Name suggests for baby #6

Hi all! I am new one here! My name is Sharon and I heard about this forum from one of my friends, and I thought why not make an account? I really hope you will help me.

The thing is, I am pregnant with my 6th and last child. Me and my husband are expecting a girl (dd 24 February), and the problem is we are out of names. We have another 3 girls and 2 boys which means 10 names (F+M) and now we have to come up with another 2. 

Baby's siblings are: Sophia Claire (10) Saphira Grace (8) James Ryan (6) Matthew Brent (4) and Elena Jade (2) (pr. Eh-ley-nuh). 

As you can see, our oldest girls names both start with "S" which was chosen before we were thinking about having 6 kids :) When I was pregnant with Elena I didn't like any other "S" name at the time, so we picked the name we liked the most. Now, I'm not sure, should we pick another "E" name for a girl just because of her sister (then we'll have 2 S and 2 E names) or should we pick any name we like.... 

We are open for both first and middle name suggestions. We just have few names on our list. For a middle name, we would like short name. 

Thanks in advance, I am ready to hear your suggestions! :)


February 1, 2018 2:29 PM

You might only have one other daughter after the two S- girls, but you have three children! I think that you've firmly established that the two S- names were a coincidence and do not need to give a second thought to matching the new baby's initials to anyone else's. (If you have given the two boys matching first initials it would have been a different story, but yay, you didn't!) Your "theme" is "our favourite name for the baby currently being named", and I think that you should continue in that vein free of guilt. Elena will not feel left out unless you constantly point it out and make her feel that way.

Have you played around with the Name Matchmaker tool on this site at all? It's an excellent place to start. You can only input three names at a time, but putting in different combinations will get different results, which could help you (and us) help narrow down what type of name you're looking for this time. 

February 1, 2018 2:33 PM

My immediate thoughts were Lucia (pronounced either /loo-CHEE-ah/ or /loo-SEE-ah/) or Julia.

In the sibset as a whole, the repeated S is just a coincidence, so I'd keep it that way: if the name you like best happens to start with E, that's fine, but don't restrict your search to E names.

Is there any significance to any of the middle names, or were they just other names you liked? A few short names to go with Claire, Grace, and Jade: Ivy, Sage, Faith, Hope, Zoe, Rose.

February 1, 2018 3:24 PM

Thanks to both of you! 

So, I went on NameMatchMaker and it gave me these names suggestions (I wrote names that I like): Julia, Julie, Juliana, Jocelyn, Lucia (Loo-see-ah), Allison, Alexis, Audrey, Aleia, Taylen, Tessa, Isabelle, Frances, Hannah, Emma and Evelyn. What do you think? Which name will fit the sibset best? 

And for middle names, Grace was the name of my husband's mom (she passed away before I gave birth to Saphira so we wanted to give Saphira middle name Grace in her grandmother's honor) Other names (Claire, Ryan, Brent and Jade) were names that we just liked. I love all of your MN suggestions: Rose, Faith or Hope would fit the best for me, at least I think that. And I also would add Brynn and Mae to the MN list. 

Thanks again! What do you think of FN? :)

February 1, 2018 11:04 PM

I really like quite a few of the names suggested to you by the Matchmaker! I think most of them fit quite well with your sibset. I am partial to Allison because it is MY name ;) Also your baby is due the day before my birthday! 

I also like Juliana, Julia, Lucia, Tessa. Any of your middle name choices would work well with these names IMO. Other middle name suggestions: Shae, Elle, Kate, Paige, Quinn

February 2, 2018 2:23 AM

Hello Allison! I love your name! It would be funny if I give birth on 23 April and name her Allison. But my husband was quite unsure about the name. :/ We made our "final list" with these names: Hannah, Aleia, Tessa, Jocelyn and Audrey. What do you think? 

Your middle name choices are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you! We've added all except Paige and Kate! I think Quinn is beautiful and Elle is so sweet. Shae is unique but not so "never heard one" IMO. Love it! Thank you! 

February 1, 2018 4:20 PM

Looking at your daughters' names and how they've changed in popularity in a 10-year window:

Sophia: (2006) 13,484; (2016) 16,070

Saphira: (2006) 9; (2016) 115

Elena: (2006) 1,870; (2016) 3,168

So the numbers confirm what is intuitively obvious: You have one runaway hit, one unusual-but-used, and one highly rare. That means that you can choose a name anywhere on the spectrum of popularity and still have it "fit"with the group, which is an enviable position to be in. (Your boys' names are both highly mainstream, but you seem to want to consider them as their own group, so I won't consider them right now.) 

