More Baby Names Needed for a Short Short List
They both have their favorites, but his list is way too short! Let’s come up with some more names for these first-time parents to ponder.
My husband and I are expecting our first child in a few months. We are definitely having a hard time agreeing on a name we both love.
We both like Elisabeth so that will likely be our middle name for a girl. (We know another girl with the name, so it can’t be the first.)
Our last name is Ukrainian, is three syllables, starts with Pr- and ends with -uk.
I’m hoping you can give us some more ideas that my husband may be open to. Thanks!
The Name Sage replies:
Baby naming with a partner sometimes feels like this: you walk into a restaurant and the only thing on the menu is chicken parmesan.
You don’t dislike the dish, but it’s not your favorite. If only there were a few more options, you might be delighted with chicken marsala or chicken piccata. But a menu consisting of one item? It just doesn’t work.
It sounds like your styles are basically in sync, so the challenge isn’t exactly about finding a middle ground. I think your instinct is exactly right. You just plain need more options to talk over!
Let’s look at girls’ names first.
Now, let’s talk boy names.
Overall, my favorite is Felicity, because I think it combines the best of names like Natalie and Sienna/Selina. Plus it carries an auspicious meaning – happy – and works nicely with Elisabeth. Though Felicity Bryce is stunning!
Readers, their list needs to be longer! What would you suggest to Rachel and her husband?
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on January 4th, 2017 at 12:09 am
What about Nathalie Elizabeth? It feels more timeless to me than Sienna Bryce does. Something about adding the “h” to Natalie makes it much fresher.
Abby may have said this already, but what about Elizabeth as a first name with Eliza as a nickname? It is much more appealing to me than Emelia. Eliza sounds to me similar to your already liked Georgia. Selina. Annika, and Danica.
on January 4th, 2017 at 12:11 am
Oops, sorry. Just realized you like the Elisabeth spelling so maybe Eliza wouldn’t work.
Abby suggested Violet, but this is becoming very common. What about Viola, a classic name which has the a ending you seem to favor.
on January 4th, 2017 at 12:58 am
What about Noella Bryce for a girl? It has the same meaning as Natalie but ends in A like Sienna. Other options could be Noa or Nora. For a boy it’s obvious you both like O names so what about Otis or Orsen? Otis Jamison sounds super handsome. Good luck guys!!
on January 4th, 2017 at 3:54 am
You say you know a girl named Elizabeth. Is this person a forever friend/family member, or a person who will eventually leave your sphere?
on January 4th, 2017 at 4:16 am
My thing is this- If you’re husband is only spitting out those 2 names then he’s not giving you a lot to work with to come to a fair-er match. I feel like you should go ahead and name the baby Sienna Elisabeth. Gorgeous. Done. And if it’s a boy, Jamison Owen or decide on another name that works better for a boy.
on January 4th, 2017 at 7:50 am
on January 4th, 2017 at 11:59 am
Abby suggested Daphne and you like Selina, so maybe Delphine.
on January 5th, 2017 at 6:12 pm
I like the suggestions of Daphne, Caroline, Julian, Orion. Since it seems like your husband may like Ukrainian names here are some that are similar in style that might bridge the gap between your preferences…
Annalie — Similar in sound to Natalie but much less common, still classic and modern in sound.
Annalise — Also similar to Natalie and Annika: could use nn Annalie or Lise.
Lydia — Same style as names you like, also similar to Larissa, but simpler and classic.
Sabina — Also similar in style to many names you like but a little different.
Eugenie — Similar in sound to Natalie but with the Georgia/Gigi similarity for you.
Eliza — A beautiful version of Elisabeth that is its own name so could be a good option as a first name.
Zara — Similar to some Russian names but current and also distinct.
Otto — Short and sweet like Owen but less common and more stylish.
Leo — ditto!
Simon — A classic but not overused.
Oscar — Original but still familiar.
Anything appeal? Good luck!
Beau Jean Said
on January 6th, 2017 at 12:13 pm
It sounds like you will not know the gender of your baby until he/she gets here. Maybe when she/he is born they will let you know what name they like. (It happens sometimes; you will just know) That way you don’t have to settle and husband doesn’t either. Or you could just take turns; one of you name this baby and the other gets to name the next baby. Or one of you picks the first name and the other the middle name. Hey at least your styles are not polar opposites.
Some of my recommendations
Alicia- reminds me of Selina and Emilia
Danielle-reminds me of Danica
Elisabella- just as pretty as Elisabeth and you could put it as a first name
Frances- classic like Elisabeth and Georgia.
Jamie- unisex like Casey
Leah/Leia with the middle name Beth- sounds like Elisabeth, goes with your name Rachel, and is much shorter, because face it, you are not going to be short on syllables if you use Elisabeth for a middle name and have a three syllable last name.
Marina- similar to Selina
Aaron/Evan- both remind me of Owen
Benjamin- classic like Elisabeth
Bennett/Merritt- similar to Emmett
Colin- fits with Oliver and Owen
Jamie- makes me think of Jamison as well as Casey
Ryker- Archer always makes me think of Ryker
on January 7th, 2017 at 1:56 am
Great suggestions provided already! I’m getting a unique, vintage theme from your favorite names. Here are some more ideas to think about:
Many of these pair nicely with each other, or Elisabeth, Bryce, Natalie, or your other favorites…gorgeous!!
For a boy:
Best wishes as you find names you love!
on January 7th, 2017 at 2:55 am
Georgia Elisabeth “Gigi”
on January 7th, 2017 at 8:26 pm
I wish the inquirer would respond or write back to all these name suggestions!
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