Hi Swistle, Our daughter’s name is Ellis Paige and she is due to have a sibling come April 2015. My husband and I can’t agree on a girl name and even though we’re months away I am in a panic.
Overall we like Unisex names for girls with a feminine middle. We also like classic names.
Some of my favorites are:
Help!! Or can your followers help?
The name Ellis was given to 496 boys and 225 girls in 2013: a unisex name currently used more often for boys. I would be hesitant to pair that, then, with any of the names on your list currently used almost exclusively for girls: Charlotte, Emilie, Vivienne, Claire—which you might have on there as middle name candidates anyway. The nickname Charlie does make Charlotte a better fit, but then I start feeling hesitant about the popularity gap: the name Charlotte was given to 9,232 new baby girls in 2013: more than 40 times as many baby girls named Charlotte as named Ellis.
Reagan is an interesting possibility: it was given to 206 new baby boys and 3,020 new baby girls in 2013: a unisex name currently used much more often for girls. The balance of boy/girl usage is different for Reagan than for Ellis, but they seem similarly balanced to me anyway: I think because my primary association with Reagan (Ronald) is male, and El-/-elle/-ella names are currently so in style for girls. I think Ellis and Reagan make a very nice pair of sister names. Ellis Paige and Reagan Claire, maybe, or Ellis Paige and Reagan Charlotte.
Merrill is another interesting one to consider. It was given to 6 new baby boys and 8 new baby girls in 2013, so it’s rare right now for both sexes. Similar possibilities are Merrin and Merrit and Mirren.
The name Tyler was given to 6,590 new baby boys and 172 new baby girls in 2013: a unisex name currently used much more often for boys. A similar name is Taylor: in 2013 it was given to 818 new baby boys and 4108 new baby girls: a unisex name used more often for girls. Or Skylar/Skyler, given to 1,596 new baby boys and 4,630 new baby girls in 2013. I think of Tyler and Taylor as names a little past their 1990s peak, but Skylar is still increasing in popularity for girls.
Vella seems very close to Ellis.
Lucca/Luca might work very well for you. In general I find it a difficult name to recommend: it has characteristics that mark it as feminine for a United States name, but it’s an Italian boy name. For a U.S. family looking for a unisex/boyish name for a girl, it could be exactly the right fit. The spelling Lucca looks like luck-ah or loo-chah to me, but the comments section on this post shows that’s by no means a universal opinion. The current usage in the United States looks like this for 2013: 1,881 new baby boys and 74 new baby girls named Luca; 256 new baby boys and 49 new baby girls named Lucca; 433 new baby boys and 25 new baby girls named Luka.
Without a surname to work with, it’s difficult to come up with further suggestions. But here are some names I think might fit well with a sister named Ellis: