Sister for Poppy (Phillipa)

Hi All

I am 22 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby girl and am struggling for name ideas. My eldest daughter is called Phillipa June and we called her Poppy. 

This baby's middle name will be Christina. I would like for her to have a full name with a nickname that we can call her by at all times, like Poppy. I also really like the fact the Poppy isn't an obvious nickname for Phillipa and would like the same for this baby.

I love names like Charlotte or Bridgette and would prefer the name not to be in the top 100. My, absolute, favorite name is Maisie, but I can't use it as it's the name of my best friend's daughter. So I would love a name along those lines !!

Sorry for all the request haha!



November 8, 2017 5:19 AM

My first thought was Daisy is a great alternative-nickname for Maisie!  But Daisy and Poppy might be one too many flowers.  Maeve is also a beautiful alternative to Maisie, but a short standalone name.  If you REALLY want to go for the nickname thing, I suggest long (4-syllable) names: Andromeda, Penelope, Alexandria, Luciana, Marabella, Celestina, etc.   

You know, my head is spinning here -- there are just so many possibilities for a 'surprise' nickname.  I am wondering if you can give some more information on what names you do or don't like?

Any interest in Charmaine, nickname Charms?  Great alternative to Charlotte (you love but think is too popular), and Charms is just so delightful especially paired with Poppy.  But it's also a gorgeous, classy name when she grows up and gets a serious professional job, you know?  ;)

November 8, 2017 7:02 AM

Thanks for all the help :)

I love Meave, but Hubby doesn't

I love names like: Florence, Alexandria, Esther, Bridgette, Katherine, Ophelia, Spencer, Hannah and Marigold. I'm not a big fan of names like: Penelope, Lilian or Safiyiah. I also don't really like alternative spellings

Charmaine is one of hubby's fave names, but I'm not too keen on it. 

November 8, 2017 3:42 PM

Are the names on your love list being considered? I think Florence could be perfect. It sounds great with Phillipa as full names and has similar nickname potential (Florrie and Floss/Flossie are the more obvious but I think Flora or Fleur could work as non-obvious choices, and then they both have flower-related nicknames). Ophelia could also work with the nickname Opal. 

Can I ask how you came to Poppy as a nickname for Phillipa? That might help in working out how to nickname other names in a similar way that is not the obvious choice but still makes sense to you. Do you want the nickname for this one to also be a standalone name?

November 9, 2017 12:39 AM

Only some of the names on my love list are being considered, if we find a nickname that we love.

I had always wanted my children to have 'formal' names and then a nickname that we call them by, as that's what I grow up with. We choose Poppy before we choose Phillipa, and a friend suggested that we just use a 'P' name, instead of finding a full name for Poppy and Hubby and I fell in love with Phillipa (put argued over the spelling - Philippa vs Phillipa)

I want this baby's name is a be a standalone name as well! :)

November 18, 2017 10:35 AM

Alexandria and Marigold have great potential for nicknames!


November 8, 2017 7:22 AM






Margaret - Maggie

Matilda  Abigail

Victoria  Evelyn

Susannah  Suzette

Amanda  Allison

Imogen  Cassandra

Nicole  Natasha  Nicolette

Rosalie Samantha Elliette

Vanessa Veronica Edwina

Gabrielle  Romilda

Alexis Anastasia  Cynthia

Elizabeth  Georgina

November 8, 2017 10:14 AM

Margaret Christina, called Daisy. Yes, it's very flowery with a sister called Poppy, but I think with the right parental attitude, it would be delightful rather than cheesy. (Acknowledge -- even embrace -- the theme, but only in small doses, so that it doesn't get overwhelming.)

Other ideas: Felicia called Filly, Florence called Flossy, Cecily called Cilla, Elizabeth called Lily.

November 8, 2017 11:03 AM

I agree that Margaret Christina/Daisy would be perfect, and I would totally embrace the whole floral theme.  When they get older and perhaps decide the floral thing is too much for them, they both have the option of using their given names or a more traditional nickname if they want.

Felicia/Filly made me think of Fliss, which could be used for Felicia or Felicity.

What about something like Melissa called Bee? 

Coco could be an option for just about any hard-C name.  Chloe, Colette, Courtney.  I think this one works especially well since the middle name will also start with a C.  (Cici is another possible option).

Since Poppy and Philippa are only connected by the repeated P, maybe look for another name pairs with similar dominate letters/sounds?  For example, Josephine called Fiona.

