Sister for Cecily and Lilah

Baby namers, I'd love some help!  Our third girl is due in three weeks and I'm beyond ready to decide on her name.  Big sisters are Cecily and Lilah.  We love traditional, girly names that aren't super common and that have more than one syllable.  Our last name is one syllable and pronounced like the first half of the name Charlotte.  I've always loved Corinne but can't seem to convince my husband that it's right for us so I think that one is out (but i'm having a difficult time letting go ;).  We both love Clara but I feel like it sounds like one run-on name when said with our last name.  So, first question, how does Clara $char sound to your ear?  We also both like Emilia and Vivian.  If we can't get comfortable with Clara, I think we're leaning towards Emilia, despite some concerns over pronunciation and the rising popularity of Amelia.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on these names for us.  We're also open to other suggestions!  

Thank you!!!


April 26, 2012 1:16 PM

I think you're right that Clara doesn't work with your surname... too much ar sound to my ears.  Emilia is wonderful though, I think it's a great fit with your other girls.  Amelia certainly is getting popular, but if you don't find another you love I'd still go for it!  I've never been a big fan of Vivian, just doesn't roll off my tongue very well.  A couple names that come to mind: Evelyn, Azalea, Adrianna, Gabriella, Clarissa, Frances, Althea, Alice, Alicia, Maura...

April 26, 2012 2:04 PM

Clara $char sounds fine to me.  I'm saying them to sound like "Air" and "Are" so they aren't similiar to my ear at all.  I love the name Clara and think Cecily, Lilah & Clara are lovely together.  Between Vivian & Emilia, I prefer Vivian.  I've always liked the name Vivian and the confusion between Emilia & Amelia would bother me.  In addition, there are tons of "Em" names around me (Emma, Emily, Emme, Emberly, etc. plus variant spellings) so it sounds oversaturated to me.  That might not be the case in your area though.

Some other suggestions-Willa, Rose, Molly, Violet, and Audrey.


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April 26, 2012 4:26 PM

I think Clara sounds fine with your last name. I am going on the assumption that you are pronouncing Clara as Clahra and your last name to rhyme with are.

 I like Emilia and Vivian, Vivian maybe a bit more if I had to choose.

April 26, 2012 4:47 PM

I do love Clara.  I pronounce it Clare-a.  I think I'm bothered by the -ara ending followed by the -ar ending in our last name.  

I like Vivian and briefly considered it when we ere choosing Lilah's name.  However, my Mom's best friend is Vivian so I can't help but associate that name with a woman "of a certain age."  Emilia is pretty and lends itself to some cute nn when she's younger.

Thanks so much for your input.  Keep it coming!

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 6:41 PM

I also think Clara sounds fine with your last name.  I like Vivian a lot, and wouldn't really know how to pronounce Emilia other than Amelia; but I'm not nearly as well-versed in names as other posters.  Other suggestions: Amelie or Emily ( I know this name ranks high but honestly there is not one among all my daughters kindergarten classmates, dance classes, and other extracurriculars so I'm not sure where the little Emilys are).

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 10:00 PM

Emilys, both little and big, seem to be everywhere to me. I like Emilia much better with Lilah and Cecily.

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 11:59 PM

My husband keeps bringing Emily up, as he loves it.  It is a great name.  I'm just not comfortable choosing such a commonly used name.  However, I don't know even one little Emily and just one Emma.  I guess it depends entirely on where you live.

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 7:05 PM

With Cecily and Lilah i would name a sister:













Camilla/Camille nn Millie







I think you are on the right track with Clara and Emilia. I love the tie they would share all having a strong "L" sound in their name. I would continue with this (which turns you away from Vivian)

Hope this helps!

xo Viv

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 11:55 PM

Actually, I hadn't connected the strong L sound in the girls names.  I do like how they share that tie.  I appreciate your suggestions, several of which we've discussed.  In particular, I have Eloise, Elsa, Camilla and Adelaide on my list but wasn't able to pursue my husband that they are as lovely and charming.  Again, each with a strong L.  I still think Vivian sounds the best with our last name, though  And I love the nn Viv!

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 8:18 PM

I'm not normally a huge Vivian fan (for some reason I just don't love V names), but Vivian strikes me as far and away the best match with Cecily and Lilah, and far and away the best compliment to your last name.

I adore the name Clara, but I don't think it's quite as nice with your ln, and it has a bit more of a storybook charm and sweetness than your other girls' names which are girlish but also have a very feminine glam (at least for me).

