Many here already know what I named my children and why, so I hope this isn't too boring, but for anyone who doesn't know, here goes.
I named my daughter Victoria Zoe. I had planned to give any daughter of mine the middle name Zoe since I was about fourteen years old, because it was my mother's name and my grandmother's middle name. I wanted to use it because it was a family name. I did't really like it at that time, but it was important to me to use it because of the family connection. Also, at that time, 1982, it was much more unusual than it is now, and I thought it was cool that we had such an unusual name in our family.
Her first name came about because I thought it was a beautiful name, just sounds beautiful and looks beautiful written out, is very ancient, it's cool that it was the name of the Roman goddess of victory, and I liked its historical connection to the Queen of England. Her nickname is Torrie. I thought that Victoria was too much of a mouthful to say on a regular basis, and I also think that it naturally lends itself to the nickname Vicky, and while I don't hate Vicky like so many people here do, I preferred Torrie because I think it's cute and jaunty, so we called her Torrie from the beginning. I had wanted to avoid an overly popular name for my daughter, and just preceding her birth the name was not overly popular, but it started to become more so right at that time. Still, Torrie says her name still stood out in her age group.
My son is named William James IV. My husband was William James III, he loved being named after his father and felt proud of it, and he had always wanted to name a son William James IV. This was all decided before we even got married. I might have objected to it, and I realize that many women would have, but I am strongly in favor of carrying on name traditions, so I didn't argue with it. William had never been my favorite boys' name, and still isn't, although I do like it, but if I hadn't happened to marry a William who wanted a William namesake, I know that I would not have named a son William. Also, it's been extremely popular for centuries and I normally want to avoid a popular name. But the honoring tradition in his family was way more important to me than how much I liked the name or how popular it is. I had known many Bills growing up, so there was no way I wanted Bill as a nickname. So we called him Will. I have since really come to adore the nickname Will, it's so handsome and masculine.
If I had to do it over again, I would not name them anything different.
Future siblings, I'm just not sure. After I'd had my daughter but before my son was born, I think I had it vaguely floating around my head that I'd name a second daughter Rebecca, because that was the first name my husband and I had agreed upon before I came up with Victoria. When I was pregnant with my son, I think that I must have had some feeling that it was a boy, because my husband and I didn't really discuss a girls' name much and still hadn't picked one at the time I went off to the hospital to have him. I remember mentioning Caitlin to my husband, and he said he liked it, but we hadn't settled on it, and now I'm glad I didn't have a second girl named Caitlin, because Katelynn and all that crap has become popular and I don't even feel that I like it much any longer. After we had our two children, we knew that we didn't want any more, so we never discussed future names.
Now my favorite names are Calanthia for a girl and Evander for a boy, but I know that I wasn't thinking of those names back then, so I can't say for sure that if I'd had a third child, it would have been one of those names. I just don't know, really.
But if somehow I had a third child now, which is impossible, but if I did, I feel that the names would be Calanthia Hazel (Hazel after my grandmother) nn Callie, and Evander Joseph (Joseph after my father).