Variations on Emily Grace

My husband is the oldest of nine children, currently ages 13-33. We already have three sweet nieces and one on the way, and so far each little girl is a namesake of the same auntie, a sweetheart named Emily Grace. Our nieces are Ella Grace, Emily Anne, and Olivia Grace. After doing the math, we realized we could end up with lots of little nieces running around, but we are quickly running out of ways to continue the trend! We are by no means committed to using these names, but just for fun, how many variations on Emily and Grace can you think of?

my ideas:




July 6, 2015 1:27 PM

Also, hey y'all, I'm new here! If I do something wrong like post in the wrong category please let me know. I also am not sure what the numbers stuck in the middle of names are for, so help me out if I'm supposed to be doing that.

July 6, 2015 11:50 PM

The numbers and other characters in names are for disguising real people's names so that they don't show up in web searches for that exact full name or sibling set or whatever. For example, if we had a discussion about how "Simon James Alexander Ragsdale III" is just too much name for a turtle, but we didn't want the poor turtle to find the discussion by simply typing his full name into his favorite search engine, then we'd write the name as "S1mon Jam3s Alex@nder R@gsdale the third" (or some such) in the hopes that Google wouldn't find it that way. (It doesn't always work, because search engines are constantly getting smarter, but we try.) If the names Simon, James, and Alexander simply came up as hypotheticals or possibilities, however, most of us wouldn't bother trying to disguise them, especially if the surname wasn't mentioned (except maybe vaguely as "starts with R, two syllables, rhymes with Mondale").

July 7, 2015 9:56 AM

now I have the tune to Fifteen Animals stuck in my head.  *shakes fist*

July 7, 2015 5:52 PM

Philadelphia Chickens has been on endless loop in the car for weeks now. This means that various tracks from it -- including Fifteen Animals -- are on perpetual endless loop in my head. I'm happy to share the misery. :->

July 7, 2015 6:27 PM

We went through that phase! I actually wrote most of a Mama Mia-style musical featuring all Boynton and Ford songs on a long car ride.

"Fifteen Animals" is in the second act, after our intrepid Snuggle Puppy hero/ine has said "So Long, Doggies" and set out to find a new home without so many Bad Babies (and where those Chocolate Chip Cookies are on a lower shelf). He thinks the Farm seems like a great idea after joining in a rousing Barnyard Dance, until he realizes that only the turtle really gets the attention he craves from the farmer. Luckily, a tiny little piggy with silver wings soon whisks him off to Pig Island...which is nice, except for the Tropical Sand. And so on.

July 7, 2015 11:25 PM

Oh my goodness, I am going to have to use that in my PreK class; Sandra Boynton is my husband's favorite children's author. I never knew she wrote music too! Y'all have already taught me so much. 

July 7, 2015 4:31 PM

Thank you for the info! I thought it was something like that, but I couldn't tell when it was appropriate or not. 

July 7, 2015 12:47 AM

Emily and Amelia technically have totally different derivations, but they've been conflated for centuries. The name that is actually related to Emily is Emilia or Æmilia, derived from a Roman family name that probably came from a Latin word for 'rival'.

That said, allowing for sound-alikes as well as common origins, possibilities include: Amalia, Amy, Emilia, Emma, Emmeline, Emmy, Millie. Further afield, there's also America and Millicent, which both derive from names including the Germanic element amal 'work' which is the origin of Amalia.

For Grace, there's Gracia, Graciana, Gratia, or Grainne (an unrelated Irish name that was often "translated" as Grace), and other virtue-names: Hope, Faith, Mercy, Charity, Patience, Constance, Prudence, Love. Or you could use one of the names often given to the three graces of Greek mythology, of which I think the most accessible in English is Thalia, but there's also Aglaea/Aglaia and Euphrosyne. Translating the word "grace" gives Charity (again), Charis, Charisma, and of course Anne, Hannah, and all of the many derivatives, like Anita, Annette, Annika, etc. Synonyms for 'grace' yield Mercedes, Clementina, Naomi, Pleasance. And that's without getting into the more convoluted "relatives" like Anabel or Arabella....

Fun game!

July 7, 2015 4:36 PM

This is fantastic! I never ever would have thought you could get all those names from just two. Well done!

July 7, 2015 5:09 AM

Amelia feels a bit far from Emily to me, but Amelie feels a lot closer. Or Emilie.

For Grace, I'm a huge fan of Gracie (just Gracie) as a given name. Spanish speakers use Gracia, which is also quite pretty.

(One of my nicknames growing up was Gremily, which I definitely wouldn't recommend, but is in fact a combinatioin of those names. In my case it was short for Gremlin, haha).

July 7, 2015 4:37 PM

Haha Gremily! We live in the south where double names are big, so we could always go for EmmyGrace or something similar.

July 7, 2015 6:50 PM

Emelia and Amelia are both very pretty and usable variations on Emily, and easy to spell, with nicknames like Emy and Amy.

Emilia come from Shakespeare btw.

Graciela is a BAD. IDEA. Sorry. It screams of wrong spelling on birthday cards and awkwarintroductions.

Try for Gracie or Gale, Gacet or Greece, Greta, Greylin. They sound similar to grace without needing to contain the word. Galet Gina Garnet have parts of "grace" without being an echo of it.


EG : Graclin Amelia

Emilia Gale

Amy Greccia

July 8, 2015 8:00 AM

I've always liked Graciela and suspect that you are interpreting it differently from most parents who are bestowing this name. Graciela is usually used in Spanish-speaking families and is pronounced Gra - cee - AY - la.

July 8, 2015 10:20 AM

I've been perplexed by your reaction to Graciela ever since I read it yesterday. I figured it'd eventually "click", but it still hasn't, so I've gotta ask: how are you pronouncing or interpreting it that makes it so bad? I hear nothing wrong with /GRAY-see-EH-la/, and the spelling is just Gracie with a -la at the end, so again, nothing bad.

July 10, 2015 7:48 AM

I suspect she was pronouncing it Gracie with -la tacked onto the end.

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