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Name Sage: A Sister for Beatrice and Amelie

Louise is expecting another girl! Let's help her find the perfect name.

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Louise writes:

We have twin girls called Beatrice Willow and Amelie Isobel. We also had a little boy called Finnian Robert, sadly stillborn at 36 weeks. We are now expecting another girl in November. Any suggestions for something that would go well with our older kids’ names?

I like French influence in girls’ names. I would like something that goes with Beatrice and Amelie, but I can’t stand how common Amelie is now, and prefer the less used Beatrice.

I liked the name Roberta, but my husband has vetoed it. I love the name Willow, but feel I couldn’t use it since it is already Bea’s middle name!

The Name Sage replies:

First, I am so very sorry for your loss. It might be lovely to incorporate a name related to your son into your new daughter’s name, if that’s something that you and your husband both want. More on that in a minute.

Beatrice Willow and Amelie Isobel are nicely matched. It seems like there should be plenty of girls’ names that would work beautifully with such a lovely pair of girls’ names.

And yet, here’s the challenge: Amelie isn’t very popular at all. In fact, Amelie and Beatrice were both given to fewer than 500 girls born in 2014. Beatrice ranked Number 601 last year, while Amelie lagged behind, at Number 667.

The secret to finding a name isn’t just matching your style. It’s avoiding a name that is part of a popular name family. You probably don’t meet many girls named Amelie, but I’ll bet you hear Emily, Emma, and Amelia all the time.

Let’s take a look at some first names that share the romantic style of Beatrice and Amelie, but don’t come from a name family that is very popular today.

Cecile – You’ve mentioned that you prefer names with French influence. Cecile is the French feminine form of Cecil, a cousin to Cecilia and Cecily. It’s as tailored and restrained as Elise, but much less common. It is out of favor in France, and hasn’t ranked in the US Top 1000 since the 1960s. Despite that, I think it feels like a stylish choice for a daughter in 2015.

CordeliaCordelia is a long and lovely name. Like Beatrice, it’s a name from Shakespeare. One hesitation? While nothing sounds quite like Cordelia, Cor– names are having a moment, including Cora and Coraline. In fact, Coraline was the name I almost suggested – it’s French, just like Amelie. Except that Coraline is awfully close to Caroline, a Top 100 name. Cordelia seems like the more distinctive of the possibilities.

Clementine – Is Clementine too homespun to stand up to the elegant Beatrice and Amelie? It shouldn’t be – it’s also French, and has a long history of use. Mrs. Winston Churchill was a Clementine, and Kate Winslet wore the name in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. One hesitation with all thee C names: you’d have chosen names for your girls from the first three letters of the alphabet!

DaphneDaphne isn’t French – it’s Greek, as in Greek myth! At Number 355 in 2014, it’s also more popular than Amelie and Beatrice. But just like Cordelia, I think it’s tough to find a name that sounds anything like Daphne.

Harriet – Like Cecile, Harriet isn’t currently ranked in the US Top 1000, which makes the name rare. But like every name on this list, it’s easily recognized as a girl’s name. It’s derived from Henriette, the usual French feminine form of Henri. Harriet’s –et ending is stylish, and the nickname Hattie has attracted some notice recently. But Harriet feels like a stand-out choice, and a great sister name for Beatrice and Amelie.

Marguerite – This is one of the names I can’t stop recommending. But it hits every note. It’s French, rare, and works well with Beatrice and Amelie. In fact, it’s one of my favorites for you, because it gives all three girls a name with a different ending sound. Margaret and Margot are slowly making a comeback, but even if they were Top Ten names in the US, Marguerite would still feel nicely different.

Sabrina – Like Daphne, Sabrina ranked in the US Top 400 last year. The similar-sounding Serena ranked Number 455. Both names have literary ties and a romantic quality, too.

Willa – I do think that it’s a mistake to reuse Willow. But I wonder if you might consider Willa. It has more of that old-fashioned charm that Beatrice and Amelie boast, and while the sound is very similar, it’s not the same name.

Now let’s take a look at middle name options. Fiona reminds me very much of Finnian, in terms of sound. Finn or Finley could be middle name options, too. Robin is another Rob– names, and Rosebud includes the letters Rob, but split up.

For something truly subtle, you might consider the meaning of Robert – bright. Names like Clara and Claire, Niamh and Neve, as well as Phoebe, Phaedra, Roxana, and Zahra all share a similar meaning.

My favorite combinations are Willa Rosebud, Cecile Finley, Marguerite Neve, and Daphne Claire.

Readers, what would you name a sister for Finnian Robert, Beatrice Willow, and Amelie Isobel?

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33 Responses to “Name Sage: A Sister for Beatrice and Amelie”

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lesliemarion Says:

October 20th, 2015 at 11:36 pm

I love Ghislaine, Zephirine, Christiane, Berthe, Marthe, Agathe, Noor, Marian, Odette, and Capucine, all of which are French or remind me of French names. I have no idea if any of those sound good to you with Beatrice and Amelie, both lovely names.

Not to be too linear, but a C name does occur to me to follow Amelie and Beatrice.

Some favorites: Caledonia, Cameo, Celia, Corinne, Clementina, Clematis, Colombine, Celosia, Corsica, Catriona, Celeste, Chrysanthe, Coral, Cynara, Constance, Christine, Christina, Calla, Camellia, Camille, Celandine, Cedora, Cypress, Cedrus, Catherine, Cilla, and Calliope.

mallowd Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 12:41 am

Marguerite Neve is my favorite! I also like Cordelia ans Willa though im not sure id use it with Willow already.

jesstheebest123 Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 2:09 am

Martha
Sloane
Sylvie
Sylvia
Maelie (May-lee)… maybe to close to Amelie
Cosette
Corina
Demi
Esme
Leonie
Marceline
Maude
Simon
Sidonie

jesstheebest123 Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 2:10 am

I’m so sorry for your loss!

_Katya0602_ Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 3:59 am

I think that Christine will be a good name. It is French and number #705 so it’s not too popular and it sounds good with Beatrice and Amelie.

Maple10 Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 6:20 am

Beatrice and Amelie are on my list! Great names! I’m a little confused though as to why you think they are popular.

Here’s some other names on my list you might like:
Viola, Rosemary, Tallulah, Delphine, Francesca, Genevieve, Iris, Juliet, Seraphine, Zara

From Abby’s list, I love Marguerite and Cordelia for you!

meek Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 7:42 am

How about Berta? I like it as a middle

Other ideas; Lavinia, Sylvie, Celeste

alfexa Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 8:44 am

I am wondering if Louise is in the UK where both Beatrice and Amelie are very popular (no.91 and no.63) and, of course, Amelia is number 1.

I would suggest Ottilie or even Ottoline to go with your beautiful daughters’ names. I also like Sylvia, Josephine, Imogen, Vivienne, Seraphine, Mirabel, Jessamine and Rosa.

luca0730 Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 8:47 am

Although a little more popular these days, the name Josephine is completely French in origin and among my favorite names ever. It goes beautifully with both Beatrice and Amelie!

luca0730 Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 8:51 am

Also, the name Sabine. B-E-A-UUUUU-TI-FUL!

CaitlinBrittin Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 9:18 am

Daphne is my favorite name and one I plan on using in the future but when looking at the previous names in this family my favorite for them would be Harriet! I don’t know what it is but Beatrice, Amelie, and Harriet sound so great together to me!

mcarolina Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 9:42 am

I’d say Camille Finley or Dianne Willa

4erbear Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 9:49 am

Corinne (as another poster suggested) or Colette!

senseandsensibility Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 11:28 am

How about Odette?

indigomagnolia Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 1:09 pm

I really like Sylvie, Cecily, Seraphine, Josephine, Madeline, Juliette, Harriet and Elodie.

Mischa Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 1:43 pm

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your son.

I think Harriet and Marguerite would be wonderful choices for Beatrice and Amelie’s little sister.

