Girl Names: Long and Meaningful

We helped them name Carina! Now let's choose a name for her sister.

by Abby Sandel aka The Name Sage

It’s an Ask the Name Sage first – a repeat customer! We helped them name their second daughter, and now it’s time to find a name for a third. 

Amy writes:

I’m baaaack!

I was the girl with 42 names on her list but couldn’t find one I really loved. I was thrilled you had chosen our letter because you helped us fall in love with the most perfect name for our baby: Carina Iris, a sister for Viviana Rose.

We are expecting our third baby girl in early September and now we have a new problem. Well … a few new problems!

We like feminine names that not super popular but are also familiar enough to pronounce. Because they’re long, we want to be aware of potential nicknames. And some names just seem to disappear when said with Viviana and Carina.

Meanings matter to us. Viviana is full of life and Carina is love. We will probably go with a floral middle name like Violet to tie in with her sisters’ names.

Our last name starts with an L and ends with an ‘ee’ sound. Names like Lilly would be hard to say.

Here are our favorites:

Evangeline – We love that it means “good news.” It’s long enough to stand up to our daughters’ names. But Eve and Evie are too close to Viviana’s nickname, Vivi. Lina seems close to Carina. Is there another option I’m not thinking of?

Genevieve – The meanings listed – “white wave” or “woman of the people” don’t appeal. Again, nicknames could be an issue, but I love the sound of Ginny.

Celia – It means heavenly, which I love, and nicknames wouldn’t be a problem. But is it too soft, or too different from our older daughters’ names?

We’ve also considered Emmeline, Scarlett, Adelaide, Aurora, Penelope, and Susannah.

New suggestions welcome!

The Name Sage replies:

You’ve chosen bold, distinctive names for your daughters, and that’s a good thing. But you’re right – it might feel awkward to introduce your three girls: Viviana, Carina, and …. Beth? That’s not quite right.

This family calls for a strong sound and a compelling meaning.

Evangeline fits, and yet, I agree – the potential for confusing nicknames is sky-high! I’m not sure Genevieve avoids all of that, either, plus the meaning doesn’t hit the mark.

That leaves Celia. There’s nothing wrong with Viviana, Carina, and Celia, but I hear your hesitation. It’s a quieter name compared to her sisters. Cecilia seems like the obvious answer – but of course that name has a different origin and meaning.

Let’s start fresh, and see if we can find some more possibilities.

AlaiaAlaia sounds glamorous, a shimmering name with a very current sound. In Basque it means joyful. It’s typically pronounced ah-LYE-ah, but in our age of Kayla and Hailee, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear ah-LAY-uh, too.

Amara – Globe-spanning Amara occurs in several languages, from Igbo to Japanese. But I like it because it sounds like amor – the Latin word for love. Nicknames abound: Ami/Amy, Mara, Aya, possibly even Maya.

AnastasiaAnastasia means resurrection. It’s a long name, but one that nearly everyone recognizes immediately. It’s also got some great nickname options, including Anya: Vivi, Cara, and Anya.

CalistaCalista combines a great meaning – beauty – with an unforgettable sound. Life, love, and beauty sound just right together, and I think Viviana, Carina, and Calista would make great sister names, too.

Cordelia – The heroine of Anne of Green Gables told us she wanted to be called Cordelia. “It’s such a perfectly elegant name.” But I thought of it because of the meaning: it’s associated with the Latin cor – heart, or possibly a Welsh name that means “jewel of the sea.” Cora is terribly close to Cara, but Delia works nicely.

FelicityLily won’t work, but would something longer, like Felicity, pair well with your surname? Because happiness is a great meaning, and completes the set: life, love, and joy. I’ve heard of Fliss and Flick as nicknames, but I like Lissy best.

Lucasta – I kept thinking about names that mean light, but it’s tough to find one that meets your requirements! But then I thought of Lucasta. It comes from a phrase meaning “pure light” and that seems to work exactly. But is it too repetitive with your surname? Lulu might be a great nickname.

MirandaMiranda means wonderful, a Shakesperean name that’s familiar today, but not too common. Miri seems like an obvious short form. It’s close to Vivi visually, but sounds different. There’s also Mira and Andi.

From your list, I also love the idea of Susannah, maybe called Zuzu. It means lily, and carries all the symbolism of the flower. Adelaide, too, seems to hit all of the right marks – a strong sound and a great meaning – noble.

Overall, though I’m drawn to Miranda. Miranda Violet. Viviana, Carina, and Miranda. Vivi, Cara, and Miri. Full of life, love, and all things wonderful.