Emilia just doesn't seem right to me at all, though if you love it, use it! That is the most important thing, of course!


Georgia (Too popular?)


Annabelle (If that's too popular for you, there is an old name-Araminta-in our family tree).



By Guest (not verified)
April 27, 2012 12:09 AM

I agree that Vivian does sound the best with our last name.  Emilia is pretty and is just different to me than Amelia.  I believe it's heavily used in the UK but not as common in the US.  I'm a tiny bit concerned about confusion over pronunciation.  I think Clara is a great name and is ok but not a great fit with our last name.

Thanks so much for your input!  

I'm not one who discusses our name choices with family and friends.  But I'm really in need of a sounding board this time and am so appreciative of this new forum!

By Guest (not verified)
April 27, 2012 12:01 AM

Congratulations! Also I must say I love all the names you mention. Cecily is one of my top names at the moment! I think all of your suggestions are lovely and any would be perfect for your little girl. My favourite is Vivian, I think, but Emilia is lovely too. I understand your concern with Clara, maybe you could try one of it's variants, like Clarissa or Clarice. You could also try to find a form of Corinne that you and your husband both love, something like Korina, Corianne, Coral, Coralie, Coretta, Cora or Corinna, maybe. I agree with previous posters that Matilda, Eloise, Elodie, April, Aurelia, Violet, Mabel and Elsa are all great names that seem to fit the bill.
Other suggestions include Genevieve, Geneva, Clementine, Eliza, Emmeline, Juliet, Rosalie, Edith, Lucienne, Beatrice, Marion, Marianna, Theresa, Avery, Annalise, Elspeth, Camille, Viola, Adeline, Adelia, Josephine, Evangeline, Daphne, Calista, Laurel, Elise, Ariana, Sadie, Hazel, Eliana, Bryony, Columbine, Iris, Marigold and Ivy.
Good luck! 

By Guest (not verified)
April 27, 2012 12:21 AM

Wow, what a great list of names and suggestions!  Several of which my husband and I have discussed.  It is quite a process getting two to agree on one name but I always end up feeling like we eventually arrive at a good place.  Of your suggestions, I love Corinna, Eliza (but too similar to Lilah?), Annalise, Camille, Laurel, and Daphne (which I think is a wonderful, hidden gem but doesn't do it for my husband).  

I do love Cecily, too :)  I love that she's the only one (seemingly) and it fits her personality perfectly!

April 27, 2012 12:07 AM

I like Vivian and Emilia (Em-uh-lee-ah?). I agree that Clara is too much ar/air regardless of how you pronounce it. Emilia fitting into the Em-names wouldn't bother me. The first name I thought of was Devyn though the style is different from your other two. I do like the L connection so maybe something like Sylvia, Valerie, Olivia, Talia, Hillary, Jillian, Penelope, Opal, Violet, or Evelyn. I know those are all over the place but they all have L sounds in them so take a look. 

By Guest (not verified)
April 27, 2012 12:16 AM

Thank you for your thoughts!  I love Talia and had it on my list initially but decided it's too similar in sound to Lilah.  As for Emilia, I'm pretty sure we'd pronounced it Eh-mee-lee-a. 

April 27, 2012 3:08 PM

I love Cecily and Lilah as a sibset.  Both are extremely feminine, yet not too frilly and so pretty together!  Clara is also beautiful, but I agree that it doesn't flow as nicely with your LN.  Out of the other names on your list, my vote is for Vivian.  It sounds lovely with Cecily and Lilah (and Viv is adorable). My suggestion: Phoebe.  Good luck!

April 27, 2012 3:50 PM

Cecily and Lilah are lovely names!  I especially love Cecily for the dreamy young girl in the Importance of Beng Earnest.  The band Oasis sings a very catchy song called "Lyla" that plays in my head every time I hear the name (regardless of spelling).  I like choices Emilia and Vivian but here are some suggestions to help your name planning:


April 27, 2012 6:39 PM

Don't know if this will help, or not. When I saw Cecily & Lilah, I immediately thought of Victoria and that was before I even saw another V name was on your shortlist.

I know a sibset Victoria & Juliet which reminds me of your style. Juliet would work nicely for you too.

I also know sisters called Cecily & Andrea (ANN-dree-uh) - late 30's in age.

I sympathise with you. We have three girls and finding that perfect third name to fit with the first two was super-hard - especially when hubby doesn't like 95% of my suggestions!

