Talk to me about Coralie

Hello all!

I just found out that I'm pregnant again! Way too early to tell people IRL, but never too early to start thinking about names.

Lately I'm stuck on the name Coralie. Not one I would have picked a few years ago but now I'm totally crushing on it. Not sure if it's too similar to my daughter's name though. I have a 4yo named Rosalie who goes by Rosie almost all the time. A little Coralie would likely be shortened to Cora at least some of the time. Obviously Rosie and Cora are fine for sisters, but are Rosalie and Coralie too match?

Also happy to hear suggestions for other names if you have them.


May 15, 2018 4:39 AM

Rosie and Cora is nice,  but Rosalie and Coralie is too much,  what about Cora or Coraline or Coral

 others Annalise, Annalisa, Juliet, Genevieve, Evangeline, Vivienne, Celeste, Cordelia, Phoebe, Adeline, Alice, Evelyn, Margot, Eleanor, Lucinda, Susannah, Beatrice, Yvette, Elsie, Angeline, Georgina, Francine, Audrey, Lucinda, Penelope, Bridget, Lillian, Lauren, Laurel, Estelle, Guinevere, Marguerite, Jacqueline

May 15, 2018 6:27 AM

I agree Rosalie and Coralie are too similar, but Rosie and Cora definitely aren’t. I dont think it’s the end of the world if you choose it, but I also think it would be good to look for alternatives. What do you think of Coraline?

May 15, 2018 10:07 AM

Coralie and Rosalie are too close for my tastes, although some parents have inflicted far worse on their children (especially on twins). However, I think Rosalie often called Rosie and Cora sometimes called Coralie would turn the excess similarity into a pleasing parallel. When the matchiness is optional, it's an asset rather than a burden.

May 15, 2018 7:44 PM

Thanks HNG, I like the idea that the matchiness could be an asset when it's optional. I'm a big nicknamer. My eldest prefers her full name, but still gets the occasional nn. The rest of my kids get called all sorts of silly things, and their intended nicknames, more often than the full thing. That's mostly for when they're in trouble. 

I did think it could be too close, which is why I asked in the first place. It seems most people think it's a no go, so I'll have to give it some more thought and run it by the hubs.

May 15, 2018 11:13 AM

I have a little Coralie and we almost exclusively call her Cora. We're expecting our 4th girl here in a few weeks but have yet to narrow down a first name. I contemplated Rosalie for a bit but had similar thoughts. Rosalie and coralie are just too similar in my opinion. 

I looked into alternate ways to get the sweet Rosie/rose nickname. Could you use a variant that has Cora in it? Or even just Cora?

May 15, 2018 4:40 PM


I am also in the "too close" camp, though I like the idea of using Coralie as the "nickname" for the shorter Cora, rather than the other way around.

Otherwise, can I interest you in Coretta? It has two great, obvious nicknames (Cora and Etta) and a pretty good namesake into the bargain. Although you'd have to consider whether Rosa(lie) and Coretta might be doubling down on the Civil Rights namesakes more than you want.

May 15, 2018 7:49 PM

Coretta falls in the "like it but wouldn't use it myself" category for me. Though she is a wonderful namesake. Never too many Civil Rights namesakes! 

Im not trying to get to Cora as it were, it's the full name I'm crushing on right now. I just know myself enough to know that it will get shortened. I also really like Eleanor nn Nora but the regulars here have persuaded me that I can't use it with big sister Elena. Sigh. The list of names I love and can't use is long and ever-growing. I suspect that is a common issue here. :)

May 16, 2018 6:26 AM

Coretta was my suggestion exactly!


Naming subsequent children is always harder.  You've more than likely used up a favorite name and rhymes are out for most of us.

May 15, 2018 11:29 PM

Yeah, I do think it's too close. Especially since you have three (or more?) kids, it seems weird to give two of them the exact same name ending.

What about Coralina?


Cora on its own








Lorelai (might still be too close to Rosalie)






By mk
May 16, 2018 12:52 AM

My friend and her two sisters have rhyming names and she honestly never noticed until someone pointed it out to her. People get used to it and if you are using nicknames in regular interactions many won't even know.