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Bobcat108 Says:

May 1st, 2018 at 10:57 pm

From the suggestions, I like Anastasia & Calista the best.

What about…

Lucinda nn Lulu or Cinda
Alessandra or Alessia nn Aly or Sandra
Maddalena nn Maddie or Lena
Isannah (IIRC, this was the name of Ben Franklin’s youngest daughter…or maybe Paul Revere’s) nn Sanne
Natasha nn Tasha
Tatiana nn Tia
Nerissa nn Rissa
Ravenna nn Venna or Ravi
Larissa nn Lissa
Emiliana nn Emmy or Ana or Lia
Sunniva nn Sunny

ikc83 Says:

May 1st, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Paloma! Or maybe Allegra?

ceryle Says:

May 1st, 2018 at 11:37 pm

Loving Anastasia, Aurora, Susanna(h) or Miranda with Viviana and Carina. Miranda Violet is gorgeous.

I like Evangeline too, and I think Ginny or Gigi could work as nicknames.

Other ideas:

Aurelia (golden)
Celeste or Celestia (heavenly)
Estella (star)
Gemma (gem)

scientisms Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 12:18 am

I feel like Angie would be a sweet nickname for Evangeline, not too close to Vivi/Viviana or Carina while still sounding good with them.

Evangelia would give you the choice of Lia as well, though I do prefer how Evangeline sounds with Carina and Viviana (and that it breaks up the a-endings so if you had a fourth you wouldn’t feel stuck within that pattern.)

Would also suggest:
Adeline (means noble, close to Adelaide and Emmeline)
Ginevra (another option for Ginny, similar to Genevieve)

CocoaPuff Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 12:24 am


ruolan Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 1:12 am

I like Evangeline from your list with nn Angel.

Life, Love, and Joy: Beatrice, Hilary, Blythe
Life, Love, and Peace: Salem/Selma, Olivia, Paloma
Life, Love, and Liberty: Charlotte, Francesca

Greyblue Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 1:20 am

I love Miranda and Evangeline for you

My suggestions
Adelia (Noble) -Addy, Della. Dell, Lia
Ilaria (cheerful) – Lari, Ria, Aria
Mirabel/Mirabella (wonderful) – Mira, Bel, Abby

spayefike Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 am

I knew an Evangeline who went by Vangie. It’s sweet but it has some bite. I like the name and I agree it works well with your other daughters’ names!

baffled_jessica Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 2:56 am

I love Evangeline called Angie best, but I’m also fond of Felicity, Susannah (mostly for the adorable nn Zuzu). And although its not my fave, Cory or Cordie are both nicknames for Cordelia that are a little bit more removed from Cara.

RL Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 3:01 am

What about Juliet? Nicknames could be JuJu or Jules.

Of course it wouldn’t work with Violet, but there are lots of other flower names:

Juliet Aster
Juliet Calla
Juliet Ivy

kennamoon Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 3:12 am

I love Viviana, Carina & Miranda!

Celia is ok but I think I like Cecily more- though I’m not sure how it would sound with your surname.

Some more suggestions-

Viviana, Carina & Harmony

Viviana, Cariana & Talia (gentle dew from heaven, by the wate)

Viviana, Carina & Matilda (battle-mighty)

Viviana, Carina & Etheline “Effy” (Ethel means nobel maiden)

Viviana, Carina & Layana (idk)

Viviana, Carina & Delilah (delight, or to flirt)

shivshiv Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 3:31 am

I love Aurora, it give some super cute nn’s, Aura, Rory, Rora etc. and i think it suits the middle name Violet. What an amazing sibset that would be! Viviana Rose, Carina Iris and Aurora Violet.
Looking at other suggestions in the comments i love Matilda in that sibset too!

Others id suggest would be:
Sienna (!)
Evelina (!!!)

katinka Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 5:13 am

Viviana and Carina are beautiful names!

How about Mileva for their sister? It’s a Slavic name meaning “gracious, dear”, with that “ev” sound you seem to really love, but some lovely nickname options that aren’t too close to Vivi: Mila, Mia, Millie….

onomastodon Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 5:31 am

Oh, Felicity and Miranda are wonderful suggestions.
It’s a shame you’ve decided against Susannah and Adelaide – I agree that they both work very well with Viviana & Carina. From the names you were considering for Carina, I think Arabella works well, though I imagine you’ve ruled that out already (and it’s quite popular). Allegra and Aurelia are great suggestions, too.

