Baby Names We Didn't Choose


Photo by Michele Zipp
Sometimes I look at my babies and think about the names my husband and I didn't choose for them. You do this, too, right?

It's clear now that my twins have little personalities that some of the names we nixed are clearly wrong for them. But others would be as good as the names we chose -- Hunter and Penelope. 

Here's our nixed names list.

Hunter won in the boy name category, but other names we liked were:

  • Otto -- moved on from this once we found out it was my hubby's ex's husband's name.
  • Dale -- my hubs hated this because I liked it too much due to my love for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Arlo -- hubs was too into Hunter at this point to consider.
  • Wolf -- same as Arlo. Thank goodness we didn't choose this and make Hunter his middle name.
  • Leo -- Sheri's son is named Leo and I didn't want to copy. It is my grandpa's name.

Other names considered were River, Cash, Miles, Amos, Oliver, Otis, and Jonas.


Penelope was the winning name girl name, but others that made the list were:

  • Nova -- my hubs hated it. Maybe because it's my porn name.
  • Dixie -- we were afraid of it being too Southern.
  • Sadie -- my mom didn't like it. Too sexy thanks to the Beatles she said.
  • Lucille -- strong contender, but in the end didn't feel right.
  • Sunshine -- I loved this name; my man felt the opposite.

Other names we considered were Louise, Margot, Maisie, Lulu, Astra, Esther, Stella, Ivy, Cleo, Edie, Phoebe, Zora, Gigi, and Harper.

If I was anything like the Duggars, I would use up all these names. But I'm not. So I won't. Maybe just Arlo and Nova for the next set of twins. I kid!

Do you ever think about the names you didn't choose for your baby?

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TKsMo... TKsMommie

My son's name has been Tyler since I was in elementary school, so there is nothing to think about there, LOL. My daughter might have been Luciana instead of Katerina, but half way through my pregnancy I decided it didn't fit her and went back to looking. Katerina definitely fits her!

Cafe... Cafe Suzanne

That is the cutest photo ever! Hunter and Penelope (the perfect names) are SO adorable!

MomIWant MomIWant

My kids play this game - LOL! If I had only put an "e" on Nicol or a "y" in Dillon (my son's middle) name - they would be normal (hee hee) and not have to explain their names to everyone all the time (my dd usually says I was on heavy drugs while signing the birth certificate)!!!!

That is the most ADORABLE pic of the twins!

CafeSona CafeSona

Happily, Kavya (and her nickname Kavi) suits our little girl well. We had to put a lot of thought into her name, since we didn't have a girl name right off the bat and it had to work in three different languages. (It's an old Sanskrit word for a type of sonnet.) We still do have our boy name, so if our next one is a boy we're all set. If it's a girl though....

Also, the twins are gorgeous!


Penelope and Hunter suit them so perfectly, I couldn't see them being anything else :)

Cutest photo, oh, i could just eat them up! So cute!

nonmember avatar Abby

I have middle name regret! Our son is Alexander Arthur, Alexander after his grandfather and Arthur after his daddy and my grandfather. But days after he was born, I realized he could've been Alexander Matteo - we have Matthews all over our family trees, and my mother's maiden name is DiMatteo. Isn't it so much better, Alexander Matteo?

I've gotten over it, but I still wish I'd thought of that BEFORE.

KatieP. KatieP.

I have to admit I read that line as "hubby's ex husband's name" LOL. I wanted to name my daughter Amelie (ah MA lee)but hubby would NOT go for it : ( Lucille (Lucy) was a top contender for us as well.

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

Otto! We're going to have to get fish.

Cafe... Cafe Suzanne

And not pay. Plate o shrimp.

Freela Freela

We never had a whole lot of names in the running. Ds's name was chosen as a boy name I liked the first time I was pg... nothing ever came up to unseat it. I liked my youngest child's name before I was even pregnant, when I figured we were done having kids so I would never get to use it. My middle child was almost Indira... it really doesn't suit her at all. Though 'Indi' would have been a cute nickname.

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