Juniper for a girl with brothers Isaac & Nate?

Need honest opinion:

Is Juniper too cutesy a name? Especially if her brothers are Isaac & Nate?

And feedback on middle name: Juniper Eve vs Juniper Grace or other suggestions?

(Thinking Juniper needs a strong sophisticated middle name, especially if she ends up hating it)


January 16, 2013 5:12 PM

Yes I do think it might be slightly too cutesy... but you should use it if you really love it. Other ideas: 










January 16, 2013 9:40 PM

Its funny, I went through a lot of nature names early on. I like Ivy, Iris, Lily, Pearl, Calla, but couldn't get the husband to like any of them.

January 16, 2013 4:59 PM

I don't Juniper is too cutesy at all! It's a solid nature name with the built-in sensible nicknames June/Junie that matches your sons' names quite well. It's lovely.

As for the middle, could we get some hints as to what your surname is (starts with, rhymes with, number of syllables, etc.?), because that would be helpful regarding flow. Of the two you listed, I'd go with Juniper Eve, because Grace as a middle feels a bit played out to me personally.

January 16, 2013 9:41 PM

I agree!  I like the name Grace  but also felt like it has been overplayed.

January 16, 2013 5:31 PM

Well, your sons both have biblical names: a patriarch and a prophet.  So the qestion arises:  have you established a pattern or theme?  To my ears you have, and Juniper which is a very modern nature name doesn't fit.  Of course, there is no law that says that sibling names have to go together or be a set in any sense of the word.  So if you don't think that sibling names have to show any sort of concord and you like Juniper, go ahead.  The sky won't fall.  OTOH if you do think that sibling names should fit together in some way, then Nathan, Isaac and Juniper are indeed discordant.  However, Isaac, Nathan, and Eve go together just fine.  So why not Eve Juniper, and she can still be Junie if you like.

By hyz
January 16, 2013 6:08 PM

I will generally second this.  Juniper is certainly not a match for her brothers, style-wise, but I don't think it's a horrible mis-match, either.  It's different from them, but in a way that has to do more with style than tone, I think--by which I mean, they all seem like respectable, attractive names with some traditional grouding and modern appeal.  It's not like Nate, Isaac, and Kandy(off on all aspects)/Bathsheba(still biblical but lacks much modern appeal)/MacKynleigh(modern feel but lacks much traditional grounding).  Juniper doesn't feel too cutesy at all to me--spunky, yes, but still with some gravity.  I could see a Juniper growing up to be just about anything (judge/doctor/artist/etc.), and I really like the flexibility added by nns June and Junie.  I personally love the name.  It is more hipster and/or hippie-ish than her brothers' names, but people often mix styles a little more when naming children of different sexes.  So, if you want a match, I'd say no, but if you are comfortable with a more eclectic set, then I say go for it.  I prefer Juniper Eve, but Juniper Grace is nice too. 

January 16, 2013 8:59 PM

agree with all of the above.  


I too favor Juniper Eve - makes me think of a summer evening, relaxing.

January 16, 2013 9:38 PM

Wow! This is the most thoughtful bunch, thank you for ALL your input. I find it hard to talk to friends/families about names when it is so personal and yet I do know what people honestly think of these names. Since it's our third I feel like we haven't given her name as much thought as we did with our other kids.

We decided Juniper because:

- we both liked it (a rare feat as my husband tends towards super traditional names, he wanted Theresa, Beatrice and something akin to Mildrid whereas I liked Savannah)

- Though it's not Biblical like our other names (and yes Nate is short for Nathaniel), there ere are two St. Junipers- one was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi and the otherJunipero Serra in California (I think that allowed my husband to recognize the name as a real name not a made up nature name)

- She is a winter baby (due date next Tuesday) and Juniper berries are everywhere in the winter

- I had Juniper trees in front of my house growing up

- We found out we were pregnant in June. We like the nickname June, might be more fitting as an adult. 

- My sister posed the question when I asked her about it being too cutesy- "yes, will a 30 year old name Juniper be offered fewer opportunities due to the sound of her name?" Will a name like this set her down a certain path- more artsy, less corporate? who knows? Such is the mystery of names..

Oh and our last name is Chen. Very common Asian name. So I didn't want to stick her with Biblical girl names like Rebecca, Rachel, Sarah that (though nice) I think are too common. 

January 16, 2013 9:58 PM

Somehow, knowing that her last name will be Chen makes me like Juniper even more. Juniper Chen has such a cheerful sound to it and it flows so perfectly!

And yes, I think that an older Juniper will be taken perfectly seriously. It's a botanical (though I'd wager that some people won't know that,) and to me has an old-school feel to it, which gives it weight. I can definitely see a Juniper Chen as being artistic, but also as highly academic, athletic, etc. I think that it's the brightness that I get from the name that makes me feel like a Juniper can be anything she sets her mind to. (Perhaps that ascribing too much power to a name, but there you go.)

