If it's a sister for Lydia

We're expecting our fourth and I have a gut feeling it's a girl.  So far my gut has been right every time!  Girl names are the hardest for my husband and I to agree on but I'd be so delighted if our daughter had a sister!  

Our sons are Ian and Garrett and both have family middle names.   Our daughter is Lydia Ann....and Ann is a family name.   I really like more old fashioned names like Evelyn and Greta but they are a hard sell with my husband.   And I would hope to use the middle name Louise for his grandmother.  

He's looking for something solid....nothing that sounds to frilly.  And I don't want anything popular or new...I think we could probably agree on Claire or Jane if they weren't so popular.

Any suggestions?  I feel I need to start looking now so I can wear him down with my favorite!  :) 

 

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April 9, 2014 10:10 PM

Ok--so maybe(?  I didn't check popularity stats):

Nora, Tamsin, Violet, Maeve, Abigail, Stella, Mariah, Naomi, Vivian, Tabitha, Audrey, Martha, Grace, Elspeth, Sarah/Sadie, Vera, Molly, Cora, Alice

 

Any of those strike any kind of chord?

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April 14, 2014 4:18 PM

  i really like Maeve, Stella and Elspeth....although I don't think Elspeth will make it past my husband!  I had forgotten all about that name.  I loved it as a teenager!    Thanks for the ideas!

 

3
April 9, 2014 10:57 PM

Is Jane in fact popular? I thought it was still resting wherever names go to await their revival. I have run into little Claires/Clares, so I know that is indeed getting some use.

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April 10, 2014 1:14 AM

Jane ranked 340th in 2012 with 922 babies, up from 368th in 2011. Claire is indeed much more popular: it was #45 with 4915 babies, up from #50 the previous year.

For completeness, I checked the numbers on Lydia: it was 95th in 2012 with 3140 babies, up one place from the previous year.

Perhaps the original poster lives in a local Jane pocket, or at least a state where it's more popular than it is nationally?

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April 11, 2014 10:26 AM

Jane is certainly not doing anything yet where I live.  I don't know anyone named Jane under 30.  Your reply made me wonder about June, seems it's also being revived but hasn't made it to my area yet.  I'd love to see both Jane & June get more use.

The youngest J@ne I know (early 30s) has a twin sister D0r0thy.  They were certainly "old lady" names when they were born.  I don't think Dorothy is quite ready to comeback yet.

I do know a couple of Claires who are both in Kindergarten, so I'm not surprised it's hit a revival nationally.  Where I live, you're more common to run across the modern/trendy bell-tones names than you are vintage revivals.  So Claire is a bit surprising to see here.

One of the Claires I know has sisters named 3ve and N0ra, but I suspect they are both too popular for the OP.

I have not checked stats for these, but maybe Claudia, Chloe, Sylvie/Sylvia, Cecelia, Elise, Juliet, Joan, Helen, Sarah, Stella, Cordelia or Audrey?

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April 11, 2014 11:54 AM

A friend of mine just chose Jane for her new daughter (big sister is Alice). It's my impression that Jane is given more for the middle name spot than first name right now.

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April 14, 2014 4:14 PM

Funny, I know so many little girls named Jane, I never thought to check the popularity!   It would be well within our limits except for the fact that we know so many personally.  

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April 11, 2014 10:59 AM

I love Clara Louise with Lydia Ann!

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April 14, 2014 4:19 PM

Aww, I love those together as well!  They sound like a perfect pair of sisters.   Thanks for the idea!

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April 15, 2014 9:18 PM

Here are a few from my list that might fit your requirements and go well with Louise as a mn:

Adele, Althea, Honora, June/Juna, Mira/Myra, Petra, Regina, Vera, Viola, Zola.

None of these are very common at all :)

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May 5, 2014 5:28 AM

Here are some old-fashioned girls' names. Hipe you'll find the ideal name for your babe! 

Victoria 
Christiana 
Jane 
Alice 
Daniella 
Daisy 
Kitty 
Virginia 
Fern 
Claire 
Mollie/Molly 
Evelynn/Evelyn 
Nina 
Daphne 
Leona 
Miranda 
Clarissa 
Libby 
Regina 
Luella 
Whitney 
Samantha 
Dorothy 
Cassandra 
Roxanna 
Anneliese 
Lorena 
Dahlia 
Janelle 
Roseanne 
Maeve 
Joanie 
Fawn 
Madeleine 
Lenore 
Sadie 
Eleanore 
Aubrey

Helena 

Nora 
Carolina 
Josephine 
Jocelyn 
Charlotte 
Emmeline 
Leila 
Lucy 
Violet 
Maisie 
Eloise 
Bridget 
Lorelai 
Margaret 
Laurel 
Penelope 
Ruby 
Lilah 
Evangeline 
Imogen 
Ivy 
Holly 
Louisa 
Pearl 
Julianna 
Amelia 
Jillian 
Delilah 
Delia 
Hattie 
Greta 
Alexandra 
Liesl 
Rowena 
Vada 
Vera