The Name Game

AUTHOR: | POSTED: July 5, 2011 | COMMENTS: 83 Comments
CATEGORIES: Daddy on The Fly, The Babies!,

Sean Savage

A couple of weeks ago Carolyn asked me out for a nice dinner. As we sat at the table she pulled out a piece of paper and a pen and said “Tonight we name the babies!”  I should have known this scenario could unfold as she pulled the same trick about a year ago when we spent an entire night out trying to name our book. The ultimate title, Inconceivable, didn’t come to us that night and I was fairly certain that we wouldn’t come up with names for our girls during this night out either.   You see, the fact is, I’ve avoided the naming subject for months because my theory about naming our kids has always been “You have to see the baby to name him/her”.

 I believe my angst over names stems from my childhood.  When I was born my parents named me Shawn.  When I was five my parents traveled to Ireland where they learned that “Sean” translates to “John”, my father’s name.  Upon their return, they legally changed the spelling of my name which wouldn’t have been such a traumatic turn of events if I hadn’t just learned to write it.    

 Then there was the delivery room scene at our oldest’s birth.  Just minutes after he was born, I remember the labor and delivery nurse asking us what his name was.   Carolyn and I look at each other, not having reached a definitive conclusion, and Carolyn said “Andrew Sean Savage”.  I liked the name but then flashed forward thirteen years visualizing my son as the butt of many jokes because his initials were ASS.  Needless to say, his middle name is “John”. 

 Coming up with names for our daughters has proven to be tough.  Our list is somewhat limited because of my huge family.  And, naming twin girls with names that balance one another is a difficult task.  We don’t want them to rhyme and we have no requirement about them having the same initials.  We just want them to sound good together when we are shouting for them in the back yard or on the soccer field. They also have to sound good with the middle names we have chosen…Linda (for Carolyn’s mother) and Jennifer (for obvious reasons.) 

 Last week I burst through the door from work and announced to Carolyn, “I have the names!”  She turned around with a surprised look on her face.  I said, “Rita and Margo”  .  She crinkled her nose not understanding. So I reversed the order and said “Margorita” as I grabbed the tequila and blender from the cupboard.  I thought it was funny but I think she was annoyed.    

 So, we don’t have names for our daughters yet.  They are due in about six weeks, so time is running short.  If you have any suggestions please send them along.  To help you channel your creativity, there is a list of names below that we can’t use because either we don’t like them, or they are already taken by a family member or close friend.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions.

 We Can’t Name Them…

Kristen

Katie

Gretchen

Meredith

Megan

Kerigan

Lauren

Teagan

Olivia

Emily

Elizabeth

Margo

Rita

Maria

Mia

Hailey

Lily

Emma

Ellie

Mary

Abigail

Eliza

Eden

83 Comments on “ The Name Game ”

  • Barb M. | July 5th, 2011 8:51 am

    I was going to suggest Leah and Ellie as they are my girls’ names. Leah and Ellen (our Ellie’s actual name) is a possibility! 🙂
    A friend just named her baby girl Kaelyn and another friend has Ava and Delaney.

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:44 am

    Barb,
    Thank you so much for reaching out with your suggestions today. We will keep you posted as we continue to consider names.

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  • Patti | July 11th, 2011 7:48 am

    I have a granddaughter named Cordelia, it is very unusual. Just a suggestion
    Sorry I don’t have 2 names.
    I just read your book and happy to hear your news, you have been blessed!

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  • Sean Savage | July 15th, 2011 10:28 am

    Patti,
    Thank you for taking the time to read our book. Carolyn and I are very blessed. The babies should be arriving in the next three weeks.

    Keep in touch!

    Sean

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  • Kim Francis | July 27th, 2011 11:13 am

    I like the names Karrington & Rylee.

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  • Sean Savage | August 1st, 2011 9:09 am

    Hi Kim. Thank you for the ideas. We have a niece and nephew with very similar names. Delievery day is getting oh so close!

