Sister suggestions for Sadie?

We have a 2.5 year old named Sadie Grace. Little sister will be arriving in November, and we are starting to get serious about discussing names! Molly, Tess/Tessa, Nora, and Caroline are some we have been kicking around for #2 but we can't get a good handle on exactly what we like best. I would like there to be a similar flow to Sadie Grace, but doesnt have to be necessarily the same syllables (if that makes sense?) 

 

So, if you had to name a sister for Sadie Grace, what would you come up with? :) 

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By mk
July 8, 2018 11:06 PM

Ruby, Cora, Lucy?

I like Nora and Molly.

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July 9, 2018 6:39 AM

Lucy would actually cover a lot of bases for us as far as honoring loved ones is concerned (not a huge concern but would be a bonus!) -- but we dont really want to "repeat" a name that we are already using often. Hubbys grandmother, who raised him, is named Lucy, and we see her at least once a week. I would be more interested in using a version of Lucy that is similar, or finding another way to honor her - just to avoid repetition so close in the family. But I just adore the sound of Lucy. I'm at a loss here! haha.

 

I do like Cora, as well. Adding this one to the short list to see what hubby thinks. 

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July 9, 2018 4:18 PM

Lucy or just Lu as a middle name would sound pretty with  a lot of the names mentioned in these comments. 

Cora Lu or Caroline Lucy etc.

4
July 9, 2018 5:10 PM

If you love Lucy, I would give it a good consideration. Your husband's grandmother is probably Grandma or Grammy or Ya-Ya Nai-Nai or similar to a big chunk of the family already, and you could easily have a distinguishing nickname for times when both are around and likely to be called by name (e.g. Grandma Lucy and Little Lucy, Lucy and Lucy MiddleName, Great-Lucy and Lucy-kins, etc.). And of course you could tuck it into the middle slot as-is. Someday you might be glad to have used the exact form.

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July 11, 2018 12:54 PM

Very valid points -- we do call her Granny or Granny Lucy already, so it wouldn't be terribly difficult to have that and Little Lucy or even LuLu or something, still using Lucy as her name. We will have to consider this further, though I think I am fonder of it than my husband anyway so he may prefer it in the mn slot no matter what? We shall see. 

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By mk
July 10, 2018 11:50 AM

I think Lucy as a middle name would be perfect then. My middle name is my grandmother's name and it means a lot to me. My parents used family names as middle names for all of us, with the first name being one that didn't match any living relative. Although I do have lots of family members with the same name, so grandma Lucy and baby Lucy isn't a big issue either, to me.

You could also use: Lucille, Lucia, Lucinda.

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July 8, 2018 11:51 PM

I like the previous suggestions of Lucy, Ruby, and Cora. 

From your list, Molly is my favorite.  Tess/Tessa and Nora are also both nice.  Caroline seems a bit formal/stuffy next to Sadie (though I like it otherwise.)  Have you considered a mix and match approach?  Something like Molly Tess could work.

I think perhaps I'm getting hung up on Sadie Grace being used as a double name.  Do you ever call her both?  If so, I'd suggest looking at names more on the short/sweet/snappy side.  Clara, Claire, Kate, Jane, June, May.  

If you don't really call her the full Sadie Grace, then I think it would be easier to find something you like to coordinate with Sadie, and then let the middle name fall into place later.  I'd look for vintage names with a bit of spunk, but nothing too formal or prim feeling.  Violet, Stella, Hazel, Willa, Audrey.   Caroline would be a nice middle name option if you went this route.  Molly Caroline, Violet Caroline, Lucy Caroline, etc.

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July 9, 2018 6:32 AM

We do call her by both names on occasion, but not exclusively. If you ask her her name, she will reply with her full name, and I tend to use both names if I'm fussing at her (just like my mama did I guess) but definitely not all the time. I think one issue I am running up against is that with Sadie's name, we didn't really honor anyone, just to be "fair" and not honor one over another. This time around, we are not planning on another child, and I would love to honor someone, but again it becomes a matter of who - names of importance I would love to honor would be things like Ginny (Virginia), Lucy, Kaye (we would probably use Kate instead of Kaye), and Mary (I have considered Molly as a way to honor Mary - bonus that hubby and I both like the name a lot!)

