Berry Question of the Week: Help name baby #3!

Rachel, a mom of two from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is expecting her third child in March and is having trouble finding the right name.  She writes:

“My four-year-old daughter is named Avery Grace. My two-year-old son is named Isaiah Joel. We are having a third and final baby, a girl, mid March. We are struggling to find a name.

My husband would like to keep the vowel theme going, but doesn’t want a name that’s too popular. I personally am a fan of softer-sounding names that begin with S or M. We’d also take into consideration the nickname: we sometimes call our children Ave and Zay.

Here are the names we’ve discussed so far:

Sydney ReneeSydney is slightly more popular than we’d like.

Emrie Pearl — Sounds too much like Avery?

Elliette Mae — Feels risky to stick our daughter with a boys’ name, even with a feminine spelling and middle name.

Molly Renee — I love this but it was the name of our first cat… and my husband can’t get past that it’s an animal name.

I sure would appreciate any feedback, as this is keeping me up every night!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the names we’ve considered and any other ideas you think might be right for our new little girl.”

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Poppy528 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 1:16 am

Yay thanks for the Gravatar tip 😀

I immediately thought of Emily for a sister. Starts with a vowel and, to me, Emily sounds like E-molly if you say it fast enough. Emily Renee.

henrye Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 1:33 am

Emrie. . . sounds too much like the thing you use on your nails. Emre is a real name, thought it’s usually masculine. Esme is a real name too; just think Salinger, not Meyer. Though Renesmee does combine Renee with Esme.

Avery and Isaiah are also real names. Eliette seems like a downgrade. Eliot worked for George Eliot. You could have Ave, Zay, and El; Ave, Zay, and Syd is also a nice pairing, because you really need something from mid-alphabet since you already have A and Z. You should look at more O names. What about Ottilie? It starts with a vowel, has the same rhythm as Avery without being too similar, and is distinctly feminine without being too girly and isn’t common but isn’t entirely outlandish. Odile, Octavie, Odessa? Odette is not dissimilar from Eliette, and has the benefit of not looking like you were trying to spell Eliot with whatever scrabble letters you had.

spacecow1993 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 1:57 am

hmmm… I know an Avery who’s sister’s name is Merin, and it’s just darling. Avery and Merin. Avery, Isaiah, and Merin. Though most people spell in Marin, I believe. It has the softness you were looking for, and it has the femininity, but slight masculine edge of Avery.

I know you weren’t asking for crossover names, but since Avery is originally a boy’s name, I thought I suggest Emerson. Avery, Isaiah and Emerson. It has the vowel you’re going for, though it may be too similar to the other two.

Another that I really like for you is Nola. Nola Mae. Avery, Isaiah, and Nola Mae. Or Noelle Renee. Avery, Isaiah, and Noelle.

alibaba Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 2:12 am

If you go with “Eliette,” PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spell it Elliott or Elliot. I know you were trying to make it more feminine but it just looks like you’re trying too hard to be different. I really love Molly Renee and like the suggestion above of Emily for an E name. Emrie really does sound a lot like Avery. How about Emerson and call her Emmie?

minorbeatrice Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 3:52 am

I like Molly, but prefer Mae or Pearl as the middle name.

Here are some suggestions:
– Emmeline
– Eleni
– Eloisa
– Etta
– Seraphina
– Mia
– Mabel
– Sonia
– Milla
– Maxine

Ynnig Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 6:54 am

I LOVE Avery for a girl, you have two beautiful names there. For the new girl how about:

Amity
Maeve
Anise
Olive
Imogen
Margot

(Got my avatar – thanks :-))

pam Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 6:55 am

Hi Rachel — It would be great if we could find a vowel name that is also soft and contains the M and/or S sounds! Also, unless you want to overlap with the A or the I, that leaves E or O for the first initial. Some ideas:

Ellison — The big downside is that people will think you’re saying Allison, but Ellison sounds more unisex/modern while also feeling feminine — and El or Ellie work as nicknames.

Esme — It’s got a vowel initial, it’s got an S, it’s got an M — does that mean it has everything?

Eden — This may not be as soft-sounding as you’d like, but it definitely goes with your other names and the cute nickname is Edie.

Oakley — This may be more unusual than the names you’ve been considering, but it’s not unfamiliar, it’s perfect with Avery, and Oak or even O is a cute nickname.

