Middle name for June

Well, it's happening! After decades of obsessively naming imaginary babies, I have a real one on the way. We'll find out the sex in a little under two weeks. We're pretty set for a boy--he will be Peter Raymond Bame M@s0n. Peter honors DH's best friend and a really great cat my family had when I was growing up. Raymond is a family tradition on DH's side, and Bame is my last name (written phonetically). As you can see from my username, I am devoted to the 4-name format! 

We are less decided for a girl. The first name will almost certainly be June, and we'd like to use the first middle name slot to honor family and/or friends. She will be June ____ Bl@nkinship M@s0n. Bl@nkinship is my second middle name and my mom's last name. So many names. Here are some contenders for the middle name spot, along with probably way too much information about the connections and considerations! 

June Elizabeth: My first middle name, flows beautifully, but doesn't honor other friends/family

June Mariana: My best friend's name

June Joanna: Jo is both my and my husband's mothers' middle name; -anna honors three of my dearest friends; but we don't love the flow

June Leora: Lee is a family name on DH's side, Leora is a family name on my mom's side (but my mom doesn't love)

June Rosalie: Lee again, my italian great-grandmother was Rosina

June Luisa: Another connection to my Italian family, can we stretch and connect to Lee as well?

June Annalise: Lee and -anna connections. 

And accepting other suggestions! I like longer names to go with the one-syllable first, I think. Thanks for considering!!! 


October 1, 2018 5:51 PM

Hi and congratulations! 

I like June Elizabeth the best! I would choose this name. 

I don't agree with you on June Joanna, because to me, these names are a nice match. Yes, it has 2 J but it makes it more special, I like the flow. 

I don't like Mariana, Annalise and Luisa for a middle name. And I prefer Rosalie over Luisa. 

Other suggestions: 

June Marlene

June Florence

June Felicity 

June Penelope 

June Isabelle 

June Emilia (or you can go with emiLEEa)

June Dolores 

June Evangeline 

June Vivianne (Vivian is my daughter Elle MN, I think it flows well with June too) 

June Kathleen

June Lillianne (Lilian)


October 2, 2018 9:17 AM

It's good to hear positive reactions to June Joanna! A friend said it sounded like Jumanji and I've had that in my head...maybe time to forget that criticism. Thank you for your other suggestions. My first name is Emily so I chuckled to see Emilia! 

October 1, 2018 7:14 PM

June Elizabeth is lovely, June Rosalie is nice, June Annalise is pretty and covers a few bases, June Joanna is ok

June Mariana is nice

playing around with some of the names -  MaryJo  Marilee  MaryLou  Marisa

AnnaJo Annali Annalee  Annalie  Jolee Jolisa Leanna Leesa Luana Luann

Leilani - Lee & Ann


what about Eleora, Lenora, Leonora Eleonora  Leanora Ledora Cleora Aleora Eleanora Leandra Leeara Lera Joleora- close to Leora and Lee

I  think Luisa is too much of a stretch from Lee


October 2, 2018 9:15 AM

Thank you for playing with these sounds! Annalie is pretty and we did think of Leanna. I'm not as wild about the Mary options. Sorry to say I think you're right about Luisa. 

October 1, 2018 7:45 PM

I thought of June Elizabeth from the header alone, before I read the post.  I really like it.

October 2, 2018 4:28 AM

Congratulations, how exciting!

I like your boy's name, it's a good strong choice. You don't hear Peter much these days so it's quite refreshing.

June is pretty for a girl. You have some great middle name options. I think that if you really want to honour family or friends, perhaps skip Elizabeth - she will already have your other middle name anyway (wjhich also honours your mum). So you have those bases covered.

I actually love June Joanna (and I don't normally love alliteration). The sounds are quite similar but it's a lot of fun to say and sounds very sweet.

Mariana is also lovely with June. I'd tend to favour a family connection over a friend but that's me, might be different for you.

Have you considered Leanna? Julianna?

October 2, 2018 9:14 AM

I'm glad you like Peter. It's funny how it's such a classic but also a little unusual these days. And you know Pete is going to be a nice guy.That's a good point that my mom is included through the second middle name! And happy to hear that June Joanna isn't off-putting. Just yesterday I thought about Leanna; it's definitely in consideration. I'm not sure I like the double Ju- sound. 


