Turns out we need help with girls names


So I hate to sound like a broken record, but it has been a few months since we were really working on baby names since I thought we were ok on girls names and we were not going to get to find out boy/girl until s/he arrived. But there have been some updates and I need help again.

So, we ended up needing an additional ultrasound due to some concerns (but according to the ultrasound all is well so we are pretty relieved), and we were finally able to get a decision from the tech- girl. 

Now I am re-thinking all if the girls names I have ever seen. And I kinda feel like I don't love any of them and panicking a little about it. We probably have a month or less until she arrives and we don't need to totally decide beforehand, but I would like to have a solid short list of 2 or 3 names that I feel really good about and can make a final decision after her arrival. 

Big sister is Georgett3 and we prefer to avoid another G name, or a name that starts with S or ends with -ette. It needs to be relatively long and formal and allow for fun nickname options as we are nickname people. Preferably not top 100.

I love Tallulah, DH vetoed and is never going to reconsider.

I vetoed Alexandra, Anastasia, Aurelia

We both like Louisa and Magnolia. He recently suggested Imogen which kinda impressed me with his creativity and I like the Shakespearean character, but it just doesn't look or sound particularly lovely to me. I worry that Magnolia is becoming too popular, not as a baby name but just as a name for everything else- every time I turn around I notice another apartment complex, furniture line, or clinic being Magnolia something but I just love the way it looks and sounds. Louisa checks all the boxes but I don't want it to be the default.

So, thoughts on our list, suggestions to add to it, any other generally encouraging commentary welcome. Thank you!


August 18, 2018 2:13 PM


I like Magnolia, and haven't come across a Magnolia before but love the name. I know what you are going through, I've got to pick two girls names (aaaahhhh). I'm guessing you like flower kind of names  (I could be getting this so wrong) so here is a few random and a few flower:

















Hope this was helpful x


August 18, 2018 3:25 PM

Coraline - Cory, Lina, Coco, Cora

Amelia - Mia, Lia, Amy, Ellie

Cecelia - Cece, Lia, Sella

Rosalind - Rosy, Sally, Rory

Florence - Flora, Flossie

August 18, 2018 6:12 PM

Imogen is lovely, Louisa is nice too,  not a fan of Magnolia -

what about Magdalena, Marguerite, Marjorie, Marjolein Eloise Beatrix Annalise Coralie Coraline Estella Jacinta Emmaline Eloisa Rosalind Rosalie Maribeth Rosabel Annabel Felicity Katrina Juliet Elizabeth Lucinda Natalie Matilda Natasha Tabitha Vivienne Adeline Caroline Bianca Bethany Eleanor Evelyn Diana Valerie Vanessa Miranda  Veronica Victoria Lillian Abigail Allison Candice Dorothy Katherine Jacqueline Tessa Penelope Margaret Angelique Cecila Josephine Cordelia Cornelia Natalia Rosabella Theodora Mariana Lilliana Camilla Millicent Alanna Cassandra Calista Jemima Monica Kathleen Phaedra


August 18, 2018 7:25 PM

Your perception that Magnolia is getting popular is clearly an example of the frequency illusion: because you're considering the name, you're noticing every occurence of it around you. Most of them have been there all along, you just never paid attention to them before.

Louisa is not a personal favorite -- I like it more in the abstract than in reality -- but I think it complements the name of your first daughter particularly well. Siblings aren't a set for long, but a subtle theme like this (female writers) can be a fun tie-breaker.

Two names I thought of for you, mostly based on Magnolia, are Juniper and Jessamine. Both have short "alter egos" (June and Jess), and I happen to really like the mouth-feel of the full names.

August 20, 2018 9:59 AM

Actually, I love June and Juniper! June alone is too short for us, and Juniper seemed like the obvious extension to the nn. I think DH was not a big fan but was not opposed when we talked about it. My main concern was how it would age- Juniper is definitely easy for me to see on a baby, kid and maybe even teenager, but would it seem juvenile on an adult?

August 20, 2018 3:45 PM

I understand re the Juniper as an adult,  does seem very cutesy,  maybe June on the Birth Certificate an nn Juniper

August 24, 2018 6:04 AM

I'm generally not a fan of overtly cutsie girls names and I have Juniper on my list, and can't see an issue with it on an adult.

August 20, 2018 7:58 PM

No, Juniper would not seem juvenile on an adult, especially not twenty years from now, amidst fellow adults named things like Paisley, Harper, and Nevaeh.

