Expecting last child and first girl--feeling the pressure!

Hi, all.  We have two boys, Barrett and Henry, and are expecting our third and last child, a girl, in December.  We love so many girl names and have so many family members we want to honor, so it's been really difficult narrowing down the list.  We'd like to include June and/or Louise in some form to honor grandmothers, or Faye, to honor my mother-in-law.  My husband's favorites are Juniper, Abigail, and Frances.  My favorite is Georgia, though I also like Louisa. Last name is Kennedy.

Thoughts on using two middle names? Such as Georgia June Louise Kennedy?  It just seems like a mouthful to me, but I worry that we'll regret using only one grandmother's name.  But if using a single middle name I prefer Georgia Louise or Georgia Faye to Georgia June.

Also, thoughts on the name Georgia, even though I have no real ties to the state or country?  I love the name for being familiar but not common, elegant but not pretentious, and for fitting a little girl as well as a professional adult, and my husband and I both love the nn Georgie.  I'm just wondering if I should steel myself for a lot of questions about our connections to Georgia the state/country or if it's weird to use the name when we don't have any connections. 

Thanks in advance!

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September 6, 2017 5:11 PM

I like two middle names, but I'm not a fan of giving different numbers of middle names within a family (I'm assuming your boys have one each.).

I'm fairly certain Georgia the name predates Georgia the state.  The state was named for one of the Kings George at any rate.  I wouldn't anticipate too many people assuming you have ties to the state, and certainly not to the country.

How about Louisa Juniper to honor both grandmothers?  Or have you considered Eloise?  It's not etymologically related but neither are June and Juniper.  There's also Junia and maybe Lucy/Lucretia/Lucasta/Lucille would be close enough to Louise for you?  I personally prefer to stay within versions of the same name rather than sound-alikes (i.e. Joan could be honored by John or Jane but not June).  I know similar sounds or other connections work for others though.

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October 4, 2017 1:26 PM

One of my siblings has two middle names, and another has a double barrelled first name plus a middle name. The rest of us just have one first and one middle. It's never been an issue of any kind.

As a lifelong resident of Georgia, I personally find it weird when people from here use it as a name. I have no real basis for this opinion, but I love Georgia as an independent name, and don't particularly care for it as a state name. It's also not at all local style, so even if you lived in Georgia, I would probably be more likely to assume you had moved from elsewhere and already had a child with the name than that you had named your child after the state you lived in.

I don't know if my opinions are likely to be shared by others or not, or if they have any basis whatsoever in reality, but that's my personal impression.

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September 6, 2017 5:25 PM

Hello mamaber

First I want to tell you if you think that giving 2 middle names for your girl is too much, trust me, it's not. I personaly have twin girls Luna Ivy Celeste and Skye Lynn Claire and I am in love with their 6 names, and sad that I didn't give my older 3 kids 2 MN. In my case, me and MH didn't have a reason we would gave them 2 MN, it was JUST because we couldn't decide on picking only 1 middle name, and at the end it turns out that their names fit them perfectly.

Now, your case is different. But, that is why I wanna tell you something. Please, please, I want you to know that you have to think about your precious soon to be born baby girl. You don't have to include any of your family members names just because they want to be included. Your child has to have own unique name, sweet and cute like she is going to be.

I can see from what you've wrote that ''you are worried that you will regret if you use only one GM middle name'', I mean come on, don't you wanna your child to be happy with her name. Please, don't do that to her. And the only reason you want her to have 2 MN is because you want to include both grandmothers middle names? No logic. That's what I wanted to tell you. Please think.

Now, names, let me tell about June. Really? June? June was born in December right? No way. I personaly don't like ''month'' names, it's so not interesting to me, like, do you ever thought about naming yourself March, or naming your son February? No, right?

Okay, Georgia. To mee, yes, it is a country name, and I don't see any reason why giving a name to a baby by country, state etc. Prefer a lot Georgie, because is so softer than Georgia, and sounding of name is different, lot more cute.

Ok, now really forget about Juniper. Really Juniper? Almost like Jupiter. Please. Abigail, well, not so bad, but I don't know...

FRANCES the only name I really love from your list. This name was never on my list for naming girls (and I have 4 of them) but I always loved this name, it's so soft, sweet, cute, elegant, not common, and not so long, you can nickname her Francie or Fran, I love it!

And I've always liked Louise but only for a middle name, which is, now, your case.

