Sibling for Catherine Maeve

Trying to see what people think of our top picks for boy and girl names for number 2- 

Boy: Eamon James

Girl: Emmeline Clare or Emmeline Reese (nn Emme)

I'm concerned about pronounciation of both, we would pronounce ay-mon and Emma-lyn.

Our dd is Catherine Maeve called Kate or Kate Maeve, we love irish/Gaelic names but our last name is long/difficult (Italian sounding) so we don't want to burden the child with something too cumbersome. 

Comments or other suggestions welcome! 



April 17, 2014 9:13 AM

Love Eamon James and Emmeline Clare. Unfortunately I pronounce both differently from you (ee-mon and emma-line). But that could just be me. But, don't let that deter you. People manage to mispronounce my (read: very common) name over and over. People will mess up just about anything, so don't let that be a dealbreaker. Most people hear it before they see it. :)

April 17, 2014 11:51 AM

I think you will probably have pronunciation issues with both names.  It's just a matter of deciding how much that will bother you.  Emmeline might have fewer issues since you have Emme standing by as a nickname.  

Do you plan on having more kids?  If so, you might want to consider which of the names you like better.  For me, Eamon & Emmeline are too close to use for siblings.  If you use one now, would you regret not being able to use the other later?

Of your girl options, I prefer Emmeline Clare. It better fits with the feminine/classic feel of Catherine Maeve.  I think Reese feels a little too modern/surname/unisex. 

May 8, 2014 10:33 AM

I've always pronounced Emmeline like Evelyn with an M. 

Always thought Eamon was ee-mon until I actually met someone with the name. Only made me like it more!

May 24, 2014 9:33 PM

Thanks so much for your input.  It is a girl!  We are now trying to decide between Emmeline Clare and Caroline Quinn.  We love Caroline and it would avoid the Emmeline mispronounciation dillema, however, is it too close to Catherine?  We might call her Quinn as nn.  Thanks again!

May 25, 2014 12:18 AM

I know a Carolyn (care-o-lynn) who also answers to Caroline (care-o-line) because people just can't keep those two names straight. (I'm one of them, although I think I finally have her name sorted. I think.)

Caroline and Catherine are borderline too similar for me: they're classic enough that I would be able to remember them, but I'd likely have trouble keeping track of which name goes with which child. This is mostly due to the shared initial: if the question was about Caroline and Katherine, I'd be less hesitant. However, there is one issue that a different initial wouldn't solve: both names end in -ine, but they're pronounced differently. I can't decide whether this would be hopelessly confusing or a helpful mnemonic.

Come to think of it, Emmeline and Catherine also share the -ine ending, but I don't remember which pronunciation of Emmeline you want...

May 24, 2014 11:31 PM

I do think that Catherine and Caroline are too similar.  I suppose you could pull it off if you're ALWAYS using "Kate" and "Quinn," but really it would be confusing.  I also think you may get the same pronounciation issues with Caroline that you're trying to avoid (Carol-lyn?  Carol-LINE?  I've heard both).

I would stick with either Emmeline or Emmalyn.  And Emme is a lovely nickname.  Congrats!

May 25, 2014 8:18 AM

Thank you so much- you really confirmed what I was thinking- and I didn't even consider that people would probably pronounce caroline different ways as well.  I really appreciate the input! 

May 29, 2014 5:45 PM

Ok so we are almost 100% on emmeline but are still trying to decide on middles, we would love it to be Irish/Gaelic and preferably 1 syllable, 2 max.  Emmeline Clare and Emmeline Shea are top contenders.  I like that Shea sounds more overtly Irish (like Maeve) whereas Clare sounds French like Emmeline when pronounced. Would love opinions, thanks!!

May 29, 2014 8:11 PM

Ciara, Bridget, Siobhan, Sorcha, Maire/Moira/Maura, Naomh, Nessa, Oona, Orlagh, Roisin, Quinn, Rowan, Shelagh, Sinead. Don't know how much you would be up for dealing with Irish spellings that are non-intuitive for English speakers, but most of the Irish spellings have Anglicized alternatives.

By kbot
June 18, 2014 3:07 PM

I like Emmeline Clare better than Emmeline Shea. Even if it doesn't sound Irish, it has the same sweet girly sound that Maeve does. Shea sounds more unisex to me (I'm not sure if it usually is, but I went to school with a male Shea, so that's always what I think of when I hear that name).

July 12, 2014 5:49 PM

What about Emmeline Quinn?