October 2, 2018 4:57 PM

I realised after I posted that June Julianna probably wouldn't work. But glad you like Leanna - I think that would be a good choice. I did also have the thought that if you used Annelise, that would reflect Elizabeth in that it contains Elise.

October 2, 2018 5:21 PM

Congratulations on having a real baby to name, how exciting!

Elizabeth-This is ok but I don't like it as much as some of your other options, and I agree with jacaranda that she doesn't really need both of your middle names, I think it would be nicer to honour someone else.

Mariana-I like this, it's really pretty and stylistically different from June which I always enjoy contrast in first and middle names.

Joanna-I'm another person who really loves the sound/flow of this; I think it sounds happy and bouncy and I like that you get so many connections in one name (family on both sides plus multiple friends is a hard working honour name!)

Leora-I think if your mom doesn't like the name and it's to honour her family then it's not a good pick. I'd be more inclined to look for a different name if you want the Lee connection as there are so many girls names starting or ending with Lee. (Leanne/Leanna would be the most obvious as it gets the anna honour in there too.)

Rosalie-Really like this one too, and that it honours both sides.

Luisa-Nice but I think not as good as the others in honour terms. 

Annalise-Also nice, bonus to have the multiple honours again.

In order I'd put my favourites as; Joanna, Rosalie, Mariana, Annalise :)

October 2, 2018 6:23 PM

Congrats!! Sounds like you may be close to me- I am due April 1 with my first, as well :) I have also struggled with the middle name but ended up deciding on a family last name. 

For yours, I really like the flow of June Elizabeth and June Annalise. I agree with you that the flow of June Joanna is definitely NMS. I wonder if you have considered just June Anna? I think that sounds perfectly fine. I also like June Annabelle, although I suppose it could be heard as a bit southern or campy. I also wonder if you would be interested in Leona or Lenore instead of Leora. I also like the above suggestion of June Eleanor. 

October 3, 2018 5:37 AM

I love Peter!

As for girl middle names -- I wanted to also suggest Leoda (an old name in my family tree) and, yes, to sniff around for other ways to include "lee" in a name!  Honnalee?  How about Jolie / Jolee / Joleen?  June Joleen is a bit much, but I think you could get away with June Jolee.  You could even extend the June somehow.  I'm not a huge fan of mashup names, but Junelee, Junalee, Junina or somesuch -- and call her June. Not my style, but putting out these possibilities. All that said, for you I really like of Rosalie, MaryJo,  Rosanna, Analee, Josina, Marina, Marie, Marilee, Riana.  Have you considered June Johanna?  A variant of Joanna, and while it doesn't get away from the repeat sounds as June, the extra H gives another distinct sound.  Or how about... oooo.... Giovanna?  Italian and gorgeous.  Middle names are rarely used, and it sounds like what you really want to do is honor one or more loved ones.  If that's your priority, own it.  Flow is just icing on top.

October 3, 2018 9:55 AM

How fun! Congratulations! Mine is due March 7. Can't wait to hear what you're thinking, name-wise! And I think I remember that you're geographically close to me? I'm in the Triangle area. 

Leona is another family name but I find it less appealing than Leora, and Lenore and Eleanor have somehow never spoken to me even though they're lovely names. 

October 3, 2018 12:57 PM

Yes! I am in Raleigh. I did the Sneak Peek DNA test, so I already know I am having a girl ;) Her name will be Audrey, middle name is my maiden name! I love June, so I am sure whatever you end up choosing will be perfect.

October 3, 2018 1:02 PM

Oh that is so exciting. I love Audrey! 

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October 3, 2018 4:09 PM

Generally I don't like names that are created to cover a lot of people, or aren't clearly connected to the namesake. So based on that my personal preference is Mariana. I didn't include Elizabeth since oyu are using oen of your middle names already.

I do think June Joanna sounds fine.

Who do you want to honor most? Who are you closest to? I think these questions may help narrow things down.

October 3, 2018 4:59 PM

Well, I've had many close female friends who have been incredibly important to me, and I like the idea of giving a name that honors the importance of female friendship in general. More than honoring any one person, I want the name to have a story that I can tell my child so she (or he) knows that it's meaningful and a connection to others in our lives. 

October 3, 2018 10:26 PM

June is hard!  It's a fantastic name but it's hard to pair it with a middle!

