Thoughts of these girl names, please

We're expecting our 2nd girl in April.  We've had a hard time naming both DDs, nothing really jumps out at us.  Just some background ... I don't love very popular or common names but don't want anything weird or made up either.  DD1's name is 9 letters, 3 syllables. 

- Adrienne ... the only thing that turns me off is that it means "dark one" which, in researching, I think refers more to coloring (NOT race but hair, eyes, etc) than personality, or it means "from Hadria".  Also, I like that it was ranked #776 in 2013.  I think it's a strong but feminine name with that spelling, and I can picture a little girl and adult with it.

- Vivian or Vivienne ... I love that it means "life" or "full of life", as I've had 4 miscarriages in total.  The only thing I don't like is that it was #119 in 2013 and I think it's on the rise.  Does it sound like an old lady name? 

We also like Josie (NOT Josephine) and Lexie but are those too plain?


Thank you for your thoughts!




December 18, 2014 11:49 AM

Be very sceptical of name "meanings" as they appear in online sources.  I have my doubts about the Hadrian family of names meaning 'dark one.'  The name was certainly derived from a place name.  THe question is where did the place name come from.  The only answer I found in a quick search is that it comes from the Adriatic Sea which supposedly was named for the "dark" sand along its shores.  I wouldn't take that for gospel, but if it is accurate or even likely, dark beach sand has nothing to do with dark hair, eye, or skin color.  In short, if I were you I wouldn't concern myself for a second about that "meaning."  Adrienne is a perfectly fine name.

As for Vivienne, "on the rise" and "old lady name" strike me as a contradiction in terms.  If it's on the rise, it can't be restricted to old ladies, now can it?  FWIW my grandson's pre-school class includes a darling little elfin maid named Vivian.

I don't think Josie and Lexie are too plain.  However, to my taste they are too nickname-y to be the full birth certificate name.  This would, of course, not be a universal opinion.

December 18, 2014 12:34 PM

I agree with everything Miriam said, and defer to her superior knowledge of name meanings/histories. I will add that a name ranked at one hundred something is not really popular in the terms we're used to thinking of it from when we grew up. Vivienne may be on the rise, but there are not going to be 3 in every elementary school in 5 years. Even very popular names just aren't used in as many children these days. (I don't think I'm expressing this idea well, can someone do it better?)

If you want suggestions for other names you might like, it would help to have some more ideas of names you like or that are not quite right for some reason.

December 18, 2014 12:34 PM

Thank you!

December 18, 2014 12:56 PM

I'll second Miriam's comments about the meaning of Adrienne.  Even if it does mean dark eyes/hair/etc. (and it seems that's a pretty big if) that isn't what people think of when they hear the name.  The modern meaning of Adrienne is simply "a girl's name."

Vivian does not sound like an old lady name.  However, it does have a vintage feel that fits in well with current name trends.  To your daughter's peers, it's likely to seem like a young name.  

I don't find Josie & Lexie too plain, but I do find them very child-like/nicknamey.  They don't strike me as names that will age well.  I'd prefer them both as nicknames for something else.  If you don't like Josephine, perhaps Jocelyn, Joanna, Joan,etc

January 14, 2015 6:44 PM

I think Josie and Lexie are lovely names, but don't seem to go with DD1's 9 letter, 3 syllable name. It would be great to use those names as nicknames for for longer names like Jocelyn, Johanna, Alexandra, or even Lexington. 

Both Adrienne and Vivienne are gorgeous names! There's no need to second guess either name. If you love it, go for it!

If you need some more inspiration, here are some other names that might work with DD1: Genevieve, Gwendolyn, Clementine, Rosemary, Cassandra, Gabrielle, Francesca