Narrowed Down To Four - Please Help!

We are expecting a third girl and want a name that is not too matchy with that of our other two daughters, Chloe and Hannah. We also would prefer something that's not just hugely popular, like a top ten name, which admittedly at least one of these (Charlotte) is becoming that way. But we're still considering it.

 

1. Caroline

2. Charlotte

3. Phoebe

4. Juliet

 

Thanks for your vote!

Replies

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October 15, 2014 1:11 AM

I love Phoebe and Juliet. Charlotte is really popular where I live and I've never been crazy about Caroline. 

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October 15, 2014 1:19 AM

These are all great names, so you really can't go wrong. 

Caroline is an all time fav of mine, and our younger son would have been a Charlotte had he been a girl. I do think Charlotte will be a top 10 name soon, if that matters....

Juliet is also stunning. 

Having said all that, my pick is Phoebe. 

Hannah and Chloe as a pair have a certain sweet, prettiness, and I think the other three are a shade too, "Regal," and elegant in comparison. 

Phoebe is lovely but has some spunk and youthfulness. 

Honestly, though, I think any one is a winner.

3
October 15, 2014 1:26 AM

I really like Phoebe as a sister to Chloe and Hannah, though Charlotte comes in a close second. Caroline is a fine name but it has a lot of the same sounds as Chloe and Hannah, it's also just not really my style. I don't care for Juliet at all, as a former Theater major I can't get past the baggage of the character. 

My taste is totally subjective though, there's nothing objectively wrong with any of these names. I think you have the beginnings of a very nice sibset of names.

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October 15, 2014 11:07 AM

All the names are great. But you asked about going with a particular sibling set. 

I'd go with something that has a different initial, so Caroline and Charlotte are out. It makes labeling much easier. I've always thought Phoebe and Chloe were almost too good of a match - Greek, two syllables, end in EE sound, contain the unusual OE - which would leave Hannah out. I'd go with Juliet. 

5
October 16, 2014 10:24 AM

All this.

6
October 16, 2014 3:20 AM

I like Juliet best but Pheobe goes best with her sisters in my opinion

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October 16, 2014 10:42 AM

I'm in the camp that thinks Chloe and Phoebe go together *too* well: they make any other sibling name feel like an outlier.

Have you considered Julia, nicknamed Juliet? It'd give a bit more flexibility, and remove the absolute reference to the tragic character. I can attest that Julia is an excellent name to live with -- other than the (few) people who automatically nickname me Julie (which I hate), my given name presents no annoyances.

My second choice from your list, despite the repeated initial and the rising popularity, is Charlotte. There's a reason it's getting so popular: it's a lovely name!

I think in general you can maintain an "eclectic" feel to a sibling set by looking at names with different origins but similar histories. Chloe is Greek and Hannah is Hebrew, but they both came into use in English after the Reformation. A Roman-origin classic like Julia or a Germanic/Continental one like Charlotte or Caroline would fit this "pattern" without making anyone feel left out. Others like them, off the top of my head: Sylvia, Harriet, Paula, Evelyn.

8
October 16, 2014 3:21 PM

I like the name Juliet but think that Julia is also a great choice with your other girls' names. 

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By bmo
October 16, 2014 2:34 PM

Caroline and Charlotte both start with the same letter as Chloe, making Hannah seem left out and Phoebe is very similar to Chloe, again making Hannah seem like the one that doesn't fit in the group.

If you truly want to avoid being "matchy" and you don't want one name to stand feel like it completely doesn't belong, I think Juliet is the obvious choice!

 

10
October 16, 2014 3:38 PM

I like all the names on your list, but with sisters Chloe and Hannah, my favorite is definitely Juliet.

Since Phoebe and Chloe rhyme, those two together seem a little overly cutesy and also make Hannah the odd one out. Caroline and Charlotte were names I tried to convince my husband of for our daughter, so I love them, but two girls with C initials also makes Hannah the odd one out (and makes labeling things difficult). Juliet hits the perfect sweet spot: a beautiful name that fits well with the other girls, is classic but not overly popular, doesn't repeat an initial, and doesn't have a similar ending to the other names. Perfect.

My second choice from your list would be Charlotte, which in addition to being stylish and having adorable nickname possibilities, has the virtue of starting with a different -ch sound than Chloe (/sh/ vs. /k/), and so sounds a bit more distinct than Caroline in your sibset.

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October 16, 2014 5:03 PM

My 17 y.o. is named Juliet. She really likes it, even though she is a feminist, punk-rock kind of girl. She likes the classic Shakespeare connection. In the years since it has been nice the name has not come in or out of fashion. We had a family member named Julia, which was the only family name we kind of liked, so this is our little Julia. She is glad she is not a Julia (more common) and that we choose the traditional spelling, rather than Juliette. The tragic end of Juliet does not bother her or us, nor does any "where's Romeo?" but you should expect that. I think it is the best match for Chloe and Hannah, and the dimunitive-sounding ending is cute for the "baby" sister she will always be unless you go for a forth. 

