Help with name for DD2

Hi all,
Our dd#2 is due in a couple months, and I was hoping for some advice. We have gone through so many names, and had even settled on Jane until recently. But we both came to the conclusion that we really want to be able to call her Annie, at least when she's young. Plus, we grew tired of Jane. Anyhow, we want to give her a more formal version. Here are our two finalists:
Annabel Kate nn Annie- my husband prefers this, and I like it. I was actually really surprised my husband liked a name like Annabel. I'm worried its a little trendy though, but it would give her lots of nickname options. And I honestly think its a beautiful name.

Anna Rose (or Charlotte) nn Annie- We both think that it may not seem natural to call an Anna "Annie". I sometimes feel like they are just two separate names, and so I would have to leave it at Anna. I am falling more in love with the name Anna lately though. My husband is neutral on this name, but he says he can't see our current daughter as an Anna. We kind of look at dd #1 to see what dd #2 will look like. I know that may not be accurate!

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


July 9, 2013 8:54 PM

I love the nn Annie!  I agree that Annie is not as much of a natural nickname for Anna.  And Anna has a totally different feel to it, but it is lovely.  We are considering the name Anneliese, with the nickname Annie and I really like the fact that with a name like anneliese or Annabel, there are quite a few options if the original thought of a certain nickname doesn't quite fit later on.

July 9, 2013 9:44 PM

I like the suggestion of Anneliese.  Anneliese and Annabel are long names so it seems more natural to have a nickname.  Anna already has the same number of syllables as Annie.

Regarding trendiness, we do have two babies at my workplace named Annabell/Annabelle born in the last couple of years.  We also have an Annie, but she is already in her teens.  I'm at a big office though.

Other suggestions are Anissa, Anastasia, Annika and Annabella.

By Lama
July 9, 2013 11:08 PM

Thanks for the advice! Annelise is gorgeous. Unfortunately for us, it's way too close to DD #1's middle name (Elise). @story behind the name- I feel the same way about the options the longer names give us. While I want to call her Annie, I want to give her the freedom to change it to Anna as she's older. Good luck! I'll be interested to see what you decide. 

@Tirzah- That's interesting that Annabel is so popular where you are! I've never heard it on anyone I know. I was mostly concerned it was trendy because of the belle on the end. I'm hoping the "Annabel" spelling will help with that somewhat (as well as the fact that we plan to call her Annie). 

July 10, 2013 12:31 AM

I'm confused: if Anna doesn't naturally (automatically, even) nickname to Annie, then what on earth does?

That said, the person I know who goes by Annie part of the time has Ariadne as her full name, and the Anna I know is actually Anastasia. But these examples just show that there really aren't any rules for nicknames, besides abiding by the desires of the parents and later the child.

Jane + Anna reminds me of Joanna or Johanna, which I think are both beautiful names. Any interest?

I do like Annabel, except for the spelling ambiguity (Ana- or Anna-, -bel or -bell or -belle). It could blend in a bit with the currently-trendy names like Isabell and Belle, but not if you mostly call her Annie, and the nickname would solve the spelling problem, too.

As for predicting from your first child what your second will look like, it could work, or not. I know siblings who are like identical twins born years apart, and twins who don't even look like brothers.

By Lama
July 10, 2013 10:01 PM

It's funny that most people on here think that Annie is an intuitive nn for Anna. I'm glad to hear it. I would have thought that too before talking to others about it. It seems that most people I've spoken to think an Annie has the formal name of Ann/Anne, Annie, or a longer version (Anastasia, Annabel, etc.) I guess it's that Anna and Annie are the same number of syllables? Johanna is a pretty name but just not my style for some reason. Maybe it's the "Jo" part. I'm not completely sure if Annabel is my style either, but it seems fun to me. I tend to go for the more classic, even one syllable names, like Jane, Claire, etc. But something about Annabel appeals to me. I'm also really starting to love Anna, but my husband prefers Annabel. Thanks for the help!

July 10, 2013 5:16 AM

Honestly, I think you could legitimately get "Annie" from either name. I would go with the longer name to get more nickname possibilities, including "Anna" if you or she end up preferring it over Annie.

By Lama
July 10, 2013 10:03 PM

Thanks! That's kind of what I was thinking. A longer name would give her more options. But if she comes out and looks like an Anna to me, I'll name her just Anna. I keep hoping she'll come out looking like a definite Annie or Anna, but that's probably not going to be the case!

July 10, 2013 6:05 AM

I do like Annabel and Anna. I think either can be easily shortened to Annie. Honestly, I would pick the name you like the best as you may or may not shorten it and your daughter may choose to use her full name at some point. If you prefer Anna as a stand alone then go with that but Annabel does also give you the option of Anna, Annie, Belle/Bella.  Annabel is slightly more trendy in my area (with lots of spelling variations) and Anna more classic, but I know a couple of each.

I did like the suggestion of Anneliese but if that is out I also really like the suggestion of Joanna/Johanna as it does seem to meld Jane and Annie.  There is also Anya as an option?

By Lama
July 10, 2013 10:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I think you're right that we just need to pick the name we like best. The problem right now is that I cant decide. He definitely prefers Annabel, but I think I could win him over to Anna. I just don't want to do all that name campaigning if I'm not set on it! 

By hyz
July 10, 2013 1:31 PM

I agree with HungarianNameGeek that Annie is a 100% extremely natural nn for Anna, and I'm puzzled by the suggestion to the contrary.  I'd go so far as to say that I'd tend to assume any Annie I met was actually named either Ann(e) or Anna unless I was specifically told otherwise.  I also agree with Chimu that you and your husband should just hash out which name you like best between Anna and Annabel, and go with that, because either could be nn'd Annie and she will likely choose to go by the full name at some point later in her life.  I know lots of kids and don't personally know any Annabels under the age of 30 (I see it was #519 on the SSA list last year, although soundalike Annabelle was up to #100), although I have met a few young Annas (it has bounced around the top 50 on the SSA chart since 1990, and has never been out of the top 110).  However, I think both are classic and lovely names, and both would have my full support. 

By Lama
July 10, 2013 10:08 PM

Thank you! Glad to hear another person suggest that Annie is a natural nn for Anna. Also, glad to hear that Annabel is not too popular everywhere. 

July 10, 2013 8:57 PM

Annie is one of my all time favorite nicknames and you can, honestly, get it from a HUGE variety of names. You already have two great options - Annie is DEFINITELY a nickname for Anna - and a few other great suggestions were made as well, but if you want some more, here are some more "out there" options: 


By Lama
July 10, 2013 10:11 PM

thank you! What a great list of suggestions! I thought I'd seen them all. Off your list, I like Liliana and Juliana the best. They are both already taken by friends or family though. I'm glad to see a positive vote for Annie :). It just makes me happy to picture a baby named Annie. 

July 11, 2013 9:24 PM

I will pretty much fall in love with any name that lets me use Annie as a nickname. Haha! I did want to say, too, that I LOVE Annabel/Annabelle. I like that you have the options of Annie, Anna, Belle and even Bella for her in the future. I would go with that over Anna, but as long as you use Annie when she's little, I'll be a fan. =)

July 11, 2013 7:48 PM

This might sound weird, but

If I heard a of baby named Anna (no hint on nns), I would assume she is just called Anna.

If I heard of a baby called Annie, I'd assume it was short for Anna.

By Lama
July 11, 2013 8:39 PM

That doesn't sound weird at all. I appreciate your opinion!

July 11, 2013 7:53 PM

I've had a longtime crush on Annabel, so it gets my vote, & I love it paired with Kate.  I think it also has the benefit that you could call her Annie or Anna-both seem like natural nicknames for Annabel.  

Anneliese was a nice suggestion that could also give you both Anna & Annie as nicknames and it does seem less trendy. Though, I personally still prefer Annabel.

By Lama
July 11, 2013 8:50 PM

Thanks! I've always liked Annabel too. Honestly, I never considered it before because I didn't think my husband would like it. I was shocked when he said, "I like that". And Annelise was a good suggestion. Just too close to dd#1's middle name. 

July 15, 2013 11:31 AM

I grew up with an Anna called Annie and now know a young Annabel called Anna. Anything goes as far as nicknames are concerned! Both Anna and Annabel are lovely, and Annie is stupendous. You can't go wrong.

By Lama
July 16, 2013 12:43 PM

Thank you! Good to know. 

By Lama
July 17, 2013 7:37 PM

Thanks for the help everyone! I think we are pretty set on Annabel nn least for this month! I keep changing with mind with this one. 

July 18, 2013 5:35 AM

I love both options for you so I don't think you can lose!  Hopefully when your little one arrives you will know which is the right choice but it's great you have a frontrunner for now :)

By Lama
July 22, 2013 1:12 PM

Thanks! Yeah I guess it's good to have at least narrowed it down. Im such a planner though. Not knowing for sure is driving me crazy! 

By amar
July 20, 2013 10:06 PM

We have a baby Anna Kate. While I don't love the nn Annie, our 3 year old insists upon calling the baby that. I guess that it is an intuitive nickname if a preschooler picked up on it!

By Lama
July 22, 2013 1:10 PM

That's too funny. Oddly enough, my toddler loves the name Annie too. She keeps saying it. I LOVE the combo Anna Kate! Anna is really such a pretty classic. Do you meet a lot of other Annas? 

By amar
July 22, 2013 9:19 PM

We don't often. We live in kind of a pocket on a military base in a non-English speaking county, but I have only come across one on the playground (age 8ish) and know a 4 year old whose real name is Annabelle. We must have similar taste, Jane is our mn if we have a third girl!

