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Last week before I left for California Joel took the last picture in my collage…at 30 weeks. This week marks 31 weeks. Only nine weeks to go and I am feeling like this sweet babe is going to be here before we know it. We are getting so excited to meet him/her. I have done absolutely nothing to prepare. Joel set up new bunk beds for the boys while we have been gone, so the room rearranging can officially start when we get home. Lots to do after we get back tomorrow and lots of changes ahead!

This time around we are having more trouble with girls names than boys names. I guess we must just be in that boy mindset since there are two little boys running around our house. So, I need your help! Nine weeks to go and we need to start narrowing down a few names for this little one. Any suggestions? I would love to hear some of your favorites. Or names (boy & girl) that you think would go with Cora, Levi and Griffin. I’m hoping you can help me out…and maybe we can decide on some names this week!

  • Jody - OliveReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Carly πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Girl: Piper or Alice
    Boy: Nathan (of course) πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Rossella - Hi! I write from Italy, so I suggest you names like: Gaia (that means “Happy”) or Luce (it means “Light”) or Sara, that is the name we chose for our baby (but we had a boy! Yeah!).
    I read you since long time and I’m very happy to hug you and your belly.
    Excuse me for my english: I don’t speak it very well.
    Kisses from Verona to all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I second the Piper suggestion- I have a new niece named Piper πŸ™‚ Other ideas: Stella, Eliza, Sadie.ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - I like Brooklyn πŸ™‚ my daughters name & Amelia.. Also Avalyn πŸ™‚ I think that Samuel is great ! And, would go with Levi & Griffin. I also like Nathaniel.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - So excited for you! Would like to suggest Nell or Lucia. Happy Baby!ReplyCancel

  • Carley - How about Joanna? It means “Gift of God.”ReplyCancel

  • MurdocksMama - One of my favorites {we didn’t use because our last name starts with an H} is Harper. Good luck, I know just how daunting the name game is! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - Olivia ReplyCancel

  • Leeshy - Cheyenne, Susannah, TaliaReplyCancel

  • jenny - anna, annabelle, katie, adaline…those are just some of my favorites. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Michelle S. - I have a Lola so of course I love that name. The meaning isn’t great but since she is named after family, it is special to us. I also like Stella, Adelaide, Maeve, Cecille, Tess and Ruby. (I adore “older” names.)ReplyCancel

  • sharron - Cooper for a girl or a boy. Carly. Grant. Hudson. Jude for a girl or a boy.
    Good Luck!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - I sure do like my kiddos names….Kaitlyn and KysenReplyCancel

  • Sherre Heider - Tessa Mae

  • Glenda - Claire, Rose Amelia, or Madison for a girl & Jaxon, Caleb, Jonas, or Jeremiah for a boy.ReplyCancel

  • Clare - I love Grace, Evie, Ryan, Jude and Daniel but I’m sure whichever name you chose will suit your new little one perfectly. Hugs to you all from England ☺☺ πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I also read that Tessa means fourth child. Or Leah. Anna is my favorite. Daniel, Blake, Wyatt, Max or Sam.ReplyCancel

  • Liesel - I like Mila and Ivy.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I have a daughter named Leah and I love her name.
    I also like the name Mara (or Marah) for a girl.
    Best of luck to you!ReplyCancel

  • Katy - Sutton for boy or girlReplyCancel

  • babykatesmom - I have a Jack & a Kate (Kathryn), I think they are great names!

    I like Noah, Charlie or Wyatt for a boy & Anna or Grace for a girl.

    I pretty much had my heart set on Stella Grace or Grace Margaret if Jack had been a girl πŸ™‚ I think girl names are hard!ReplyCancel

  • SLK - I have 4 boys so I’ve never been able to use the girl name I’ve loved! Sylvie has always been my favorite for a little girl.ReplyCancel

  • kasey - I love names! I think Mila, Lena, Marlowe, Lucy, and Hope are beautiful names! I am so anxious to find out if it’s a boy or girl! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Cristin - Girls: Charlotte, Ava, Nora
    Boys: Noah, Vincent, DavisReplyCancel

  • GB Jost - Well I am partial to Claire…:)

  • Brandi W. - My little guys name is Carson and that’s always been my favorite boy name. I love Sophia or Ava for a girl.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - My niece is Emery – named after our grandfather, Emory.ReplyCancel

