davisellu: Thanks :)
So far as Japanese middle names go, there are some I like, but I haven't gone over all my favorites with my OH. The ones that are approved so far include Nanami (for Sansa's MN), Kana, Hanako, Mizuki, & Izumi.
Some ones I like myself are: Akira, Asuna/Asuka, Ayano, Fuuro, Haruka, Hinata, Isaye, Manatsu, Miharu, Rin, and Yuuna.
I like Agnes Eulalie and Agnes Ruby. According to nameberry, Senga is the Scottish form of Agnes. Maybe that would fit better stylistically with Sansa? Or maybe it's too matchy-matchy?
Also, I actually think it's okay I'd they don't "go together" as long as all of your children's names don't "match." For example, if someone had children named Elizabeth, James, and McKynlee, that wouldn't seem right. But if they're all completely unique and different from one another, I think it can be okay.
For me, Senga would be a little too matchy even though it's cute. For example, a name I've been liking lately is Sunniva but I don't think I could use it because Sansa also starts with S, ends in A, and has an N in the middle.
I think that's how my thoughts are turning, too, that it can be okay if they sort of each make their own statement. That might be nice, in a way!
These are my favorites:
Adelaide is more contemporary than Agnes, but it still feels a little buttoned up. I would choose one of the more whimsical middle names.
Agnes Cecily - Cecily isn't really upbeat and modern, but I love this combo
For Agnes, I would choose something more upbeat and modern to balance Agnes' dustier feel.
I like Adelaide Mizuki, Agnes Marina and Agnes Mizuki.
As for other Japanese middles (if big sister is going to have a gorgeous Japanese middle, then the little one should too), I think Michiko is the loveliest, I've always absolutely adored it and Agnes Michiko would sound great. Yuriko, Yuki and Miyu are also adorable names.
I totally agree!
If you DO want the names to go together in some way, it doesn't have to be the way the names look or sound or what culture they come from. You could look for names with similar meanings. Or, since the name Sansa comes from a character in a book, maybe your other names could be literary references as well.
Also, even though Sunniva has many of the same letters as Sansa, they don't sound the same or matchy to me. I think Sunniva is really nice. I had never heard of it before.
Agnes Eulalie is my favorite. It sounds so great next to Sansa Nanami, and makes so much sense. Adelaide just doesn't make sense at all next to Sansa. I see it as stuffy to go-with-the-flow. Agnes has been seen as a hard name for a long time, but I see it as chic and booky, but when paired with Eulalie, its really creative and care-free, just like Sansa Nanami.
Agnes Eulalie & Sansa Nanami.
southern.maple: I like how you put it about the middle names' feel balancing the first names. That's a good idea, something I hadn't given much thought to.
shvibziks: Michiko is a beautiful name. I find most Japanese girl names lovely, which while giving me many to choose from, makes it hard to narrow down my favorites, haha!
thatkathryngirl: I don't think I need them to go together 100% but I'll admit I do like when there's something bridging sibling's names (when it's somewhat subtle). For example, on the boys' side of things, one sibling set I liked was to have two boys named Léo Shinobu & Alfred March. The middle names went together to me because Shinobu means "enduring" and March reminds me of marching on, or keeping on with life... so the meanings are complementary in a way.
Sansa, meaning wise, I'm not clear on. I heard it first in the novels, but I can't seem to track down a definite name meaning. The only thing I have run across is it being related to the name Sancha, meaning pious/holy. Which as meanings go, doesn't really do much for either of us (not atheist, but not religious either). But, perhaps, a name with a light meaning, like Lucia? For some reason religion-related things remind me of "light."
Sunniva I just came across on this site, so I don't know a lot about it yet. I've been pronouncing it soo-nee-vuh, but I'm not even sure that's correct.
liviajoan: Thanks! I am partial to Eulalie. It sounds so quirky and cute to me, and the name meaning, "Well-spoken" is wonderful. That's something that's important to me.
After consideration and feedback... I believe I have narrowed down the choices somewhat. Here is what remains: