Baby #3 - our first girl!

My husband and I have two boys and we are going to have our first girl in about 2 1/2 weeks. The names of our boys are:


Bennett Alan

Liam Scott


I have been drawn to names with the -or sounds like Cora, Nora, but nothing has stood out - it was so much easier to name our boys! I liked Evelyn until I had a student enroll with that name. I teach middle school and prefer to not name my children after students (not that they aren't great kids, but I'd like my baby's name to have a "clean slate"). My husband still loves the name Evelyn. I would like a name that is feminine but still not overly common. Alan and Scott are family names, but I'm definitely keeping things open for baby girl.


Any suggestions would be appreciated!




April 29, 2012 12:24 AM

Some other names with ORA, Annora, Coral, Flora.  It doesn't have the ORA, but Cora always makes me think of Clara-maybe you'd like that?  And ORA + Evelyn would give you Eleanor.  

If you like Evelyn I wouldn't let one student stop you.  Unless it was a particularly bad associtaion, it'll fade quickly I think.

But some other names that have a similiar feel to Evelyn but perhaps aren't aas common-Amelia, Hazel, Eliza, Carolyn.  Names that could also give you the Eve/Evie/Eva type nicknames-Geneva, Ginevra, Genevieve.   And some names that play up the "lyn" sound-Helen/Helena, Jocelyn.

Are any of these helpful?  Do you have anything in mind for possible middles?

April 29, 2012 1:43 AM

What about Coraline, Coralyn, or Coralie?

April 29, 2012 8:14 AM

Lenore or Lenora are my suggestions that came to me immediately. also Melora, like the actress, well i can't remember her last name, so that wasn't helpful. i get alot of name ideas from tv and movies. Allora or Elora, also very musical sounding to my ear. also, a Scottish name Vannora, which has the same meaning as jennifer-white wave.

By Guest (not verified)
April 29, 2012 2:21 PM

Lior, Liora and Eliora came to my mind - meaning 'my light' and 'god is my light' (Eliora), respectively. Lior is unisex, the others are distincly feminine. I wouldn't do Allora - in Italian it means as much as 'now, well, so', and Italians say it _all the time_.

By mk
April 29, 2012 11:29 PM

I think if you really like Evelyn the most you should go with it. That student won't be your student forever.

Cora and Nora are both pretty, but Nora seems very popular now, so if you want to avoid common names than Cora is the better choice.


April 30, 2012 12:22 AM

I like most of the 'ora' names. Cora, Nora and Theadora are all favourites.  

How about Elinor/Eleanor nn Nora  or Cordelia, Coraline or Coral nn Cora? 

Evelyn is lovely but far mo.e popular around me than Cora or Nora.

If you like  a similar sound to Evelyn there is Evangeline or Vivian.  There is also Eva?