Hypothetical third child, for fun!

Hubby has recently been mentioning that he’d like to have another baby at some point, despite us both definitely being “done” after my son. Whether or not we do have another, coming up with a hypothetical name has given me a fun, no-pressure reason to get back into the name game!

Our daughter is Emilia Jean (middle after my grandma). Son is Joseph Dylan (first after my husband’s grandad). We ended up going for fairly international names as first names with Celtic/Welsh middle names, and I would want to continue that pattern. 

Thinking of girls names first, we both like Annika as a potential first name (pronounced like Ann-ika, not Ahn-ika). Open to other ideas though.

For a middle, I like Maiwen and think it sounds the best but would rather go with something more familiar.

We both thought Rowan sounded nice with Annika and our last name but I think I prefer it on a boy. 

We both like Tessa but I don’t like it with Annika. Tamsin is a name I’ve liked for a while but it also doesn’t seem right.

Any thoughts/suggestions? :)



July 8, 2019 3:52 AM

Annika Maiwen is nice  or Annika Rowan.  I like Tessa and Tamsin too but spelt Tamsyn

what about Bronwyn, Carys, Gwenda, Gwendalyn, Gwynneth,  Megan, Reese, Rhiannon, Tegan, Catrin, Neve, Bridget, Delma, Aiofe, Niamh, Enya, Erin, Finella, Finley, Fiona, Guinevere, Jenae, Jennifer, Keeve, Keira, Maeve, Reagan, Riley, Shae, Briellen, Gwen, Bethan, Meredith, Glenys, Rowena, Brenda, Fenella, Cordelia, Imogen, Sabrina as a middle name

or other international names Saskia, Catalina, Bianca, Genevieve, Heidi, Greta, Isabella, Magdalena, Marisol, Natalia, Yasmine, Sophie, Camille, Susannah, Claire, Gabrielle, Gabriella, Hannah, Madeline, Lydia, Charlotte, Annalise, Lillian, Caroline, Ava, Tatiana, Zara

July 8, 2019 4:04 AM

Thanks! Will definitely have a think about some of these. I love Catrin and was considering it as a first name since it’s so international (would probably go with Katryn if it was the first name). I also really like Saskia but my husband wasn’t a fan. 

July 8, 2019 5:30 PM

oh that is a shame about Saskia,  Catrin, Katryn is nice,  Catriona is lovely too  or Freya, Astrid, Rosalind, Romilly, Anya

July 9, 2019 3:33 PM

I love the name Tessa. It’s pretty and not too commonly used. I don’t like the name Annika. I prefer Rowan for a boy too. Eileen, Aine, Ciara, Delia, and Alane are some pretty girls names as well.

July 9, 2019 4:48 PM

I like Eileen and it’s my husband’s grandma’s name so it has a family connection as well. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions!

July 9, 2019 5:59 PM

Annika is a great name, but I think that enforcing the pronunciation you like will be very challenging, because many people will say OHN-ih-kah rather than ANN-ih-kah and that's the kind of correction that people won't be able to hear or replicate. I'd endorse it only if you could feel very zen about the fact that they are potayto-potahto variants and that both are "right" ways to say the name, even if you personally use ANN-. (This is actually a feature of a lot of international girls' names: Lucia and Helena are international favorites that both have this issue, although there I think more people can actually hear the difference between the different variants so it might be more doable to get some degree of compliance with your preferred pronunciation in the circle of people who know your daughter well.)

International names that DON'T have the pronunciation squishiness are hard to come by: Adriana, Camilla, Natalia all have more subtle variations in pronunciation. There might be a reason that Sophia/Sofia is such a breakout hit! Maybe Miriam or Marina?

Have you thought about Tamsin as a nickname, such as for the longer Tomasina? That spelling is definitely one that people who hear my daughter's name default to, and I think that the h-less spelling also has more of an international feel to it. It's a name that I have really loved: it's uncommon and my daughter is the only one people have met, but it's familiar and always very well-received, doesn't get misheard as anything else, and the pronunciation is very straightforward. At least where I live, and names like Josephine and Eleanor are in full swing revival, Tomasina feels like a very natural fit with the trends while remaining distinct.

July 9, 2019 7:53 PM

I do love Thomasina! I don’t think my husband likes it too much though and I have a male cousin named Thomas, though that isn’t necessarily a problem. 

I initially did think of ”Ahnnika“ myself but my husband and all his family, being British, would say “Annika” which I also came to prefer slightly. But definitely wouldn’t have a problem with either pronunciation. My daughter gets called Amelia (instead of Em-elia) all the time and she doesn’t seem to notice or care :)

July 9, 2019 11:44 PM

Going with the vibe, I think of Kasia (pronounced Kasha) for a girl and Ronan for a boy. :) Also, Muireann (pronounced Mweryn) kind of sounds like Maiwen. Or Annika Tamsin, Annika Larkin. I'm kind of stuck on that one.

July 9, 2019 11:56 PM

Aislin, Joslyn, and Ainsley are other names that just came to mind

July 10, 2019 1:17 PM

Annika Larkin is nice. I really like Joslyn as well. I had ruled it out as a first name due to similarity with Joseph but maybe that doesn’t matter so much as a middle name. Thank you!

July 10, 2019 11:22 AM

How about Anya or Anita as alternatives to Annika?  I also know a Nika, not sure if it's a nickname or not.  I think Anita is gorgeous and long overdue for a comeback. I would put Eileen in that same category too, and since it's a family name then perfect!  Annika (etc) + Eileen is a bit sing-songy though.  If Eileen is a family name... any way you might be interested in a mash-up like Analeen?  Or how about Eileen as a first name?

If you're grooving on Tessa but it's not quite right... Tess works as a standalone name, and Tasha is another good alternative.  I strongly urge avoiding Natasha as due to widespread and horrific trafficking in women from former Soviet Union, it's become global slang in many countries for white, ahem, escorts. I know a Natasha who lives in Dubai who seriously had to abandon her first name altogether.  It was impossible to politely operate professionally or personally, and now goes by her middle name.

I love Maiwen!  And since it's a middle name, so what if it's a bit out there?  You love it, it won't be used much, so that's that!  But if you're kicking around for alternatives, Morgan and Morganna are gorgeous.  I am currently now voting for Anita Morgan.  Other spin-off names from your list: Rowena, Rhiannon, Sasha, Romy, Irene, Monique, Carys, Cerridwen.

July 10, 2019 1:38 PM

Thanks for the great suggestions/info! I really like Anya but hubby says it’s too close to Enya which he doesn’t like. Tess by itself sounds better with Annika but our last name ends in ”mas” (like mass) and I don’t love that combination. I was unaware of the connotations of Natasha. How sad! Morgan/Morganna is another name I liked that my husband didn’t like. He doesn’t like how it sounds in his accent and is also fluent in German so he hears it as a word more than a name. 

I think I’m leaning towards Maiwen. It’s a shame about Anya, as Anya Maiwen also sounds quite nice.