Violet needs a sibling name!!

Hi All, We currently have an almost 3 year old daughter named Violet Louise. We are expecting another girl in the spring and are stuck on names. We like older/classic names. I like Rose Mary (not Rosemary) with the nickname of Rosie. But don't know if that's too cheesy. I welcome any other suggestions!!

Thank you in advance :) 


December 6, 2018 2:55 AM

I'm not sure especially have 2 colour or flower names.

what about Rosalie, Rosabel, Rosabeth, Rosalind, Rosamund, Rosabella, Rosabelle, Rosemarie

December 5, 2018 5:30 PM

If there are other names you like, I'd probably avoid having two sisters named Violet and Rose. If you happen to have a third, you'd be limited in choosing a name that complements your first two.


Some ideas for names that have a similar feel to Rose but not the floral/colour associations:

Claire, Alice, Phoebe, Jane, Laura, Fay or Faith, Ella or Bella. I really want to suggest Maeve aswell but that reminds me too much of mauve to go with Violet!


Otherwise, you could use Mary Rose nn Rosie?

December 5, 2018 5:47 PM


I agree with the other posters that Violet and Rose are a bit close for sisters IMO, and Rose Mary does sound a little cheesy. There are plenty of beautiful old-fashioned girls' names that would compliment Violet well without being too matchy-matchy. Your own family tree can be a great source of antique names that have special value. 

Are there any other criteria you have in mind? A popularity or length range you'd like to stick to, or something like that?

December 5, 2018 6:16 PM

A few that come to mind are Daphne, Clara, Ramona, Evelyn, and Cora.  I think Violet and Rose is too much.  Instead of Rosie, how about Josephine (or Josepha or Josefina, I suppose) called Josie or Posie?

December 5, 2018 7:07 PM

Although Rose is a beautiful name going for two flower names could be a bit much. If your looking for a more vintage feel and she is being born in the spring then the name that immediately come to mind are...

Florence: Florrie, Flo, Ren


Eleanor: Ella


Caroline: Care, Caro

Louise: Lou, Beasy


Adeline: Della, Ada, Addie(y), Lina, Dell





December 6, 2018 12:07 AM

I agree with the others; Violet and Rose are both fantastic names on their own but for sisters I don't know that they really work.  Should you have a third, you're almost obligated to use another flower, though there are a great deal of wonderful flower names.  

I like the idea of using a name that Rosie could be a nickname for.  I don't have any better suggestions but there are some great ones above!

I feel like Sylvie is a good sister name for Violet, not sure why!

December 6, 2018 10:09 AM

Violet and Rose are both flowers and colors and traditional feminine names. They would make wonderful linking middle names for twin sisters, but as first names for sisters who may end up with another sibling, there are just too many commonalities.

I tried Name Matchmaker on various combinations of Violet, Rose, and Mary. Some of the suggestions have the same overly-matchy problem as Rose (Hazel, Ruby, Daisy, Myrtle, Pearl, Vivian, Opal, Flora), but it also lists Stella, Eva, Evelyn, Georgia, Grace, Charlotte, Laura, Anna, Lydia, Elizabeth, Genevieve, Josephine, Sarah, Margaret, Adelaide, and  Eleanor.

December 6, 2018 11:22 AM

Would you consider Rosa as an alternate route to Rosie? That one letter makes enough of a difference that one wouldn't internally roll eyes upon meeting them as siblings, plus you gain a strong civil rights role model. 

ETA: I agree with others that it's not absolutely unusable - if it's THE name, the only person for whom your daughters will always be a set is you. But it wouldn't meet the "would I have wanted to grow up with this name and with a sister named Violet" test. 

December 7, 2018 2:22 AM

I agree that Violet and Rose a bit much, but not terrible.  If you have your heart set on Rose that's one thing, but if there are other names in the running, than the flower/color combo should be a deal-breaker.

Other alternatives to Rosie:  Josie (Josephine), Maisie, Lizzie, Rory?  For some random reason I think Lydia goes really well with Violet, but that's jsut me.



December 7, 2018 4:50 PM

Jocelyn, Evelyn, Elsie, Sadie, Maggie, Molly, Milly, Audrey, Ada, Adelaide, Bridget, Grace, Maeve, Ruth, Mary, Phoebe, Dulcie, Esme, Dorothy, Hettie, Hattie, Lottie, Maisie, Matilda, Claire, Beatrice, Beatrix, Alice, Cora, Penelope, Lucy, Clara, Nora, Mae, Opal, Estelle, Margo, Mavis, Edith, Esther, Agnes, Ida, Florence, Louise, Tessa, Celia, Cordelia, Thea, Annabel, Adeline, Cecilia, Mabel, Louisa, Sylvie, Sylvia, Claudia, Arabella, Eleanor, Tess, Nell, Bronte, Lucille, Harriet, Henrietta, Colette, Georgette, Suzette

December 7, 2018 6:45 PM

Ooooh, Violet and Lydia is gorgeous.

