More help for sister to Elise and Juliet
I've posted before in the blog comments section and we are getting closer to this baby arriving and still don't have a name. We are looking for a name for a baby sister to Elise and Juliet. I just am not sure that we will find something we love as much as the other two names.
My husband and I went through the BNW book today and made separate lists of potential names we liked. These were the ones that were on both lists:
- Aria (A little harsh with the other names? Not sure we love it.)
- Laina (Not in the book, but similar to Lainey which we love. Also have a friend who just named their baby Lainey. Maybe not quite as nicknamey as Lainey? Would do Elaina, Alaina or Alana except they are too similar to Elise. Should we consider Laine?)
- Lila (Getting too popular/trendy? Don't like the potential Lily nickname. We would pronounce it Lie-la.)
- Lydia (Very popular in our state, which pretty much means it is off the list.)
- Maeve (Really like this name. Like potential nicknames of Mae, Eve, Vee. Wonder if it goes with the other girls' names?)
- Maisie (Too nicknamey? Doesn't go well with other names? Is there a more formal name that would work for this?)
- Malena (Pronounced mah-lay-nah. Like the potential nickname of Lainey. Worried that it will be hard to know how to pronounce and remember the name and will be spelling issues.)
- Melina (Pronounced meh-lee-nah. Maybe my least favorite of these three similar names, but seems like it might be most familiar to people. Like the potential nickname of Lina. Worried that it will be hard to know how to pronounce and remember the name and will be spelling issues.)
- Milena (Pronounced mee-lay-nah or mih-lay-nah. Probably my favorite of these three similar names. Like the potential nicknames of Mia, Mila, Lainey. Worried that it will be hard to know how to pronounce and remember the name and will be spelling issues.)
- Mira (Like this name, but not sure we love it. Not sure if it works with the other girls' names.)
- Sylvie (Too nicknamey? Not thrilled about having to explain that it is just Sylvie and not Sylvia, which we don't like.)
And here are our general guidelines:
- No more first names that begin with a b,e,j,p.
- Relatively easy to pronounce based on seeing name in print.
- Nothing unisex.
- Relatively easy to spell.
- Not top-100 at least either in the US or in our state, but probably something somewhat familiar.
- Nothing with a potential nickname that I don't like.
- Not too similar sounding to the other kids' names, which is hard because it seems like so many I like are similar to Elise.
- We may use Josephine as a middle name for family history, or we may not, depending on the first name we choose.
- Last name starts with a P and sort of rhymes with Higgins but not exactly.
Would really love your thoughts on these names and any new ideas!
Fri, 04/27/2012 - 7:02pm