I’m due in April with our third child, first girl. I’ve posted before, but I’ve recently sort of fallen in love with the name Sonnet. Our top names before this were Hazel, Lily, and Violet. 

Now I’m thinking of Sonnet Lily or Lily Sonnet. 

Nickname for Sonnet would probably be Sunny. 

I’m looking for opinions about Sonnet and whether it’s too out there. 

Brothers‘ names are Simon and Andrew, so not in the same style at all. 


By EVie
February 12, 2018 4:58 PM

DO IT! :) Sonnet is one of my favorite word names, but I don't think I quite have the guts to pull the trigger on the style. Maybe as a middle, if I could talk my husband around to it. I'd LOVE to see someone else use it. 

But you would absolutely have to write her birth announcement as a sonnet. It's too good an opportunity to pass up. And think of the nursery decor possibilities... framed text art on the walls? Or stenciled on directly? Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet Number 43 would be pretty perfect.

February 13, 2018 4:39 PM

Also agreeing with EVie on this one. I know children named Story, Music, and Lyric, so Sonnet seems perfectly reasonable. I also had by marriage a great aunt Sunny, although in her case it was short for Sunshine, so that too seems like a name that can serve one well through all stages of life. 

I don't see the "Son" in Sonnet at all. 

And for what it's worth, I like Sonnet Lily much better than Lily Sonnet, because the second way it sounds like a poem about lillies. I think pairing it with a conventional name like Lily or Lillian is a great choice, too, giving your daughter flexibility and a balanced total package. 

February 12, 2018 5:07 PM

I wouldnt - you could use it as a middle name


with Simon and Andrew  - Lily is lovely,  Hazel and Violet go well too

February 12, 2018 7:30 PM

Sonnet is beautiful and I think the nn Sunny is adorable! It is rather different from your sons, but I think its legit to have different styles for girl names and boy names and that can be reflected in a family. 

You should probably be prepared to initially get some raised eyebrows, though. I noticed some threads in which people initially balked when they met a child with the name or saw it on a birth announcement, but it grew on them. If that idea makes you uncomfortable, then it would be better in the middle, but if that works for you I say go for it!

February 13, 2018 1:25 PM

I dunno, I'd be bothered by the Son+diminutive reading. Yeah, yeah, I know it's not a word for a small male offspring, but it has "Son" right there, front and center.

As a middle name, sure, but I can't really get behind it as a first name. Mind you, the "birth announcement must be a sonnet" requirement holds even if you only use it as a middle name! Hope somebody in the family is a decent poet. :)

February 13, 2018 2:36 PM

Interesting, your current list is only one name off from another poster's (Hazel, Lily & Violet vs. Hazel, Violet & Autumn).  I see that Lily is also on a longer list for the other poster.  You may want to take a look at that thread if you are looking for more inspiration.

I agree that "Son" being right there at the front of Sonnet bothers me.  Sunny doesn't help much, because I *hear* Sonny since I know the "son" is in Sonnet.  Otherwise, I think it does have a pretty sound & meaning, though it does seem quite a bit more adventurous than the other names on your list, or the brother names.

February 13, 2018 2:56 PM

The "son" at the beginning of Sonnet doesn't bother me any more than the "son" at the beginning of Sonia (i.e., not at all) -- especially since neither is even pronounced the same as son. Visually, my brain makes a connection to bonnet, not anything having to do with male progeny.

February 13, 2018 7:59 PM

It's not the "Son" at the beginning on its own that bugs me, it's the Son+net. So like Bennet = Ben + n + et = little Ben, my mind keeps wanting to make Sonnet into "little Son", even though I know that's totally wrong.

I forgot to mention before that I'd be worried about the sibling dynamics, with the boys having totally normal names but their little sister getting such an unusual name. And with the disparity between Sonnet and the other girl names OP has been considering, there's also the possibility of name regret.

February 14, 2018 12:04 PM

Unusual but totally recognizable, with a lovely sound and connotation. I say go for it! The masculine and diminutive aspects would never have occurred to me, since it's such a common word with its own meaning. 

February 14, 2018 7:24 PM

I think either Sonnet Lily or Lily Sonnet would be a great choice of name. Sonnet has feminine associations for me. The two names go very well together and I get a creative but innocent and natural vibe from these names!