A sister for Edith!

Our daughter Edith is 2 years old, and we just found out that our next baby girl, due in September is also a girl!  So I'm hoping for some naming advice. Our last name starts with a hard G and is 3 syllables long. Edith's middle name is Ann because that is my middle name, and my mother's middle name and my grandmother's middle name. I almost always call her Edith, but a lot of people (including my husband) mostly call her Edie.

I've recently been in love with the name Louise (or maybe Louisa?) as a sister name for Edith. Do you think it's a good fit? I'm particularly excited about the nickname "Lou" for a little girl. But maybe I'm just pregnant and crazy ;) We have absolutely zero leads on middle names, so are there any suggestions for what middle name could we use? I don't want her initials to spell a word, so most vowel middles are out (aka LAG, LEG, LOG, LUG).

Also open to other sister-names for Edith because my husband is currently hesitatant on Louise/Louisa!


May 21, 2018 1:57 PM

I love Louisa for you! I also just love the name in general ;) I think Edith and Louisa are both very classic and charming. I would not at all be surprised to hear this pairing for sisters. If your husband isn't sold, perhaps these other names in a similar vein would be a good fit:

Clara, Olive, Rosalie/Rose/Rosa, Flora, Pearl, Violet, Stella


As far as middle names, that one is a bit trickier. I tend to like family names, and I think since you already gave your older daughter a family middle name, maybe digging around for other family names you like would be a good start.

May 21, 2018 3:42 PM

I prefer Louisa, and I like simple middle names like Marie (okay, I’m biased because that’s my middle name, but I think it works with Louisa). I think Louisa goes well with Edith. 

I think I’d dig around for family name ideas for a middle name, like someone else suggested. the Only other thing that comes to mind (and isn’t a vowel) is Mae, but I think that’s because of Louisa Mae Alcott (not sure if she spells it May or Mae, but you get the point). I actually think it’s cute, but it’s a Little southern and literally a famous persons whole double name.

May 21, 2018 4:59 PM

I think Louise/Louisa is a great fit as a sister name for Edith, and I also like Lou as a nickname. 

For middle names I agree with everyone else that it would be nice if she also got some kind of family name in the middle spot given that Edith has one with such meaning. I think it would be awesome if she shared your husband's middle name, assuming he has one; if there's not a direct female variant (or if it starts with one of the letters you're trying to avoid) it may be possible to find one related to it somehow, people here are great at ideas for that sort of thing if you were interested. Alternatively you could use your maiden name as her middle or use your husband's mother's middle name or really any name of a relative that's important to one of you.

As far as other suggestions that have a similar 'feel' for me to pair well with Edith; Beatrice, Agnes, Margot, Lydia, Ruth, Erin, Nancy, Alice, Vera, Violet, Mabel, Harriet

May 21, 2018 5:42 PM

Louise/a goes great with Edith.  June, Ruth, Maeve, Willa, Opal, and Harriet also come to mind (without checking previous suggestions).

I agree with everyone who thinks you should look for another family name for the middle (or at least something with personal significance / a story).  I think it's best to be consistent amongst siblings with this sort of thing, as much as possible.

May 21, 2018 6:13 PM

Edith Ann immediately calls to mind Lily Tomlin, so I of course thought of the name Lily. I think either Lillie or Lillian would work well with Edith (as would Louise and Louisa). Congratulations!

May 22, 2018 10:38 AM

I really want to see an Edith and Irene sibset. Absolutely not what you're looking for, but sometimes ideas out of left field wind up working, I've found.

May 22, 2018 10:56 AM

I think Louisa goes well.  for mn are they any family names to use? 


other names - Beatrice, Mabel, Alice, Beatrix, Margo, Sybil, Hazel, Lillian, Mary, Sybil, Dorothy, Rosemary, Clara, Olive, Cecily, Celia, Ursula, Ivy, Ruth

May 22, 2018 4:56 PM

This is pretty much a list of names I've considered (my daughter Ivy has Edith as a middle name), so I'll throw out the missing link to my list -- Florence.

May 28, 2018 9:58 PM

Louisa Beatrix, Louisa Ruth, Louisa Margo

Louise Mabel, Louise Clara, Louise Rosemary

^all great options

May 28, 2018 9:56 PM

I love Edith with Louise or Louisa!


Louisa May/Mae could be a nice tribute (Louisa May Alcott).

Louisa Pearl

Louisa Jane

Louisa Joy

Louisa Kate

Louisa Camille

Louisa Ruby

Louisa Vivian


Louise Harriet

Louise Rochelle

Louise Claudia

Louise Francesca

Louise Georgia

Louise Genevieve

Louise Naomi


May 29, 2018 7:40 AM

I agree that Edith and Louisa is delightful.  Go for it!

If you are really grooving on Lou as a nickname but your partner not so crazy about it, there are other ways to get to that name. I love Mary Lou (posh French variant: Marilou).  There is also Emmylou / Emmalou, Louelle / Louella, Lucinda, Luanne, Luanda, etc.  Lots of potential mashup names with Lu / Lou as well (a la Avalou)

June 2, 2018 1:55 PM

I have three daughters; Edith is my youngest. 

My girls are Olive, Mabel & Edith. 

Edith’s middle name is Florence. 

If you love the Louise/Louisa options have you considered Eloise? Of the two Lousie and Louisa I think that Louisa is much more in sync with Edith, but I personally love Eloise and think it sounds perfect with Edith and might work for your partner? Both have a light feel and are both sophisticated and elegant with that wonderfully vintage whimsical feel. 

If we were to have more girls my favourites would be Violet (I know an Edie and Violet sibset), Margot (so elegant and I love punchie m names),  had I not have used it as a middle name Florence, and also Iris. 

I have a friend with a baby Louisa, and she is mostly known as Lou Lou. If you are set on it that might be a way of positioning the name to your partner? Eloise could also be shortened to that, Lou or simply El. 

Good luck choosing. 

June 2, 2018 2:35 PM

Point to note, if you put Eloise into the search engine on this page and bring up the main name description and look at personal experiences, other motjers of Eloises’ have said that they use lulu as a nickname so Lou is a sure bet too! 

June 6, 2018 6:43 AM

I think that Adelaide and Idella go beautifully with Edith.