Help us choose daughter's name - Isabella Hope or Sonora Hope

Our children's names are Oscar, Michael, and Scarlett and we're expecting another little girl. Oscar goes by O; Michael goes by Mikey; Scarlett goes by Letty, Lets, Scar

We like the name Isabella Hope and planned to call her Izzy or Bella. 

But a new name came across our radar that isn't as trendy that we wanted to consider. Sonora; could call her Sonny or Nora. 

When referring to my daughters it'd either be Letty and Izzy or Letty and Sonny most often. 

What do you think? 

Replies

1
March 13, 2018 4:56 PM

Isabella goes better with the siblings and I wouldnt do another S name

3
March 13, 2018 6:45 PM

Sonora makes me think of sonar... However, I do like Nora as a nickname. From what you are saying, you are looking for something less popular/trendy. I would definiely say Isabella is a trendier type of name (arguably less so than it has been over the previous years, though- so there is some decline). Scarlett is also a trendy name at this time, so I wonder what your criteria would be when you think of "trendy"? 

 

4
March 13, 2018 6:58 PM

Here's a vote for Sonora! I like the freshness of the name and the vintage-esque feel. I think it goes well with the other kids' names and shouldn't be difficult for anyone to pronounce. Isabella is also nice, but it doesn't have the same flair as Sonora.

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March 13, 2018 7:20 PM

I LOOOVE the name "Isabella" because she "is" "a" "BELLA" like in Italian for She is A Beauty!!! ;) ;) ;))))

Anyways it was nice talking to you...

 

With love,

-Big Bobbie :):):) AKA Shawnie :0

6
March 13, 2018 7:49 PM

Sonora makes me think of "dry" (Sonora Desert) and "loud" (sonorous). Interesting (to me) factoid: nobody agrees on the origin of the name, but multiple theories trace it to the Spanish word señora "woman, lady" (from various appellations of Mary), and in fact Wikipedia cites a 16th century travelogue where the region in Mexico is called "Valles de Señora".

The fact that Isabella doesn't share an initial with any of the siblings is a point in its favor. I also think it's a beautiful name. I know it has supposedly been popular in recent years, but this year's student directory for the local elementary school has a grand total of two (a 4th grader and a 5th grader), and the only bearer of this name that I am personally acquainted with is the wife of my sister's boss. She's closer to our mom's generation than to ours. Which goes to show: popularity really isn't what it's hyped up to be.

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March 13, 2018 11:32 PM

The boss' wife is Izabella-with-a-z, but other than that, I totally agree with what my sister said. :)

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March 14, 2018 12:18 AM

I vote for Sonora! With Nora as a nickname. Isabella is very common.