FIVE NAMES MY CHILD WAS ALMOST CALLED
I was always very taken with the name Marianne from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. For whatever reason I was convinced it would be pronounced Mariann-uh, and decided that to get something similar I would have to use the spelling Marianna - otherwise it would be a silent 'e' all the way. It's actually a more common name than I imagined; there were 27 Mariannas born in 2017, compared to just 11 [Nanny] Wendys.
Still, even though I was set on Marianna right from the beginning of the pregnancy, here are a few potential alternatives that almost made the grade...
First choice boy's name, after my granddad. Anthony Jr was dismissed out of hand.
My favourite boy's name until an inconsiderate cousin stole it for their offspring!
Back in school this was the name I would give my future daughter.
This was Anthony's favourite girls' name. As I was the one incubating and birthing the baby this did not influence the decision.
Possibly with Christopher alongside it...