A name for number 5

I love the names we've chosen for each of our children thus far mostly because they each have a special meaning and story to us. But sound and visual appeal are important too. We have one girl, Meika-Joy (pronounced like Micah) and three boys, Jonathan, Daniel and Noah. With the exception of Noah's enormous popularity, I feel like the boys names go well together and we could easily chose a name from the same theme if this baby is a boy. If we end up with a girl, I am totally lost. Any ideas for a name that might tie these four together? Some names we like, but may or may not fit are: Anneliese, Elisa, Jana- Kate, Autumn, Calla and Violet.


July 9, 2013 6:11 PM

It's hard to know what would be meaningful for you.

Eva pops into my mind, maybe coupled with a virtue name, such as Eva Faith.

Anneliese seems like it would fit with both the male and female sibling names.

Another possibility is a musical name: Melody or Melodie, Harmony, Allegra, Cadence.

Good luck!

July 9, 2013 6:34 PM

You're right, it would be hard to know what makes a name meaningful.  For me, it would be a spiritual significance or a personal connection of some kind.  I do really like Eva Faith.  We have talked about that name, but we both prefer it pronounced like Ava instead of ee-va.  Would that be too confusing with all the ava's being born?  

July 10, 2013 4:57 AM

I think it depends on whether you pronounce Ava as Ay-va or Ah-va. The Ay-va pronunciation could work with the spelling Eva, but I don't think ah-va would work at all.

July 9, 2013 10:01 PM

All of your names are Biblical (though with an alternative spelling for the girl name).  Some similar names:

Shiloh Grace

Charis Hope

Eden Kate


Acacia Faith

Junia Love

July 10, 2013 5:02 AM

I second Junia for you!

Your first daughter is named after a prophet, why not name the second after an apostle?

I would pair it with Faith or Hope rather than Love.

July 10, 2013 11:02 AM

I'm not sure what I think of Junia.  Here's a little more information on the story behind Meika-Joy's name.  The name Meike (pronounced the same way) is a German name which commonly used as a nn for Maria or Mary.  We changed the 'e' to an 'a' to help a little bit with the pronunciation in the US.  It is often pronounced incorrectly as 'mee- ka'.  Often I tell people that it's pronounced like Micah just to keep it simple.  But, actually, she is named after Mary.

Jana-Kate is probably our favorite name.  Jana is a German nn for Johanna or Joanna.  Joanna is also a biblical name and my sister's name.  My hesitations would be that it is too out-dated and that it begins with 'J' and I would prefer to not repeat initials.  We would pronounce it jan-a, not yah-na.  And while Kate is not a virtue name, it does mean pure.  I've thought about the virtue names , and I really like them, but sometimes I think it's too matchy. 

By hyz
July 10, 2013 12:59 PM

Hmm, since your Meika is intended as a variant of Meike, I like the idea of Anneliese for a sibling.  I would also suggest Elsa as a substitute for Elisa.  I like your thought behind Jana-Kate, but I agree it sounds a bit dated, and I don't generally like the idea of nns as first names (Jana doesn't feel too nicknamey to me, but Kate does).  I actually like the full Johanna quite a lot, so that seems like another good option to me.

July 11, 2013 8:21 AM

I agree, knowing more about the reasoning behind Meika makes Anneliese seem ideal.

Johanna would work very well too.

I like Jana, but not along with Kate.

For a virtue middle, what about something less obvious like Blythe, or maybe something strong like Aspire, Quest or Noble?

July 11, 2013 2:59 PM

At this point, Anneliese is my favorite and Jana is my husband's favorite.  But we both like them both.  We would be open to some different ideas for middle names, though.  If we would go with anneliese, the middle name would probably be Kay.  Ann is my mom's and Kay is his mom's.  I kind of feel like anneliese is enough of a name that the middle name should be fairly simple, so even though I'm not wild about the name Kay, I'm fine with it in this case.  What about some different suggestions for a middle name to go with Jana?  Jana Lillian, Jana Rose, Jana Mae.....

By Lama
July 11, 2013 10:36 PM

I really like Anneliese. But then, I'm a fan of most Ann names (Except plain Ann oddly enough). Middle name suggestions for Jana:

Jana Katherine 

Jana Caroline

Jana Claire 

Jana Alice

Jana Elizabeth 

I like Jana Mae! 

July 11, 2013 10:51 PM

I like Anneliese Kay but something like Anneliese Kate also works well if you want a similar name but aren't sold on Kay. I do like the idea of another virtue name so maybe Aneliese Faith or Anneliese Grace or Anneliese Blythe or Anneliese Honor?

With Jana something like Jana Verity sounds great, Jana Felicity, Jana Hope?

If you don't want to go down the virtue name route (which I don't think is too matchy) I really like your suggestion of Jana Lillian.

July 12, 2013 11:31 AM

All these virtue suggestions are very interesting considering Laura's post on virtue names ending in -ty.  I've aways liked the name Charity and didn't know those types of names were rising in popularity right now.  Well, we've got a long time to decide, but it's fun to think about all the different options!