Opinions on finalists for second girl

Well, after stepping back for a bit, the husband and I have narrowed our choices for our second daughter down to 2. He won't be as adventurous as I'd like (no Juniper, no Ione), so I'm okay with the options, but not rapturously in love. I'm interested in what each name evokes and any issues you can foresee. Sibling is 1ris. Last name is two syllables K__n

name 1: Sim0ne Gl0ria

Sim0ne is feminized version of family surname. Gl0ria is the name of a woman who was like a grandmother to me. Sim0ne is a strange one for me. From one angle it sounds mysterious and French, and from another, all I hear is the "moan" syllable and it sounds not so lovely.


name 2: June Sim0ne

While not chosen for this reason, it turns out June was one of many great aunts on my side. (Fates willing, this will not be a June baby!)

All thoughts appreciated!


April 26, 2017 1:39 AM

i think Iris and June go well together as a sibset

April 26, 2017 11:47 AM

I think both names are lovely, but it sounds as if you have some issues with Simone as a first name.  That makes me think June Simone might be the better option for you.

FWIW, while I don't think sibling names have to "go together" perfectly, June does seem like a slightly better fit with Iris. I like that they are both short/sweet word names.  To me, Simone seems a just bit too "fancy" next to Iris.

April 26, 2017 2:11 PM

↑ Yes, this. I don't see anything wrong with Simone and 1ris as sisters, but you seem to be quite hesitant to use Simone as a first name. June is a perfect fit with 1ris and you still have your honour name in there, but not in the first name slot where you'll be using it many times per day. (That's a really fantastic way to honour, by the way!)

April 26, 2017 2:31 PM

Unhelpfully, I really like both!

In the abstract I think June is lovely, and that in a way it "matches" with Iris better -- maybe almost too well?

S!mone is a name that I never think much about, but it has been growing on me lately I love that with that combination you pack so much emotional punch. It also seems like a really distinctive, standout name.

Can't go wrong in my book!

April 26, 2017 3:04 PM

June is sweetly old fashioned in a way that really appeals to me, and it pairs nicely with Iris.  Junie is adorable for a little girl, and you could definitely use Juniper as a nickname too.

Simone doesn't do anything for me.  I mean, it's fine, but... eh.

April 26, 2017 6:27 PM

I agree with all this ^^

It sounds like you have more reservations about Simone and if you go with June you could definitey use Juniper as a nickname, that was actually my first thought when I saw June as one of your options. That way you kind of get a name you're more excited about, while still making your husband happy. Plus I do think June sounds nicer with Iris (and while I don't think sibling names "going together" needs to be a primary consideration I do think it can be a factor once you're narowing down a short list/making a final choice).

April 27, 2017 5:16 PM

My one worry about Iris & June together is they're both four letter vintage revival word names. They almost feel a little too matchy to me. I worry that a third child would look a little out of place no matter what their name is from here. Iris, June, and Rosemary, for instance, seems a little off balance. In Iris, June, and Mira, Mira fits better sound-wise feels out of place because of its newness. I know Simone would be June's middle name, but Iris, June, and Simone feels really off balance, more so than just Iris and Simone.

April 27, 2017 8:05 PM

Well, there may not be a third child, and if there is, that child may be male. Besides which, I don't think that finding a third girl's name would be more difficult than in other situations.

Iris, June, and Ella

Iris, June, and Eleanor

Iris, June, and Sylvie/Sylvia

Iris, June, and Eva

Iris, June, and Blythe

I think that as long as the name isn't too modern, it fits. Shorter works better, but I see no problem with your Rosemary example. Siblings are a set to family, but out in the world they exist as individuals.

April 27, 2017 8:43 PM

or Iris June and Rose or Evie, Lola, Nola, Nora, Rosa, Ruth, Mary, Cora, Elsa, Bess, Jean, June, Nell, Opal, Enid, Edna, Fern to name a few

April 27, 2017 11:48 PM

I wouldn't worry about it: a very quick search came up with Ruby, Alma, Cora, Rose, Opal, Fern, Ruth, Rita, and Avis as four-letter vintage revivals, and if none of those appeal, there are names like Dawn and Lily, which sound like vintage revivals even though they aren't. My point is, if Bees_knees should in the future face the task of having to choose a name to go with Iris and June, lack of choice will *not* be her main problem. :)

(Bees_knees: I think June nicknamed Juniper is inspired.)

April 28, 2017 4:38 PM

I'm loving the idea of Iris, June and Opal or Iris, June and Ruby for the hypothetical third baby girl (if Bees_knees even goes with June for this baby, let alone has a third lol). Either of those would be really cute sib-sets.

April 28, 2017 10:32 PM

Oh, man, those are really cute.  (Not to put the pressure on OP to have a third kid.  I love kids, and i love names, but zero population growth is important for our poor planet.)

As far as June vs. Simone, i'm Team June all the way.

By mk
April 28, 2017 12:50 PM

I think Iris, June, and Rosemary sound quite matchy together.

I also think people should choose names based on the individual child. People spend very little of their lives as part of a sibling set, and hypothetical future children may never end up existing.


May 3, 2017 4:14 AM

My vote goes to June Simone. To me it's sounds like your not sold on Simone as the first name. You still have your honour name in there but in the middle name spot. June could be nicknamed Juniper. 

By rooo
May 3, 2017 12:23 AM

I prefer June to Simone, but I LOVE Gloria. Go with Gloria June!