Personally, my favourites from your list are Julia, Lucia, Tessa, and Hannah. I also like the longer Juliana and think that Jocelyn would work nicely in your group, too. Others would objectively work, too, but just aren't my taste -- not that my taste matters here :)

February 1, 2018 6:45 PM

Thank you Karyn! I was never looking at the most popular names list, I knew that Sophia is hit at that moment, but I've always loved the name, and when I find out I was pregnant with #1 I knew she will be Sophia, never cared about the list of popularity. :) For Saphira, I thought it was rare name, but I loved it! It is unusual but it's so girly and it fits her well. We wanted another child, and when we found out it was a boy I couldn't find any boy name starting with "S" that I love, so we thought "hey, if we ever have another baby, we don't want to have all "S" initials just because we want to continue the trend" so we picked James (my husband's middle name) and i loved it! Matthew was named after my best friend who passed away. Name Elena actually came from Sophia, she met some girl and said that her "baby sister" will be Elena. We loved it and it was great to have another initial, not "S" again. I was thinking about name Jocelyn for this baby, but then I realized that I already have "J" name. Would that be a problem? Would other kids (Elena and Matthew) feel left out? Also, I like how Hannah fits the group, and Tessa. Right now I am thinking about Tessa, Hannah, Aleia, Jocelyn and Audrey. What do you think? Sorry this is long. :( MN probably Rose or Faith

February 1, 2018 7:44 PM

On the repeated initial thing: it took my sister and me forty years (yes, 40 _years_) to realize that she's the odd one out on family initials. (Mom is JP, I was also JP before I got married, Dad was JCP, my sister is MP.) If Jocelyn is the name you like best, by all means use it. I don't think James will mind. :-)

February 1, 2018 8:34 PM

Haha, that is funny! Well, we like Jocelyn, but we are not 100% sure. We have top five right now: Hannah, Tessa, Audrey, Aleia and Jocelyn. What do you think? :)

February 1, 2018 4:32 PM

I think since the other girls have 3 syllables and end in a - the first name that cane to mind was Eliza, Eliza Grace would be lovely


Elisa or Erika would be nice too


Edina, Elisha, Erina, Evona, Evanna, Evia, Evita, Ezria, Elora, Elsia or Elia

February 1, 2018 6:48 PM

Thank you for suggestions. I think I'm not going to use another E name, but from your list I like Elia, Elisha, Elora and Elisa is fine. Grace is already my second daughter's middle name, so that is not the option, but thank you! What do you think about Tessa, Jocelyn, Hannah, Audrey and Aleia? :)

February 1, 2018 4:35 PM

I think you've gotten some great advice already. The names you listed from the MatchMaker make me wonder if you might be interested in Tessera? It's come up here before as an art and science related name because of its connection to mosaic art (the little square bits of glass in ancient mosaics were called tessera, and it's related to a few different science terms such as tesseract as in A Wrinkle in Time), and also a good name for a fourth child (or fourth daughter) because the root is the Latin word for "four". It's also a bit of a twist on the more traditional name Theresa, with the obvious nicknames Tess or Tessa.

One option to help you get over "name fatigue" might be to just collect as many names as you can for a while, and then narrow them down with something like a bracket system or name-off. You can get your older kids involved in collecting names, and may be surprised at what you come up with. One of my four kids' middle names was suggested by his then-four-year-old sister. With my youngest, we had a giant master list where we put every suggestion we received, no matter how outlandish; we didn't end up using any of those, but occasionally they did inspire us to think in new naming directions, and it was fun along the way :).

February 1, 2018 6:52 PM

Thank you for the suggestion! That's a fun story! :) Tessera is lovely name, but at this moment I would prefer Theresa. But Tessa, as a first name is the best choice for me from these 3 options (Theresa, Tessera and Tessa). 

What do you think about Hannah, Jocelyn, Audrey and Aleia? 

February 1, 2018 7:08 PM

Welcome to this site, we are going to help you find the perfect name! Most important thing is to find the name that you love! I've read all the comments, and I see that you made the list of 5 "final names". From that list (Audrey, Aleia, Jocelyn, Hannah and Tessa) I think that this sibset Hannah fits the best. Aleia is my #2, Tessa #3, Jocelyn #4 and I'm not a fan of Audrey. I see that you are thinking about another "J" name. Personaly I  wouldn't be worried but since you already have two "S" names, and now would have two "J", I think in some point your other kids will be like "why I don't have "M"/"E" sibling?" Congratulations on another girl, I would like to hea an update! Good luck! :)

February 1, 2018 8:36 PM

Thank you Sara! I will update you when we decide! :)

February 2, 2018 2:31 AM

Tessa, Hannah, Aleia, Jocelyn and Audrey.

