I think we picked a girl name. Please help us with a middle name!

Thanks everyone for their input into naming our second baby girl, should she in fact turn out to be a girl :)  Our first is Daphne Cecelia.  So if it's a girl this time, I think we've decided we'll go with Hazel.  It's really starting to grow on me.  For a boy, it'll be Leo.

I'd actually appreciate middle name suggestions for both our boy and girl names.  Originally we had Leo Sebastian if Daphne had been a boy, but lately I'm not loving Sebastian as much.  Our last name starts with G and rhymes with "earth".

I'd love to use one of my favourite baby girl names for a middle name, but none of them seem to fit with our one-syllable last name!  e.g.


Hazel Yvette G.

Hazel Celeste G.

Hazel Maelle G.

Hazel Bryn G.

Hazel Asha G. (also, this spells H.A.G., no good!)


It seems to me that she needs a 3-syllable middle name, like I did with Daphne, for it to flow properly.  Also, middle names where the stress is on the last syllable don't really seem to sound good with the one-syllable last name.

Open to any suggestions!  We do not want to use any family names, just fresh new ones, for our kids :)  Thanks!


July 9, 2012 12:07 PM

Hmm, how about:

Hazel Madeline

Hazel Caroline

Hazel Theresa

Hazel Josephine

Hazel Camilla

Hazel Daniela

July 11, 2012 10:54 PM

I like Josephine!  I don't think my DH does though, I'll have to check.

July 9, 2012 12:10 PM

Let's avoid A and O names, agreed. U names, though, might be okay, might not... not bad, though.

A two-syllable name might work as well, as long as the stress is on the first syllable. I agree that you'll want an unstressed syllable between the last name and the stressed part of the first or middle names.

Here are some your-names-but-not that get the flow right:

Hazel Yva G.

Hazel Celestia G.

Hazel Maya G.

Hazel Brynna G.

Hazel Ulla G. (if you prefer a H.U.G.)

By hyz
July 9, 2012 3:12 PM

A few ideas that fit the syllable requirement (3+) and which I also think sound nice--see if any of these appeal: Virginia, Clementine, Rosalind, Rosamond, Verity, Verena, Beatrix, Susannah, Fiona, Mathilda, Eleanor or Eloise (HEG?), Johanna, Josephine, Marguerite, Calantha, Philippa, Sylvia, Louisa, Saskia, Delphinia, Philomena, Tabitha, Cambria, Geneva....    

July 11, 2012 10:56 PM

Ooh, I love Virginia, Josephine and Eloise.  Do you think she'll get made fun of with Virginia for a middle name?  For some reason I really like it.

By hyz
July 12, 2012 10:47 AM

I don't think she'd get made fun of for it, unless someone was looking pretty hard for a way to be obnoxious.  First, as a middle name, most people won't even know it.  Second, Virginia is a traditional name, the name of a state, and also seems to be coming back a bit for young kids.  I know of at least 2 young Virginias just in my neighborhood, and have heard others elsewhere, as well.  I live in a pretty heavily Catholic area, so that may explain some of it, but the name is also the right vintage to start coming back.  It was my beloved grandmother's name, and it is on my list of possibilities for future kids.  It was also the name of Ginny Weasly in the Harry Potter series, so that may have given it a small boost, as well. 

July 12, 2012 11:14 AM

... Actually, Ginny Weasley's name was Ginevra. I'm sure about that because it was the first time that I'd heard that name and thought that it was quite cool.

July 12, 2012 11:20 AM

Just to let you know, Ginny Weasley is Ginevra not Virginia in Harry Potter.

As to Virginia in the middle slot I don't think it would encounter any teasing.


By hyz
July 12, 2012 12:26 PM

Oops!  I knew that, and forgot--thanks for the reminder!  The only other Ginny I knew was my middle school science teacher, who was a Virginia nn Ginny--so whenever I hear Ginny, that's what I default to.  Ok, so strike the HP connection, but otherwise I stick by my comments! :)

July 9, 2012 6:07 PM

I like the flow of Hazel Celeste and Hazel Yvette.  But you are looking for some good 3 syllable names, what do you think of these?  

Hazel Beatrice

Hazel Josephine

Hazel Adalaide

Hazel Augusta

Hazel Clementine

Hazel Eleanor

Hazel Veronica


By Guest (not verified)
July 9, 2012 6:40 PM

Hazel Elizabeth

Hazel Margarette

Hazel Eloise

Hazel Rebecca

Hazel Jolene

Hazel Victoria

Hazel Penelope 

July 11, 2012 10:57 PM

Penelope, that might be it!  My husband loves Penelope and liked it as a first name option, but I thought Daphne and Penelope were too matchy-matchy.  Also, I don't actually love the name that much... but it makes a nice middle name and if my DH loves it, that might do it.

July 12, 2012 9:37 AM

I'm really liking Hazel Penelope & Hazel Celeste.

July 10, 2012 12:38 AM

From your list I'm liking Hazel Celeste and Hazel Yvette. Both are a great match to Daphne Cecelia!

I love some of the suggestions already, here are ones that come to mind (some are repeats but I thought they worked well):

Hazel Josephine

Hazel Clementine

Hazel Delphine

Hazel Marguerite

Hazel Emmeline

Hazel Genevieve

Hazel Cordelia

Hazel Susannah

Hazel Juliet

Hazel Theodora


By Guest (not verified)
July 11, 2012 11:32 PM

Hazel Noelle!! 

July 12, 2012 8:34 PM

Hazel Noelle is nice, but close friends just named their daughter Juliet Noelle (a Christmas baby :)

July 12, 2012 1:24 PM

so far, i like Hazel Penelope best

By EVie
July 12, 2012 10:30 PM

Here's another vote for Hazel Penelope—I particularly like how Penelope echoes the classical origins of Daphne Cecelia (Greek and Latin, respectively). I also really like names in dactylic meter, so Hazel Penelope G(earth) sounds lovely to me.