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The art and science of names
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Hello wonderful namers -- I could use some help. I'm crossposting this from the forums on BabyNameWizard, where the commenters were extremely helpful in naming our first child two-and-a-half years ago (you may recall we were quite torn about first names AND the last name). Anyway, we are still so happy with our daughter's name, Esther Jane, and I am thrilled to say we have another naming dilemma because my wife is pregnant with our second! As with last time, we won't find out the sex before birth.
Luckily, we are pretty set on a boy's name because we still love our top choice from last time, Abraham (to be called "Abe"), likely with Thomas or John as the middle to honor relatives. But we are stumped on a girl's name.
Here are some choices we both like, but none are jumping out at us as "THE ONE," and we would love more suggestions that might seem to suit us, or votes for or against any of these choices!
Harriet (potentially to be called "Hattie" but maybe just "Harriet." Side note: while I initially liked the idea of "Essie" or some other nickname for Esther, we definitely just call her "Esther" and I don't see any nicknames sticking.)
(In case it matters, the kids are being raised Jewish, so we are certainly open to Jewish sounding names (obviously) but not attached to that -- and we might prefer for the sibset not to sound too "Fiddler on the Roof.")The last name is a whole other conundrum because we decided to hyphenate for our daughter's last name, but in the two-plus years of actually using this name, I am realizing a six-syllable hyphenated name that doesn't fit on any forms is perhaps more of a headache than it's worth, and we are considering changing her last name to just one of ours.)
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