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  1. #1

    Sister for Eleanor and Liam

    Due soon and without even a good short list of names for our new daughter. Her siblings are Eleanor (Ellie) Cáit (Irish for Kate, pronounced more like "Coit"), 5, and Liam Dermot, 3. We have a list of criteria that is too long, and we've diverged from it both other times, but would love to hear your suggestions.

    We'd prefer:
    - a strong name that does not sound diminutive - she is going to be tall
    - names that have a long formal version and a nickname
    - nicknames that are unisex, but a feminine formal name
    - names that do not end in "A" or "IE"
    - names that don't start or end in "L" since our last name starts with L - we've covered the Ls at this point
    - not a last name now used as a first name (sounds great on other kids, just not for me)
    - Irish names are good as the dh is from Ireland, but not impossible to pronounce/spell in the US (i.e. Niamh) but this cultural reference is not necessary, just a bonus
    - not too popular (we had picked Liam years before its spike in popularity, but went with it anyway and had no idea of the popularity of Ellie, although Eleanor is still not omnipresent)

    You can see why I'm posting here. Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks!

  2. #3

    Re: Sister for Eleanor and Liam

    Bronwyn nn Bron, Winnie, or Brynn
    Alexandra nn Alex (sorry, I know I broke a rule with that one)
    Camille nn Millie or Cam
    Jacquelyn nn Jackie
    Delilah nn Lila
    Delaney nn Laney
    Susanne nn Susie, Ann
    Vivienne or Vivian nn Viv
    Annalise nn Anna, Annie, Lise
    Pheobe
    Cheyenne
    Imogen
    Jane
    Seraphina nn Sera
    Mirabel(la) nn Bella or Mira
    Francesca, Frances, or Francine nn Francie
    Rosalee, Rosalind, or Rosamel nn Rosie, Rosa, or Rose
    Annabelle nn Anna or Belle
    Georgia nn Georgie
    Ashlynn nn Ash or Lynn
    Avalon nn Ava
    Lucille nn Lucy
    Isabel nn Izzy
    Dolores nn Lola
    Dorothy nn Dolly
    Margaret nn Maisie
    Penelope nn Penny
    Catherine nn Cathy
    Louisa nn Lulu
    Natalie nn Nat or Ali
    Valentina nn Lena, Val, or Tina
    Clementine nn Cleo, Clem, Clemmie
    Josephine nn Josie (lola can give you a long list of nn for Josephine)
    Caroline nn Cara
    Madeliene nn Maddy
    Corinne nn Cora
    Estelle nn Stella
    Jocelyn nn Jocy
    Matilda nn Mattie or Tillie
    Winnifred nn Winnie or Freddy
    Charlotte nn Charlie or Lottie
    Celeste nn ?
    Beatrix nn Trixie or Bea
    Beatrice nn Bea
    Beverly nn Bev, Ever, Everly
    Abigail nn Abby
    Ottillie nn Tillie
    Adelaide nn Addie
    Juliet(te) nn Julie
    Lillian nn Lilly
    Savannah nn Anna
    Violet nn Vi
    Ariel(le) nn Ari or Elle

    Sorry I broke the rules on some, that was hard! Good luck!

  3. #5

    Re: Sister for Eleanor and Liam

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Of these we have considered Josephine (Jo), Jacqueline (Jackie), and Charlotte (Charlie) but for some reason (hormones?) none of these grabs us (well, my dh must have sympathy hormones.) Maybe because they are too common? Not sure.

    The Ls are hard to avoid, aren't they? It's just too much of a tongue twister to have another L with the existing two plus the last name. Susanne is a possibility, too. We had discussed Susan, but it never stuck. Also, some of the names I like that you suggested are already taken by family members close enough to count (like Vivian, Beatrice and Margaret) so that limits a bit.

    Just for an idea of tastes, I like Sabine (another rule broken) but I am the ONLY one so that's out.

    Does that help rustle up any more names?

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    Re: Sister for Eleanor and Liam

    I love Susannah, but not Susanne or Suzanne
    Sabrina nn Bree-similar to Sabine
    Violet nn Vi
    Beatrice nn Bea could get really popular.
    Annika nn Anna or Ann (I think this is my favorite girl's name) I know it ends in "a" but it's wonderful so I'm sharing it.
    Iris ( in my top 5)
    Bianca nn Bea ( I am putting a bunch of my faves since you love Eleanor and Liam, so just know from now on I'm putting all my favorites.) Sorry about the "a" ending.
    Frances nn Fran, France, Franny, Francie
    Rosemary nn Rose, Romy
    Rosalind nn Rose this would be great!
    Rosamond nn Rose, maybe Romy, too.
    Georgia, Georgianna nn Georgie-love it!
    Genevieve nn Eve, Evie-ditto
    Veronica nn Vera-oops, two "a" endings. I love Veronica.
    Harriet, Henrietta nn Hattie (not one of my faves)
    Imogen nn Immy- smashing!
    Miriam nn Miri (MIRROR-ee)-I love this nickname and Mira-oh, oh, that "a" again.
    Winnifred nn Winnie (not one of my faves)
    Margaret nn Maisie, Margo-maybe you would like a name that ends in "o".
    Marin (Mah-RIN) not so feminine
    Mavis nn Maeve Celtic
    Maud on the hipster list
    Ruth
    Rachel nn Rae
    Esther
    Simone, Simona
    Clara nn Clare this is one of my most favorite names.
    Hope it's okay to have nicknames end in "ie"
    Honor-I think this would be great!
    Hollis
    Also Nordic choices:
    Ardith-I had a teacher with this name. She was very tall and had a strong style about her.
    Astrid-a tall name
    Ingrid-ditto
    Let me know if you don't like these, and I will be happy to come up with more. It is my hobby.

  5. #9

    Re: Sister for Eleanor and Liam

    Great list extension. Some thoughts, just for narrowing purposes:

    Sabrina-similar to Sabina -- dh can't get the witch image out of his head
    Annika nn Anna (I think this is my favorite girl's name) I know it ends in "a" but it's wonderful so I'm sharing it. -- love it too, and the name of a very good friend's kid so not comfortable using it for ours
    Iris (also in my top 5) -- cool but lacks nn
    Bianca ( I am putting a bunch of my faves since you love Eleanor and Liam, so just know from now on I'm putting all my favorites.) Sorry about the "a" ending. -- nice classic - good one to add to our list
    Frances nn Francie -- keep thinking of Kurt Cobain
    Rosemary nn Rose, Romy -- not bad, but not sticky for some reason
    Rosalind nn Rose -- see above
    Rosamond nn Rose, maybe Romy, too. -- see above
    Georgia, Georgianna nn Georgie -- see above
    Genevieve nn Eve, Evie -- so nice, but too close to my name
    Veronica nn Vera-oops, two "a" endings. -- I forgot we had considered this (nn Nicky or Ronnie) so thanks for bringing it back to the forefront
    Harriet, Henrietta nn Hattie (not one of my faves) -- me neither
    Imogen nn Immy -- Heap
    Miriam nn Miri (MIRROR-ee)-I love this nickname -- taken by famiiy (big family with cool names)
    Winnifred nn Winnie (not one of my faves) -- me neither
    Margaret nn Maisie -- taken by family
    Hope it's okay to have names end in "ie" -- fine for nn, less so for formal name for us
    Also Nordic choices:
    Ardith -- never heard this one - interesting
    Astrid -- like it but I worry about the ostrich association for a tall bird (bird being slang for girl in Irleand, UK, etc.)
    Ingrid -- good too but also no nn

    Thanks for going through all these! It does make it easier than just browsing the impressive database on this site.

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