Hello naming gurus!


My hubby and I are still stuck on girl names.  We don't quite agree on boy names, but feel much closer to a name on that side.  That said, we only have 3 weeks until baby is due!  

So on to girl names - My DH really likes the name Kinley/Kinsley.  I don't dislike this name, but we do have a Kingsley that was just born on my side of the extended family.  I like the name Mila and Rowen, he's okay with Mila and says that Rowen sounds more like a boy to him, but neither are his favorite.  I also like Sidney and he seems more onboard with that option.  I like somewhat unique names, so I'm surprised that Sidney has remained on my list.  As I was trying to think of more options, I remembered a move with a character named Siddalee - how do people feel about this name?  I've really only heard it in that movie.  I can't decide if I love it or think it's a little too fussy.  Any other suggestions - I'm open to anything at this point!


March 15, 2018 4:58 PM

Honestly, to me it sounds like a brand name. Not any specific brand, but it has that kind of familiar-but-not-quite-right sound (My mom was trying to push Caoimhe on my recently, and I realized that its phonetic form Keeva also just seemed really brand-like to me).

Instead of Sidney, how about Sadie? And as a Kinley/Kinsley alternative, how about Finley? I also think Mila is a nice choice. 

March 15, 2018 6:00 PM

Thanks for the response!  I like Sadie but our friends named their dog that and I can't get it out my head that it's a dog's name  ;-(  DH will definitely think Finley is a boy unfortunately.


By EVie
March 15, 2018 5:12 PM

I've never heard Siddalee it before, and my first reaction was that it looks made-up -- and not very elegantly, I'm afraid. I did find that it's from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood book/movie, which I haven't seen and know nothing about; I suspect that the author invented it. Are the book or movie meaningful to you? Is the character someone you admire, or, from another angle, is the mother of the character (who presumably gave her the name) someone you'd like to emulate? If the answer to all those questions is no, I wouldn't choose a random made-up name from a random movie just because you think it's pretty.

Behind the Name also has a user-submitted name Sidalie, which strikes me as as *much* more elegant spelling, though it may be equally made-up (it says it's a rare Louisiana Creole name, but I can't vouch for the accuracy there, and it doesn't give any derivation). That spelling also strips away the movie associations and makes it more appealing to me.

There is also Sidony, which is a very old medieval name derived from the Late Roman name Sidonia. It sounds similar to Sidney, but has a much longer history of use as a feminine name without the gender confusion. (I tend to associate the spelling Sidney with boys and Sydney with girls, though I know it's not 100%). 

Mila is very pretty and fits in well with current trends. I agree with your husband that Rowan is a boys' name. Kinley and Kinsley are both very meh to me, unless they have a personal meaning to you (e.g. a family surname, the name of a dear friend, a place that is meaningful to you). Otherwise it's just two trendy syllables stuck together. Especially given the other Kingsley in your family, I personally would steer away from them. 

March 15, 2018 6:17 PM

I did like the film as a teen, so that might be why I have some liking for the name going in.  The full name was Siddalee Walker...and the character had some admirable qualities.  The mother I do not wish to emulate - ha!  I guess I struggle with the random made-up names because I feel like so many variations in today's world are just that.  I don't want an over the top common name, but I would like something that people won't butcher when they go to say it.  I've waited quite some time for a little one and want a name that stands out just in the right way.  I do like the spelling alternative, Sidalie, that you provide better...thank you for your thoughts!




March 15, 2018 5:17 PM

There is a long history of literary inventions turning into real names, but I'm not sure this has really happened with Siddalee yet. I think other people share my impression that it's a very kre8tive concoction, in a class with Renesmee rather than Pamela. (The actual difference between Siddalee/Renesmee and Pamela/Miranda is probably just chronology: the latter have been around much longer.)

However, there is a "real" name that Siddalee always reminds me of, which happens to be very close to Sidney: Sidony. It originates as a feminine form of a Roman name based on a placename, but it became associated with a Greek word for "linen" and thus with the Shroud of Turin and the Feast of the Winding Sheet. (Yes, there are/were some Truly Odd holidays on the Catholic calendar.)

March 15, 2018 6:13 PM

I had never heard Sidony - and I'm guessing my husband hasn't either.  I'll run it by him but the unfamiliar rarely wins unforunately.  

March 16, 2018 2:37 PM

I love the Sidony/Shroud connection and I wish that feast was still celebrated! (I mean, it can still be celebrated, but it's not on the calendar so most people don't know about it. Catholics have awesome feasts.)

March 15, 2018 5:58 PM

I agree with the others that Siddalee is odd and unappealing.  Sidney is decidely masculine, which your husband has said he doesn't like.  Kinley and Kinsley should be right out since there's a relative close in age to your coming baby with essentially the same name.  That leaves Mila as your best option of what you've listed (and definitely my favorite, even without the issues the others have).  Since it isn't quite right, how about Milena, Malia, or Melania?  Two of those (especially Melania) happen to be rather politically charged at the moment though!  What do you think about Millie?  Besides Millicent and Mildred, it could be derived from Camille/a, Matilda, Amelia, or Emilia.  I like the suggestion of Sarah "Sadie" as an S-d-ie alternative to Sidney and Siddalee - but I'm guessing the full formal version isn't what you're looking for!

March 15, 2018 6:12 PM

Oddly enough my husband feels that Sidney is decidely girl - he would never agree to it for a boy's name.  I don't think I could do Malia or Melania because of the political ties right now.  I'm not a fan of Millie and a cousin that has a Margeret that they call Millie (don't ask me how they got to that nn).  Thanks for the options...girl names are hard!

March 15, 2018 11:51 PM

sorry I dont like Siddalee - similar names  Sidonie,  Cindy, Cassidy,



Sinead  Jacinta Tamsyn Lucinda Adalee Darcy  Delaney

Everly Kiralee McKinley Brinley Briley Kiralee Makaylee

Shaylee Sherilee Quinlee Kayleigh Annali Callie  Finley Hadley

Coralie Rosalie Avonlea Avaleigh Lorelei Leilani Felicity

Khaleesi Kalani Melanie Natalie   Kinsey  Makenzie Camilla

Romilly Romilda Rowenda Rohanna Bronte Briohne Saffron Taryn

Nerolie Kerolie Ainsley  Raizel Kindelle  Kendall Avalina Evalina

Charlize Sylvie Sheydin Sherilyn Sabrina Sarina Sabine Sanna

Saskia Serenity Shardae Shekira Shakira Shekinah Tenille Meridee

Destinee Chandelle Shandelle Annalise Odette Kahlia Aubrielle Brielle

Briella Aubrianne  Rhialle  Tenika Teliesha Shae

March 16, 2018 10:26 AM

Thanks for all the ideas!  We've actually just started talking about Charlize - interesting that you also brought it up.  A lot of other options we hadn't yet considered, too!  We'll definitely be spending some time reviewing.  


March 18, 2018 1:19 AM

I remember the Ya-Ya Sisterhood! Great book, not so great name.

I'm also not a big fan of Kinley/Kinsley.

What about Myla instead of Mila?

Or Rowena instead of Rowen?


Other ideas:

Sylvia or Sylvie

















Simone or Simona

Cecilia or Celia




March 18, 2018 11:28 AM

Congratulations! We have/are expecting 3 girls(1 and a set of twins due soon) and 2 boys. We have an Alexis and twins will be Behati and Tahira if you like any of these, otherwise here are some suggestions

Brookelyn, Jade/Jayda, Lucia, I think Sydney is nice but I would spell it the way of the place (your choice thoguh) Cassie, Annalise, Keeley, Freya