July 26, 2013 3:50 PM

I greatly prefer Anna. Anna Rose is so lovely! 

I think super frilly names like Annabel can easily be mismatched with some personalities. I can imagine a little sporty tomboy being mortified with her name. I knew a Mirabella who was a track star and perpetually in tee shirts who went by Mir because she despised her name - and insisted on her parents not using Mirabella when she was only 4!

Annie could easily be a n/n.  Anna and Anne have the same amount of letters, so it doesn't even feel "weird" to swap them.

By Lama
July 26, 2013 10:28 PM

Thanks for your input! This is why I'm so torn! While Anna is classic and pretty, I'm not sure if its enough for me. But Annabel may be a little over the top for our style. And you're right that an Annabel may not fit everyone. I was kinda hoping the nickname options (Annie, Anna) would help solve that problem. Sometimes I feel like just starting from scratch with my name list though!

July 27, 2013 9:06 AM

I have heard of the name: Alyssianna. You could call her annie for short!

August 8, 2013 11:32 PM

We have an Anna Claire who is 15months old.  I personally much prefer Anna over Annabel because I just find Annabel so frilly.  I love tha Anna is sweet on a young girl, but gentle and  sophisticated on a young lady.  I think it's a name that ages very well from childhood to adulthood.

i call my Anna Annie all the time.  I didn't necessarily intend to when we named her, but it just comes out as a term of endearment.  Then again I also call big brothers Joel and Owen, Joely and Owey a lot too.  My husband did say to me, why do you call her Annie?  Don't you think that is a totally separate name?  I thought that was completely bizarre as it seems like a natural nickname to me!  Anyways I can say from real life experience that my Anna equally gets called both names with no issues!

By the way I love the combo Anna Kate.  Kate is the name of my SIL so we didn't want to use it but it probably would have been my first choice.

By Lama
August 10, 2013 5:35 PM

Thanks for your input! It's funny that your post mirrored my thoughts so closely. Over the past couple of weeks, I've really fallen so much more in love with the name Anna. While I find Annabel cute and fun, my husband and I are now thinking that Anna is perfect for us. Our dd#1's name is Claire, and we feel like Anna is timeless and classic like Claire. I love the combo Anna Claire! It's also nice to hear that you call her Annie and Anna so naturally. I'm hoping to still use Annie at least some. The name Anna has really grown on me though, and I imagine I'll use it just as much if not more. Crazy how names can sneak up on you! It's also crazy how much my mind has changed over this pregnancy! Do you call your daughter Anna Claire or just Anna? I'm thinking of either Anna Kate (maybe Katherine) or Anna Juliet. While I think Anna Kate is cute, I don't love the name Katherine/Catherine, and I adore the combo Anna Juliet right now. Anyhow, thanks so much for your advice! It's really helpful hearing from people who use the name. Do you meet a lot of little Annas?

August 10, 2013 8:43 PM

I know two sets of sisters that are Claire and Anna (one is grown up, and the other set are preteen/teen)! :-) Too fun. they do go very well together.

Anna Juliet is lovely. Our daughter is Ev!e K@te (Ee-vee). :-)

By Lama
August 10, 2013 11:25 PM

Thank you! Evie Kate is lovely as well!

August 12, 2013 4:48 AM

I think I prefer Anna as a sibling to Claire over Annabel (although both work!). Anna Kate is lovely but Anna Juliet is just wonderful and gets my vote.  I think you have great options though and can't go wrong :)

By Lama
August 12, 2013 2:43 PM


August 12, 2013 3:12 PM

We call her Anna. Claire is a middle name and I use it occasionally, but 98% she's Anna or Annie. I would always introduce her as Anna and I think of Anna as her name, but I do call her Annie a lot.

I love all 3 of your options: Anna Kate, Anna Katherine (a top contender for us as well) and Anna Juliet. I actually really wanted to name my daughter Anna Rebecca but I didn't like the two 'a' endings. Now I wish I had gone with that because I love Rebecca, but I do love Claire too.

I actually have met quite a few Anna's. At our playgroup there is my Anna, an Annabelle and an Annalie. Everyone uses the full name though so my Anna is the only 'Anna.' I don't think a name like Anna could ever be really looked upon as trendy as it's so classic, so it doesn't bother me. Looking at stats, it seems that Anna has risen a bit in popularity but not nearly as much as Annabel/Annabelle (in terms of percentages). Those names were almost nonexistant 10 years ago while Anna has held much more steady.

By Lama
August 12, 2013 8:12 PM

Thanks! I like that the name Anna has "held steady" as you say. I think it makes it less likely to shoot up the charts. I'd just like to stay out of the top 20 really. I'm afraid Annabel might follow the path of Isabelle.