Sibling for Abigail Marie

We had an easy time choosing our baby names the first go around
Baby was going to be Samuel John if a boy and ended up being a girl named Abigail Marie nn Abbey. My good friend hass a Sam now so we are looking for a new boy and girl name before baby's birth in November.

Current contenders:
Phillip John Poler
Eleanore Julia (nn Nora) Poler

Love Nora and Julie is baby's great grandmother's name.

Like Phillip but not positive bc I really am not a Phil fan (or definitely not Lip for those Shameless fans).

So...what are gut reactions to these names?


July 21, 2013 9:36 PM

I love both your options!

Eleanore Julia nn Nora is very pretty, I love every aspect of it!

Phillip John is a very handsome combo. I too love Philip but had a hard time convincing my husband of it for a first name because of the nn issue. We don't care for Phil and I'd never heard of Lip til now! I used to work with a Philip nn Flip, that's kind of cute. Pip is adorable for a little boy, and I actually don't mind Philly. But, I know a little Philip who's two, and he's only every Philip -- it's a great name! (We ended up using it as a middle name for one of our boys.)

I think both names are a great fit with Abigail Marie nn Abbey for a big sister.

July 22, 2013 12:00 AM

Gut reaction? Swoon!

There was a Phillip in my grade in elementary school (70s/80s); as I recall, he only ever went by Phillip. The previous poster has already suggested Flip, which I think is fun. The other option is a non-name-related nickname, like Buddy or Chip. You could also use PJ, although I imagine it might get a bit confusing at bedtime... I wouldn't worry overmuch about the nickname, though: Phillip is plenty short enough to use every day, and other endearments will evolve organically.

I love every part of Eleanore Julia, nn Nora. Classic, beautiful names all. I especially love Abigail and Eleanor / Abby and Nora together, although I can't articulate why they fit each other so well for me. And of course I like Julia -- it's my name, and my mother's, and her mother's...

July 22, 2013 1:56 AM

Those are great names, although, I would hesitate with the initials PP...

I have several friends in my age group named Philip/Phillip. Several go by the full name, a couple Phils, a Flip, and a Pip, which I personally find adorable plus the literary reference is a bonus to me.

July 22, 2013 3:44 PM

What great names!

I love Eleanore Julia & I think Nora & Abbey are nice together.

I also really like Phillip John and think it's a great match for Abigail Marie.  I think Pip would be an adorable nickname for Phillip.  PJ could also work for Phillip John.  FWIW, I know a Phillip who is only ever called Phillip, so I think it would be fine not to use a nickname.

By mk
July 22, 2013 4:18 PM

Eleanore Julia is very pretty. I know sisters named Abigail and Eleanor. Philip is nice and I don't see any need for a nickname.

July 22, 2013 5:14 PM

We must be similar thinkers because I love the name Eleanor and it's my top choice for a girl (though I think my DH would veto it). Philip is one of our top boys names - my grandfather was Philip and a very well loved man. We would also use the whole name "Philip". My husband is a "Robert", no nn, so I'm not too worried about avoiding Phil. He said, "If you tell people it's ___, they get it. When they say, what do you go by, you just say ___".

I'm a little nervous with the new royal baby being a boy - Philip is a royal name, for sure. I don't mind explaining it was my grandfather's name, but I'd hate for it become wildly popular. 

July 22, 2013 6:49 PM

My guess is that if W&K use Phlip (which they may well do), it will be buried in the middle and not used as either the first or regnal name (the first, regnal, and call names can and do differ in that family).  I say that because in English history Philip (of Spain) was a prominent enemy.  Also the newly elevated King of Belgium is Philippe, and the crown prince of Spain (who may take the throne soon since his father Juan Carlos is under some pressure to abdicate) is Felipe.  So Philip is rather trendy in current royal circles :-).

When I saw that the much anticipated princeling had arrived, I got the giggles thinking that we would see someone with the screen name Duchess asking desperately from the hospital for advice:

Need 4-8 names with positive connections to English history, no need to worry about flow with surname or sibling names....

July 22, 2013 7:21 PM

Haha!!! That would be so funny!

July 25, 2013 12:57 PM

Ha!  "DH wants to use family names from his side.  They're quite traditional..."

July 22, 2013 6:54 PM

Those are great combos! You should consider using Pip or Pippo as nicknames for Phillip!

July 24, 2013 4:52 PM

My gut reaction to BOTH of your names is that they're GORGEOUS. I also think both work fantastically with your daughter's name! 

In terms of a nickname for Philip? I think that they name is short enough that it doesn't REQUIRE a nickname, but I think that it has a TON of options - all of them have been suggested already - Phil, Philly, Flip, PJ & (my favorite) Pip. I think that with so many options, you can try one and see if it sticks. I absolutely love names that allow for a lot of nickname options because if YOU like Pip and he decides in middle school that he doesn't like it, he has a ton of other options. I think both of your girl names offer that as well.

I really wouldn't worry too much about a nickname. Either you'll find one that just works for him or you won't use one and he'll always have the option to pick one when he's a little older.

July 26, 2013 3:46 PM

I adore Phillip John Poler. I think it is classic, handsome, and distinguished. 


I really like Eleanore. Is it pronounced Eleanor or Eleanora? I would prefer it without the E if it IS supposed to be Eleanor. A lot of people might mispronounce it. 

Nora is gorgeous, and I love Eleanor.  Eleanor Julia Poler is great!


October 25, 2014 5:37 PM

As a very late update, baby was a girl and we love our Eleanor Julia!