Oceane — A name that’s very popular in France but almost unknown here — though not unfamiliar since it sounds like Ocean.

For O names, I also love Olympia and Octavia but I think these may be too classic for you?

kyemsma Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 7:13 am

I love Pam’s suggestion of Esme!

Caitalinna Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 7:26 am

What about Arielle? Then you could call her Elle for short. I love both the full name and nickname.

Sarah.Jane Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:12 am

I haven’t read all the comments, but what about Esme?
I like Molly Renee, even with the cat association, just don’t tell her.

Titus245Mama Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:15 am

I was thinking Esme, too!

I like Ellison as well–I think it really fits with your Avery and Isaiah.

What about Elodie? Or Isla? Or Ella? Or Eloise?

pdxlibrarian Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:18 am

I like Pam’s e and o suggestions. Other ideas:

Evan
Emery (ending might be too close to Avery though?)
Opal
Ella
Ember
Emma
Estelle

Non-vowel suggestions:

Delia
Micha
Devin
Morgan
Taylor

AmandaChristine Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:43 am

If you can convince your husband to get away from the vowels, your options open up quite a bit. I like the suggestion of Marin. Here are some others:

Juniper “June or Junie”
Emerald “Emmie or Em”
Romilly “Ro or Milly”
Fable “Fae”
Ember “Emmie or Em”
Linnea (maybe too close to Isaiah)
Elowen “El or Ellie”

namelover12 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:44 am

Sydney Renee — Its really cute and I think it fits really well with the rest of your names!

Emrie Pearl — Yes I think that Emrie sounds a lot like Avery!

Elliette Mae — I have never liked Elliot (or any other spelling) on a girl

Molly Renee — I agree with your husband that it reminds me of a pets name, but it is a great name!!!

Other oprions:
Emmeline
Evelyn
Evangeline
Elodie
Eloise
Esther
Eileen
Olive
Ophelia
Melody
Melia
Matilda
Stella
Sylvia
Shelby

abeezee Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:45 am

I think you need another 3 syllable vowel name, one that is an authentic name like Avery and Isaiah, and indicative of the gender since you will have three kids of different sexes.
The first thing that comes to my mind is Emmeline.
Ave, Zay, and Emm.

abeezee Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:47 am

P.S.– I have the same pet issue. I used to have a cat named Phoebe, and I would really consider using the name for a girl, but I can’t get over the fact that I already used it for a cat.

Sunrise16 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 9:07 am

My nieces name is Elliette and it is SO unique and wondering.

We called her Elly or Elle. But Elliette works just great too!!

My vote is DEFINITELY for Elliette!!

mermuse Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 9:20 am

My vote would definitely be for Sydney. It, like Avery, is a name that has long been established as a unisex name, and doesn’t have the “made-up” look that some of your other options have. I think it goes perfectly with Avery.

kresgemart Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:05 am

WOW! This proved to be much more helpful than I had hoped! You people really think through the name thing, which I LOVE! =)

I see a general response of dislike for Elliette, and since she will be living with the name and we don’t want responses to her name to be a grimace, Elliette is officially out.

There are definitely some suggestions that are added to the top of my list!! Can’t wait to run them by the hubby.

spacecow1993- I like Merin, but it’s a dear friends baby name.

minorbeatrice-Sonia is one of my fav’s, but my hubby doesn’t like it. =(

Pam-Esme is fabulous! I also like Oakley.

SarahJane- I agree we could do Molly and not tell her about the cat, although there is home video we’d have to destroy from 5 years ago… =)

Titus245mama- I really like Eloise as a middle name! Adding that to the options with Mae and Pearl.

pdxlibrarian-Estelle/Stella melts my heart! It was my favorite until my pregnant sister announced that is her unborn babies name due right after mine. =/

AmandaChristine- Emerald is added to the list!

namelover12-Emmeline and Sylvia are great! What would a nickname for Sylvia be? I know my hubs doesn’t like Emmeline as I’ve suggested it before.

Here’s the new list on my fridge, I’ll deal with middle names later! =) Thank you all for your help!

Sydney
Molly
Esme
Sylvia
Emerald
Oakley

Anyone have a strong opinion about Alana?

kresgemart Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:24 am

I also like Emerson!

klcalder2 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:29 am

Alana is pretty. I like Elana/Elena, too. That would be a way to use different letters. Esme is super pretty. A nn for Sylvia could be Sylvie or Livi.

