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Hi fellow mothers! My husband and I announced to the family today that we are expecting a daughter. However, my mother in law is INSISTING we name the baby after her and her grandmother, Florence Elaine. I can’t stand either of these names! My husband is completely on board so I am torn. Please help!

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Poll created: Oct 15, 2013
Total Votes: 1


Who is he "on board" with??
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Use them as middle names. That’s what middle names are for. They’re both pretty enough names and if they’re tucked away as middle names you can please her and not have to use them every day. Maya Florence Elaine, for example.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
He’s on board with my mother in law (his mother). Sorry for the confusion!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Ew you are absolutely right. Florence and Elaine are both horribly dated and would make me think you were giving birth to an old woman.

Instead of Florence:

Instead of Elaine:
posted by Abby :: 4 years ago | report
Wow. You need some help. What about you suggest using one as a middle name ad maybe changing it up? Like....

And remember you could always use two middle names to make her name prettier.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
We both really like Eleanor but I\’m not completely sold.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
You’ve gotten some great suggestions. Here are some other alternatives to Florence and Elaine:

But I actually think Florence would make a cute middle name!
posted by Good Luck! :: 4 years ago | report
Eleanor would be a nice way to combine the two names. And it’s a great, refreshing name that’s not overused :)
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Also, don’t tell whatever name you decide before she’s born. If the family is this insistent about names already, they’ll be trying to tweak whatever you choose unless it’s already on the birth certificate. So just tell them it’s a surprise and they’ll find out after the birth.

And make sure your hubby knows to not spill the beans.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think if your husband likes the idea, then you should at least consider it. Which name is better to you? Elaine Florence flows well too. If you really need to change it, Elaine Florence sounds nice as well. But honestly, these names aren’t terrible. Do you have a name that you specifically want to use instead?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
this is your baby not hers! she im sure will love her granddaughter no matter what! I love Eleanor
I think Eleanor Florence Elain is actually very pretty! but its YOUR BABY!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Felicity Elaina! That is kind of along the same lines, of Florence and Elaine, but MUCH more modern, and prettier.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I don’t like Elaine. I do happen to love Florence, but what I - or your MIL - like is not what is important. YOU (and your husband) need to love the names. If you don’t love them, then refuse to comply. A compromise is fine as long as you both find something you love. Fiona Eloise?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Faith Elodie is cute.
Fontana Elise
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
You know what? Don’t use either name. Not Florence, not Elaine, and not a variation of either. Pick a totally different first, and totally different middle name, and don’t tell them what the kids name is going to be till after the delivery. Tell your hubby you want to do this, and that if anyone asks what you’re naming her, say, ’you will find out after she is born.’ If you get told again that you need to name her Florence Elaine, say, ’thanks for the suggestions, but this is our child, and we will name her what we want to, and you will find out what that name is after she is born, no more suggestions are needed.’ Then, let that be that.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Also, if she gets ticked if you do not use Florence Elaine, then you could just tell her, ’well, fine then, if your love for my child comes with whether or not we named her what YOU wanted us too, then you don’t have to be a part of her life. BYE!!’ Then, you don’t have to deal with her anymore. Sounds like a plan to me!!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I hate both of those names, very dated. I do like Lorraine though, and Elaine is much better than Florence (that’s just awful) .. I’d use Elaine or Lorraine as the middle and come up with your own name, your daughter not hers
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
If I were you, I’d choose something completely different. Talk with your hubby about it - I’m sure he’ll understand. It’s your baby and only you should pick the name!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Yes, don’t make it an ultimatum kind of situation...BUT Don’t let anyone tell you what you have to name your baby! Talk with your husband, explain your feelings and that while you like the idea of honoring his family (and what about yours??), it will have to be done in another way. And you are naming your baby what you like.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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