Okay, we're down to five names (and four weeks to go). If my hubby and I can manage to knock out one name per week, we'll know what to call our baby girl, who has been "Unicorn" to us for eight months now!
In no particular order, we like:
- Allegra (cool name, but also a medication)
- Iona (which I love, but it doesn't work with our last name)
- Miranda (also a good name, but lends itself too easily to the nickname "Randi," which definitely doesn't work with our last name)
- Chantal (too many possibilities for misspellings by anglophones--Shantelle, etc.)
So we're curious to hear from some of you French speakers--what are your associations with Anne-Claire and Celeste? Are they "old lady" names?
And to the anglophones (especially those from Great Britain), we need help with "Gwyneth." That seems to be the most common spelling, which would imply the pronunciation is "gwin-eth." But in the US, almost everyone refers to the famous actress as "gwen-ith," perhaps conflating it with "Gwendolyn" and "Guinevere." And I just have a problem deliberately spelling my daughter's name in a way that doesn't reflect the pronunciation, and I do want to pronounce it "gwen-eth." So then should we spell it "Gwenyth"? I'd like to keep the "y," but not curse her with a name that everyone will have trouble spelling. "Gweneth"? That just looks ugly. (But "Gwyneth and Griffin" sounds so good together!)