Daughter #2

We're having the hardest time coming up with a name for our second daughter, and I'm hoping that some outside opinions will help us narrow down the field!

Daughter is named Rose, and we tend to like shorter names.  We're avoiding any kind of botanical theme, or at least ones that would be obvious, like Violet, Lilly, etc.  I like names that sound delicate and feminine.  We both fell in love with the idea of naming her Belle, but decided that it would sound too similiar to Bella, and result in people misremembering her name all the time.  Would love to hear if others agree with that one.  

I would like a name that isn't super popular, but that isn't a deal breaker.  Something that isn't too old-fashioned sounding, to me Rose isn't old-fashioned sounding but kind of timeless.  I love her name, and we get compliments on it all the time, and I'd like that to be the case for #2's name as well.  Ideally I like a name that is not commonly used, but doesn't sound like an 'exotic' name.  I'm also a big fan of names like Rose or Grace or May, names that have a meaning to them, but are so familiar as names it doesn't stick out, the way Justice, or Honor, might..

Right now, I really like Mia (super popular name, I know, but I love the sound), Julia, Evelyn, Elle, Grace, Belle.  If anyone could help me, especially with a name that has a similar feeling to Mia (to me, a cute name that also will be sophisticated when older, and breezy and fun)  I would be so appreciative!  I actually keep still calling the baby Belle in my mind, but I really feel like it would be annoying to be named Belle when you are in a world of Bella's.




April 12, 2012 11:55 AM

jenandrose-To me Belle and Bella are the same name but that may not be the case for the rest of the world. It's hard to second guess what is going to happen with your child in her/his world.

The first thought for a name that came to me was Beth. Not Elizabeth just Beth. However, of your other choices I like Julia, Grace, or Evelyn in that order. Other ideas for short names:

Amy, Tess, Ruth, Fiona, Kate, Zoe, Ivy, Opal, Vera, Faith, Hope, Jill, Stella, Emma, Celia

Do any of those do anything for you one way or another?

April 12, 2012 1:15 PM

I like Zoe and Ivy a lot, but Ivy falls under the botanical issue, which my husband is very, very against, maybe as a middle name would work, though.  I like Emma too, and I recently saw something about Estelle as a name, which I thought was nice, I like the -elle sound.  Thanks for the suggestions and input!

By Coll
April 12, 2012 12:18 PM

What about Jane or June? Rosie and Junie would be a cute sibling set and they both are stylish vintage classics with pleasant meanings.

April 12, 2012 1:16 PM

June is another one my husband and I both were drawn to immediately, but the baby is due in July.  Do you think that would be weird?  I couldn't make up my mind on it.  

By Coll
April 15, 2012 8:47 PM

I think it works better if the baby is not born in June. An April born in April always seems redundant to me.

By Guest (not verified)
April 12, 2012 12:55 PM

Belle and Bella are definitely not the same name - Belle is one syllable; Bella is two. I can see why it would drive you nuts for people to constantly add the second syllable.


But I think Belle makes a perfect middle name.

What about Ruby as a first name?

I also like zoerhenne's suggestion of Hope.

April 12, 2012 1:22 PM

I do think having it as a middle name would be nice... that's a good idea, too!  I agree that they are different sounding names, but I think most people would mishear it as Bella, and then on top of that, her last name is also a name that people mishear/mispronounce (swapping places of two letters in it makes it into a common word, and its a mistake pretty much everyone makes all the time) -- so I don't want her to have to constantly be correcting people on her first and last name.  That happened to me growing up and it was embarassing.  

For me, Ruby, well, I think its an ok name, but to my ears, its still old-fashioned sounding.  There are a lot of names I like, but wouldn't want to use, which is making this a lot harder to decide what to do!

April 12, 2012 1:24 PM

I'm not sure it is delicate, but I do like Kate for a timeless feminine touch that isn't too long.  I do like the suggestion of Ruby from a sound perspective, but Ruby & Rose might be almost like a color modifying rose.  Maybe Pearl or Opal?  I think Clara and Alice have a very femine feel too and is a similar length/style. 

April 12, 2012 3:50 PM

Clara is another one that I like, husband, not as much.  Alice is one I'm warming up to as well.  Kate is a great name, but its also my sister's name, so that one is definitely out! Thanks for your suggestions!

April 12, 2012 2:27 PM

Naming little humans is so difficult! Rose and June are super cute together, and I don't think a June born in July would be too crazy. I also don't think Belle and Bella would get quite as confused as you think. They are very seperate names in my mind. Rose is such a pretty, and classic name that i'm sure pretty much any name you choose will go along beautifully as her little sister. Good luck, and congrats!

