Coming up with a name for your baby can be so tough. After all, it will be attached to them for the rest of their life. You may have been racking your brain for months trying to come up with that perfect name, but nothing is clicking.
There are so many things to consider when choosing a name and depending what is most important to you, there can be a lot of variables. Just know that you may not be so fond of a name at first, but once you start associating it with your baby, you will fall in love with it.
How we chose our daughter’s name
My first born baby was a girl and I was ecstatic about it. I love all things girly and feminine and couldn’t wait to dress her up in bows and pink everything! I had so many girl names that I loved so it was a bit hard to decide on just one. However, once we came across the name Brielle, we instantly knew that would be it.
There is a beach town at the Jersey shore, very close to where we live, called Brielle. My husband and I had only been living in the area for about a year and a half so we weren’t too familiar with it. One day while pregnant, I was driving down the highway and saw the sign for ‘Brielle Next Left’ and thought that sounded like such a pretty girl name.
At that point we didn’t know what the gender of our baby was yet, so I thought to myself, if it’s a girl, that should be her name. I ran it by my husband and while we hadn’t been agreeing on any names together, he actually really liked this one.
A few days later I had gone to the doctor for a check up and the nurse came in and on her coat said her first name, Brielle. I told her that was a crazy coincidence and that I was thinking of naming my baby Brielle too. At this point, I still didn’t know what the gender of my baby was, but I took it as a sign from God that I was having a girl and that was meant to be her name!
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Tip for choosing a name
Here are some questions I asked myself when picking names for my children. You can rank them in order of priority for your family because not all of them will be as important as others.
- Do you want to use a family name or initial?
- Does it have a nice meaning to it?
- Does it have meaning to us or our family?
- Are there nicknames for this name that we want to use or avoid?
- Is it too popular?
- Is it too unique?
- Does the name sound well with your last name?
- Are there any negative associations you have with it?
- What will her initials be?
- What will that name sound like when they’re an adult or professional?
The biggest advice is to ignore what others think or have to say about names you are considering or choose. It’s such a personal decision for you and your family so don’t let any other outside influencers change your mind.
Once you have it narrowed down to 2-4 names, I suggest picking one name per week during your pregnancy, and referring to your baby as that name. Every time you talk about “the baby,” call her by that name. When you refer to her nursery or her movements in your belly, call her by that name.
At the end of that week, change it to another name. Do this for several weeks with your top choices to see which name sticks and feels the most genuine to you. Once you start actually referring to your baby as this name, you will feel even more of a connection to her.
Here are some beautifully feminine girl names (first and middle) and common nicknames you could use for them, as well.
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Brielle Elise “Bree”
Everly Faith “Ev”, “Evy”
Evelyn Grace “Ev,” “Evie”
Brynlee Rose “Bryn”
Madelyn Grace “Maddy”
Kaitlyn Jade “Kate”
Emily Beth “Em”
Brianna Mae “Bree”
Abigail Marie “Abby”
Aubrey Lynn “Bree”
Maribel Jane “Mary”
Mackenzie Mae “Kenzie,”
Briella Mae “Bree”
Alexis Jade “Lex,” “Lexi”
Alexa Kate “Lex,” “Lexi”
Emery Lynn “Emmy”
Juliana Paige “Jules,” “Julie”
Charlotte Hope “Charlie”
Kelsey Jane “Kel”
Isabella Marie “Bella”
Elizabeth Victoria “Liz,” “Beth”
Gianna Lynn “G”
Olivia Rose “Liv, “Livvy”
Liliana Marie “Lilly”
Victoria Rae “Vicky”
I hope you liked some of these feminine baby girl names. Just know that the name you pick will be just right for her. It may feel weird at first to call your baby by their name, but soon it will feel so natural and fit in your family perfectly.
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