We did a little research into our family trees, as my top two choices (one a favorite great aunt, and the other my grandmother's middle name), were deemed "okay, but a little old ladyish". Likely because they are the names of two old ladies.
Both sides abound with Margarets, which we both just love, but I also have not one, but two best friends named Margaret. It might be a bit much.
Anyway, we have got some weird options ahead of us. You know it's dire when a Samma Faye thinks some names are weird.
My maternal grandmother- Erma Faye. She would rise from her grave to haunt me if I ever named a child Erma, and rightfully so. Her sister? Ivy Mae- not bad when you consider the rest of the list.
Mama has also threatened dire harm if I name a child after her 1950's charmer of a name- Janet Sue. I think we are safe!
Mama then suggested her favorite great-aunt, who was an amazing woman named. . .Nellie Pearl.
My other grandmother's sisters include my great aunts Madge, who went by Bucky, and Frances, who went by Pris. Then we have plenty of Ruths, Marys, Frances's, and Sarahs, which are fine, but. . .I mean, my name is Samma Faye, and I am married to a Morgan Deeds. We don't do plain or simple very well. Plus, Mary and Ruth are so lovely as double names, but Dell Harper is enough for one family.
Then we get to Morgan's side-
Morgan and I discovered his great-grandmother on his mom's side had a doozy- Pantha Olive. Whew.
Then I received this amazing e-mail from my father-in-law- I'm just going to paste it in its entirety.
Samma, Morgan mentioned that you guys were looking over names for a girl. Most names I can supply are not very appealing.
On the Bromley side:
Opal Mae Deeds Bromley - My mother
Rose Brown Deeds - My grandmother
Ermina - My grandmother Bromley
Amanda Melissa - My great grandmother Bromley
Edna Geraldine Seymore- a great aunt
On the Broyhill side:
Dell Boulware Broyhill - Dell Morgan's Mother.
Ethel Broyhill Stevens - Dell Morgan's aunt.
Lily Broyhill Blackwelder - " " " " " "
Again not very appealing.
Love, Coach Be sure to give Dell Harper a squeeze.
Maybe I should just hope for a boy.