Please please help us pick a name for our girl!!

Our baby girl is due on the 16th of the month, and we are yet to zero in on a name. We have a couple of names that might pair well with her sister's name Gabriella. The following four names are our favorites. Please pick your favorite and let us know. Thank you so much !

Joanna Rose

Evangeline Rose

Isabelle Rose

Danielle Rose


By EVie
September 2, 2013 9:43 PM

My favorite by far is Evangeline Rose. Gabriella and Evangeline are a great pair—Evangeline balances Gabriella in weight/length/ornateness, but has a different ending and a totally different sound. Isabelle is a beautiful name, and on its own would be my second choice, but I find it too matchy with Gabriella (that prominent -ell sound in the ending). Danielle has the same problem, plus it's a bit dated—it had a big popularity spike that peaked in the 80s, so to your daughter's generation it will be a "mom name." Joanna pairs better with Gabriella, but has the same "mom name" problem (I was born in the 80s and I have a *ton* of acquaintances named Joanna). I would like it better if it were Johanna, which feels much fresher to me. Joanna is a solid name, though, and I think the sound-alike confusion with sisters is a bigger issue, so I guess that's my second choice.

September 2, 2013 11:39 PM

I second pretty much all of this.

Evangeline seems like a perfect fit to me.

Similar in sound to Gabrielle without being too match-y.

It also has darling nns if you want them.

Joanna would be my 2nd pick, but I do agree that it's a different style and a tad dated. You might consider Juliet or Jocelyn.

The other two are just too close in sound to me, and I also know several 30 and 40 something Danielles.



September 2, 2013 11:47 PM

Completely agree with EVie. 

By hyz
September 3, 2013 9:56 AM

I agree with all of this as well, but my ranking is slightly different: 1. Evangeline Rose by far, no question; 2. Isabelle -- I agree that the repeated -ell is not ideal, and although it's a lovely name, Isabelle feels a bit plain to me because it is exceptionally common, but I still like it better than the other choices; 3. Joanna -- feels pretty dated to me, but if it were Johanna (or Josephine, etc.) it would jump to a very strong #2 for me, maybe even #1; 4. Danielle, for all the reasons EVie said.

September 3, 2013 6:39 PM

Yep. Seconded. =)

By mk
September 3, 2013 12:20 AM

I know sisters named Isabelle and Gabriella and never thought anything of it. So Isabelle is my first choice. Second would be Joanna. I've never really warmed to the name Evangeline. I like the similar sounding Angeline better. Danielle is ok.

September 3, 2013 10:10 AM

Ok, so I'm not fond of all the -ella/-elle endings, so that would drop Isabelle and Danielle lower in ranking, although I say Danielle as Dan-yell, so that would be my pick over Isabelle.

Joanna is dated to me, but would probably be my first pick in this case.

Evangeline goes with Gabriella for a reason. In the poem "Evangeline" by Longfellow, her lost love was Gabriel. While many may not have specific knowledge of this (baring literary folk), the sounds go well together and somewhere along the way, subconsciously many people would have likely heard of the pairing even if they didn't know where it was from. Now, if that doesn't bother you, it's not a problem. DD is Evangeline here, and Gabriella has been moved to a middle name possibility because of this, but isn't likely to be used at all now. We loved Evangeline more than we did Gabriella, so shuffling Gabriella into the liked, but not usable categoty wasn't an issue.

By EVie
September 3, 2013 4:31 PM

If the Longfellow association bugs you, then of course I understand not wanting to use Gabriella, but I don't think it makes the pairing unusable in general. Most people won't have heard of the poem, or if they have, they won't know that Gabriel is a character in it (I studied English in graduate school, though not poetry, and I've heard of the poem but not read it). Plus, even if that makes Evangeline and Gabriel an awkward pair, Gabriella is a different name, different gender. The worst I can see coming of this pairing is perhaps some English professor or student asking if you're a Longfellow admirer—and you'd probably get that with just Evangeline alone in that case, never mind Gabriella.

September 3, 2013 10:55 PM

Maybe only from an English professor. Evangeline on its own gets you in order (at least here):

Nanny McPhee
Evangeline Lily from Lost
The Princess and the Frog

then Longfellow (which is actually tied with Louisiana where the tree she supposedly sat under is along with the plantation)

And my personal experience (because we have playdates with a little Gabriel and a little Gabriella) is that people want to stick them together constantly because "they should be lovers!" And while I'd love to say that was my literary portion of friends, it completely isn't.

September 3, 2013 12:05 PM

Thank you for the feedback, ladies! Evangeline seems to be the clear winner..

September 3, 2013 1:18 PM

Yes, I think that's a lovely choice with Gabriella.

September 3, 2013 10:23 PM

Coming in late but I agree with lots of comments above. Evangeline is perfect to match Gabriella in style/sound/feel without being too matchy.

Isabelle and Danielle are too matchy in endings and Danielle sounds dated.

I do really like Johanna and that is my second pick. I don't find it too dated (a little but not overly so) and would go with that if you can't pull the trigger on Evangeline. I do think Josephine or Jocelyn are a slightly better fit than Johanna, or maybe even Georgianna or Georgina?

September 4, 2013 10:10 AM

I love Josephine! Unfortunately, my husband doesn't

September 4, 2013 1:15 PM

I agree with many of the other comments.  Evangiline Rose is my favorite - it is a beautiful name and works perfectly with Gabriella.  While Isabelle and Danielle are lovely choices, they are too matchy with Gabriella for my taste.  I do not think Joanna works as well with Gabriella as it doesn't have the same regal and feminine feel. 

September 4, 2013 2:42 PM

Isabelle Rose. Love the name Isabelle, and it goes well with Gabriella.

September 4, 2013 3:47 PM

One aspect that hasn't really been explicitly covered in other posts: while it's natural for someone who likes Gabriella to also like names like Isabelle and Danielle, I wouldn't use them together. I'd get confused -- is it Gabriella and Danielle, or Gabrielle and Daniella? (Making them both -e or -a wouldn't help, because then they'd be much too matchy.)

I'm surprised that people consider Joanna dated. I only know one, my second cousin, a couple of years older than me -- born, raised, and living in New Zealand, which is quite literally the other side of the globe from here. It's a lovely name, and it matches Gabriella without being matchy, if you know what I mean. (It's funny: I feel completely differently about Joanne -- now, that _is_ a dated name, firmly in mom- and grandma-name territory, and the fabric store chain doesn't help its image.)

Evangeline is OK, but not among my personal favorites -- principally because I can never remember whether it's supposed to be said as -leen or as -line. (I know one of them is standard, I just can't ever remember which one.)