I need help again!
Most of the “regulars” will recognize my name and know that I am an avid reader of your blog and am also a fellow baby-name-nut!! You and the other readers helped us name our last child AND boy… do we ever need help this time!
This is our fourth, and last, child; we have a Juliet, Oliver, and a Rose. If this babe is a boy, we have a list of names that we both love – Charles, Louis, Wells, and George – so we aren’t so worried about choosing a boys name. It is, once again, girl names that are giving us trouble. The style of names we love: older/vintage names that are gender-specific. We do like names that are less common… although all three of our kiddos names are climbing up the charts. We also prefer names that are stand-alone rather than instantly shortened, but that isn’t a deal breaker.
Names that I like:
Pearl – Sigh. I love this name. I REALLY want to be able to use this name, however my husband isn’t sold, he’s not sure if he even likes it. I just feel like it fits in so well with the other three kiddos. I’m still campaigning on this one!!
Esme – I also love this name; however, I feel like it will be mispronounced often. My husband feels that it isn’t really a stand-alone name, rather it seems like it is short for Esmerelda (We both like Esmerelda, but feel that it is too whimsical for our tastes).
Simone – I like that this is so uncommon. I don’t know if it really fits into the naming style of our other three children. This is one name that my husband does like. I’m also hesitant about the possible nn of Mona. But other than that, I really do like it.
Emilia – My husband also likes this name. I feel that it is not special enough… it is quite common (when you take into consideration the other spelling – Amelia). We like a bit of “wow” factor; I love that people are surprised when they hear that our girls are Juliet and Rose. Emilia just feels that it doesn’t stand up to that. That being said, I feel that it fits in better with our childrens’ names better than Simone. Thoughts???
I’ve tossed Georgia around in my head, but not sure how I feel about it. Too different of styles?
Husband vetoed: Vera, Lucia, Stella, Estelle
Names my husband likes:
Penelope – I really do not care for this name. I have vetoed it.
Aria – I have vetoed it.
Emilia – see above
He also likes my suggestion of Simone.
Other names that we like but we cannot use due to close friends/family having children with this name:
Thea (would’ve likely chosen this name but my cousin, who we are good friends with and they also live in the same city, used Brea – just too close for me), Brigitte, Alisa, Eloise, Eliza, Nora.
Names that we “like but not for us”: Eleanor, Florence (don’t like Flo and Flora is too matchy with Rose), Beatrice, Violet, Sophia, Isabel.
Names that we either don’t like: Cora, Claire, Celia, Cecily, Camille, Alice, Madelyn, Dahlia.
Why are girl names so difficult? Thanks in advance for all your help!!
I’m immediately drawn to Simone from your list. You both like it, it’s unusual enough to get a bit of wow factor, and I think it goes very well with the sibling names. I would not have thought to use Mona as a nickname for it; I’m hoping a Simone or a parent of a Simone can let us know if that’s an issue.
I like Georgia, too, and I think it fits fine with the other names, though I personally prefer the name Simone in this group.
The name Emilia doesn’t feel like a better fit to me: I agree with you that it lacks the wow factor. Emeline feels more the style of Juliet and Rose.
I wish you guys liked the name Cecily: that’s the one that came to mind when I was thinking about the sibling names. Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Cecily. Good wow factor, good vintage factor, clearly girl, etc.
Perhaps Lydia? Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Lydia.
Or Sabrina? Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Sabrina.
Or Winifred. Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Winifred. Hm. Suddenly I realize I’m not crazy about three kids having three-syllable names and one kid having a one-syllable name. I don’t THINK it will matter, but I think I would like even BETTER to find a non-three-syllable name. I wouldn’t rank syllable-count over name-love, though.
Gosh, it seems like all the names I want to suggest have three syllables. Minerva. Millicent. Naomi. Sylvia. Karenna. Bianca. Linnea.
Clara is probably out if you have Claire on your No list, but I will suggest it anyway, just in case. Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Clara.
Ooo, maybe Celeste. Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Celeste.
Or Noelle. Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Noelle.
If Thea is out, I wonder if you’d like Thora? Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Thora.
Or Tessa? Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Tessa.
Or Willa. Juliet, Oliver, Rose, and Willa.
But my top favorite is Simone.
Hi Swistle, I finally have an update for the Dum0nt sibling that I wrote to you back on the summer!!
Thank you Swistle and all the readers for your responses and opinions! Everyone made me feel that the name Simone would, in fact, fit in with our other children’s names. However, as my due date approached, both myself and my husband felt that the name didn’t feel “right”. My husband actually re-brought up the name Esme, which I had previously loved, saying that he had fallen in love with it too. So, we went to the hospital with the name Esme Noelle Irene Dum0nt. Then, our baby BOY was born and surprised us all!!! Juliet, Oliver, and Rose love their new brother Wells Leo Bruce Dum0nt (middle names after our grandfathers).
Thanks everyone for the help over the last few years! Our family is now complete.