Name Sage: A Long, Romantic Name for a Girl?
We’re looking for a long name – three or more syllables, with a similar style to her sisters’ names. But it needs to have a different sound and dominant letters, so we can’t repeat anna/enne/lise/viv/elly.
The Name Sage says:
I have a weakness for long, romantic names for girls, just like the ones that you’ve chosen for your daughters. And yet, this is quite the challenge, isn’t it? Every time The Perfect Name pops into my head, I realize it repeats sounds from one of your older girls’ names!
It looks like you’ve honed in on two endings –ia and –ley/-lie. I’m tempted to suggest names that end in –ina, even though they’re close to –enne.
Can I add a few ideas to your list?
Lorelei, Lorelai – In German folklore, the Lorelei is a mermaid-like creature who lures sailors to the rocks. In more recent memory, Lorelai is the name of the mother-daughter duo on popular television series The Gilmore Girls. I think Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise, Lorelei sound like sisters.
Mariette, Mariel, Marielle – Marianna wouldn’t work, but there are lots of possible endings that go with Mari. Mariel is a personal favorite, but I wonder if Mariette sounds better with your girls’ names?
Avalina, Evalena, Aveline, Avonlea – With Olivia, Everly, and Lavinia on your shortlist, all of the Ava– and Eva– names seem worth consideration. Avonlea, of course, takes us into Anne of Green Gables territory.
Corisande, Cordelia, Coraline – Here’s another group of names to consider: the Coras. These three possibilities are all long with distinctive sounds. Corisande comes from medieval romance, Cordelia is King Lear’s loyal daughter, and Coraline is best known as a Neil Gaiman character.
Now, let’s take a quick look at your current list. Much as I love stylish Everly, it’s not quite as flowing and feminine as Ellyanna, Vivienne, and Hannalise. Rosalie, on the other hand, feels like a great fit. From your list, I’d say Rosalie is easily my favorite.
Readers, now it Is your turn: what would you name a sister for Ellyanna, Vivienne, and Hannalise? Great ideas for middles welcome, too.
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on May 19th, 2015 at 10:55 pm
Evangeline Harper 🙂
on May 19th, 2015 at 10:58 pm
Corisande, Melisande, Juliana, or Sophonisba. 😉
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:14 pm
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:15 pm
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:16 pm
Aurelia, Wilhelmina, Georgina and Evangeline come to mind.
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:20 pm
Heard the name Veralette on Masterpiece theatre the other day. I also think Fiammetta and Celestina sound very romantic.
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:30 pm
From my own favorites, Alexandria, Alexandrine, or Alexandrina. While I adore Larissa, I don’t think it’s frilly enough to go w/Ellyanna, Vivienne, & Hannalise.
One of my great-great-aunts was Maria Salomina. Sophronia, from The Five Little Peppers, might be an option.
Christiana (Kriss-tee-AH-na, so no anna-sound)
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:32 pm
Love Lavinia with your girls’ names!
Also: Lucilla, Cordelia, Marigold, Leonora, Camilla, Angelica, Melisande, Fiona, Gwendolyn, Penelope, Araminta, Abigail, Cecilia/Cecily, Theresa, Antonia, Regina, Marguerite, Emmeline, Rosamund, Caroline, Lavender
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:34 pm
Morwenna, Demelza, Araminta, Forsythia, Cordelia, Caledonia, Fenella, Honoria, Ilyria, Jacinta, Kerria, Leonora, Theodora, Theodosia, Paloma, Virginia are some of my favorites, but they all seem more classic than the original name choices, so I don’t know.
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:11 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:16 am
Rosalie was easily my fave for your sister set!
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:18 am
To me Mirabella goes perfectly with your little girls’ names.
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:20 am
Evangeline, Celeste, Coralea. With the short classic middle names I’d scrap Liliosa and use Lily as the middle
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:29 am
I immediately thought of Francesca Eve.
Or maybe Caroline Faye.
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:32 am
Rosalind, Margaritte, Elizabet would work too
on May 20th, 2015 at 1:57 am
I throw my vote behind Adaline, Seraphina, Lucinda, Mirabella, Rosalie, and Coralie (rather than Coraline).
on May 20th, 2015 at 3:57 am
Seraphina was my first thought. I’d also second Lavinia.
on May 20th, 2015 at 5:19 am
My first thought was Juliette. What’s more romantic than Juliette?
Also, Carlotta- the Italian version of Charlotte
on May 20th, 2015 at 5:36 am
I immediately thought of Rosamund. It’s the perfect compliment to your daughters’ names, without repeating sounds.
on May 20th, 2015 at 7:00 am
First of all, I’d like to say it’s great to see a picture of a mom and her 3 beautiful daughters!
Well, I also love long, frilly, girly and romantic names, so from my favourites I’d suggest:
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise and…
Hope it will inspire you a little!
on May 20th, 2015 at 7:25 am
Giovanna came to mind
on May 20th, 2015 at 7:26 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 7:32 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:02 am
I really love Adelaide! Rosalie is also my favorite from your list. Magdalena,Theodora, Coralie, Christiana…so many great choices have been mentioned! I hope you find something perfect!
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:13 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:19 am
Araminta or Arabella. 🙂
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:40 am
I’d drop Olivia because it’s too close to Vivienne’s name. Liv and Viv.
I love Cordelia and Rosalie.
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:52 am
Marguerite came to my mind for you!
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:06 am
I love Rosalie! It’s perfect. I also love Lucinda, Magdalena, Carolina, Theodora/Dorothea, Clementine, Arabella from the comments. I’d add Josephina, Jessamine, Loretta, Maribelle. I agree that Everly is a bit of an outlier on your list compared to your other finalists and your daughters’ names. How about Ever as a middle name?
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:08 am
Avaline comes to mind.
or maybe Elsabet, but that may be too close to the start of Ellyanna.
Gorgeous sibset – and good luck with the name hunt!
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:19 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:35 am
I agree with eveyalecia I think Arianwen would be beautiful. It’s long, frilly and soft sounding!
I love Hannalise by the way, I had never heard it before it’s stunning!
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:43 am
Seraphina was my first thought too! I also really like the suggestions of Evangeline, Cordelia, and Juliette. I also love Rosalie from your list. How about Cosima or Josephine?
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:47 am
or Gabrielle / Gabriella ?
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:50 am
or Gabrielle / Gabriella ?
I also love the previously mentioned Aurelia
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:08 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:19 am
The first ones to my mind were Alessandra, Evangeline, Genevieve, Seraphina, and Celestina.
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:27 am
@namesage – will we be getting updates about the readers who write in to you? I’d love to hear what their final selections turn out to be.
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:38 am
Thought of another one: Leonora
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:44 am
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:57 am
I think Evangeline or Arabella would be beautiful choices for you. They go well with the sisters’ names and have lots of nickname options.
Of your options, I like Rosalie best and think it works better with the sisters’ names.
on May 20th, 2015 at 11:42 am
Arabella, Giselle, Cordelia, Louisa, Rosalina, Josephine, Josette
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:12 pm
My first thoughts were: Rosemary/Rosemarie, Callista, Ophelia, Cecelia, Jessamine, Clarissa, Guinevere, Christabelle, Arabella, Marguerite, and Angelica.
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:52 pm
I would say either Roselia or Katarina
on May 20th, 2015 at 2:10 pm
I really like Evalena or Avelina!
on May 20th, 2015 at 3:18 pm
Julietta, Georgette, Arabella
on May 20th, 2015 at 4:21 pm
Seraphina or Penelope came into my head straight away. I think Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise and Seraphina/Penelope go great. Neither Seraphina nor Penelope copy the -anna, -enne or -lise endings and so each name is individual, as well as being long and romantic. Seraphina is short on nicknames but I guess Sera, Fifi and Phina work well. The only nickname I like for Penelope is simply P, but if you’re a fan of Penny or Nell I think they’re great names.
I also like the suggestions of Juliette, Arabella (maybe Mirabelle or Mirabella would be to your tastes?) and Madeleine, although the latter sounds too much like Vivienne.
on May 20th, 2015 at 4:37 pm
Beautiful names for your three older daughters! My favorites of those suggested so far include my daughter’s name and several from our shortlist for any future baby girls!
Elowen (though you’ve already got an “El-” beginning)
on May 20th, 2015 at 4:45 pm
Seraphina, Alessandra, or Marietta
on May 20th, 2015 at 5:27 pm
From your list, I really like Rosalie. Lavinia would receive my second vote. I think Olivia is way too popular and Everly isn’t a great stylistic match (maybe one for the middle name instead if you don’t use family names). I also wouldn’t re-use one of the girls’ first initials (so no E, V or H names).
on May 20th, 2015 at 6:48 pm
All my suggestions have pretty much been suggested, but I’ll throw a name out there which sounds very princessy and frilly: Aymeline.
on May 20th, 2015 at 7:45 pm
on May 20th, 2015 at 7:58 pm
Of your shortlist, Rosalie, but as a middle name. I love Cordelia Rosalie.
Other first-name suggestions:
Calyssa (my own DD’s name =]) or its cousin Calista
Belinda (I know you wanted to avoid B, but I think it’s a great option)
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Here’s some ideas. They aren’t all 3 syllable firsts, but I find them romantic and to fit your style!
Seraphina Oceane (OH-sheen)
on May 20th, 2015 at 11:54 pm
If you want a romantic name, always go for Italian or French.
Cinzia, Velia, Tristessa, Rosina, Perlita, Lucia, Concetta, Gaetana, Ginevra. Adrina.