By Guest (not verified)
May 15, 2012 12:10 AM

Hello again, I've been pondering all the helpful feedback.  You each were so thoughtful, thank you!  We're trying to work our way closer to a decision as this little one is due very soon.  We're taking Clara and Corinne out of the running.  I thought the point that Lilah may feel left out as the only girl without a "C" name is an interesting one, especially since my name also begins with a "C."  Don't want her to feel like the odd girl out.  So in addition to Vivian and Emilia, we're also considering Georgia.  To me, it's strong and feminine, has no spelling or pronunciation issues, and is classic but somewhat uncommon (plus it has a strong repeating consonant, which several of you pointed out about our girls).

Any reactions to Georgia and how it fits with Cecily and Lilah?    

May 15, 2012 12:26 AM

Georgia is just lovely and works really well wth the other names. I also think Vivian works exceptionally well. They both seem to go with your surname too.  So I think either of those is a winner.

Emilia I don't mind but it has some pronunciation issues, it will get mixed up with Amelia, Emily etc. Not a deal breaker but Georgia and Vivian just seem to work so much better.

If I had to pick between them I'd probably say Georgia but only by a whisker.

May 15, 2012 12:39 AM

Georgia is by far my favourite of the names suggested. I like Emilia a lot, too, but as mentioned above, it's much more similar to other names that are currently popular. Chances are, Emilia would become one of the "Em"s, blending in with the Emilys, Emmas, Emersons, et al.

I think that Georgia goes very nicely with Cecily and Lilah. I can't quite figure out how to put it into words, but they all give me a feeling of cozy hominess. They feel sweetly feminine without being exceedingly girly. Emilia gives me a similar feel, but Georgia is just doing it for me. And an interesting but semi-irrelevant fact is that, in 2011, Georgia was #305 and Lilah was #306, meaning that those two are currently at approximately the same popularity level.

May 15, 2012 5:09 PM

I agree, it is an interesting bit of data!  I told my husband it's a sign that Georgia and Lilah are meant to be sisters ;)

May 15, 2012 11:59 AM

I like all the George variants, so Georgia works for me, especially with Cecily (which I'm amazed to see is not in the top 1000 for 2011!; Cecilia is 241st). There are creative spelling possibilities, though: Jorja Fox (Sarah on "CSI") comes immediately to mind. Just thought you should know...

If I only heard the name Vivian, I'd want to spell it Vivienne, and Emilia is essentially a Latinized version of ultra-popular Emily (Emilia is to Emily as Cecilia is to Cecily), so it sounds kinda tired to me.

I also like Georgina and especially Georgiana (because of the Austen character); I can't ever use them, because our surname has a version of "George" in it, so I take every opportunity to suggest them to others. There's also Georgette, but that sounds too much like a fabric to me.

May 15, 2012 2:39 PM

LOVE Georgia, and I agree with all points made in its favor, and I echo the sentiments against using Emilia.

I would go with Vivian only if the endings of Lilah and Georgia seem too matchy to you, but to me it's not so big a deal. Gigi is also an adorabe nn, should you use it.

May 15, 2012 5:12 PM

I agree, I love Georgia and the nickname Gigi is great.  I think hubby is having a difficult time separating the name from the state, but I hope he's able to work his way to a comfortable place with the name.

By Guest (not verified)
May 15, 2012 10:17 PM

If you decide to go with Vivian, with your other girls' names, I like the spelling of Vivienne.

May 15, 2012 10:54 PM

I do think that spelling looks very pretty.  But is the pronunciation of Vivienne different than Vivian?  Also, any suggestions on a middle name for Georgia?  We have a family name that I think works fine with Vivian but I can't come up with one for Georgia that flows well into our surname.

May 15, 2012 11:47 PM

Georgia Vivian $char :D

And how cool is the middle initial V.? (Unless you're planning to have a fourth and want to save Vivian in case it's a girl.)

May 16, 2012 10:44 AM

I think Clara sounds fine with Schar, but I think Emilia Schar is gorgeous.  That is definitely my preferred spelling of the name.

May 17, 2012 6:45 PM

This may seem crazy to you but visually I don't care for Georgia as much as I do Vivian or Emilia, especially with your other two.

Lilah, Cecily, and E; Lilah, Cecily and V; Lilah, Cecily and G (I took the whole name out for privacy)

I vote for Vivan. If you do use Georgia though you could use Corinne in the mn spot and then its a win-win. I also like Georgia Irene; Georgia Edith; or Georgia Pearl.