Lilia for second girl?

Hi everyone.

we are expecting our second girl, first is Stella.

Some of the top ten names from our first that we are considering for this one- Clara, Eva, Elena

Top ten for our first that are out- Charlotte, Gina, Kiera, Sophia

For our first, it was finally between Stella and Elena, but now I have rather fallen out of love with Elena.

It could be considered as an honor name for my grandmother Eleanor, but it is too popular for me now (#30 in France, without considering variations such as Lena or Elina).

We like the name Lilia, but I am worried that people will hear "Lydia", which is actually DH's aunt's name. Also, my brother's dog is named Lily. That doesn't bother me too much, we never see them and the dog won't live forever.

So do Stella and Lilia go together? I like its meaning and sound.

Also, could it be considered as an honor name for my sister, Leah?

Middle names we are considering are Rose Francesca, Rose for DH's maternal grandmother, Francesca for DH's paternal grandmother.

Lilia Rose sounds good to me, but then Francesca feels rather tacked on, but I want both daughters to have two middle names.

Replies

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July 29, 2016 8:53 AM

I really like the proposed name. I think Lilia is an excellent honor name for Leah. The way I say it, it sounds a lot like a contraction of "little Leah" (li'l Leah), which is a standard way of referring to a younger exact namesake.

Stella and Lilia sound fine together. (I don't put a lot of weight on sib names as a set, though, so long as they aren't something like Princessa and Bertha.)

I like the double middle, too; Francesca doesn't feel like an afterthought so much as an additional dose of gravitas, which is especially useful in escalating levels of "you're in trouble!" You can use first name for everyday, first plus Rose affectionately and for slight emphasis, and then add in Francesca when you really want her attention RIGHT NOW ;-).

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July 29, 2016 9:07 AM

I'm not sure that I've ever heard this name before, I'm guessing it's something like Lily-ah? I do think that it could be misheard as Lydia sometimes and perhaps Lillian - but easily corrected. And I do think that it is a fine honor name for your sister - starts with the same letter and ends in the same sound.

Have you considered reversing the middle names? I think Lilia Francesca Rose is rather nice - even sounds like a full name without whatever her last name will be. To me the Rose seems less "taked on" at the end than Francesca.

And I wouldn't worry too much about the aunt or "dog cousin." :)

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July 29, 2016 10:57 AM

I know someone who goes by Lilia, and as far as I know nobody has ever misheard it as Lydia. I concur with a previous commenter that it's perfect as an honor name for Leah, being in essence "li'l Leah". It also "goes with" Stella nicely: they both have fairly obvious Latinate roots referring to nature, but are well-established names.

The two middle names work in either order to my ear, and neither one sounds tacked on. If Rose comes first, there may be some confusion that the given name is actually Lily-Rose, but this is not something that is likely to come up very often day-to-day, because middle names are not generally in daily use.

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July 29, 2016 1:24 PM

I do think it works as an honor name for Leah. I know someone with the middle name Lillia, but I have never encountered a Lilia as a first name. I think it is a very pretty name. I am sure it will get the occasional mispronunciation, but with Lily/Lilly/Lillian being a very popular choice lately, maybe not as much as you would think. I think it sounds nice with Stella, as well! Good luck!

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July 29, 2016 2:22 PM

I love the name Lilia! On my list for a future daughter too. :)

However, I think she will have to deal with people thinking she's Lily. A friend of mine named Kristina said that people always thought she was Christy. And several friends named Julia have always had a problem with people calling them Julie. So as long as you're prepared for that...

I love the name Stella too, but one thing to think about is calling their names together—would that be a tongue twister for you?

And for the middle names, what about switching the order to be Lilia Francesca Rose? That flows better to me.

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By mk
July 29, 2016 6:01 PM

I know two people named Lilia. I don't think they have ever been called Lydia but maybe they have? I don't think it's something to worry too much about, even people with super common names get called something else by mistake occasionally.

I think Lilia with both middle names sounds very pretty.

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July 31, 2016 3:49 AM

Lilia is a gorgeous name!  It's at the top of my list.  :)  Lilia and Stella are perfect together and it's a great way to honor your sister.  Love the idea of honoring your DH's grandmother, but Rose paired with Lilia feels too matchy.  It's beautiful though.  If you still like Eleanor but feel it is too popular as a first name, why not use it as a middle name? I love Lilia Rose Francesca, but yeah, it feels like too much.

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July 31, 2016 3:29 PM

I love the name Lilia and do think it fits well with a sister named Stella. I think it's the perfect non-exact honor name for a Leah, too. I think that Lilia is more likely to be misheard as Lily or Lillian than Lydia, but I don't think it would be a difficult correction to make if someone did mishear the name the first time.

Lilia Rose Francesca sounds lovely to my ear. Francesca doesn't seem tacked on to me at all. I also love Lilia Francesca Rose, if you're open to changing the order and think that sounds better.

Congratulations!