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October 16, 2014 5:49 PM

I wouldn't use Charlotte or Caroline because of the repeated first initials.  Charlotte is also way more popular than I think you want.

Phoebe is nice.  But with sisters Chloe and Hannah, I do notice that Chloe & Phoebe seem to go together perhaps too well, making Hannah stand out a bit.

Juliet is my favorite.  No shared initials and it fits well with both Chloe and Hannah.

 

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By kLm
October 16, 2014 5:51 PM

CAROLINE...  I really like that, but Phoebe and Juliet do sound better with your other girls' names.  So I think my vote would be for Phoebe.  :)

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October 16, 2014 7:36 PM

Oh my! I absolutely love the names Phoebe and Juliet. Juliet in fact, is my daughter Julia Marigold's nickname. :)

Phoebe is a name I love for it's meaning and relation to the Greek light names, such as Selene, Helios, Eos, Helena etc. The character from Friends was also my all time favorite, but none of these things compare to the sonority, melody and simplicity of the name, which is probably it's best feature.

I think you've got yourself split between two amazing names (considering you discard Caroline and Charlotte for how common they are). Also, I agree must agree with all the previous posters on initial repetition and the origin and pronunciation of Phoebe and Chloe being too similar.

Julia or Juliet would be beautiful choices!

15
October 17, 2014 11:16 AM

I love the name Penelope for a girl.

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October 17, 2014 11:40 AM

Phoebe!!!

The initals don't match and it still has a sweet, girly feel with a bit of spunk like Chloe and Hannah - Juliet sounds too old-fashioned for me (Romeo and Juliet but is, nevertheless a lovely name). Consider using it as a middle name. Phoebe Juliet sounds cute and so does Phoebe Julie or even Phoebe Julia. Hope this helped xx

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October 18, 2014 3:00 PM

I feel like I remember replying to a similar question - have you posted this question before? I remember thinking that Juliet was the best, because it was the most different from the other two, while still preserving your name "style."

Phoebe is adorable, but too similar to Chloe for me, leaving Hannah out.

Charlotte and Caroline share a first initial with Chloe, again leaving Hannah out. Also, they aren't as interesting to me personally as names.

But Juliet makes each one unique in her own way, and thus leaves no one out - besides being a beautiful classic name like your other two, but not overdone.

My sense is that somehow this "airtight" logic isn't really working for your family, which is why you're still considering Charlotte, Caroline, and Phoebe. In which case, go with your gut and just tell all the girls you picked their names out of love :-) And if it becomes a last minute thing and you are looking for others, I'd throw out Scarlett, Viola, Vivian, Beatrice, Willa, Georgia, Dahlia, or Iris - just to really help narrow it down ;-)

Let us know what you decide!

PS Just realized I could have just said "ditto" to what considering said above - but at least now you've heard it from two of us :-)

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October 19, 2014 2:58 PM

Thank you all for your comments. This IS helpful. And to the person asking if I made a similar post in the past, yes I did. ;) We didn't have it narrowed down to these four at that point though. So I thought I'd post again now that we're more focused. You all make excellent points. And honestly these are all the same thoughts/concerns we've been having - the "oe" and the "EE" being too much the same in Chloe and Phoebe, or perhaps not? Back and forth and back and forth on that. The C of Caroline duplicating the C of Chloe, and even the C of Charlotte being too duplicative perhaps. And both Caroline and Charlotte (especially) being too popular for our liking perhaps. Although, we picked Hannah knowing it's a popular name and we so don't care now, especially since she's been our Hannah for years. Still love the name. The popularity thing is a hang-up for me more before baby arrives and is named, it seems. I guess I can get over that.

Phoebe is probably our favorite just as a name, on its own. But for its closeness to Chloe and its tendency in the sibset to set Hannah apart, that would be our pick. I don't care about the Friends association. In time Friends will fade from our collective memories, and all the people my daughter's age won't know that reference anyway. I may be able to get over the closeness to Chloe. Still debating that. I do like Juliet. But it just doesn't roll off the tongue easily when we say it aloud. Hubby keeps asking, "Is it Juli-ET or JU-liet?" And I keep stumbling over that myself. We aren't considering Julia because our last name starts with a "yuh" sound, and I don't like the repeating "yuh" at the end of Julia right next to the "yuh" of the last name.

We're trying each of them out for a week or so to see if that helps. But time is running short! We may end up making the final decision when we meet her. :) It's nice to have a sounding board at the very least that isn't family/friends

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October 19, 2014 7:57 PM

(I'd stress the first syllable of Juliet, but both variations are acceptable, as is basically equal emphasis on both first and last [which English speakers are likely to hear as stress on the end].)

As a compromise between Juliet with its slightly-variable pronunciation, and Julia with the ending that echoes your surname, have you considered Julie?

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October 19, 2014 6:53 PM

I like them all but would pick Juliet. Here is why:

 

1. All siblings will have their own first initial

2. All end in their own sound (ex Chloe/Pheobe)

 

Good choices!