3rd baby-girl-match Lowell (boy) & Ansel (girl)

I have a boy, Lowell and a girl Ansel (Annie) Evelyn already. I love that they are phonetic, surnamey, and from the same era as first names as well. BUT NOW 

I need a perfect girls name to match. Middle names can be: Louise, Lenore, Mae -- family names

I love my daughter's name now because it is androgynous and strong, but has a cute girly nickname that seems legit if she wants to "go by" it in school. Other examples I like are Miller (Millie) and Abbott (Abby). But I am not in LOVE with either of those. 

Please help!


January 24, 2013 1:36 AM

Hmmm.....Are there any surnames in your family tree you could use?

My instinct would be to do a girl's name that reads as strong and from a similar era, but is a bit less surname-y and gender neutral.


Fern, Cleo, Willa, Nell, Agnes, Della

Of course, a lot of what used to be men's names are used mostly on girls now. You could do something like Avery, but I suspect that isn't unique enough for you.

How about...Emery, Arden, Beryl, Carlyle, Carlton, Harlin, Ellis, Dale, Francis....

January 24, 2013 2:43 AM

Hmmm, interesting... Carlyle nn Carly.

By hyz
January 24, 2013 12:20 PM

Hmm, although of course I prefer girls' names, I don't know if she can give this girl a traditional female name without making it seem even more like Lowell and Ansel are brothers.  I think it already reads strongly that way, much more masculine than androgynous for either, since both are traditionally male given names rather than just surnames.  So, I think Carlyle was a great suggestion, and leans a bit more androgynous than masculine, which I think is good.  Other ideas that might fit are Sterling, Emerson (Emmie?), Linden (Lindy?), Tenley, Tilden (Tillie), Devon, Miller or Milton (Millie?), Gillespie (Jill?), Britton (Britta?), Spencer, Merrick, Merritt, Nelsen (Nellie), Brighton, Callister or Calder or Caldwell (Callie), Hollister (Holly), Willis or Willem (Willa), Hadley, Clovis (Chloe), Kennedy, Cameron, Alton (Allie?), Sullivan, Whitley, Norris (Nora?), Alban (Allie, Alba?), Marlowe, Harlowe, Lundy, Averill, Hartley, Corvin, Corbin, Carson....              

January 24, 2013 11:43 PM

That's a really good point.

I'm always wary of too many surname/names because of my personal issue with, "My kids sound like a law firm..." but you raise a good point that it could make folks assume Lowell and Ansel are brothers. Of course, I might have done that anyway.....

January 25, 2013 6:41 PM

I live in Texas (Dallas) where people tend to be very creative with names. There are also a LOT of Ansleys and Ainsleighs around, so twe have not had people assume Ansel is a boy yet. I am sure she will encounter that someday ;) and if she hates it enough she can stick with Annie. 

I agree also with not choosing a super girly name because it sounds more like two boys and a girl.

It's our last baby so I don't mind the two A first name cutesiness of Ansel and Arden, but we already know several Arden babies...which makes me worry it will be like Harper in 5 years.

Is there any surname that could be nn "Hattie" ?? I love Hattie. Or nn "Rosie" ?

THANK YOU for all the good suggestions -- keep them coming if you think of more!

January 25, 2013 8:28 PM

I think a Hartley, which someone mentioned, could reasonably lead to Hattie.

The obvious Rose names wouldn't suit you. I know of girl called Melrose, and I saw a thread on another site with Rosen.

What of Ambrose?

January 26, 2013 1:00 AM

Oh, I LOVE Rosen!!

January 25, 2013 9:54 PM

Hatfield Montrose Hatcher Roswell Rosslyn/Roslin

Of course, if you were to choose Hatfield (Hattie), a sibling named Ansel would bring to mind Devil Anse Hatfield, patriarch of the feuding Hatfield clan.  His name was actually William Anderson (not Ansel) Hatfield.  Now, I know about old Devil Anse because I spent a year teaching in West Virginia and had both Hatfields and McCoys among my students, but given the popularity of the recent tv series, I suspect I'm not the only one who would make the association.  And Roswell brings to mind aliens from outer space.  Rosslyn Chapel, located in Roslin, Scotland, and part of Roslin Castle, seat of the Sinclair family, is associated with the legend of the Holy Grail.  Roslin is also the surname of a character in Battlestar Galactica played by Mary McDonnell.  Laura Roslin was President of the Twelve Colonies.

