Today's question of the week over on Multiples and More is all about baby names. Naming two babies was a bit more in some ways, but it actually worked out well because we each got have our favorites without having to narrow it down to just one! I don't think I've ever gone into much detail about the names we chose, so here goes...
Mary Addison was named after Jeremy's maternal grandmother, Mary. We have just called her Addison so far, but we have not totally ruled out calling her by her full double name. I guess we should decide that soon so she's not totally confused!
Mackenzie Ross was named after my maternal grandmother, Mamie Ross. Actually, my mom and I both also share the middle name Ross, so Mackenzie is the fourth generation with her middle name.
So how did we get to these names? We started with the family parts of the names-Mary and Ross, and picked names that we liked along with them. We definitely did not want "matchy" or rhyming names, but I did want them to flow well together. After all, they will probably go hand-in-hand for the next 20 years or so! I spent a lot of time saying names out loud to myself. It just worked out that their first initials are the same...that wasn't necessarily intended. We did name them before they were born; Addison was the feisty Baby A, and Mackenzie was the more laid-back Baby B. I liked to rub them and talk to them individually when they were in my belly.
Other top choices for names included Mary Katherine, Mary Adelyn, and Maggie Ross. It's funny, but we never spent much time on boys' names. I said from the beginning that we were having girls, and I think Jeremy believed me. The few times we talked about it, we couldn't really agree, though I liked Collin and Luke (and Jack, but Jeremy ruled it out!).
I tend to like traditional names, though I realize Addison and Mackenzie are pretty trendy right now. They are the names we agreed on that went with our chosen family names, and now I think they suit our little girls perfectly!