- Tatiana -- I already had Natasha and Anastasia and wanted another Russian name. Tatiana was the one that stuck.
- Ruby -- This was the only name we both liked. After we named her I realized how appropriate this name is. My favorite color is red and my maiden name is Stone. (Ruby = red stone)
- Sierra Elizabeth -- This name is fairly common where we live, next to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We were careful to use a normal middle name. That way, if doesn’t like her first name, she can go by her middle name.
- Draven -- I got this name from the movie "The Crow" -- one of my favorites. I just love the name!
- Rosemary Lauren -- I read the book, The Giver in eighth grade, and it briefly mentioned a young girl named Rosemary, who had many of the characteristics I wanted in a daughter. I also liked it because it’s not a very common name. My husband’s favorite girls' name is Lauren and we used this for her middle name.
- Abigail Eliana -- Abigail is Hebrew for "a father's joy," and Eliana for our grandmothers, Evelyn and Edna.
- Hanna Ruth -- In a little Swiss cemetery in the town where my husband’s family originates almost every third male is a Hans Rudolf. I am a genealogy buff and my husband always said, jokingly, that if I ever became pregnant and it was a boy that he would have to have that name. Then one day I was pregnant and the HR initials just stuck. Thankfully HR was a girl and we just started looking in the name book at 'H.' Hanna was a name we both liked and it pays homage to people from all of our families. Ruth is after my husband's gran who took him in when he was 18, in full rebellion mode, barely knowing what he would be like. He has a lot of respect for her.
- McKenna Rose -- McKenna's older sister decided. She just knew it was finally a girl!
- Conor -- I had written this name as number one on my secret list. Then my husband was looking through the baby name book and said, "I like the name Conor, but I like it with one ‘n’ better than two." I shrieked, "Oh my God! That is first on my list! And I had it with one ‘n’!" It had taken us forever to talk about it, and we had it settled in about a minute.
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