5th Baby 1st Girl

We have four boys, and are expecting a girl in a few months...  Trying to find something that works with her brother's names, but we kind of like a different sound for girls than boys.  Our boy names are all short, classic, and old fashioned.

We have -

Grant 

Levi 

Ezra

James

As far as names in the running for baby girl...

Our leader right now is Leona June.  Both are sentimental family names after a grandmother and a great grandmother.  My concerns are whether it fits with our other names, and also that we already have a Le sounding name.  Using June is pretty non-negotiable for various emotional reasons, but I like it better as a mn than fn.

Other names that we like are; Cora, Lila, Camilla, Lydia, Margeret/Maggie, Elizabeth/Eliza, Greta/Gretchen, Louisa, Josephine and Greer.  

I know it is kind of a mixed list, but they are simply all names that dh and I both like in some way.  My husband's heritage is German, and our ln is short and very German sounding.  My family is Scottish, and Greer has been one of my faves for a while, but dh thinks it isn't an obvious girl's name.  Eliza might be too close to Ezra, and Greer to Grant.

Maybe I am overthinking this, but as it is our last babe and only girl, I am feeling the pressure for perfection!

Replies

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April 28, 2012 9:37 AM

i think Cora June fits tremendously well. i love Josephine, but think Josephine June (JJ) don't really compliment eacch other.

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April 28, 2012 12:29 PM

I like Cora June too! I'll post more later when I have a bit more time to think and scroll through Nymbler.

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By Guest (not verified)
April 28, 2012 1:26 PM

I adore all of your names, with the exceptions of Gretchen and Greer. I love Greta, but I'd use it as a nn for Margaret.

 

I think Leona June works wonderfully with your boys names, which are classic, and as a group have a certain Southern/Faulkner vibe.

I understand your concern about Levi/Leona, but it doesn't stand out to me when I say them as a group.

If you decide it's too much, I think most any of the others work just fine.

Lydia would probably be my pick, but I think Elizabeth/Eliza and Louisa would also be excellent. Josephine/Josie is very nice as well, though I'm wondering if Josie is posed to become more popular than you'd want. Perhaps that isn't an issue for you. Lila and Camilla don't work quite as well for me. They're both names I love, but they have a bit more of a glam vibe than your boys' names which have that hard to achieve quality of being cool without trying.

Maggie seems a bit off to me for reasons I can't articulate. Ditto for Gretchen.

Cora seems just about perfect; for some reason it's just not a name I love.

Though I'm not a fan of Greer, I actually think it works because it has the feel of an old southern family name.

A few other thoughts:

Veda

Willa

Thea

Clara

Flannery

If it hadn't had such a recent surge, I'd suggest Adeline.

 

gl!!

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By Guest (not verified)
April 28, 2012 1:41 PM

I love Leona June!  I agree that it fits right in with your boys and doesn't sound too much like Levi.

Cora June is my second favorite - cute for a little girl and dignified enough for an adult lady.

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April 28, 2012 4:12 PM

I like Leona June-it has a nice sound, a great family connection and I don't think it is too close to Levi.  I wouldn't worry too much about it matching with the boys-a lot of families have different naming styles for boys vs. girls.

Of your other names, I like Cora and Lila the best with Josephine as a close third.  Would you use the nickname Josie? That would probably bump Josephine in front of Lila for me.  

Camilla, Lydia and Maggie are also great names.  I think Eliza is too close to Ezra, but Elizabeth would work with another nickname.  Greta is nice either stand alone or as a nickname for Margaret, but I have a personal connection that makes me really not care for Gretchen (same for Louisa).  I think Greer is too close to Grant, and I agree with your husband that it sounds too masculine with the brother names.

What do you think about Lenora/Nora or Molly?

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April 28, 2012 5:15 PM

Thanks for the ideas so far!  We really do like Leona June, and it would be nice to pass on the heritage of people we love...

I think our second choice would maybe be Lila, but my good friend just named her daughter Lila, and I think Cora June is really nice, but dh thinks it sounds like two middle names - lol.

NGA - I do think Nora is nice...  I will have to add that to our possibility list.  

Any thoughts on nicknames for Leona?  We are kind of stumped in that arena too...

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April 28, 2012 5:19 PM

Leona June is actually my favorite from the list with your sibset.  I love that she can go by Leo if she's a tomboy or LeeLee if she's the opposite.  It's a name that's unique but won't raise eyebrows.  Josephine June is very cute if you don't mind alliteration (I like it).  I agree that Eliza is too close to Ezra but Alice June or Alyssa June might work for you.

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April 28, 2012 6:00 PM

I think Leona June doesn't stand out as being radically different from your boy's names. Although it is 3 syllables, it looks short on paper. I have three girls and have a distinctive feminine sort of style for their names but my hypothetical boy choices are obviously quite a different style. I figure it's pretty common to have different tastes for each gender.  

If it's your last babe pick a name you love and don't worry so much about it 'fitting' (but remember, I do think Leona fits anyway). When you know there will be no further names to try to match to the set in the future, I don't think picking something a little removed from your initial name choices is a problem at all.

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April 28, 2012 7:09 PM

Lpants-These ideas from Nymbler may not be right but I'd thought I'd throw them out so you covered all your bases.

Sarah; Ava; Rachel; Amelia; Molly; Nina; Caroline; Rebecca; Aleah; Ruth; Alice; Ruby; Avery; Bethany; Debra;  Clara;  Hazel; Keziah; Samantha

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April 28, 2012 7:20 PM

since you like Leona and Cora, but your husband thinks Cora is like a middle name, how about Lenora June

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By Guest (not verified)
April 28, 2012 8:22 PM

I like Lenora much better than Leona, personally. Lenora June sounds lovely.

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April 28, 2012 8:33 PM

I agree!  I think Lenora June is adorable... and has Nora as a nn!  :)