Juniper? Or similar?

Hubby and I love the name Juniper but our last name starts with "Dir". Is that too awful to combine??? We're trying to find names with a similar feel. We love that Juniper has multiple nicknames and it sounds whimsical to us. We also love that it is from nature but not so well-known that it brings an obvious image to mind like Fern or Rose. I'm 16 weeks and we're waiting to find out his or her gender. Thanks for your help!  :)


November 9, 2014 12:53 AM


November 9, 2014 2:09 AM

I thought at first it might depend on the rest of the last name.  But every last name I can think of starting with the "dir" sound (Dursley, Durfy, Durham, Dirksen) seems OK with Juniper.  The flow may not be ideal, but I don't think it would be a deal breaker for me.

If you still aren't sure, perhaps you'd also like Magnolia, Clementine, Lilac, Amaryllis, Clover, Cedar, Azalea or Marigold?

November 9, 2014 8:23 AM

I love Juniper! Our real-life style is not so adventurous, though, so we went with Juliet. I don't think the last name sounds like a deal-breaker. Other suggestions: Calla, Willa, Willow, Cassia,  Flora, Coraline/Coralie, Winter, Lavender, Camellia

November 9, 2014 11:54 AM

Somehow I don't think Lavender Dir- would solve the problem :-).

November 9, 2014 3:10 PM

Ah! You're right :) I wasn't considering the last name when I made my list.

November 10, 2014 11:53 PM

Juniper is one of my favorite names, but we couldn't use it because OUR last name ends in -er! Those pesky surnames... 

I guess I'd need to hear your full last name, but I lean toward it sounding too awkward, although if it was something like Juniper Durand, where the stress was on the second syllable, that would work for me just fine. 

The only nicknames I can think of with Juniper are June and Junie - am I forgetting any? I love a lot of names that have that kind of natural vibe without being overly floral: Sage, Hazel, Saffron, Clementine, Willow, Olive, Ginger (not much help since last syllable is the issue), and Indigo, my daughter's middle name. I also like the previous suggestions of Lilac, Cedar, Azalea, and Marigold. And Coral(ine).

There's Hyacinth, Jessamine, Poppy, Rosemary, Zinnia, Juno, Holiday, Peregrine (someone's going to yell at me because it's a boy's name, but to me it would sound lovely on a girl, too - at least as lovely as Lincoln or Wyatt, 2 recent celebrity you're waiting on the gender :-)).

Keep us posted :-)

November 11, 2014 12:26 AM

I like your description of Juniper as whimsical...











I know these aren't all nature names, but perhaps one will have the same feel for you. I honestly can't weigh in on the ln, without knowing more about it, but my guess is you may be overthinking it. 

Unless it's an obvious stumbler, I'd go for it if Juniper is the one your heart loves.