Sister for Simon and Andrew

We’re expecting our first girl, which great because we were totally out of boy names we agreed on!

We have a very clear style of girl name we both like that includes Lily, Hazel, and Violet.

I also love the name Iris, probably most of all, but our last name is Scott, so I worry Iris Scott bleeds together  and sounds like Ira Scott. What do you think?

I would also consider Iris in the middle name position, but we‘re having trouble finding first names that go with it. 

Other middle name possibilities are Beatrix and June. I feel bad though because big brothers Simon and Andrew have middle names related to my own name, but I can’t find a good match for this little girl. 

Any advice would be appreciated!


December 9, 2017 8:30 AM

What is your name and middle name
I like hazel and lily then beatrix
Druscilla,Imogen,Monique monika

December 10, 2017 3:04 PM

I really like Iris the best of our list, and I don't think it sounds bad with Scott at all. However, I like Hazel and Violet, as well! Lily is a beautiful name but SO overdone in my area that it has ruined it for me TBH. I think Iris June is my favorite of the options/combinations here, but I also like June with both Hazel and Violet. Beatrix doesn't quite flow as well with these names for me and isn't necessarily my own personal taste, but it isn't a bad option, either. 

December 10, 2017 3:27 PM

I like Iris but it does bleed together a bit too much with Scott for me. I don't think it's really bad though so I think it's one of those things where you just have to decide if it bothers you too much.

I love both Violet and Hazel though so I think those are great choices. Lily is pretty but feels a little more over-done and also I find it a bit too gentle feeling for my taste (it probably doesn't help that I don't actually like lily flowers); Violet and Hazel (and Iris) have a bit more of a spunky/sturdy/adventurous feel to me along with the pretty-botanical vibe. 

If you can let us know your name we could try and come up with middle suggestions that link to it. Or perhaps you could try and relate the middle to your partner's name this time as the boys both join to yours? That could give a nice symmetry. 

December 10, 2017 11:48 PM

I do think Iris Scott sounds like Ira Scott. ;)


Lily Iris Scott works, but Lily Beatrix Scott flows better in my opinion.


Hazel Iris Scott also works, but then you get the initials HIS. I prefer Hazel June.


Violet Iris just clashes, so I'd use Violet Beatrix.


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December 14, 2017 11:36 AM

Thanks everyone. My name is Katherine. My sons have variations of my middle and maiden names, so I’d rather not use those. I do like the idea of using my husband‘s name, but his name doesn’t lend itself to “cool” middle names like my sons have. I’d rather not post his full name. 

i think I’ll let go of Iris as a first name, but maybe still as a middle. 

Other names we like (but maybe not as much) are Juliet, Scarlet, Autumn, and Ember.

December 14, 2017 11:45 AM

What about something close to Iris in sound but with a different ending? Irie, Irena, Eileen, Isla?

December 14, 2017 12:13 PM

I do hear the blending to some extent, but it sounds much more like Iris Kott than Ira Scott, because for me the second vowel in Iris is a fairly clear "ih" rather than an unstressed schwa as in Ira. I don't know if that makes any difference to you, but for me neither would be a deal-breaker. She can always introduce herself as Iris Q. Scott (or whatever) if it bothers her later on—or change her last name to Kott ;-).

For the middle name, perhaps a name that starts with the same initial as Dad's first or middle name, or one with a similar derivation? For example, if his first name were Nathan its etymological origin is the phrase "he gave", so you might use a name with "gift" or "giving" somewhere in its etymology, like Eudora or Sunniva or Charity.

December 14, 2017 12:29 PM

I think Ruby June Scott sounds lovely and very elegant!

December 14, 2017 4:06 PM

There is some run-on between Iris and Scott, but I don't think it's a big deal if it's your favourite name. Ira is not a particularly common name, so I don't see why people should default to Ira Scott over Iris Scott, and most times your daughter will be introducing herself (or at least be present), at which point it will likely be obvious she's a girl/woman and that her name is probably Iris.

No name is totally foolproof...someone will find a way to mangle anything!

By mk
December 14, 2017 4:51 PM

No, I don't think it really does that; Ira and Iris have different vowel sounds.

Most of the time, we don't go around introducing ourselves with our full name (at least I don't, but my last name is long). If it bothers her/you, then saying Iris June Scott will make it obvious.

I think you should stick with the name you love most.

December 14, 2017 5:26 PM

I think the double up of the S sound could be a problem.  I'd use it as a middle

Maybe you could also find a name with the same meaning as your husbands

what about Caitlyn, Candace  as a first name or mn  or Kaleigh, Kate, Kaye, Kayla, Katarina, Katrina, Katrine, Karin - all have the same meaning

other names

Clare Eliza Louisa Phoebe  Rose Zara Caroline Emma Emily Eve Hannah Eva  Charlotte Isabelle Isabella Rebekah Natalie Bethany Chloe Genevieve Esther Grace Laura Leah Olivia