  • Becky M - Hi! It’s Becky from craft weekend. I’m 34 weeks now and being induced in three…yikes! Colin and Noah (4 and 2.5) started sharing their room three weeks ago and they are finally settling in (the first night was 2 hours of up and down!) I hope Levi and Griffin make a smooth transition! We have settled on naming our little one Megan, but loved Molly and Maeve, too (we were going for an “M” name). Looking forward to seeing if a little girl or guy is waiting for you in there! Take Care!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - I like Emery and Olivia and Gemma. I have the opposite problem as you I have no problem with girl names but really struggle with boy names.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I have a Cora (my middle child) and her older sister is Elaine and younger brother is Dixon- if he would’ve been a girl, the name would’ve been Alice. I also liked Audrey and other “classic” names with Cora. Good luck! Names are tough πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Ange Movius - AdelineReplyCancel

  • Katie - Sam and KateReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Love the name JustineReplyCancel

  • Danielle W - I’m partial to Clara or June for a little girl! I’m hoping to convince the hubs that we should use one of those if we have a girl next πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Mostly girl names come to mind probably because we have 3 daughters! πŸ™‚ I’m thinking Ava, Isabelle, Evelyn, Lilly, Charlotte, Norah, Stella. Those are the firsts that came to mind. Picking a name is so hard, but so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Layla for a girl! So pretty and goes well with the other kiddos names!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I have three girls, Ruby Colette, Lola Page and June Vivian.
    Boy names? My favorite is Hank.ReplyCancel

  • Brady W. - Love the names Tessa and Emery (as soon as you asked about girl names, Emery popped in my mind!). It means brave πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - All the commenters listed such beautiful names. I like Megan, Caitlyn (or Katlyn), Jesse (boy or girl), Ivy, Amelia. Boy names…someone mentioned Carson, but then there’s Easton, Tracker, Tyson, Andrew (Drew), Cole, Adam. There many wonderful names and I’m sure boy or girl, you will come up with the perfect name for this little one. You are adorable. Can’t wait to see photos of your 4th little Mac baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Alice H - Somebody mentioned Alice and I think it is a great name. I am kind of partial to it!

    Samuel, Milo, Calvin, Brooks

    Mollie Eden
    Jules Marie
    Harlow, Charlotte, MarleyReplyCancel

  • Alice H - I forgot I also like the name Hazel. But I am afraid it will become more popular with the book/movie The Fault in our Stars.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - I have a Sam, but if I ever have a girl she will be Lucy. πŸ™‚ Also really love the name Haven. Can’t wait to see this little one!ReplyCancel

  • amber - Ok. I never do this, but Lyla came to mind. Just for what it’s worth;). Have fun. I love choosing names…once it’s done. Lol! You’ll find the perfect name for a sweet girl. Praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Ellis - We have a 4 month old boy named Walt (short for Walter after his grandfather) but if we’d had a girl, her name would have been Sadie (nickname for Sarah-another family name).ReplyCancel

  • Lisa H - Olive, Piper, Ella, Stella, Scarlett, Savannah and Sydnie.ReplyCancel

  • patricia dallas - hello from germany!!!!i like your blog a lot!!!! how about,sophia or lou,for a girl and for a boy my favorite would be,noah or bo……..lovely greetings to you and your sweet family ,patriciaReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I’m 20 weeks with a girl and we are naming her Grady Jane. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • gram - “Ruby” for a girl, for “She is more precious than rubies” and “her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs).ReplyCancel

  • EmmaG - How about Avia for a girl? Love the belly pics!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - We have a boy named Davis, and the next names on our list are Nora & Evan. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lani - I like Riley for a girl’s name and Declan for a boy. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. I love reading about your family and watching your family grow.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Girl names i like: Hope. Elizabeth. Kate. Catherine.
    My boys are named: Noah, Seth & EzraReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I have no girls – only boys πŸ™‚ – but have always been partial to Ava or Avery.ReplyCancel

  • Kati - Oliver & MaggieReplyCancel

  • Cora - Boy- Tucker or Carson
    Girl- Lila or DelaneyReplyCancel

  • Jill - Hi Jess, you’ve chosen such beautiful and fitting names for your children, I think you two will come up with the perfect name for your new little one as well! I think Cora, Levi, Griffin, and Hannah go well together. Also love Naomi and Simone.ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - I think Nina would be cute for a girl or Liam for a boy. So excited for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie B - Oh how we love our baby names πŸ™‚ While I have two girls, neither with this name, I love the name Willow! And….I think it sounds wonderful with your other three children’s names!ReplyCancel

  • Leah Hunt - How about a name with an “ie”/”y” sound at the end…like Maggie, Sadie or Lucy, Lilly? All cheerful, girlie and a touch southern. Blessings to you and yours! P.S I have both a Maggie Caroline and a Sadie Rose, and adore their names!ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan - Girl-Tess,piper,Stella, Charlotte
    Boy-Noah, sawyer,jack
    Praying for you and this precious babe!ReplyCancel