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  • Jeannie | July 27th, 2011 4:15 pm

    I barely named my one little girl, I would be overwhelmed to try to name 2 of them! I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your book. You guys are such an inspration with your example. I could have never handled things with the grace you did,

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  • Sean Savage | August 1st, 2011 9:14 am

    Jeannie,
    I am not sure anyone knows how they will handle something until they are launched into the situation. We have received so much support and help as evidenced in our book. A new chapter is about to be written and we are so excited.

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  • Anne | July 5th, 2011 8:55 am

    Amelia and Anna (updated versions of your favorite cousins Amy & Anne)

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:46 am

    Anne,
    Very funny and interesting at the same time. Carolyn and I hope to see you soon.

    Sean

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  • cassie | July 5th, 2011 9:15 am

    Faith and Grace

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  • Margaret | July 5th, 2011 10:15 am

    I really like the Faith and Grace idea after all that’s happened.

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:54 am

    Margaret,
    Yes, Faith and Grace are certainly intertwined with our story.

    Sean

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:47 am

    Cassie,
    Faith and Grace are beautiful names. They definitely fit our situation quite well. Will keep you posted. Thank you for the suggestions.

    Sean

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  • Virginia | July 5th, 2011 9:23 am

    Marley and/or Macey and/or Molly
    Adrianne and Alivia (my cousin used this instead of Olivia!)
    Charlotte
    Norah
    Vivian (Vivienne)

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:49 am

    Virginia,
    Very unique names. We are trying to come up with two names which will be connected in some manner.

    Sean

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  • Sara Kraus | July 5th, 2011 9:42 am

    Allison (Alyson) Linda
    Aubrey Jennifer
    Christina Jennifer
    Marissa Jennifer
    Rachel Linda

    And Sara has worked out pretty good for me (=

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:51 am

    Sara,
    Thank you for the name ideas. We will keep you posted on this process as it unfolds.

    Sean

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  • Margare Sargood | July 5th, 2011 10:07 am

    The name I suggest is Amanda. This is my daughters name. I also like the nickname “Mandy”. The meaning of the name Amanda is Worthy Of Love.
    My daughter is definitely worth of love and yours will be too!

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:52 am

    Margare,
    Amanda is a pretty name. Thank you for the background meaning behind the name. I wish you well.

    Sean

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  • Nicole | July 5th, 2011 10:09 am

    My daughters names (not Twins) Kinzley Nicole and Alexia Loralei

    I personally love their names. I get so many compliments on my oldest daughters name and it is not common at all.

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:53 am

    Nicole,
    You definitely were creative in your name picking. Those are beatiful names.

    Thanks for the suggestions as we continue to move closer to the due date.

    Sean

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  • Michele | July 5th, 2011 10:35 am

    We have a Delaney. It worked well when she was younger and it just fits her as she becomes a teenager. I think it is very special that you are using Jennifer’s name as a middle name for one of your girls. Three of my surrogate children have my middle name as their middle names. That meant a lot to me when the parents told me what they were doing. Good luck with the name game. We had a hard time just trying to choose a name for a little stray kitten we found over the weekend.

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  • Sean Savage | July 5th, 2011 10:55 am

    Michele,
    What a blessing you are to those other families. I am sure they wake up every day grateful for all you have done.

    Sean

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  • Julie | July 5th, 2011 11:18 am

    My husband’s family is Irish with a unique last name. We picked names that are strong that I could imagine my girls introducing themselves with a strong handshake a confident women. They are: Kelsey and Caitlyn.

    Blessings to your family!

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:31 pm

    Julie,
    I am from a large Irish family and appreaciate your suggestions. I hope you enjoyed the book.

    Sean

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  • cathy olshesky | July 5th, 2011 11:49 am

    sean, ilike sophie and lucy

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:32 pm

    Hi Cathy,
    Sophie is getting a great deal of attention right now. Will keep you posted.

    Sean

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  • Denise Stump | July 5th, 2011 12:17 pm

    Hi Sean & Carolyn,

    Absolutely love reading your blog. Here are a few names I have always loved—-
    Ava, Maddie (Madlyn) and Lilia. Best wishes for your family as you will soon grow by 2. Keep us posted!!! Denise

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:33 pm

    Denise,
    We are getting very excited! Your input is so appreciated. I hope you enjoyd the book.

