Please Help!! Trying to choose between Eden & Juliet

We have narrowed it down to Eden Skye or Juliet Skye. Last name is Steffer so it would be:

Eden Steffer (Eden Skye Steffer)

Juliet Steffer (Juliet Skye Steffer)


Big sister is Sienna Lily


We've taken into consideration lots of factors like:

Popularity (Eden is around #151, Juliet is #258)

Likelihood to be teased ("Like the Garden of Eden?", "Where's your Romeo?")

Nicknames (Julie/Jules vs. Edie)

Ability to age well/be used professionally

Prettiness of the name


... and these two are in a dead heat for us. Please let me know your favorite choice!


Thank you!!!


July 30, 2015 5:33 PM

I like both of these names, they're beautiful but for me it comes down to the ageing well thing. Eden seems like a child's name to me, maybe that's just my perception though. Juliet seems like a grown up name, and is also child apropriate with the nicknames, and I could even picture a little kid in kindergarden introducing herself as Juliet. So, yeah. My pick is Juliet Skye

July 30, 2015 7:18 PM

Eden feels much more dated to me. Juliet seems much more timeless. I know grown-up and little kid Juliets, and it fits on all of them. I don't know any grown-up Edens, but I know a whole bunch of girls in the 5-and-under crowd named Eden, way more than Juliet. I think Juliet takes the win.

July 30, 2015 7:34 PM

I like Juliet better, though I think Eden will be easier to spell.  On name fairness, I think Juliet works better with Sienna as two names.  Sienna and Eden sound like brown and paradise, which could be hard on Sienna.  Also, Juliet is more unique sound wise from Sienna as it doesn't have the 'en' of Eden and Sienna. 

July 30, 2015 8:41 PM

Both are lovely names and would be perfectly fine, but Juliet is the winner for me. 

Popularity wise, Juliet is technically less popular, but would guess that when combining all the "Jul-" names, Juliet would actually feel more popualr. 

I doubt either would actually get much teasing. (MAYBE Juliet in 9th grade when reading the play, but that's about it.)

I much prefer the nickname options for Juliet.

Neither of the names will have trouble aging. Eden will be more date stamped, but they will both be fine on a professional woman. 

Both are beautiful, although Juliet is a bit more flowy. 

Ultimately it's about style to me. With Eden as a place name, paired with Skye, it has a similar feeling to me as something like Oklahoma it's describing the sky of a place. I also prefer saying Sienna with Juliet--they seem to fit. 


July 30, 2015 9:49 PM

My daughter is a Juliet, and we've had nothing but great feedback. She's only a toddler so I can't say how it will go in the teen years, but so far the Romeo + Juliet references have been minimal. I have a great-aunt Juliette so I feel it ages well.

July 30, 2015 11:00 PM

I really like both, and especially love Edie as a nickname for Eden.  Of the 2, I suspect Eden is more likely to seem dated one day, so I'd probably go with Juliet.

By Fly
July 31, 2015 1:56 AM

I've never met an adult Juliet, but Julia is a family name and it sort of borrows the same feelings of being non-age specific and quite formal but still flowy and sweet on a young child.

Like others have said, Eden doesn't feel like it will age well.  Actually, Eden was a thing in Australia the year I was born, so there were a couple at school with me.  Both of them seemed sort of juvenile, which doesn't help with the aging-well thing... we're all now in our 20s and that hasn't changed (I didn't keep touch with them but social media does have its uses).

July 31, 2015 5:11 AM

I prefer Juliet. I think it hits a nice spot of being universally recognized without being particularly common, and I've always thought the sound of it was exquisite. I also think it goes better with Sienna.

With Eden I do like the nickname Edie, but I agree with others that the name itself may not age so well, and on the whole has a trendier sound.

I wouldn't really worry about teasing with either of them. As others have said, the year she studies the play she may get some Juliet-flak, but it's not exactly a negative connotation. Anyway, kids can make fun of anything. My name was pretty joke-proof so I got called by my surname in a derogatory tone throughout high school. Nothing my parents could have done about that...

July 31, 2015 8:39 AM

I prefer Juliet although both sound good with your last name and in the sibset.  I agree with other posters that Eden seems more dated, but I do like the nickname Edie. I think both names would age well and could be used in a professional setting but simply based on sound and my personal preference, Juliet is the winner.   Juliet is gorgeous and feels sophisticated and timeless to me. Good luck!

July 31, 2015 10:16 AM

Eden and Juliet are both very evocative names, with quite specific, distinct stories attached. I think I would pick based on which of these is more appealing/less unappealing.

I'm not talking here about outright teasing, but more the unconscioius associations that will come to people's minds when hearing your daughter's name.

