Finding a 3rd girls name

We are expecting our 3rd child!!! We have 2 daughter's Lilla (short i like Lilly or Willa) and Vivienne (nn Vivi) if this baby is a boy he will be Rufus.  If we have another girl we are still a bit unsure.  We had a lovely list before I got pregnant that works really well on paper but now most of those names feel just pretty and one dimentional (I'm not discounting these names for anyone who loves them, I do too they just aren't right for this baby) .  Before I was pregnant our list was Rosalie, Cecily, Isobel, Juliette, Eloise, Emmaline, Cora. Now we are leaning more towards spunkier names like

Sylvie - too close to Vivi?
Winifred - nn Winnie

We would like to bridge the gap between Lilla and Vivienne while having something similar in style. Cecily is still our front runner from our orignial list but now we are looking at some other choices as well.  What names do you think fit with Lilla and Vivienne?  **This isn't our last baby so we also want to still have somewhere to go, so to speak, with other names.  Brothers would be Rufus and Jasper


March 17, 2015 12:14 PM

Congratulations on #3!

These are my thoughts on your names:

Beatrice: a good choice with this sibset, especially if the nickname was Bea or Bibi
Beatrix: same as above, but I like it slightly more for you, as the x makes it seem a bit more spunky to me
Cecily: I think it's maybe more in the "pretty" category than spunky
Felicity: same as above (by the way Cecily and Felicity were sisters in L.M. Montgomery's The Story Girl so the names have a prim connotation for me)
Eloise: No. especially if you would use any kind of El- nickname--it's too close to Lilla
Matilda: I would love to hear of this name being used on a real baby. I've only ever read it in books! I think it matches your style. Any thoughts on nicknames?
Penelope: I love this name and I think it would match.
Sylvie - too close to Vivi? Yes, I think it's too close to Vivi.
Tess: spunky, but in a different way from Lilla and Vivi. I'm not sure I like one syllable names with your other two.
Winifred - nn Winnie: Matches in style. Would it be too close to Vivi if said fast? I don't know.

To recap: In order I like Beatrix, Penelope, Matilda, Winifred

I would also bring back Juliet/te from your previous list. I think it matches in style and could be kind of fun and spunky, especially if the nickname was Ju Ju or Jules etc.

Best wishes!

March 17, 2015 1:10 PM

Thanks!!! As for nicknames

Beatrice - Bea
Beatrix - Bea or Trixie
Matilda - Tilly or Milly

The nn Jules is the only reason Juliette has been on our list. 

We would also love to have a little Coco but we haven't been able to find a full name to use it with.

March 17, 2015 1:37 PM

The Coco I know has a totally unrelated "proper" name. (Think "Stella".)

It's funny how tastes differ: my family is all Juli- names, but we're all violently allergic to the nickname Jules. (It's a man's name. A _French_ man's name, which makes it even worse.) And yet I love most of the names on your list, especially Beatrice, Cecily, and Matilda.

March 17, 2015 2:25 PM

I guess there is no rhyme or reason to taste.  That is too funny!

Our last name is Cook so I don't feel like getting to Coco should be too much of a stretch i.e Cora Cook ~ Coco

March 17, 2015 3:58 PM

That is not at all a stretch!

March 17, 2015 2:16 PM

Cora is already on your list and could work with Coco. Also, Corinna/Corinne, Constance, Cosette.

March 17, 2015 2:26 PM

We have discussed Cora, which I feel is too heavy after Vivienne. Colette, which is too French with Vivienne, leaving Lilla out, same with Cosette.  I dislike Corinna/Corinne, Constance and Coraline.

By mk
March 17, 2015 3:16 PM

Others: Courtney, Cosima, Gabrielle (Coco Chanel's name)

March 17, 2015 3:42 PM

There's also Cordelia, Constance & Courtney. 

Really, with Coco I think any C name is fair game.  I don't mind something like Gabrielle with Coco as an organically derived nickname that just happened.  But naming a child Gabrielle with the intention of using Coco seems a bit off to me.

March 17, 2015 3:57 PM

I think Gabrielle with Coco nickname would be only appropriate if you were being very deliberate in your homage to Ms Chanel. If I met a little Coco and discovered she was a birth certificate Gabrielle, I'd immediately want to have discussions about the history of womens' fashion with the parents!

By mk
March 17, 2015 4:17 PM

Yeah, it was more to show that you can use any name really, or in case OP was a fashion/Chanel fan!

March 18, 2015 12:20 AM

It is in fact a really good idea if the OP likes fashion! My kids really enjoyed the children's book about Coco Chanel we recently read, and I learned a lot, too. And I agree with you that Coco can be a nickname for pretty much everything, especially for anyone with a surname of COok.

December 22, 2015 1:02 PM


Nicola, Nicolette...

Or Corin, Corinna, Coreen, Colleen, or Cordelia.

March 17, 2015 3:36 PM

I have a cousin named Coco, full stop, though I can imagine it might be too much with your last name. If you like Cora and want to continue the double consonant, perhaps Coretta? Other possibilities might be one of the Nicole variants. (There are also a bajillion Japanese girl names ending in -ko, but I don't know how well they'd bridge your girls' names ;-).)

March 18, 2015 12:21 AM

I really love the rhythm of Coretta Cook, and Coretta is a very sassy spunky name that feels similarly pleasingly-vintage like Rufus. Plus Coco would be a really natural nickname.

March 21, 2015 12:30 AM

Cosima could be shortened to Coco, as could Constance or Coraline.


March 17, 2015 1:15 PM

From your list, the names I think "go with" Lilla and Vivienne nn Vivi are

Tessa (I think this is a better fit than Tess)
Winifred (subtle theme of short-i for a second letter)

Beatrice, Felicity, Matilda, and Winifred all share that short-i sound. 

I don't think I need to add any extra names (besides Tessa) because you have a great list! I think Tessa would bridge the gap between Lilla and Vivienne because it strikes me as a classic name like Vivienne but it shares the vowel-consonant pattern of Lilla.  You could also do Theresa nn Tessa which would give you a classic full name like Vivienne with a nickname that matches Lilla well.  If Vivienne is young enough to adapt, you could change the spelling of her nickname to Vivvi and have three girls with the same vowel-consonant pattern. 

March 17, 2015 1:26 PM

We have never been a fan of Tessa or Theresa but that would make things sound better. Vivienne is 3 and any time her name is written it is her full name Vivi is just a pet name. 

I am leaning towards: Cecily, Beatrix, or Penelope
DH is leaning towards: Cecily, Beatrice, Tess, or Winifred

March 17, 2015 4:56 PM

I would pick a name you love over a name that rationalizes your sib-set. The common thread can be "we loved these three names best" even if they're otherwise very dissimilar, or unevenly similar.

You both like Cecily, and it's been top of your list for a while--if there's not something big and concrete holding you back from it, maybe you could list the reasons you like it and see if a positive focus makes you love it again (or makes you realize you really are more meh about it now).

If it helps, I think you could do Coco as a nn for a Ce¢ily ©ook. An O- middle name that you liked would make this even more of a slam-dunk, C.0. C0ok, but isn't necessary.

March 17, 2015 5:32 PM

We love all of these names. It's just a different direction than we thought we take originally.And while style may not be important to most people it is to me. I was one of three girls and my name was the different one, which was alway a point of contention. We moved a lot so there were many introductions and this was typically brought up. So style is important, as is finding the right name for this baby, not one on paper. The biggest thing that made us start looking again was how much we love Rufus and how excited we are to use it.  It's not quite there with Cecily and I think what is missing is the spunk. So we are looking.

March 19, 2015 10:02 AM

Since style is important to you, I will say that I don't think you can go wrong with anything on your current list.  They might be a slightly different direction, but they all still work together-and with your daughters' names.  Everything you've got fits within a larger vintage style.    

If your current list was full of modern, unisex style names, I would say that would be pretty jarring with Lilla & Vivienne.

By mk
March 17, 2015 1:46 PM

I like Beatrix! Then Penelope, and Matilda, but they are all nice. The only one I really don't like is Tess (or Tessa), sorry. I do, however, love the name Theresa, so that's an option. You could also use the French version, Therese.

Cecily is pretty but whenever I see it I want to suggest Cecilia, which is like more.

March 17, 2015 3:25 PM

I still love Cecily best for you! It is one of my all-time favorite names and I think it is both pretty AND spunky. I love how it fits in so perfectly with both Lilla and Vivienne. Out of your new list, my other two choices for you would be Felicity and Beatrice. But I honestly think Cecily is your best choice by far!

March 19, 2015 9:03 AM

Cecily is still the front runner. Maybe we just need a different middle or something to make us as excited about it as we are about our pick for a boy.

March 17, 2015 3:46 PM

If you are worried about names that sounds too French with Vivienne, I would eliminate Eloise & Sylvie (and yes, I think Sylvie and Vivi are too close).

I'd say my top 3 from your list are Beatrix, Cecily & Felicity.  Beatrice is a close 4th, but it lacks some of the spunk I think you are looking for.

I like both Matilda & Winifred, but they seem a bit fusty next to Lilla & Vivienne.  Tess is another name I like, but it feels a bit plain.  I've just never cared much for Penelope.

March 17, 2015 4:51 PM

You pretty much split up mine and my husbands picks

Beatrix, Cecily, Felicity and Penelope for me

Beatrice, Matilda, Winifred and Tess for him

The french names are where we overlap, but I think too that they are too close to Vivienne

March 17, 2015 11:14 PM

I like your style! Beatrix, Matilda and Jasper are all front runners for this pregnancy. Eloise would be if it weren't going to be used as a middle name.

My first thought for you is that we plan to use Beatrix with nn either Bea or Tris. Maybe you would like Tris since it sounds similar to Tess? I also think Beatrix has the spunkiness you say you're looking for, and it sounds like you both like it.

I do think Sylvie, and maybe Eloise, is too similar to your daughters' names. My second choices for you would be Penelope or Matilda. I think Cecily works with the sibset too, I just don't like it quite as much and it doesn't have the spunky vibe for me that Beatrix does.

March 18, 2015 10:07 PM

So, normally I am not a fan of alliterative names, but I really like the idea of Coraline Cook, nn Coco... Shares an L with Lilla, and 3 syllables with Vivienne, but has its own ending... I also like Clementine Cook, although Coco would be harder unless you maybe did what a previous poster suggested: Clementine Opal Cook, or another O middle name...

Anyway, I like Beatrice with Trixie as a nn, know someone with this combo, and I just can't get behind Beatrix as a name. Like it, don't love it, though. 

Cecily, I really like, I like it a lot with your other girls' names, and Cece or Cici Cook is pretty good, too.

Felicity Cook sounds pretty great, I'm just not sure about it with your other daughters?

I absolutely love Eloise, and know someone who named his daughter Loie, which is such a cute nn, as are Lolo and Ellie - but maybe that's getting too close to Lilla's nn's?

Matilda is super not my style, but I love Tillie, and love the name Tilda by itself with that nn... but again, too similar to Lilla...

Penelope is super cute, Penny and Nell(ie) are very cute nn's.

Sylvie yes too similar to Vivi, but what about Sybil?

Tess is a favorite, but it just doesn't match the others to me, sadly, nor would Theresa.

Winifred isn't my style, but I think it could work. Reminds me of someone I knew named Winifer, which reminds me of Guinevere, which could be Winnie or Gwen or Vera or Neve...or what about Gwendolyn? Or Geneva? Or Ginger? Or Juniper, a huge fave of mine? 

Juniper Cook? Super cute! :-)




March 18, 2015 11:22 PM

I like this idea.  Don't bother to try to bridge the style gap for baby number 3, just go with a completely different style like Juniper.  Then no one feels left out and everyone gets a name that you love.

March 19, 2015 9:01 AM

I've always loved Juniper but I'm not sure that I would use it IRL. 

We also discussed Sybil but I'm afraid it sounds like she's the ugly sister. 

Right now we are leaning towards Cecily, Penelope, Eloise or Tess

March 19, 2015 2:30 PM

I just had a possibly crazy thought: name her Cecily and call her Tess? it's fewer steps than from Richard to Dick, that's for sure... 

March 19, 2015 4:13 PM

I had thought of that too - I think I may even have suggested it in the previous thread :-) It seems like a great way to add some spunk to Cecily and get a two-for of favorite names. (I happen to think Cecily is spunky as well as sweet, but I guess I'm in the minority?)

Edit: nope, I lied. I never suggested it in the OP's previous thread, but I'm pretty sure I suggested it to someone who was considering Cecily but didn't like the nickname potential. I think she thought I was crazy though :-) At any rate, consider the suggestion strongly seconded!

March 19, 2015 4:18 PM

I love love love that idea.  I've never been a fan of Cece or any of the other Cecily nicknames but we obviously love Tess. Cess to Tess isn't that much of a leap.  Oh I hope DH goes for this!  You guys are the greatest!

December 23, 2015 12:24 AM

I know a T'Sarah who goes by Tess. Really anything somewhat close to part of the name works!


EDIT: oops. This is old. Sorry!