It doesn't "bother" me that something like Molly Caroline doesn't have the same snappy short sound as Sadie Grace, but I wouldn't rule out something shorter like Nora Kate either. If that makes sense. :)

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July 9, 2018 9:56 AM

Molly would be an excellent way to honor a Mary. (You could even go full-on traditional and name her Mary, with Molly as her usual call-name, but this would work better if big sister was a birth certificate Sarah.)

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July 9, 2018 2:33 PM

I agree and something like Molly Kate could be a twofer while avoiding the repeated name situation like you want.

You could also consider Lucy in the middlel spot, so that the call name isn't exactly the same as your husband's grandmother.  Or perhaps something like Lucia?

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July 9, 2018 5:00 PM

Molly Caroline could easily go by Molly Kay sometimes (spelled however you prefer--Molly Cay?).

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July 11, 2018 12:57 PM

I do love this suggestion -- Kay is a very important individual to my husband especially but I am not really that fond of her name on its own, so being able to honor her with a beautiful mn that I do enjoy would be pretty ideal. I am sure he will like this idea. 

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July 9, 2018 12:08 AM

Molly and Tess/Tessa match Sadie's vintage-nickname-turned-independent origins nicely. Others in the same vein: Maisie, Sukey, Trudy, Peggy.

There are a lot of possibilities for middle names that could "go with" any of the names on your list or mine. How did you pick Grace? If it has any particular significance to you, then it would be good to find something with similar meaning to you for this child's middle name. Without further details, other classic one-syllable middles like Rose, Hope, and Joy come to mind.

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July 9, 2018 6:36 AM

Grace was actually compromise middle name - I wanted to go with Grey, and hubby thought it too masculine. So we compromised with Grace, which I do love. I had considered going the virtue name route for a mn this time around, but I don't particularly like a lot of them. . . I do like Mercy, but can't figure out how to make it flow in a set that I love. Also, I'm not sure hubby would go for it. We already have Faith and Hope as mns in the somewhat extended family, and they just don't really do it for me anyway. 

Molly Rose is one that I brought out on the table right away, but again, hubby isn't a big fan of Rose evidently. He does like Molly though, and so far of the ones we have discussed I think that's his front runner. 

Of your suggestions, I love Maisie! May be a little matchy sounding with Sadie? But I think it's precious. 

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July 9, 2018 10:12 AM

I like Nora best to go with Sadie,  Tessa is nice too

Nora Jean

others Cora, Coral, Hazel, Bridget, Beatrix, Ida, Ada, Lola, Clara, Mabel, Alice, Claire, Rosa, Maeve, Beatrice, Olive,  Annabel, Harriet, Eleanor, Gwendolyn, Lillith, Vivian, Esme, Edith, Celia, Pearl, Beth

May could also work as a nn for Mary

Lucille, Lucinda

 

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July 9, 2018 11:18 AM

Based off of what you've written in the comments, it seems that you really enjoy the name Molly. I think it's an adorable name and pairs great with Sadie because they have similar sounding endings. Below I'll leave some suggestions for middle names that I find pair beautifully with Molly as well as some suggestions for other names that could sound nice with Sadie.

Name List:

Molly - Molly Belle, Molly Elle, Molly Ella, Molly Emma, and Molly Jane

Scarlet - Scarlet Emma and Scarlet Jane

Darcy - Darcy May and Darcy Jean

Stella - Stella May

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July 11, 2018 1:03 PM

Molly really does seem to have struck a chord with me, I am hoping it has hit hubby the same. He did enjoy it when we spoke about names a few days ago, but he is just not as enthused about the whole naming situation as I am so I know it weighs more heavily on my mind in general. haha. Of your combos, Molly Belle is lovely and I like the simplicity of Molly Jane. Will have to run these by him. :) 

Darcy is another that I quite like. It's got the same sort of spunk to me that Sadie does, and I think it may be a nice fit. Mae is a mn of a famiy member that we could honor, so Darcy Mae will go on my list for hubby as well! :) Stella and Scarlet, while I do like both, will probably be ruled out as we have almost exclusively decided against another S name. Just in case there were to be a baby #3 in the future. (it would bother me, and i would feel almost like i HAD to go with another S name)

 

Thanks so much for your suggestions!