Other Suggestions

Vivienne
Eleanor
Josephine
Evangeline
Isadora
Caroline
Veronica
Rosalind/Rosamund
Evelina
Jacqueline
Ingrid
Sylvia
Theodora
Philippa
Sabrina
Genevieve
Meredith
Henrietta
Georgina/Georgiana

ellicrow Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 2:04 pm

I’m surprised that Finola wasn’t suggested for the middle.
Margot Finola
Celeste Finola
Lenore Finola

leighmiller Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Marguerite Fiona is beautiful!

1Kissbee Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Willow is a nice name but as someone who has the same middle name as my sister I always wished for something unique. I myself love feminine versions of make names. Ones that come to mind that are unique is Clementine and Thomasina. How about something like Clementine Primrose?

marisarose Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Have you considered Delphine? I love it! Beatrice, Amelie, and Delphine. All French. All underused. None hard to pronounce. All end in E. But still, all very distinct and unique. Plus the nn Della is super cute.

I love the idea of Clair (drop the e) as a MN to celebrate the love and memory of your son.

I vote Delphine Clair.

Liberty_Bell Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Violaine

Suzannah Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Anais Cecile or Anais Corinne

boyandgirl Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Genevieve
Marguerite
Camille
Helene
Cecile

Bobcat108 Says:

October 21st, 2015 at 9:05 pm

I really like Cecile…& second the mention of Delphine. What about Simone (Sih-MONE)? or Silvie? or Clara?

Abby Says:

October 22nd, 2015 at 6:19 am

Mariarose, Delphine is a great suggestion!

Amapola_Iris Says:

October 22nd, 2015 at 10:24 am

Estella Brigitte is a pretty fabulous name. 🙂

lzahn0514 Says:

October 22nd, 2015 at 10:42 am

Add to Delphine and make it Delphinia w/a soft I. NN Finn. I would do Delphinia Marguerite myself.

Care Says:

October 22nd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Calista Robyn or Calista Delphine both keep the memory of the little lost son in the middle name AND also keep the nice ABC order which really makes names memorable especially to outsiders!

Amelie, Beatrice and Calista.

alfexa (posting above) is so correct in stating that it does make a difference what country this family lives in… as to name popularity!

cmwillard Says:

October 22nd, 2015 at 8:01 pm

I apologize because most, if not all of these, are echoes of others suggestions but I love the suggestions of Josephine, Estella, Cecile, Celeste, Calista, Marguerite, Noelle, Madeleine, Ottilie, Ottoline, Arietta, Viola, and most of all Cosette with the sibset. I feel like Cosette really fits in well and has a similar feel to the names of your children.

BCox13 Says:

October 23rd, 2015 at 7:15 pm

My favorite suggestions are the name sage’s Marguerite and some commenters’ suggestion of Delphine.

Here are some suggestions with both of those having middle names that honor your lost son. Also apologies for your loss.

Marguerite Blythe (Blythe has a similar meaning to Robert)

Delphine Robin

Delphine is my favorite suggestion because the nicknames could be individually tied to just her (Della) or related to her departed older brother with Fin/Finn.

Good luck!

shstone82 Says:

October 25th, 2015 at 12:44 am

How about Florence Roberta? The name would subtly honor your baby boy while also fit in with the sweet vintage style of your older girls. Florence is not in the top 1000 according to nameberry and means flourishing. She could go by Flora for short. Whatever you decide, I’m wishing you a healthy and speedy delivery of your baby girl!

choczzz Says:

October 29th, 2015 at 3:41 am

I really like some of the earlier suggestions of Delphine, Cordelia, Louise, Genevieve (albeit a little more popular), Celeste and Corinne!

Some other French name suggestions, all of which aren’t popular in the US:
– Mireille
– Yvette
– Cherie

I think Fion, Finn or Robyn would make lovely middle names to honour her older brother!

briarblossom Says:

October 29th, 2015 at 11:59 pm

I’m very sorry for you loss. You have very pretty names for your girls ,

Not all the names here are French and there may have already been mentioned

Christine
Delilah
Celeste
Martha
Fleur
Maeva
Vivienne
Iris
Victoria
Carolina
Minerva
Georgette,Georgia,Georgina
Flora -not used much which surprises me with all the interest in vintage names
Maude/Maud
Matilda
Millicent
Violet
Jacqueline
Jazmine/Jasmine

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