Thoughts on our shortlist for daughter #3

We are expecting our third daughter in January and would love to know what your thoughts are on our top 10. Older sisters are Ruby and Vivian. Our style tends to be more 'vintage/antique', but I also love the classics.

All opinions are welcome and we are still open to suggestions!

Alice

Belle

Beatrice 

Georgia 

Jane 

Julia 

Lucia 

Matilda 

Nora

Willa

Thanks so much in advance for your feedback!

Replies

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December 27, 2013 11:50 PM

What a great list!  A lot of my old favs are on it.

With Ruby and Vivian, I like Beatrice and Georgia the best, though I couldn't really explain why.

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December 28, 2013 1:10 AM

Even before reading your list of possibilities, when I read "Ruby and Vivian", what immediately came to mind was Georgia. I can't really explain why, either, but it just feels right. I like how each girl would have a different name ending, too. (I mean, yes, quite a number of your options do that, but it's one tangible reason that I like Georgia.)

While I like the name Willa, I feel like it brings the set to a more modern place. Not because the name wasn't used in the past, because it clearly was, but because it disappeared from the charts completely for quite a number of years and then only resurfaced in the top 1000 in 2010. It also feels like its missing some gravitas that the other two have.

I do like Nora and Matilda, though. I think that my top three would be Georgia, Nora, and Matilda, in that order. (Aparently I like how names-ending-in-a complement the other two.)

As silly as this might sound, Lucia feels too ethnic with the other two.

Julia is a perfectly pretty name but doesn't do anything for me in this context.

Jane feels like its missing something - though I do like that it would mean that each girl's name would be a different number of syllables. Belle fits that bill, too, but I find it too light and girly next to the other two.

Alice works perfectly nicely with the set, but has never been a favourite of mine. And I personally don't care for Beatrice at all, though I can see that it might work.

Other names that feel like they're a similar style: Eleanor (not a favourite of mine, but I can see that it would work), Mabel, (ditto what I said for Eleanor,) June or May (one-syllable names that do feel like they fit), Alberta (really random but I thought I'd throw it in there,) Clara, Cora, Wren. Helen/Helena, Anabel, Genevra, Theodora.

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December 29, 2013 12:59 PM

Good point about Willa. I was wondering if you get the same feeling from Matilda, since it's usage pattern is very similar? 

I really like Mabel and May! However, Im unsure of how well Mabel will fit with Ruby and Vivian, and May just seems a little too short to me... Maybe Mabel with the nickname May/Mae? What do you guys think?

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December 29, 2013 2:40 PM

Well, I only suggested names that I thought went well, so I think that someone else needs to weigh in on that :) But I think that Mabel nn May works really well with Ruby and Vivian.

I don't get the same feeling from Willa and Matilda because I feel like they generally appeal to different demographics, in that people who choose Willa typically like its light, breezy feel and would consider Matilda to be too heavy/out of date.

(I had contemplated putting Hazel on the list, but decided not to because I felt like Ruby and Hazel together was too colour-heavy. Even though hazel is a tree/plant and Ruby is a stone, I felt like the two together brought out the other's colour side, leaving Vivian out and/or making it a tad themey.)

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December 29, 2013 9:02 PM

I actually really like Mabel (May) with Ruby and Vivian. I think Mabel's one of those classic, sweet names in need of a comeback and I adore the nickname May/Mae. However, I wouldn't use just May/Mae because the ending is the same as Ruby. 

Otherwise, I really like Beatrice, Georgia and Matilda.  

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December 28, 2013 1:32 AM

I like Belle and Willa best with the other names.

Alice and Jane seem too plain to be paired with the "fancier" sibling names.

Matilda makes me think of that movie about the little girl with powers.

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By mk
December 29, 2013 12:02 AM

Georgia, Nora, Beatrice, and Lucia are my favorites

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December 29, 2013 1:12 PM

Quick question: what do you guys think of Hazel? We eliminated it from our list in order to get down to 10 names, but now that we've gotten rid of a majority of our top 10, I'm reconsidering it. Any opinions? 

