Which is your favorite to complete our sibset?

Our children's names are: Juliette (mostly Jules), Bella, Mia, Leo and Ronan. 

Our top three contenders are: Lucinda, Nora(h) and India. Maeve will be the middle name no matter what. 

Which of these (or I am completely open to suggestions) do you think "fits" best with our other kids names?

I am having a really, really difficult time deciding which of these I like best. I like them all for different reasons but I keep second guessing myself just when i think ive decided on one.  It's starting to make nuts. 


Thanks so much for any suggestions or opinions. 


By Coll
June 11, 2012 11:42 PM

Most of your children's names have long, prominent vowel sounds (Jules is the only outlier there), so Norah fits the best from that standpoint. Lucinda (going by Ludy, I presume?) fits the best in terms of the vaguely European aesthetic of Juliette, Bella, Mia, and Leo.

But if you're going to use Lucy for Lucinda, Jules and Lucy are too similar. I'd consider Cecelia or Celia instead with CeCe as the nickname. Cara, Cora, Vivenne (Vivi), Ava, Olivia (Livy)and Lilianna (Lilli) also work with your other names.

India feels like a drastic departure from your other names. Maybe your tastes have changed since you started having children? It doesn't quite fit, in my opinion.

All of these names pair nicely with Maeve, though.

June 12, 2012 8:10 AM

Thanks, Coll!

If we go with Lucinda, her nickname would be Indie instead of Lucy. I realize that Lucy is the most obvious nickname but I have a crush on Indie.  I think that's one of the reasons I've been hesitant to let go of India. Also, India is a family name but I'm not sure it "fits" well either. 

Thanks so much for your reply!

June 12, 2012 12:05 AM

I personally don't like India as I don't really like place names - but that's a personal taste thing but as has been mentioned it does seem like a departure from the 'feel' of your other names.

I feel like a name not ending in 'a' might fit better (in my mind) because Juliette is on her own in that department as far as your daughters go. I'm really fussy about things like that so it might not bother you at all. But I feel like a name with a different ending might balance the whole set out better. If this is not a problem for you I like both Lucinda and Norah as far as matches for the rest of the siblings. Maybe Lucinda wins out by a smidge.

By mk
June 12, 2012 1:03 AM

I like Lucinda the best, but Nora is a good choice too. India does not fit with the rest, and is my least favorite.

Lucinda Maeve is very pretty.

June 12, 2012 1:17 AM

Nora fits best with the others to my ears. 

June 12, 2012 4:07 AM

To me, the name list sounds continental and trendy/old fashioned.  To me, India fits the best.  The first association I have is India Wilkes from Gone With the Wind.  Have you considered Lucia?  I think the Spanish pronunciation (Lu-SEE-a) will suit your sibset, combines Lucinda and India and still gives you the nickname Lucy if you like.

June 12, 2012 8:14 AM

Thanks for your reply, Esther E. 

We have close friends with a daughter named Lucia. Also, not really looking for the nickname Lucy. If we use Lucinda her nickname would be Indie. 


June 12, 2012 9:06 AM

I've been going back and forth in my mind on what advice to give you, but to me, you answered your dilemma right here! Lucinda nn Indie is 100% my vote. You get a really lovely middle ground of two great choices. I could even see India as a plausible nn for Lucinda all on its own. Love it.

June 12, 2012 9:39 AM

I second everything ilikemints says! Precisely my thoughts.

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 10:15 AM

and I 3rd everything ilikemints said!

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 12:59 PM

Thank you, ilikemints!

We had decided on Lucinda Maeve (nn: Indie) a couple of weeks ago but then I freaked out because I received a few negative reactions when I shared the name. I'm going to go for it and just keep the name private until she's born. I wish I  weren't so easily influenced by negative opinions.

Thanks, everyone, for your help. I think we have a winner :)

June 12, 2012 1:26 PM

YAY! Congratulations!

June 12, 2012 8:20 PM

I was originally going to vote for India Maeve and then read through the comments and saw you were going to use Lucinda nn Indie so changed my vote to that. I'm glad you have decided on Lucinda Maeve. Lovely combo and it does go well with your other kids, in my opinon.

By hyz
June 12, 2012 11:40 AM

I think Nora goes the best with the others (and I really like it), but I think it sounds too similar along with Bella, Mia, and Leo, so my vote would definitely go to Lucinda.  I know that India has a history as a name, of course, but it strongly calls to mind colonialism for me, and that makes me a bit uncomfortable with it.  For those who don't know the history, they may just think it sounds random with your others.  I like Lucinda a lot, and while I much prefer the nn Lucy and think it goes perfectly with your others, Indie is a totally legit nn for Lucinda and I think it's great that you'd be able to use the nn you want while still giving her the flexibility of a formal, traditional name to fall back on.  Lucinda Maeve is a beautiful combination, too (I love Maeve!).

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 1:59 PM

I would not go with Lucinda if you intend to use Indie as the nickname.  People will not understand the derivation and will try to call her Lucy, which might drive you bonkers!  I am in love with Indie as a name as well and consequently named my daughter Indigo.  She is 5 now and has gotten only positive reactions.  My vote for you is India.

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 3:13 PM

I do understand that Lucy would be the mostobvious nickname but I think Indie is completely viable as well. Certainly, there are nicknames that are much more of a stretch. 

I love your daughter's name! I wish I were brave enough to use Indigo- its fantastic!

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 2:24 PM

I think Lucinda for sure.

Bella and Mia are rather conventional (No offense intended), but with Jules, Leo, and Ronan, the group as a whole has an eclectic, artsy quality.

For me, Norah (a lovely name) is too old-fashioned and traditional.

I agree that India seems too far in the other direction.

Lucinda, with the Indie nn, seems like the perfect compromise, as well as a nice bridge between your children's mix of names as well.

If it wasn't set as the mn, I'd say Maeve would be a great fn.


By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 3:15 PM

I love your explanation and I agree. Thanks so much!

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 3:36 PM

Great! I agree. Thanks so much for your reply. 

June 12, 2012 5:40 PM

I love India, but agree that it doesn't flow as nicely as Lucinda or Nora with your other children.  Having said that, I'm obsessed with Indie as a nn and think you should absolutely go with Lucinda so she can be an adorable little Indie! I also agree you shouldn't share with family/friends until she is born.  Once they meet your baby girl, they will have a positive connection with the name and all the fuss will be a thing of the past.

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 10:57 PM

Thanks little dorrit!

By Guest (not verified)
June 12, 2012 10:58 PM

Thanks little dorrit!