Name Sage: A Sister for Juliet and Celia
I want to include a tribute to my dad who was James Edward (Jemma is like James or his initials which were JEM) and Edie is a play on Edward. I have also thought of using Milla, a tribute to my maiden name Miller. Please help me. It is keeping me up at night.
The Name Sage replies:
I’m not sure that you really need our help at all!
And yet, I think your challenge is a common one. You know your style, and you’ve got a nicely-edited shortlist. But which name is The Name?
Let’s see if we can look at the possibilities closely, and then I’ll let you know my favorite. I’m sure readers will be happy to do the same!
Rosalie Jemma – I love Rosalie Jemma with Juliet Selah and Celia Edaleigh for two reasons. First, Rosalie is a great sister name for Juliet and Celia. All three girls’ names have different endings, but feel beautifully matched in terms of style and familiarity. Second, I’m not sure if Celia’s middle name is also in honor of your dad, but Jemma is a very different sound than Edaleigh, while still tying her name to her grandfather.
Edie True – This is just a flat-out great, spunky name! As with Rosalie, it gives your third daughter a name that ends with a different sound. Juliet, Celia, and Edie – it’s a great trio. And yet, Edie repeats sounds from Celia’s middle name. While Edie can stand alone as an independent given name, it might feel like more of a nickname. Juliet could be Julie or Jules, Celia could be Cece, but Edie is already shortened.
Milla – Milla is lovely, and while it shares sounds with Celia, it’s certainly not difficult to imagine sisters named Juliet, Celia, and Milla. The advantage of Milla is that, like Rosalie, it feels like a formal name.
Eden – Eden isn’t related to Edward, but the two names share the same first letters, so I think it works as an honor name. It could be a great middle name for Milla. Juliet Selah, Celia Edaleigh, and Milla Eden. Another possibility is using Eden as a formal name for Edie.
Edith – Speaking of formal names for Edie, one way to balance out Juliet, Celia, and Edie is to choose a formal name you love. Edith is a little fustier than your older girls’ names, but it is quickly coming back into style. Two bonuses? Edith and Edward are both Anglo-Saxon names, and the ‘ed’ in both names comes from the same root – ead, wealth. Edith shortens to Edie beautifully.
Camilla – Just a little bit longer than Milla, Camilla is another possibility that incorporates your surname into your daughter’s name. Juliet Selah, Celia Edaleigh, and Camilla Eden. I think it works beautifully.
Sage, Mae – It’s tough to get a girl’s name out of James! Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins, and I’ve seen Jamesina, too. Another thought might be to take sounds out of James. Sage has the long ‘a’ and the ‘j’ sound. Mae has the ‘m’ and the ‘a’ again. I think Jemma is the more clever honor name by far, but if you’re willing to be creative, the sounds of James do suggest some other options.
And yet, for all the reasons I listed earlier, I really do think that Rosalie Jemma hits exactly the right note. It’s a great sister name for Juliet and Celia, and has a nice stands-out/fits-in quality. And Jemma from your dad’s intials? It’s just lovely.
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on September 16th, 2015 at 12:13 am
Rosalie Jemma is lovely!
on September 16th, 2015 at 1:39 am
Absolutely love Rosalie.
on September 16th, 2015 at 1:42 am
I definitely think Rosalie is the perfect match as a first name! But Jemma isn’t as frilly as the other girls names, plus you’ve used ‘J’ for Juliet and ‘E’ for Edaleigh. Out of the choices, I think Rosalie Milla is best, or how about Rosalie Jane?
on September 16th, 2015 at 2:11 am
I vote rosalie milla
on September 16th, 2015 at 2:57 am
on September 16th, 2015 at 5:59 am
I love Rosalie! Jemma is great, but feels weird as a middle to me. Not such a big deal though, since it honors your dad. Jemma Rosalie flows better imo. I like Edie as a nickname only. Eden and Edith are great! Could also do Elodie
Why not Rosalie James?
on September 16th, 2015 at 6:01 am
Rosalie is so beautiful! One thought; would you consider using James as a middle name? Rosalie James could be a nice way to honour your father without too much hassle. Or maybe Jade? I also like the suggestion of Edwina, but it might be too similar to Edaleigh.
on September 16th, 2015 at 6:21 am
Rosalie Jemma is gorgeous! Rosalie fits beautifully with your girls first names and Jemma is perfect for honoring James (and the initials JEM).
on September 16th, 2015 at 6:47 am
I love ALL of the name options, but I think the combination of Rosalie Jemma is best for you! Edie True feels too short and nickname-y compared to Juliet & Celia. I also love how you got to Jemma. Juliet, Celia & Rosalie sound PERFECT imo.
