Needless to say, we stuck with fairly straightforward names for our boys: Christopher Hugh, Kieran Robert, and Nicholas Robert. Since I got to use my top boys' names, I thought I'd focus on girls' names:
1. Susanna: This was our first-choice girls' name, which we never got to use because we had all boys! I wanted to use Susanna Hope or Susanna Marie.
2. Michaela: I doubt my hubby would have gone for this one, but I always liked it...and she could have been named after him!
3. Kate: Not sure whether this would have been derivative of a longer name (perhaps Katharine), but I've always loved the name Kate.
4. Zora: Ala Zora Neale Hurston...what an unusual, cool name it is...namesake of a real renaissance woman.
5. Kayra: This is the name of one of my son's friends, and I really like it. It means grace, favor, benevolence, and kindness.
6. Sophia/Sophie: I am very fond of at least two wonderful young women named Sophie!
7. Karen: I have never met a Karen I don't like. Karen was the name of my favorite teacher (fifth grade) and Chris' primary nurse in the NICU. Karens are often amazing.
8: Renee/Renay: When I was young, my family had a framed print of the "Girl with a Watering Can" by Renoir hanging up on our living room wall. My dad used to call her Renee, so I wanted to be called Renee. Then both of my older boys had an amazing second grade teacher named Renay, who has become a close friend of mine...now I think I might go with that spelling, since she is so wonderful!
9. Maria: By third grade, I wanted my name to be Maria--and my third grade teacher humored me and called me that name. And then there's Maria Von Trapp, of course!
Thanks to Stasha at http://www.northwestmommy.com/ for organizing Monday Listicles. Read about other names (or photos from people's phones, the other topic) by checking out the other participating bloggers.