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July 12, 2018 2:10 PM

Of course, I'm glad that my suggestions helped! I wish you the best of luck on your naming journey :)

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July 9, 2018 3:52 PM

Molly, Tessa, and Nora are all a very natural fit with Sadie.  Others in the same vein include Megan or Greta (Margaret); Eliza, Elise, Bess, or Betsy (Elizabeth); Nell (Eleanor/Helen/etc...); Belle (Isabelle/Rosabel/etc...); Nina (Anna/Antonia/etc...); Etta (Henrietta/Georgetta/etc...); and Mina (Wilhelmina).

 

June, Jane, Ruth, Pearl, or Claire could work well as a middle name.  Sadie Grace and Molly Pearl?

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July 11, 2018 1:23 PM

I wonder about the "L" sound in Molly Pearl? I do like the idea though. Hmm... 
I also really like Molly Catherine, which I see is your username! Beautiful. 

 

Nora Jane and Elizabeth Claire are both ones that stuck out, too! (and while I like the idea of Betsy I think I would prefer Libby as a nn for Elizabeth? Libby Claire could work, right? - but then it may be too weird that Sadie is a nicknamey first name and Libby is just a nn for a more formal name, so maybe I would stick with Libby as the name and drop Elizabeth?) So many decisions! hah. 

 

Thanks for your input! 

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July 12, 2018 5:22 AM

I really like the repeated 'l' in Molly Pearl and think it's a good match to Sadie Grace.  Molly Catherine or Molly Caroline, shortened to Molly Kay for the family association is also nice although I really like Molly Pearl!

I've always enjoyed Libby as a nn for Elizabeth. Libby Claire is lovely. Normally I'd suggest going for the full name but I agree that with Sadie as a sibling, just 'Libby' could work.  I don't think there is any reason not to use the full Elizabeth though and call her Libby.

I've always liked Nora and also think Tess/a and Clara which were mentioned earlier are good fits.  Lucy is another favourite although I wouldn't use it as a middle with another 'y/ie' ending first name.

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July 10, 2018 9:38 AM

If you like Molly, and it's an honor name, I think that's a good one. Like Sadie, it's a "nickname" for a very common name that stands on its own well these days. Good symmetry! From the names on your honor list, I like Molly Virginia best (I'm super partial to Virginia, my mother's name, but have struggled with the idea of whether it works as a first these days), although it doesn't have that one syllable middle that works so well for a double name.

My other first name suggestion similar to Sadie is Hattie.

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July 11, 2018 1:11 PM

Ooh Molly Virginia would be perfect for me! I will probably have to work on hubby, bc I know he is not quite as fond of Virginia as I am, but I would adore being able to honor both of those specific individuals. And what a beautiful combo! The double name thing isn't a deal breaker. We could always use something like Molly V if we really wanted to have another double name. :)  Thank you! 

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July 10, 2018 12:24 PM

I think you have a few really good options already. I'll echo many others above and say that Molly seems like a good honor name for Mary and also fits in well with Sadie. I also like Nora and Tessa for you. I also like quite a few of the above suggestions, like Clara. Maybe some other ideas:

 

Amelia, nn Millie as an alternative to Molly if you aren't 100% sold on it

Eleanor or Ella

Annie

Hazel

Hallie

 

 

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July 11, 2018 1:15 PM

Thank you for your suggestions! I really like Annie (and Anna) and Eleanor, though I know hubby is not as fond of either. Amelia is nms simply bc its the town hubby is from and we would like to stay away from that association. Outsiders wouldn't pick up on it, but family would, and we just don't like it enough to use. :) 

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July 16, 2018 10:44 AM

I think that Sadie Grace and Molly Kate or Molly Faith would be adorable! I also really like Nora Kate or Nora Lucy.