Name Sage: A Sibling for Mars
We can’t decide on a name!
However, I prefer longer names. For boys I have dreamed about having a Maddox, Graham, Everett, Grayson, or August. Girl names are trickier for me, but names like Florence, Harper, Everly, or Josephine have caught my attention. Although I think we might settle on Thea for a girl, if we can’t find another compromise, since that’s one of the names I don’t mind.
As for middle names, neither of us have any special honor names in mind. River was the name of our hometown, and the only sentimental name we had lined up. Since we’re huge nerds, though, and we both loved the new Star Wars movie, we considered Finley as a middle name.
Our last name sounds like Carson.
Time is running out for us, so we’re open to a lot of suggestions!
The Name Sage replies:
I think you’ve got a great formula for compromise, and it worked so well with your son’s name! Let’s see if we can come up with longer formal names with shorter nicknames that will please you both.
While there are plenty of longer, nickname-rich names, we’re looking for one that’s similar to Marcus/Mars. That means the formal name should be a little more traditional, and the nickname name slightly bolder.
Happily, there’s no shortage of possibilities. Let’s start with names suggested by your current list of maybes, and I’ll add a few more ideas, too. (And our readers always have the best comments!)
A Brother for Mars
Finn – This seems like the obvious place to start! While Finn is more mainstream than Mars, it has some serious space opera cool thanks to the new Star Wars hero. Plus Finn has history galore, a name from Irish myth and American literature. There’s no shortage of longer name options here: Finley, which is already on your middle name list. There’s also Finnegan, Fintan, and even Finnick – which is a Hunger Games name, but one that I think works in real life.
Gray – Grayson is already on your list of longer names. It’s pretty popular, but Gray is a little less common. It seems like a potential compromise, though I’m not sure that Gray is a big enough name to pair well with Mars.
Dash – Dash, on the other hand, seems like the kind of surprising, lively choice that holds its own next to Mars. It’s most often short for the literary Dashiell, which sounds like a good potential brother for Marcus. Mars and Dash; Marcus and Dashiell. I think they balance well.
Luc, Luca, Luke – All that talk of Star Wars made me think of the Luke names! It’s a great family of names, as ancient as Marcus, but with a very current vibe. Lucas might be too close to Marcus, but other options for a longer name include Lucian, Lucius, and Luciano.
Jude – Jude isn’t traditionally short for Julian, but it’s been associated with the name ever since The Beatles recorded, “Hey Jude” – written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon’s son, Julian. It’s opened the door to using Jude as a short form of Julian or even Julius. Marcus and Julius are a lot of ancient name together, but I think they work well. Jules is another potential short form, one that reminds me of Miles.
Let’s move on to the girls’ names. Again, I think you’ve got some great options on your lists already.
June – June is a great name to lengthen. There’s nature name Juniper, ancient Junia, literary rarity Djuna, and classic Julianne. Julianne might be my favorite because, like Marcus, the nickname is formed by contraction. But I think Juniper is a great sister name for Marcus, too, and any of the longer names could work.
Lila – Lila isn’t traditionally associated with a longer name, but it could be short for Lillian, as well as any of the Lily names – the French Liliane, the Spanish Liliosa, or the Welsh Lilwen. Other possibilities include Delilah and Kelilah.
Thea – It sounds like Thea is your frontrunner if this baby is a girl. Theodora and Dorothea are the logical longer names, but you might also consider Theresa, Alethea – a Greek name meaning truth – or Anthea, another Greek name, this time related to flowers and the goddess Hera.
Evie, Eva – Since Everly is on your list, I wonder if one of the many Ev- names combined with nickname Eva or Evie, or even just Eve, would appeal? From stylish choices like Everly, Evangeline, and Genevieve, to much rarer names like Everild and Evolet, there are plenty of names that could easily lead to the nickname Evie.
Cora – Thea makes me think of Cora. They’re both vintage names that stand well on their own, but do have a lot of formal name possibilities. Cordelia, Coralie, and Corisande are a few of my favorite longer Cor– names, but there are more.
For middle names, I think that Finley seems like perfection. It works well for a boy or a girl. It speaks to something your family is passionate about, and yet it’s more subtle than naming your child Thea BebeEight or Luna Rey Lyra. It also pairs beautifully with most of the names on this list: Grayson Finley, Juniper Finley, Theresa Finley. And, of course, there are other forms of Finn to consider, too, including just Finn.
From the names we’ve discussed so far, I do like some form of Finn for a son, though that sends you back to the drawing board for a middle name. For girls, since Thea is your frontrunner, I wonder if Alethea Finley, called Thea, would work? It gives both children a longer, and ancient, formal name, a fun nickname, and a middle name with meaning.
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on January 13th, 2016 at 2:13 am
I LOVE Lucian (nicknamed lux! mars and lux are such a great pair), Julian, and Dashiell (in this order, but they’re all great) for a brother named Marcus/Mars.
I think Juno would be a bit cuter than June with Mars, if you don’t mind keeping things godly. Thea is also quite lovely.
How about Julia or Livia? Or even Lucia nicknamed Lux?
on January 13th, 2016 at 7:55 am
Congratulations Leonie & Anita on your new baby : )
Marcus River is such a lovely name and Mars is a cute nickname, you rocked that name, so I defiantly think you next child’s name will be just as great.
I love Abby’s suggestion of Finley as a middle name for both boys and girls it’s a really cute middle name and links in with the Star Wars obsession! I like the idea of Dashiell ‘Dash’ Finley it’s a handsome name and works well with Marcus River. I also like the suggestion of Jude as a nickname for Julius or Julian. My favourite is Julian. I think Julian Finley sounds great with Marcus River. Julian & Marcus sound great as do Jude & Mars.
Suggestions: Sebastian ‘Bas’, Raphael ‘Rafe’ or Jasper ‘Jay’
Regarding girls names Abby has loads of pretty suggestions Lila is a pretty name and would work as a cute nickname for Mars. I think Lila works nicely as a nickname for Lillian and I also want to suggest Liliana as it has a floaty feminine vibe which could work as a Lila nickname and maybe Lilia. Lilia is so spunky, I love Marcus River & Lilia Finley really pretty. You guys love Thea which is a pretty name but I think it would work better as a nickname but not for Theodora or Dorothea they feel so long next to Marcus but for Athena which is gorgeous. Evie is another great suggestion I love the idea of Evelyn with the nickname Evie. Evelyn Finley & Marcus River is lovely. Lastly there is Cora which is spunky especially as a nickname for Cordelia. Cordelia Finley & Marcus River is fabulous. My favourites are Athena, Lilia, Evelyn & Cordelia.
Suggestions: Phoebe ‘Posey’, Clarissa ‘Rissy’ or Felicity ‘Flick’
Good luck x
on January 13th, 2016 at 9:24 am
Congrats on your upcoming little one.
I liked that Eva came up – my favourite way to Eva as a nickname is Geneva. (could also have nn Gen)
My favourite of the suggested names were Jude and Junia.
Best of luck choosing!
on January 13th, 2016 at 10:29 am
If you love Finn, by all means use Finn! 🙂 It’s a lovely name and it works in your life, and hey, Finn was a total badass in The Force Awakens. Finn itself stands well on its own, but Finnegan and Finley are GREAT longer names if you want Finn to be the nickname. And you could even geek out further by adding another Star Wars name as a middle: Finnegan Poe, Finley Luke, etc. Go with your gut! It was love then, it’ll be love later.
For girls, have you considered Ros- names? Rosalie, Rosaline, Rosemary, etc? Rosie would be a sweet nickname with Mars, and it’s playful and feminine.
Best of luck to you and your new tiny one!
on January 13th, 2016 at 1:05 pm
If you like Finn it could be a nn for Fiona! I love Thea, could also use Althea as a long form. And why not Theodore/Theo for a boy?
I also think you can’t go wrong with Asher, Ezra, Maddox, Lila, Josephine, Cordelia, Gray, or Dashiell.
Juliet (Jet) Scarlet (Scout) Aurora (Rory)
on January 13th, 2016 at 5:28 pm
Fiona is a great way to get to Finn. Another great Star Wars name is Rey! Also, Auggie and Gus are great nicknames for August.
