Sibsets

Im expecting my second baby girl in july my first daughter's name is Cora. The name we are thinking of using for my second daughter is Felicity but for some reason ive been second guessing whether i really like the way they sound together and how long Felicity is compared to Cora. So one of the names that me and my husband crossed off our list even though we both love the name is Thea we thought it was too matchy and rhymy as a sibset or they dont really fit together. This is most likely our last child so its hard to find the perfect name for me i guess there is so many great names. So my question i guess is which name do you like better with Cora are they really issues or am i just being a crazy over thinking hormonal pregnant lady. Thanks for all opinions and help. Sorry for the long post.

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June 18, 2015 11:53 AM

I actually really like both of those names, and I think they would both go well with Cora.

Something you might want to think about is Felicity getting shortened. Do you like any of the nicknames with Cora?

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June 18, 2015 12:08 PM

Both my husband and i arent big on nicknames which is why we picked Cora in the first place. My husband picked Felicity because its beautiful and uncommon but we dont like the nicknames for the name.

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June 18, 2015 12:32 PM

I know a sibset with a Cora and a Vera, and I have trouble keeping straight which is which because they are matchy.  However, I don't think Thea is matchy with Cora at all.  I think they fit fine together.  From experience, different numbers of letters and syllables is a non-issue for siblings.  My sister and I have names similar to Felicity and Cora (length-wise and also with unmatched endings and beginnings), and it never caused friction between us (though plenty of other things did). 

I recently added Phyllis to my list, and then added Felicity as well because they are both so similar and both so lovely.  Perhaps you'd like Felicia (feh-LEE-sha) as well, as it sounds like Felicity but is slightly shorter.  Or Alicia or Elise.  I don't think Felicity will need to go by a nickname, after all, many Elizabeths go by their full name.

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By mk
June 18, 2015 2:37 PM

I personally like Felicity more than Thea. I don't think sibling names have to be the same length; I know plenty of siblings with long and short names. So I think you should choose the one you like best.

 

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June 19, 2015 12:49 AM

Growing up, I was friends with sisters named Veronika and Edith. It's only now, looking back, that I notice the difference in length and style -- back then, those were their names, and that was all.

I think Felicity goes nicely with Cora: they're both well-known but not-overused names, with a single common spelling and pronunciation, feminine but not frilly. Thea is a slightly different style, with multiple common pronunciations (THEE-uh, TAY-uh) and a more nickname-y feel, but the shared length and ending sound make it also work as a sister to Cora.

I can manage to confuse names that have no sounds in common, but I don't think the shared ending is enough to categorize Cora and Thea as "too matchy" -- they barely even qualify as rhyming, because the final vowel is unstressed, and that's their only shared sound, in either pronunciation of Thea. Plus, there are so many feminine names ending in -a that it's basically neutral or invisible when judging similarity.