I really liked the suggestion of Elodie, as well. Melody/Elodie (nn Elle) would be a lovely choice with Avery and Isaiah.

kresgemart Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:36 am

klclader2- My husband is a big fan of Alana, but I prefer to not repeat the A. So Elana might be a great option!

Love Livi for nn for Sylvia!

What about Esmae Pearl?

C in DC Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:43 am

If you like Sydney but want 3 syllables or more emphasis on the vowels, you could try Sidony or Simony (Simone is pr. si – MO – NEE in Portuguese, FWIW).

Other vowel names:
Emilia
Emory
Ellery
Ellis
Eden
Elois
Elwyn
Odessa
Olin/Olyn
Oren/Oryn
Ursula
Yarrow
Yancy
Yardley

FranA Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:59 am

I love the suggestion of Esme and thing Esme Pearl is a beautiful name that fits in well with the siblings. Ave, Zay, and Mae sound adorable.

spacecow1993 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Since you like Elana, I can’t help but suggest Elena. Then you could call her Lani or Elle

Katieramsey16 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 11:39 am

Esme is an interesting option. I think the polish spelling of Emilia would be a lovely choice. Also Hadley could be very cute with Avery and Isaiah. I know it doesn’t have the vowel or the s or m, but it goes well with Avery for a girl stylistically, and the nickname Haddie is adorable. I have recently fallen in love with the name Maizie. It used to be a nickname for Margaret, but I think it would work well as name on it’s own. Isla, Eliza, And Elise are all cute too.

sylvia82 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 11:48 am

There’s nothing wrong with naming your child after a beloved pet, especially if it’s a really nice name. Perhaps she will grow up to be a veterinarian!

chelsjoy Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 11:48 am

I know two sisters named Avery and Emerson. I always thought their names paired very well together. Emerson is a good choice because it’s not too common, and it definitely fits your vowel theme, as well as the sounds you like (m and s).

tavn Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 11:55 am

Kinda funny to see that you “feel it’s risky to stick our daughter with a boy’s name” considering the name of your first daughter IS a boy’s name. So is the other option, Emerie.

I know 3 boys named Avery and only 1 girl (my coworker’s newborn baby).

Emery is a form of Emerson. Both are boy names.

With that said, I like both Molly and Sydney on your list. My sister’s name is Sydney, but I think Molly fits with Avery and Isaiah more. Ave, Zay, & Mal (think of Mal from Inception). Your hubs will get over the cat thing. My grandma got over her associations with my cousin’s name.

jpruitt76 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

My fave from your list is Molly but since DH won’t go for it, how about Holly?

Sydney works well with Avery but doesn’t have the vowel thing going for it. Not a fan of Elliette…definitely like the suggestion of Ellison more for you. Or Eden (love nn Edie). Emrie, I’m pretty ho-hum on. It seems like a kr8tiv spelling for Emery/Emory. It fits the vowel criteria but doesn’t have the classic feel of Isaiah (or even Avery, which I think of as a classic boy name and more of a modern girl name).

Additional suggestions:
Really, really like Eden (nn Edie) for you. I can totally see Ave, Zay and Edie for occasional nicknames for your sibset.

Also:
Olivia, nn Liv/Livi
Ellison, nn Elle/Ellie
Ensley
Elsa, nn Elsie
Emmy
Erin
Erica
Ellis, nn Ellie/Elle
Enid

Non-vowel suggestions for you:
Maren
Marnie
Marlo
Zoe
Holly
Reilly
Phoebe
Delaney
Sadie
Brynn
Blair
Sylvie
Taryn
Danica (Dani)
Taylor
Darby
Carly
Kyla (Kylie/Ky)

gwensmom Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I know several families with sisters Avery and Sydney. To me, Sydney does not have the beauty of Avery to stand up as a girls name. (I know I’m well into the minority but I just don’t see Sydney as unisex).

I would try to keep to more gender neutral names for Avery’s sister lest people think that Avery and Isaiah are her brothers.

I do like Esme (despite not being gender neutral). It fits in with the vowels and isn’t overly flowery of a girls’ name.

Other ideas:
Ellery
Ellis
Quinn
Sage (Sage Emmeline?)
Rowan

LJandRL Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Lovely ideas on your list, I particularly like Esme, Molly and Alana.