Althea Rey and Marcus River
Molly June and Marcus River
Fiona Rey and Marcus River
on January 14th, 2016 at 2:56 am
If you are fortunate enough to have a girl the second time, I would recommend the following name, and her nicknames.
This would follow the tradition of a diamond in the not-so-rough. Thora would fit well with Mars since there is a mythological Thora (Town-hart), one of the wives of Ragnar Lothbrok.
Lark could also also work as another nature-inspired middle name, similiar to but not matching Marcus River.
on January 14th, 2016 at 7:25 am
Graham nicknamed Gray was my first idea before I even saw you liked Graham, Leonie – it sounds wonderful with Marcus “Mars” River. For what it’s worth, I also think that June works as a nickname for Josephine.
Theodore “Thor” “Ero”
Arthur “Art” “Thor”
Madeline “Mina” “Mila”
on January 14th, 2016 at 12:11 pm
I think Marius River is a great name and Mars is a cute nickname. I think Finley is a great middle name. Though I would also suggest Poe if your a fan of the new Star Wars. Or even a middle name of Polaris, name of a star and another nature name like River, can can be shortened to Poe if you use the middle name as the starting point for a nickname.
My suggestion for a sister for Mars would be…
Athena – Could go by the nickname Attie or Thea. A wonderful strong name that complements Mars wonderfully.
Cleo- Cleo I think is an under used name. Pretty and powerful, and unexpected but wonderful name.
Kitra- Nickname Kit or Kitty. Means Crown in Hebrew, though I don’t think nameberry has a page for it. Very rare, but completely beautiful, spunky name.
Wilhelmina/ Minerva- Nickname Mina. I personally think Mina and Mars is my favorite combination. Both strong names, but I admit I like Minevra just a bit more. Mina is such a great name, sweet, and simply, yet serious at the same time.
Brother for Mars
I admit I love the idea of August or Augustus for your little one. Such a perfect match for Mars. But if your wife wont go for it, that is sad but understandable.
Ives nickname Ivo. Unexpected, traditional yet cutting edge at the same time. Ivo sounds like a strong counter point for Mars.
Everest- You said you like Everett, perhaps Everest nickname Ever might be a compromise? Like River Everest is a nature name, that seems to go well with Mars.
Boyd/ West / Adler/ Falco / Abrams etc..- I see a lot of sir names in your choices, and your wife seems to like short names. Perhaps start looking at some short sir names?
Good luck and congratulations. 🙂
on January 14th, 2016 at 4:52 pm
I love the tone of your sons name, known but underused first, meaningful middle, funky nickname. Although unless you are especially Space crazy I would maybe tone down the link to other celestial objects in your next child’s name, but just MHO.
Options for another boy:
I like the suggestion of Fintan from Sage – same vibe as Marcus but totally different sounds- I would go with the nn Tan tho to carry on the offbeat nn.
Others options Peregrine/ Percival nn Perry
Jonas Han… Nn Nash! A different way to reference Star Wars and everyone’s favourite bad boy!
Temple Finn nn Tem, a contempory alternative to Tim and Tom!
Castor nn Cas – Star reference built in
Names with Celestial references- Esther, Mary (star of the sea), Luna, Moon, midnight, Dawn.
A side note: your son has a wonderful name, meaningful and unusual in a variety of ways, I would caution against choosing a name that shortens to a more generic nn. I.e. Benedict nn Ben or Geneva nn Gen or Eva. This is a potential problem of having a longer name that shortens down and you could loose the vibe you have going
My favourites for you?
Jonas Han nn Nash or Lalita Esther nn Tae
on January 14th, 2016 at 5:24 pm
I like Griffin nn Finn for a boy. Maybe even Griffin Sage to as a nod to Nameberry. Griffin Sage and Marcus River sound like brothers.
on January 14th, 2016 at 5:52 pm
How about Wendell nn Wells for a boy? Wendell Finley. Or Wendell Gray. Or Wendell Sky.
Marcus and Wendell. Mars and Wells.
