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Feb 3 2011

Name My Friend’s Baby. Win a Onesie!

By at 12:10 pm

You’ve already named Natalie Portman’s baby.  I need your help again.

One of my closest friends is due to have her first child this summer.  They’re 99% sure it’s a girl, even though they haven’t had The Big Ultrasound yet.  (And no, they’re not just running on Mama’s intuition here.  My friend is a vet, and she’s ultrasounding herself at work.  Yes, she got her OB’s approval to do it. Don’t judge—you know you would do it too if you could.)

Anyway, we went out for lunch the other day and in between brownie bites (she’s pregnant, I’m nursing, what do you expect?) we started talking names.  I didn’t ask the actual name (that’s bad mojo amongst us Heebs), but she did mention that they’re hoping to name the baby in honor of her grandmother Goldie, who recently passed away.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking—why not just name the baby Goldie?  It’s fabulous, it’s glitzy, it’s not super popular but also not totally bizarro. It’s a lovely name.  Well, my friend just can’t imagine calling someone else Goldie.  Her grandmother was a force of nature, a strong woman with blazing red hair who could change lives with just one small comment.  (And yes, there is a story there, and it’s an incredible one.)  Goldie gets to keep her name.

But the baby needs one, too.  And that’s where you, my dear readers, come in.  We need ideas for girl names that will honor Goldie.  I tried to come up with some ideas, but I got nothing.  And not for lack of trying.  I’ve literally spent a lifetime trying to come up with good girl G names.  My middle name is George (and yes, there’s a story there too, but a slightly less incredible one), and although I think it’s kind of cool and edgy now, I wasn’t too fond of having a boy name when I was a kid.  I tried to come up with alternatives, but I never got farther than Georgia or Georgette.

Please, share your ideas. It could be a G name, or a name that somehow reflects my friend’s connection to her amazing grandmother.  (And no, Goldie didn’t have a middle name. I already asked.)  They’re looking for something that reflects their Jewish culture, so Giuseppa is probably out.  You have a week to leave your comment, and when all the names are in, my friend and her husband will pick their favorite answer (with no guarantee that they will use it), and that respondent will win a “Lil Pisher” onesie from A Jewish Beginning.

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13 Responses to Name My Friend’s Baby. Win a Onesie!

  1. Suzala says:

    Really liking Orli. If it is French, then really really liking Orli.

  2. Vicki says:

    Greta is great.
    Gabrielle/a or Gavrielle/a is gorgeous.

  3. musicjulia says:

    I like Gillian, and I love Genevieve or Ginevra or Juniper, but I super-love AuraLee. You could spell it Orli, too. Get it? French for Gold?

  4. Karen says:

    Gavriella, Gillian, Ginger

  5. Sandy M-J says:

    For those of us a generation older than you, can’t resist “Hey there, Georgie girl” – was a terrific movie and song! How about Gila, Gilda (as in Gilda Radner), or the Hebrew for Gold – Zahava! Mazal tov to the future parents.

  6. Melissa says:

    I was named in honor of Golda Meir for my Hebrew name, which is Zehava.

  7. Lauren says:

    I like G’s and V’s: Genevieve, Ginevra, Guinevere…

    Old-school Ashkenazi: Galina, Gilda

  8. Rachel says:

    Zehava? Girl’s name meaning gold in Hebrew.

  9. Liba says:

    Gila (Hebrew – means joy), Gabriella, Galya (Hebrew – means wave of God), Gal (Hebrew – means wave), Gabi, Galil (Galilea), Gili (short for Gila).

    I like this game!

  10. Nat says:

    Is there anything better than Gwendolyn….Gwennie for short????

    BUT…in case Gwendolyn isn’t in the top ten….Gemma or Gillian.

  11. Tracy says:

    Gilana (joy, in Hebrew), Gemma (Latin for gem, in keeping with Goldie)

  12. Anne says:

    How about Gillian, Gabrielle, Grace

    Congrats on the addition to your family!

  13. Carey Gross says:

    I really like the name Audrey..good luck! I always think about names and are people REALLY named the name they should be named? Well, let’s go with it, lets name her Audrey.
    Go for it.

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