I’m hoping you can provide me with some much needed baby naming clarity. I’m currently pregnant with my third child and having the most difficult time coming up with a name. My pregnancy has been chaotic- I currently have nearly 3 year old twins and we started trying for our third while we were undergoing a major construction project on our home. Naturally we got pregnant much more quickly than we ever thought possible for us and here I am 9 months pregnant, house in complete disarray and very much discouraged by the fact that I cannot come up with a baby girl name that feels right. It would give me much comfort to feel as though I at least had a plan when it came to naming our newest addition.
Our darling twins are named Maya Elyse and Benjamin Asher. Our last name is pronounced phonetically as Or-lee.
Our third is a girl, and I love girl names that feel feminine but simple with some charm to them.
I originally loved Corinne, however my husband is concerned because acquaintances of ours who happen to live in our neighborhood have a 3 year old by the same name. It doesn’t bother me, but much to my dismay he feels very preoccupied about it.
My runner-up choice has been Isla with a middle name of Rose. I have two concerns, the first being pronunciation issues as it is not terribly well known in our part of the country and the second being whether it mimics the vowel sounds of Maya too closely. Also, maybe it’s too trendy?
Other names we have tossed around:
Abigail (husband loves)
Naomi (both of us are ok with this one)
Chloe (same deal as Naomi)
Ella (before the Clooneys nearly certainly doomed it to be even more ubiquitous than it already is)
Iris (we like it but I worry it’s too stuffy?7
I’m so interested in your input on our name selections and would be equally enthused to see any new suggestions you had to work nicely with our existing children’s names.
Wish me luck! Im scheduled to be induced on July 18th! Thank you very much in advance for any help you might be able to offer!
Maya and Isla do feel very similar to me. They look so different, but when I say them aloud I get an almost-rhyme feeling. Isla Rose brings Lida Rose to mind, which could be a plus or a minus or neither.
I think Corinne is great with Maya. It bothers me a little bit that the ending is similar to Benjamin, but I don’t think that would bother me long-term. The acquaintance thing wouldn’t bother me. It bothers me a little that it repeats the -or- sound in the surname, but for others that would be a plus: Corinne Or-lee.
Would it help the acquaintance issue to use Corinna or Karenna?
Or Celeste is a similar style to Corinne, while being a very different name. Celeste Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Celeste.
Camille is another such option. Camille Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Camille.
From your list, my favorite is Naomi. I find it a little difficult to say with the surname, but not at deal-breaking levels.
I don’t think Iris is stuffy, but I am increasingly aware of the difficulties of your surname. Iris Or-lee blends into Ira Sorely. Not that that’s a big deal, but it bugs me a little.
I wonder if you’d like Eliza. Similar to Ella in sound and Abigail in style, but less common than either. Eliza Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Eliza.
Or Fiona. Fiona Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Fiona.
If you don’t mind repeating initials, I like Bianca. Bianca Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Bianca.
Sabrina. Sabrina Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Sabrina.
Simone. Simone Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Simone.
Linnea. Linnea Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Linnea.
Rose. Rose Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Rose.
Stella. Is that too much L? Stella Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Stella.
Juliet. Juliet Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Juliet.
Claudia. Claudia Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Claudia.
Nadia. Nadia Or-lee; Maya, Benjamin, and Nadia. I really like that.
I wanted to express many thanks to you and your readers who really helped me with their contributions! Baby girl was born July 18 and after sleeping on it for a night, we decided on Naomi Rose Or-lee. She’s happy, healthy and completely living up to the Hebrew meaning of her name (which is “pleasant”). Maya and Ben are head over heels for her and the last 48 hours has been spent happily refereeing who gets to hold her next.
Thank you again- what a lovely community this is, especially when working through a rather stressful decision!