Personally I don't find this naming style very appealing, but among my suggestions, perhaps Montrose would work best.


January 26, 2013 3:47 AM

For a Rose  nickname I'm liking Ambrose and Montrose. I think Ambrose is pretty much perfect for the sibset.

For Hattie I also thought of Hatfield but how about Hadley, Hetherington or Hawthorne? I really like the idea of Hawthorn nn Hattie........

January 25, 2013 11:16 PM

For Hattie, I will second Hartley.  I also like the idea of Harris since it reminds me of Harry-Harriet which is the traditional name Hattie comes from.  You could also do Hendricks using the Henry-Harry-Harriet connection.  Hathaway is another that could reasonably lead to Hattie.

Rosie is a little harder as most of the names I can think of already feel too feminine next to Ansel because of they have "rose" in them.  Russell could work, but I'd be concerned people would be tempted to shorten it to Rusty instead of Rosie.  Maybe Rousseau or Russo?

January 24, 2013 12:08 PM

I think there are some great suggestions already. How about Hollis (Holly) (LOVE this one for you), Norris (Nora/Norie), Mercer (Mercy), Willis (Willa), Eliot (Ellie), Linwood (Lin, Lindy), Callan/Callis/Calder/Caldwell (Callie) ...?

January 24, 2013 9:15 PM

My suggestion was going to be Elliott/Ellie -- I think Eliot or Elliott would be just lovely in this sibset. 

January 29, 2014 8:15 AM

I actually know a little girl named Elliott who goes by Ellie, and Sarah Chalke's character on Scrubs was named Elliot and went by that, so Elliot really does sound androgenous to me these days, especially given the similarity in sounds to all the -ell and -ella girls' names that are so popular right now. I think that sort of fits the Ann -- Ansel pattern. So I vote for this one.

January 25, 2013 1:04 AM

I second Hollis! Very nice names, by the way.

January 25, 2013 6:30 PM

LOVE Hollis, but our last name starts with S -- should that rule it out? I can tend to overanalyze!! :)

January 24, 2013 2:23 PM

You've gotten some good suggestions already, I especially like Clovis/Chloe, Carlyle/Carly & Hollis or Hollister with Holly.

hyz's suggestion of Corbin made me think Cora could work as a nickname.

Sadler/Sadie, Wallis/Liss or Lissy, Winston/Winnie & Powell/Polly.


January 25, 2013 11:32 AM

I'm curious about the origin of the name Hollister. EVie and Miriam, care to chime in? Someone on this site once said that it was a tradesman name meaning one who runs a brothel. Is there any truth to that? If so, you might want to stay away from that name.

January 25, 2013 1:47 PM

First, Hollister is a feminine occupational name (like Baxter, Brewster and Webster).  Whatever its original meaning/usage, it is defined as brothelkeeper, whoremonger, madam, etc., all over the web, so for current intents and purposes, that's its meaning, the meaning a child will discover upon research.  So in my view that's all that counts today.

January 25, 2013 2:03 PM

Thanks! That's interesting. It fits with my image of the clothing store. Every time I pass that store in the mall and see the steamy photos plastered all over the (exterior) walls, I think about how appropriate the name is.

By mk
January 25, 2013 2:28 PM

I'd stay away from Hollister because of the store. That pretty much all that comes up on a quick google search. Aside from one brief mention on wikipedia, the brothel tie is not too easy to find.

January 25, 2013 2:56 PM

If you google Hollister name meaning, the brothelkeeper business is all over the place at every baby naming site, all too easy to find.

By mk
January 25, 2013 6:46 PM

Thanks. Adding the word "meaning" helped find those sites.

By alr
January 25, 2013 3:14 PM

Some great suggestions here! Lynden Mae nn Lindy or Lynn might be my fav.