Some more thoughts:
Gloria, Gloriana

And the wildcards:
Clarimond (probably not really ‘familiar’ to most)
Celestine, Celestina (as above)
Oriana (as above. Might be misheard as Ariana)
Letitia/Laetitia (I’m not fully confident people would know how to spell this one any more)
Theodora, Dorothea, Angelica (might not fit if you’re not religious)
Titania (I think the meaning’s lovely, but it might not be to your taste)
Verity, Amity (too word-y?)

Good luck!

jo1654 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 5:55 am

Calista, Allegra, Gloria, or i love the Paloma suggestion! I also like ivy and calla for less obvious floral ties in the middle. Miranda, while lovely sounds so heavy and dense next to Carina.

Wildsyringa Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 6:25 am

Emilia nicknamed Mila is what I would probably pick to go with sisters Carina and Viviana. Although the meaning isn’t great I guess, so what about Milana nicknamed Mila. It means “beloved” if I’m remembering correctly.

Other ideas:


dream.create Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 6:53 am

Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Estella Violet!

elisabeth_terceiro Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 6:57 am

If you’re not a HUGE fan of Adelaide, you could always go with adelaine. (Pronounced ad-e-lyn)
I have a friend named Anastasia and she gets quite irritated because some people think her name is Anna instead of Anastasia, and thinking it’s spelt with only one n. I would recommend
Imogen- so there could be the nicknames Vivi, cari and imi, if you would rather that to Miranda.

elisabeth_terceiro Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 7:01 am

Just thinking again, to go with all the i’s, maybe Imogenia?

elisabeth_terceiro Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 7:05 am


AllisonL Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 7:40 am

Viviana, Calista and

Helena Light nn Lena
Honora Honor nn Nora
Adelia Noble nn Elle/Addy/Delia
Aurelia Golden nn Lia
Celine Heavenly nn Lina
Colette Victory nn CoCo/Lettie
Elora The Lord is my light nn Elle/Lora
Catarina Pure nn Cate/Cat/Ina

AllisonL Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 7:44 am

Sorry! I see it was Viviana & Carina as big
sisters not Calista as one berry suggested.

AD10 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 8:08 am

Darn, the Sage beat me to it as I was also going to suggest Miranda Violet. It’s lovely with your daughters’ names, it feels substantial but is also nick name rich (Mira is my favorite pick!), and it has such a lovely meaning. A true winner!

My other suggestion would be Emilia nickname Mila or Emi/Emmy

macy13 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:14 am

Aurelia “the golden one”
Amada  “loved”
Amabel  “lovable”
Florence  “to flourish”
Iliana “Ray of light”
Calliope “beautiful voice”
Theia – the Greek Goddess of light
Gabrielle  “God’s bravest woman”.
Siena – Italian City
Iola  “Violet”
Persephone – Goddess of spring growth

Finnberry Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:20 am

I must say I absolutely love Carina Iris! Carina is very beautiful and interesting name with an amazing meaning. I associate the name ‘Carina’ with the Pirates of The Caribbean heroine Carina Smythe, but maybe that’s just one of the reasons why I love the name so much (she’s an excellent role model, anyway.)

Viviana Rose and Carina Iris go well together but they give me different feels. Viviana is delicate and melodic, but Carina is like more fierce. That’s why I’d suggest names that are both fierce and delicate. As you already have flower names as their middle names you propably want to go on with that?

Viviana, Carina and….

Tempest “Em (meaning turbulent, stormy) Lily
Scarlett “Lettie” Lily
Lucienne “Lucy” Ivy
Delphine Prim (abbreviation from Primrose)

Finnberry Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:24 am

I must say I absolutely love Carina Iris! Carina is very beautiful and interesting name with an amazing meaning. I associate the name ‘Carina’ with the Pirates of The Caribbean heroine Carina Smythe, but maybe that’s just one of the reasons why I love the name so much (she’s an excellent role model, anyway.)

Viviana Rose and Carina Iris go well together but they give me different feels. Viviana is delicate and melodic, but Carina is like more fierce. That’s why I’d suggest names that are both fierce and delicate. As you already have flower names as their middle names you propably want to go on with that?

Viviana, Carina and….

Verena Ivy
Astoria Lily
Tempest (meaning turbulent, stormy) Lily
Scarlett “Lettie” Lily
Lucienne “Lucy” Ivy
Delphine Prim (abbreviation from Primrose)

Violet_Rose Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:24 am

Evangeline also has Angie, Eva, Angel, Lina, Evan,& Lini as potential nicknames! Don’t limit yourself to just Evie if you like it! It is my first borns name! It seems everyone in the family has a different nickname for her! 😉 her papaw even calls her Jelly Belly! *evan-Gel-line*

Eu Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:26 am

I love Susanna(h)! But I also want to stand up for the meaning of Genevieve. I see people complaining about this all the time but it’s a great meaning. True, it could just mean “woman,” but I prefer to take “woman of the people” as a woman who represents the people, or is cherished by the people. It’s a great meaning!

