A Baby Name “Quad-ary”: Can This Berry Find a Name That Fits?
Washington State berry Katy is a mother to three girls with meaningful names and spirited nicknames, a tradition she’d like to continue with her fourth child. Can this berry find a name that fits her criteria and her sibset? Here is what she says:
“My husband Colin and I are expecting baby #4! We have 3 daughters, 6 year-old twins Isobel Rose & Liv Michaela, and a 3 year-old Zoie Grace. Isobel‘s name means pledged to God, Zoie and Liv‘s names mean life.
We don’t know the gender of the baby yet, but we’ve been searching for a name that has a meaning similar to Isobel‘s. We want to stay consistent. So far we’ve come up with Jack, Matthias, & Theodore (our favorite) for a little boy and for a little girl we found Elliot (our favorite), Libby, & Thea.
What do you think of these names? Do you have any other suggestions on names with “God meanings”? Thank you!”
Over to you, dear berry geniuses. And if you have your own question you’d like addressed, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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on March 1st, 2012 at 1:17 am
Your children have sweet names. I really like Theodore for a boy!
For another daughter how about
Anaya – God answered
Gabriella – God is my might
Janelle -God is gracious
Talia – dew of God
on March 1st, 2012 at 1:51 am
Giselle – (French) “pledge” – might be too similar to Isobel for you
Gisela – German version of Giselle
Ghislaine – (French) “pledge” – could work in the middle
Dorothea – “gift of God” — and you can use Thea
Eliana – “God has answered”
I want to second Talia too! Great name and meaning.
on March 1st, 2012 at 2:02 am
I love Theodore and Thea. I am sorry but I hate Elliot on a girl.
on March 1st, 2012 at 2:28 am
For a boy, Theodore a lot, but even better is Timothy! Means “to honour God” and Timmy is just adorable as a nn. Timothy is well known and under-used imo. Lovely.
For a girl, I like Thea a lot. Tiffany might be one to consider as it means “manifestation of God” but as I understand it there is a bit of a bad association with the name in the US? Well anyway, those are my suggestions. All the best 🙂
on March 1st, 2012 at 2:29 am
Oh and as an aside, while Libby is lovely it would surely be too similar to Liv?
on March 1st, 2012 at 4:09 am
I love Mattias or Theodore for a boy (I think Theodore fits best with your other children’s names), and Thea would be beautiful for a girl. I strongly dislike Elliot for a girl, and can’t understand why I’m hearing it on girls so frequently now! I agree with RitaPumpkinina that Libby is way too close to Liv.
My suggestion for a girl to go with your daughters’ names would be Ariel, which means ‘lion of God’, and for a boy, I like Micah, meaning ‘who resembles God?’.
on March 1st, 2012 at 4:13 am
Elise – devoted to God
Eliana – God has answered
Isaiah – God is salvation
Ezekiel – God strengthens
Dominic – belonging to God
on March 1st, 2012 at 7:51 am
I love Theodore, and I do Second Timothy, it has a wonderful meaning, great nick name potential and is way under used.
While I like Elliot on a girl, I think it wouldnt be fair. Your daughters have great strong distinctly feminine names and Elliot is so gender neutral. I love Dorothea and then you can call her Thea. I also love Libby but agree its too close to Liv.
on March 1st, 2012 at 9:25 am
Love your girls’ names–we have a Liv Isabel of our own. I agree that Libby is too close to Liv and Eliot is too neutral to fit with the other girls’ names. What about Eliza, which means pledged to God? We also love Jane (one of our daughter’s middle names), which means God’s gracious gift. (probably don’t want to use those together, though…). I’m also a huge fan of Thea (nn for Dorthea) and Theo (nn for Theodore). Good luck!
Kyri Laina Said
on March 1st, 2012 at 9:54 am
Kyra or Kyrie (KEE-ree-ay)- the Lord
Gavriel- God’s able-bodied one; hero of God
Cassandra- shining upon man, Lyn- pretty:
Cassandra Lyn or Casslyn
Emmeline (EM-a-leen)- variant of Emma and Amelina
Cannon or Channing- official of the church
Owen- born of youth
Winston- joyful stone
Dare or Darren- great
Hope these help!
