A Sister for Susanna and Clara

We have a name dilemma!  We are trying to name baby girl #3, a sister for Susanna Cate and Clara Rosemarie.  We want a name that fits with big sisters' but not too close (we never realized how close Susanna and Clara are--whoops!).  We also want a traditional name but not over-used (Susanna is a perfect example of that...classic, everyone knows it, but also everyone can say it).  Our last name is difficult to pronounce and spell.  We can't use names that start with a B or end in "-l."  


Here is our current list:


Charlotte or Lottie (I wish this weren't so popular...also, too close to Clara?)

Eliza (too close to Susanna?)



Louisa (too close to Susanna?)


Sylvie or Sylvia





Any other ideas would be appreciated!


July 17, 2017 4:00 PM

I love your girls' names! I love Felicity from your list -- I think it's the best fit; I also think Margaret's a great idea. Others that I'd suggest include Juliet, Lydia, Adelaide, Violet, Josephine, and Lucy. 

July 17, 2017 5:24 PM

Thanks for the ideas!  I also love Juliet but my husband doesn't. :(  Lydia and Josephine are already taken by cousins (lots of cousins...making it hard not to duplicate, but all of the cousins are very close in age so I'm trying not to overlap!)  I really like Violet, and maybe nickname Vivi!

July 17, 2017 4:34 PM

Felicity complements your girls' names beautifully without sounding too similar, and falls right into that sweet spot of known but uncommon.

July 17, 2017 5:24 PM

Thanks!  Felicity is my current fave too--but I was afraid it didn't fit with the other names.  Reassuring that other people think it goes well!

July 17, 2017 4:50 PM

Felicity was the name that jumped out at me from your list as well, I think it would be a great match for your other girls. I also like Louisa (I don't think it's too close to Susanna at all but if you're worried then maybe Louise?) or Verity. 

July 17, 2017 5:26 PM

Thanks!  Felicity is my favorite but my favorite keeps changing...and the idea of Louisa with my older girls calling her Lulu (I know that would happen) is pretty adorable...

July 17, 2017 5:19 PM

I 'd keep with a a ending and a different starting letter


Eliza is nice  or Louisa, Sylvia, Tessa or Thea - I like Tessa best with your girls names then Eliza, then Lousa

July 17, 2017 5:25 PM

Tessa is my husband's favorite right now!  Thanks!

July 18, 2017 4:15 AM

cool,  yes I think keep with the same ending as the others and a classical type name




Alexandra, Arabella, Amelia, Isabella, Julietta, Olivia, Victoria, Natalia

Elanora, Gabriella, Veronica, Eloisa, Angelina, Angelica

Vanessa,  Rebecca,  Nadia,  Matilda, Miranda, Jessica, Leticia, Fiona, Angela, Anthea, Estella, Althea, Jemima, Jacinta, Lucinda

Laura, Adam, Emma, Eva, Georgia, Ella,  Lisa, Lana, Lara, Rosa, Zara


I think Laura or Emma from these go the best with your girls names  or Victoria, Amelia or Isabella

July 17, 2017 5:33 PM

I really like your daughters' names and your shortlist (my favourites for you there are Syvlie or Sylvia, though I have an Ivy and can report that it is also a lovely name!).

The names of your daughters make me want to lean in two directions at once: one towards longer, more complicated names (Isadora, or Theodora with Thea as a nickname, Penelope) or more tailored options that in theory are more like Clara except that I find myself leaning towards the ones that don't end in -a: names like Anais, Audrey, Giselle, Astrid.

I love Eliza but I do find that it maybe completes the sister set a little too perfectly. Have you considered Violet? It has a lot in common with Charlotte and you could use Lettie as a nickname.

A few others that occurred: Flavia, Magdalena, Beatrice or Beatrix, Honor (since you seem to like virtue names) Eleanor.

July 17, 2017 5:54 PM

Lettie as a nickname for Violet...that's really cute!  Thanks!  I like Beatrice as well, wish it worked with our last name.  We also considered Dorothea with Thea as a nickname.

Right now I almost think it would be easier to name two more girls than one more girl.  I feel as you do that we need to go one direction (longer) or the other (more tailored) and it's hard to commit to one.

July 18, 2017 6:06 PM

Choosing long or short will leave one of your girls out -- why not middling? Susanna's seven letters, Clara's five, it would be great to find a six-letter name you love. Verity and Violet work; I like Mariah for you too, as well as Honora, or a double name can feel like a good balance between short and long. Mary-Kate is two short names that feel like one long. Rosa-Jane, Pippa-Ruth, Nora-Tess, Eva-Grace -- so many fun and pretty options! (I was just using the hyphens for clarity, double names don't need them unless you want them.)

July 17, 2017 9:17 PM

I like Felicity, Verity and Louisa in your list, here are some other options. 