Finnberry Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:30 am

Oops! My message was sent two times! I also forgot to mention that Verena and Astoria would go well with Viviana Rose and Carina Iris because they aren’t too popular but won’t also be too easily mistaken to other names. They both include the letter “R” like the Vivi’s and Cara’s names do, and they are at the same time both fierce and delicate.

Possible nicknames could be Vera and Asa/Asta.

Nathalia Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 9:41 am

I love Susannah also! Zuzu or Zana.

Other possibilities with good meanings:

Celeste Violet
Irene/Irena Violet
Linnea Violet

Or – Flower (Tree) name first:
Magnolia Eve (Nola, Maggie)

sarah1800 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 10:50 am

I think Amara goes well. I also like (most already suggested):

Alessia (nameberry says “defender” but on another site it was “helper”)
Aurelia (“golden”)
Aurora (“dawn”)
Ilaria (“happy”)
Juliet (“youthful”)

Madelyn Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:04 am

The first name that popped into my head was Seraphina/Serafina. The meanings of your daughters’ names- full of life and love- fit quite well with ardent/fiery.

Seraphina Violet (evokes Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, but I think it is still lovely)
Serafina Fleur
Seraphina Bloom
Seraphina Lilac
Seraphina Aster
Seraphina Daisy
Seraphina Delphine
Seraphina Lotus
Serafina Tulip
Serafina Cerise
Seraphina Blossom

MissBennet Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:13 am

Beatrix, Beatrice – Bea, Trixie. Viviana, Carina and Beatrix; Vivi, Cara, and Bea?
Laetitia, Letitia – Layla/Laela, Lettie, Tisha. Viviana, Carina and Laetitia; Vivi, Cara, and Letty?
Gioia – Gigi, Jojo. Viviana, Carina and Gioia; Vivi, Cara, and Jojo?
Farah – Fay/Fae. Viviana, Carina and Farah; Vivi, Cara, and Fae?

samwedel87 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Magnolia. Means “flower” so it ties to her sisters. Mia for short.

clairels Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 12:37 pm

First name that came to mind: Esperanza, meaning hope.

zsazsa00 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Hello what came to mind for me was:

Adora meaning adored and beloved.

Oriana meaning dawn/golden. I like Ori/Orie/Aurie as a nn. cause I new an Aurie/Auriana (possible spelling just not on NB).

TiffanyS Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 1:07 pm

[I wrote this before reading the other comments]

What great first two names! I’m sure whatever you choose for the third sister will be every bit as good.

Other potential nicknames for Evangeline: Vangie, Angie, Eva (pronounced with a short e, as in elephant), Ina (with a long I, as in ivory), Vana, Eli (pronounced Ellie).

Some other ways to arrive at Ginny/Gini: Virginia, Ginevra, Ginger.

For Celia: could try Celine or Celeste. Celine ends with -ine, like Evangeline and Emmeline. Celeste begins and ends with the same sounds as Scarlett, which is also a great choice.

From Abby’s suggestions: Calista and Felicity!

Other possibilities:
Violeta (Lettie) – obviously would need a different flower for the middle – means Violet (purple, the color of royalty),
Leticia (Lettie, Tish/a) – means joy, gladness
Mariana (Mari, Ree, Ana) – combination of Mary and Anna (grace),
Azucena (Susi) – means lily (often associated with purity),
Paloma (I don’t know any nicknames for Paloma) – means dove (associated with peace),
Melissa (Meli, Missy, Lissy) – means honeybee (industrious, maybe?) – inspired by first letter’s mention of Carissa.

A thought on Mariana: it’s like a mix of the other girls’ names. mARIana- cARIna, marIANA – vivIANA. If you already use Cari sometimes for Carina, and Vivi for Viviana, then you could use Ana for Mariana.