  • vicki - Stella
    Keller (my girl)


  • Cassie - Oh, I just love names. I am excited to hear what you are having and what you decide to name him/her! Here are a few ideas I think sound good with Cora, Levi and Griffin:
    Girl name ideas: Ruth, Mercy, Amelia or Sydney
    Boy name ideas: Daniel, Max, Jack or Jude

    Have fun picking out names, can’t wait to hear:)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Here are our 3 daughter’s names ( we have 3 girls & 1 boy!) πŸ™‚ Maybe one of them will be “it”. Rachel, Abigail, and Annika. Annika means full of grace. Our son’s name is Brian. Praying for you sweet Mama as you come down the home stretch. Woohoo! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Darci - Mary. I haven’t heard Mary in a long time.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Grace

  • Melissa - Here are some of our favorite:
    Boys: Isaac (he laughs), Lucas (light)
    Girls: Chiara (light/encouragement), Sophia, Olivia, Addison
    So excited for you guys. Can’t wait to “meet” this sweet little baby! PrayersReplyCancel

  • Karen - Lucy or LillyReplyCancel

  • Monika - I’ve been a teacher for over 30 years, I like unique names. These are some names I have never had in class. (3 happen to be my own kids’ names). Boys: Kolton, Kaleb, Kellen. Girls:Harper, Kallyn.ReplyCancel

  • Cora - My girls are Amelia, Jillian & Lorelei. I also love Alice, Pearl, Eloise, & Ruth. We’ve never needed to dream up boys names, but I love Henry or Oliver. Good luck in the home stretch πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Congratulations on reaching 31 weeks! Naturally, I am partial to my own children’s names: Anna, Theo, and Max. Other favourites are Lily, Rose, and Eleanor (Ellie) for a girl and Jude, George, and Fynn for a boy. So exciting trying to choose!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Amelia–nickname Mia
    Alexa–sticking with the a theme for the girls
    Thomas. No nicknameReplyCancel

  • Alice - I love Maren (rhymes with Karen) for a girl.
    I think Sawyer and Corbin go with your other three (and has part of Cora in it!) :0)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - I’m only giving girl names because I’m feeling pink!

  • Angela - Elaina Joy πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jen Christians - Mylah, Brynn, Rowan, Hazel, Vivienne, Maeve, Jocelyn, Lydia, Jillian, Stella, Genevieve, Scarlett, Cecelia, Linden, Peyton, Fiona, MaKyla, Mabel…. Oh Man I love baby names.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Christians - Of Course Turner for a boy!!! πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • CassM - I’m gravitating on Audrey for a girl for you. I really like how that gives each of your kids their own ending sound.ReplyCancel

  • Bev - Hi, I have a Griffin. He has two older brothers Nolan and Trevor. My favorite girls name that I never got to use is Hadley.ReplyCancel

  • renee zimmerman - Meredith for a girl.
    Thaddeus for a boy.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - I have 4 boys so I never got to use my girl name…I love the name Ella. I really like Stella, Kate, Lily and Emma. Good luck you are in the home stretch!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I also like Corbin for a boy and Charlotte for a girl. Her nickname could be
    Char or Charlie πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I like Adeleine & Olivia!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - I love tess or tessie i think it sounds good with cora πŸ˜‰ It was my best friends name growing up! And I love Blake, it is my brother’s name and I think it sounds good with your kiddos!
    Best of Luck…maybe its a good thing it’s taking you awhile, we took some hits on McCoy’s name, but my heart was set on it and I didnt care what people said!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - I like the names Chloe, Sophie, Milo, Karsten. and I can’t wait to meet baby mac 4!! good luck and God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I have a little girl named Ilya. It’s a Russian boy’s name, but the meaning of the name is “My God is the Lord.” When folks ask me what it means, it gives me a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Janet Dreher - I saw it mentioned already, but I love the name my mother had:

  • Bobbie - I like Ruby, Clara, and Amelia for girl names.
    For boys, I like the names Houston and Everett.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Hi there! I think if it’s a girl the first or middle name could be HOPE. You have had so much hope over these past years and even got to speak at HOPE SPOKEN!! The sweet little baby girl would always know she had a special place in your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I also love the name Josie for a girl. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - My favorite girl names are Ezra and Emersyn. Boy name is Finn! My boys are Kullen 3.5 and Avery 16 months. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • April - Nellie Grace is super cute. Also, Audry Lane and Audry Hope are faves of mine. Praying for your comfort in the weeks to come.ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Hannah for a girl and Thomas for a boy:)ReplyCancel

  • Sara - My son’s name is Ezra…I think it would sound nice with your boys names!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - I have three girls named Lainie, Emerson (Emmie) and Ellison (Ellie). I love the names Lynleigh, Emery, Caroline, and Elliot too. Some boy names that I love are Davis, Crew, and Cohen. πŸ™‚ So excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Leiah - Enough inspiration yet? I love my kids’ names. Liora and Mateo. I also like Moriah for a girl or Lincoln or Jackson for a boy.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Name picking is exciting and stressful at the same time.

