Middle name suggestions

I was born Natasha Anne; Natasha chosen by my mother, Anne by my father. I adore Natasha - it's recognizable, easy to pronounce, yet not too common and it has great nicknames. Anne is nothing but generic filler to me and my father wound up not being a part of my life and has since passed away. I would love to change my middle name to something with meaning. I am planning on waiting until I get married to change it just for the sake of ease so my name will eventually be N@t@sh@ ____ McGu1nn3ss.

In terms of my actual name options, the sky is the limit! I prefer classic, feminine names. Some of my favorites for future children include:
Isis (Isadora)

I think I should avoid names that end in a since Natasha does already. And shorter is probably better since first and last are already on the long side. Any suggestions? =)


By hwar
April 11, 2012 8:53 PM

Perhaps your middle name would feel more meaningful if it drew on your family tree?  If you explore your mother's side of the family a little bit you may come up with some good options. Your mother or grandmother's maiden names, a great aunt who died without any children, a particularly beloved uncle, the place you or someone else was born, etc. 

Another source of meaningful names might be your personal heroes, favorite characters, figures from the past, or close friends and mentors.

On the flip side, I think Anne is a perfectly nice name, one held by queens and literary heroines alike.  It's sweet and graceful and has a lot of history.  It also is a nice balance with Natasha, which is a little more exotic. 

April 12, 2012 4:58 PM

I would love to do that but I have the smallest family on the planet! Haha. I should find out more about my great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. I didn't know them nor do I know much about them but maybe learning about them will bring new meaning to my family history.

I quite like Anne as a name in general, I just don't like what it represents in my life (most notably, the connection to my father). I agree I do need a middle name that's a bit tamer for balance! Thank you for your input!

April 12, 2012 1:42 PM

I think I'd avoid anything that starts with a vowel, really, but if you haven't had touble with Natasha Anne I guess there's no need to.

Are you planning on keeping your last name when you get married?  Or you could always move your last name to middle name position, though I've never been fond of that route.

I really like Elise.  And Isis.

April 12, 2012 5:00 PM

I am not planning on keeping my last name; it actually has no real connection to me (it was my mother's ex-husband's last name, a man who is not my father and I have never met). I'm looking forward to changing my last name to my someday husband's. I'm glad to hear you like Elsie and Isis! Thanks for the input =)

By hyz
April 13, 2012 9:56 PM

My favorite from your list is Eleanor--I think it fits between your FN and LN the best, and it's also classic and lovely.  The only ones I might avoid on your list are Isis (the -s ending on both the MN and LN bother me more than an -a ending on both FN and MN--seems choppier, maybe) and Charlotte (because I think the "sh" sound in Charlotte coming right after the SH in Natasha sounds a bit too mushy).  Oh, and I actually think the 4 syllable names sound surprisingly good in the middle for you, particularly Seraphina.  Good luck!

April 14, 2012 10:49 AM

what about variations of Ann to make it less filler and more authentic, such as Natasha Anneliese or Natasha Marianne, Natasha Joanne, or is that too boring for you? if so, i like the suggestion someone gave you of Eleanor.

April 14, 2012 5:57 PM

From your list above, I personally think Felicity, Elise and Eleanor combine the best with your first and last names. I'd probably lean towards something short, but somehow the flow doesn't work as well for me with Isis and Isla. But if any of these are truly favorites for future children, does that maybe mean that it's easier for you to see them on a fresh new person than on yourself? There's something different about giving a beloved name to someone who will grow into it and make it her own as opposed to finding one that fits a person (yourself) who already has a history and personality that you know intimately.

Here's a suggestion: Renee. The meaning is "reborn" and I think it flows well. Renata is another form of the name (same meaning), which I also like, but it seems a little rhyme-y with Natasha. (Of course, Natasha is derived from Natalia, which means "born" - so perhaps this is too much!)

Another thought: perhaps look for a namesake, if not in your own family tree then among your friends, your (historical and fictional) heroes, or even in your husband-to-be's family.

A few other names that I think sound nice and might appeal to you: Rose, Corinne, Maelle, Colette, Diane, Lorraine, Fern, Mireille, Juliet, Celeste, Claire


April 14, 2012 8:05 PM

kalmia-It's funny that you bring up Natalie and Renee in the same sentence as that is my dd's name. I think it is great of course and Natasha Renee would work also.

Natasha: of you list I like Eleanor or Felicity.

April 15, 2012 8:35 AM

I remember that now about your daughter! I really like the combination, myself. It flows really well - and on a metaphorical level, the idea of being born and reborn just seems to evoke how life is always changing and we are forever reinventing and reaffirming ourselves. Good thought for the other thread too.


By Guest (not verified)
April 18, 2012 12:25 PM

Personally, I think Renee is overused for middle names.  I also think you are on the right track with a shorter name as a middle name, although I seem to be drawn to 2 syllable names to go with your first name.  Have you considered Rielle, Marlise, Evan or Terese?

By Guest (not verified)
April 18, 2012 5:44 PM

I love Elise!!! It goes perfectly with your FN. :) One other option would be Marie (which is my mom's middle name). It fits well with a number of names and it's also beautiful. Just my two cents!

October 22, 2012 3:29 PM

Choose exactly what you said you wanted something meaningful to you. We  cannot tell you what is meaningful and what is not meaningful to you. Only you know what is meaningful to you.

But I would suggest searching for a name from your family tree, or that of close frieds. Perhaps someone as close as your mother, or an important relative? 

These are simply ideas, but don't let us decide what is meaningful to you and what is not. Your opinion on this topic is the only one that truly matters, and you shouldn't let strangers on the internet waver you this way and that. 

Good luck :)