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  1. #1
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    Smile Sister names for Margaret?

    Any suggestions for sister names for my baby? Her full name is Margaret Linnea and her nickname is Greta.

    Ideally, her sister (who is not yet conceived ... We're just brainstorming) would have a name that, like hers:

    1. Is traditional, but not too common.
    2. Has at least one cute nickname that:
    a) could work at any age,
    b) has a different initial than the "full name" (we like that our daughter's initial can either be M or G, depending on which is more useful for the context),
    c) doesn't have to be explained (we like that Greta is a traditional and not wholly unexpected nickname for Margaret)

    I know that's asking a lot! Feel free to suggest any names you'd recommend, even if they don't fit all the "requirements."

  2. #3
    Elizabeth - Betsy
    Catherine - Kate
    Caroline
    Rosemary - Romy

    I know there are more great options, I just have to think more. Love Margaret!

  3. #5
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    I'm not sure how traditional you want, but these all have a fairly long history of use. Because these are on my list, I have stats on them and I included the number of girls given each name in 2012, per nancy.cc (there were 1758 Margarets):
    Frances 359
    Louisa 222
    Augusta 30
    Helena 520
    Millicent 71
    Olympia 28
    Rosemary 470
    Theodora 67
    Virginia 502

    and I thought I'd put these out there but some might be too popular:
    Louise 152
    Caroline 3387
    Anna 5552
    Annabel 579

    I know they don't all fit all of your requirements but depending on the nicknames you like for each, a lot of them could. Good luck!
    Mom to 2 girls ♥ Bayard McConnell "Bay" & Marguerite Davis "Maple"

  4. #7
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    Margaret Linnea is a great name! (Not that I'm biased...) I did some thinking. The hardest part is nicknames starting with a different letter, but all of these are fairly classic, familiar without being top 10 (or even top 50), and have nicknames starting with a different letter:

    Alexandra, nn Sasha (or Lex)
    Beatrix, nn Trixie
    Dorothea, nn Thea (or even Rhea)
    Eleanor, nn Nora
    Helena, nn Lena or Leni
    Rebecca, nn Becky or Becca
    Virginia, nn Ginny

    And a few slightly more out-there choices:
    Amalia, nn Molly
    Wilhelmina, nn Mina
    Winifred, nn Freddie
    Last edited by maggiefromcanada; July 18th, 2013 at 04:06 PM. Reason: Added more names
    Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Alice ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

    Trying for baby#1
    Avatar: Nathan Altman, Portrait of Anna Akhmatova

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