March 19, 2015 12:25 AM

I'm kind of crushing on Felicity these days, so I'd go with that if it were me.  I do love Sylvie but I agree it's a bit close to Vivi.  I also really like Cecily and Beatrix, but honestly, your whole list is pretty fabulous!  I love Rosalie as well.  

My sister's middle daughter is Cecily Juliana.  Her older sister is Ruby Caroline, and her unborn baby sister is going to be Georgia Annabel (I think; the middle name keeps rotating).  I do like that sib set too.

March 19, 2015 9:02 AM

I have a niece named Georgia and my mom would love it if I would name this baby Ruby or Lucy for that matter. So funny how similar their names are!

March 20, 2015 9:24 AM


We have decided on Cecily Jane for a girl, this is a bit spunkier than our previous combo Cecily Kate that wasn't up to par with my favorite Kate combos (Penelope Kate and Sylvie Kate).  Thanks for helping us figure it out.  Now for a nickname, DH nixed Tess. What do you think about Cecily Cook nn Coco?

March 20, 2015 10:09 AM

Oh yay! Cecily Jane is so fantastic! I think Coco could work just fine. Boo to your DH for nixing Tess, lol. Could you still call her Tess as your personal nickname for her, or does he hate it that much? I do think it's fairly intuitive as a rhyming nickname. I could see you singing silly songs to her about her name - Cessie-Bessie-Tessie-Jessie - and it arising quite naturally from that. Or at least that's what would probably happen in my house, haha. What about Essie? I honestly think Cecily is so perfect as is that I wouldn't want to use a nickname too often. I wouldn't put too much effort into finding a nickname before the birth - one is sure to evolve naturally once she's here. 

March 20, 2015 2:12 PM

Maybe, he warmed to a bit when I told him it came from a nickname for Elizabeth from Bess to Tess. So maybe he'll get there.  I really just want to avoid her being called Sissy and I'm afraid that if we don't have a nickname picked out that will be the extended family's go-to. I will mostly call her Cecily just like I mostly call Vivienne by that and not Vivi, but family uses it a lot.

March 21, 2015 1:57 PM

Hooray for Cecily!  This is our eldest's name and she wears it well.  We also had an issue coming up with a nickname and mostly call her Cecily.  She was Cessie when she was little and her younger sisters and close friends still call her this.  Hubs and I mostly call her Cecily or occasionally Ces, which we swore we wouldn't use but find it just an easy go to nickname.  

I think Coco is delightful!  

Congratulations on making a decision!

March 21, 2015 3:03 PM

If you really want a full name for Tess, you could use Esther. 

Nicknames for Cecily Jane:
CJ (or Sea Jay)
Ellie (might not work with Lilla)
Essie (suggested above)
Jessie (with the J from Jane)
Cecily (there is nothing wrong with a 3 syllable name in daily use)

 I don't think that Tess works as a nickname for Cecily Jane.  It would work for Cecily Theresa, Cecily Tess, Cecily Esther, or Cecily T. 

March 20, 2015 11:42 AM

A lovely, spunky choice! Congrats!!

April 2, 2015 11:20 PM

Hooray! Congrats! And if you end up calling her Tess, what's he going to do about it, seriously? It can be your special name for her :-) I went to high school with a very cool girl named Sessa - another option. Or Coco - it's completely up to you, she's yours!!

April 3, 2015 11:30 AM

I think we are going to go without a nickname.  We don't feel like people will feel compelled to shorten it since there isn't a natural nickname, unlike say Eleanor to Ellie. We all are assuming that our youngest, Vivienne, will have some sort of nickname for her since she can't say Cecily that family may or may not pick up.  Lilla called Vivienne, Bibienne for a long time and it still gets used sometimes. Thanks so much for all the input. 

December 21, 2015 12:17 PM


We had our baby girl on October 11th - 4 weeks early

We ending up naming her Tess Magnolia as I could never get over the sissy nickname or lack of one when Vivienne gets called Vivi so much. 

Thanks for all of your help. It seems that ended up going with what we loved the most instead of bridging the gap.

December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

Tess Magnolia is darling, and I think it's a perfect with your other girls' names.

Many congratulations, and thank you so much for taking the time to update us! It's such a treat when we get to know the final decision. :)

December 21, 2015 6:22 PM

Tess Magnolia is lovely.  Congratulations!

December 21, 2015 8:48 PM

That's wonderful! The middle name sets off Tess wonderfully. (I think you really wanted to go with Tess the whole time by the sound of things) 

December 23, 2015 2:49 AM

Oh, lovely choice! It fits beautifully together and with the siblings, too. Thank you for the update!