How about Sidonie as a more unusual (and in my opinion stylish and feminine) alternative to Sydney? Here are the vowel, M and S names on our list if it helps!:

Adeline
Alina
Amalia
Amaris
Amaya
Ameline (Emmeline alternative?)
Angelica
Anneliese
Anya
Aria
Ariana
Elena
Elise
Elle
Imogen
India
Ivy
Marielle
Marlo
Matilda
Meline
Milena
Milla
Mira
Mirabelle
Odette
Oona
Oriana
Sahara
Salome
Sanna
Sarai
Satya
Savina
Selena
Seraphine / Seraphina
Sidonie

I hope that helps some! You’re children are adorable 🙂

LJandRL Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I think you have some great names on your short list, especially Esme, Molly and Alana.

What do you think of Sidonie? It’s a more unusual (and in my opinion stylish and feminine) alternative to Sydney.

Here are the vowel, M and S names on our list if it helps:

Adeline
Alina
Amalia
Amaris
Amaya
Ameline (alternative to Emmeline?)
Angelica
Anneliese
Anya
Aria
Ariana
Elena
Elise
Elle
Imogen
India
Ivy
Marielle
Marlo
Matilda
Meline
Milena
Milla
Mira
Mirabelle
Sahara
Salome
Sanna
Sarai
Satya
Savina
Selena
Seraphine
Sidonie

I hope that helps some! Your children are adorable 🙂

Nyx Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Avery, Isaiah AND Esme – I’ve seen that a number of people have already suggested this, and I think that it’s a wonderful idea. It starts with a vowel for your hubby, as the softer “s” and “m” sounds for you, and is known/heard, but not popular (yet)

Avery, Isaiah AND Eden – Again, keeps the vowel them that your hubby is wanting, is a truly feminine name, and feels complimentary to both siblings names

Avery, Isaiah AND Elyse – (pronounced EE-lees) Vowel, soft, a feminine name, but one that isn’t very popular but is known

Avery, Isaiah AND Olivia – Vowel, feminine, ties in well with both children, but (like Avery and Isaiah) is pretty popular on the SSA lists right now

The rest I’m just throwing out there with a few bits of why… just to see if there are any nibbles 😉

Avery, Isaiah AND Emma – Vowel, feminine

Avery, Isaiah AND Sophie/Sophia – Feminine, soft

Avery, Isaiah AND Sierra – Soft, feminine

Avery, Isaiah AND Mia – Soft, feminine

Avery, Isaiah AND Maya – Soft, feminine

Avery, Isaiah AND Madison – Contains both the softer “M” and “S”, trends well with sibling names

Avery, Isaiah AND Madelyn – Soft, feminine, trends well with sibling names

Avery, Isaiah AND Skyler/Skylar – Starts with the softer “S” and contains the rather trendy “l”, trends well with siblings names, and isn’t too popular

missysue Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Some suggestions: Amelia/Emilia, Mallory (could use Molly as a nickname), Eloise, Serena/Seren, Audrey

missysue Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Forgot to add my comments on the names you’re discussed so far.

Sydney Renee: My fav. from your list. I lived in Sydney for a little while and have nothing but great associations with that name. I think it sounds great with Avery.

Emrie Pearl: I think it sounds too much like Avery. For some reason it reminds me of Ebony and Ivory…

Elliette Mae: Cute, but prefer it spelled Elliot or Elliott.

Molly Renee: Molly is cute, but I would also have trouble using a name I used for a pet. Molly also sounds more like a nickname compared to Avery and Isaiah.

Good luck with deciding! 🙂

dannyva Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I haven’t read through all the posts above, but immediately thought of Ellery (nn Ellie or Elle). I love the name Elliott (though would probably use it for a boy)– but if you use it, go with the traditional spelling. The way you have it spelled made me think it was “Ellie-ette”. Congrats on baby number three- I have a 4 yr old girl (Savannah) and an 18 month old boy (Miles) and want one more girl, too. 🙂

Nyx Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Just noticing that Avery and Isaiah end with a strong “EE” or strong “AH” sound. When I say a lot of the names I mentioned with the siblings names, I sometimes get a sing-songy, almost-rhymey/rhythm effect. If that is something you want to avoid, here is my revised list:

