Need help deciding girl name

I have 5 and can't decide.






Which name do you like best and what image does it bring to mind?



September 21, 2017 5:27 PM

My favorite is Luna. I picture the moon, or a moon goddess with silky black hair. Anyway, love!!

Jade- The gem itself, or a redhead (no clue why).

Marissa- a dumb blonde, probably because of a character on a show with that personality whose name is Marissa. 

Elena- a young Latina 

Monica- a somewhat overweight African-American woman 


By Lyd
September 22, 2017 1:13 PM

Thank you! I love luna but i concerned that luna is such a pet name or only for young girl. Would it be ok when she gets older?

September 22, 2017 4:56 PM

I actually think it sounds pretty mature, not pet-ish at all. It would definitely sound young and playful on a little girl, but I think it would grow well. Go with your heart, choose what you love!

September 22, 2017 12:16 AM

Marissa - very pretty -- a confident pretty lass


Jade is ok,  Elena - I've heard some struggle with pronounciation on this,  Monica is ok.  Luna I dont like at all

By Lyd
September 22, 2017 1:13 PM

Thank you! I prefer eh-leh-nah but peaple may read eh-lay-nah:(

September 21, 2017 11:35 PM

Between Friends and Lou Bega and Bill Clinton, Monica seems very 90's. Luna sounds a little hippy-dippy. Not a fan of Marissa.

I think Jade and Elena are sophisticated picks that would still fit very well on any number of women.

By Lyd
September 22, 2017 1:17 PM

I like names that are neither too old-fashioned nor too hippy.  Thank you for reply!

September 22, 2017 1:26 AM

My daughter is Luna Ivy Celeste, so I personaly love Luna. I picked Luna for my girl because it reminds me of sky and the moon and I just love this name. She has twin sister named Skye, and I liked this names matching.

But from your list, I like Jade as a middle name, I don't know why, maybe it's just because this name could be MN to lots of names. I like Monica and Elena, but prefer Elena because it's more cute and soft. Maybe you would also like Elia or Elaine. Don't like Marissa, it sounds little bit old to me.. 

Hope this helps, would like to hear an update :) 

Congrats on your baby girl! 


By Lyd
September 22, 2017 1:27 PM

I like all five names, but I worried that maybe Monica sounds a bit strong. Thank you for your reply and suggestions.

September 22, 2017 8:27 AM

My favorite is Elena! Luna and Jade are fine, also but not my style. Marissa and Monica both sound rather dated to me.

By Lyd
September 22, 2017 1:36 PM

I didn't think the names were old-fashioned, but perhaps a bit out of fashion. Thank you for reply!

September 22, 2017 9:57 AM

I'm a Monica (But with the German spelling) and it is definitely not the sound of the current generation. It'd be like my friend Debbie in high school...she didn't share her name with anyone in the grade but did with multiple teachers :/. Maybe look one more generation back? The Betsy in our group was seen as having a quirky old fashioned name instead of a 'mom' name. Monica was #45 in 1980...Marilyn was #37 in 1950 and I'd be much less surprised meeting a little Marilyn on the playground.

By Lyd
September 22, 2017 1:40 PM

Thank you for telling me your story. Maybe I should search for a little more.

September 22, 2017 5:37 PM

My grannie, born in 1918, was Monica, known as Monny, so it seems almost ready for revival to me!

My favourites from your list are probably Luna and Elena, particularly Elena as it seems more timeless to me. The pronunciation variations are small enough that I think you could just develop a zen attitude.


September 23, 2017 4:01 PM

I would put Luna and Elena at the top, Jade in the middle and Marissa and Monica at the bottom.

Luna I will admit I am biased because it is the name of my two-year old niece, so I obviously have a very positive association with it. My first thought with the name (when she was born and my sister announced it, so before it became attached to her as a person for me) was of the moon and my second thought was the Harry Potter character, because of that it has a slightly ethereal feeling for me but is also quite bubbly/happy in sound.

Elena I like, I think it has an traditional elgance to it, and would fit into the vintage-revival type names without being overly common. I think it would work well on a little girl and a grown woman.

Jade seems quite multi-cultural to me, perhaps because I have known a few Jades all from different backgrounds. I think it's a pretty-but-spunky name. 

Marissa and Monica are just a bit mom-name for me, Marissa I think reminds me a lot of Melissa and that's a name that there were a few of in my high school. Monica is just the Friends character to me, although that's obviously an association that your daughter and her peers wouldn't have so it would probably be a non-issue.

September 24, 2017 10:39 AM

In order of preference, I would say: Elena, Marissa, Jade, Luna, Monica. The only one I am really keen on is Elena, though. Marissa has some positive associations for me, but I do feel it is a little dated, as mentioned above. Monica is really NMS for no particular reason, but I think you'll get the Friends reference a TON. Luna is more on the up and up recently since John Legend and Crissy Teigen named their daughter this, so I would not be surprised if it continues to climb in popularity. To me, iti s always going to be a name from Harry Potter (Luna Lovegood). Jade is one of my least favorite names; I don't quite get the appeal with all I can think of is the word "jaded."

September 24, 2017 12:27 PM

I must warn you that Luna is really trendy right now and it's probably going to be really date stamped to this decade. Like what Shirley and Joan were to the '30's, Debbie and Tammy were to the '50's, and Britney and Courtney were to the '90's, Luna is going to be to the 2010's. It's also really strongly tied to Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, which means that's an association she's going to have to carry around with her for her whole life and if she doesn't like Harry Potter or the character she's kind of screwed.

With regards to your other choices Jade is also pretty big right now but it's been big for a while now (I know Jades that are close to 30), so that'd be my advice. I like Marissa but agreed that it's a smidge dated, but it's not quite as tied to the '70's-'90's as Luna is going to be to now. Elena I don't like because of some personal associations but it's probably the most timeless name here, but fair warning that it does read as very Hispanic in a lot of places (it's also in use in Eastern Europe but that's less of a cultural association.). Monica is a bit tied to it's 70's-'80's boom but it is a saint name, so it's more classic than most names of that lot.