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More Baby Names Needed for a Short Short List

These first-time parents need some new ideas they can both love

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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. 

Rachel writes:

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.

My favorite is Sienna Bryce for a girl and Oliver Jamison for a boy.

My husband doesn’t like much except Natalie for a girl or Owen for a boy. I do like the names, but I’m not in love, and I don’t want to settle on a name that is for life.

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.)

I also like Emelia, Georgia, Selina, Casey, Annika, and Danica for a girl, and Lincoln, Emmett, and Archer.

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!

If your husband is reluctant, here’s why it matters. Exploring other possibilities is what makes you confident in your final decision – even if you do end up naming your child Sienna or Owen.

Let’s look at girls’ names first.

Caroline – As classic as Elisabeth, but with the potential nickname Carey/Carrie, which reminds me of Casey from your list.

Daphne – Again, Daphne was inspired by Casey. It still feels breezy and informal, but edges closer to Natalie in terms of style.

Edie – Sticking with names ending in the –ee sound, Edie reminds me of the more vintage names on your list, like Georgia and Emelia.

Felicity – As lovely and lyrical as Selina and Sienna, but with the rhythm of Natalie your husband loves.

Natalia Natalia takes your husband’s favorite name and transforms it into more of a flowing choice in the key of Annika and Selina.

Violet Natalie and Elisabeth are slightly more tailored, so I wonder if a name with a non-a ending might appeal more to your husband?

Now, let’s talk boy names.

Everett Emmett is on your list; Everett feels like a slightly edgier spin on Emmett.

Henry – I can imagine Henry as a brother to Oliver or Owen, so I think it deserves consideration.

Julian – In many ways, Julian is a traditional name. But, like Owen and Oliver, it’s more popular in the 21st century than at any point in the past century or so.

Miles, Milo – Two more names that have plenty of history, but are much more common today than in decades past.

Nate – If he loves Natalie for a girl, would he love Nate – or Nathan or Nathaniel – for a boy? I think Nate stands on its own nicely.

Orion – Since you both like O names, it’s tempting to go down the list of possibilities. I think Orion is among the best of the bunch.

Theo – Of course, the O doesn’t have to be the first initial. Lots of great names end in o. I wonder if Theo would appeal? It’s traditional, but upbeat and friendly, too.

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!

For boys, I think Theo might be a great compromise. It feels traditional, like Oliver, and has the strong O sound of Owen. Theo Jamison makes a great combination.

Readers, their list needs to be longer! What would you suggest to Rachel and her husband?

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lesliemarion Says:

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.

Good luck!

lesliemarion Says:

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.

Wittyusername103 Says:

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!!

Krp Says:

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?

BrittanyBrown Says:

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.

Jemberry Says:

January 4th, 2017 at 7:50 am



Suzannah Says:

January 4th, 2017 at 11:59 am

Abby suggested Daphne and you like Selina, so maybe Delphine.

peach Says:

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 Says:

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

shoreshell Says:

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 example:
Georgia Sylvie
Evelyn Elisabeth
Ruby Camille

For a boy:


Best wishes as you find names you love!

kennamoon Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 2:55 am

Hattie Elisabeth
Etta Elisabeth
Georgia Elisabeth “Gigi”
Ginny Elisabeth
Sylvie Elisabeth
Nadia Elisabeth
Hadley Elisabeth
Willa Elisabeth
Valerie Elisabeth
Tatiana Elisabeth
Sabrina Elisabeth
Romona Elisabeth
Maelie Elisabeth
Matilda Elisabeth
Lindsey Elisabeth
Kenna Elisabeth
Delaney Elisabeth
Amelie Elisabeth
Cecily Elisabeth
Carmen Elisabeth

Abel “Abe”
Barrett “Bear”

BrittanyBrown Says:

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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