A reader named Sheryl has a two-part request — she needs first name suggestions for a baby boy and middle name suggestions for a baby girl.
Regarding the boy name:
We are finding boys names extremely hard – perhaps because we have a feeling it’s a girl! We do however have our hearts set on John as a middle name as it is in both our fathers’ full names.
Regarding the girl name:
We have our hearts set on Chloe for a little girl but the middle name is open to debate. We picked Anne as it is both our mums’ middle name, but now I’m not so sure – and my mum hates her middle name!
Let’s say the baby’s last name will be Dawson. (It won’t actually be Dawson…but it’ll be close.)
Because the surname does start with a D, Sheryl and her husband are wisely “trying to avoid the initials CJD for both genders for the obvious reason!” Very smart. :)
For boy names, I thought it would be nice to stick to something rather traditional (to fit with John) that doesn’t end with the letter N (so the full name doesn’t suffer from N-ending overload):
And here are some ideas for Chloe’s middle name. Sheryl mentioned that she was considering compound names that contain the name Anna, so the names on the left feature Anna/Anne as the first element, while those on the right feature Anna/Anne as the second element:
It might also be fun to think about related names like Hannah, or the bazillions of derivatives of Anna.
What other suggestions do you guys have for Sheryl?