    Sean

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  • Cherry | July 5th, 2011 12:29 pm

    Raygan Jennifer & Kynnedi Linda

    Bailee Jennifer & Ryann Linda

    Guess you can tell I am into unusual names and different spellings.

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:34 pm

    Cherry,
    I am a fan of Raygan. Bailee and Ryann are taken up and off limits. Thank you for responding.

    Sean

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  • Katie | July 5th, 2011 12:31 pm

    Our daughter’s names are Jessica and Rebekah. They go well together but not sure how they go with your middle names. We chose them for several reasons but one reason was that they both shorten to beautiful nicknames, Jess or Jessie and Becky. Our girls are 5 and 20 months and are blessings from the Lord! Can’t wait to see pictures of your bundles of joy! I loved your book btw!

    Katie

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:36 pm

    Katie,
    Thank you so much for your comment on the book. Congratulations on your daughters. You must have your hands full!! Thanks for the name ideas.

    Sean

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  • Tasha Uland | July 5th, 2011 10:25 pm

    Just finished your book last week…It was awesome. You both are special people. My husband and I have six children. Four girls and two boys… the oldest is Ellery and the youngest is Emilin. Emilin is adopted from China. She has been home almost a year. Ellery was going to be Maggie until she was born…then she just looked like an Ellery and Emilin was supposed to be named Emily and when we got her Chinese referral her Chinese name was Fu Lin Ting…not crazy about the Fu but we incorporated the Lin into her American name. Crazy enough her Chinese nickname was Ting-ting and it so fits her. That’s my suggestion Ellery and Emilin. 🙂

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:37 pm

    Tasha,
    Congratulations on your family!! YOur input is appreciated. Carolyn and I really appreciate your compliments and on your support of our book Inconceivable.

    We will keep you posted. Stay in touch.

    Thanks!
    Sean

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  • Lindsay | July 6th, 2011 1:36 pm

    Sean and Caryolyn,
    I literally just finished your book and was reading the end and saw that you have created this website- I am looking forward to keeping up with your beautiful family and your 2 bundle of joys that are about to join you.

    As far as names- I choose these because I feel it represents what you both stand for:
    Brianna- high, noble, exalter, or strong
    Bella- Devoted to God

    All the Best,
    Lindsay

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  • Lindsay | July 6th, 2011 1:37 pm

    Sorry I meant Carolyn not Caryolyn 🙂

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:39 pm

    no problem!!!!

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:39 pm

    Lindsay,
    I love names that have a meaning behind them. Thank you for the ideas. We need to decide soon! I hope you enjoyed the book.

    Please keep in contact.
    Thanks!
    Sean

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  • MJ | July 7th, 2011 6:09 am

    Congratulations on your twins, I hope all continues to go as planned! Here are some suggestions:

    Charlotte Linda Savage
    Grace Jennifer Savage
    Annabel Jennifer Savage
    Eleanor Linda Savage
    Madeline Jennifer Savage
    Vivienne Linda Savage
    Victoria Jennifer Savage
    Georgia Jennifer Savage
    Matilda Jennifer Savage
    Emma Jennifer Savage
    Chelsea Linda Savage
    Sophia Linda Savage
    Lila Jennifer Savage

    The middle names could be swapped around in some cases. I mainly focused on the first and last names sounding good together as that is what is used 99% of the time. 🙂

    Best wishes

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:41 pm

    MJ,
    You have given us many names to consider! Grace and Sophia are definitly on our list to consider. I hope you enjoyed our book. Please keep in contact.

    Sean

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  • Gretchen | July 7th, 2011 5:09 pm

    How about Charlotte and Francesca…and they can be “Charlie” and “Frankie” if you want nicknames. Best of luck to you and your family in this exciting time!

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:43 pm

    Gretchen,
    Your suggestions are unique and we appreciate your message. The due date is coming soon.

    Sean

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  • Cindy | July 7th, 2011 9:50 pm

    What about Aliya, Ainsley, Grace, Isabella or Marlise.