Kyri Laina Said
on March 1st, 2012 at 9:55 am
FYI- Gavriel supposed to be under guys.
on March 1st, 2012 at 10:23 am
My first thought was Eliza, which means “pledged to God.” And for boys, I love Theodore, nn Theo. I also love Jack.
on March 1st, 2012 at 10:31 am
Matthias for a boy and Thea for a girl. Spectacular name choices!
Isobel, Liv, Zoie and Matthias
Isobel, Liv, Zoie and Thea.
Alexia Mae Said
on March 1st, 2012 at 11:28 am
Junia is a biblical name that means “Youthful”, and I think the combo Junia Violet would be stunning.
Lael, (pronounced like hail), which I also think would be stunning, is biblical and means “Belonging to God”.
Abida is biblical and means “My Father Knows”
Ariel is biblical and means “Lion of God”
on March 1st, 2012 at 12:06 pm
I like all your ideas for boys, and agree with others that Theodore would go great with your sibset.
For girls I like the meaning of Elliot and I’m not against using it on a girl, but I’m not sure it goes well with the other girls’ names as it is more masculine with the hard t at the end.
My favorite of your choices is Thea, but if your looking for a closer meaning to Isobel I’d suggest:
Rebecca/Rebekah – “servant of God” (plus possible nn Reba means “fourth child”)
Eliza or Elizabeth – “pledged to God” (lots of cute nn choices with Elizabeth including Libby but with more options if Liv/Libby gets too confusing)
L in Boston Said
on March 1st, 2012 at 12:54 pm
I would stay away from Elizabeth and all its diminutives such as Libby or Eliza, largely because Isobel is actually a variant form of Elizabeth itself. (And I agree that Liv and Libby are way too close.)
I LOVE Thea, though! Not crazy about Elliot for a girl, especially given how traditionally feminine your other daughters’ names are. But totally on board with it for a boy, if you don’t go with Theodore.
on March 1st, 2012 at 2:47 pm
I love the name Amadea for a girl…It means “God’s Beloved.”
For a boy, I love Benedict (Benny for short). It means “Blessed”
Your choices are wonderful, though…My best friend through childhood was named Thea. We would each call each other by our name meanings as nicknames, so I called her Goddess and she called me Victory!
wren orchid Said
on March 1st, 2012 at 4:07 pm
A boy’s name that I think would be adorable with your other names is “Corbin.” It means “gift from God.”
on March 1st, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Theodore is a great choice for a boy. I don’t care for Eliotte for a girl as I find it too gender neutral/masculine with your sibset…how about Eliana instead?
on March 1st, 2012 at 7:14 pm
Elise might be a nice alternative to Elliot and fits well with the other three classically feminine names. Also, it means “pledged to God,” just like Isobel. Elise Thea. So beautiful.
Isobel Rose, Liv Michaela, Zoie Grace, Elise Thea
I’m going to be the different one, here, but I really like Jack with the names you’ve already used.
Isobel, Liv, Zoie, Jack
on March 1st, 2012 at 10:57 pm
Oh, gosh, Thea for a girl! It’s perfect! I completely understand the appeal of boyish Elliott, but frankly with Isobel, Liv, and Zoie, I definitely think your Ellie would be mistaken for a boy! Thea is divine. I love the set. For a boy, Theodore is quite handsome, but I quite like the idea of simple and jaunty Theo on his own for you…
I might recommend Dominic (“belonging to the Lord”), Elspeth (“pledged to God”), Gia (“God’s gracious gift”), Toby or Tobias (“the Lord is good”), or Zeke (“God strengthens”).
So, basically I think Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Thea are perfect for a little gal. And, I think Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Dominic would be amazing for a little guy.
on March 4th, 2012 at 6:13 pm
I love Theodore and Matthias. Would you consider Eliot on a boy?