So I don't think it is a big deal if that is the name you like best, though I personally prefer Cora over any of the longer versions.

May 16, 2018 1:48 AM

Rosalie and Coralie is indeed too much!  If you're going to call her Cora, then why not just name her Cora?  It is perfectly valid as a stand-alone name.  Another alternative that I don't see yet is Cordelia.

May 16, 2018 11:42 AM

Ooo! Rosalie and Cordelia is pretty great. I like the echoing R and -ie sounds, given that they're also fairly different.

May 16, 2018 5:44 PM

I love the idea of Cordelia... or Cornelia if you really want to go fusty!


Rosalie and Coralie are a bit much together, although I can definitely see why they would appeal to the same people.  For me, it's -ed nicknames for boys.  "This is my son Freddie and his brother Teddy.  Over there are my other sons, Ned and Jed." :D

By EVie
May 16, 2018 9:19 AM

Yup, too close for me, although I like the suggestion of using Coralie as a longer form nickname for just Cora. I'll second the suggestions of Coraline and Cordelia (while Coretta is pretty, it's too tied to one particular historical figure for me to recommend it unless you have very strong feelings about her). I'll also throw out Corabel--I have a real soft spot for the -bel names--and the very literary Corisande.

May 16, 2018 11:41 AM

I agree they're too close. 

As I've just named a second child, I've realized that my initial ideas for #2's name were very similar to #1's name in terms of sounds and letters. Like they weren't so much ideas for #2's name as they were ratifications of #1's name. 

I think this might happen a lot. I know a mom of two daughters Suzanne and Annabelle. She thinks the second name really was inspired by the fact that she loved her first daughter's name, especially the Anne syllable. They become Suzannabelle in her mind, which highlights the derivativeness of the second name. 

So if I were you, I'd take your idea about Coralie as a message from your heart that you love your first daughter's name. Then put it aside and think about something quite a bit different that might suit this new person. At least that's what I had to do with #2.

May 17, 2018 3:46 AM

If your daughters are Elena and Rosalie, Cornelia does include sounds from both of their names while also being distinctive rather than too matchy. Lyra?  Celia? Nellie?  Nellie could derive from Cornelia too.

And I see that you like Leo and Eleanor (but latter too close to daughter Elena).  In that context.... Leora?  That goes beautifully with Elena and Rosalie.



May 18, 2018 1:21 PM

On reflection I think you're right Dorit, I probably like the "feel" of Coralie so much precisely because it's so similar to my daughter's name. I will consign it to my list of names I love but can't use and look elsewhere for a name for this baby.

Perhaps I can talk my husband into something a little more adventurous this time around, like Calliope or Hermione.

May 19, 2018 12:17 AM

Cordelia is a favorite of mine So I planned to suggest that as I began reading through comments and then I read that you have an Elena too. So then Elena, Rosalie, and Cordelia made me think vampires when they are all together. Personally I like the subtle connection enough that I would start searching for other "vampire" names in literature to see if anything else appeals to me, especially since Cordelia wasn't actually a vampire just mixed in with them.

May 19, 2018 1:21 AM

Lol! I'm not familiar with Elena or Rosalie as vampires but I love that that's what you noticed. And yes, Cordelia was more vampire adjacent. :)

May 22, 2018 11:24 AM

I'm here to save the day! Luckily I registered just now and saw your dilemma (joke hehe)

Actually out of all the "Cor" names (and all are lovely), my favourite version is "Corisande". It's a name with deep historical roots, reaching back to the middle ages, but it's never been common. Yet it feels accessible, is easy to pronounce and has a poetic, romantic and elegant aura. I would definitely consider it if I had a daughter myself.

Rosalie and Corisande go perfectly together and compliment each other. They sound like two beautiful, dashing heroines of a bard's tale back when the popular song was "Greensleeves"

You could call her Cora or Corie as a nickname.

Here's a lovely extended article about Corisande when it was chosen as the "Name of the Week"

June 8, 2018 5:38 PM

Love Cora but to similar  How about Corrina or Corrine. Also love Coraline.