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:46 pm

    Cindy,
    Beautiful names. We will keep you posted.

    Sean

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  • Maria Awad | July 7th, 2011 10:26 pm

    Amelia and Sophie/a – my daughters name is Amelia… If we are lucky enough to have another girl- she will be Sophia.

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  • Sean Savage | July 8th, 2011 2:47 pm

    maria,
    Those names are on our list. Best of luck in pursuet of more children.

    Seanj

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  • Holly | July 9th, 2011 5:24 pm

    Irelynn and Makenzie?

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  • Ulrike | July 10th, 2011 1:21 am

    I named my twins: Sophia Marie and Marie Sophia (because they are so connected to
    each other, I felt that they should be connected through their names).

    Good luck with your name search.

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  • jnjs_mom | July 12th, 2011 4:24 pm

    Rylynn and Ansleigh

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  • Sean Savage | July 15th, 2011 10:29 am

    Thanks for sending us your recommended names. We have a son Ryan. Do you think Rylynn is too close to Ryan?

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  • tracy | July 12th, 2011 7:25 pm

    I like Faith and Grace but not sure how they sound with Jennifer and Linda…
    I too like Delaney, Nicholas would have been Delaney if he had been a girl…

    There is always Mackena … LOL

    Tracy

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  • Samantha | July 13th, 2011 11:38 pm

    Samantha
    Brooke
    Madison
    Laura Lee (first name)
    Bella Marie

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  • Sean Savage | July 15th, 2011 10:32 am

    Thank you for the ideas Samantha. Madison is a great choice and I have always liked that name. Keep in touch!

    Sean

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  • Michelle G. | July 18th, 2011 4:12 pm

    What about using the middle names as first names and then give them nicknames? My suggestions would be

    Linda Faith (call her Linnie)
    and
    Jennifer Hope (call her Jennie)

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:10 am

    Hi Michelle,
    We had not though about flipping the names. Now we have that option to discuss as well! Thank you for the suggestions. Keep praying for these babies.

    Sean

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  • AJ | July 18th, 2011 5:15 pm

    I just finished reading your book and am amazed at your story. I just had my first baby – a little girl – four weeks ago, and I can’t even begin to imagine how hard your situation was. I am so impressed by your family’s faith & courage & selflessness. The world needs more people like you. Thank you for your examples and for sharing your story.

    Also, here are some girl names that I liked but didn’t use (I named my daughter Ellery). Alivia, Alayne, Eleanor, Paisley, Journey, Marilee, Cameron, Romney. I am praying for your sweet twin girls!

    AJ

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:15 am

    AJ,
    Thank you so much for your amazing words about our book and journey (feel free to share on Amazon). Carolyn and I were helped by so many people and your comments really keep us going! We are just ordinary people trying to work through life as best we can.

    Thank you for your prayers. Please share with others so we can get as many prayers coming to the twins as possible in the comig days! God Bless!

    Sean

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  • Kristen | July 20th, 2011 5:05 pm

    Sarah Jennifer Savage

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:15 am

    Kristen,
    Than name has a great ring to it. Thank you for sharing.

    Sean

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  • Elizma Anthonissen | July 22nd, 2011 8:28 am

    Hi Sean, I am from South Africa and just saw an insert on tv about your story, so I visited your website. I am definitely going to get your book! We also struggled with secondary infertility and with alot of praying, God blessed us with twins(born 3 weeks ago)! About the names; our girl’s name is Isabella, meaning God’s oath; unfortunately thats the only name I can help you with, because our other little one is a boy! Enjoy the arrival of your new babies!
    God bless you and your family
    Elizma

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:18 am

    Elizma,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to us. If you can send us a link to the tv program we would greatly appreciate it! You can pick up our book on Amazon.

    Congratulations on the birth of your twins. What a blessing! Thank yoou for your continued prayers and please share with others so we can get as many prayers as possible in these final days before birth.

