Girls names are tough!

Hi! We are expecting in 4 weeks and don't know the baby's gender yet. We have a boy's name set and ready but are torn about the girls names- hip or classic, gender neutral or just with a gender neutral nickname? What do you think? We have a two part last name. These are the top contenders right now- 

 

Dylan (middle name Lucia for my grandmother) 

Elena (middle name June) (nn EJ, Leni or Lena) but should I care about pronunciation?!  Eh-Leh-na is our preference

Juniper

Eva 

Milena

Robin 

Noa

Johanna

 

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March 26, 2019 4:56 PM

sorry I dont like Dylan for a girl

Elena June is lovely - could be an issue with pronounciation though

Juniper I dont like

Eva is lovely

Milena is nice

I would spell it Robyn for a girl,  not really fussed on this one

Noa I dont like for a girl

Johanna is lovely

 

what about Lucinda or Lucy as a first name for your grandmother,  what about Lisa as a mn or the name Annalisa, Annalise

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March 26, 2019 5:42 PM

thanks for your input! Spouse thinks Lucy/ ending in -y is cute but not a formal name. Lisa is my name, but Annalise is nice! Our families are hispanic and eastern european, so hoping to possibly incorporate those somehow.

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March 26, 2019 10:49 PM

Lucinda and Lucia would make nice formal names for Lucy.  Other names which includes Lisa Elisabeth, Felisa, calissa, Calista, Elisa, Melissa.  I think Annalisa is lovely or annalise or elise

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March 27, 2019 9:49 PM

Lucie is a full name in French and Lucy is a full name in English. Lucinda and Lucille are elaborations, fwiw. 

 

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March 26, 2019 6:03 PM

Elena is my favorite.  Pronunciation will come up all the time, it's a matter of how much that will bother you.  For me, it would be a dealbreaker on this particular name.  There are too many legitimate pronunciations.

Eva, Milena, and Johanna are nice too.  I don't like Dylan at all for a girl.

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March 27, 2019 11:54 AM

hmm yes, Elena is tricky! Any other suggestions you have? Thank you!

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March 27, 2019 12:10 AM

I'm always drawn to Juniper.  I like June but I like names with nicknames and June/Junie would be nice nicknames for Juniper.  Plus it's just kind of a fun name.  

I love Elena but I agree that the pronunciation may have to be corrected.  Only you can know if that's a dealbreaker for you however.  If I liked the name enough, it wouldn't be for me I don't think.

I like Robin!  If I met a little girl named Robin I think I'd be delighted.

Eva and Johanna are fine; not really my style but there's nothing to dislike.

Milena---I'd need to know how you pronounce this.  

Dylan and Noa for a girl just don't work for me.

Overall your list is solid, though!

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March 27, 2019 9:56 AM

Thanks for your encouragement! Elena is tough to decide on. Happy to hear you don't think Robin is too dated :) We'll keep that in mind!

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March 27, 2019 6:28 AM

I would consider possible siblings to help you narrow it down. For instance, all the names on your list are unambiguously feminine except Dylan and Noa (and even Noa is fully feminine with this spelling, but people wouldn't necessarily know that when you're calling it out in the park). So if you use Dylan, that may cause quite a disconnect when you have a subsequent daughter and call her Eva, or it may cause you to throw out a bunch of names you really liked because they "don't go."

Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of Dylan for a girl anyway.

I think the rest of your list is lovely. Pronunciation issues with Elena will probably arise but I don't think it's a deal-breaker.

My favourites from your list are probably Eva, Juniper and Robin (oh, I guess this one is not unambiguously feminine either; still, it's a great name and authentically unisex). But minus Dylan, which I think really does take you in a totally different direction, you can't go wrong!

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March 27, 2019 11:57 AM

Ooh that's good thinking! I hadn't considered the siblings yet I guess, just assuming the next would be a boy ha! Dylan isn't easy to pair a second girl sibling name with down the road. Looks like Elena, Robin and Juniper are pulling ahead! I had worried that Robin was dated with Patricia and Deborah so glad to see you like it! Does that make sense? Not quite the in-vogue 3rd generation rule of the names that are "back" like Violet, Hazel etc.

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March 28, 2019 6:08 AM

I guess it's not quick "back" like Violet and Hazel, so maybe not everyone likes Robin as much as I do, but I love it! Robin peaked a bit later than Patricia and Deborah actually, but was also nowhere near as popular as they were at the time. I think it has a lovely gentle sound and that the nature meaning is completely on-trend even if the name isn't -- particuarly with Wren getting a lot of love in naming circles.

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March 28, 2019 7:31 AM

Robin is my puppy's name and people usually react to it with surprise. One elderly woman exclaimed, "But that's my daughter's name!" and laughed. I don't know if they're surprised because it's an unexpected dog name or because it's a 60s human name. But I love it and would be delighted to meet a baby Robin.

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March 28, 2019 3:03 PM

Yes! Great points- we love the naturey touch and that it's somewhat gender neutral. I love Wren also but spouse doesn't - maybe it's the silent W or the unfamiliarity of it. In any case- it's reassurring to see good feedback for Robin!

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March 28, 2019 3:17 PM

here the usual spelling for a girl is Robyn or Robyne and Robin for a boy

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March 29, 2019 6:19 PM

Both of the female Robins I know spell it with an 'i'.

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March 29, 2019 8:31 PM

I really dislike the look of Robin spelled with a y (Robyne is even worse, it makes me want to say it "Ro-BY-nuh"), but then I never could get on board with the idea that putting a y in a name made it 'girl'. Plus if some of the attraction to the name is the link to the bird and the nature-vibe I think you spoil that by changing the spelling. 

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March 29, 2019 10:42 PM

All the Robyn/e's I know here are spelt with a y - and there are quite a few.  The only Robin I know that was male was Robin Williams

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April 1, 2019 6:14 AM

I've known one male and one female Robin, both spelled with an -i.

I also find the random addition of y grating in female names, but particularly Robin because it means you're mispelling a vocabulary word. Other names where this bothers me are Wynter and Saylor.

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April 1, 2019 12:44 PM

Emily and Natasha-Rhiannon - we agree! I value proper grammar and spelling and the y would bother me. Plus, I like the possible gender- neutral and nature link with the "i". 

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April 1, 2019 4:43 PM

It must be an Australian thing then with the y - have know Robyn/e since kindy

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March 29, 2019 8:42 PM

I don't hate Dylan for a girl but I would definitely rank it at the bottom of your options, and I think Emily made a good point about "matching" it if you think you will have more children in the future. 

I like Elena a lot, I don't think the pronunciation would be that big of a deal (as in it's easily corrected) but you would definitely need to be able to have a polite/happy attitude about it so it is worth considering if you think it would drive you nuts. 

Of your other choices my top ones would be Noa, Johanna and Robin but I don't dislike any of them, I think it's a strong list. I don't find Robin dated; I know a 2 year old Robin (girl) which probably helps make it feel fresh to me but I think it fits in fine with the general nature-names trend. 

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April 1, 2019 12:50 PM

Thanks for your reply! I think we are also leaning toward Elena right now. It makes (without a middle name) the initials ELM which honors a grandparent and has a connection to nature. It's easily recognized in other countries and the meaning related to light has a positive signficance to us. We're generally easy going people, so hopefully we could get her use to hearing her name said in a variety of ways by strangers and not be bothered by it. Robin and Johanna are still on the table but as the due date approaches, Elena seems to be pulling ahead :)