Avery, Isaiah AND Esme – AYV-ree, ie-ZAY-ah AND ez-MAY

Avery, Isaiah AND Eden – AYV-ree, ie-ZAY-ah AND EE-den

Avery, Isaiah AND Elyse – AYV-ree, ie-ZAY-ah AND EE-lees

Avery, Isaiah AND Madison – AYV-ree, ie-ZAY-ah AND MAD-i-son

Avery, Isaiah AND Madelyn – AYV-ree, ie-ZAY-ah AND MAD-ah-lin

Avery, Isaiah AND Skylar – AYV-ree, ie-ZAY-ah AND SKY-lar

QuirkFlower Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Have you thought of Ember? It sounds like Embrie but I like it so much more! Other than that, just know that Alana is very popular. I like Esme and Molly a lot. Sylvia is also a stunner.

evergreen Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Some ideas that came to mind 🙂

Imogen nn Gin, Ginny, Immy
Odette
Odessa
Aisling nn Ash
Adelaide another Australian city -I love Sydney too
Enid
Effie, though it is like a nn

And I like Ember, Fable & Romilly that I have seen suggested by others.
Wishing you all the very best 🙂

Thuja Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Beginning vowels aside, I think the major sound going on in all your names (don’t know your husband’s, tho) is the long “A” in Rachel, Avery, and Isaiah. To create balance, I’d avoid using the sound unless it’s also in your husband’s name and you want to make it a theme. I’d use either the “V” sound in Avery or the “Z” sound in Zay to create a thread leading to Violet, Verabel, or Zinnia. Elise or Elyse also incorporates the “Z” sound very well. I don’t think using a more feminine name will lead strangers to assume that Avery is a boy–statistics-wise, it’s used more often for girls. I love your children’s names!

Thuja Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Or Olive!

CharacterNamer Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I like:
Emily
Emerson
Ellery
Elana
Esme

O names aren’t sticking out as much to me.

CountryLizB Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

What about Marian?

usagurl4 Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I really love the name Elliot. I even like the spelling variation you would use. It fits in with your other children too.

anne Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

From your new list, my favorite is Sylvia. It has 3 syllables like Avery and Isaiah and the v like Avery. The nickname Livi is adorable.

Best of luck. Let us know what you decide.

shieldsc Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Avery, Isaiah, and Sydney
Avery, Isaiah, and Emerson
Avery, Isaiah, and Elliott

I like the idea of sticking with a unisex name. To me, that would be my first criteria more than a vowel name. As others have said, then Avery won’t feel like her sister got a more feminine name than she did.

starophie Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I love almost all the names suggested by other berries, but I’m just going to make a push for my absolute favorite: Emerson.

This has been one of my favorite girls’ names for years, but last year I did a project on transcendentalist authors, and Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of them. In that way, I think Emerson is a lovely, intelligent name – Emerson’s beliefs are quite a bit about equal rights and freedom, and especially about being an individual – which hopefully can translate into your daughter becoming a lovely and intelligent young woman. Emerson also has a lot of the aesthetic qualities you are looking for! It’s a vowel name, like your husband suggested, and it has the ‘m’ sound that you like. It offers a whole host of nicknames from Em and Emmy to Mercy to Sunny, even, if that’s something you like.

From the names you’ve selected, I have to say that the only one I really love is Molly (I’ve a cousin and friend called Molly, though my friend is Mollie). I think Emery (spelled with a y, not ie) could work, as Angie Harmon’s two younger daughters (the middle, funnily enough, is also Avery Grace, and the baby is Emery Hope), along with oldest sister Finley Faith, have those names. But for my taste, it’s a bit too match-y. Sydney, I think, is far too dated – especially with Avery and Isaiah! And I think going with a consonant feels a bit awkward. But I’m very into patterns and symmetry, and you might not care! As for her middle, I am desperately in love with Pearl – my birthstone, as a Junebug – and I think going with a one-syllable also fits your pattern. Maybe a different ending, though, since Joel also has the kind of -ull ending.

How about Ruth, to tie-in with Isaiah’s biblical connection? Or Hope/Faith/Joy/Love/Calm to loop back with Avery’s virtue middle (maybe you call her Mercy sometimes for that too)?

Know that whatever you choose, it’s yours to decide. But I hope I may have helped a little, and congratulations on your third wonderful child!

