Looking for a sibling name for Cyrus

My son's name is Cyrus Boone, and he'll be a big brother in a few months. We'll find out the gender in about three weeks, so this post is jumping the gun a little bit, but I wanted to get a head start on looking for a name for his baby brother or sister. We're kind of a cliche in that we like names that are somewhat classic but not super common. However, I'm not hyper vigilant about avoiding names based on ranking -- for example, we really like Audrey, which is in the top 40s and rising, and that's fine. My husband and I generally like the same type of names, though he actually likes them a little more uncommon than I do.
At this point, I partially just want to get the names down and on paper. I'd also love suggestions for names with the same vibe, especially boy names, since we don't have many of those. Also, any thoughts on first and middle combinations would be awesome.

Top Girl names:
Adaline
Audrey
Camille
Juliette/Juliet
Lorelai
Lydia
Margot
Rosalie
Rosemary

Girl names, middle only:
Lark
Sybil
Wren

Girl names, maybe but probably not:
Annette
Cora
Diedre
Esther
Ivy
Laurel
Lavinia
Lena
Opal
Stella
Sylvia
Tessa
Vera
Vivian
Zelda

Boy Names:
Auden
Jasper
Julian
Roman
Sorrell

Boy names, middle only:
Granville (this has been a family name for at least four continuous generations, so it's a strong contender)

Boy names, maybe but probably not:
Arthur
Aubrey (I love this as a boy name, but it's in the top 20 for girl names now)
August (we live in Texas, where the month of August sucks -- it would be kind of like naming a Chicago baby "February").
Cyprus (too close to Cyrus)
Flint
Griffin
Silas (I love this name, but obviously it's way too close to Cyrus)

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September 13, 2013 4:28 PM

Oh, couple other things:

-We both are really attracted to nature names (Rosemary, Lark, Wren, Opal, Jasper, Sorrell, Flint) but it certainly doesn't have to be a nature name.

-My son's middle name, Boone, is a family name from his dad's side, so I like the idea of using Granville for a middle name this time, but again, it doesn't have to be. The three names listed as middle name only for girls aren't family name, but we just aren't crazy about them as first names. I think Lark and Wren are super pretty, but both are kind of difficult to hear correctly, if you know what I mean.

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September 13, 2013 7:13 PM

For me, Cyrus is old fashioined, with just a touch of a cowboy/western feel to it.  Of your girl names, I am very drawn to Adaline in that it has the same kind of vibe for me.  I also quite like Lorelai. It has a totally different feel to it, but it's unexpected in a good way.  I think Cyrus and Lorelai would make for a very interesting & eclectic sibset.

Looking at your middle names, I like Adaline Wren, but I'm having trouble matching Lorelai with Wren, Lark or Sybil. Would you be open to using something from the first name list as a middle?  Lorelai Rosemary & Lorelai Margot are both nice.

From your boy list, I love Jasper with Cyrus and I think Jasper Granville is very nice.  I also quite like Griffin and August.  I don't think August would be a problem just because the weather is bad, and if you plan on using a nickname, the association with the month would be lessened.  I like both Cyrus & Gus and Cyrus & Auggie.  You could also use Augustus or Augustin to further lessen the connection with the month.

Girl name suggestions-Matilda, Cordelia, Adalaide, Willa, Willow, Iris (sounds too much like Cyrus, but maybe for a middle), Isadora, Linnea, Augusta, Aurora.

Boy suggestions-Cole (could also be short for Collin, Coleman or Nicholas), Milo, Ezra, Porter, Everett, Jude, Sterling, Tobias, Toby, Blaise, Orion, Linden

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September 13, 2013 10:06 PM

In keeping with Laura Wattenberg's advice for avoiding namer's remorse -- move names up the list rather than down -- here are my thoughts on a few of your listed names that stood out to me in a good way:

Lydia and Cyrus 'go together' perfectly, I think -- Greek derived, y as the second letter, five letters long... Plus I like Lydia anyway -- easy to pronounce and spell, classic, fits modern trends but not really trendy.

Camille is lovely. Like Cyrus, it's unexpected but not unfamiliar, plus it's kind of an almost-flower-name: chamomile is called something like camilla/kamilla in many European languages.

Juliet also fits with Cyrus due to the classical origin (Roman rather than Greek, but still). Julia would be even better -- you could still use Juliet as her nickname, since that's what it originally is, after all.

Sylvia is another familiar but somewhat unexpected (on a baby) name, and it has a nicely subtle nature connection (it comes from the Latin for 'woods').

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Jasper stands out to me as a perfect fit with big brother Cyrus, I think because I get a similar cowboy-macho crossed with professor/librarian vibe from both. They're also both in the unexpected but familiar category. Oh, and there's the nature connection, for the semi-precious stone.

Julian, like Julia/Juliet, shares a "classics" vibe with Cyrus. It also fits modern trends, but has too long a history of steady use to ever really seem trendy.

Auden: I had to look this one up in the surname dictionary (Reaney & Wilson); they lump it with Alden, a reduced form of an Old English masculine name. It's considerably less common than your other choices, but not completely unknown, and I think it would work.

Arthur is one of my favorite English names -- you can't beat King Arthur as a namesake, really!

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For middles, I like names with family connections, so Granville would definitely be at the top of the list; it happens to go pretty well with nearly all of your boy names. Is there a name with similar connections for the girl side, or would you be willing to use Granville there, too? (I'm not sure how I feel about that last option. I don't mind surnames in the middle position, but this particular name might be a bit, I dunno, heavy? for a little girl...)