on September 16th, 2015 at 8:11 am
I agree Rosalie is perfect!
on September 16th, 2015 at 8:43 am
Rosalie Jemma is gorgeous! Rosalie goes so well with your other girls’ names and Jemma is a beautiful way to honor your dad. I agree that compared to your other girls’ names Edie feels too brief.
on September 16th, 2015 at 9:09 am
Another vote for Rosalie, with either Jemma or James as mn. Or possibly mix your middles, Jemma True?!
on September 16th, 2015 at 9:17 am
I’m rooting for Rosalie Jemma as a sister name for Juliet and Celia- they sound lovely together. Congrats and good luck!
on September 16th, 2015 at 9:23 am
I agree that Rosalie Jemma sounds lovely with Juliet and Celia
on September 16th, 2015 at 10:02 am
Rosalie is a good fit. Edwina came to mind immediately for me. It has the weight and style of your other two. Good luck!
on September 16th, 2015 at 10:03 am
Rosalie Jemma! Rosalie is gorgeous and so lovely with your other girls names and I LOVE how you got Jemma from grandpa James 🙂 I think you picked a real winner there!
on September 16th, 2015 at 10:05 am
Rosalie James is beautiful and works well with your other daughters’ names. I personally LOVE the name Edie and think Edie James is an amazing option. Good luck!
on September 16th, 2015 at 10:41 am
Another vote for Rosalie Jemma. I love all of those names! Celia, Juliet, and Rosalie are stunning together.
Rosa Ione (EYE-oh-nee)
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on September 16th, 2015 at 10:54 am
I love how your daughters’ names have a Shakespearean theme- Juliet & Celia. I would choose another Shakespearean name- Emilia or Rosalind / Rosaline. Rosalie would be a close fit, plus it sounds great with Juliet & Celia.
on September 16th, 2015 at 11:11 am
I like Rosalie Jemma of your choices but love Abby’s suggestion of Camilla! Juliet, Celia & Camilla sound gorgeous together!
on September 16th, 2015 at 12:22 pm
I love Abby’s suggestion of Edith with the nn Edie.
on September 16th, 2015 at 1:04 pm
I absolutely love Rosalie Jemma! I must agree that Edie is a bit “nicknamey” next to Juliet and Celia, but Edith True ‘Edie’ would work.
(ps: unless it’s just a bizarre coincidence, I think I had her husband as a college professor)
on September 16th, 2015 at 1:51 pm
Rosalie Jemma sounds awesome with your other two girls’ names. Very pretty.
on September 16th, 2015 at 2:25 pm
Love Edie!! Sooo cute!
on September 16th, 2015 at 4:37 pm
I vote for Rosalie Jemma. I will mention that I thought it somewhat odd that Selah and Celia are so close (not that you probably ever same those two names together). In respect to that, I’d say repeating another sound in a name you’ve used doesn’t bother you, so Rosalie (sounds similar to Edaleigh) would be ok and the J and E in Jemma wouldn’t be too repetitive as someone mentioned. It actually could possibly link all three names Selah to Celia to Edaleigh to Rosalie. Plus it seems that that name honors the best. I also like Camilla Eden, but doesn’t seem to to have the same meaning. Rosalie Jane also sounded pretty to me, for a name more like James. Overall, great choices, you just need to land on one!
on September 16th, 2015 at 5:07 pm
My suggestion would be Camilla True nn Milla.
on September 17th, 2015 at 2:04 pm
Another vote for Rosalie Jemma (or Rosalie James).
on September 18th, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Yet another vote for Rosalie Jemma, but I prefer Rosalie James.
on September 19th, 2015 at 9:34 am
I love Rosalie Jemma so beautiful : )
on September 19th, 2015 at 2:11 pm
Funny, Juliet, Celia & Rosalie are all on our maybe list for number 2! We are probably settling on Celia… (sister to Chloe)
Others we are considering: Felice, Felicia, Camila, Camille, Valerie, Eloise, Florence, Elodie (nn Edie?), Amelie, Fiona, Celeste
Good luck deciding!
on September 19th, 2015 at 10:23 pm
I would suggest Rosalie Jemima, but then I am biased 😉
on September 21st, 2015 at 2:44 pm
I like Rosalie Jemma or Eden True.
on October 8th, 2015 at 1:19 am
Try James backwards.. “Semaj”
Semaj Edwen (pronounced (eed-win)
on November 7th, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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