~*sophie*~

em_crazynamer Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

If you love Renee would you ever use Wren as a first name. I personally think Avery Grace, Isaiah Joel and Wren Rachel. To add so mn meaning. Ave, Zay and Wren also sound cute.

aehname Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Of those names suggested I really love Emerson (nn Em, Emmie, I’ve also seen Emrie) and Sylvia (nn Viv, Liv, Livie, Sylvie). I also really like Sydney from your list!

pamhow Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Love all these suggestions. Good luck and be sure to let us know what you choose!

hdodd Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I love the names Emmeline (you could call her Emmy or Emma) and Annesley. Hope you find a name you love out of all these suggestions!

juliet.a Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 12:15 am

What about Irwin or Erwin?
It’s a cute boyish name that could easily be an adorable girl.
I also like the suggestions of Opal and Emerald!

good luck!

Tressa Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 12:46 am

My favorite thing about Esme is that the stress of each name would be on different parts of each name.
Oldest: AY-ver-ee
Middle: eye-ZAY-ah
Youngest: ez-MAY

Another name that comes to mind with this same pattern is Juliet.
Juliet has 3 syllables like the others too.

Good luck!

kresgemart Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 8:49 am

Again, thank you for all of the thoughtful advice!! After consulting over the lists and suggestions with the oh so picky Tim,=) these are now our mutual top four.

Sylvia Mae
Molly Claire
Emerson Pearl
Sydney Mae

notsoclevername Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Olive is a cute O name and is pretty far down on the pop chart. Ora is short and sweet. Opal is classic and classy. Olympia.
If you’d rather go with E there’s Elsa or Edith, on the charts but pretty low, Ethel, or Emeline.
Then there’s the poor old neglected U which may need some research into other languages but some suggestions that aren’t too far out there (IMO anyway) Ulyssa, Una, Unity, or Ursa (since I don’t think Ursula had out grown it’s Disney connotation just yet)
Suggestions for S: Sherry, Sonya, Sana, or Sandy.
M names: Magdalene (or variant spelling) Mabel, Muriel, Mariam (or variant spelling) Matilda, Minerva.
Can’t wait to see what you choose!

starophie Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

just had to come back and say “emerson pearl!!!” because, oh my gosh, my favorite first and middle. but all of the names on your short list now are positively wonderful!!! (and i do have rather a soft spot for sylvia as it’s my grandmother’s name :3) well done!!!

Nyx Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Avery Grace & Isaiah Joel
Sylvia Mae
Molly Claire
Emerson Pearl
Sydney Mae

Out of your final cut, I have to say that they are all beautiful. If I were to have to narrow it down, these are some things I might consider:

Avery Grace & Isaiah Joel AND Sylvia Mae – For me, the “V” sound in both girls names and the “ah” sound at the end of both Isaiah and Sylvia might mean the chopping block for this option

Avery Grace & Isaiah Joel AND Molly Claire – Super cute combo, and while both Avery and Molly end with the “ee” sound, they are different because of the blended “ly” vs “ry”

Avery Grace & Isaiah Joel AND Emerson Pearl – I LOVE Pearl! I also like how each name is individual, but there are subtle links (like all starting with a vowel, or Avery and Emerson being unisex). This is tied as my favorite for these reasons

Avery Grace & Isaiah Joel AND Sydney Mae – My other favorite combo. Both girls share a strong “ee” sound at the end of the names, but with nicknames of Ave and Syd, I doubt that this would really be a problem.

Do let is know what the final name is! And good luck in these final weeks 😀

kresgemart Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Nyx- love your reasonings of our final list. My husband Tim’s least favorite is Sylvia, so that is probably out. =)

This seems so silly, but it’s been weighing on my heart to name this sweet girl… and I really feel like your input has contributed to helping me think through the best options and combinations. Hugs to you all! I’ll let you know which one we land on! =)

Nyx Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Well, it sounds like you have 3 very solid choices left… and that’s a very reasonable number of options. My final suggestion, wait and meet the little girl. This will give you (and hubby) time to “live with” each name without actually having to commit to any of them yet.

You might also consider, after she arrives, having Avery and Isaiah meet their sister, and maybe come to a final decision as a family (that is, unless Avery is set upon Rapunzel as a name and Isaiah thinks that Pikachu would be a great name for his little sister 😉 ).

