7 Weeks To Go And Starting Over

The totally unexpected happened when friends of ours announced that they will be naming their baby girl Anna.  We have not said anything about our name, Annelies, to anyone except a few family members.  There is no way they had any idea and there is no ill will on their part.  I know I have every right to keep the name we have chosen and I know it's similar but not exactly the same.  But I don't want the two girls to be Anna and Annie, born two weeks apart.  I WANT to choose a different first name, but I also know I want to keep Ann for part of the middle name.  Possibly even use Annelies for the middle name.  I have told my mother that we want to name the baby after her and use her middle name Ann as part of the name.  She was very touched and I feel very good about that.  At first I was really shaken by this, but now I am really seeing it as a blessing in disguise.

So, for now I think I like Violet Annelies the best, and I even feel excited about using that name even though it is so totally different than my other daughter, Meika Joy.  But I have been thinking that maybe going down the German name road is really not the best idea.  Meika was kind of a wild card name.  I love it, but it doesn't encapsulate the style that I love.  Below are some names that I like, broken down into categories (the categories that seem to 'fit' with Meika Joy's name), and then there is the list of the names I really love.

Any suggestions, ideas, or votes yes/no for Violet Annelies are welcome!

German girls names that I like: 

Annelies - mn only




Katarina - nn Katie






Biblical names that I like:



Hannah - can't use

Leah - can't use







Virtue names I like:








My REAL favorites:



















April 17, 2014 7:32 PM

If DH had had it his way, DD would have been Ev@ngeline Annel!ese (4 syllables, 4 syllables). I had to put my foot down on that one simply because it was too much of a mouthful. Depending on last name, Evangeline Annelies might be an okay flow. :-)

April 17, 2014 10:24 PM

I like Evangeline Annelies, although it is a bit long.  I think I still like Violet Annelies better, though :). Violet was husband's grandma's name, so he is pretty attached to it and it gives it additional meaning to us, besides just being a trendy name we happen to like :)

April 18, 2014 3:14 PM

It just made me smile to see the combo. :-)


I like Violet Annelies better also. 

April 17, 2014 9:47 PM

Yes for Violet Annelies! I think it actually goes well with Meika Joy, though they are different. Here are some other mild suggestions based on your above lists:


Moriah Annelies

Willow Annelies

Annie Noelle (couldn't resist, just too cute)

Linden Annie Mae

Faith Annelies

Talitha Annie Pearl

Katie Annelies

Liesl June Annelies

Ingrid Annie Hope

April 17, 2014 10:26 PM

I think of those suggestions I like Moriah Annelies the best.  But I think I like Violet Annelies even better :)

April 17, 2014 11:28 PM

I really do like Violet the best...just giving suggestions because you asked. :D I think Meika and Violet sound sweet together. 

April 18, 2014 12:42 AM

It sounds like you really love Violet Annelies.  It's lovely, I say go for it!

April 18, 2014 8:52 AM

Thank you!  I really do love it, but I think I have doubts when it comes to the names going together.  There is a part of me that would like the names to fit in a nice clear genre, like my boys' names which are all Old Testament names, and then there is a part of me that doesn't care.  Obviously this was not something I was thinking about when I chose my firstborn's name because it really doesn't fit into a nice neat box :). So, just a little affirmation that a name like Violet would not be a huge mistake is helpful.  Thanks!

April 18, 2014 10:36 AM

A few thoughts:

1. Friends sometimes come and go, despite our best intentions. Are you absolutely certain that the fact that they're using Anna rules out you using Annelies? Has their announcement turned you off the name, or made you realize that you're not really in love with it any more?

2. Meika and Violet coordinate pretty well: they both fit modern tastes but have history behind them, so they don't feel trendy, and they both have adjacent vowel letters in them. As long as you're OK with the definite great-grandma-revival shape of Violet's usage graph (as opposed to Meika's never-made-the-top-1000 history in the US), I don't think it would be a mistake to use it.

3. One "box" that both Meika and Violet might fit: "modern feminine". I'm sure there are others.

April 18, 2014 2:21 PM

Some good thoughts.  Yes, I am absolutely certain that I do not want to use Annelies for the first name anymore.  The reasons are many and probably should be taken to a counselor's office rather than this forum!  :). But I still love the name and feel like it makes it special to her/us.  Violet is great-grandma's name, Ann is grandma's middle name, but Annelies is special to her.

I like the connections you drew between the two names.  It is true that I like the vowels e and i especially, and tend to pick names that use those vowels.  

Perhaps choosing a name like Violet opens up a bigger "box" for future potential names, rather than choosing Annelies and feeling confined to a few German names that are pretty, but not my favorite.  

Thanks for your help!

April 18, 2014 2:50 PM

I really like Violet Annelies.  I agree that using Violet would open up more names for you.  This is especially important since the potential "theme" created with Annelies would be German names-and those don't seem to be your favorite category.

If you want a theme for girl names, I do like the idea of E & I vowels.  I also agree with the idea of modern/feminine names.  Or, you can simply have the "theme" of using girl names that are from your absolute favorites list.  :)

April 22, 2014 1:35 PM

Thanks for the feedback.  It's always so helpful to hear the opinions on this forum.  I am liking Violet Annelies more and more each day :)

May 8, 2014 1:29 AM

Violet Annelies is lovely. I like a lot of the names on your list. Liesl Ann struck me as a good alternative to Annelies.

May 8, 2014 10:28 AM

Most of the names you listed sound good with Annelies. You could consider shortening it to Ann or Anne for more options. Violet Annelies is lovely and I don't think it clashes with Meika. 

Matilda Annelies / Matilda Ann

Ingrid Annelies / Ingrid Ann

Lydia Annelies / Lydia Ann

Tamara Annelies / Tamara Ann

Eliza Annelies / Eliza Ann


May 10, 2014 10:07 AM

Violet Annelies is really pretty. You've found a name you keep going back to. Stick with it and don't over think it, and don't question yourself. Congrats :)

May 15, 2014 6:41 PM

Thanks!  Three more weeks to go and still loving Violet...I do wish it wasn't gaining so much popularity.  We have a Noah as well, and with the new numbers out for 2013, I'm not crazy about having a child with the #1 Name in America.  Any thoughts on HOW popular Violet will continue to become in future years?  I'm ok with it being in the 60's, which it is right now.  I'm not crazy about it getting to the top ten.  Think that will happen?

May 16, 2014 12:31 PM

If it does, I think you are far enough ahead of the curve, it won't be bad. It isn't a "raindrop" name like most of the top ten is.