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December 29, 2013 9:02 PM

I agree with Karyn - Hazel & Ruby together invoke the colors and it leaves Vivian the odd one out.

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December 30, 2013 10:56 AM

I totally forgot about what Karyn said regarding Hazel! My bad! Very good point, I guess we'll have to cross that one off our list again. 

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December 30, 2013 11:45 AM

Everyone else has already given so many good suggestions, but one I haven't yet seen that I immediately thought of when I saw your list (inspired by Julia of course) is Juliet. Julia's lovely, but Juliet has a sparkle that I just love, and Ruby, Vivian, and Juliet make a smashing trio imo!

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December 30, 2013 12:05 PM

I love Juliet! I agree, it does sound really good with Ruby and Vivian. My sister happens to have a dog named Romeo, so unfortunately I don't think we could use it. Thanks for the suggestion though! 

13
December 30, 2013 12:44 PM

Ah! Bummer!

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January 1, 2014 11:45 AM

After much thought and discussion (mostly me rambling on while my husband tries to stay awake), we've eliminated Belle, Beatrice, Jane, Julia, Lucia, and Willa. 

So now we have Alice, Georgia, Matilda, and Nora. Alice and Nora are becoming quite popular, though... We were unaware of the statistics when Ruby and Vivian were born, but if we were, I don't know if we would've chosen them. I know its impossible to predict trends 100%, but I don't know if I want to choose a name whose rise is imminent. What are all of your opinions? 

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January 1, 2014 1:07 PM

In my opinion, you've narrowed it down to the names that go best with your other two girls', and honestly can't go wrong with any of them. That might not be helpful, but it does mean that no matter what you choose, you're going to have a lovely, cohesive set of girls. How important the popularity curves are to you, I can't answer, but which name feels most right in your gut? Which name do you keep coming back to? Which would you be saddest not to get to use?

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January 2, 2014 7:09 PM

Yes, this. 

Beatrice, Georgia and Matilda were my favorite options, though, so sticking with Georgia or Matilda is my call. ;) 

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January 1, 2014 3:26 PM

I love your name choices, and any of them would be lovely companions to Ruby and Vivian! My favorites from your list are Beatrice and Georgia. Georgia Beatrice would actually be very pretty. :)

Some other recommendations: Eleanor, Felicity, Eloise

Congratulations on your baby girl, and good luck finding the perfect name!

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January 3, 2014 11:46 PM

You have a lovely short list.  My favorites are Alice & Nora.  They both are sweet vintage names that complement Ruby and Vivian.  Good luck!

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By AEH
March 7, 2014 3:31 PM

Ruby, Vivian, and Matilda are adorable!

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December 14, 2014 3:24 PM

I'll go one by one.

Alice: I like Alice, not my favorite, but it is nice. But let's look at the flow with Ruby and Vivian. Ruby, Vivian and Alice. Nice, but not the best.

Belle: This name is one of my personal favorites and it goes very well with the other two. Ruby, Vivian, and Belle. Wonderful.

Beatrice: I just don't like this name. Sound constricting and stuffy, but this is only my opinion. Please don't get angry at me or anything.

Georgia: Georgia is gorgeus. Ruby, Vivian, and Georgia. Also very nice.

Jane: This one is kind of plain, IMO. I like it, but I wouldn' use it.

Julia: This is also one of my personal favorites. Let's see- Ruby, Vivian, and Julia. Also amazing.

Lucia: Very pretty. Not my favorite, but nice. Ruby, Vivian, and Lucia go great togehter, though.

Matilda: I also don't really like this name (sorry!). It sounds a bit old and past, but still not that usable as a modern vintage name. But I love the book!

Nora: Ruby, Vivian, and Nora flow okay, but Nora is just not one I like too much. But it still is pretty.

Willa: Very nice. Ruby, Vivian, and Willa also flow okay, but this isn't at the top of my list for choices.

 

Let me sum it up for what I said. I cast my vote for either Belle or Julia.

1. Belle/Julia

2. Julia/Belle

3. Georgia

4. Alice

5. Lucia

6. Nora

7. Willa

8. Matilda

9. Jane

10. Beatrice