March is just around the corner! Best of luck and much energy (I remember losing my energy in the final weeks of pregnancy with my second, and having to take care of my first – I can only sympathize with you having 2).

KrissyKat Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Avery Grace, Isaiah Joel, and Emerson Pearl!

Absolutely love Emerson Pearl… unisex first name and super feminine middle, just like Avery Grace, 3 syllable first and 1 syllable middle just like the other two, and there is such a nice flow with all three!

Ave, Zay, and Em. So perfect.

I agree with Nyx though, meet her and see what fits 🙂

skizzo Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Sorry but, terrible names.

Unfortunately this is the norm in america, the boy gets the perfectly normal name (if not exactly exciting), and the girl gets stuck with the tacky masculine names such as Avery and Emerson. Its soooooo cool to give girls “man” names such as these for some reason, to be they just seem tacky and borderline cheap.

skizzo Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

My suggestion: Sylvia Mae or Molly Claire, at least these are perfectly normal girl names.

PeachThePrincess Says:

February 11th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Maybe Ellie Sarah or Emily Mae, Mindy Sue or Silvie May, Sandy Leah (it’s a singer’s name, but it’s lovely) or Molly Vera.

Nyx Says:

February 11th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

@skizzo – I just have to say that while you are entitled to your opinion, you don’t have to be quite so rude about it. There is a difference between stating your opinion and being flat out rude… and the line isn’t that fine. All it takes is considering the other person’s feelings just a little bit.

My opinion: No, I wouldn’t chose a unisex (or one that was traditionally masculine) for any daughter I might have.

However, since this is NOT my daughter, I do not get the ultimate say in the types of names they chose. And if I want to offer my help, I will have to work with the names that they like.

You would have been much more polite had you simply stated that you dislike unisex/masculine names and would chose Sylvia Mae or Molly Claire out of the choices. But hey, that is just MY opinion 😛

kresgemart Says:

February 15th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hello to all of you who helped us decide on our name!! We have grown in love with the suggested name Sylvia, and unless this baby comes out saying her name is Emerson, the name my husband and I agree on is Sylvia Mae. I wanted to add our last name because that has added to our decision, as we think this name fits this baby best as a whole.

Avery Grace, Isaiah Joel, and Sylvia Mae VandenToorn.

THANK YOU again for your input and constructive thoughts!! This helped in our name picking process greatly!

pam Says:

February 15th, 2012 at 11:32 am

Wow, Rachel, what amazing news! Very cool, and I love the name Sylvia (I admit, much more than Emerson). Glad this process was helpful and we’ll look forward to the birth announcement. Thanks for letting us know xx

kresgemart Says:

February 16th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Even though Sylvia is at the top of my list, Tim wants to know if anyone on here likes his favorite, Reagan Elise…

Dilated to 3 and 70% effaced.. sick of thinking about names! =)

spacecow1993 Says:

February 19th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Sylvia is one of my top favorite names. Excellent choice. Reagan is beautiful too, though more popular. Wait till she’s here and see what name fits her more. Either way, you can’t go wrong. She’ll love either name, and she’ll appreciate all the thought you put into it.

Nyx Says:

February 21st, 2012 at 1:37 am

Personally, I prefer Sylvia to Reagan… however, I have a feeling I am too late. Congratulations!

Kenzi Says:

February 28th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

i have a Mykaela Haven and we call her Aela. i have also always loved the name Monroe Lily and call her Mo or Roe.

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

March 9th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Maybe:
Emerson
Emery
Alison
Ashton
Regan
Darcy
Tyler
Rylee/Riley
Elodie
Tegan
Angel
Alexis/Alex/Alex
Emily/Emma/Ebony (Emily and Ebony get confused all the time so I think Ebony is a good alternative and not as popular)
Ariel/Arielle/Ariella
Edana
Ellington (nicknamed Ellie)
Polly (instead of Molly)
Evan
Perth (instead of Sydney sorry can’t help it)
Esme
Esmeralda
Emerald
Olivia
Otilla
Sasha
Micah
Morgan
Addison (Addy)
Erin
Evelyn
Indigo
Ines
Sky
Skyler
Shannon
Zia/Sia

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

March 9th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

sorry meant to suggest Alexa as well

Alex27 Says:

April 16th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Emmy, Ellie or Ella

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