I'd also look for more old fashioned nicknames that have fallen out of general use.  Margaret/Daisy is a nice example.  Or something like Laura/Lolly.  Lolly could also work as a nickname for Lorelei.

November 18, 2017 10:37 AM

Margaret could also be nicknamed Pearl, as the name Margaret means Pearl.


November 8, 2017 3:56 PM

I think Poppy and Daisy is actually very sweet as nicknames (I know a family with them as actual given names which I feel is pushing at the line between delightful and cheesy rather hard), although I don't love Margaret. 

November 9, 2017 12:42 AM

Oooo I love Margaret Christina with the nickname Daisy!!! 

November 8, 2017 12:32 PM

Maybe you should brainstorm the kind of nickname you would like to use, and we can suggest creative ways to get there. With Poppy, I could see something like Nell working really well, and as the diminutive of Eleanor, it's got both historical credential and doesn't feel obvious in this nickname climate.

Other similar-feel nicknames that are established but non-intuitive would include Suki/Suky (for Susanna), Posy for Josephine, Molly for any of the Mary names (Miriam? Marianne?) Greta for Margaret, or Birdie either for Bernadette or a bird-themed name like Avis. 

I've heard Wren suggested for Florence, although I always find that a bit of a stretch. Or Romy, traditionally for Rosemary, could maybe stretch to a nickname for other Ro- names like Rosalind or Rosalie, or Romaine.

I also really like the suggestion of Charms. Perhaps you could use it with Charlotte, and forget about the popularity?

Delia for Cordelia? Minnie for Margaret or a Mary name, or even for Hermione (which would sound great next to Phillipa I think...

November 8, 2017 12:33 PM

Or Birdie could be a nickname for Bridget/Bridgette for that matter!

November 8, 2017 12:42 PM

Birdie is also traditional for the various forms of Bridget. Others: Polly for the Mary names (Polly too much wth Poppy?), Sadie/Sally for Sarah, Patsy for Martha, Caddie for Caroline, Nan/Nancy for Ann/e, Doll/Dolly/Dollie for Dorothy

November 8, 2017 3:51 PM

I love Posy for Josephine (although maybe Poppy and Posy would be too much?), Nell for Eleanor and the idea of Birdie for Bridgette. I also like Romy as a nickname if any of the Ro names appeal. 

November 9, 2017 12:47 AM

Some of the nicknames/names we love are:


Penny (but I don't think I can have a Poppy and a Penny)






(and lots more)

November 13, 2017 4:48 PM

I've got a Milly short for Amelia and I've heard Emilia and Camille/Camilla get to Millie too. The traditional long forms are Millicent and Mildred.

November 13, 2017 7:11 PM

Milla could come from Matilda. 

It's more of a stretch but for Nora you could use Naomi or Nicola if the Eleanor-type names are too obvious for you. Or maybe Honor?

November 8, 2017 3:29 PM

Some suggestions:


Augusta (Aggie)

Leonora (Lenny, Nora, Lola)

Matilda (Tilly, Mattie)

Helena (Hattie)

November 8, 2017 5:06 PM

Maisie puts me in mind of Moxie, which I've always thought would make a great nickname. The obvious "long form" would be Maxine, which shares a certain retro-charm with Phillipa as well as being a feminization of a masculine name. I think any M- name would work, though, if you like Margaret or Maureen or Moira or Millicent or Melisande etc.

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November 8, 2017 7:41 PM

Moxie makes me think of my favorite Victoria nickname, Vixie, which I've never yet seen in the wild. (Actually, I may have made it up, but I'm sure I'm not the first, and if Betty and Betsy can work equally well for Elizabeth, why not Vixie along with Vicky?)

November 10, 2017 10:50 PM

Vixie needs to be the heroine of your next book! I love it.

November 8, 2017 5:16 PM

My youngest is Pippa (the more traditional nickname for Phillipa). Since you have some -ette names in your list, you might like my oldest’s name, Juliet(te). I think Poppy and Jewel would be a great pairing. 

November 8, 2017 5:21 PM

I love this suggestion. Poppy and Jewel are a charming set and Jewel is a great stealth nickname for Juliet(te).

Do you call your Juliet by any nicknames?

November 8, 2017 7:19 PM

For her first few years, my husband and I and a few close friends called her Jubie (rhymes with Ruby). I can't explain where it came from but it just FELT like her name. She went by Juju pretty much everywhere else. Within the last year, she has rebelled against nicknames, so we've had to adjust to the full Juliet. We are very much a nickname family so it's been a challenge!

November 8, 2017 10:38 PM

On the Daisy front - while it traditionally is a nickname for Margaret, I can't imagine why!  There are lots of other (I think better) ways to get to Daisy - like Desdemona, Desirée, Deirdre, Deandra....

Daisy and Poppy is totally growing on me.  No pun intended.  :)

Another Maisie alternative: Marcella, nickname Marcy.


November 9, 2017 1:27 AM

Daisy is a nickname for Margaret because marguerite is another name for the flower.

November 8, 2017 10:43 PM

Well, my first thought when I read your post was Birdie for Bridget(te), but I see that's been mentioned already. I also like Posy for Josephine.

I do think it might be a good idea to find a few nicknames you like and work backwards to full name options since you want an unexpected full name/nickname pairing. You could also look for traditional nicknames that have fallen out of style, along the lines of Birdie and Bridget, Polly and Mary, or Patsy and Martha.

Here's a few ideas-

Penny- Millicent

Nell, Nellie- Penelope, Lenore, Leanora, Helen

Millie- Camilla

Minnie- Jessamine, Minerva, Wilhelmina

Tammy, Tamsin- Thomasina

Ginger, Ginny- Virginia

Bessie, Betsy, Elsie, Lilibet, Tetty, etc.- Elizabeth

Peggy, Meg, Nutmeg, Marjorie, etc.- Margaret

Maggie- Magdalene, Magdalena

Mitzi, Molly, Polly, Mimi, etc.- any Mary name

Wendy- Gwendolen, Gwendoline

November 9, 2017 7:11 AM

I love the suggestions of Ginger and Wendy. And since OP said she liked Louie as a nickname, how about Eloise, or even something less intuitive, such as Lillian, Ludivine, Lucia, Lucinda?

November 9, 2017 11:22 PM

Oh! I do love Louie as a nickname for Lucinda!!!

November 18, 2017 6:21 PM

Bette- Elizabeth, Bettina       

Billie- Sybil

Birdie- Beatrice, Bridget, Elizabeth

Britt- Bridget, Brittney

Trixie- Beatrix       

Dollie- Dahlia, Elodie     

Dot- Dorothy, Dorthea, Theodora   

Cleo- Colette

Essie- Estelle        

Mona- Harmony, Simone       

Scout- Scarlett       

Ari- Aurelia        

Rory- Aurelia, Aurora

Gigi- Gianna, Georgia, Gemma, Gillian, Giselle       

Lulu- Louisa, Louise, Eloise, Lucy, Luella       

Jenny- Imogen

Hattie- Harriet, Hadley          

Edie- Edwina, Edith, Eden, Elodie       

Evie- Evelyn, Evangeline, Everly, Genevieve

Letty- Violetta, Colette, Jueliette, Claudette, Ottilie       

Neve- Genevieve, Geneva         

Shea- Soshana, Sheena

Josie- Josephine           

Leni- Lenore, Lennox, Liana, Lavinia, Leona         

Libby- Isabel, Olivia, Elizabeth, Liberty

Millie- Camille, Emily, Amelia, Matilda        

Tildie- Matilda          

Sally- Rosalind         

Betsy- Beatrix

Mia or Mila- Amelia, Amalia         

Bree- Gabrielle         

Bea- Bianca, Bridget, Bailey, Beatrice, Beatrix, Phoebe

Coco- Corinne, Colette, Cordelia, Chloe         

Minnie- Jessamine, Emmaline, Miriam        

Nellie or Nell- Helen, Eleanor

Tilly- Ottilie, Matilda       

Vinnie- Lavinia, Davina, Viveca, Vanessa, Veronica, Violet, Vivian

Molly- Amalia, Mary

Addie- Hadley, Madeline, Adison, Adeline, Adele, Adalia, Adara      

Winnie- Rowena, Gwendolen

Tessa- Theresa, Tamsin       

Aggie- August, Agnes, Augusta       

Thea- Althea, Theodora, Dorthea


Maragret or Marguerite- Pearl, Daisy, Mamie, Margo, Maggie, Meg, Maisie, Greta

Anastastia- Annie, Ana, Stacia, Stacy, Tasha, Sia