If you were going with another letter - I'd continue the 3 syllables for a girl  and ending in A - so I'd pick Aleia/Alia Rose


others  Alisha, Anika, Camilla, Alissa, Bianca, Alana, Danika, Jessica, Julia, Larissa, Leticia, Fiona, Liana, Lydia, Nadia, Talia, Malia, Miranda, VAnessa, Tamara, Matilda


other middle names

Anne, Beth, Brooke, Hope, Kate, May, Maeve, Paige, Pearl

February 2, 2018 6:02 AM

Wow, now I have a list of so many beautiful middle names, thank you for suggestions! From the lidt of MN I like Brooke, May (but I prrfer Mae spelling), Anne, Beth, Hope :) And about first name, I've added Alissa, Liana, Alisha and Fiona on the list! Thank you so much! 

February 2, 2018 6:00 AM

From the original matchmaker list, I think Juliana (or Julianna) goes wonderfully with your other girls. It has a similar romantic, unapologetically feminine feel, slightly elaborate, but not full-on frilly.

From your reduced list of Audrey, Aleia, Jocelyn, Hannah and Tessa, my favourite by far is Audrey. It DOESN'T have any of the features I've just pumped Juliana for, but I think it's a classic, like Sophia and Elena, and it doesn't clash with Saphira to me. Otherwise I like Tessa. Hannah seems slightly of a different generation, but is a nice enough name. Jocelyn is not my style, and I also don't find it a logical continuation of your other daughters' names, but I also don't think it's important that kids sound like a matched set, so if that's the one you like best, you should certainly go for it.

The only one I would rule out for sure is Aleia, with I am pronouncing like Princess Leia with an A on the front. I think that spoken, this is confusingly similar to Elena, and since they are only a few years apart, that's especially worth keeping in mind. On the other hand, Sophia and Saphira share lots of sounds, so if that hasn't been an issue for your family, maybe this wouldn't be either.

February 2, 2018 7:51 AM

Pronunciation of Aleia is correct! :) Like Princess Leia with an A on the front ('A' pronunciation same as in word "stAr") From now on we have our top 3, which are Hannah Rose, Aleia Quinn and Audrey Mae. Do you have any other middle name choices for these 3 names? Thank you!

February 2, 2018 11:20 AM

Hmmm, perhaps Lark, Eve, Star? I think any of the one syllable middles is fine with any of the names so long as it doesn't directly repeat the vowel sound. I would go on whatever has the most meaning for you. 

February 2, 2018 2:47 PM

I'd go with Aleia Quinn to go with the other girls names - especially the 3 syllables and a ending

I think Aleia Mae is nice though or Aleia Rose

February 2, 2018 3:25 PM

I was going to vote for Aleia because I think it's unusual and pretty, but then I read Emily's post and realized that I would be hopeless with two children named Elena and Aleia. I'd never be able to get the right name at the right time and think others would be confused when I called from another floor. But maybe you have a higher tolerance for that (or better elocution).

February 2, 2018 3:48 PM

You are absolutely right! I love this name, but you have a point! But, I feel like I don't want to forget this name, and delete it from the list..:/

February 2, 2018 5:18 PM

Sometimes, precisely what we like about a name is that it (subconsciously) reminds us of another of our children's names! It just means that your taste is consistent. (Even if it was your older daughter who originally proposed the name Elena, you liked it enough to use it!)

Sometimes, the names are close but not too close.  Sometimes remembering that children are only a unit to the world at large when they're young can help. (How many colleagues' siblings' names do you know?) But in this case, I really do think that they are too close. You're just dropping a single consonant sound from Elena! I know that it can hurt to drop a name that you've grown to love, but perhaps if you remind yourself that you basically already have a child with that name, it will help. And you have other great options. 

February 2, 2018 5:42 PM

Thank you Karyn! I am realizing that, and I think our finals are Hannah and Audrey. I love Aleia, but you are all right! It is too similar to Elena.. but I'm fine, I mean it's not something I can't get over.. I really just want to find the perfect name :) thanks again!