Need help... Sister for Reverie

Hello! Never posted before but we're really stuck for both a first and middle names. Would love some suggestions.

Baby girl #2 due in 4 weeks. Sister is Reverie... we LOVE her name, the sound, the nickname (Rev) and meaning  and can't seem to find anything that has similar traits that means something special. I don't want anything that sounds too similar, as in 'ie' ending as it sounds like we are trying to copy her name sound. 

Last name has an 'n' in middle so names containing 'n' sound great. Do not like alternative spellings (no 'y's), last name starts with B, ends in 'er' ... so no 'B' names or 'er'-ending names either. 

We have two favourites right now: India and Lola but there's no meaning behind them for us, we just like them so I'm in a dilemma to use names we like the feel of, even though I don't have any special connection and actually  even dislike the meaning (Lola means 'sorrows'... not a big fan!)

Other's we like: Charlie, Raine, Fallon, Adelaide, Indiana, Leighton, 

MIddle names- we need two- some we like: Soleille, Leigh, Noelle, Fiona

Please help!


January 25, 2017 3:50 PM

In a similar vein to Lola but with a better meaning, how about Luna? Or to go well with Reverie I quite like Selene (both meaning "moon").

I also like both Soleil and Noelle from your middle name list as first names. Or, continuing with a nature theme, how about Estelle or Stella?

January 25, 2017 5:07 PM

Lola in and of itself doesn't mean anything.  It is a traditional nickname for Dolores which is derived from the root for sorrow, a shortened form for the Spanish Marian epithet Maria de los Dolores, Mary of the Sorrows.  But Lola on its own, just sounds.

January 25, 2017 5:52 PM

Or Filipino for grandmother

January 25, 2017 6:31 PM

My first thought is Magnolia. You could use the nickname Lola, or Nola, or Maggie.

By Inmb
January 25, 2017 6:49 PM

You guys are giving great suggestions.. I love them BUT unfortunately too many associations! 

My Cousin just named her baby girl Magnolia 2 months ago, sister has dog Luna, daughter's best friend is Stella! 

I'd like Noelle as first name but vetoed by hubby to only middle name

I"m glad to hear 'sorrows' is just a distant relation to Lola, but its still has some other associations ... still not sure if it's enough to not use it because I do love it, just thought I'd see if anyone had more similar to 'reverie' suggestions.

Thank you all!!

January 25, 2017 8:26 PM

You might be interested to know that reverie comes ultimately from a word meaning delirium.  Just sayin'....

Given Reverie, are you interested in word names where the words have meanings that are significant to you? Categories like botanicals, gemstones, nature, moods/emotions/states of mind?  Can you give some guidance?

January 25, 2017 8:09 PM

There's a blogger (Girl Gone Child) with a daughter named Reverie. She also has Boheme (R's twin sister), Fable (g), and Archer (b).

In addition to Dolores, Lola could be a nickname for Carlota/Charlotte, Laura, Leonora, or any Lo- name (such as Lorraine/Lorena).

One name I thought of for you: Philomela, which may derive from Greek words meaning 'friend' and 'song'. (It's either that or 'friend' and 'fruit'.) The Greek myth is rather violent, but it ends with her being transformed into a nightingale, and that's the association I actually have with the name. (That is, I think of it as a bird-name, like Wren or Robin.)

January 26, 2017 1:22 AM


Reverie is such a specific and distinctive style that I think many other names kind of seem a little flat next to it. I love Lola, but it seems a little anemic in that company. Anyway, since Girl's Gone Child is a blogger who has successfully paired a Reverie sibset and spent a lot of time thinking about names of this particular style, I was going to recommend her list of names not taken:

January 26, 2017 11:13 PM

Is that a misplaced modifier, or are you the blogger in question? ETA: Never mind. Just read the blog and I'm pretty sure you are not she!

