Name Sage: But what will we name a girl?!?
My husband is a tad on the more traditional side when it comes to names, while I am more open.
Our last name is a German three-syllable beast that starts with “M” and ends with the sound “ck.” That has also proved to be difficult to work with.
I have one non-negotiable: my middle name is Reed, which is a family name, and it will be used in some way.
We haven’t approached the subject of girl names yet! Here are the names I like, all with middle name Reed:
I would love some help in finding some other names I can bring to the table for my husband to choose from, and hopefully one we both love!
The Name Sage replies:
Thinking up names we love is easy. Narrowing down all of the possibilities to one that both parents love equally? That’s a challenge!
Evelyn might be a little more popular than you like. It’s currently in the US Top 20, and seems likely to climb higher. If you really loved Evelyn, I’d tell you to use it anyhow. But it doesn’t sound like that’s the case, so I’d suggest we keep looking.
It also strikes me that your husband hasn’t said no to Everly yet – so it’s worth running it by him. Everly has soared in popularity over the last few years, making it a mainstream possibility – but still far less common than Evelyn. If your husband is on board, Everly Reed seems like the obvious choice.
Let’s add some more names to your list.
Claire – Claire is the kind of name likely to appeal to a conservative namer – it’s traditional, with a long history of use. It’s currently in the US Top 50, so that might be a smidge too popular. But since you’ve agreed on Reed Bear and you love Wren, I wonder if a short first name might work for a girl, too? If not Claire, there’s also June, Lark, Belle, Rose, and Tess.
Ivy – Ivy feels old-fashioned, and yet it’s more popular now than ever before. The name entered the US Top 200 in 2012, making it (hopefully) mainstream enough to appeal to your husband. Ivy shares the ‘v’ sound of Vivian and Evelyn. Like Bear, it’s a nod to the great outdoors. Other nature name possibilities include Willow, Iris, and Lake.
Hazel – Hazel made our list of EcoVintage names – nature names with a long history of use. Hazel’s ‘z’ reminds me of the equally distinctive ‘v’ in Vivian, Evelyn, and Everly. Another vintage name that might appeal is Mabel.
Gemma – Emma is a longtime favorite in the US. Add a ‘g’ and you’ll have Gemma, from the Italian word for precious stone. I think Gemma Reed sounds exactly right together, and Gemma is just a little bit different. Other short, ends-in-a names that come to mind include Vera, Cora, and Ada.
Georgia – Georgia doesn’t sound very much like Everly or Vivian. But like Everly and Vivian, the place name has a lot of sweet built-in nicknames, including Georgie and Gigi. Since you’ve listed nicknames as part of the appeal of some longer names, it seems like Georgia might fit.
Genevieve – If you’d love to use the nicknames Evie and Vivi, Genevieve is a logical addition to your list. It was a Top 100 favorite a century ago, and feels very stylish today. Another elaborate option with the same nicknames is Evangeline.
Caroline – I wanted to suggest Charlotte, but I suspect it would be too popular to consider. I wonder if Caroline is a little unexciting for you – but it might be perfect from your husbad’s point-of-view. Caroline is traditional, familiar, but not too common. Two similar possibilities are Josephine and Katherine
Luna – Luna is another choice with ties to the natural world, just like Bear. It’s the Latin – and Spanish – word for moon, and a rising favorite with parents today. But it’s also a simple, straightforward name with an on-trend sound.
Overall, I think you should talk to your husband before you rule out Everly. He might surprise you!
From my list, I’m drawn to Georgia. I think the nickname potential most closely mirrors Everly and Vivian. And it has that familiar-but-not-everywhere-yet quality that makes Georgia nicely popular, but far from overheard.
Readers, what would you suggest to Laura for her baby on the way?
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on February 24th, 2016 at 12:26 am
Seems like she likes the v sound so what about Viveca?
on February 24th, 2016 at 1:24 am
on February 24th, 2016 at 4:11 am
From the ideas given, I would be drawn to Willa/Willow, Lark, Hazel or Mabel. Can you tell I like nature names?!lol I also suggest
Avaley Reed (Change on Everly, shorten to Ava)
Lillian Reed (Shorten to Lily)
Charlene Reed (Charlie or Lena for short)
Dorothy Reed (Shorten to Dot/Dotty)
Fiona Reed (Shorten to Fi/Fifi)
Gypsy Reed (Could be too far out for your husband I realize)
Harlow Reed (May be too popular but sounds nice I think)
Carmen/Carmel Reed (Shorten to Cara)
Lyla Reed (Maybe too popular)
Penelope Reed (Shorten to Penny or Lopi)
Hope these have helped and good luck!
on February 24th, 2016 at 4:19 am
Just thought of another one that could be the perfect mix of traditional, nature and familiar, but not too popular. How about Holly Reed?
on February 24th, 2016 at 9:53 am
I love the suggestions of Ivy and especially Genevieve for you! But Everly is a sweet name, it’s just Beverly without the B. Your husband might surprise you!
on February 24th, 2016 at 10:47 am
I liked Abby’s suggestion of Belle–I think Belle Reed is beautiful.