    God Bless,

    Sean

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  • Amanda | July 23rd, 2011 8:54 pm

    Hi Sean! I think you and Carolyn should name the girls Olivia and Emily!! I have 2.5 year old twin boys and I picked each set of names out way in advance and for the girls names I had chosen Olivia and Emily, they are unique names but common and they would go wonderfully with the middle names of Jennifer and Linda! Good luck with naming them!

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:20 am

    Amanda,
    Thank you for the sggestions. We would be in BIG trouble is we named our daughters Emily and Olivia. We have two nieces by those beautiful names. They are on the list we are not able to use.

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us!

    Sean

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  • Carolyn Savage | July 27th, 2011 10:28 am

    Hi Amanda, Thaks for your kinds words. We love the names Olivia and Emily! I guess we love them even more because we have two nieces named Olivia and Emily! They are beautiful names!

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  • Amanda | July 23rd, 2011 8:59 pm

    Also in my last post I forgot to say that I just finished your book! I cried the entire length of the book and some afterwards. you and your wife are tremendous heros and wonderful role models for your children and the rest of the world! I am sorry that your family has had to go through so much pain and tragedy, but I am so happy for the soon arrival of your twin girls. God bless you and your family, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!
    Amanda

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:22 am

    Amanda,
    Thank you for such amazing words. We are hardly worthy of such high praise. Thank you for your prayers. Please share with others so we can get as many prayers as possible in the coming days before the twins arrive.

    God Bless,

    Sean

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  • Linda Wright | July 25th, 2011 1:21 am

    Sean & Carolyn,
    I am a mom of 4. My oldest son is off to college in the fall, and my youngest, a baby girl, is just a couple of months younger than Logan.
    I just finished your book, and it has had a profound effect on me! You amaze & inspire me! My hometown is in Indiana, very close to Oxford, Ohio. I spent a lot of time there while you were attending Miami U!

    Now- for my contribution to the name list!
    Aislin (pronounced Ash-Lynn) This name is Irish, and means “Vision” or “Dream.”

    Wishing you & your wonderful family all the very best!
    Linda in Indiana

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:25 am

    Linda,
    Thank you so much for your praise of the book. We want to share so maybe we can be of help. We received trmendous help and support from so many people like you.

    Thank you for the name suggestion and meaning behind the name. It is beautiful.

    Please share our situation with others so we can get many prayers for the twins in the coming days!

    We have very fond memories of our days at Miami!

    Sean

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  • Dawn | July 25th, 2011 9:37 am

    I just finished your book LATE last night and I am in awe of you and your wife. You are good people and I cannot express the joy I am feeling now that I have read that Jennifer is pregnant with your daughters!! I cried when I read that she had miscarriaged and that your next tranfer didn’t work either. We have 3 children and worked VERY hard for them. In the end, we adopted #3 from Vietnam. It is SO easy to love a child that is not biologically yours. I understand where you were coming from. I can “feel” for you and your position. I just found out about the Morells book and will be ordering it today. I have an impression of them now, but am anxious to read their side. I will be looking at more of your blog. I wish you family ALL the best!!

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  • Sean Savage | July 25th, 2011 11:28 am

    Dawn,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to us. Your praise is humbling. We hope to touch many with the book.
    Please share our story with others you know so we can gather as many prayers for the twins in the coming days.

    We are really blessed to have supporters such as yourself who care enough to reach out and say hi.

    God Bless,

    Sean

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  • Leah | July 26th, 2011 7:38 pm

    Hi Sean and Carolyn! I can’t wait to hear the final names of your girls, naming is always so exciting. I am a fan of less traditional names, and my two favorite at the moment are Felicity and Penelope. They are old fashioned and so cute on new little ones.

    But I am also loving the suggestions of Faith, Hope or Grace! (the name Annie also means blessing)

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  • Sean Savage | August 1st, 2011 9:08 am

    Leah,
    Thank you for the suggestions. We are going to have to pick names soon with the arrival of the babies coming soon!

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  • Molly | July 27th, 2011 10:01 pm

    Just going to throw a couple of unusual ones out there. My daughters are Malloy and Maisey. Other contenders were Flannery and Hadley. I am partial to the name Molly as well 😉

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  • Sean Savage | August 1st, 2011 9:15 am

    Molly,
    Thank you for your interest and ideas. We need to name these little girls soon!