January 28, 2017 4:35 PM

Misplaced modifier-- I am definitely not the blogger in question! I edited my original post for clarity, because apparently the sleep regression my baby is having combined with a new reason to wake up in the night (political nightmares) has totally turned my ability to be coherent to mush. 

January 26, 2017 3:00 AM

A few names which seem in the same vein as Reverie: Haven, Blythe, Merry, Verdant, Winsome, Flowers--all words with pleasant meanings and some degree of name-yness. I personally know a Blythe, a Merry (not a nickname), and a Flowers.

January 26, 2017 11:11 AM

I really love Blythe with Reverie. Neither name is one I'd ever use for my own kid (if I weren't so resolutely single and childless), but for the right family...

January 26, 2017 9:22 PM

Another thumbs up for Blythe! 

January 26, 2017 3:23 PM

Thalia (the greek muse of comedy) you can make the connection to Reverie as muse being a synonym 

January 26, 2017 9:13 PM

Here are some intriguing words (or adaptations of words) that might make nice names.

Luminary (or Luminaria)
Solace (nn Lacey)

January 26, 2017 10:34 PM

Glimmer is a not-very-nice (to put it mildly) but minor character in The Hunger Games books.

By Inmb
January 31, 2017 11:10 PM

My 4yo definitely already suggested Glimmer... (along with Sparkle and Cordjanella Among other daily suggestions!)

January 27, 2017 11:01 AM








I think these could work as first or middle names. My favorite combinations are Seraphina Genevieve Lisette and Juliette Indigo Lisette. I really like Blythe with Reverie. India is pretty, too.

January 27, 2017 2:35 PM

A few ideas that could be nicknamed Lola:

  • Willow
  • Lobelia (like the flower
  • Lotus
  • Heliodora (from the Greek for "sun gift"; there was a Saint Heliodoro)
  • Halo


I especially like that last one for you, since it is almost an anagram, sound-wise, of Lola but with a very lovely meaning. It was a top-thousand name for boys about a hundred years ago, but I don't see any reason why this virtue should be inherently masculine.

January 28, 2017 1:33 AM

I can see why you're having difficulty. With how much you obviously love Reverie's name and how it is a very specific, uncommon style, it must be hard to find a name that gives you the same feeling that Reverie does.

I'll second the suggestions of Blythe/Blithe and Fantasia from other posters. I also like Lark, Nova, Marigold, and Lumina from that "names not taken" blog post. I think I prefer Lark or Nova as middle names for a girl who will be sister to a Reverie, simply because they seem to come up short in comparison to big sis's name.

I don't think all -ie/-y names need to be forsaken because Reverie ends in that sound. For instance, I think Verity is way too similar because their first syllables are just the reverse of one another, they have the same number of syllables, same stress pattern, and both end in -ie/-y. Clarity, on the other hand, I really like as a sister to Reverie. They have a very similar feel to me, but distinct sounds, even though they both end in -ie/-y.

Here's a few more suggestions:

Clarity, Clarion, Amity, Jubilee, Sonnet, Whisper, Breeze, Marvel, Fay/Faye, Zinnia, Wonder, Bliss, Azzurra, Lyra, Aster

ETA: You may like this blog post on rare word names. (I tried to link and the spam filter blocked me, so I'll just list the names here.)

Amethyst, Amity, Arcadia, Arrow, Aura, Blithe, Blue, Breeze, Bright, Brio, Caprice, Cedar, Clarion, Clarity, Cloud, Dare, Falcon, Frost, January, Jazz, Keen, Knight, Lake, Lark, Lavender, Lumen, Marigold, Ocean, Paladin, Peregrine, Prosper, Ranger, Reverie, Shine, Silver, Sonnet, Summit, Sunday, Timber, True, Valor

Reverie is on the list, and I just noticed a few of the suggestions I listed are, too. They must have stuck in my mind from when I first read this post last year...

