I’m in my second trimester, and my husband and I are starting to talk about baby names. How did you and your husband choose your babies’ names?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My husband and I decided not to choose our babies’ names until we actually met them. We weren’t totally set on any names. But we did have some ideas. My maternal grandmother’s name was Natalie, but everyone called her Nettie. We decided to name our older daughter Nettie Rose. We named our younger daughter Daisy Grace.
Customarily people choose Hebrew names to honor family members who have passed away, but because Nettie’s American name honored my grandmother, we chose her Hebrew name, Shira Vered, because we like the way it sounded. But coincidentally it means “Song of the rose.”
Daisy is named after my grandfather Daniel. Her middle name Grace is after George, my husband’s grandfather. Her Hebrew name is Efrat Lior, which means “golden light” and that was for Emil and Louis (my husband and my grandfathers on the other side)
Interestingly my husband and I couldn’t agree on boys’ names. Good thing we had girls!
—Janet Lefkowitz, DO, a mother of two girls and an ob/gyn in private practice in Rhode Island
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My husband and I decided not to find out our baby’s gender ahead of time during all three pregnancies. So we had both boy and girl names ready for each.
Interestingly, we had family names each time for boys: William, Nathaniel, and Clarke. I didn’t have any family names for girls. I liked the names Mary and Leigh. My two younger sons both have my maiden name for their middle name: Cote. My eldest is a junior.
—Kathie Bowling, MD, a mom of three grown sons and an ob/gyn in private practice and at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, who’s also on the Clinical Faculty at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University