Sister name for Daphne

Hi everyone!  I looove chatting about baby names and really like this site, so I was very excited to see these boards go up!

I have a DD and a baby on the way, due October.  So I have quite a bit of time, but I'd love to get this settled and out of the way.  For my first child, we had one girl name and one boy name picked out at 6 months preggo and we only had to think about middle names after that - much less stressful than first names!

Our names were:


Daphne Cecelia (it was a girl!)


Leo Sebastian


Neither have any family name connections, we just liked them.  For this next baby, if it's a boy I will happily use Leo (not totally sold on the middle name anymore though), but for a girl I need some ideas!

I like the idea of classic, kind of old-fashioned/vintage names that are NOT popular.  Names like Olivia, Sophia, etc. would go perfectly with Daphne, but I just can't do it because they are too high on the popularity list.

So far we have ideas like:  Hazel, Cara, Cora, Elyse, Iris, Elsa, Evette, Mae, Isla...  I don't love any of them.  If I had to choose right now, I guess it would be Hazel.  I threw that out to my family this weekend and they actually all loved it, I was surprised!  But it was nice to find that out.  My husband likes it, so maybe it will grow on me?

Any suggestions for names would be greatly appreciated!  Must not start with D, prefer not to start with K or A.  And I don't want it to end in the same "ee" sound as Daphne.  Picky much?


Thanks all!



By Guest (not verified)
April 16, 2012 2:44 PM

A sister for Daphne....well, Velma would be out but otherwise I think Daphne is a pretty versatile name.  It could work with vintage, musty and even some more trendy names.  Of your list, my favorite is probably Hazel, I love the name and think it provides a nice sound balance to Daphne.  I also like the subtle nature theme.  Not too in your face and subtle enough that you wouldn't have to feel locked in if you have another child later.   Thinking along those lines, I'll also suggest Violet, Rose  and Linnea.  Some non-nature related names I like with Daphne would be Beatrice, Jocelyn and Sabrina.

April 18, 2012 4:59 PM

I love Violet, that used to be the name I was set on using... but then celebrities started using it and I've heard it pop up a suprising amount recently, it doesn't feel as unique as I thought it used to.  Rose is ok but I'm not a huge fan of Rosie.  Is Linnea pronounced "Lin-AY-ah"?  Might make a nice middle name.

Jocelyn is a bit off-limits as we had friends name their stillborn daughter this :(

April 26, 2012 11:30 AM

Somehow I missed this comment earlier! My sister's middle name is Linnea, and we pronounce it "Lin-AY-uh" as you do. I've heard of the name being pronounced "Lin-EE-uh" and "LIN-ee-uh" as well. It is a very popular name in several Scandinavian countries.

Linnea comes from the genus name for the twinflower, Linnaea, which was named after the great Swedish taxonomist Carl von Linne/Carolus Linnaeus, so it could serve both as a sweet flower name and a subtle scientific homage. Do a Google image search for twinflowers; they're really cute. Anyway, I love the name, and I think it makes a lovely match with Daphne: similarly gentle but sophisticated. (Incidentally, my name is L@urel, the tree that the nymph Daphne turns into in the Greek myth. My parents had a pair of framed paintings, one depicting mountain laurels and one of twinflowers, and my sister and I liked both having a flower association. If you do go with Linnea, it'd be fun to think of us having a pair of young name "almost-twins" out there.)

By Guest (not verified)
April 16, 2012 2:57 PM

Dahlia, Vivian, Eliza, Rosalind, Scarlett, Gemma, Vera, Lorelei.  I really like Hazel.  If only I could get my husband to agree...


Good luck with your search!


April 18, 2012 5:00 PM

Really like those names!  Yes, perhaps I should take advantage of my husband liking Hazel and just go for that :)

April 16, 2012 6:53 PM

I love the names you have so far!

Some suggestions--

Serena, Camille, Clara, Julia, Laura/Lauren, Charis/Carys, Melina, Elise

I second the suggestion of Linnea.

April 18, 2012 5:02 PM

Clara is such a good choice but for some reason I just don't like it!  In our town there was a Clara the Clown that would come to parties and I think that has forever creeped me out.

Love Laura and Elyse (prefer it with a y, I don't know why).  Laura is my sister's name though, otherwise I would use it in a heartbeat.  Friends just used Elise but they're not close friends... it's on the list.

By Guest (not verified)
April 16, 2012 10:30 PM

I second Jocelyn. I would never have thought of that myself but I think it goes fantastically with Daphne. I like Hazel (DD#2's middle name) but not sure that it goes as well with Daphne as some of the others. What about Heather?


Of course, if you like Hazel the best and so do the rest of your family - you could just go with it. Sometimes I think we obsess too much over perfect sibsets (myself very much included)!

April 19, 2012 2:55 PM

Congratulations! Before going on to the girl options, I'll just point out that Leo is becoming more popular - with the usual caveats of popularity isn't necessarily a bad thing, there are huge variations depending on one's geographic location and social circles, and many parents are much less fussed about avoiding popular names for sons than daughters ... (Also in general, L names, vowel names, and -o endings are hot at the moment.) This is not to dissuade you - I think it's a handsome choice and Leo Sebastian is a great combination - but if you do care about popularity, do a little research on this site's NameMapper and NameVoyager. 