I'm really drawn to June Leora, or one of the names on my short list is Leonora and that would work really well too  I 

June Elizabeth is super classic and I don't think you can go wrong with that either.

I also really love Rosalie and that combo is lovely too.

Some of them don't have the greatest flow but honestly with four names total I just don't think that's going to be as much of an issue as it might otherwise be.  For example, if I say June Joanna Blankenship Mason out loud, the double J doesn't even make me blink.  It's only when you hear June Joanna that I question the flow and even then it's pretty cute and spunky.

I have four names too.  I don't regret not giving my boys two middle names (because God knows we have a terrible time just deciding on one) but I like that I have four.  

October 4, 2018 12:48 AM

I think June Joanna is a great choice for you! Don't worry too much about the flow. Unless you plan to use the first two names as a double barreled first, the flow won't matter. Far more important is the flow of the first and last names.

I also like Elizabeth or Marianna for you, but really you can't go wrong with this list. They are all lovely names with carefully chosen associations and honors. My suggestion is to think carefully about the honor of the name, and how the name makes you feel, and choose based on that. Flow is not something that comes up in day to day life, and there are no unfortunate initials to worry about here.

October 4, 2018 3:28 PM

I don't know if the OP is a nickname/use middle names person but I actually think Junie Jo could be a very sweet family nickname, and June Joanna works for me said in a stern 'you're in trouble now' voice which is really the most important use of a middle name imo ;) 

October 5, 2018 4:41 PM

You are right on both counts! My in-laws and my mom's family are all southerners, so the middle names get used a fair amount. Junie Jo is adorable! 

October 4, 2018 11:02 AM

If Leanna is appealing, I wonder if you would like the spelling Liana? It has more of the sleek, pared-down spelling of some of your choices, PLUS I think you could stretch it to also honor Rosina.

Bear with me here..."liana" is the generic term for woody vines—it's about the way the plant grows, rather than attached to specific species, like "tree" and "shrub". And climbing or rambling roses are usually described as woody vines. And if a rose is a liana, I think Liana could honor a Rosina. (Full disclosure, it's not clear to me whether rambling roses are technically lianas or if the "cane" structure makes them something slightly different, but I think they'd be close enough.)

Otherwise, I think you have a lot of winners on your list and suggested elsewhere already. I agree that June Joanna is pleasingly bouncy; I wonder if the June J- cadence sounds "right" to a lot of us because of how regularly we say/hear "June, July, August" etc.

October 5, 2018 4:44 PM

I like the way your mind works. And I am all too familiar with lianas. I spent about 12 months in Tanzania for research, and was tangled and trapped in vines for a significant portion of that time! 


I think I'm leaning toward June Joanna. Thanks to everyone for your insight! This site is such an invaluable resource. 

October 5, 2018 5:28 PM

June Joanna is perfect! Meaningful for you, pretty and fun to say.

October 5, 2018 6:26 PM

June Joanna is a great choice, I've only come to like it more the more I've read through this thread. You have to update us when you find out the sex. 

October 7, 2018 11:53 AM

I think June Vivienne or June Mable would be nice!

October 11, 2018 12:19 PM

I'm thrilled to share that all your middle-naming efforts will not be in vain--it's a girl! June Somebody is on her way! 

October 11, 2018 3:13 PM

Congratulations! Selfishly, I'm excited to hear that you are having a little June Somebody rather than a Peter Doesn'tNeedBNW'sHelp this time around ;-).

October 11, 2018 3:32 PM

Ha! Me too! I was trying really hard not to post here until we knew the sex and then I realized that if it were a boy, I'd have no need! Which is clearly unacceptable. 

October 11, 2018 3:48 PM

Ha! I've had similar thought processes with both pregnancies!

October 11, 2018 4:33 PM

Lovely news! Are you still leaning towards June Joanna?

October 12, 2018 11:31 AM

We are! I was surprised last night, actually, when my husband asked, "Is June Joanna still on the table? I like that the best." Perhaps I hadn't kept him adequately apprised of BNW activity. 

October 12, 2018 11:48 AM

Congratulations! I am also selfishly excited that we get to help, and very pleased June Joanna is the front runner. 

October 21, 2018 2:02 PM

Oh, if no one has suggested it yet, I think Jujube makes a cute little kid nickname for June Joanna.

October 11, 2018 4:36 PM

oh how exciting , Congratulatons

February 18, 2019 12:51 PM

Hello again, naming consultants!

