- My husband has an unusual three-letter name.
- Our last name starts with S, which is also the third letter of my husband’s first name.
- I am due late December with #4, and we’ve decided not to find out the sex of the baby this time.
- This is our final child, we have a naming pattern with the other three of “first name we liked, middle name family name.”
- The girls family name we liked last time (when we had a boy) was Alice.
- If we name a baby _________ Alice S________ that gets us reaaaaaaally close to initials that spell my husband’s first name
- This is cool, right??? My husband and I both think so!
- Butttttttttt………..and there had to be one………..there are only two girls names that start with C that I like-not-love (Cora and Clara) and lately I’ve even been toying with NOT using Alice (though I think ultimately we will.)
So here’s where I need help. Can you think of any other “C” girls names that are similar to Cora, Clara (or our other kids – Patrick, Lila, Joel – not super popular but not weird)? OR, can you release me from the desire to HAVE TO USE a name that starts with C?
Relevant info for a boy: we are NOT considering the naming pattern for a boy, but would welcome boys name ideas similar to:
and of course – Patrick and Joel
Help me Swistle!!!!
I will start by making a suggestion I know you have already considered, so it is a little silly to make the suggestion at all, except that sometimes around here we’ve found that it works. Here it is: I love the name Alice with this sibling set, and so I suggest it as the first name. But I know it’s common for a previous frontrunner to not seem quite right for a subsequent child, so I won’t push. But Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Alice—I love it.
The next step is to discuss some good C names for girls, and then after that I’ll work on removing the pressure to choose one of them. Cora and Clara are both great: I love both of those.
Another of my favorite C names is Celeste, but I suspect that would be too much S-sound with your surname. Cecily has the same issue.
Colette, maybe? Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Colette. Hm, it may share too many sounds with Joel.
Or Corinne. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Corinne.
Or Cleo. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Cleo. It bothers me a little bit that Joel and Cleo both have four letters and share three of them.
Claudia works, I think. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Claudia.
Camille would be pretty. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Camille.
Carys may not work with Alice, which is too bad. Carissa instead, or Clarissa? Clarissa is one of my own favorites. But it might have too much S-sound to work well with your surname.
Oh, perhaps plain Claire? Similar to Clara, and takes away all the S of Clarissa. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Claire.
I like Cressida, but I wonder if it’s a little too unusual for the sibling group; also it has the S issue.
Well, my favorites are still your top two, Cora and Clara. I have a slight preference for Cora with Lila, but it’s only slight.
Now for the reassurance. While I agree that it is quite fun and interesting to have a child’s initials spell your husband’s name, I don’t think it’s fun/interesting enough to be worth choosing a name you only like, if there are names you love. It’s the sort of gimmick I do enjoy (like when twins have matching initials or reversed first/middle initials), but it doesn’t feel irresistible. I think in the long run you would get more satisfaction out of choosing a name you loved.
Also, it would break your naming pattern, which of course is fine, but it’s an argument to use if you’d LIKE to talk yourself out of it. (If you wanted to be talked INTO it, and if you found a C name that you liked well enough to use, I’d instead be saying you were still meeting the spirit of the naming pattern: names you liked plus a family-name connection.)
One possibility is to just get CLOSE to the idea: you could give her the same three letters in a different order, for example (Alice C. S.), or use your husband’s name (or a feminine form of it such as Cassie or Cassandra) as her middle name.
I think my strategy at this point would be to set aside the initials idea for now, and look for first names you love. If you find some, then weigh it: “This name we love, or this name we like-don’t-love with the fun initials?” If you find only names you like, then it’s a different situation, and may help make one name pull ahead of the others: “This name we like-don’t-love with fun initials, or this name we like-don’t-love without fun initials?”
For boys, I’m going to copy the list down here again so we have it to look at; names similar to:
and of course – Patrick and Joel
A name we had on our finalist list for our youngest child may work here: Alan. We’d watched a television show with a very appealing Alan Alda doing the hosting/narrating, and then of course there’s Alan Rickman. It comes to mind because I saw it in action on a child for the first time just this weekend: I was in a store, and a mother called her elementary-school-aged son Alan, and I thought “That works!” It’s a slight surprise, without seeming weird. It’s similar in sound to Alice, and I think it goes well with brothers Patrick and Joel.
I wonder if you would like the name Calvin? Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Calvin.
Or Henry. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Henry.
Or Wesley. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Wesley.
Or Timothy. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Timothy.
Or Malcolm. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Malcolm.
Or Graham. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Graham.
Or Edmund. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Edmund.
Or Callum. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Callum.
Or Gideon. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Gideon.
Or Micah. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Micah.
Or Philip. Patrick, Lila, Joel, and Philip.