Rose and June

Rose and Clara

Rose and Cora

Rose and Sophia

Rose and Amelia

Rose and Helen

Rose and Isabelle

Rose and Tess

Rose and Quinn

Rose and Bree/Brie

Rose and Ava/Eva

Rose and Meg

April 12, 2012 3:51 PM

Thanks Liz! The more I think about it, the more I think maybe Belle would be an ok choice... I like a lot of your suggestions as well!  Going to run the list past the husband tonight :)

By EVie
April 12, 2012 4:32 PM

Is May off the table? I simply love, love, love May. I find it to be everything you're describing—delicate, feminine, fresh, breezy, youthful, but also elegant and sophisticated (it makes me think of May Wellend in The Age of Innocence and Edith Wharton's Old New York). And it fits beautifully with Rose—though it's not a botanical name itself, it conjures up images of springtime and flowers. I much prefer it to Mia, which to me has a much more insubstantial and fly-by-night kind of feeling to it.

Other names that comes to mind for you are Eve/Eva; Clare/Claire (if Clara is a no-go); Leah; Maia; Cleo; Lila; Aura; Mara; Mira; Elise; Ada; Leta; Nell; Nora; (though I prefer the last two as nicknames for Eleanor/Elinor—which would also be a fantastic match, if it isn't too long). I think Cora is a great suggestion as well. 

April 13, 2012 1:10 PM

May is definitely on the table, although my husband and I are split on how to spell it, I prefer May, he prefers Mae.  I'm a big fan of Eve/Eva too!  I like seeing these suggestions, it makes me feel like we're on the right track.. thanks!

April 12, 2012 4:48 PM

I really like Belle. It may get confused with Bella, but that only has to bother you if you let it. Belle makes me think of Beauty and the Beast.

Also, my mother's name is June and she was born in July! June was her mothers middle name.

Good luck. I love the name Rose. Whatever you choose for her sister, I'm sure it will be beautiful too.

April 13, 2012 1:11 PM

Oh man, that's makes me feel a lot better about the idea of June.  I like Belle too, but all my family does not seem to like it.  I kind of wish we had never mentioned it, but it didn't even occur to me people wouldn't like the name, we liked it so much.

By Guest (not verified)
April 13, 2012 5:11 PM

My niece, June, was born in August and it's the perfect name for her!  I say go for it.

By hyz
April 12, 2012 10:27 PM

June!  I love it, and don't think it would be too weird if she's born in July.  We almost named our October baby boy August. :)  I think it shares so much of the same charm as Rose (which I totally love, by the way).  Belle is fine and nice in its simplicity, but I'm not a huge fan (only because it makes me think of 1) Beauty and the Beast/Disney, 2) a bell, 3) a dog I knew named Belle--I don't know if this helps or hurts, but when I heard that dog called it always sounded like the guy was saying Bill to me, but never Bella), and I do think that she would be called Bella occasionally, which wouldn't be a dealbreaker for me, but sounds like it might be for you.

I like the suggestions of Faith, Jane, Ada, Nora, Nell, Eve/Eva, and Cora.  I also think Grace is a very nice option.  Other ideas:














April 12, 2012 11:04 PM

Belle and Bella are very different names to me. I like Belle, Bella  not so much.  You might get a little big of confusion but not enough to be a deal breaker. 

I was also going to suggest some of the names already suggested by others.

June, Mae and Elle were my first thoughts.  The all fit the feeling you describe and sound fabulous with Rose. I don't think a month name is an issue, even if the baby is born in a different month. 

I was also going to suggest Alice and Nell.

How about Summer? A bit off track but it might work.

If you are looking for something similar to Mia, the aforementioned Ava and Eva work well. I also like Eve, very simple and goes well with Rose

April 13, 2012 1:21 PM

I think Eve/Eva is great, I keep pushing for Evangeline, and then we could call her those nicknames, but its not going over that well with the husband.  I like Elle a lot too, and it has the same sound as Belle, but without the Bella issues.   A lot of people have suggested Alice, its one I'll have to think about too, I hadn't really considered it before.  Thanks for your suggestions!

By Guest (not verified)
April 13, 2012 12:46 PM

I also like Rose and June or maybe Rose and Maelle?

By mk
April 13, 2012 5:07 PM

I think people will assume Belle is a nickname for Isobel/Isabella more than confuse it with Bella. Which could also be annoying.

What about Mia Belle?

