registered: 08-08-2008
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 2:58pm

Bethany is my best friend's name (since 3rd grade), otherwise I think you'd be on to something. I really like Ada, but my name is Adrienne so it feels a little too close. Claire was the other middle name we were debating, so Clara Noelle definitely appeals to me! Thanks for your help!