anyway. there just so happens to be an excellent name discussion going on over at Team Whitaker. now I have the perfect opportunity to wax on and on about names here at Casa D.
so... my dear, sweetly ornery daughter is named Margot Jane. for the record, we pronounce her first name MAR-goh. silent t, like the end of Merlot, the French way. the alternate German pronunciation is actually perfectly valid but I dislike the sound of it: MAR-guht. kinda like maggot. since we now live in an area with a high Amish (Pennsylvania Dutch) population, poor Margot's name gets pronounced the German way more often than not. oh well. we still love it.
let's start with how she got her first name. in the verrrrry early stages of my pregnancy we jokingly said "this baby's probably a girl since we have so many names we love for a girl and are finding it impossible to narrow our list down..." sure enough, when we had our 20-ish week ultrasound, we just had to know the baby's sex so we could prepare for the inevitable... and sure enough, she was a she!
we had a zillion names we liked. Eleanor, Julia, Lucy, Josephine, Louisa, Clare, Penelope. I had mentioned at one point, sort of off hand, the name Margot to Brendan. I'd explained how it's a diminutive of the French version of Margaret, Marguerite. how it was the name of a feisty and beautiful Huguenot Queen. we also happen to have a great-aunt, Maggie, who we adore and my paternal grandmother's formal name is Margaret (she goes by Peggie or Peg), so Margot has a bit of personal meaning, being tied into Margaret. it's also traditional but a bit quirky, as well as being a saint's name (St. Marguerite, a French Canadian saint).
Brendan was absolutely and instantly sold on it. I, however, waffled back and forth between my favorites. was this babe a Violet? could she be a Rose? maybe an Evangeline? no, a Mary? the struggle to name this child was real. I just liked too many names and none of them felt "right". in the end, as I labored at the hospital, I told Brendan "you know what? you've held true to liking Margot for this whole pregnancy while I've gone through dozens of names. I'll let you, the consistent one, have this name." and so she was Margot.
BUT. for her middle name? I got to choose Jane. because I had always wanted a girl named Jane but Brendan immediately nixed it for a first name, claiming that it's "plain" (ridiculous!) So when he got to claim the first name, I made my move and inserted my own choice as the middle. :) For the next baby, we've agreed that I get to choose the first name and Brendan will choose the middle.
Margot means "pearl" and Jane means "God's gracious gift" and I just love a name that has a pretty meaning. there you have it. Margot Jane.
I have a super long list going for future children, should we have them, and am always coming up with new combinations and bothering Brendan about it. (Heaven help him!) Whatever. It just means all our kids' names will be awesome and well-thought out.
Hey, wasn't this fun?! What names do you love? I happen to love my own name (thanks mom!), Sarah Marie... and I'm thinking a babe called Sadie (a nickname for Sarah) would be so sweet. Do you like your own name?