Happy naming!

indiefendi2 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Of the Name Sage’s list I think Calista or Lucasta are perfect. Rare yet known. Beautiful and pronounceable.

some suggestions:
Seraphina – means ardent; fiery and a type of angel
Shoshana – means lily and Lily would be a lovely nickname
Angelina – means little angel
Adelaide – means noble
Indira – means beauty
Alessandra – means defender of humanity
Ophelia – means help
Freya – though this one is short it means noble woman and is a goddess
Francesca – means freedom
Paloma – means dove
Aurelia – means gold
Valentina – means health
Gabrielle – means God is my strength
Ottilie – means prosperous in battle
Linnea – a type of flower
Margot – means pearl
Thora – means thunder goddess
Louisa – means renowned warrior
Elowen – means elm

mom3 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Viviana, Carina & Imogen (Ginny)

Viviana, Carina & Priscilla (Cilla)

Viviana, Carina & Theresa (Tess/Tessa)

Viviana, Carina & Adelaide (Ada/Dell/Della)

ItIsThyme Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 4:17 pm

If you really love Evangeline, Angel or Angie could be great nicknames or if you really wants something spunky, Vega.

alpharelic Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 5:31 pm

I think Luciana would sit perfectly alongside Carina and Viviana. It means ‘light’, and is a really gorgeous airy name whilst not feeling completely unfamiliar. Nicknames like Lucy, Ana or Lucia. Between your three girls you would have life, love and light – what more can you ask for? I can totally imagine a little Luciana Violet sitting next to Carina Iris and Viviana Rose. But how would it sound next to your last name?

I also wonder what you think about Evelina? It has a really lovely meaning; “wished for child” – and is pretty familiar without being obvious, as it’s not too dissimilar to Evelyn. Although it has similar nickname issues to Evangeline, but you could go with ‘Lina’ which is very sweet. Evelina Violet, Evelina Ida or Evelina May would be beautiful.

I am curious why Emmeline was considered but didn’t become a favourite; I think it would fit nicely alongside Carina and Viviana – baby Emme! It means ‘work’ which isn’t so exciting until you remember that it has an amazing namesake in the fierce and inspiring suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. So it’s quite the powerful name. If not, perhaps Emiliana could work? Although it does mean ‘rival’ (!) but is I think still a great name with very cool history.

I think you could get away with an unusual yet beautiful short first name like Ida or Esme if you balanced it out with a longer middle name. Ida Evangeline doesn’t sound strange next to Carina Iris and Viviana Rose (to my ear, at least).

For the flower middle name, have you considered Dahlia, Poppy, Flora, Calla or Viola? I actually think Dahlia would also work as a beautiful floral first name for you, and open up lots of potential for less floral middle names. eg. Dahlia Eve, Dahlia May, Dahlia Esme.

Some ideas:

Viviana, Carina and Luciana (Lucy, Ana, Lucia) – means light
Viviana, Carina and Indira (Indi, Ida) – means beauty
Viviana, Carina and Dahlia (Didi, Dolly, Dahl) – a flower
Viviana, Carina and Evelina (Evie) – means “wished for child”
Viviana, Carina and Marianna or Marianne (Marie, Annie, May) – means grace
Viviana, Carina and Emiliana (Emmy, Milly)
Viviana, Carina and Rosalia (Rosa, Rosie)
Viviana, Carina and Allegra (Ally) – means joyful
Viviana, Carina and Emmeline (Emme) – after Emmeline Pankhurst!
Viviana, Carina and Wilhelmina (Willa) – means resolute protection
Viviana, Carina and Elodie (Edie, Ella, Didi, Lola) – means foreign riches (?!) but it a beautiful alternative to Melody, Eleanor etc
Viviana, Carina and Seraphina (Sera, Fifi) – means ardent, fiery
Viviana, Carina and Adelaide (Ada) – means noble
Viviana, Carina and Tabitha (Tab) – doesn’t have a great meaning (gazelle!) but was a kind woman in the Bible
Viviana, Carina and Felicity (Fliss) – means good fortune, happy
Viviana, Carina and Delilah (Didi, Lilah) – means delight
Viviana, Carina and Ophelia (Lia, Fifi, Lily) – means ‘help’ but is also Shakespearean, and lots of great songs about Ophelias (my favourite is by Natalie Merchant)
Viviana, Carina and Penelope (Penny) (love this!)
Viviana, Carina and Aurelia (Aura, Rory) – means the golden one
Viviana, Carina and Eloisa (Ellia, Lola) – means healthy
Viviana, Carina and Julianna (Jules, Anna, Lia) – means youthful

By the way I know a middle-aged Susannah who goes by ‘Zanna’ and I always thought it was the coolest, sassiest nickname and totally suits her.

Amanda1866 Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 5:40 pm

If you wanted a nickname option that is less similar to get sister’s, you could use Angie as a nickname for Evangeline.

alliebelle Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Have you considered any of the bel/belle names? They seem like they’d fit well with your style and have plenty of nickname potential.