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  • Nana (of 18) | July 29th, 2011 11:09 pm

    Carolyn and Sean, I enjoyed your book so much and am so happy for you that you soon will have twins to grow up with Mary Kate and your older boys. I skimmed through the name suggestions and second the suggestion of Sophie. I have a darling 15 year old granddaughter named Sophia who mostly goes by Sophie. I love the name! My six granddaughters are:
    Sarah
    Catrina
    Emma
    Sophia/Sophie
    Miranda “Mira”
    Jane

    I love each of these names and recommend them all.

    We also have a dozen grandsons, including a set of 8-year-old twin boys named James and Andrew. I really like that name combination for the twins because of the subtle matching — both biblical names/disciples of Jesus, both names have a Scots connection (part of my ethnicity — James, kings of Scotland, and Andrew, patron saint of Scotland) — and yet each boy has his own first initial — very handy when putting a quick J or A on clothing items in the same size.

    I like the suggestion of Sophie and Lucy: Mary Kate, Sophie and Lucy make a fine sister trio. For the twins, I also like:
    Sophie and Jane
    Sophie and Emily (or Emilie)
    Sophie and Claire
    Sophie and Anna (or Annabel)
    Sophie and Nora(h)
    Sophie and Grace

    Best wishes!

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  • Sean Savage | August 1st, 2011 9:16 am

    Nana,
    Thank you for taking the time to reach out with us. I agree thatthere needs to be some form of connection between the names. We are going to name the girls after they are born. We are on pins and needles awaiting the call! Please keep in touch and thank you so much for your cmpliments on the book.

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  • Rebecca | August 2nd, 2011 12:26 pm

    I love the names Ruby and Georgia. I also think Hudson is beautiful. good luck with the names:) Looking forward to hearing your choices soon.

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  • Amanda LeVan | August 7th, 2011 7:49 pm

    Hi Carolyn and Sean, I read your book cover to cover one weekend and loved it! You are totally inspiring to people. I know this sounds crazy but why don’t you have your sons name your new twins? You could also have your families pick out some names and you could take a poll. Congratulations on the new girls!

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  • Allison | August 9th, 2011 1:34 am

    I just finished your book a few weeks ago, and it was such a wonderful and inspiring story from two very strong and loving people! I am so thrilled to see that you have a blog and are expecting twins-congratulations!! I am praying that all goes well for your family, as well as Jennifer and you have two healthy babies! As for names.. I may be a bit partial to some, but I work in Labor and Delivery, so I have some favorites!

    Ava
    Amelia
    Isabelle
    Alexandria
    Addison
    Brynn
    Layana
    Sadie
    McKenna
    Kennedy
    Gabriella
    Chloe
    Cassandra
    Claire

    I see that you like Grace… I know a Graceann which I have always liked. (But I can’t remember if Ann is okay or not!) I have also heard Hope and Faith for twins as well which seems fitting…or Adrianne and Audrey.

    Hopefully my list is not too long or too late.. good luck to you~you will all be in my prayers!

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  • Melanie | August 14th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Sean & Carolyn,

    I bought your book yesterday and spent the day reading it. I could hardly put it down to make dinner for my family. Very well written – I felt like I was with your family every step of the journey. I anxiously await the news of the twins’ arrival.

    As I was reading the book I noticed we have several things in common. My husbands name is Shawn and he is also a lefty. My two sons are named Drew (Andrew Shawn), and Ryan. As a child I lived in Monroe, MI and doctored in Toledo. My Ryan is ambidextrous and would like to know if your Ryan is too?

    I know the name game is now over but I wanted to suggest Allison (my daughter’s name).

    Thank you for sharing your story!

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  • Faith Garver | August 14th, 2011 1:42 pm

    I have always loved my name Faith and always knew that my parents had a special reason because they chose this name for me. They had faith that my father would come home from WWII safely. He did. I have relatives with complimentary names like: Joy ~ Hope
    Good luck to you both… amazing couple that you are.
    Faith

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