Adelaide, Antonia, Augusta, Corinne, Caroline, Delilah, Eden, Edith, Estelle, Frances, Fiona, Georgia, Gillian, Gemma, Gloria, Hazel, Hollis, Hadley, Helena, Irene, Imogen,  Josephine, Justine, Jane, Kathleen, Lydia, Lavinia, Maren, Miranda, Maxine, Meredith, Miriam, Molly, Marjorie, Maeve, Maud, Nannette, Odette, Opehlia, Odessa, Octavia, Olive, Paulina, Paula, Philippa, Piper, Penny, Quinn, Ruby, Rosamund, Rosalie, Rosslyn, Roxana, Ramona, Simone, Scarlett, Theresa, Thora, Violet, Veronica, Valerie, Viola, Vivian, Winnia, Willow, Whitney

July 18, 2017 11:59 AM

Thanks for the ideas!  We love Caroline as a middle name for Tessa or Ivy.  There are several on your list that I love but my husband doesn't like, like Ruby. And also six cousin names.  Not nearly as many options as there used to be before all the cousins were born!

I LOVE Gloria but it might share too many sounds with Clara.  I'll think about it!

July 19, 2017 9:45 PM

I think that Gloria and Clara are different enough especially with Susana. Do I think you will mix up or combine the names when you are yelling, yes, but that is any name. 

July 18, 2017 12:58 PM

If I put Susanna, Clara, and Margaret into the Name Matchmaker, the top result is my name, Martha. Any interest? :)

Of your list, I think Cecily, Charlotte, and Sylvie/a coordinate well with your elder two, but they have the same initial letters, so I would upvote some of the others instead: Eliza, Louisa, Ivy, Margaret all have the same classic style as Susanna and Clara. (Although personally I'd go for the full Elizabeth rather than Eliza.)

Felicity, Tessa, Thea, and Verity are lovely names, but they're a very different style than Susanna and Clara. This may not actually be a problem - kids are a "sibset" for a very small percentage of their lives, after all - but it's something to consider.

By EVie
July 18, 2017 1:01 PM

I'm going to be totally unhelpful here because I love all your choices and I don't think any of them are problematic as a match to your girls. In your place, I would be wringing my hands trying to choose between them, too. 

I would recommend taking any concerns about matching out of the equation. There isn't a single bad choice there. Just go with whatever name sings for you (and if you have to wait until you get to the hospital to decide, that's fine, too). 

(My personal favorite is probably Felicity, but I also think it's a name that doesn't suit every child... could be you meet the baby and she's just more of a Margaret). 

July 18, 2017 5:08 PM

I once met a Felicity nicknamed Liccy (Li-see) and I thought that was the cutest thing, and I think it gives the name a different feel. But I totally agree it's a great list and you could just see how you feel when baby arrives, although being that there are a lot of choices I would probably remove the names with matching initials because I feel like it's nice for everyone to have their own. 

July 18, 2017 5:17 PM

I agree with EVie here- I like them all! My personal favorite is Tessa, but I think you can't go wrong with any of your choices here.

July 19, 2017 8:12 PM

Thank you for the encouragement!  Generally I have felt very reassured from asking others--I thought maybe we were completely off the wall, and that a name like Felicity, Tessa, Cecily, or Ivy would be too unusual compared to Susanna and Clara.  So the overall support for our options has made me feel SO much better.  Thanks!

July 19, 2017 6:17 AM

First of all: I love your list!

I just named my daughter Charlotte (nn Lottie), so I'm biased! And I love her name, despite its popularity. I almost let it put me off, but I'm glad I used it anyway, because it's just such a beautiful, elegant and classic name with cute nickname options! I personally wouldn't think it's too close to Clara. 

My second favourite is Eliza (which I think works fine with Susanna) followed closely by Thea, Ivy and Louisa! If you're too worried about Charlotte, Eliza and Louise being too close to her sisters' names I think my front runner would be Thea! 

July 19, 2017 8:15 PM

I love Lottie!  And despite Charlotte being popular, I don't know anyone named Lottie at all.  :)

We can't decide if Eliza is just "too" perfect with their names...making the three together too matchy or something.  I do like Eliza though.  We might not be finished having kids yet and if we have a fourth and it's a girl, I really don't want four girl names all ending in -a.  Hmm.  I really like Thea but my husband doesn't...Ivy is actually becoming a top choice, much to my surprise, as we ask family and friends their opinion.  

Thanks for your input!!

July 20, 2017 6:29 AM

I'll just reiterate that I've had nothing but positive reactions to Ivy!

July 20, 2017 3:05 PM

Yeah if you think you might have more after this one I'd stop the -a endings now, otherwise you might feel very restricted on the 4th name (I know some people would be less concerned with it but for me 2 names is a coincidence but 3 is a pattern and then I'd worry about number 4 feeling they were the odd one out). 

July 21, 2017 10:37 AM

I think -a endings on feminine names is an exception to "three is a pattern" -- most people don't even notice it, especially if they're from a Romance language background where nearly _every_ feminine name ends in 'a'.