Please vote! I am 8 days away! Thank you!

My husband and I are really struggling, but have it narrowed down to two first names.  Please help!!!! :)  Last name is Kelly.



Middle names could be:  Jane, Rose, Juliette

We also thought it might be nice to actually call her Elora Jane or Elora Rose or something.  Opinions on compound names......





Middle names could be:  Juliette, Gabrielle, Annelise, Elodie




July 5, 2015 2:30 AM

Name Votes: Elora Jane or Laurel Annelise

There is lots of disagreement over where Elora came from or what it means, but it is definitely a touristy village in southwestern Ontario, so it's a place name for me.

I nix Elora Rose and Laurel Elodie because the first names end in sounds too close to the first syllables of the middle name. They're tongue twistering for me. But everyone will tell you that middle names are used so rarely that you should use the name you love and/or has deep personal/family meaning. 

BUT you are considering a compound name, so maybe it matters more than is typical. I have nothing against compound names, and considered making my DD's name a compound one so as to pretend like she ~only has three middle names instead of four, by making the principal middle name a part of her first name. It made sense to me also because I was calling her "Firstname-FirstMiddleName" in my head during the pregnancy. I ditched that idea because she already had a compound surname, and two hyphens felt like a lot. ;-) As it turns out, pregnancy is not real life. I'm glad I did not go compound, as I call her only by her first name 99% of the time. If she'd had a compound name, I'd feel like I was calling her by a nickname. But your experience could easily be different. Think of the name you'll say a hundred times a day, the one you'll insert into songs, yell across a playground. What's most comfortable?

July 5, 2015 9:12 AM

Thank you so much for your well thought out response.  I really appreciate the time you took to help!  


Also I wanted to add that my other daughter is named Lisette.  So that is a consideration too.  Maybe Laurel sounds better or is it too similar???

July 5, 2015 5:17 PM

While Lisette is most commonly thought of as a diminutive for Elizabeth, it is also coincidentally derived from the word for the yellow iris (sometimes the golden lily).  Cf. with fleur de lys.  So Lisette and Laurel would have a subtle botanical connection for whatever that's worth.

By Fly
July 5, 2015 4:55 AM

Is Jane an honour name?  Jane and Rose as middle names feel like filler to me.  Elora Jane has a better flow than Elora Juliette though.  And I like Rose best (I just have a thing for the name Rose), but Elora Rose is too many R sounds.

So Elora Jane.

But I think you should have an alternate when you go to hospital. and for that I like Laurel Juliette or Laurel Annelise.

July 5, 2015 8:47 AM

I feel the same way about Jane, it's not my favorite name at all, but i feel if I do a compound name, nothing else sounds right!  

Does elora sound ok on its own?  


By Fly
July 5, 2015 9:45 AM

I was imagining Elora on its own, with Jane as a middle name. Elora is pretty on its own, it doesn't need anything else.

Elora definitely feels like a sister, for Lisette, more so than Laurel. Lisette and Elora are sort of 'jazzed up' versions of Elizabeth and Laura (or Eleonora) respectively, but they're not too out there and they're still fresh and pretty. They give a similar vibe but are still distinct from one another.

I would avoid Laurel, in light of Lisette already having that initial... I think same initials between siblings automatically associates with the Duggars these days, for me at least.

July 5, 2015 9:49 AM

With Elora, I like the middle name Jane best.

With Laurel, I like Elodie.

Laurel is more my style, but they're both lovely. I really don't think you can go wrong here.

July 5, 2015 2:18 PM

Two gorgeous options for names! 

Laurel and Lisette is a very sweet pairing for sisters. Laurel Kelly has a lot of L's in there. I think this would be a really good instance for using a compound name. Laurel Jane Kelly (and actually calling her Laurel Jane) is my favorite. I get tripped up a little bit with the more flowing middle names with all the Ls. 

Elora and Lisette has a more glamorous (almost fairytale) feeling to me. I really like compound names when it's just a combination of the first and middle name, not a whole bunch of middle names. So, Elora Jane or Elora Rose would be great. (i'd lean toward Jane.) Elora stands on it's own nicely, though. 

If you like them equally, choose the name officially once you've met her. Or let Lisette decide--it's very special for the big sister to choose the name of the baby (especially now that you're letting her choose between two names you love, and you don't have to explain to her why her little sister will not be named Big Bird.)

July 5, 2015 3:25 PM

Thank you!

July 5, 2015 3:09 PM

I like Elora the best.

July 5, 2015 4:47 PM

I prefer Laurel, and love Laurel Annaliese and Laurel Juliette. I would avoid using Annaliese with a sister Lisette because the share the "lis" syllable. To me, they both have parts of the name Lisa in them.  Laurel Juliette gives each daughter a unique name. I guess you'll need to decide how you feel about sisters sharing the initial letter "L", especially what it would be mean for baby #3.

July 5, 2015 4:47 PM

I prefer Laurel, it was a name on my long list when I was pregnant with my first (a boy).

For a middle, I like either Juliette or Gabrielle the best with Laurel.

Since you've got it narrowed down to 2, I also think it would be prefectly acceptable to take them both to the hospital and see if one "fits" her better.  There's no rule that says you have to have a name picked out before baby arrives.

July 5, 2015 6:51 PM

I vote for Elora, such a lovely name which pairs nicely with Lisette. Both fresh sounding, feminine names.

While I do like the sound of Elora Jane, for me some of the beauty of Elora is taken away if you use it as a compound. Have you considered any honour names for the middle spot? 

I do like Laurel but with your surname I find that too many l's.

July 6, 2015 12:10 AM

What honour names would you suggest?  Thanks!

By Fly
July 6, 2015 12:28 AM

Honour names are usually after family and friends, or perhaps other people that you admire in the community.  The thing about these is that they mean something to you, so have a look at your parents and grandparents names, the names of your SO's family, historical and literary figures and see if anything appeals.


July 6, 2015 5:06 AM

Thanks Fly, that is what I was indicating. It could also be a special place, circumstance or culture that you want to include.

If however, you are not interested in an honour name (nothing wrong with that!), I second the choice of jade mentioned above. Some other possibilities: elora Sophia, elora Frances, elora vivien

By rooo
July 6, 2015 2:25 AM

Both names are beautiful. Maybe it will be easier to choose once you decide on a middle name combo for each?

I actually like Jane best with both names because of the simplicity. Elora Jane. Laurel Jane.

The middles you have for Laurel have too many Ls and my tongue gets twisted saying the whole name. Though I do Elora Gabrielle works if you only call her by her first.

If Jane is too plain for your taste, what about Jade? Elora Jade. Laurel Jade.

A few other 1 syllable middle options: Mae/May, Kate, Anne, Beth, Faith, Joyce, Ruth, Grace, Skye (I'd avoid w/ Laurel)

July 6, 2015 8:27 PM

My vote is Laurel Juliette!