Looking for a Middle

Hey everyone,

ive got a few weeks to go before I'm due with my little girl and can't pick a middle name. I've decided on a first name. Either Ruby or Rose. I think I'll probably end up taking both names with me in my mind to the hospital and see which one fits. But I've got a longer list for middles and can't seem to narrow down.

Middles: Ophelia, Leonora, Aurelia, Amelia, Estella, Aurora, Jezebel, Celeste.

i am unsure about some of these with either Rose or Ruby. I just can't decide and maybe even wish I had more names not ending in "a"  but can't find any.



July 22, 2019 4:04 AM

Of those names, Ruby Celeste and Rose Leonora are my favourites. 

By Mitz
July 22, 2019 9:42 AM

I have fallen in love with Celeste lately but can't decide if it's okay with Ruby. Or Rose. I've heard Celeste is a type of blue and Ruby being a red stone I'm not sure I can pair them together.

July 22, 2019 10:39 AM

I think you're fine--Celeste doesn't mean blue and isn't in common use for any particular shade of blue*, so it doesn't come across at all like naming her Rose/Ruby Lavendar or Rose/Ruby Aqua. It's a little closer to something like "red heaven" or maybe "jewel/flower heaven", but I think Celeste is name-y enough that most folks wouldn't think of that right off (something like Caelestia might bring the Latin more quickly to mind).


*The name Celeste is from the Latin for sky or heaven (like the English word celestial), so naturally some designers and paint companies etc. have picked up on it as a name for various random shades of blue. A google image search for "celeste blue" turns up a bunch of different colors ranging from greenish-blue to true-blue and from very pale to relatively saturated. Theoretically it could also be a shade of black, as in the black void of space, since the Latin word referred to the night sky as well as blue skies: I could easily see it as the name of aa glittery, almost-black nail polish. In any case I don't think anyone but those color-chip-namers (is that a full-time job? super fun either way) would hear "Celeste" and automatically think of a particular color. Sort of like "Chloe" is frequently used as a shoe-style name, but people don't automatically think "loafer" when they hear the name.

By Mitz
July 23, 2019 4:13 AM

Thank you so much for your reply. It was very insightful and helped clear up the blue confusion in my mind.

July 22, 2019 11:18 AM

Of those, I would probably rule out Rose Ophelia (too much Hamlet; Ophelia is famous for her "mad scene" when she gives out a bunch of flowers—"I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died"—and later falling into a brook while picking flowers and drowning) and Rose Aurora (has the Rural Juror pronunciation problem, plus too much Disney's Sleeping Beauty, who was named both Aurora and Briar Rose, and also too much "rosy fingers of dawn").

Also not my favorite, but less of an automatic-no: Ruby Aurelia (too much bling, as "aurelia" is from the Latin for gold—that's why the element symbol for gold is AU—but this is obscure enough that many folks won't notice) and Jezebel in general, but especially with Ruby (Jezebel is an old-fashioned slur for a "loose woman", and pairing it with a flashy, "red" name amplifies that association).

I think the rest of your choices are all winners. Based purely on sound/flow my favorites are probably Ruby Leonora, Ruby Celeste, and Rose Estella (it might be worth noting that Stella Rosa wine seems to be a thing, and there's also a designer named Stella Rose; I don't think either of these is a big deal at all, just something to know about in advance).

If you're wanting non-a-ending names, a few of these have varients that might appeal. Leonora could be Lenore or Leonie, Amelia could be Amelie, and Estella could be Estelle.

Having said all that, some general name-picking advice: If you can find a deeper connection to one of these names beyond just how it sounds, it can help you narrow your search and be happier with your choice in the long run. For example, do any of them remind you of a person or activity that is meaningful to you? Are any characters in a movie or book that you love? Is the origin or etymology of any of them especially important to you?

Of course if a name really grabs your heart without that kind of connection that's great, but if not then list as many of these pluses as you can think of for each name and see if any start to stand out.

By Mitz
July 23, 2019 4:19 AM

I thought about the Briar Rose connection but had forgotten about Aurora being her other name. I also feel Rose Aurora would be too many R' sounds together. Some just can't do together but j so love these names which is why I have trouble letting go of the first or middle.

July 22, 2019 8:49 PM

Ruby Celeste is lovely or ruby Amelia or ruby Estelle. Ruth Celeste, Amelia or Estelle could be nice too

By Mitz
July 23, 2019 4:21 AM

Thank you. I do like Ruby paired with Amelia but not love it. Don't really like Ruth.

September 14, 2019 1:12 AM

May be too late... but have you thought about swapping them? It seems like you LOVE a name that ends in an A. So why not give her that name? Amelia Rose is a strikingly gorgeous name. 

By Mitz
September 19, 2019 2:31 AM

Actually not too late but I prefer short first names with longer middles. And I've nixed Amelia from the possible middle name list to narrow it down. But thanks for suggestions.

September 19, 2019 3:52 AM

Ruby Celeste is lovely., Ruby Estelle is ok too

By Mitz
September 19, 2019 6:28 AM

Still really like Ruby Celeste. Estelle/a is also out. I had to start narrowing it down to less. Thanks by the way!

September 25, 2019 5:12 AM

Thanks. Ruby Celeste is a  winner

October 12, 2019 4:25 PM

Rose Aurora

Rose Celeste

Rose Estella