Baby Girl Middle Name Help

Hello - I hope you all can help me out!

We are expecting our second little girl in a couple months. We have one Daughter, Elizabeth Will0w, who is 7. 

We chose her first name because we liked it, her middle name was to honor my FIL, William, who passed away a few days after she was born. 

Elizabeth was supposed to be nicknamed Libby but that just didn't happen, she is mostly Busy to me and my husband and goes by Liz or Lizzie at school. Most of the extended family calls her Elizabeth.

We have narrowed our names list down to Caroline, Amelia, Juliet, Penelope, or Gwendolyn. I think they all work well, style wise, with Elizabeth's name. 

But what I really need help with is the middle name. I would like to use Dawn or Aurora as the middle name. I would like this because I would like to honor my family name; my maiden name is Ear1y. The issue is that my husband HATES them both. He thinks Aurora is pretentious and hard to say and reminds him of course of Sleeping Beauty. He thinks Dawn is dated and 80s and big hair and all that. I am hoping I can talk him into on or the other, whichever goes better with whichever First name we choose - but I'm not optimistic. Do you all know of any other names with a similar meaning that I can try? 


Thank you!


December 18, 2012 5:45 PM

Alba (dawn), Danica (morning star; i.e., the planet Venus), Roxana/Roxanne (dawn), Zora (dawn)

December 21, 2012 3:51 PM

The French version, Aurore?  Or, at a stretch, Morrow or Morning?

December 22, 2012 9:21 PM

I ...kind of like just using your maiden name, actually. Would that be an option? 

December 23, 2012 12:56 AM

That's exactly what I was thinking: mom's maiden as middle is traditional, and I think Early would be a fun twist on the clichéd "Danger is my middle name".

Another option: if you have some Hungarian ancestry, you could go with Hajnal or Hajnalka (hajnal = dawn, -ka = diminutive suffix), but I don't know how intuitive the pronunciation would be in English. (J is for the sound of y in yellow, and all of the vowels are like the a in mark or chalk or wall.) Of course, for a middle name, it's not as important that it be pronouncable.

December 23, 2012 12:16 PM

I also like using your maiden name as is. It's fun and unexpected, & meaningful.  And like your husband, I picture big 80s hair with Dawn.

December 23, 2012 5:46 PM

I'm fourthing (?) the choice to just use Early. I like the use of family names and how it rhymes with "girly". That's my top choice for you.

You also might want to try just looking for names that mean "sun" or "light", though I would take a lot of the suggestions with a grain of salt as name meaning sources tend to play a bit fast and loose with their research.

December 25, 2012 2:10 PM

Another thought I had was that you could use an anagram or partial anagram of's a sample (I'm not condoning all of them, but some I rather like!)

Alery, Elyra, Eryla, Lerya, Raely, Ryela, Yerla

Aryl, Elra, Elya, Erya, Eryl, Lera, Lyra, Ryla

Aly, Ely, Rae, Rya

January 1, 2013 10:13 PM

Ooh that would be a fun connection. I second that! My favs are Elyra, Reyla, and Alyre.

Going back to the original question though Caroline Aurora, Penelope Dawn work the best.