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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