Help us choose a name for our daughter

We are expecting our second baby in August. This time we will welcome a little sister, for our son Nathaniel. We really love our son’s name and want something for our daughter that we love just as much. Luckily we have similar taste in names and have quite a few names that we both like, but just don’t know if we are in love with a name yet.  

Our short list of names: Josephine, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Amelia. 

I think we were both leaning towards Eleanor, until earlier this week when we realized that with our last name it was way too close to Eleanor Rigby. Other names nixed for various reasons: Olivia, Margaret, Caroline and Victoria.

Currently, my top pick would be Amelia and my wife’s top choice is Josephine. 

We like all of them enough to use, but we aren’t sure we are in love with any of them. Amelia and Charlotte seem to have shot up recently, and are maybe too popular (my wife is more concerned about this than I am). Elizabeth, (always popular so its popularity doesn’t bother us as much) we like with a nick name of Beth or Betsy, but neither of us like Liz. 

Josephine seems like the winner, especially since it is my wife’s grandmother’s name, but grandma really doesn’t like her name, so it seems a little funny to have a namesake if the person you are honoring would be more inclined to say “why would you do that?”, than they would be to say “I’m honored.” 

What do you think? Any suggestions of other names that go with Nathaniel, and are similar to our top girl choices?


March 15, 2013 4:48 PM

Melinda or Amanda?

By mk
March 15, 2013 5:55 PM

Amelia Josephine or Josephine Amelia?

What is your wife’s grandmother’s middle name?

Maybe a similar sounding name:  Angeline, Georgina, Cecelia


March 16, 2013 9:48 PM

You have very similar tastes to me for girls' names (and our next son will likely be Nathaniel) so here are some others that are on my list:

Madeleine (although this is probably too popular for your wife), Evangeline, Sophia (too popular), Anneliese (4 syllables), Leonora, Isadora, Emaline/Emmaline, Anastasia, Gabrielle/Gabriella, Cecilia, Lydia, Bronwyn, Vivian, Jillian, Christiana, Laura, Theodora, and Natalia (which is likely too close to Nathaniel).


March 18, 2013 9:43 AM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

June 2, 2013 10:07 AM

Josephine or Charlotte! Love the name list .. 

June 2, 2013 6:03 PM

Ok, we have similar taste (DD is Amelia, DH nixed Elizabeth and Josephine, and Sophia was too popular) so I'll throw out some of our other contenders.

Linnea (our youngest)






June 11, 2013 10:20 AM

Oh, that sounds familiar. I recently told my Grandad that if we have another boy we would like to name him after Grandad. Grandad's response: "I've always hated my name."

But I adore Josephine and I don't think you should necessarily let Grandma's feelings about the name sway you too much. If Grandma wasn't a Josephine, would you use the name anyway?

Since Josephine is on my list, others on my list are Clara, Eve/Evelyn, Anna, Elsa and Kathleen (another family name, but nn Kit - Katherine could be another possibility for you). 

Good luck!

June 14, 2013 11:53 PM

What about a version of Josephine using similar letters? Like Jocelyn, Joanna, Jody or Josie?  Jocelyn and Joanna seem to somewhat fit your naming style (I think!)

June 15, 2013 3:25 AM

All four of your names are great choices.  I would make a list of nicknames and see if you love one of those.  I wouldn't worry about popularity with your choices.  It's often pointed out on this site that when a classic name becomes popular it doesn't feel dated the way trendy names do.  Yours are all classics.  I like Charlotte and Amelia best.  Lottie is a cute nn for Charlotte.

July 9, 2013 1:29 PM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. After much back and forth, I think we have finally settled on a name. Pretty sure we are going with Josephine Rose. After months of stressing out about it we both decided it was the one name that felt easy and natural for us to use. Less than a month to go...  :-) 

July 9, 2013 1:38 PM

Josephine Rose is beautiful!

By Coll
July 9, 2013 3:51 PM

Beautiful name. We're also probably going with Josephine and a 1-sylable middle if we have a girl, so I think you have exceptional taste.

July 9, 2013 10:04 PM

In case you didn't know, Empress Josephine Bonaparte had a famous rose garden.  Josephine Rose is perfect!

July 10, 2013 10:20 AM

Before meeting Bonaparte, Josephine was known as Rose - one of her middle names. There is also a rose variety named Empress Josephine, if you are that way inclined (I have a rose for each of my children). 

Josephine Rose is a beautiful name. Love it. 

July 11, 2013 9:49 AM

Beautiful choice! I really wish my SIL hadn't used Josephine (and that I could have talked DH into it).