But, although I don't like Georgia and June, I like combination Georgia June Louise, both middle names flow nice together.

I woudl like to hear an update, and please don't get me wrong I was just telling you what I think, but first of all I want you to think and chose the best name for you soon to be born baby girl!

Names you may also like: Alice, Blakely, Emma, Sofia, Ava, Iva (Ee-va), Mia, Aleah, Cleo, Claire, Laurie, Lauren.

Goodluck! :)

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September 6, 2017 5:48 PM

I don't really know anyone named Georiga very well, so I don't know if you would get a lot of questions about it. I would be surprised if you did, though, considering the popularity of "place" names (Savannah, Austin, Montana, Dakota, etc. etc.). I think they are pretty commonplace now and probably don't even get a second glance. 

I love Georiga personally. I agree that it is familiar, elegant, and beautiful but not overused- which is a hard combination! I personally love Georgia Louise. Conversely, I also love the name Louisa, which I feel fits all of the above criteria, as well! I think that Louisa June is adorable. Georgia June Louise Kennedy is a bit of a mouthful, I agree. I think if you are REALLY wanting to fit all of the honor names in, it wouldn't be a huge deal, as middle names aren't used frequently. But I do think that one middle name has a better flow.

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September 6, 2017 5:51 PM

Congrats! 

I am totally sold on two middle names, especially if it's to honor relatives. You definitely don't want to favor one grandma over the other (and the names you are considering are really cute!). I don't think Georgia June Louise Kennedy is too much of a mouthful, especially since she usually won't be known by all of those (however, if you use just one middle, I prefer Georgia Louise both for the flow and the sounds). 

I don't think that it would be a problem to name her Georgia without being tied to there. Georgia is just a feminine form of George that was used to name the state after British King George, not invented for the state. If a lot of questions/assumptions would bother you, maybe another form of George? Georgianne/a, Georgette/a, and just Georgie are all pretty.

Other ideas: Camille, Mira, Willa, Thea, Olive, Petra, Amal, Arya, Ana, Sylvie, Serene/Serena, Dalia, Layla, Lila, Zara, Viola, Vera, Nola

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September 6, 2017 6:36 PM

Georgia was a feminine name long before the state (or even the country) existed. My daughter had a friend named Georgia a few years ago, and geography never once entered my mind in connection with her name. But if you're really worried, any interest in Georgiana? It's a lovely name with Austen connections, easily yields the nickname Georgie, and has no geographic homophones.

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September 6, 2017 8:40 PM

The thing with having two middle names is that the second middle name will probably never be used outside of your baby's birth certificate. As such, while I appreciate the sentiment behind using both names, you really are privileging whatever name comes first de facto.

And in any case, I'm not a fan of June or Louise individually, and certainly not together, where they invariably make me want to start singing "Let Me Entertain You." If you're dead-set on honoring both grandmas, I'd go with a single name that incorporates elements of both. Something like Julia or any of its derivatives (Julie, Juliet, Jewel, Juliana...)

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September 7, 2017 3:12 AM

I prefer just one middle name, and I wouldnt worry about the state or country

Abigail is nice,  Louisa is ok, what about Eloise or Francine

Georgia Louise is nice

what about Eloise June

 

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September 7, 2017 6:53 AM

Is your husband as on board with Georgia as you are? Because it would definitely eliminate the need for two middles if you could incorporate both grandmothers into one name that you love. Louisa June (or Eloise or Eloisa June if you want your daughter to have a name that is more thoroughly her own), or Juniper Louise strike me as lovely.

Otherwise, I think Georgia is fine with no connection to the country/state, but I'm not sure how much the issue might come up with the average non-name-lover. I agree with HNG that Georgiana could be a nice alternative to side step the issue.

I was never much of a fan of Georgia but meeting an adult Georgie (just Georgie I believe) has made me see the appeal more. Even so, I have to wave a small flag for your husband's choice of Frances -- the nickname Francie is also lovely!

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September 7, 2017 12:39 PM

Thanks, all!! Very helpful comments and I really appreciate each of your replies.  We're planning on deciding once and for all once she is born, so we can try the names out and see if any suit her best.  But this has been super helpful in giving us new ideas to consider and factors to weigh.  Thanks again!  Will update when she's here.

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September 7, 2017 3:51 PM

No problem! So glad to help. Make sure to update is when you name her!!