For a girl, I’d stay away from all the Isobel / Elizabeth variants like Libby, Eliza, Elise or Elspeth. It would be like naming sisters Catherine and Kate!
Eliette – french feminine form of Élie (Elijah)
Theodora, Dorothy, Dorothea, Feodora (“god’s gift”)
Theophania, Tiffany (“manifestation of God”)
Thecla (“god’s glory”)
Eliora (“my God is my light”)
Jane, Joan, Johanna, Jeanne, Ivana (“god is gracious”)
Astrid (“god and beauty”)
Kira, Kyra (“the lord”)
on March 7th, 2012 at 2:04 pm
I like Caleb for a boy- it means “devoted to God.” For a girl, I like Thea a lot. Elliot is also cute- you can go for Ellie as a nickname and it’s clear that she’s a girl. Besides, unisex names are popular right now.
on March 9th, 2012 at 7:02 pm
Anne/Ann/Anna- He (god) has favoured me
Arella- Gods Angel
Dorothy- Gift of God
Elizabeth- God is my oath maybe too close to Isobel
Names that mean life:
on March 28th, 2012 at 12:30 pm
I love Elliot, but only as a boy’s name. If you like the T at the end you could always try some French names such as Arlette (variation of Ariel) or Josette.
Also you might want to stay away from Cain. The meaning is nice but Christians would associate it with the man who committed the world’s first murder.
I adore Ivan, Astrid and Eliza, though the latter may be to similar to Isobel (love your spelling choice by the way). And of course I have to vote for Rebekah because that’s my name!
That said here are a few other ideas you might like.
Moses – not the greatest meaning, but the man of God it’s associated with is a wonderful namesake
Nesiah – miracle of God
Brielle or Briella
on April 16th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
What about Abigail? I love your daughters names! So pretty! My favourite is Liv! I’m considering it! For a boy I love the name Joel and I now really nice people by the name Joel
on May 10th, 2012 at 5:57 pm
My personal all-time favorite name for girls is Johanna. It means God is gracious, and, for the nick-names, there is the classically cute and spunky Jojo.
on July 7th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
Daniel/Danielle/Daniela mean “God is my judge” or “judged only by God.”
on July 7th, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Also, this might be too obvious, but Christian and all the associated derivations fit the theme and could serve either gender.
on July 14th, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Abrielle/a “Bri”- God is my strength
Arielle/a “Ari”- Lion of God
Josephine “Josie” God will increase
Joanna/Johanna “Jojo” God is gracious
Josette “Josie” God will increase
Katriel “Kat” God is my crown
Kaylee/Kayleigh/Kayla Who is like God? or Beloved
Liana “my God has answered”
Raphaela/Raphaella “Rae” “Ella” God has healed, also an angel name
Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Josie
Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Kat
Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Katriel
Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Bri
Isobel, Liv, Zoie, and Rae
I think I like Abrielle “Bri” and Rafaela “Rae” best. Though I really like Josette, Josephine, and Joanna “Jojo” the one syllable nicknames Bri and Rae seem to fit best with your other daughters’ names.
I love your boy names, especially Mattias, but I also like Theodore. Have you ever considered Ivan? it also means “God is gracious” same as Jack.
Not a fan of Elliot on a girl, Libby’s okay, but I don’t like how similar Liv and Libby are. What if she started going by Lib? Lib and Liv would get really confused- and what if you got a cold? Just having a Michaila and a Martin in one house is confusing enough for me. We like using initials on chore charts so nobody knows who “M” is. Thea isn’t all that pretty. It’s like someone saying “The…ah…” If you like Elliot, use it as a middle name.
on July 24th, 2012 at 1:29 pm
I like what lemon suggested for Dominic. That is a strong, handsome name and I think it goes great with the current sibling set. I also like Theodore and Matthias, and theo works well with the girls names too.
Please don’t use Elliot for a girl. Compared to the other girls names, it just is too masculine and the poor girl will always be confused for a boy. I personally hate Elliot on little girls. Why saddle a cute little girl with an obviously male name? I never got the appeal.
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