Hello Duana,

The husband and I’ve very completely different style in names.

We expect a child on the finish of Summer time – gender unknown – and we’re having hassle coming to any kind of settlement on a ladies identify.  Our plan is to have 2 names every per gender and when the child is born we’ll resolve then what she or he fits. 
I like conventional or easy names, not too in style however not too out-there, center identify shall be Jane, James, or Anne (familial names). If it had been my resolution alone I might identify her Lyla (Lila or Lilah), nonetheless, my husband grew up with a Lyla he wasn’t too keen on and offers it a tough no up to now. I’ve made him watch the primary season of Friday Night time Lights to attempt to get him to come back round, hoping Lyla Garrity would change his opinion. 
What’s your recommendations for easy or conventional… or each?! Assist!!  I would like my runner up identify!


This can be a brief and candy letter with lots to interpret, and naturally I like having a large open enjoying area to decide on names from, with solely Lyla/Lila/h to leap off – however though there’s lots to interpret, I do know one factor for absolute positive: 

You want two alternate names, as a result of if Lyla is a tough no (up to now), then something you counsel goes to sound higher to him, until you need to stack the deck with names so ridiculous that he’ll need to select Lyla – however that will be devious, and I’m not suggesting something of the type, lol. 

But when you recognize for 80% positive that he’s not going to go for it, don’t throw away certainly one of your selections! 

The primary identify that involves thoughts is Keira (one other identify with a number of accepted spellings, so select your favorite). It has the identical lyrical flavour as Lyla, however is much sufficient away that it shouldn’t invoke the sentiments of long-ago resentment. I imply, I form of get the place he’s coming from, tbh, however that’s as a result of I’m not completely over Lila Fowler from the Candy Valley books but – any probability he’s additionally a fan? 

Alongside the identical traces, you would possibly like one thing like Julia or Stella – that’s so far as I’d go into names which have a powerful L sound, although, since Lily and Ella and even Luna are nonetheless highly regarded proper now, however Stella appears traditional sufficient to resist that pattern. Or possibly Juliet, or Eliza? I undoubtedly suppose your selections for center names imply you want one thing longer and vowel-oriented within the entrance spot; or, to go a bit extra fanciful, what about one thing like Aurora or Lydia? Nonetheless very conventional, and easy sufficient with out being plain? 

With out realizing what he likes I’m unsure if I’m venturing into his territory, however I’d additionally take into account one thing like Lucia (Lucinda?) or Clara, or – and I’m conscious this identify wouldn’t have been seen as ‘easy and conventional’ a decade in the past, however it’s a brand new world – what about Beatrice and even Penelope? I do know I’m getting forward, however I promise it’s a unique world on the market. Even a throwback identify we’re not utilizing a lot currently however that’s nonetheless engaging in its personal regard… Alicia? 

I ought to say I’m an enormous fan of the identify Jane, and it doesn’t get as a lot play because it ought to, so if I had been in your scenario I’d put it within the entrance spot and negotiate for the center – but when it’s not for you, the opposite easy and excellent identify I all the time consider is Elena, so possibly I’m not as removed from the love of Ls as I believed I may be. 

Undoubtedly tell us!