By Inmb
January 31, 2017 11:00 PM

Thanks! Wonderful list

January 28, 2017 4:44 PM

I now finally have the energy to make my longer comment, which is that i would in today's world strongly advocate against India... as a sibling name for pretty much anything. To me it's a name that owes its use as a given name very strongly to British colonialism, and that isn't really a message I would want to send with my kid's name, given that they might have all kinds of political associations or seek employment all over the world, and that message would not be neutrally received in all places. As a white person in particular, it does not meet my "would I want this for a name" criteria, and I would go so far as to say that I think India is not an okay name to give a white baby in 2017. Yes, it's got a delightful Britishy feel and I love that genre of names, and yes, when I read Gone with the Wind I also really loved the name, but I think this is one that is best left on the guilty pleasure list. Alternately you could consider enjoying very similar sounds in the less loaded Indigo (which I think pairs very nicely with Reverie) or Indiana (which would also work). 

January 29, 2017 7:23 PM

I agree with pretty much everything you've said here. I was trying to figure out how best to articulate my discomfort with the name India, which also extends to some other geographical names, like Asia and China. I'll add that I find it awkward to refer to an individual by a name that denotes a nation, culture, or people, particularly one that has been or is oppressed. I could get behind the similar Indigo. I also know a young girl named Indie, which I'm guessing her parents chose partially for the associations of "indie" (independent) films and music. Indiana as a given name is all Indiana Jones to me, so I can't picture it on a little girl or grown woman.

By Inmb
January 31, 2017 10:55 PM

Thank you... I'm in agreement, India just isn't sitting right for a number of reasons, as you've outlined. 

By Inmb
January 31, 2017 11:04 PM

definitely true and seems unfair to the child to use it for a name in this political climate. I appreciate the insight.

I've liked Indiana for a while but now seem to be searching for a name offering more meaning behind it. 

January 29, 2017 10:54 AM

Reverie is a beautiful name for a daughter!

The other commenters seem to be chiming in with virtue names that are a bit on the clunky side, which all miss the lightness that makes Reverie such a wonderful pick.

There's one name that really stands out to me as a companion to Reverie, though, and it's Aria. It's a word with a musical meaning, but it's unmistakably a name with a heavenly vibe, and it has a similar flow to Reverie. The only thing you'd need to worry about is that it's experiencing a sudden spike of popularity now (thanks, George R.R. Martin) that might date the name in a couple years. It's still a beautiful pick, though, and it feels more timeless in concert with her sister's name.

By Inmb
January 31, 2017 10:57 PM

Thank you. Aria was a main contender on our original list with Reverie...however a friend has since used it making it no longer an option. I am liking Aura though as an alternative

January 30, 2017 2:00 PM

I like Indira as an alternative.

January 30, 2017 4:53 PM

Thoughts and ideas:

Halo (nn Haley)






Lumen (nn Lulu)

Clover and Meander, although they end in -er.

January 30, 2017 5:31 PM

You might like: Allegra, Ambrosia, Araminta, Asia, Athena, Aurelia, Aurora, Azalea, Calista/Calixta, Calypso, Celestina, Cristabelle, Clarabelle, Constantine, Cressida, Demetria, Desdemona, Elowen, Endira, Esmeralda, Evangeline, Florentine, Holland, Holiday, Ireland, Isabeau, Isolde, Leonora, Liandra/Leandra, Lilibelle, Llewellyn, Lorabelle, Luciana, Lysandra, Magdelena, Marcelline, Marguerite, Melisandre, Merida, Minerva, Mirabeau, Mirabelle, Miriam, Myrtle, Octavia, Odette, Odessa, Ophelia, Pandora, Philomena, Priscilla, Sabrina, Saffronia, Soleil, Sonata, Tallulah, Twyla, Yarrow, Wilhelmina, Winnona, Zarina


February 1, 2017 1:27 AM

Has Thais or Thaisa been suggested yet? I like them both with Reverie, though I think I prefer Thais.