Viviana, Carina, and…

Mirabelle (“marvelous”, Mira/Miri/Belle)
Christabel (“fair Christian”, Chris/Christie/Belle)
Annabel (“loving”, Anna/Annie/Belle)
Annalise (“grace”, Anna/Annie/Lisey)
Eloise (“healthy”, Ellie/Lo/Lou)
Aurelia (“golden one”, Ari/Lia)
Celestia (“heavenly”, Cece/Celi/Tia)
Natasha (“born at Christmas”, Nat/Tasha)
Sylvia (“from the forest”, Sylvie/Via)

Erin Beth Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 6:42 pm

I really love the suggestion of Miranda for you! That is my favorite. I also quite like the suggestions of Ginevra and Aurelia. Christabel is great too. I will throw Hyacinth into the hopper for a middle name.

HReyns Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 7:42 pm

I love Felicity and Miranda the most. I think they pack the most punch and fit your other daughters’ names well. Both 3+ syllables, and bonus – Miranda also ends in an A.

sharimsh Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 8:42 pm

Ok–I love Evangeline for you. I have an Evangeline, and one of the things we love about it is the vast array of nickname possibilities:

Evie (Eh-vee or Ee-vee)
Eva (Eh-va or Ee-va)

I love the idea of a flower name with an “s” in it, I can think of one more with 4 letters in it:
Evangeline Posy

yellowplums Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Mirabella Violet or Amadea Violet

rosebudstar Says:

May 2nd, 2018 at 11:11 pm

My vote is for Susannah, ends in the same sound as the sisters, sounds great as Susannah Violet, has a distinct nickname and has a floral connection

Other suggestions:

jmarie11 Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 9:03 am

What lovely names!
Viviana, Carina,

I like Indira (it sounds like endearing and it means inner beauty)

Indira Rose
Allegra Magnolia (happiness)
Delilah (delight)
Audrey (strength)
Luana (graceful)
Lucinda (light)
Florence ( flourishing and prosperous)

katybug Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 9:44 am

Evangelina gives you the nn option of Lina in addition to the other options listed above. I really like Luciana and Miranda! I’ll add Clementina (means “Mercy,” nn Minnie or Tina), Theodora (means “gift of God”, nn Thea), Vanessa (means “butterfly” which isn’t as meaningful as your other names but I like the symbolism, nn Nessa) and Marguerite (but since it means “Daisy,” I would pair with another middle than Violet). But that actually makes me think about Violet as a first name, flipping the pattern. Violet, nn Lettie, would be lovely with the sisters’ names!

ElsaAnne Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Congratulations of baby girl 3!
I love the suggestions of Adelia, Amadea, Amara, Anastasia, Angelica, Bianca, Elodie, Elowen, Evangelia, Evangeline, Helena, Isadora, Juliet, Linnea, Lucinda, Magnolia, Mirabelle, Ramona & Theodora.

I suggest:
Genoveva – A twist on Genevieve that matches your previous daughter’s names, and gives you your favourite nicknames Ginny and Evie
Adelaida – again, a twist on one of your considerations, with the sweet nickname Ada!

Abelia “Abby, Lia”– meaning ‘breath’, also a flower name
Adara “Dara” – meaning ‘virgin/noble’, also a star
Amadora “Dora” – meaning ‘gift of love’
Anneliese “Annie/Anna” – meaning ‘grace of god’
Antonia “Annie/Nia” – meaning ‘priceless one’
Apollonia “Polly/Nia” – from the Greek god Apollo – god of sun and light
Araluen “Lulu” – meaning ‘water-lilies’, another floral connection
Ardelia “Dee/Lia” – from Ardith, meaning ‘blooming meadow’
Eulalie/Eulalia “Eula/Lalie/Lia” – meaning ‘sweetly speaking’
Lavinia “Vinnie/Nia” – from Lavinium, an area of ancient Rome
Leona (tricky for nicknames) – meaning ‘lioness’
Leora/Liora/Leonora “Nora/Leni” – meaning ‘light’
Luella “Lulu/Ella” – meaning ‘famous elf/warrior’ (all sorts of meanings for this one)
Octavia “Tavi/Via” – meaning ‘eighth’
Odelia “Odie/Lia” – meaning ‘I will praise the Lord’
Romilly “Romy/Milly” – meaning ‘man of Rome’

Can I also suggest for a middle name – Amaryllis? Another sweet floral name, ending in –s to match her sisters, plus a nod to mum’s name Amy!

Best of luck!

Monkeyname Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 4:02 pm

I think Allegra Fleur is beautiful and would flow really nicely with your other girls names. Allegra Poppy would also work well.

