Sibling for Alyssum Hypatia Sky

Hello everyone,

I chose my 4 year old's middle names (1 inspirational/historical figure, 1 nature name), and my husband chose her first name (unique nature name with a very accessible nickname: Aly).  We absolutely love all her names and she does too (so far).  We would like to give her sibling names that are also unique yet accessible with lots of different options to choose what they want to be called throughout their lives.

I like the middle names Wendell (after Wendell Berry) and River.  We need help with ideas for first names--boy and girl.

Thank you for any and all suggestions!  Best wishes!


June 27, 2018 10:16 AM

It's kind of a different direction, but the boy name I thought of for you is Blaise: it sounds exactly like the ultramodern Blaze, but it's an old name with centuries of history. Another name I thought of is Basil. (The problem with that is that the herb is usually pronounced differently than the name.)

If you don't mind matching initials, for a girl you could use Azalea, nickname Lea. Or Zinnia? I love the flower, and I think it makes a lovely name, but I can't think of a nickname for it.

June 27, 2018 11:30 AM

Oh, I like Zinnia.  Perhaps Zee/Z, Zin/Zinnie or Nia as nicknames?

To steal from another thread, I also like Primrose.  Primrose & Allysum are both unusual botanical names, but still familiar.  They both also have links to more common "hidden" names (Ally/Alyssa/Rose) in case they ever want something less unusual.  Marigold and Juniper also appeal for the same reasons.


June 28, 2018 3:51 AM

I was also going to suggest Zinnia and Juniper (my personal faves) along with Calla, Delphine, Clementine, Margeurite, Clover, Wren, Autumn, Sage, Winter

Boys: Ryder, Caspian, Fox, Wolf, Otto, Forrest, Birch, Aspen, Cedar, Linden, Orion, Hawk, Grove.

I really like your daughters name and think the middle names you've suggested work well and there are plenty of other options depending on what first name you go with.

By csue
July 5, 2018 6:38 PM

Thank you both for the suggestions.  I like Zinnia the best so far for a girl and Linden for a boy.

June 27, 2018 11:11 AM

Calanthe, Delphine, Melantha, Calla, Bryony, Jessamine, Linnea, Wren, Willow, Soleil, Jacira, Seren, Primrose, Kalina, Melia, Saffron, Marisol, Odessa, Maya, Portia, Phaedra, Stelara, Tahirah, Tamara, Sapphira, Bellatrix, Calliope, Calandra, Briohne, Calista, Estella, Jacinta, Neveah, Paloma, Nerida, Nova, Oriana, Romilly, Samira, Tallulah,

Flint, Quill, Fox, Wolf, Hawke, Bram, Cassius, Dorian, Darius, Jabari, Jacobi, Orion, Edison, Evander, Cyprian, Callahan, Hadrian, Lysander, Tennyson, Caspian, Emerson, Blake

By csue
July 5, 2018 6:40 PM

I really like Nova, but my husband is a car guy and so can't get over the car association.  Same thing with Zephyr.  Thanks for all the suggestions!

June 27, 2018 11:31 AM

Clelia Mosher is a historical hero of mine, and I've always been intrigued by her name.

What about Clelia for namesake middle?

By csue
July 5, 2018 6:44 PM

Awesome historical hero--thank you for telling me about her!  I will definitely be teaching my kiddoes about her someday, no matter what their names are...

June 28, 2018 10:37 AM

What a great name your daughter has! I think other advice has been excellen. I can only recommend Kay Sheard’s name book to you, and also suggest that you think now about the degree to which you’d like to lock yourself into a theme. I love the idea of continuing the middle names, both in number and in theme, as a fun sibling bond, but for the first name I’d try to tread more carefully about whether it’s best to choose another botanical name. If  chances are good that this child completes your family I think there’s no harm done if the callname you love best comes from the same category, but if you’re hoping for a larger brood, given the unusual striking nature of the names it might be a difficult theme to get away from once established. I generally think it takes three to make a pattern, not two, but in more unusual namespace I think that changes for me. So maybe not Clematis nicknamed Clem, but more Solstice nicknames Sol.

By csue
July 5, 2018 6:47 PM

Excellent advice and really not something I was considering.  I don't plan on having more kids, but I also did not plan to have these two so...  points well taken

July 8, 2018 3:43 PM

Girls:  Tulsi, Linden (as in Linden flower), Angelica, Fern, Lilac, Amaryllis, Zinnia, Azalea, Dahlia, Cassia, Calla, Anise, Ayla, Ivy, Willow, Olive, Aspen, Laurel, Hazel, Trillium, Clematis / Clementine, Ginger, Juniper, Stephania, Teasel

Boys: Basil, Stone, Coen (as in Coen River in Australia), Flint, Clay, Bear, Hawk, Hawthorne, Rowan, Birch, Ridge, Rock, Lake, Wolf, Brooks, Ember, Forest, Cedar, Larch, Ash, Elder, Sage, Reishi, Seneca / Senega, Thyme