Honoring Family (While Watching the Flow)

So many people to honor, so few names you’re supposed to use on a single child! Do the possibilities seem endless? They are. You get to consider countless derivatives of the names of the loved ones you want to honor.

Luckily narrowing your choices can be easy– listen carefully for the flow of how each name goes into the other. First and last only, first and middle and last, first name and middle initial and last, first and middle initials and last, etc., etc. Say everything out loud a million times, and write and type them as well before finalizing your choice. If you make up a name or a combo that has a very nice ring to it, it could sound oddly familiar for a reason. It may mimic another well known name or even a word. Consider that and ask yourself if it gets in the way of you liking it or not! Does it look intentional, or like a subliminal goof on your part? Who will notice, and how much do you care?

Catherine wrote:

Baby girl due in 6 Wks, first child. Will officially decide once she is earth side but trying to create a short list, lol. Here are some we like so far and thoughts on others. So let me know your thoughts and open to suggestions. Thx. Btw, husband name is Michael. 1) Michaela Gene (my dad was Eugene and my middle and mother middle name Geneva)
2) Michaela Cate (I like the name Cate 3) Ava-Cate (haven’t id middle 4) Ava-Gene (same no middle) 5) Catalina 6) Aurora Gene or Aurora Cate

Hi Catherine, congrats! I have lots of thoughts on this, thanks for asking.

1. Why not Michaela Genevieve? It would honor the “Gene” you all share, change it up a bit, and not be overly masculine (which Gene kind of is).
2. Michaela Cate says “cay cay”. Too repetitive, IMHO. What about Michaela Catherine?
3. Ava-Cate sounds like “advocate”. Sometimes we like things which are sort of familiar. If Ava-Cate sounded like it was meant to be, it might be because it is very much like a word that exists.
4. Ava-Gene is okay… ! However, it sounds completely inspired by Imogene. (<—also has Gene…)
5. Catalina is pretty…
6. Aurora Cate is nice… However, is Roper the future surname? Aurora Roper is a bit of a tongue twister. (Maybe “tongue twister” isn’t quite literally what I mean, but, you catch my drift.)

Ruh roh… Aurora is incredible, but she quite easily creates flow issues combined with certain other names.

Let me just throw a few suggestions your way and see if anything sticks.

Michaela Fenix
Cate Michelle
Olivia Tatum
Catalina Imogene
Ava-Story Zophia
Genevieve Catherine
Ava-Gene Bennett

[Catherine later wrote in to say that she has also just discovered Marlee, which she is considering. Also she is thinking about honoring Dorothy in a middle spot, as it references a couple of family members. Please keep us posted, Catherine!]


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