Please help me name my little girl.

Hello! I have been a lurker for a while and finally decided to join. I am 19 weeks pregnant with a little girl. I am having the HARDEST time picking out a name for her. I have a 3 year old son named Silas.

This is DH and I's list so far.

Violet (my favorite BUT it seems like it's getting extremely popular, especially in my area. I don't want to name my daughter something if it's going to be the next Olivia or something)

Ivy

Eve

Clara

Alexandra (my second favorite)

Lucia (Loo-see-ya)

Serena

Vera

April

I also kind of like the name Heidi but I think it might not mesh since it's very German and DH is Spanish.

Help please? Suggestions, or tell me what you like best and what goes with Silas best. Also do you think Violet will be the next Isabella/Olivia/Ava in terms of popularity?

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June 24, 2014 10:18 AM

I really like Serena, and off the top of my head, I don't think I've met any little girls running around with that name lately.  I also don't think you can really go wrong with Alexandra.  That being said, your reservations towards the name Heidi made me chuckle because one of my in-laws is named Heidi and she's half Central American.  To my knowledge, none of that side of her family has ever had trouble with her name.

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June 24, 2014 12:31 PM

I love your list. If you're concerned about popularity, I would probably avoid Violet, Ivy, and Eve. Ivy was on our short list for a while, but at #152 in 2013, I definitely see it breaking into the top 100 in 2014. Violet is already #69. Eve is not high on the list, but with variations like Eva (#88) and Evelyn (#20) all sharing the nn Evie, I think you'd find you're hearing it everywhere. 

Of your other choices, I really love Heidi, Vera, and Lucia. Heidi is unexpected and adorable, and I don't think it would be weird, even with a Spanish DH. :) Vera still gets you the "v" sound you like, but it's not nearly as popular. It would be darling on a baby, but would grow into an intelligent, sophisticated name for a teenager/adult. You would probably run into some popularity issues with Lucia if you plan to use the nn Lucy (#66), but I can't help but love this full name, considering she'll be half Spanish and this name is #1 in Spain. I like that connection, but I could see it being a con, as well. 

Alexandra, Serena, Clara, and April are all fine, just nms. 

Hope this helps! Good luck naming! 

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June 24, 2014 2:36 PM

What does your husband think about these name? You didn't mention at all, just that your top two are Violet and Alexandra.

Is your last name spanish? If so, I could see Lucia or Serena being a perfect choice! I especially love Lucia, but find it souding strange with Silas. I think it is all the L & S sounds with each other, it almost sounds like they could be the same name spelled forwards and backwards. Maybe that's  just me! And I would prefer for both kids not to have the same initial, so Serena & Silas sounds pretty matchy.

I DO NOT think Violet is the next Ava. I think Violet is a bit too quirky to make it to the top 5 spots. But it is trending right now for sure. 

I find Vera a perfect counterpart to Silas. Both feel a bit exotic but are easily recognized. They start with different letters. I also really like Silas & Eve, and Silas & Alexandra (Ally?) . All of these work for me. I like Silas and Violet together, but at the same time they feel a bit off because they are both 2 syllables with stress on the first part and feel a little matchy because of that. It wouldn't bother most people though. I guess the same goes for Vera but Silas & Vera do not sound as off to me as Silas & Violet. It is something in the feminine ending of Vera. 

My favorite for you would be Vera. I love it. 

 

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June 24, 2014 3:56 PM

To me, Alexandra seems more common than Violet.  All of the "alex" names are very popular where I am, so the combination of Alex, Alexander, Alexis, Alexandra, Lex & Lexus makes it seem overdone to me.  Violet by itself might be more popular statistically, but nothing else really quite sounds like it.  I think that makes it stand out a bit more.

Of your other names, I really like Ivy, Clara & Lucia.  I don't know any little ones IRL with those names (though I do know one Clare).

I have encountered Heidi used in Latin America, usually spelled Heidy, so I don't think it would be too out of place with one Spanish parent.  All of the sounds would be easy for native Spanish speakers, so why not use it?