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September 14, 2013 10:18 AM

I just have to say that I love your name options. Had my little bun been a boy, he was going to be Silas, which is very very very close to Cyrus (the only reason Silas won out for us is because it's a family name). Like a few other posters, I do get the antique cowboy feel from Cyrus (and Silas for that matter). So here's my input: 

Of your girls names, the ones that stand out to me - with Cyrus as a big brother - are:
Margot
Lydia 
Rosemary

I was also particularly drawn to Esther, although I can see how that's a hard sell on some people. My husband has accused me of liking "old lady names". Here's some other names that I think may be up your alley: Alma, Alice, Clara, Lillian, Mabel, Ada, Maude, Viola, Georgia, Virginia, Etta, Caroline, Delia

I'm very partial to Wren (it's my favorite with all three of those names), but I think that Lark and Sybil are lovely as well. However, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of you using a family name as a middle name. Is there a surname that would work for a girl's middle?

In terms of boys, the clear winner to me is Jasper. I absolutely LOVE it with Cyrus. So much so that once I read it, I really couldn't focus on the other boys names. I also think that Jasper Granville is ADORABLE. I really can't even look at the other boys names or offer anymore suggestions because I love it THAT much. 
 

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By EVie
September 14, 2013 4:01 PM

You've got a lot of great names on your list. I agree that Cyrus and Lydia are a fantastic pair, and that's by far my favorite choice of your top girl names. Lydia Sybil is probably my favorite combo—I love the rhythm and the symmetry of the repeated second-letter-y. I also adore Lavinia, and I'd love to see it used in real life. 

On the boys' side, I love Cyrus and Roman as a pair, though Jasper and Julian work nicely as well. 

Just a note about a couple of your spellings: I would strongly advise you to use Lorelei instead of Lorelai. Lorelei is the correct spelling; Lorelai is a mistake that is in use almost entirely due to the show Gilmore Girls (if you look at the name data, you'll see that its rise in the charts coincides with the show's run). I don't like creative spellings in general, but when the name in question is also a word in the dictionary (which Lorelei is: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lorelei?s=t ) it especially makes it look like a spelling error, instead of a deliberate choice.

Likewise, I don't care for the spelling of Deidre—the traditional spelling is Deirdre. When the r is left out, it just looks like a typo to me (which maybe it was?)

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September 17, 2013 11:28 AM

Thanks for the spelling catch! You're totally correct about Lorelei/Lorelai -- seeing them together made me realize that Lorelei is the spelling I've seen in the source material. And Deirdre was a typo. It's an easy name to misspell, which is kind of a strke against it.   

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September 17, 2013 11:41 AM

Thanks so much for all of the responses! They were all really interesting and thoughtful. My husband and I had fun reading through them. I feel like we've got several very good options that we both like. We're leaning towards Jasper Granville for a boy (though August and Julian are still in the running). Lydia Wren is looking like a strong girl contender, but there are a good five or so other names that we still really like (Rosalie, Camille, Juliette, Lorelei, Rosemary). I'll update when we find out the gender in a couple weeks.

Oh, also -- several people were asking about girl family names. Granville was used extensively on my mom's side, as either a first or middle name for my uncle, grandfather, great uncle, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, so it's pretty legit. August is actually a family name as well -- it's the name of my maternal grandmother's father, but by all accounts he was a serial adulterer and a bit of an ass. We don't really have any female names that were in use in muliple generations. A few options that were used in a single generation were Mabel, Daisy, Zulma, Mercedes, and Josephine, and I'm not crazy in love with any of them except maybe Zulma.   

 

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October 14, 2013 3:40 PM

Well, it's a healthy baby boy! We're definitely thinking about Jasper, Julian, maybe Arthur or Rowan, almost definitely with Granville for the middle name. Thanks for all the name help.

 

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October 15, 2013 4:14 PM

CONGRATULATIONS! Please let us know what you guys decide on!

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December 22, 2013 12:15 PM

Congratulations! You have my vote for Arthur Granville :)

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December 21, 2013 10:23 PM

How about Miley? Or maybe Miles? A Miley and Cyrus sibset has a nice ring. (I'm kidding! Please don't use these!)

I like Camille Wren or Esther Laurel for a girl. For a boy Jasper Sorrel or Jasper Flint are both nice choices. Tyson and Tide are cool gender neutral names, too.

To be honest, Granville sounds kind of like a small town with a large population of grandparents. *wince*

Since your older child's name is Cyrus Boone it would be pretty cool if you could switch it around and do a B-C name.

Perhaps Brielle Cora, Briar Cate, Bethany Camille or Brenna Caralynn for a girl. Calypso, Calista, Caprice, Circe and Cicily are all beautiful names.

Maybe Benjamin Camden, Bae Corbin, Brynmor Cale or Brent Campbell for a boy.

Just some suggestions. Ultimately I think Cyrus Boon and Briar Cate sound good together if you have a girl and a nice sibset if you have a boy would be Cyrus Boon and Bae Corbin. God bless and I wish you the best of luck!

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January 1, 2014 3:58 PM

Congratulations on the healthy baby boy! Julian is the only one I like from your definite boys list. Sorry! I like several from your maybe list, though, and love Granville as the middle name.

Boys:

Julian Granville

Julian Jasper

Julian Sorrell

Julian Arthur

Julian August (love this, even though I'm from Texas too and agree)

Arthur Granville (this sounds very literary, like a future author of the great American novel.)

Arthur Griffin

Arthur Silas

August Granville

August Flint

August Griffin

 

Good luck with the name search. :)