Need Help With Middle Name!

Sibling is Raegan Caroline. Expecting another girl in a few weeks; we like Reese for a first name and need suggestions for a middle name starting with C for them to have the same initials.


September 25, 2017 12:23 PM

I actually know a R@e Caroline, who has a sister Riley. My friends considered Catherine for Riley's middle name. I think this would fit well here, as well.

Other ideas:

Reese Charlotte

Reese Claudia

Reese Cecilia

Reese Cassandra

Reese Christina

Reese Cameron

Reese Colette


September 25, 2017 2:01 PM

I love charotte and cameron! The only thing is Reese sounds better to me as a middle name but with keeping the initials the same, that doesn't work lol. Do you think it sounds okay as a first name? We have also considered Madison and Harper as first names but my husband's favorite is Reese and he absolutely hates my favorite, McKenna.

September 25, 2017 2:25 PM

Is there a reason you need to keep the initials the same? If there's not some really compelling reason to do this I think you could easily have the initials switched (C.R. instead of R.C.) or even just have your "theme" be "an R name somewhere in the mix"—or even "names we really like" and forget the matching initials altogether.

September 25, 2017 2:47 PM

No particular reason at all of keeping them the same. We had just thought if we did use an R name that we would. The only concern I have about switching is I don't want it to be hard going by her middle name; I do and it can be annoying at times.

September 28, 2017 8:47 AM

I would personally advocate for different middle initials if you go with the same first initial. It can be nice sometimes to have a way of referring to your kids without writing out their full names. How relevant this is will depend on how much you actually rely on this, but in my family, my siblings and I are regularly referred to by initials in Facebook posts, calendars, to do lists, random notes, marking items as belonging to a particular person, checking off who's done a task, and a lot more. My mom even refers to us as a group by taking all our initials and stringing them into a single (unpronounceable, lol) word. (I guess that's shorter than writing "everyone"?) And all this despite two of my siblings having the same first initial (but different middles). Now, I have a large family, and so writing out all my siblings' names is more of a hassle than it would be if there were only two of us. But being able to write, say, "RC" and "RX" on clothing tags or in tiny calendar boxes is nice regardless of how many children you have. 

This isn't a huge deal - if you end up finding a C middle that you love more than any other name, or if you have a particularly strong preference for the matching initials (which is a sweet tie between sisters), I would say don't worry about it. But if you're just going on a vague idea of cuteness, I thought I'd throw my experience out there. :)

September 25, 2017 4:52 PM

If you're really wanting them to be matching then I would pick another classic-feeling C name for the middle, something like Catherine, Clara or Chloe. I would definitely choose a name that starts with a hard C, because I think soft Cs (like in Cecilia) blend too much with the -se ending of Reese and then it just becomes quite hissy when you say them together.

However before you commit yourself to a C middle I would consider a couple of things; first does Raegan's middle name have any particular significance? If Caroline is a family name or has meaning to you beyond 'a name we liked' then I would encourage you to give this baby a name of similar significance over a name that starts with C. I know I would feel like I got the raw end of the deal if my older sister had a middle that was the name of a beloved grandmother and my middle name was chosen only so that my initials could match hers. Secondly do you plan on having more children? If so will you feel trapped into giving the next one R.C. initials if you do it for this one? I'm not at all saying that having two children with the initials R.C. means you have to give a third one those initials also, just that it's worth thinking about if you would want to and, if so, whether there more R and C names you like. Because if you would feel like you had to continue the pattern but you don't really like more names then it's probably better to not create the pattern in the first place. 

September 26, 2017 8:58 AM

Definitely no more kids for this mama lol...I'm 36 and this pregnancy has been a difficult one! Caroline isn't a family name; just always loved it for a middle name. I wish we had a family name to use but our female options are terrible.

September 28, 2017 8:51 AM

Do you have any male family names with closely related female names? e.g. Paul (a;ine;ina), John (Joan, Jane, Jean, Jeanne, Joana, Gianna...), Michael (a)

September 25, 2017 5:02 PM

Caitlyn    Chelsea  Courtney  Chantal

Chloe   Charlotte  Clara  Christina

Coralie  Celeste  Camille   Catherine


September 25, 2017 5:41 PM

Congrats! Maybe.. 

Reese Corinne 

Reese Chapel 

Reese Cate

Reese Caitlin 

Reese Caitrin

Reese Camille 

Reese Charlize

September 25, 2017 6:46 PM

I don't recommend matching initials, for logistical reasons. It's not as important for siblings of different ages, because there's an accompanying size difference that makes it generally unnecessary to label things like uniforms, but there are still situations where it would be inconvenient: how would you label the paper bags containing their lunches?

If the name you come up with as the best candidate for her middle happens to start with C, that's one thing. It's another thing to discard names you love just because they start with a different letter.

Echoing other commenters, I suggest instead that you look for names that repeat something _else_ about Caroline: a family connection, the timelessness, the length. I can't address the first of those, but for the second two, my immediate thought is Elizabeth. Or you could go for a subtle Little House on the Prarie theme: Laura, Mary, Charlotte.

September 26, 2017 3:25 AM

First of all, I love the name Reese.  Well done!  I would however be sure to pair an androgynous first name with a firmly feminine middle name.  I find that people with gender-neutral first names often rely on their middle (for example, in email signatures etc) to ward off confusion.

There are a lot of other names that end in -line if you want to go that route, i.e., same ending (rather than beginning) as your first daughter's name. For example, Reese Madeline, Emmaline, Jacqueline, Pauline....

September 26, 2017 2:58 PM

Really love the idea of matching the end of the middle name instead of the beginning! That's a fun twist on the idea of having them match.

September 27, 2017 9:35 PM

Reese Cordelia