    We have a Levi. If we had another boy, he was going to be named Ezra. Instead, we had a girl and her name is Selah, as in the book of psalms. I absolutely adore her name.

    Many blessings to you and your sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Kessler - We loved Shelby Elizabeth for a girl. We have Kristy Lynn (in heaven), Danielle Marie(Dani), Zachary James and Benjamin (in heaven with his big sister). Praying for all of you and rejoicing in this new gift!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna Tunnell - I have always loved the name “Hosanna Grace” — if I ever have a little girl, that will be her name.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - Ava is a lovely girl’s name. And Wyatt for a boy.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - SelahReplyCancel

  • Sarah -

    Since Cora, Levi, & Griffin all have two-syllable names, here’s some two-syllable name ideas for you. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Beckie - We named our little girl Eden. We also have an Elijah and an Ezra. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Holly - EsmeReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Boys: Hudson, Sawyer, or Wyatt
    Girls: Harper, Elerie, Emmerson,or Amelia
    Neutral: PeytonReplyCancel

  • Gin - Micah for a boy , Ava for a girlReplyCancel

  • Debbie - I have Kaitlyn and Kyle!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - I like Luna for a girl and Declan or Jude for a boy πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • JBird - Veronica, Vera, Tala, Maisie, Mary, Lauren, Astrid, Or BlytheReplyCancel

  • Tamera - I love the names Gloria for a girl and Ronan for a boy. So excited for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I have a Gracyn and love it!!ReplyCancel

  • CR - Audrey, Alivia, Kate, or Lauren for a girl.

    Luke, Gavin, or Noah for a boy.

    Praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - I like Everly, evangeline, Fiona, and Ruby

    For a boy, Zane, August, Noah, Jude, JonahReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Millie (Amelia or Emilia)
    Georgia or Georgina

  • Kristina - Not sure if they go with your other names but: Eliza, Priscilla, Charlotte, RebeccaReplyCancel

  • Amy - Samantha and Molly were or choices, we went with Molly but still love both.
    We have a Luke too!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - I have a Levi too. πŸ™‚ And my little girl is Ava.
    I love their middles names which could also be used as first names– Beckett and Sloane.
    I also love– Grayson and Madden for a boy. And Evie for a girl.
    I know whatever you choose, it will be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • BriBedell - Lilah, Laurel, Lucy, Reese, Karli, Sadie, & Brynn!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - We have four kids: Hope, Judah (also goes by Jude), Ezra, and Hazel. I love one of the meanings of the name Hazel; “God Sees”.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Girls: Abigail (Abby)

    Boys: Christian

  • Kristen Ritchie - I’m partial to Charlotte – She’s my equivalent to your Cora….big sister angel to two crazy brothersReplyCancel

  • Kerry - My 3 boys names that I like are all gender neutral

    We get allot of compliments on Rylans name.
    Wishing you a beautiful safe delivery!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - My girls are Meah Abigail and Elsa Adelyn. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Ruby Jane - Hope all goes well for you these next few daysReplyCancel

  • Paula - Jensen for a boy.. Jaya for a girl. Jaya means both triumph and Joy.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - I like Elisabeth Hope, Hannah Kate, Grace Elisabeth, Leah Alice, Brynn SuzanneReplyCancel

  • creole wisdom - You look adorable as always Jess πŸ™‚ How fun that your boys got bunk beds. I bet they will love that. I had them growing up and adored sleeping on the top bunk!

    Here are a few name suggestions just for fun:

  • Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle - So exciting!! Here are few that I think go great with Cora, Levi and Griffin

    Girls: Tess/Tessa, Harper, Ellie, Emery, Ellery, Audrey
    Boys: Asher, Owen, Wyatt, Cael, Ty, Drew

    P.S. I never comment but love following you on Instagram. Your children are so lucky to have a mom like you. XOReplyCancel

  • Rach - I have a friend who named her daughter Myelle (My-Elle not Miley). I think it’s really cute!