December 7, 2018 12:54 PM

I'll admit that the first thing on my mind when hearing Violet and Rose was a Keeping Up Appearances reference: "Where's Daisy and Hyacinth?"

That said, it's definitely a sibset with a clear theme with a pedigree, so I don't think it's a problem.

December 7, 2018 6:40 PM

I think it's just hard to think about what hypothetical younger brothers in this group should/would be called, because male botanicals are rarer on the ground. Garland, maybe?

December 7, 2018 7:32 PM

or they could just go with the colour theme - Violet, Rose and Ash, Bruno, Indigo, Slate, Rusty, Grey, Sage, Blue, Moss, Cyan, Silver, Jade, Sterling, Raven, Teal, Azure, Onyx, Garnet,

December 9, 2018 4:29 PM

Plus Ash, Indigo, Sage, and Moss are both a color and botanical...

Add in:

Aspen, Alder, Oliver, Heath, Juniper, Reed, Rowan, Basil, Hawthorne, Bay, Linden, Oleander, Bud, or Fox (for Foxglove).


December 10, 2018 5:33 AM

I differ from the others in not thinking that Violet and Rose is too themey. It helps that they are both classic names with a longstanding history of use and which have been historically popular; I would likely feel that sisters Dahlia and Marigold were establishing too much of a theme. Also, I'm surprised how many posters think you would have to give a potential third child a botanical name, given that our usual refrain is "two is coincidence, three is a pattern." If these were sisters called Constance and Catherine, we would not all be advocating for a third C name. In the event of a third child, I would personally not blink at sisters Violet, Rose and Clara, or Ingrid, or Audrey, or, on the boys side, Jasper, Theodore, Frederick.

I don't like Rose Mary though... it does seem VERY cutesy in a "oh, look what we did!" way. I think Rose Maria could sound fine though, if you're trying to honour a Mary, or even Rose Marie, Rose Marian, Rose Miriam...

December 10, 2018 6:13 AM

That's a fair point; I think I was suggesting it more as a thought exercise - because it's interesting to me that we have lots of female botanical names that feel like "classic names with a longstanding history of use" and very few for boys. I think this is an example of how Laura's blog post about recent naming trends veering towards naming girls after beauty and boys after strength has deeper, uh, roots. 

I think to me it's much more striking because Violet and Rose are just much more obviously a theme than coordinating initials... to me here two makes a pattern there given that they are just so on-the-nose, and in such an obvious way. Two coordinating initials is using the same of 26 letters, and with popular initials the chances of repeat by random chance are bigger than 1/26: that really is something that can happen by chance alone. But chosing names like Rose and Violet seems like a much bigger coordination, especially if one is pushing it to be Rose with a middle name of Mary and not Rosemary to avoid veering into less-floral botanical territory. Anyone making that statement with their first two kids seems more likely to want to continue making that statement down the road, too.

February 5, 2019 11:20 AM

Hi All!! Thank you for the suggestions!! I now also think Rose is a little too much. I'm liking these ideas:


Hazel Grace

Olive Grace

Georgia (nn Georgie) Grace

Vivian Leigh


Any thoughts? I'm having such a hard time and my husband is not a super big help :) 

February 5, 2019 12:31 PM

I would only use Vivian Leigh if you specifically wanted to honor the actress (Vivien Leigh played Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, among other roles). Otherwise I think they're all fine choices.

One very minor note: Hazel and Olive give you a fairly subtle botanical tie to Violet and Vivian would be the start of a V-theme. We generally say that "two is a coincidence, three is a theme" so you would not at all need to continue either of these themes if you have another child, but it's probably worth thinking about whether you would feel compelled to continue such a theme, and if there are names you like in the theme if so.

February 5, 2019 12:47 PM

I should've noted - no more babies on the horizon for us. Two and done! 

February 5, 2019 1:15 PM

My 12 year old is Violet. I’m trying to choose a girl name for our baby due in 8 weeks and this is virtually my exact list. If my husband like Olive that would be my favorite. I live in a bubble where Hazel has become too popular so now I’m choosing between Vivian and Phoebe I think. Georgia nn Georgie is adorable. You could also call her Gigi! I think they’re all great choices! That’s why I’m struggling!

February 5, 2019 4:02 PM

I'm right there with you!! I think they're all kind of solid names, so I'm struggling to find one that I "love" more. Phoebe is a cute name too! 

February 5, 2019 4:18 PM

I wouldnt use Hazel or Olive with a sister Violet - too much colour

Violet and Vivian are lovely  Violet and Olivene,  Violet and Georgia

others Evelyn, Beatrice, Genevieve, Juliet, Clara, Eleanor, Penelope, Phoebe

February 6, 2019 7:56 PM

I love the name Violet though I agree that Rose or Olive would be too close with the color connection for my taste. I think Hazel could work and is also a nice name. I'm not a big fan of Georgia but the nickname suggestion of Gigi is really cute! The first thing I thought with Vivian Leigh was Gone with the Wind so I would be careful of that connection unless you really really love that actress! I love the suggestion of Lydia. May I also suggest Eliza, Alice, Clara, Evelyn, and Nora. Congratulations!