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November 10, 2014 02:34 PM

Is this your last baby? If not, I would save Elizabeth for later. What if you have another girl and you used all the honor names already? 

But if you are not having any more children, or have loads more honor names you'd want to use, I think 2 middle names is the way to go. I'm picturing how I would feel if my name was mashed up with the MIL's to get a 2 for 1 honor.  It's a honor to name a baby after someone especially because you have to choose. It really is nicer to use the full real name. And they are both lovely classics, not Eunice and Melva. Violet Elizabeth Emily is a good option.

September 23, 2014 07:16 PM

The names I like best with your girls' names are Amelia, Adelaide, and Azalea. I tried to avoid names that sounded similar or shared a second letter. No An, Ar, or Al. But if you don't mind repeating a second letter, may I suggest Anthea? I've loved it since I was a little girl, when I read "Five Children and It". Going by Thea as a nn would further separate her name from Anastasia.

I love your daughters' names! We have similar taste.

September 17, 2014 01:44 PM

My husband campaigned for Opal with our first child, after we read Because of Winne-Dixie. It's a story about a girl and a dog, and the girl is India Opal, goes by Opal. I let friends talk me out of it, and it's not completely my style. But really, Opal is so cool. I would not be surprised to see a few more Opals in another decade.

September 17, 2014 01:37 PM
In Response to Arlow for a girl?

I love Margo / Margot! It has the same AR sound and O ending, yet it's a classic feminine name, no confusion but whether or not to add a T.

September 17, 2014 01:16 PM

I agree with you on the apostrophes. That could also be a problem for people writing her name, trying to remember where they go. Complicated name with easy nn is helpful.

September 17, 2014 01:09 PM

I like Charlie with Jack and Andrew. George and Samuel nn Sam are also good. how about Leo?

September 17, 2014 01:02 PM

Where do you live that Jack and Henry are used less than George or Michael?


September 17, 2014 12:57 PM

I think it's a lovely name. Yes, it's a fictional place name, but it sounds like a name to me. A good pick for fans of Fiddler on the Roof, and Ana as an easy nickname. I know I would think it adorable on a little girl.

For a middle name, I would go with a family name or other honor name, or a traditional name to balance the unusual first. How many syllables is your last name? Do you have middle name ideas?

Anatevka Joy

Anatevka Beth

Anatevka Clare

Anatevka Lark (maybe not traditional enough, but sounds good to me)





August 21, 2014 07:13 PM

Even when it's mentioned, I cannot see Miranda Wang as a problem. I've never known a Miranda who went by Randy, and it doesn't seem like a natural nickname.

i like Miranda (nn Mira) 




All beautiful classics. Will she have a middle name in your language she can also go by? Or what names are easiest to say in your native language?

July 21, 2014 08:21 PM
In Response to Middle name dilemma

I get your mom's hesitation. Dutch seems aggressively masculine to me, and reminds me of Butch. And Makenzie, while used for girls now, is not very feminine.

 But her middle name can be private if she wants it to be, unlikely to be a real hardship. And Dutch is the right honor name, rather than Morvin!!

June 9, 2014 10:48 AM

I just love the name Alethea. It would be my daughters name if my husband would have gone for it.

My fave of your name ideas is Ilona. It's uncommon, classic, beautiful.

Would you like Charis, or is that too Greek?

June 3, 2014 11:40 AM

I pronounce it with an AHN too. Annika was in our top three finalist names, and my mnemonic for introducing it was "rhymes with Veronica". But my husband was inconsistent, sometimes giving it the Ann pronunciation, so we let it go in favor of Evangeline.

Another literary reference beside Pippi is Eva Ibbotson's The Star of Kazan, a delightful childrens book to share with your daughter.

June 3, 2014 11:19 AM

Boaz does not have those associations for me at all. I think of the biblical Boaz, and a cute 2 year old I met.

June 3, 2014 11:02 AM

I don't want to discourage you from Sarah. It is a lovely classic, not an 80s fad. But look at the name voyager graph. It really hit it's peak then, when the most popular names were used for many many more babies. So while Sarah has been in use for a long time, and will continues to be, most of the Sarahs she meets will be her parents generation.

i have a sister Sarah, my parents not knowing how popular it was. She has so many friends with the same name at her small college, that she is going by her middle name. Be prepared for your daughters friends to say "that's my Mom's name!" many times.

June 3, 2014 10:52 AM

I think you're right about Isla. It does tend to confuse people. And it seems very different in style than Lauren. I love Charlotte, and the reason so many people are choosing it is that it's a grat name. I don't think you should feel wrong choosing a classic, even if it's popular. 

But Gwyneth nn Wyn is also so beautiful, and you're unlikely to run into other children with her name. Now I want to have another girl and name her Gwyneth!

June 3, 2014 10:42 AM

I think Carolina Elizabeth is much more beautiful than Caroline Ann. (Although it is a lovely name too.) I don't find Carolina to be out there at all. I think straightening out pronunciation may be more of an issue than confusion with Caroline, which also has 2 pronunciations. Since you like Caroline too, a few people mistaking her name for Caroline won't rub you the wrong way too badly.

A friend from college just named her baby Carolina, and I was delighted.

May 6, 2014 12:59 PM

Including my husbands friends, I know 4, yes 4! Rebecca and Rachel sets. I also know 3 Joshua and Rachel sets. Currently, I know 2 Emma and Owen sets.

April 10, 2014 02:23 PM
In Response to Bonaventure

I don't have any more suggestions, but I'm dying to know....

February 26, 2014 07:07 AM
In Response to PH Balanced?

I like the suggestion of Phillipa, it seems to fit in perfectly to me, and I've always liked it.

February 11, 2014 05:31 PM
In Response to Wilhelmina

I like it with the Willemina pronunciation, which is how I was taught to say it. With the HELM emphasized I don't care for the name so much.