    Marin seems to be picking up popularity. Verity is pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - Girls: Love the name Eden! Others: Hope, Willow, Saige
    New names I’ve heard recently: Nella, Zara
    Boys: Jude, Noah, Luke, Ezra, Jack, Asher
    Happy picking!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Grace for a girl. Landon for a boy. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - Hannah, Ava

  • Carrie B. - EdenReplyCancel

  • Sharon - As a mom of all boys and a grandma to a grandson, (I can’t buy a girl – lol, but I wouldn’t change all the boys in my life for anything!), I tend to think boy names.
    I think with all you’ve been through and the light beacon you’ve become for so many, “Christian” would be a wonderful name for a possible new boy at your house. πŸ™‚
    I love that you’re having a “surprise”, it’s fun to meet him or her on their actual birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne Timm - First time commenting, but I had to add our children’s names as think they would go well with your children’s names: Alexander (called Xan), Caroline (Carrie), and Natalie (Nat). We also never found out and each time found ourselves looking at a different set of names. For our youngest, we starting listing every name that our friends had used and both went “hmm” when we got to it. Thankful that my friend was excited for us to use it. She also liked being the only one who knew one of the possibilities. Praying for your family and this new little baby. Thank you for all the ways you help point your readers to Jesus and the love of God.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Girls: Lilah, Hattie and Kate
    Boys: Hudson, Mason and JamesReplyCancel

  • Vicky Giro - I take care of a beautiful little girl named Juna Beth. Love that name!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Shelley or Leslie for a girl, and Cole, Carter, or Connor for a boy! Good luck naming your sweet baby!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - I love Shelby, Amelia, Malin and Noelle.

    Can’t wait to meet your little one!

    Best wishes to you all,,,,,,ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Martini - How about Claire? πŸ™‚ Cora, Levi, Griffin and Claire.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Ned and Asher for boys
    Elizabeth and Emilie for girlsReplyCancel

  • Jessie - Ruby, Nella, Piper, Halle
    Graham, Eli, CooperReplyCancel

  • Nikki - Emory Rain-boy
    Emorie Rain-girl

  • Jenny - Crosby for a boy, Greta for a girlReplyCancel

  • Samantha - I’m pretty partial to Samantha (*wink, wink*) but love:

    Girls: Olivia, Abigail (my sweet girl in heaven’s name), Evangeline and Ada

    Boys: Ezra, Wyatt, HudsonReplyCancel

  • Charlene Miller - I like Stetson or Holden for a boy and Camille, Kennedi, or Lucy for girls.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - I am due in less than 4 weeks and am also in desperate need of a girl name! I agree that boy names just seem easier! Our son is Mason Luke, and it was easy to agree on. We are having a girl and the only name that we keep tossing around is Paige. I also like Meredith, Ava, and Ella. Best of luck to you!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I have an Alayna Beatrice and a Westin Lorene for daughters and a newborn son named Merett Paul.

    Had Merett been a girl… Ruth/Ruthie or Willa is who they would have been. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Taryn, Lauren, Lora, Mae, Dawn, Lucy, Maurade (rhymes with Parade), Emma and Kloe those are all my favorite girl names. Good luck with the naming and the next 9 weeks!ReplyCancel

  • karen - I love the name Glory for a girl. My grandkids have unusual names. A girl, Nova. Another girl, Sayler. My Grandson is Grayson. Another grandaughter is Melody. For a boy I like Jonah and Drew. Other boys names I love are Israel, Jericho, and Shepard. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - I love the name June!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - What a fun list!!! Can’t wait to find out who that sweet little one is! πŸ™‚

    Girl’s names….Everly/Evie, Avonlea, Ellis, Laney. Several people mentioned Tessa. That would be so cute with your other names.ReplyCancel

  • Krista - Long time reader, first time commenter. Could you combine all the names and come up with something. Like Cliff (haha) or Gracie or GloriaReplyCancel

  • Linda - I like old names like Margaret Grace, Susan Rose, Thomas, James, Jack.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I love how you choose verses for each child. Which made me think of Lydia Ruth. I love both of their character qualities.ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Boys: Jace, Branen, or Maddox
    Girls: Alivia, Emersyn, AdysenReplyCancel

  • Jen - I haven’t seen this one in the comments yet! πŸ˜‰ We have a daughter Kerigan, and I LOVE it! We have gotten tons of compliments on it, it is very unique but cute too! I am partial to last names for first names (Kerrigan would be the last name, but I did one “r” so it was more like a first name). Our son is Andrew (Drew). Also, I loved Maggie and Sadie for girls. I think Henry sounds cute with your boys names! πŸ˜‰ Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • lucy - Lucy is an excellent choice. Speaking from personal experience. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Amy W. - My little girl is Wynn–of course my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Becki - Zeke for a boy and Ruby for a girl πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lane - Miriam, Alice, Mae