With just a few weeks to go (due date is 3/7) we are still undecided about a middle name. Which I'm mostly fine with. I like the idea of doing some active naming on the birth day. Since my original post, I have talked myself completely into Joanna, then completely into Mariana, and now I'm back to feeling open to either of these two likley choices. My husband is leaning toward Joanna. 

Then a few nights ago, I started thinking about how fun it would be to have a truly double-barrel name that we used frequently. Neither Joanna nor Mariana would really work in this context. So I thought I'd bring it back to the experts. What are some fun middles that would go with June for daily use? The first one that appeals to me is June Marine.

Send fun ideas! No suggestion is too wacky! 

February 18, 2019 4:37 PM

Oh, I really want you to choose Joanna (but I'm biased because one of my girls is J0hanna). Mariana is beautiful also and would be a great choice.

June Marine honestly makes me think of the name of a company - I think because we live near the water, I see a lot of boats around with "Something" Marine on them. It doesn't have the same lyrical feeling that I get from June Mariana (or June Joanna, which has a different kind of appeal to me).

But if you want something for daily use - June Marie is easy, but Marie (while a lovely name) loses something in the middle spot. June Anna, perhaps?

I think June is kind of a tricky name to pair with an "everyday" middle - so my suggestion would be to name her June Joanna or June Mariana, then you can call her Junie Jo, June Marie, June Anna ... or just June.

February 18, 2019 4:41 PM

I've thought about June Anna, that's a good one. And never fear, June Joanna and June Mariana are still the top contenders.

February 18, 2019 5:47 PM

oh that's good, what about June Anne, Juliet, Clarissa, Clara, Claire, Susanna, Katherine

February 19, 2019 2:14 AM

June Joanna and June Mariana are still the top contenders.

June Jo, JunieJo, June Marie June Maria  JunieM, JunieJ, JuneAnna, JuneMa, JuneMar, JuneRia, JuneJoan, JuneRi, JuneAnn, JuneBeth, JuneB, JuneBrynn, JuneBree, JuneO, JuJo, JuMar, Juanne, Juanna, JuMa, Juri, Juniana, Junari. JunieLu, JunieSue, JunieQuinn, JunieRae, JunieShae, JunieReece, JunieLynn, Junilee, JunieJoy, JuneJoy, JunieJade, JunieJean, JunieK, Junilise, Juniejane, Juniejewell, Juniemeg, Juniemae, JunieM, Junielynn, Junielle, Junibeth, JuneM, JuneK, JuneJade, JuneLee, JuneLynn, JuneRae, JuneQuinn, JuneSue, JuneLu,


March 22, 2019 3:12 PM

Baby name update! Baby June arrived 3/10, perfect as can be. By the time her birth day rolled around, I had eliminated Joanna from the middle name--I realized that what I really wanted was middle name Jo, so I decided to hold out for an opportunity to use it in its purest form. The final choice is kind of a funny story: June was born at 10:35 pm in a free-standing birth center, which stipulates that you must stay at least six hours after birth but not more than 12. We figured we'd stay until the next morning to get some sleep. However, we were thwarted by the hard birthing bed and the woman in the next room who was SCREAMING wildly from about 9 pm til the time we gave up on sleeping, around 3:30 am. At that point, we needed to wrap up our paperwork and get home to get some sleep. I told my husband that I wanted Mariana or Elizabeth as the middle name. He said "I like Elizabeth" and I said GREAT let's go. So she is June Elizabeth! It suits her and means that she and I are matching in our two middle names. Thanks for all your fabulous support and insight, you genius namers! 

March 22, 2019 3:18 PM

Congratulations! Two beautiful names.

March 22, 2019 4:51 PM

Congratulations, and thank you for updating! It's a beautiful name, and a sweet connection. Hope you are all getting some sleep now (but if not, it will come...someday).

March 22, 2019 5:09 PM

Congratulations,  June Elizabeth is a lovely name and its nice you have matching middle names.  My daughter and I do too

March 27, 2019 5:58 AM

Congratulations on June Elizabeth! Enjoy her!

I was out of hospital (and, ehem, having a beer in a nearby square) ten hours after S!byl arrived as we felt well and I imagined we wouldn't get any visitors on a Tuesday morning, but am in awe of your managing to get out so soon after a first baby!