January 16, 2013 10:19 PM

Awww, thanks! I was starting to have some hesitation about it, but we're also getting attached to it. Interesting that you think it has an old-school feel to it, good to know! The name does have spunky sound to it.

What are your kids names, if I may ask?

January 16, 2013 11:10 PM

You may ask, but I actually don't have any kids yet :) I've just loved names since I was a little kid and when I found this blog (quite a number of years ago, actually) I really enjoyed the scientific approach to name studies and the eloquene of the posters, so I stuck around.

Especially for girls, I'm personally partial to longer names (3 syllables or more) that have a classic but less common vibe to them.

January 16, 2013 9:50 PM

Thank you for this awesome analysis! You guys are name gurus. It makes me feel better knowing that you think she could be a doctor or judge and not just an artist (: 

We are fine with them not all falling into the same name category, but just didn't want it to seem too out of place or discordant. I think because our second goes by Nate, it's less obviously a Bible theme.

A colleage once told me that she just thinks of third child differently. She pushed her first one to excel,  followed her every achievements closely, etc, but for her third she says "I just want her to be happy." (:

January 16, 2013 10:48 PM

I love the name Juniper. It would have been my son's name if he'd been a girl. I like one-syllable middles with it like Pearl and Blythe. I also love the flexibility of June or Junie. 


I also don't think it would limit her from being a judge or a lawyer ( or an artist if that's the path she takes. Maybe all of the above?) It's a nature name but it's not nearly as flamboyant as some others. 

January 16, 2013 10:53 PM

I think you are on the right track and I think since she's a girl there is more flexibility in picking a name that's different from her siblings.  When I first learned about St. Juniper, I had a twinge of namer's remorse that we hadn't used it as a middle name for our daughter Clare as St. Juniper consoled St. Clare at her deathbed.  And although I really like the names Eve and Grace, I'm not keen on either with Juniper as I think using two word names together is a bit much.  So therefore I suggest Juniper Clare.

January 16, 2013 10:54 PM

ooh, thanks for the suggestion. Claire popped up as a possibility, very nice to know about the St. Clare bit, what a great story. Maybe she can use the name for her kids!

January 17, 2013 2:13 PM

Very nice! I have not heard of that name but given who she was, I'm surprised it's not more popular. 

January 17, 2013 11:30 AM

Just wanted to add that Juniper was also at the top of our list if my first born had been a girl. I love the name. Spunky, charming, unusual -- and the nicknames are adorable and versatile for all ages. We would probably have gone with Juniper Lee/Leigh (Lee being a family middle name). And our last name is one syllable, too. I love the bouncy sound of Juniper with the short last name. Adorable choice! I say go for it.


January 17, 2013 2:18 PM


January 17, 2013 9:16 PM

Juniper was also on our shortlist for our daughter. We ended up going with Astrid but I still love Juniper!  I never thought it was cutesy. I generally don't like cutesy names. It does have more of hipsterish vibe than some of the other names I like but cutesy is not a word I'd use to describe it.

I agree with previous posters that it doesn't fit in the same category as either Isaac or Nate, but it does work.  I also prefer Juniper Eve to Juniper Grace but I do like the suggestion of Juniper Claire. I thought Juniper Cate/Kate could work well too.


January 18, 2013 2:29 PM

I like Juniper & don't think of it as cutesy at all.  

Yes, it is a different style-but I don't think it's a horrible match with Nate & Isaac.  Juniper with brothers Nate & Isaac just reads as you have slightlyy different tastes for boy vs. girl names.  I don't think this is unusual or problematic at all.  However, you might want to think about the other girl names you like.  If you have a girl later and ended up with Nate, Isaac, Juniper & Ruth, I think Juniper would stand out quite a bit.  But something like Nate, Isaac, Juniper and a less common botanical (like Olive) would be fine.  Or perhaps a less used virtue name like Verity.

The nickname June is great and certainly gives her options if she ever wants them.

By EVie
January 18, 2013 6:47 PM

I agree with the general consensus. I don't see Juniper as cutesy at all, and I think Juniper Chen is lovely. While it doesn't exactly match Isaac and Nate, I don't think it matters so much if girls and boys aren't exactly the same style (though I do really like the suggestion of Junia as more stylistically consistent alternative). 

In terms of middle names, I do think that Grace is overused in the middle spot these days (or at least, I seem to hear it all the time). I love Eve in general, but Juniper Eve kind of makes me think of a flavor of bath wash or scented candle or air freshener... the kind they sell at Bath & Body Works and such places (along with, you know, Summer Mist and Hyacinth Dew and Magnolia Dream... I'm just making these up as I go along). Not a dealbreaker, but it would make me hesitate. I do really like the suggestion of Juniper Claire. 

January 22, 2013 10:37 PM

I don't know if the baby is here already, but I see now that the baby is Chinese.  There used to be a cartoon about a Chinese superhero girl named Juniper.  It wasn't that popular, but I thought it would be a fun fact for your daughter if you chose that name.