Girl Middle Names: What’s best for Gracie?
by Abby Sandel
We are expecting our first child, a daughter, in December. We are going with Gracie for her first name (not Grace, but Gracie), but we cannot find a middle name we love. We’ve thought about Noelle, since she will be a Christmas baby; Rae or Rhea since my husband’s middle name is Ray; more unique options like Wren and classics like Josephine; but nothing has stuck. I do not want to go with my maiden name and our last name starts with “G” so we want to try to stay away from vowels. Help!
The Name Sage responds:
Now this is a fun challenge.
It sounds like you’re open to anything. And yet, when anything is possible, everything is an option. And that is overwhelming!
Let’s try a few different lists, based on the directions you’re already thinking, and then see if we can choose a favorite or two.
Unexpected Longer Names (like Josephine)
Short, Upbeat Options
I’m tempted to suggest a name that bundles together more than one quality. Ray brings to mind light. (Strictly speaking, Raymond has Germanic roots, and a different meaning. But ray of light feels like an even more familiar image.) That makes me think of Lux, which also works with a Christmas-season due date. And, of course, Lux fits in with so many short, unexpected middle name possibilities, too, like Wren.
But my favorite checks only one box: Winter. It’s gaining in use as a given name, mostly (but not exclusively) for girls. And yet, Winter remains a little outside of the mainstream. That makes it a good balance for the more traditional Gracie.
Let’s have a poll to see if one of the categories appeals to readers – and I know they’ll think of some options that I’ve overlooked.
Abby Sandel is the creator of name blog Appellation Mountain and writes Nameberry’s Name Sage column, offering wise advice on baby name questions submitted by Berries every other Wednesday. Abby lives outside of Washington DC with her husband and two children, Alex and Clio. You can reach her on Facebook , Instagram and Pinterest. For a chance to have your questions answered on Nameberry, contact Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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on August 21st, 2019 at 1:11 am
Gracie Renee came to mind -sounds like Wren and Ray together.
Otherwise, i like Gracie Winter, Gracie Noelle and Gracie Lux
on August 21st, 2019 at 5:26 am
My name starts with a G and my middle name is a bit longer. Susanne. Gracie Susanne sounds pretty. A longer middle name got my vote. For something seasonal, how about Gracie Holiday?
on August 21st, 2019 at 6:53 am
Gracie Bell (like Christmas bells)
Gracie Jeanette (similar to Josephine, plus it has a Christmas connection via the Christmas song “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”)
Gracie Eleanor (or Gracie Leonora, since they’re trying to stay away from vowels)
Gracie Ramona (honor name for Ray?)
Gracie Gwyneira (means “white snow”–if they don’t mind her initials being GGG!)
on August 21st, 2019 at 8:59 am
Oh, I think Gracie Clementine is a obvious winner here. Clementine has the same combo of sweetly classic and spunkily fresh that Gracie does, but expressed in a complementary way. Also, oranges (and closely-related tangerines and clementines) are a traditional gift to find in the toe of a Christmas stocking, so I find it seasonal but in a lovely, subtle way.
on August 21st, 2019 at 9:50 am
I love Noelle!
on August 21st, 2019 at 1:27 pm
June, Juniper or Gwendolyn are my faves. I normally am not a fan of Clementine but I think it might work here. Gracie Lou and Gracie Belle are too cutesy IMHO. Not a big fan of Winter, at least in this case.
on August 21st, 2019 at 5:13 pm
My niece is named Gracie, her middle name is a family name Lee.
on August 21st, 2019 at 5:43 pm
Gracie Renee, as suggested by comment, is very fitting! Also please don’t rule out E – my sister is a Gracie Ellen and it works beautifully
on August 21st, 2019 at 9:04 pm
Winter, Noelle and Clementine are my favourites 🙂
on August 22nd, 2019 at 7:23 am
I like the flow and meaning of Gracie Noelle. But if it were me I’d probably name her after her daddy and use Gracie Rae
Erin Beth Said
on August 22nd, 2019 at 5:25 pm
I love the options of Noelle and Josephine. Other ideas:
on August 22nd, 2019 at 9:14 pm
Longer or short I think are best. For the longer names, accenting on the last syllable works well for middles. Something like
Gracie Veronique or
Gracie Vivienne (accent on the last syllable) or
Gracie Rochelle sounds nice.
The single syllable middles can work well, too. You just might be careful that it doesn’t come out sounding too much like Cindy Lou Who.
Gracie Wren does sound nice.
Gracie Bea / Bee,
Gracie Rue / Roux
Gracie Mer (pronounced m-air, like ocean)
on August 26th, 2019 at 1:49 pm
My personal favorite is Gracie Rosalind, but if a seasonal name is what you’d prefer I’d go with Winter.
on August 26th, 2019 at 2:44 pm
Not a fan of using “Christmas” names just because a baby is born in December. My favorite by far is Gracie Josephine– Gracie Jo for short! It’s so spunky and fun.
on September 5th, 2019 at 1:30 pm
I’ve always loved Noelle. It’s perennially pretty, and links her to Christmas. Therefore, I think you’ll never have regrets.
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