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September 7, 2017 12:44 PM

Another possible "mash-up" name: Luna (or Lunette). Are there middle names or maiden names that might be used if looking for a compromise?

Two of my sons officially have two middle names, and the third has an "unofficial" middle. So far we haven't had any problems with this (the oldest is a freshman in high school) other than that they get truncated or smooshed together sometimes. My eldest son's second middle was specifically an honor name, and the honorees were quite happy about it, even though it was the second middle. There wasn't any other honoree taking precedence in that case, though, so I don't know how that would have played out.

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September 7, 2017 1:33 PM

In this case, ease of flow can be an easy, impersonal explanation for the order. For example, even though above it's listed as Georgia June Louise, Georgia June is actually rather choppy when said aloud because of all those g/j sounds, so Georgia Louise June rolls off the tongue much more fluidly. Georgia Louise June Kennedy also mixes up the stress patterns (first syllable stress, then second syllable, then first -- well, only -- syllable, then first again for the surname), which I believe makes for a very pleasing rhythm and doesn't make the three names cumbersome at all.

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September 7, 2017 4:45 PM

Juniper with June as a nickname + Louisa for Louise would cover 2 of your namesakes.  I think Louisa Juniper or Juniper Louise are both nice. Something like Juniper Faye Louise could also work.

Georgia is lovely & is a name in its own right, so I don't think many people will assume you have a connection to the state or country.  It's not like you are naming your kid something like Missouri or Oregon.  Although, there are kids with other state names that aren't traditionally given names (Dakota & Indiana come to mind) and I suspect most people still wouldn't assume the family had a specific connection to the states.  I also doubt anyone knows or cares about all the Scotts with no ties to Scotland.  Georgia should be fine & Georgie is adorable.  But I may be biased, my youngest is George called Georgie.  

I think Georgia June Louise is fine & not too much of a mouthful.  Middle names are pretty much hidden most of the time, so even if it is a mouthful, it won't matter much in your daily life.  If you decide against the double middle, I prefer Georgia Louise, but I've never particularly cared for Faye.  Some people would like the alliterative sound of Georgia June, but it strikes me as a bit much.

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September 7, 2017 4:53 PM

I don't think that it's entirely the alliteration of Georgia June that's difficult, I think that it's the second G coming so close to the end of the name. because I find Georgiana June much more pleasing a combination despite preferring the name Georgia on its own. 

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By rooo
September 7, 2017 5:11 PM

I like Juniper Louise/a or Louisa June are great options! I would take those as my top 2.

I also like Georgia June or Georgia Louise. 

Are both grandmas and MIL still with us? That might also affect my preference. Who did you honor with your sons' names? And are June/Louise on your side or your H's? 

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September 12, 2017 3:51 PM

Thanks for the feedback!

Only one of the family members is no longer with us (June). 

My oldest son's middle name is a surname from his father's side (not my husband); my second son is named after my husband's great-grandfather, Henry. 

June is on my husband's side, and Louise is on my side. 

 

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October 4, 2017 12:48 PM

presonally I love the idea of two middle names. We are expecting in April 2018, having a girl, and plan to use two. I grew up in Hawaii and it's very common to have two middle names, or first names, and for long names.

Also, I have a friend named Georgia, and she is a beautiful sweet woman from Maine who is a singer and actress in LA. Her names fits her well, and I think it's a gorgeous choice.

My mom's name is Sylvia, and I thought of using "Sylvia Jane" but also "Sylvia June" at one point. I don't consider June a calendar month because so many people have the name June not born that month. Who cares? It's pretty. 

Lastly, I saw someone mention the name Aleah. I would suggest the spelling I have, "Alia" as it's shorter, and prettier on paper without the e and h. Every Aleah I have met prefers my spelling, which is the Hawaiian spelling. Also don't use Aaliyah either! 

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December 29, 2017 4:01 PM

Thanks everyone for your input! We really struggled up to the day she was born... But decided on a totally different name in the end: Grace Louise, nn Gracie. Grace is a name my husband always really liked, and I finally came around to it. It also happens to be the name of a beloved great-grandmother, and we thought it was really appropriate for a Christmas baby! Thanks again for your help. 

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December 29, 2017 4:15 PM

Congratulations and such a lovely name and so special

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January 2, 2018 4:13 AM

Thanks for the update!  The regulars on this site love hearing the final decision.  Grace is a beautiful name.