I also liked the Arden suggestion. Although there isn't an obvious 'sweet' nickname here, to my ears it slants femine enough to get by without one (because of my Elizabeth Arden association?) I think your two girls sharing the 'A' might be lovely, but perhaps it's too matchy for some folks' taste. I like Arden Louise a lot. 

By alr
January 25, 2013 3:19 PM

... I also dig Marlowe Louise nn Marley.

January 25, 2013 6:36 PM

I really like both Marlowe and Arden. Definitely right up my ally. What about the -lowe ending to Marlowe and the Lowe- beginning to my son's name? Think it's a problem?

January 25, 2013 8:29 PM

I personally find Marlowe too match-y with Lowell.

I adore Arden.

You might also like Adair, one of my fav names, which was originally a form of Edgar, though I've always liked it for a girl.

January 26, 2013 11:19 AM

I agree Marlowe and Lowell are too close.

January 25, 2013 7:17 PM

I liked Hollister/Holly until learning what it meant (I learn SO MUCH on this site!).  So now I think I would vote for Elliot/Elle, with Carlyle/Carly a close second.

January 25, 2013 8:31 PM

Yeah, as others have noted, I'd vote a big, "No," on Hollister.

Elliot seems like a great style match, but I have to think it's too conventional.

I know gobs of Ellies, and much to my chagrin, I see Elliot mentioned for girls on other naming sites fairly often.

I had intially thought of Emory, but I think it might also seem less interesting with all the Ems and Emilys.

January 25, 2013 10:07 PM

perhaps Danner- there is a female news anchor w this first name, or Arden or Paisley or Perry or Erith

January 26, 2013 1:06 AM

I wonder if it's a news anchor thing....

I just thought of the public radio anchor, Windsor Johnston.

She is quite a looker, and had some sort of, "Thing," with Bob Edwards.

In any case, Windsor nn Winnie, would fit in with an Ansel and a Lowell, and in that I've never met one of either gender, I don't mind it on a girl. Of course, it does call to mind the royals.

By alr
January 26, 2013 1:07 PM

Ohhh, I like Windsor nn Winnie. Mostly, I just adore Winnie!! :)

January 26, 2013 2:46 PM

Winnie and Annie are too close for my taste. 

By hyz
January 26, 2013 6:42 PM

Kind of funny--I had a dog (male, of course) for 13 years named Ansel, and my mom had a dog, also male, named Windsor.  But I definitely agree that, of the two, Windsor is the more androgynous name, and I don't really mind Windsor on a girl, either.  

January 26, 2013 10:07 AM

Melrose nn rose?

By kddp
January 28, 2013 2:28 PM

My Aunt is Sheldon "Shelly".  Or Delaney, Ellis "Ellie", Devin, Bennett "Nettie", Blake, Cornell "Nellie" 

January 30, 2013 2:05 PM

I wanted to suggest the name Maddox nn Maddie.  I think Maddox Lenore is a lovely name.

January 30, 2013 2:06 PM

What about Emerson (Emme or Emmy) or Mason/Masynn (Masy) 

January 30, 2013 3:57 PM

I think Ellis is a great match. It has a slightly masculine surname quality but can be given a feminine nickname like Ellie or Elle. Avery, Linden and Kendall are also nice as well. Good luck!

January 30, 2013 5:07 PM

OK - here's a name I think is so cool, but alas, I'll never be able to use it because we only know how to have boys around here!


Juniper - nn June or Junie.  Cute?  Sophisticated?  I think yes.

Another one I like is Geneva.

January 30, 2013 5:09 PM

I like a couple of suggestions from previous commenters.  Marlowe (Marley) is my favorite!  I love it so much, I'm going to suggest it to my husband if we have a girl!  I also like Delaney (Laney).


I'm really big on last names as first names too.  

February 3, 2013 1:37 AM

How about:

Adair-Addie, Dare (love this one!)




Campbell-Cammie, Belle

Connell-Connie, Nell, Nellie






Marlowe-Marly (love this one too!) I think it ties nicely with Lowell, since you wouldnt call her by her full name.





and I just thought of Everly nn Ever (though I'm really fond of the full name on this one)

AND OOh yes,