Elsie & Lucy

Hi all,

I’m due in 2 weeks - not sure if we’re having a boy or a girl. 

One girl name we both like is Elsie, however my name is Lucy and I wonder if they sound too similar?

I’m also really hoping to use the mn Stephanie after my late grandmother. What are your thoughts on Elsie Stephanie? Too rhymey?

Surname is 2 syllables starting with H and ending in N.

Thanks for your thoughts!


September 14, 2019 3:56 AM

I don’t love the sound of Elsie Stephanie. What do you think of Elise? It’s also more distinct from your name, but the ending kind of runs into Stephanie. Elise reminded me of Liezl? On the other hand, if you really love Elsie and want to use the family middle name, I don’t think the rhymey endings matter too much. 

September 14, 2019 7:56 AM

I think Elsie and Lucy is fine,  Elsie Stephanie is ok too

September 14, 2019 1:36 PM

I don't think Lucy with a daughter Elsie is a problem.  But Elsie is horribly cutesy.  Remember that she will be 40 one day; you're not just naming a baby and toddler.  How about Eleanor, Ellen, Elena, Elizabeth, Eliana, Elspeth, Helen, Ella, Eleanora, or Helena with Elsie as a nickname?  Even Penelope could work (there are probably loads more names with an embedded "el").  Using a formal name would also help the flow with Stephanie. 

September 14, 2019 4:34 PM

Elsie is a well accepted stand alone name and I know a number of adults and seniors with this name.  Lucy is a cutesy name too,  but a standalone one too.  I think they are perfect together

September 15, 2019 3:51 PM

Just-Elsie was quite popular ~120 years ago, yes.  That doesn't change the fact that it's a diminuitive.  Lucy, however, is not.  But I'm not sure the relevance of Lucy in this discussion, given that the poster was named many years ago and people aren't usually looking to "match" the child's name with mom's!  Anyway, with regards to Elsie, there are some nicknames that stand alone better than others, but Elsie falls decidely on the side of "no way - this one absolutely requires a more formal version" for me.

September 15, 2019 7:40 PM

I think this is really going to depend on location. In the US, Elsie still feels somewhat diminutive/Elsie the cow, so a longer form could be a good idea. But in the UK and Australia it's right on trend, and wouldn't stand out at all.

There's also a big Atlantic divide between the US and UK in the desirability of a longer version in general, with American parents generally being much more concerned about a formal, "resume" name on the birth certificate and UK parents more concerned about avoiding stuffy/pretentious names (my impression is Australia is more like the UK on this issue, and I'm not sure where Canada falls on this spectrum).

September 16, 2019 10:35 AM

Overall, Canada falls more on the "formal name" side of things. 

September 14, 2019 7:29 PM

I like longer first names with Stephaine as a middle name. I think it flows better.  What About Elenor (Ellie) Stephanie?

September 15, 2019 2:09 AM

I think that because you'll probably just be "Mom," Lucy and Elsie are fine. More than likely you'll be Mom and Elsie. I think the Elsie Stephanie endings aren't the best flow, but the family connection outweighs the sound, and once she is Elsie Stephanie, it will sound like they go together to her because she'll have always heard the names together. If that makes sense. 

September 15, 2019 5:36 AM

I agree, you'll just be Mom/Mama/Mommy so the similarity won't matter. And first-middle flow gets waaay more attention than it usually needs, unless you want to go with a double-barrel name or intend to call her by the full name a lot of the time. If you like the flow of Elsie H__n or maybe Elsie S. H__n, that's really all that is going to matter in everyday life.

September 16, 2019 10:42 AM

I was all prepared to say that siblings named Lucy and Elsie were way too similar. However, a mom and daughter named Lucy and Elsie are just fine.

Is Elsie Stephanie an ideal combo sound-wise? No, it's not. But unless you're regularly planning to call her by both names, I think that the sentiment outweighs the sound. (I do call my daughter by both of her names regularly --not just when she's in trouble-- so I'm not one to say that the middle name is never used and therefore it's unimportant how the first and middle sound together. However, if I didn't love how her names sound together, I probably just wouldn't use them both as often...)

September 17, 2019 1:40 PM

i really like the name Elsie, and people won't often refer to her with her middle name as well so it shouldn't really be a problem; if the rhyming bothers you you could consider calling her Elsa and using Elsie as a nickname instead? Lucy and Elsa sounds pretty nice rhythmicallyl I don't think Lucy and Elsie are too similar though, the vague similarity will make their names more memorable! Hope this helps :)