    Those are a few of my current favorites! My two girls are Ellington and Finley.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Apple - Piper, Teagan and Haven for girl.
    Gabriel, Brady and Oliver for boy. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - I like Lilia. It is Ukranian I believe…at least that is where I have heard it used from.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - I like for a girl Maisie or Sadie.ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Nelson - I think Paige Joelle (or Joelle Paige) would be lovely to honor Cora and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Selah πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - My kids’ names are Elisa Ray, Reece Jefferson and Lindy Sue. All have family meanings behind them (except Elisa- her name came from a book!). One of my favorites for a girl has always been Blythe and I love Shiloh for a boy.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I like Gretel and Evany for girl names.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - Claire ElizabeithReplyCancel

  • Kimmie - Eleanor

  • Jenny - Girl- Josie, Ruby, Lila, Amelia
    Boy- Caleb, Jonah, Colin

    SO excited for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - I’ve followed your blog for many years and can’t wait to ‘meet’ the newest baby mac!
    Some name ideas:
    Eloise, Elise, Elsie, Holly, Olive, Olivia, Lily, Mila, Amelie, Janey
    I think a pretty name would be lovely if you have a girl.

    I don’t know if it’s planned, but I love that your kids each have their own initial.ReplyCancel

  • claire k - Julia, Margaret, Florence, Hazel, June (if born in June), Karina, Ellory, Kendall, Phoebe, Madilyn, Allison, Marion, GraceReplyCancel

  • Kayte Bush - Rose,Violet…Flynn or Finn are some of my faves :)You look beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Nikina - EmmaReplyCancel

  • Kanngie - Avonlea (short a, short o, lee)ReplyCancel

  • Kanngie - Avonlea is for a girl
    Declan or Brody for a boyReplyCancel

  • Tracy - For a girl, how about Daphne? Elise? Brenna is a pretty name and sounds nice with your last name! You could do Sage or Grace as a middle name. For a boy, we always liked Spencer, Wesley, Bradley or Charles but had all girls! Can’t wait for the introduction of baby Mac #4! Think of you and your sweet family daily!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Gable
    Jed, Jedidiah

  • Marcie - My favorite girl name right now is Tessa. We just had boy #3 in March, so we didn’t get to use the name.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Behan - I love Isabella, you could shorten it to Izzy or Bella if you wanted. It’s beautiful and pretty.. I have a daughter Darcey Isobel. Love her name for us. Good luck. It’s a precious time.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Behan - I love Isabella, you could shorten it to Izzy or Bella if you wanted. It’s beautiful and pretty.. I have a daughter Darcey Isobel. Love her name for us. Good luck. It’s a precious and wonderful time.ReplyCancel

  • emma - I love Clara, Charlotte, and Audrey. I am also very partial to Josie which means, “God will add” and “God is gracious”.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - Also… I have heard the name Karis (pronounced care-iss), which means “grace”ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Boy names: Harrison, Grayson, Reed, Jared and Dean.
    Girl names: Paisley, Briar, Robin, Daisy and Tessa!

    Oh how I miss it was me getting to name another sweet little one. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you enter the home stretch. Much love!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Zydonis - When we adopted our little boys 2 summers ago we chose Levi (because we loved why you chose that name and the scripture you chose to pray over him for his life! πŸ™‚ his middle name is Tru… Levi Tru. We also have Daniel Josiah, Kymberlee Ruth Wei and David Gregory. Of course I love all their names! πŸ™‚ Some of their friends names that are so cute are Kemper, Samuel, Kale, Jude for boys and Lucy, Elizabeth (Lizzy), Ruby, Karis for girls. Names are so fun! I know you will pick perfectly and your new baby will grow into it very well. God bless your next 9 weeks, delivery and this next beautiful family adventure!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Duncan - We loved the name Avery for a girl.

    I also love Ellie, Everly, Monroe, and I love classic names like Charlotte, Cordelia (Delia), Adelyn (Addie), and one of my favorite bloggers named her daughter Hadassah and calls her Haddie and I just love that.

    Congratulations on hitting 31 weeks! I can’t wait to see what you’re having!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Marisa Quinn – in my 20’s I wanted a baby girl. And Marisa Quinn was going to be her name. Never had a baby, but I’m still (after all these years) in love with this sweet name. Wishing you and your precious family the very best now and always.