Capucine, Antoinette, Alodie, Aveline, Aurorette, Melisande, Esmerie, Mireya, Minjonet, Micheline
You can put them in Bing Translator to hear how they sound.
on May 21st, 2015 at 12:40 am
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Jocelyn Nell
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Katerina Marie
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Estella Rose (I know it repeats E but I thought I’d suggest it anyways
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Freya Everly (it’s not three but I think it fits really well)
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Fiona Mae
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Gabriella Elise
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Penelope Laine
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Amelie Belle
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Maria Everly
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise & Georgina Lacey
Love Lorelei & Everly!
on May 21st, 2015 at 4:28 am
There are so many beautiful, perfect choices here already, but two I though of that I haven’t seen yet are Dulcinea and Amaryllis.
on May 21st, 2015 at 5:59 am
Is there a set middle name?
I’d avoid anything ending in -a, -n, -s
Sorry for an repeats:
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannelise &…
On the current shortlist, I like Rosalie best!
on May 21st, 2015 at 8:03 am
on May 21st, 2015 at 8:25 am
on May 21st, 2015 at 1:47 pm
My top 3 are Gwendolyn, Priscilla, and Luella
on May 21st, 2015 at 1:53 pm
My daughter is Vivienne Kathryn. =)
on May 21st, 2015 at 3:28 pm
I love Wilhelmina Violet! I can’t believe no one has mentioned it. Willa and Mina are super cute nicknames!
on May 21st, 2015 at 3:29 pm
on May 21st, 2015 at 7:22 pm
on May 22nd, 2015 at 6:40 pm
on May 22nd, 2015 at 6:40 pm
on May 22nd, 2015 at 8:25 pm
all the names suggested are beautiful. Another name to consider is
on May 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 am
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise and…
As they all have a ann/enn sound how about Alessandra/Alexandra or Gwendoline. She would match her sisters but have a different sound at the same time?
on May 23rd, 2015 at 6:25 pm
I second Isadora, Rowena, Lucinda, Aurelia (love love love!) and Katarina/Katerina (my own daughter’s name)
Of the listed names I like Lavinia best by far! I would add Camellia, Lucretia, and Eugenia,
on May 23rd, 2015 at 8:41 pm
My favorite long beautiful girl’s name is Fransabelle.
Some others that I love are
on May 24th, 2015 at 8:29 am
Rosalie is definitely my favourite from your list. The name that immediately came to mind for me was Evangeline (I know its already been suggested quite a few times). Other names to consider:
sorry for any repetitions, I hope some of these might inspire you and good luck! My advice would be to look at some ‘old fashioned’ English names, especially as there was the influence of so many languages at various time periods.
on May 24th, 2015 at 8:36 am
just thought of a few more (sorry)!
on May 24th, 2015 at 5:11 pm
To of my bestest friends have the coolest names ever:
I also LOVE the name Isadora
on June 1st, 2015 at 10:15 am
Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise and…
From your list I like Rosalie. Or maybe Other suggestions:
-Mariana / Marietta / Marielle
-Adelaide / Adeline
-Isabella / Isadora
-Katerina / Catarina / Karena / Carina
-Juliana / Juliette / Julieta
-Georgina / Georgiana
on June 6th, 2015 at 1:48 pm
Amiliana / Emiliana
Josalie (like Rosalie but with a twist)
Maverie (Maeve and Avery combo)
Giulianna / Julianna
on June 10th, 2015 at 9:30 pm
I looked through the suggestions and I am surprised that I didn’t see Magnolia listed, though I could have missed it. It seems to hit the marks of a long, romantic, obviously feminine name, and it does not repeat sounds. Ellyanna, Vivienne, Hannalise, and Magnolia seem to work well together. Another name I do not recall seeing that could work is Thomasina, though the case could be made that the -ina ending is a combination of -anna from Ellyanna and -enne from Vivienne. However there are several great names ending in -ina. One of them being Thomasina. Of the names Abby suggested Adelaide, and Cordelia are my favorites. From the list provided, I personally think Rosalie, and Lavinia are great matches for Ellyanna, Vivienne, and Hannalise. I also loved the suggestions of Carolina, Willamina, Alexandra, Georgina, Matilda, Leonora, Magdalena and Mirabelle, as they all, to me anyway, fit the criteria of being long romantic names for girls.
on June 12th, 2015 at 1:30 pm
I would like to know what name they picked! I am sure others would too!
on June 12th, 2015 at 2:33 pm
I just came across this post now and I am absolutely obsessed with the name Hannalise! It is a beautiful and gorgeous name!
on June 13th, 2015 at 4:08 pm
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:44 pm
Would love to know what they decide on. Long, romantic names are my favorite. 🙂
on April 19th, 2016 at 11:42 pm
Ellyanna, Vivienne and Hannalise
Davina (my favorite with the sibset)
on June 27th, 2016 at 9:56 am
Angelina, Juliette or Lysandra are three other possibilities
on June 29th, 2016 at 1:15 am
on March 1st, 2018 at 3:54 pm
Sylvia Rose or Aurelia Rose. I find Sylvia sooooo beautiful, and might use it!
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