Today’s story comes to us from Elisabeth. It’s a great example of how you can know exactly what you want – but it might still take a little work to find it!
What is your child’s name?
Ivy Johanna, born 6/11/07
When did you choose?
We’d talked about Ivy before I even got pregnant. It came down to the delivery room before we were 100 percent on Johanna.
What were your criteria?
We had a bazillion. To start with, we wanted something that was easy to spell and pronounce and didn’t have a lot of nicknames. We also wanted it to be classic but quirky, so she’d have a unique name without us having to get crazy with spelling. We wanted something pretty and feminine sounding, but not supergirly. The initials couldn’t spell anything weird.
I liked Eva early on; Eva didn’t really do anything for my husband, but when we were playing around with names with that strong “v” sound, we found that we both liked Ivy.
For the middle, my middle name is Joan, after my mom — I didn’t want to pass that name down specifically, but I wanted to pass down a name with the same origin. Luckily there are many choices. Johanna and Jane were our favorite two, and in the end I went for the feminine, European lilt of Johanna.
Who was involved in the decision?
Just my husband.
What were the other options?
Our boy name would have been Samuel, with Asher, Grant and Jack as back-up possibilities. Samuel’s a more conventional name than Ivy, but it was the name we both liked the most.
Did the meaning matter?
In a way. I like that Ivy, while beautiful, is this incredibly tenacious, strong plant that will tear a building down if it’s allowed to. It’s also the name of a major character in Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Changeling, which is a book that meant a lot to me when I was younger.
Did you second guess yourself?
No, I’ve always loved her name, even when not all of our family did!
Thanks, Elisabeth! Ivy Johanna is a lovely, lovely choice. And your story is a great example of how you can land on the perfect name – with just a little bit of thinking!