In that respect, I think Juliet is the safer choice. It's a tragic story, but there's no huge blame attached to Juliet herself. Yes, she was young and thus foolish, but no moreso than Romeo.

Juliet also benefits from being in the Julian family and a name in its own right so that there are real-life (and non-Shakespearean fictional) namesakes plus lots of related associations to dilute the Shakespearean connection. I'm pretty sure my kids' first association with the name would be the detective from Psych.

Eden, on the other hand, is pretty firmly attached to the biblical story. Any other associations (e.g. East of Eden) refer to that original source. It also hasn't been used as a name for as long, so there aren't as many individuals with the name to make it their own (I can only think of a soap opera character from the 1980s).

The story itself is somewhat disturbing, too: it's sort of the ultimate tragedy for the human race, and while the namesake was a paradisiacal garden, the name on a female is inevitably going to evoke Eve and the whole misogynistic original sin thing (I probably have some of the theological details wrong--I'm not Judeo-Christian--but I'm pretty sure that's the gist of the pop-culture association).

Finally, using such an obviously biblical, but not traditional, name sends a pretty strong message about your own religious beliefs, similar to using Nevaeh. If that's the message you want to send, it's great; if not, Juliet is a better choice.

July 31, 2015 9:17 PM

I think they are both lovely names.

I prefer Juliet for the reasons others have mentioned, and I also like how Juliet "grounds," Skye a bit.

I do like Eden very much as well, though, and Edie is an adorable nn. I think Juliet is also just slightly more popular than you're thinking because each spelling is counted differently, so you'd have to add in Juliettes etc....Neither is too popular, though.

I don't think either is going to have issues with teasing. I taught junior high school for many years, and children just don't tend to tease each other about their names unless there is something really obvious-reaching for a literary or Biblical reference just isn't a thing a bully does. I guess I should also add that I live in a very secular area of the country, where a good many children wouldn't even know the Garden of Eden. In any case, I wouldn't worry about either of these lovely names on that front.

I do think Juliet better meets your other criteria, but I'll also add that most of the regulars on this site tend to tilt towards classics. If you posted this on another site, Eden would likely have more votes. 

Go with what your heart says when you meet her. It will be perfect either way.


July 31, 2015 9:55 PM

"Go with what your heart says when you meet her. It will be perfect either way."

Yes. This. Both names are lovely, and your feelings toward your daughter and the name you choose will soon be so intertwined, you won't be able to picture her as anything else. 

By mk
August 1, 2015 2:50 AM

I like Juliet better. I don't see Eden as dated or trendy or not aging well, it's just too tied to religion for me to want to use it myself.

I am going to suggest not choosing now and wait until she is born. One may just seem right.


August 1, 2015 4:36 AM

Juliet is a better name! I love Juliet better.

August 1, 2015 8:57 AM

Juli- names on the Name Nerds 2013 combined-spelling list (in the top 1000):

70. Juliana, 5123
105. Julia, 3868
161. Juliet, 2477
364. Julissa, 967
415. Julie, 789
642. Julianne, 401
784. Julieta, 289

Total: 13914, which on the combined-spellings list would just bump Aubrey from 10th place in 2013.

There are only two Ed- names for girls in the 2013 combined-spelling top 1000:
183. Eden, 2120
651. Edith, 395

Total 2515, which would just bump Juliet from 161st place.

It's instructive to look at Name Voyager for names beginning with Ed- for girls. Other than Eden, the Ed-names are either on the way out (Edith) or are already gone (Edna, Edwina, Edythe). Eden doesn't show up until circa 1980, but has been steadily rising since then -- the classic beginning graph shape for a name that will be clearly associated with one generation (a "dated" name).

In contrast, most of the Juli- names for girls have been continuously in the top 1000 since the 1880s, and the graph is relatively steady other than a spike for Julie in the 1960s (and the fairly-drastic decline in Julia typical of all the most-popular names of the 1880s). In other words, these names are unlikely to feel dated, and most people will have multiple associations with the "name family", so each new instance offers a blank slate.

So the tradeoff is between datedness and popularity, but neither factor is particularly extreme. (No, not even a rank of 10 would concern me overmuch: I neither know nor know of anyone named Aubrey.) I think this is a very good case for "wait until you meet."

By rooo
August 1, 2015 1:01 PM

Agreed, Juliet will seem a lot more common than the particular spelling because of all of the other Jul- names. I don't think that's a bad thing, just something to consider if it helps you break the tie either way.

I absolutely love the name Eden, but I don't love that both Eden and Sierra are naturey-place names. If you do have a third, then you have a bit of a theme to consider.

Juliet seems like the perfect fit with big sis Sierra so if it were my decision that's what I would choose.

Either choice is lovely, so I second the plan of taking both to the hospital and deciding once you meet her.