Marcella is another long, beautiful and meaningful name

roisinmitchell Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 7:39 pm

I think Evangeline goes beautifully! You decide the nickname and you make the nickname stick, and there are many options (Annie, Angel,Angie)

I also love the name Aurora to go with your other girls names and I think Aurora Violet sounds so stunning. A nickname for Aurora could be Rory, Ora, or Aurie.

I saw somebody else mention the name Marcella which I think would be gorgeous too. Marcie or Ella for short is so cute.

droma Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 7:46 pm

I love your daughters’ names!

My first thought was Francesca, which is my daughter’s name. I know I’m biased, but I get so many compliments on it. I know it’s a little Italian, but there are great spunky nicknames for it (Frankie, Fanny, France), and it stands up to your other names.

The other names I loved are Evangeline and Calista! Good luck!

springcrocus Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 8:26 pm

I literally just made an account in order to suggest this name: Elena. It’s elegant, vintage-but-timeless, romantic, and flowing. It’s easily recognizable, but not popular. It has the same cadence and matches the -na ending of both your other daughters’ names but has a different vowel sound preceding it so all three names still sound distinctive from each other. It’s got great nicknames that also sound distinct from your other kids’: Ellie, Ella, Lena. And it means light, which perfectly completely your set. There’s also the closely related Helena, with the same meaning, which can be pronounced with the emphasis on the first or the middle syllable.

Other suggestions:
Angela or Angelica
Alessia or Alessandra
Marissa or Marisa

springcrocus Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Alright, I couldn’t resist, I thought of more:
Geneva or Ginevra
Elodie or Elodia

springcrocus Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 8:51 pm

Oh, and Brigitta (“strong”)

PurpleSweetPea2 Says:

May 3rd, 2018 at 11:23 pm

Those are all wonderful names that you have in the hopper. Love Evangeline! I also love Susannah and hoped to possibly use it for our kids but… 4 boys here. So, no Susannah. Was thinking Susie or Sosie are both cute nicknames.

Viviana, Carina and Theadora (gift of God) … nickname Thea.

AshleyLouisa Says:

May 4th, 2018 at 7:17 am

Mirren “Miri” Violet
Louisa “Lulu” or Lula” Violet

josephinedagnall Says:

May 4th, 2018 at 10:57 am

What about Annora, nn Anna or Nora?
Life, love, and Honour.

AnandaWren Says:

May 4th, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Paloma – it means peace, perfect with life and love! NNs could be Polly, Poppy, or Lola.

AnandaWren Says:

May 4th, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Or for another “light” name, what about Lucelia? You could use more commons NNs Lucy or Lulu, but the full name is very uncommon. It’s Portuguese, pronounced “lu-SAY-lee-uh”.

emaia Says:

May 5th, 2018 at 7:21 am

Maybe something like Alissa/Alisa/Alica/Alicia?

Kjh446 Says:

May 6th, 2018 at 2:48 pm

I like Amara or Amora Violet with Viviana and Carina.

Also really like Marcella nn Cella which sounds similar to Celia

Viviana, Carina and

Ariella Violet
Pandora Violet
Aurora Violet
Jemima Violet
Athena Violet
Helena Violet
Esmeralda Violet

Good luck!!

MargotBear Says:

May 6th, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Miranda is absolutely gorgeous!!!! You could have Rannie or Andi as a nn which are both super cute.
I also love Juliet, another Shakespearean name. It is also bursting with nns! I know a Juliet and her nn is Jules but Juliet is short and sweet enough to not have one! Possible nns could be Jules/Jools, Juli, Lettie, Li… maybe even Jewel???
Aurelia is lovely and ties in with Viviana and Carina well. The meaning is ‘golden’ or ‘golden one’ (does that fit well with your theme?) Nns could be Auri/Ari, Ree, Reli or Lia.
Mathilda/Matilda fits nicely with Viviana and Carina. One of my sisters is called Mathilda and she loves it! The meaning is ‘mighty’ or ‘brave maiden’. I think Mathilda fits in better with the other names but is nearly always going to be misspelled and mispronounced. Nns could be Mattie, Tilly, Tilda or Athie.
My last suggestion is Ethel. Ethel is really unique but familiar from the Worst Witch. However it’s not very feminine sounding. It has many good mn combos such as Ethel Aster and Ethel Hazel. A cute nn would be Ethie.
Whatever names you pick they will be lovely!!!! I love Evangeline and Genevieve!

annieinred Says:

May 7th, 2018 at 10:35 am

I love, love, love Evangeline! But for other options, since you guys like names ending with an -a, then what about:

* Adelina “noble” nn Addie; Lina; Linny
* Luciana “light” nn Lucy; Anna
* Seraphina “angel” nn Sera; Sherry; Fifi
* Sariah “princess” nn Sarah; Sari; Aya
* Celestina/Celestine nn Cece

blackcatsmeow Says:

May 7th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

I want to second the suggestion of Seraphina. A great name with some great nicknames built in. Sera, Sari, Fifi, Phina all great options, and Seraphina sounds like your other girl names too!

