Longer, formal name for Mae.

I wrote on here about three years ago now for help with our first daughter (who we didn't know was a daughter at that point). Everyone gave us great confidence in our chosen girl's name at the time, even though the whole discussion was around a male name. We named our daughter Josephine Rose; we call her Posey. We get mostly great feedback on her name on how it fits her and is so sweet, with a bit of confusion every now and again on why we didn't just go with Josie (which they call her at daycare)...she just has a lot of names. But I think already, at the age 2.5, she understands her names and I don't need to worry. Here we are again, this time knowing we are having another daughter at the end of August! She is most likely our last baby. I'm quite excited to know this is a girl, as it makes me feel like the naming process may be just a bit more simple...maybe.  Most of me wants a longer, "formal" name with a sweet, vintage-ish nickname, to match her sister, but I'm not sure how important this really is. I really love the name Mae, and think the pairing of Posey & Mae couldn't be cuter, but I can't find a name I LOVE to derive Mae from. I just can't get on board with Margaret. I know full well that we can go with Mae as the name, but can't get over how I would love to have a longer name. So far, our names are:  MaeMabel (this is number one for me, but we happen to know a few children with this name, which isn't a deal breaker)Margot (could we call her Mae? I love Margot on it's own, as well.)Ramona (Mona or Mo which is my sister's nn, do Posey and Mo sound too rhyme-y?)Matilda (Mae or Tilly)Henrietta (Hattie)PearlBernadette (husband's suggestion, wants to call her Bernie) The middle name will most likely be Patricia, after my momma. I'm a huge fan of names sounding good together, so it's a must that it pairs well with Josephine and Posey. What are we missing?  Thanks so much for reading through this lengthy ramble and for your help!


May 1, 2019 2:24 AM

Marguerite, Maegen, Marjoleine/Marjolein, Esmae, Magdalene, Maribel, Mariella, Maryellen, Marylouise, Maryjane, Maybeth, Amaybel, Claramay, Ellamay, Elliemay, Charmae, Amabel, Emmabel, Magdalena, Marielle, Marilee, Mayella, Maylene, Maryann, Delmae, Valmae, Rhelmae, Maelyn, Mary, Maya, Annamae, Anniemae, Madeline

I think Mabel would be fine.  Margot use it if you love it.  Matilda is nice,  Henrietta is ok.  Bernadette is ok


May 1, 2019 9:49 AM

Margot is a form of Margaret, so Mae makes perfect sense to me as a diminutive of Margot. (Personally I vastly prefer Margaret over Margot, but that's neither here nor there for you.) Or you could try the full French form, Marguerite, or the Scottish Mairead (rhymes with "parade"). The Polish version Małgorzata has always intrigued me, but it has the crossed-L to complicate things. If you have any Scandinavian or Hungarian ancestry, you could go with Margit. Or perhaps the fully Latinized Margareta would have enough flair to excite you?

A name from the Margaret family would harmonize very well with Josephine/Posey: marguerite/margareta are the names for the daisy in many languages, so even if you call her Mae rather than Daisy, there's a background floral connection, similar to her sister's name(s).

May 1, 2019 6:06 PM

Josephine Rose "Posey" and Mary Patricia "Mae" are wonderful together.


Miriam, Madeleine, Marianne, Martha -> Mae


I like Margaret, Matilda, and Henrietta.

May 1, 2019 10:41 PM

How about Malina?


May 2, 2019 11:18 AM

I really like Matilda. And Marguerite, Mary and Maria.

Instead of Mabel how about Amabel? It does change the vowel sound, but no more than Margaret or Matilda.

I'll add Marceline (maybe too close to Josephine), Maëlle/Maela/Maëlys, Mireille or Mireia or, slightly further afield, Amelia, Merrilees or Imelda to get to Mae.

I also think a huge majority of M names would do the trick, although it could be harder getting them to stick, I suppose.

May 2, 2019 3:34 PM

It's not a lot longer, but that spelling of Mae makes me think of Maeve, which does at least feel a bit more formal to me. There are two slightly different French names, Maelys and Maylis, that might work; the one with the Mae- spelling is not quite the right pronunciation, but Maylis is said something like May-lease (like a mash-up of Mae and Elise). Both have been fairly popular in France in the past couple of decades. I think if you're not in Europe or Canada you could probably get away with the Mae- spelling and the May- pronunciation, if you wanted to.

In my history work I've run across Mae/May as a nickname for Mary (plus plenty of stand-alone Mae/Mays), so maybe you'd like one of the many Mary variants. Marianne has a similar feel to Josephine to me. Marigold would be a fun, more whimsical choice if you want to maintain a floral connection.

I actually think Mae would work pretty well as a nickname for just about any M- first name. 


(Incidentally, Mei-Mei, pronounced like May-May, is the Chinese term for a younger sister. It's often used familiarly within the family, kind of like "sis" in English, so I find Mae or Mae-Mae especially charming as a nickname for a youngest daughter.)

May 6, 2019 11:35 AM

I think Maisie’s good.

May 6, 2019 11:23 PM

My immediate thought was Amelia.  I think you could go with Mae, Millie, Lia, etc. for nicknames.

May 7, 2019 10:52 AM

Mae is a variant of May. Here's the family tree on Behindthename. Lots and lots of choices if you go off of the Mary/Margaret/Mabel (Annabel) roots. All of which can lead to Mae if you choose to.


We were actually going to use the middle of Mae to honor all the grandmas/great-grandmas/great-great... whose names included:
Mary, Margaret, Marjorie, Maura, Annabel, Marilyn, Marie, Molly