Baby 5...

We have three boys and one girl. Last name is Tate.

Our sons are:
Thomas Anthony (Tommy)
William Daly (Billy)
Jonathan Henry (Johnny)

Our daughter is:
Jolie Elena (pronounced joh-LEE uhlen-nuh)

We are pregnant with baby 5, gender unknown. We like classic boys names, with nickname. For a girl, something more unusual is preferred, and no nickname (Jolie is very aware she does not have a nickname, so we would want another girl to not have one too).

For a boy, we have Charles Lloyd on the list. He'll go by Charlie.

For a girl, we have Gemma, Topanga and Talula on the list.

Suggestions for more! Thoughts on existing.

Thanks in advance!


September 10, 2013 3:29 PM

Of your names, Gemma is probably the best of the three.  Topanga is too Boy Meets World, and Talula sounds like a 2-dollar hooker's name.  It's on the same line at Star, Bambi, Angel, etc.  Some alternatives considering your style:








September 10, 2013 3:34 PM

I like Charles nickname Charlie for a boy. I am on the fence about Lloyd.

Your girl names are ok. I like Gemma and Talula but I spell it Tallulah.

I can see friends of your newborn if it's a girl calling a Gemma, Gem or maybe Gemmy. Talula will be called Tally or Lulu or Lula for a nickname. You can't always control what other people call your child when your child gets old enought to decide for itself.

Other names that I like are...

Clara (can't see a nickname here)

Serena (maybe the nickname Sere but not entirely obvious)

Laura (no nickname here)

Vera (no nickname here)

Bella (maybe Belle as a nickname)

Emma (nickname Emmy)


You could always try and think up a nickname for Jolie Elena. For Jolie the nickname could be Jo or Jojo. You could use Elena and call her Elle or Ellie or even Lena. Lena sounds nice. Or you could combine her names and use Jo from Jolie and Lena from Elena and call her Jolena for a nickname or even Jolene. Just a thought since I got the impression Jolie Elena seems a bit left out from not having a nickname.


September 10, 2013 3:49 PM

people do call Jolie "Jo." that's fine if other people nn my kids; I just meant we won't be naming her something to call her a nn only, like we do with the boys. if that makes sense. :) 

another name on the girl name list is Poppy. Others for boys: Robert (Bobby), Vincent. 

middle names aren't a big deal right now. Lloyd is an honor name so that's that. I hate it. haha. 

the other girls names suggested aren't my style. some others I like but aren't on the list: violet, Lola, tatum, Stella, Winnie

spelling of talula is husband's preference. I didn't know the hooker connotation; that's what knocked Lola off the list! 

and we like Topanga specifically bc of it's BMW reference. lol. 

September 10, 2013 4:20 PM

If you like Violet and Lola maybe you'd like Viola?

By mk
September 10, 2013 6:19 PM

Gemma is my favorite, then Tallulah (I prefer this spelling). I don't like Topanga, sorry. Never liked the character's name on Boy Meets World.

I don't have any hooker connotation with Tallulah. I don't see that at all. I think of Tallulah Bankhead and the Tori Amos song "Talula." Lola to me is just another current popular girl name (lots of Lolas where I am). 

I like Violet as well.

September 10, 2013 11:07 PM

In case you haven't thought of this, the upcoming show Girl Meets World will make the character of Topanga a current cultural reference again, not just a '90s throwback.

September 10, 2013 4:57 PM

I think Charles/Charlie goes great with your other names

Of your girl choices, I really like Gemma.  I think it fits nicely with Jolie.  I also like it a lot better than the other two.  Tallulah is cute, but I still like Gemma best.  I don't get hooker at all!  I first think Tallulah Bankhead and my second association is a children's book of that name written by Tori Spelling (or so it says).  I think it has cute nickname options.

I don't think hooker with Lola either, but I can see why other people have that association- especially with the Kinks song.

By hyz
September 10, 2013 10:53 PM

I also like Gemma and Tallulah.  Both have a British air to me (despite Tallulah's Native American origins), and I think they fit fine with your other kids.  Gemma probably goes a bit better with Jolie, but then I might be inclined to avoid it because they both start with the same sound (as does Johnny), if not the same letter.  I know one young Tallulah (age 5), and she always goes by her full name, never a nn.  I think it's sweet and spunky.  My main cultural association is with the Tori Amos song by that name, then maybe Tallulah Bankhead as a distant second. Stripper would be the furthest thing from my mind.  It sounds kind of free-spirited to me, and I might expect Tallulah to have a sister called Freya, Daisy, or Imogen.  I would avoid Topanga, though--despite arguably being a decent style match for Tallulah, my only association with the name is that flaky sitcom character, and I personally don't find the sound of it to be particularly appealing, either. 

September 10, 2013 11:56 PM

I love your boys' names. Charles nn Charlie is great, but a few more options: Daniel, Stephen, Andrew, Martin, Joseph.

Topanga is a placename. My immediate thought is "Topanga Canyon Boulevard?" It seems a complete departure from your other children's names.

Talula seems misspelled: shouldn't it be Tallulah? It's also originally a placename, I believe, although it has a slightly longer history as a given name than Topanga. It feels like a somewhat different style than Jolie, and completely different from your boys.

Gemma, on the other hand, matches the set fairly well: it's another foreign-language word-name (Latin and Italian, 'gem'), like Jolie (French, 'pretty'). It doesn't have the long history of use in English of your boys' names, so it may end up seeming a bit dated in twenty years (depending on whether its somewhat-precipitous rise is followed by a similarly dramatic fall), but it's a pretty name, and it shouldn't offer much pronunciation or spelling difficulty. (No name is foolproof, of course: people ask how to spell David and Julia.)

Other suggestions: Lucy, Laura (or Laurel), Elsa, Tabitha, Tamsin, Vera, Alice.

September 11, 2013 4:12 PM

I love seeing the classic boys names! 

The first thought for a girl's name that came to mind was Sadie (which others have also suggested).  Gemma would be cute though because the sisters would have the same starting sound to their names without the same initial.

I like both Topanga and Tallulah (I think of Bruce and Demi's 3rd daughter), but agree with the others that it is far out in left field compared to the rest of the family names.  Maybe for middle names?

September 11, 2013 6:17 PM

I know three sisters: Jorja, Jemma, and Jolie.  So, Gemma sounds the best to me.  I also like Poppy of the names you mentioned.  Charles/Charlie sounds perfect to me for a boy!

September 12, 2013 6:00 PM

Charles Lloyd is a great name. Gemma is a great name. The other names sound to out there for my taste. Gemma goes better with Jolie than the other two do.