But my real suggestion is Honora, with a great meaning “Honor” (or Woman of Honor). It rounds out the meanings of your children’s names nicely, Life, Love, and Honor. Also with great nick names like Nora, Norie, and Honey it seems like a slam dunk.

Another name I like for you though it doesn’t have as many nick names is Oona which means Lamb. Viviana, Carina, and Oona sound like a great sibset, in that the names are all distinct but similar.

Also Cassandra (meaning prophetess, or shining man (as in human) ) with it’s friendly nick name Cassie/Cassy would be a great addition.

Finally Talia meaning “Dew from Heaven” or “Near the Water” with nick name Tally, or Tabitha meaning “Gazelle” with nick name Tabby would both be great options for you.

Honora Violet is my favorite but you have a lot of wonderful options out there for you.

CherrieSue Says:

May 7th, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Viviana, from Latin, meaning “life”, delightfully uncommon, currently at #444. Carina, from Italian, meaning “dear little one”; another beautifully rare name.
With Viviana and Carina, I like Susannah best from your ideas. I also like the Susanna spelling. The nickname possibilities are all lovely! Susie, Suzy, Sukie, Anna, Annie, Sanna.

Here are some more ideas I think are definitely worth considering:

Honora, or Honoria – from Latin, meaning “woman of honor”.
Honora Violet, Honora Hazel, Honora Poppy

Helena – Latin ( from the Greek Helen), meaning “bright, shining light”, only #518 in the popularity stakes.
Helena Daisy, Helena Clover, Helena Tansy

Anthea, from Greek, meaning “flowery”:
Anthea Viola or Anthea Violet, Anthea Hazel, Anthea Tansy

Or, as Anthea already has the floral connection, switch the theme around and have a profound meaning within the middle name:
Anthea Evangeline, Anthea Esmé (Esmé, from French, meaning “esteemed, beloved”)
Anthea Verity, Anthea Felicity, Anthea Hope

Antonia, a Latin name meaning “priceless one”, currently at #993. Antonina is a Spanish diminutive.
Antonia Violet, Antonia Fuchsia, Antonia Gardenia

Theme with a little twist:

Violet Evangeline, Clover Evangeline, Poppy Evangeline, Magnolia Evangeline

Magnolia Eve, Magnolia Honor, Magnolia Joy

Esmé Magnolia, Esmé Gardenia, Esmé Linnaea or Esmé Linnéa (Linnaea, aka twinflower, is a flower in the honeysuckle family; Linnéa, popular in Sweden, comes from the Swedish word for “lime tree”).

So, for example…

Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Susannah Violet (Susie, Sanna, etc.)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Honora Violet (Honor, Nora, Honey)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Helena Daisy (Helen, Nell, Elle, Lena, Elena)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Anthea Viola (Annie, Thea)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Anthea Esmé
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Antonia Violet (Annie, Nina, Ania)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Violet Evangeline (Viola, Lettie)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Magnolia Eve (Maggie, Nolia, Lia)
Viviana Rose, Carina Iris, and Esmé Magnolia (Essie)

CherrieSue Says:

May 7th, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Just noticed that the previous poster suggested Honora too, even with the same nicknames! I think it’s a great fit.

ladyhope Says:

May 10th, 2018 at 9:01 am

Cordelia “Delia”!

ciottolo Says:

May 23rd, 2018 at 3:25 pm

I’m sure that someone has already suggested it, but what about the nickname Ginny for Evangeline? It combines the nickname you love from Genevieve with a solution to a fitting nickname for Evangeline.

On a side note, your girls’ names are absolutely stunning – congratulations on what I have no doubt will be an equally stunningly named third little girl!

pamjsg99 Says:

June 23rd, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Inez Magnolia
Calliope Jade (nn Callie, Callie Jo, Opie, Ali, Lia)
Azalea Wren
Marina Violet (nn Maren)
Gwendolyn Jasmine
Gentry Astoria
Magnolia Dawn
Eileena Violet

Skyella_8 Says:

April 4th, 2019 at 5:02 pm

I definitely like Evangeline and Genevieve! I think a good nn for Evangeline is Ella. Vivi and Ella sound great together, and Ella doesn’t have any of the sounds that Vivi does. From The Name Sage’s list, I like Calista the best.

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