Of your girl's list, I'm most drawn to Hazel, Cora, Elyse, Iris, Mae, and Isla for you. If you're thinking of more children, Elyse and Isla would probably rule out Leo due to similar sounds. To throw out a few more suggestions:

Ada, Agatha, Beatrice, Blythe, Camille, Carys, Cecilia, Celeste, Colette, Cordelia,

Edith, Eliza, Ethel, Fern, Fleur/Flora/Florence, Giselle, Gladys, Gwendolyn,

Harriet, Helen(a), Hilda, Honora, Inez, Imogen, Janice/Janis, Jessamyn, Jeanette, Joyce, Judith,

Lizette, Lorraine/Loretta, Lucille, Mabel, Maelle, Maeve, Marion, Matilda, Meryl, Myra,

Nadine, Nanette, Neve, Nora, Olive, Oona, Opal, Phaedra, Phyllis/Phyllida, Rhoda, Rosalind,

Simone, Sylvia, Theodora, Vera, Viola/Violet, Virginia, Willa/Wilhelmina, Ylva, Yvonne, Zora, Zelda

By Guest (not verified)
April 20, 2012 8:15 PM

kalmia, what a great reply - thank you!

I know, I have been seeing Leo pop up a lot recently on these boards and other baby-naming boards, plus in celebrity babies.  Strongly dislike that!!  I had never heard of anyone using it, it just randomly popped out of my husband's mouth when we were driving in the car... well, hm, I guess 2+ years ago!  We had it picked out before my daughter was even conceived.  But yes, I had read that "o"-ending names are becoming popular, and I had noticed more Milos, Theos, etc.  In 2009 it was #209 and in 2010 it was #193.  So it's climbing for sure, but I really hope it doesn't become what anyone would call "popular".  Hopefully never in the top 10?  I guess you never know :(

Those were great points about Elyse and Isla being close to Leo.  Isla doesn't seem as bad as Elyse.  A third child is still a "wait and see how we feel" thing, but I would be super crushed if I realized Leo now didn't fit in the sibset.  Always plan ahead I guess! ;)

From your suggestions, I love Cecelia (DD's mn), Celeste, Helena and Maelle.  The last three have all been vetoed by my DH :-|  I was very close to using Maelle for Daphne's mn, but our last name is 1 syllable so Cecelia seemed to flow better.

My husband told me yesterday he really likes Gwen.  Veto!

April 20, 2012 8:16 PM

That was me, above.  Forgot to login :)

April 20, 2012 8:40 PM

CelesteG-I see no one yet has suggested Stella. I suggest this because I notice many of the names you like have a similar "short e" sound. Others:

Evelyn; Rebecca; Penelope (too predictable?); Miriam; Clementine; Noelle; Lucia; Giselle

By Guest (not verified)
April 22, 2012 6:37 PM

For me, Daphne has a few qualities to consider.

First, is its obvious, vintage charm, a la Hazel, which you love.

Second, is a bit of a glam, old-Hollywood feel. If it weren't so popular, I'd immediately suggest Ava.

Finally, it's a name that has a spunky quality, which is one of the reasons I really like Iris, of those on your list.

I also really like Zoerhenne's suggestion of Stella, as I think it has all three of the aforementioned qualities.

Here are a few other thoughts (I tried to avoid repeats, but I probably have a few anyway).



Elsa (Similar qualities to Elyse, but better fit with Daphne, I think).






Margo/Margaux (I really like this one for you. Seems like the right era/sound/feel)


Frances or Francesca

Freya (Fray-uh) I know this one is a bit of a longshot, but I put it out there for its spunky, strong quality



Waverly (another long shot. I'm not sure why I'm suggesting; it just works for me).

If they weren't so popular, I'd also suggest Adelaide or Charlotte. I also think Mae is a very good match indeed.


By Guest (not verified)
April 22, 2012 8:16 PM

How about Laurel or Bay for a name related to Daphne?

April 25, 2012 12:44 PM

The name Daphne is derived from "laurel tree" or "bay tree", I'm sure that's what you were getting at.  But to me I would feel very weird naming Daphne's sister "after" her in any way.  I would prefer it if they were their own individual names with their own meanings, and not similar in that sense.  I don't want the second girl name to start with a D or end in an "ee" sound either, for this same reason.

They are charming names though!  Thanks.

April 26, 2012 11:33 AM

I also wouldn't pick such a very closely related name, but having a more subtle link between siblings could be nice, e.g. two flowers, or two nature names (say, a flower plus a bird), or two Greek names ...

(I left a comment about Linnea further up on the thread but probably should have added it down here.)

By Coll
April 27, 2012 5:14 PM

I think Daphne and Hazel are sweet together and I LOVE the suggestion of Daphne and Iris (I couldn't get my husband to consider it, but I think it's a ravishing name). I love the shared roots in mythology of both.

Perhaps another Greek name would sound nice. What about Calla (or Callista)? Not as trendy as Hazel or Cora, but with a similar feel. I also like Cecilia with Daphne. Finally, I know you vetoed your husband's Gwen, but what about Gwendolen? Daphne and Gwendolen are a sibling set redolent of a blooming English garden.

April 27, 2012 8:45 PM

Thanks for your suggestions!  I'll think a bit more on Iris, my DH likes it ok.  I actually love Calla but my DH thinks it sounds weird or something... maybe I can break him :)  Gwendolen does nothing for me, haha.  Cecelia is nice too, but that is Daphne's mn.

April 28, 2012 10:47 AM

how about Nahla or Maeve? also Mabel or even Sabella may work.

By Guest (not verified)
July 24, 2012 8:38 AM

We are having a fourth daughter in October and naming her Daphne.  Her sisters' names are Marie, Renee and Noelle.  Out of your list I love Hazel and Linnea.  Hazel is my 4 year old's middle name.  Simple and charming. Other girl names I love: