Expecting #5. Can this name bridge the gaps of popularity and style of the other 4?

Our boys' names are pretty consistent, I think.  All biblical and in the top 50 or so.  Jonathan and Daniel are a bit more timeless perhaps, but on their way down in popularity, whereas Noah is super trendy and probably at it's peak?  And I think the boy names that we would consider are pretty consistent with those names.  Some that we have talked about would be....
Elam (a family name)
But, then, you throw in our daughter's name and I feel like things get tricky.  Meika Joy is not even on the charts, pretty obscure, alternative spelling, goes by first and middle name.  Meika has German roots (which honors family heritage) and also a biblical connection, since it is a German nickname for Mary.  We don't really have a girl style, per say.  I like a biblical connection, but there are so few girl names to choose from, and I feel like you have to choose between over- used and boring or unpleasant- sounding and not used much for a good reason.  A few names we have talked about include....
Middle name ideas:  Mae, Jo, Kay, Ann, Rose, June (all family names)
Any ideas on which direction to go and/or additional names to consider?


October 16, 2013 10:37 PM

PS.  Middle name for a boy would probably be Arthur (family name) unless we went with Elam for a first name and then we would probably just pick a middle that we liked.

October 17, 2013 1:10 PM

I love Lydia with the sibset. It too is Biblical, but not an obvious one. I initially wanted to put Lydia with Jo, but that might be too close to Meika's middle name of Joy. So then I want to put Lydia with Mae. :-) Anneliese works also as it refers to Anna & Elizabeth (both Biblical), but something about Lydia just "feels right" with Meika.

For boys, I want to do Samuel Arthur. It seems familiar somehow, but a quick google search only reveals an Arthur Samuel. I also like Gideon Arthur.

The boys' first names that end in vowel sounds trip me up with Arthur as the middle. Joseph is one of my favorites, but I think I'd avoid it with Meika (Mary and Joseph), plus I don't like how it flows with Arthur for some reason. I like Silas, but with 3 boys with Old Testament names, I think I'd stick with that.

October 17, 2013 3:18 PM

Right now we are liking Samuel Arthur the best as well, so it's good to hear that someone else had the same inclination :). 

But, I change my mind daily with the girl names.  I think I like Lydia because it hasn't been used as much as some of the other biblical girls names.  I also like that it's short, but has three syllables.  Most of the girl names I have liked are the two-syllable, end in -a names and i feel like that gets way too sing-songy too fast when you put too many of those together...like Meika Joy, Greta Mae, Calla Kay, etc.  So, something like Lydia Mae sounds refreshing with that extra syllable, but still rather short and sweet.  I wonder if a name like Lydia Faith would be too matchy with Meika Joy's name?

I think Anneliese is a beautiful name.  I think the complexity and the many variations of spelling and pronounciation are a big drawback for me.  I love the German connection and the not so direct biblical one, too.  I would choose Anneliese Kay, since Ann and Kay are our mother's middle names.  I also like it for that reason.

I like the sound of Greta and the fact that it's #900-something.  She wouldn't be likely to meet very many others her age.  I love the meaning "pearl" and even though a bit obscure, could connect it the Jesus' parable of the pearl of great price.  I like Greta Mae, but realize that both of those names come from Margaret.  Not sure how I feel about that.  


October 17, 2013 3:46 PM

Actually Mae/May doesn't come from Margaret but from the Roman goddess Maia.  Mae/May is a diminutive for Margaret, but more often for Mary.  Rod Stewart didn't see Maggie May as a problem :-).

October 17, 2013 5:36 PM

It's also a diminutive for Madeleine, Marjorie (a form of Margaret), and several other Ma- names. We were originally going to use it as a middle name for DD (grandmothers' (going up the line) names: Mary, Margaret, Marjorie, Macrina, Marilda, Magdalene, Magdalina, another Margaret, another Margaret, another Mary, and another Mary, along with 3 instances of Mae as a middle name, not May), but then the two living Grandma's starting acting up and I just couldn't do it.

October 17, 2013 11:01 PM

Oh, that's funny!  And that is quite a list of Mae names!

October 17, 2013 5:24 PM

I think Lydia Faith is a lovely name (but then I chose Sophia Grace and Amelia Faith for two of our angel babies, and *really* wanted Ev@ngeline Joy for DD).

Anneliese Kay is lovely. Anneliese (4 syllables) is on our short list for girls for next time. DH has a sister named Anita and a sister named Elizabeth, so neither gets snubbed (although we wouldn't be naming her after either of them), and both names are also family names on my side. 

I'm not as sold on Greta, as it seems to matchy with Meika for some reason to me.

i'm glad to hear I'm not the only one likes Samuel Arthur as a name. :-)

October 17, 2013 11:08 PM

I like your names.  Every once in a while I mention Evangeline to my husband, but he hasn't gone for it yet..although I do sense him softening a bit :). Your comment on Anneliese hits on the dilemma I have with the name, which I discussed on another thread awhile ago.  I feel like the proper pronouciation is 4 syllables, but I just don't care for it quite as well and don't want to deal with trying to teach our family members how to say it.  So, then I feel like it needs to be spelled Annelies in order to use the three syllable pronouciation, and I just don't like how that looks.