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ducksaresnazzy August 10th, 2013 07:23 AM

name problem
we already have a name picked out- Yvonne Riley. it's a family name that Nate picked after his aunt who passed away the valentine's day before last. we'd call her Eve or Evie for short. while trying to decide a middle name, my own mentioned that her 4yr old daughter had a dream in which we named the baby Riley, and it just fell into place.

while i love the name Yvonne Riley, it's not something i would have chosen. in fact, my first choice was Siren Audraleah (ah-dra-lay-uh). Nate said it was too different. Yvonne Riley isn't.. glamorous. it flows well and looks beautiful on paper, but my heart isn't in it.

i'm over six months pregnant. his entire family is thrilled that i'm honoring their sister/ daughter/ mother and i'd hate to crush them by mentioning that i'm not in love with the idea. i'm keeping the name; just wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions for learning to love it.

redbirds August 10th, 2013 08:11 AM

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I love the nn Eve or Evie! Can you just call her that, and get used to that nn? That's a pretty glamorous nn and full of spunk, too :) If you know you are keeping the name, even if it takes a little longer to kick in, when you see her, it will just melt and you will be comfortable with it :)

LadyGamer August 10th, 2013 01:19 PM

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I'm still having trouble really feeling like my daughter really is her name, but I can't for the life of me imagine her being anything else. I think some things just grow in time. I hope you figure out how you feel, one way or another!

ducksaresnazzy August 10th, 2013 03:45 PM

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i've been calling her Eve, and that feels right, but somehow Yvonne doesn't:/ maybe it'll click when i see her.

OrangeBee August 10th, 2013 11:15 PM

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I had/have that issue. My son's name is Douglas Wyatt. He goes by Wyatt because we both hated Douglas, but had to honor family. He's almost 7 and I LOVE the name now. It totally fits. It took a couple years, though, to get used to it.

My oldest dd's name is Ryen Jaede. I wanted something different, but let the hubby decide. I was okay with it at first because it was so "different and spunky." Now I'm like, "Ugh, why did I let him win?" She has a tough time with it and hates that she's the only girl with a boy name. And it doesn't help that her hair has been short since she was 3. She's constantly called a boy and she hates it. I started really hating her name a couple years ago. But, I don't know, we just deal with it and move on. She does have the option of going by a different name if she wants, but she has chosen to just stick with Ryen.

Also, my last dd's name is Penelope, but she goes by Poppy. Rarely does anyone call her Penelope. When we were deciding her name after she was born, the hubby decided at the last minute that we needed a "full name" to put down, not just Poppy. So she was to be only Poppy up until that point. Penelope is just a vessel, which would be the same for Yvonne/Eve. It works.

In the end, honoring always wins out. Give it some time, at least you have the fallback option. ;) Ryen can't fall back on anything because Jaede is equally awful! Haha.

Memi August 11th, 2013 11:33 AM

Cant you actually name her Eve and just tell his family its a derivative of Yvonne and in her memory??

redbirds August 11th, 2013 02:03 PM

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I agree... If Eve fits, than Yvonne can be the "formal" name, but really, rarely, do you ever have to call her that :) It could be her "oh no, I'm in trouble" name :giggle:

Or, yes, I agree, you could note it as a diminutive of Yvonne and officially name her Eve in honor of Yvonne. That would also be just as acceptable :D My DD2's mn is May, as a diminutive of Mary from my Grandmother and everyone accepted it and loves the connection!

It sounds like she could very well be an Eve or Evie, but you just have to figure out how to officially list it on the birth certificate :) Eve? or Yvonne? :D

momology August 13th, 2013 01:26 PM

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I totally agree with Memi - it doesnt have to be the exact name to honor the person. I think if you want to name her Eve in honor of Yvonne that would be lovely as well. I think in the end it is most important that you and your DH love the name for your child. Maybe run it past your DH if you like the idea and just see how he feels.

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