August 21, 2018 3:52 AM

I actually know an adult Juniper - she's a little older than me, in fact, and I'm squarely in the middle of mom-of-young-kids age. It wears completely well and my first reaction upon meeting her was, "neat name!" rather than finding it inappropriate for someone of her age.

August 21, 2018 8:19 AM

Am I making it up that you're named after that song so Juniper could have been your name had your parents chosen the other name from the song?

August 21, 2018 1:36 PM

Yes! My parents often express regret about how maybe Jennifer was NOT the best name to have chosen from that song, given how much of a smash megahit of naming it turned out to be in the country we moved to!

August 23, 2018 4:30 PM

What a great way to look at it! It may seem quite cutesey now but in lets say 20 years, it will be the norm. Considering a lot of 'adult' and 'professional' names now could not be these very things in a few years. For example, go back to when I was a kid, Lisa, Stacey and Sarah were quite normal occurances and now I know only a Lisa the same age as me, a Sarah a little older and a Stace (my cousin). Amelia, Isabella, Ava, Maddie and other names could change and no longer be in the top names. Ainsley, Peyton, Calli, Amara and Jessica, may be the professional names of the future.

August 18, 2018 7:33 PM

Is it possible that your panicking is just because you no longer have whatever issue sent you for the further scan to worry about? Or because before you knew the gender you could consider names in a less specific way? If you loved the names on your shortlist for the last 7 or 8 months you will probably still love them once your daughter arrives. 

I really like Imogen but if you don't then you don't. One of my cousins is Imogen (which probably helps me like the name) and her sister is Claudia, any interest in that? Or you could consider some other Shakespearean names, how about; Adriana (quite similar to your husband's shortlist), Cordelia or Beatrice. 

A few other random suggestions: Augusta, Henrietta, Dorothea, Jessamine, Clementine, Philomena

August 18, 2018 8:56 PM

What do you think of 




August 18, 2018 11:42 PM

I went through something similar with girls' names. We had used the one girls' name we both agreed on and loved, and it was hard to choose any others that we liked as much (and met other criteria, like not rhyming with other kids' names or surnames). In the end, for one of our twins,  we used one of the names I had liked for a long time but wasn't convinced was "the one", and I'm so glad we did because I can't imagine her named anything else. So I'd urge you to reconsider Louisa because it is a lovely name and complements your daughter's name beautifully.


I do agree with you on Magnolia being everywhere, but I think this is only because there's a new development near me called Magnolia, and I see it all the time. But it is the kind of name that I could see being used for all the things you mentioned.

August 19, 2018 4:43 AM

I like both Louisa and Magnolia. I'm quite partial to nature names and Magnolia has the awesome nickname potential of Maggie and Nola!  I know a couple of grown-up Louisas. It is a great name. Eloise is a similar name but more popular with with toddlers!

I haven't come across any Magnolias so while I've heard it mentioned on name boards I think it's still fairly rare and you are noticing it because you are considering it.

I like Imogen and think it does go well with your other daughter but if you aren't sold then you can veto.

Some suggestions from me (some are seconds from other posters):

Juniper, Clementine, Cressida, Allegra, Elke/Elka, Lillian, Ariadne, Delphine, Zinnia, Acacia, Boronia, Vivienne

August 19, 2018 10:41 PM

I think this may be region dependent, I personally know 4 Magnolias, all under the age of 9.  (PNW here)

August 20, 2018 4:44 AM

It must be regional!  I know I'm in a different country but I see it mentioned but have never come across one either in real life or by association.  

August 20, 2018 5:12 AM

Louisa and Magnolia are both fine names and you should go with your heart rather than worry about "branding."!  I have never met a Magnolia, but word-names can be hugely advantageous in making it difficult to snoop one's background on internet and so forth.

As for Imogen ... alternatives you might like include Esmerelda, Ingrid, Imelda,  Zinnia, Azalea, Genevieve, Ginevra....

August 20, 2018 9:52 AM

Wow, good to know. My husband and his family are from PNW, but we currently live in the South. One of my local friends mentioned that there is a little girl named Magnolia at her church, but I don't think I know any personally. We did run into one or two Louisas recently but none in our family or social circle that would make it awkward for us to use. Despite the extreme rarity of our first daughter's name (I have never seen or heard of another Georgett3 under 50), that is not a requirement for us.

August 20, 2018 3:56 PM

I've taught elementary music in the DC area for 11 years, and have yet to meet or be told of a Magnolia.  I think it's lovely, and works very nicely with Georgett3.