Rosalie + middle name?

I am very excited to announce that we have decided on Rosalie for our 2nd daughter!! For anyone who has followed my posts, it’s nearly a miracle that we’ve chosen a name with time to spare :)  There was some name regret with our first daughters name and we’ve done quite a bit of contemplating this time around, but nothing else compares.  Rosalie/Rosie makes us smile when we say it and the name offers all we are looking for— so Rosalie it is! 

Now we are trying to solidify her middle name....

I had always thought I would use Mae for a second daughters middle name, and that is definitely still an option, but I’d like some advice/opinions:

Some background on Mae— it is the middle name of my husbands grandmothers name and she used to go by “Ruthie Mae” when she was in a way it honors her. But is that too much of a stretch/indirect to really link Mae to his grandma? I can see us calling our new little one “Rosie Mae”  at times. 

Also, do you all think Mae gives off a southern vibe? 

Any other suggestions on MN for Rosalie? 

As always, thank you!!


June 24, 2018 9:36 AM

I think it’s sweet you want to use Mae. I don’t think Rosie Mae is a stretch at all, people rarely do direct namesakes nowadays so I‘d expect the honour to be in the middle, and Ruthie and Rosie even share first initials.

However, I’m the type of person who would much rather do variant namesakes or not-name-related honour names. I’m sure I’m swayed a bit by Rosalie being more on-trend than Ruth, too.

June 24, 2018 11:24 AM

I think Rosalie/Rosie Mae is lovely and a good way to honour grandma - top choice - perfect, no I dont think it gives a southern vibe

others Claire, Faith, Joy, June, Jean, Grace, Anne, Jane, Kate, Kaye

June 24, 2018 11:46 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! We are on the same page with a one syllable mn for Rosalie :)

June 24, 2018 1:48 PM

Congratulations on for sure settling on Rosalie! It's such a pretty name, I've been rooting for it since the beginning. :)

I wouldn't find it too much of a stretch for Mae to be an honour in the middle spot (really I feel that with any namesake name it is the intent that matters; if you chose it to be an honour name and that is the story you will tell your daughter when she asks about her middle name then it's an honour name. It doesn't really matter if the connection is not immediately apparent to the world and his wife), and I think it becomes an even clearer link if you were to use "Rosie Mae" sometimes.

Not being American I probably don't have the best perspective on the amount of southern vibe Mae brings; I can say that for me Rosalie Mae doesn't scream southern. 

June 24, 2018 10:14 PM

I agree; making 'Mae' an honor name is much about the story you tell the child.  My middle name is Jane after my grandmother 'Jennie'.  As a kid, I didn't see the connection.  Now I know that's a traditional Scots nickname and I love my connection to my grandmother.

'Mae' does give me a Southern vibe.  But it will depend on how you use it.  If you call her Rosie-Mae, my first guess will be Southern.  If you call her Rose, Rosie, Rosalie and have Mae on formal documents, it won't sent that vibe at all.

Congrats on finding a lovely first name!

By EVie
June 24, 2018 11:29 PM

Congratulations on your choice! Rosalie/Rosie is lovely. It was my favorite for you from the beginning, so I'm happy you're so happy with it.

I do get a southern vibe from Rosie Mae, but I think that's true of any double barreled name. It would work nicely as a tribute to Ruthie Mae, though—if the first name were different it might be more of a stretch, but Ruthie/Rosie are similar enough that I think the intent is clear. I'm not sure if I would call Mae itself southern so much as just very *American*—somewhere between country and Hollywood glitz, if that makes sense. The spelling May reads to me as much more quaint, English or at least traditional upscale American (I'm thinking of May Welland in The Age of Innocence vs. Mae West, which are my primary associations for the names).

I don't know how you feel about alliteration, but I actually think that Rosalie Ruth/Rosie Ruth is very charming, if you're interested in honoring grandma more directly. 

Middle names are sometimes hard to suggest without more direction. Do you have other relatives in mind to honor? Do you want to shoot for a particular style—something more adventurous in the middle, or something more classic? (Rosalie is somewhere in between, so in my mind you could go either direction). A feeling you'd like to evoke in the name as a whole? (A name that says "lawyer," or a name that says "debutante," or a name that says "artist"? A name that says "gingham curtains," or a name that says "marble statuary"? Again, different middles can pull Rosalie in different directions). What is the rhythm and sound of your surname? (I can't remember whether you told us, and I might suggest something different for Rosalie Fox than for Rosalie Montgomery). 

June 25, 2018 10:27 PM

I did actually consider Rosalie Ruth and I’m not completely opposed to it, however I do prefer more variation in sounds & I do think the double ”R” can be a bit much.  I like having the option of calling out “Rosie Mae” whereas “Rosie Ruth” feels harder to say and would deter me from ever really using her middle name aloud. 

I think the benefit to using Ruth is that its more of a direct namesake, but I really like the sound of Mae better and the mame in general. I guess it depends on what’s most important to us— having a more direct link to grandma or liking and being more inclined to use the middle name .... hmmmm....


Also, our one-syllable last name rhymes with Hide. 

Thanks for all the feedback :)

June 26, 2018 2:28 AM

I think both names go well with your surname - but I think Rosalie Mae goes better

June 26, 2018 5:04 PM

For me the fact that Mae was grandma's middle name makes it more of a link, she would be sharing her middle name with her great-grandma. That is a nice connection to me and would be easy to say to family when you announce the name to make sure everyone is aware of the namesake ("her middle name is Mae, the same as Grandma Ruth's"). But if it feels like not enough to you and you want to go with Rosalie Ruth to be more direct then I do like lucubratrix's suggestion of "Rosie Ru" as an affectionate nickname option.

June 25, 2018 11:54 PM

Can I interest you in using Rosie Ru (or Rue or Roo, whatever spelling you prefer) as a nickname option for Rosalie Ruth? It’s a sweet nickname- I use it occasionally for my son, and a friend of his uses it as a nickname for a totally unrelated name. 

June 27, 2018 12:41 AM

I like Rosalie Mae and if Mae was g-grandma's middle name then I think it's perfect.  I like the Idea of Rosalie Ruth too but prefer Mae in this instance and with your surname. I also liked the suggestion of June.  I could suggest plenty of MN options but I think it depends on whether you want an honour name or something that is pretty/sounds good/goes well with the first name .... etc?

July 11, 2018 10:50 PM

Any other input on this? 

(only a few weeks to make a final decision...)


July 12, 2018 4:17 AM

I still like Rosalie Mae, do you have anything else you are leaning towards still?  I see no issues with Rosalie Mae, but there are plenty of other middle names that work if you aren't quite sure.

July 12, 2018 9:48 AM

I think Rosalie Mae is lovely and so special to use Mae in honour of your grandmother

July 12, 2018 10:23 AM

I still really like Rosalie Mae for you.