    Blessings – DebbieReplyCancel

  • jenn - My daughter’s name is London.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Elliott Sloan (boy or girl). If we had a girl, we would call her Elli πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • khristy - Sarah Kathryn
    Thomas NeelyReplyCancel

  • Monica - We had a hard time coming up with a name for our third born as well! And it was funny because the girl’s name was much harder to figure out after two boys! The name we finally chose was Annalise which means “blessed by God’s bounty”. Her birth was very quick and my husband had to catch her which makes having a girl and a name with strong meaning that much more special! I don’t hear of too many Annalise’s and we live MILES away in Ontario, so no worries of copy-ing! πŸ˜€ (also there are variations of the spelling!)ReplyCancel

  • Jeannine - We have a Sophie, Ella, Abbie, Levi, and Luke. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Such fun comments!!! We have a Laney and if we had another girl we would’ve used Violet. I love, love hearing what pregnant women are naming their babies! I’m sure you won’t share until after the birth but I’m excited to hear!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Emerson or AmeliaReplyCancel

  • casey w - My kids are Lelah (pronounced Lee-la) and Grant. Both are greatgrandparent names. I also loved Clara and Helen for girls and Henry, Walter and Clifton for boys which are also all family names for us. Theodosia and Medical (crazy right!?) were also from the family tree but somehow didn’t make it to the short list. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Wakely - Hi Jess. I’ve been following your blog now for about a year. On March 16 2013, my firstborn daughter, Amelie Grace, was stillborn at 37 weeks gestation. A friend recommended your blog to me, and I found comfort in reading about your Cora. I fell in love with your little girl… I think she’s just beautiful! And so also, I fell in love with her name. 11 months after giving birth to my Amelie, God blessed us with a second daughter, Cora (Joy)- the name I fell in love with because of your sweet girl. She was born Feb 13 2014- now 3.5 months. So if you have a second little girl, I am recommending the name Amelie. It means industrious or hard-working, but I only chose it only because I thought it sounds so beautiful. Grace because even though she died before we got to say Hello, she was and is a gift we never deserved whom we look forward to spending eternity with. We so look forward to introducing our Cora to her sister, and meeting your sweet Cora. Al this to say, if you have another daughter and like the name Amelie, we’d be honoured for you to use it. Praying your pregnancy and labour go smoothly.ReplyCancel

  • Frankie Wofford - Love the name Nora, May be too close to your sweet Cora’s name. But I think it’s a beautiful name.ReplyCancel

  • Tay from Australia - Hi Jess – I have been thinking about what to post here for a while, and I can only think of the name Paige if you have a little girl. For obvious reasons. I can’t wait to hear about your new bundle <3ReplyCancel

  • Jen Harnett - Lydia, Ruth, Stella, Madeline, Meredith or Saffron (which is my favourite and our daughter’s name) πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Alaina - Congratulations on Baby Mac #4. I have been reading your blog shortly after you had beautiful Cora and have followed your blog ever since. You are such a beautiful witness of God’s love and grace.(just wanted you to know).
    Regarding baby names, I had 3 boys, Connor, Weston and Colton, but i also like Nolan, Noah, Aiden and Josiah. Girls names: Nora, Adalyn, Anika. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - My youngest grand daughter’s name is Maven. I think it’s very feminine and not overly common. I’ve also always loved the name Natalie.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Ekberg Bruffett - Jess, been following you for a while. I am a cousin of your grandpa B. what about Lucinda. sure you will figure this out:).ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Girls: Ellie Anna; Hope ElizabethReplyCancel

  • Celine - There are way too many comments to scroll through them all, so I apologize if these are duplicates.
    My daughter’s name is Makenna, and my sons names are Oliver and Kaius (pronounced Ky-us). Other names I liked for girls were Esmee, Lynnea, Lilah, Livia, Berlin, Brielle. For boys I also liked Arie, Pierce, Casper, Atley, Bowen, and Reif.
    Good luck deciding!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Avery (boy or girl)
    Brynn (girl)
    Sawyer (boy)

    Excited to see what the baby’s name will be!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judith - We have a Levi, Jack, Heidi Cora, & Lucy. We love the classic old fashion simple names πŸ™‚ Love seeing how the Lord has brought beauty from ashes. Your testimony is encouraging and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Girl: Macy or Lucy
    Boy: Hunter or BriceReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Well, I am partial to Paisley.ReplyCancel

  • Alli - We have a Griffin who is 4. His sisters are Ava and Sarah-Tate! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Fran - My 1 year old grand daughter is Ellery Claire. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - I have a Macie. I think it flows with the others. I also like Caroline in the mix. Cora and Caroline sounds really cute together.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney R - Tessa is my personal fave (and my daughter’s name!)…

    Or, how about Lena, Lucia, Camille, Maren, Ayla or Anya?

    Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - We have an Allie!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Mc - For a girl, how about something with the same initials as Cora….something to share with her sister – Courtney, Cambria, Cathleen, Catherine and Piper, Pearl, Peace….. might be a nice subtle yet meaningful connection πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - So exciting!
    I have always loved Gavin, Aiden or Levi. and for girls, Stella, Eva, Ellie and Maya.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I love Jack or Grace.
    Sending lots of love!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - I haven’t seen Tatum on any of the posts yet (although with so many posts, I could’ve easily missed it). We never found out gender so our last baby was going to be Trevor or Tatum. We ended up with Trevor and, as much I love my little boy, I was always a bit sad that I never got to use Tatum.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Hi from Australia =] The name here filling nurseries is Amelie. It is of course French but no doubt soon we will be claiming it as our own but we can share!ReplyCancel

  • Laqueta - I love the name of Hailey Danielle.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Love the name Emma Grace or Jackson. Love you blog page. Praying for a health baby girl or boy and a health and quick labor for you. Prayers to you whole family.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Anderson - My kids are Gage, Sienna, and Annika. Prayers for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Briar

  • Becky Z - We have 3 girls/3 Boys. We love older names. Cora was actually one of our names for our 3rd daughter, we ended up deciding on Amelia Hope, but love Cora! Our names are:
    Annah Claire
    Lola Elizabeth
    Amelia Hope

    Jackson Andrew
    Brody Thomas
    Hank WilsonReplyCancel

  • Linn - Kharrie (car-ee)

  • KHorn - I love all my girl’s names: Riley, Claire & EmersonReplyCancel

  • Katrina - We have a Hope, Maddie, and Elise which obviously we love. Other ideas to go with your names: Jane or Jack, Emma or Ezra, Kate or Knox, Suzannah or Silas. Many blessings as you prepare to welcome your little miracle!ReplyCancel

  • Diann - We have a big family with 6 boys and 4 girls. One of my favorite names that we have is Siena.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - My little girls are named Carly Makenna and Abby Rene. I also love the names Molly, Macy, Rae (like this for a middle name) and Brynn. Good luck with everything….can’t wait to see pics of your new little one!ReplyCancel

  • RB - Cecily


  • RB - I meant Flynn, not Finn (Too close to Griffin)ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - You look beautiful! Our last girl name was Arabella, but we had a boy. I still love it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Staci Amy - I Love Camille and Briggs…I just adore you by the way…I rarely comment but your family is just precious! Good luck! Whatever you decide will be PERFECT!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Meredith GraceReplyCancel

  • Holly - I have a Stella Grace so I would vote for that, but I also love the name Isla which I think goes with your boys name better. Best of luck in choosing a name. I am from Wray, CO and have been following your story for years and wish Gods Blessings on your family.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - Claire, Brynlee & Ella for girls
    I have a Drake & a Baylor & due with my 3rd boy in September.

    I like Dryden, Weston, Clay & Briggs for boys! Good luck…We are struggling with naming ours too:)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - If our Paige had been a boy, the name would have been Cooper… I love Paige and Cooper. I also have a Parker and Alex so those are my favorites. I like Harper, Brynn and Lila too! Names are so fun but stressful too! Good luck to you and your sweet family – whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Lola and Nora are both very cuteReplyCancel

  • Shelly - I love Kaedyn, Tessa, Emerson, Celeste, Tara, Hadley, HavenReplyCancel

  • Stacy - My favorites:

    Girl – Jenna, Amelia, Nora

    Boy – Weston, Logan

    So excited for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Wilson - I love Lyndsie Katherine, for a girl and I have a son named Kyle therefore I am fond of that name for a boy. God BlessReplyCancel

  • Sara - Jack, Noah, Molly, EmilyReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I love that you are not finding out. We aren’t finding out this time. I have so many girl names and zero boy names. Oy!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette - My nieces are Meryl, Piper, and Emma…love them all.

    I would choose a 2 syllable name since Cora, Levi, and Griffin are all 2 syllables and 2 syllables goes well with your last name.

    Forgive me if this is a repeat comment…I didn’t read all of them.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I LOVE names!
    Boys: Noah, Jude, Eli, Jack or James
    Girls: Chloe, Lily, Faith, Joely, Hope, is a great baby name site. Happy naming!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - What about the name Erin for a girl. It means peace.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Matilda and call her Tilly πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Keri - For girls I love: Emersyn Denae
    Addison Grace
    Avery Kate

    For boys I love: Gannon, Cade, Levi, and Kaegan.

    Best of luck to you and your family! Gob Bless!ReplyCancel

  • christine - Love my girls name
    Tamara , Kaila and Ava Rose
    I really like the name Raven also.
    Boys name are harder .
    My son is Alex but I really like Liam or Tristan .ReplyCancel

  • Sharne - I like Remy, or Indie, Poppy, Grace, Mila, EdieReplyCancel

  • Robyn - Beau for a boy and Claire for a girl πŸ™‚ReplyCancel