For a girl I like Bernadette nn Bean or Bette.
Best of luck, congratulations, and let us know how it turns out.
on January 15th, 2016 at 2:01 am
I don’t think Gray Carson (Gray Car) or GraySON CarSON work very well… With Marcus/ Mars, I’d suggest:
Oriana, nn Rhee or Ori
Genevieve, nn Nev, Eve, Gen, Vivi
Viola, nn Vee
Beatrice, nn Bee, Trixie
Josephine, nn Finn
Rosalind, nn Lindy
August, nn Gus
Jasper, nn Jazz
Raphael, nn Raffi
Jericho, nn Rico
Lawrence, nn Renny, Wren, Law
Lewis, nn Whiz
Orion, nn Ion
Caspian, nn Cash
Evren, nn Ever, Ren
Alasdair, nn Dare
Anton, nn Ant
Winston, nn Stone, Win
Lochlan, nn Lock
Quentin, nn Q (like from Star Trek)
Quincy, nn Q
Jacoby, nn Cub
Rafferty, nn Rafe, Raffi
on January 15th, 2016 at 5:02 am
For a girl, definitely stick with Thea.
But for a boy, I think something with an ‘-x’ really flows well with Marcus nn Mars.
Possibly something like Dax, Dex, Jax, Pax, Hux etc
Marcus and Dexter is probably my favourite!
on January 15th, 2016 at 4:06 pm
My favorite way to get to Thea is Theodosia.
on January 17th, 2016 at 11:08 pm
I love Juniper, nn Juno for a girl.
Mars and Juno are a funky subset (both being Roman deities and all).
on January 18th, 2016 at 9:59 am
I love Dash (Dashiell) and Mars and also June (Juniper) and Mars. Nn Juno would be great too.
Some other suggestions:
Alexander nn Lex
Roman nn Rome for a boy or Romany nn Rome for a girl
Dylan nn Dill
Griffin nn Griff
Beatrix nn Trixie
Dexter nn Dex
Rafferty nn Raff or Raffy
Gwendolen or Winifred nn Winnie
Penelope nn Poppy
Tabitha nn Tibby
on January 18th, 2016 at 9:33 pm
Marcus “Mars” is so cute!! Love it!!
Hezekiah Finley – Ki, Kiah, Hez, Hezzy, Zeke (fav= Mars & Ki)
Ezekiel Finley- Zeke (Mars & Zeke)
Chancellor Finley- Chance (Mars & Chance)
Zev Finley (Mars & Zev)
Xaviera Finley- V, Xavi (fav= Mars & Xavi)
Genevieve Finley- Ginny, Eve/Evie, Vivi (Fav=Mars & Ginny)
Henrietta Finley- Etta (Mars &Etta)
on January 18th, 2016 at 9:38 pm
& Wynslow “Wyn”
on January 19th, 2016 at 2:21 am
I also really like Mars & Dashiell “Dash”
and have a couple more suggestions I left off, sorry for so many comments!!
Jethro “Jet” (Mars & Jet)
Maxwell “Wells” (Mars & Wells)
Bodhi “Bo” (Mars & Bo)
Beauregard “Beau” (Mars & Beau)
Augustin “Gus” (Mars & Gus)
Ignatius “Iggy” (Mars & Iggy)
Ishmael “Ish” (Mars & Ish)
Isaac “Ike” (Mars & Ike)
Sylvester “Sly” (Mars & Sly)
Jacoby/Jacobi “Coby/Cobi” (Mars & Coby)
Abraham “Bram” “Abe” (Mars & Bram)
Caspian “Caz” (Mars & Caz)
Bailey “Bay” (Mars & Bay)
Penelope “Nelly/Nellie” (Mars & Nelly)
Mckenna “Kenna” (Mars & Kenna)
Katerina “Kat” “Katie” “Kate”(Mars & Kat)
Delaney “Del”(Mars & Del)
Arabella “Bell” (Mars & Bell)
Hazel “Zella” (Mars & Zella)
Estelle “Stellie” (Mars & Stellie)
Anthea “Thea” (Mars & Thea)
Marissa “Rissa” (Mars & Rissa)
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