Are These Too Similar For A Sibset?

Hello All,
So with about 7 weeks to go, we're still very much struggling to come up with a name for our second little girl. Our first daughter's name is Evangeline (end sounds like -lynn), and we call her Eva.

Our last name is long and problematic, so we can't do anything that starts with a hard C or K or ends in S, and I'm pretty insistent of having a name with a good nickname.

We're seriously considering Genevieve, though I hate Gen/Genna and Viv just doesn't flow well to me, so I'd consider Neve or Nevie (or any other potential nickname I haven't thought of), but I'm worried about Eva and Neve/Nevie being too similar. Thoughts?

Josephine (nn Sophie) is a contender too, but hubby doesn't love that one as much as Genevieve.

Or are there any other names that spring to mind that would fit the style and work with Evangeline? I feel like I've looked through every name list in the universe at least three times.

Thanks so much!!!


September 11, 2012 9:58 PM

Genevieve & Evangeline do share a lot of sounds.  If you called Genevieve Gen/Genna/Genny or Viv, I think it'd be OK though perhaps not ideal.  But with Eva/Neve/Nevie they do seem too close.

Josephine/Sophie is much better, IMO.

Some other suggestions:  Adeliade (Ada/Addy), Isabelle (Elle or Izzy), Magdalena (Maggie, Lena), Seraphina (Sera, Sally, Fi), Gabrielle/Gabriella (Gabby, Brie, Ella), Georgiana (Gigi, Ana), Annaliese (Anna/Annie, Liese, Lissy, Essie)

September 11, 2012 11:05 PM

Genevieve is beautiful but I can understand about the nicknames. A couple of alternatives could be Eny (or Enne), which was the full name of a friend of mine, or maybe Ivy. I also like Nevie/Nevi. I think that Josephine is a perfectly good alternative, though Sophie is extreemly popular now, incase that bothers you.

Some alternatives: I also like Seraphina (one of my fave names), plus Mariella (Mari, Rilla, Ella), Marilena (Mari, Ilena, Lena), Cimorene (Cimi, Rena, Mori), Antonia (Ani, Toni, Nia), Rosaline or Rosalie (Rose, Rosa, Sali), Elianna (Elly, Lia, Anna, Elia), Astoria (Aster, Tori, Ria, Stori), Valentine (Val, Ali, Tina), Ophelia (Phi,Phil,Lia, Ophi), Celeste (Celi, Lesi, Ellie), Ronia(Ro, Ronnie, Rone, Nia), and Beatrice (Bea, Trix, Reece).

Good luck! 

September 11, 2012 11:19 PM

Looking at them on the page, they do seem too similar, but saying them out loud it doesn't bother me.

I do think you may have a hard time with Neve as a nn for Genevieve. I'm sure it will be fine if that's how she's introduced, but it may be tricky to go back and forth between the two as it's much less intuitive than Eva for Evangeline.

I like Josephine very much. I know so many Sophies, that the charm of that one has worn off for me quite a bit. I do like the combo. of Sophie and Eva, though. Again, I think if she's mostly called Sophie, Josephine will probably slip by the wayside.

I'm hesitant to suggest names, given that you've looked at so many, but I'll go ahead and toss out



Cecilia or Cecily

Isabelle (I sort of assume you've considered this one, but it seemed a natural to suggest).



By mk
September 12, 2012 12:28 AM

I don't think the nicknames are similar at all, and I wouldn't get rid of a name you love because a nickname may be seen as similar to a sibling's nickname.

I like Josephine but don't really like Sophie as a nickname. I think most people will either assume that's her full name or that her full name is Sophia.

Evangeline and Genevieve work well together.

September 12, 2012 6:29 AM

I don't find Evangeline and Genevieve too similar. They are similar length and share some key letters but they sound quite different (well at least the way I say them). I don't even find Eva and Neve too similar. They are close but not too close. While I adore Neve as a nn for Genevieve, the advantage of Genevieve is that you have a few options if you want to nickname so even though you don't like Gen or Genna there are other options. Vivi or Vee could be options other than Viv or even Gee?  At any rate I like Genevieve with Evangeline.

Josephine I'm quite fond of but I don't love the nickname Sophie for it. Sophie is a lovely name but people will either assume her real name is Sophie or Sophie and Josephine may not get used much. I do like Josie but Jo, Fee/Phee and Sephie are other options.  I do think Sophie and Eva are a good match though!

Lots of other great names suggested by previous posters. Ones that came to mind for me (sorry for any repeats):










September 12, 2012 7:22 AM

Thanks so much for all the responses!  I'm so glad to hear they don't seem too similar to most people - gives me some hope that this baby might actually get a name before she turns 1.  Great suggestions on alternatives as well.

Thanks again!

September 12, 2012 9:18 AM

What about calling her "Geneve," pronounced "zje-NEV"? (Did I do that right?) It would sort of come from the French pronunciation of Genevieve, but you could still use it, and I thnk the addition of that syllable gives it just the right amount of difference from Eva that Neve didn't have by itself. Then both nicknames are two syllables as well! :-)

September 12, 2012 2:58 PM

I'm sorry to say that I do find nicknames Eva and Neve to be too close for siblings.

September 12, 2012 3:07 PM

I do, too.  The full names are different enough, but those nicknames are too close.

I really like the suggestions of Georgiana (Gigi, Ana), and Penelope (Penny, Nell).

September 12, 2012 8:26 PM

As another mom to an Evangeline, I too have had Genevieve suggested to me if we have another girl. I also don't like the nicknames of Gen/Genna/Genny and Viv. Which leaves Eve, Neve, Evie, Eva. Oops--Evangeline goes by Evie or Eva, so those don't work for me.

Thus I have decided that yes, they are too similar for me. Names that are on our list of potential girls:

Seraphina, Anneliese, Gabriella/Gabrielle (middle only), Lydia, Madeleine, Isadora (nn Sadie), Elisabeth/Elspeth (middle only). Caroline, Eleanora/Leanora, Christiana, Laura, Theodora, Charlotte (middle only)


Others we eliminated because my hubby won't do them: Louisa, Margaret, Olivia, Cecelia, Linnea, Josephine

September 20, 2012 3:21 PM

I'm another mom to an Evangeline, and although Genevieve comes up on some lists, it it really too close to Evangeline for me.  They share a lot of letters and Eva & Neve are so similar.

If you like names with V, how about Sylvia/Sylvie?