April 13, 2012 9:43 PM

I also like June and think it fits the style well. I would add Pearl or Viola but maybe they sound too old-ladyish. 

April 14, 2012 11:11 AM

since you like Mae and Evelyn or Eva, i believe, how about Maeve? i think Mae or Maeve, Eve, Tess, Elise go really well with Rose, also lately i really like to suggest Calista to people.

April 14, 2012 3:09 PM

Some suggestions - names I like with Rose:

Wren - flower and bird; complimentary rather than themey.
June - strong and simple, just like Rose. And no, babies named June don't have to be born in June, just like babies named Blue don't have to be blue...
Leni - kinda like Lilly without being a flower.
Oona - a non-common classic.
Alma - solid name with a Scandinavian origin without being too exotic.
Nina - a short, simple no-nonsense name - just like Rose. Anna would also work.

(Yes, I'm gravitating towards 4-letter names... I like the symmetry).

Elsa, Juliet, Claire, Isabel, Margot, Scarlett, Theodora - names I like with Rose without over-thinking things ;-)

April 14, 2012 3:50 PM

I don't know if this matters or not, but i just thought i'd throw it out there that i think i could probably count upwards of at LEAST a dozen Ava/Eva/Eve/Evelyn/Evangeline named babies who have been born in the past 2 years or so... Just a thought. I think certain names tend to be super popular in certain areas, and then maybe not so much in others. At least in NC this type of name seems to be quite the ideal choice for everyone right now!

By Guest (not verified)
April 14, 2012 4:27 PM

At the risk of agreeing with the crowd, I immediately thought of the name June as well when reading your post. I think it's a lot less common than Belle, Eva, Mia which matters to me, but maybe doesn't matter to you as much. I also think Helen sounds nice with Rose. Good luck!

April 14, 2012 8:10 PM

Well done with Rose! That's a beautiful name, very flexible to fit whatever personality your daughter grows into and also almost any name you could pick for her sister. There are a lot of different directions you could go.

I do like many of the suggestions you've gotten so far - June, Eve/Eva, Nora, Cora, Helen, Maeve, Blythe, Maelle, Tessa, Nina and Wren especially caught my eye.

But here are a few more (sorry for any repeats):

Adele, Annette, Arden, Ardith, Ariel/Arielle,

Beatrice/Beatrix (nn. Bea/Bee or Trixie), Bethany, Bonnie, Brenna,

Cara, Cassie/Cassandra, Cecily, Celine, Chloe, Claire, Clarissa, Claudia,

Eden, Ellen, Emily, Erin, Estelle,

Fay/Faye, Giselle, Greer, Greta,

Jane, Janelle, Joy, Judith (Judy), Juliet,

Kori/Corinne, Leah, Lydia, 

Maren, Maura, Milena, Mira, Miriam (nn. Mimi or Miri?), Molly, Pearl,

Susanna(h)/Suzanne, Sylvia/Sylvie ...

Clea, Gia, Lia, Pia, Tia ... Bree, Dee, Lee/Leigh ... Antonia, Gianna, Tiana

Good luck!

April 14, 2012 8:39 PM

I like kalmia's suggestion of Eden and Lydia.

By Guest (not verified)
April 16, 2012 3:00 PM

Can I suggest my daughter's name, Linnea?  It has the light sounds of Mia, but is much less popular.

Unfortunately for you, it is a Swedish flower.  But most people don't know that.  They just think it is a pretty name.

April 16, 2012 3:06 PM

Claire is classic-cute on a little girl and sophisticated on an adult.

Mae is sweet and old-fashioned, and just a step removed from the name tied to the month.

Clara, Charlotte, Lila, Annabel (a perfect way to have your Belle that might cut out some Bella confustion-maybe).

Good luck!!!


April 18, 2012 9:15 AM

Wow, thank you so much everyone for the suggestions, we've gotten some really good ones that I haven't thought of, or didn't give enough consideration.  I'll be sure to report back when we finally do pick a name.  I'm sorry to have gotten so behind on individual replies, but I really appreciate everyone taking the time to offer advice.

May 17, 2012 3:34 PM

For some reason I'm thinking of Lena for you.  Sort of like Mia but classic and not popular.

May 17, 2012 5:55 PM

Jenandrose-I thought of another that I didn't see suggested. Briony. Yes it is a plant but maybe not enough people know that. If it doesn't fly you could always do the super riser of the year Bree. Oh and something to think about-I don't recommend Ruby because of the color theme but Ruby is the birthstone of July so it would be a cute thing for her. Also Pearl is it for June so don't do June Pearl although that does sound nice.