on February 24th, 2016 at 11:26 am
I love Abby’s suggestions. I’ll throw out a few more suggestions (apologies for repeats):
Delilah (nn Lilah)
Hadley (nn Haddie)
Arabella (nn Belle)
on February 24th, 2016 at 11:29 am
Also what about Juliet/Juliette or Sienna?
on February 24th, 2016 at 3:43 pm
If they want to use Reed for a future son, than they might not want to use it for her middle.
on February 24th, 2016 at 4:42 pm
I like Juliette or Juliet Reed.
on February 24th, 2016 at 5:14 pm
I don’t know, but one thing’s for sure. Luna might be the Latin word for moon, but a lot of kids might call the kid “lunatic” if you use that name, so I would suggest that you don’t use it Laura. Maybe they can do Caroline Reed if they’re not planning on using the name Reed for a future son. Plus, my cousin Kelsie was planning on using the name Charlotte for her future daughter and was disappointed that it was the name of the daughter of Kate Middleton, but I think she should still use it since it sounds like a cool name, though there’s a chance that we might call her daughter Charlie and not Lottie, which is the nn that Kelsie would probably use for her future daughter if she were to do the name Charlotte.
on February 24th, 2016 at 7:24 pm
These are probably not the style you’re after, but I suggest:
Ursula Reed (because Ursula means little bear and Sula is an adorable nickname-it’s time for Little Mermaid associations to die)
Eavan Reed (Eavan is the Anglicised version of Aiobhann-and Evie/Eavie is still the go to nickname)
Berwyn Reed (“bear friend”, boys name, but sounds modern and fresh for a girl I think and has a little bit in common sound wise with Wren without the combination issues)
on February 24th, 2016 at 8:16 pm
I have two words to say to you : two syllables. With a three syllable last name and a one syllable middle, a two syllable
First name is almost certainly going to sound the most pleasing
Abby and everyone else had some great ideas that fit the bill, especially with your beloved v sound: Nova, Clover, Violet, Sylvie, Eaven. And I’m sure there are others!
on February 24th, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Shocked that other readers have mentioned Vie, Violyn, and Viola, but not Violet!
Violet Reed M.
I’d also submit for consideration:
Branwen Reed M.
Octavia Reed M.
However, you have five strong contenders in Everly, Evelyn, Vivian, Willa, and Bryn. Why not start there? Your husband hasn’t rejected any of them yet. You don’t need to overwhelm him with choices, and you also don’t have to do all of the grunt work, here. If he’s going to have strong opinions, as you seem to be expecting, he can bring some suggestions to the table, too. Let *him* find a name *you* love!
on February 24th, 2016 at 8:36 pm
^^Oof, my final suggestion got edited into the abyss. It should’ve been Gwendolyn Reed M.
on February 25th, 2016 at 2:07 am
I know they have a boy name already but what about Everett for a boy? nn Ever? Everett Reed sounds strong and handsome to me.
How about Viva? It means alive, lively and makes me think of a happy, bouncy little girl. And as other commenter has said, 2 syllables are a good idea. Viva Reed M
Willa Reed seems a bit much together, IMO it sounds like willow reed.
on February 25th, 2016 at 2:10 am
Could still use the nicknames Viv and Vivi with Viva too.
on February 25th, 2016 at 9:03 pm
Rosalie (love the nn Rosie)
Avalon (non-traditional like Everly so you might like it more than hubby)
Brynley (nms but since you like Brynn and Everly this seemed like natural option)
Sylvie (has that “vee” sound plus lovely nature meaning ‘from the forest’)
on February 27th, 2016 at 12:02 am
I sure it’s been suggested already, but I think Ursula Reed is a lovely option with its meaning of “little bear” or maybe Ursa Reed! Sylvia or Sylvie would be nice choices as well. 🙂
on February 27th, 2016 at 3:31 pm
A few suggestions:)
Charliah Reed (Char-leeya)
on February 27th, 2016 at 5:14 pm
Have you potentially thought of Vita? Vita Reed is cute : )
on February 27th, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Thank you all so much for the amazing suggestions! My list has grown by several options 🙂
on March 20th, 2016 at 12:49 pm
I like Brynley, since you’re partial to Everly. Here are some others
Verity Reed(similar to Everly and Vivian)
Lilo Reed(I think this one is really cute and perky)
Maeve Reed(This one flows really well in my opinion)
on April 9th, 2016 at 4:40 am
My favourites with Reed are:
And don’t forget, you could always use Reed for a girl or a boy and just change the middle name. 🙂
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on May 27th, 2016 at 8:47 am
Well I literally just came across the name Everly yesterday, and I like fell in love with the name!!! So I don’t know you may have already decided on a name by now or ruled out Everly as a possibility. But, just saying, Everly is an awesome name, lol!!! : ) Also I saw that several people mentioned the name Isla, that’s one of my favorites too. I also thought Olive Reed sounds pretty cool. And another favorite name of mine that I really like is Victoria, Victoria Reed, I think that that has it’s own little ring to it!!!
But I mean I am guessing that probably in all likely hood you have already made your choice. If not I guess here is just one more opinion to possibly help you!!!
I wish you all the best and what ever decision you make for the name, I am sure you child will love it! – Good Luck!!!
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