Name Sage: Choosing Cute Classic Girl Names
We are pregnant with a GIRL after two sweet boys and really struggling with a name for her!
We like classic names that are cute when they are little but can transition well into adulthood.
Open to other suggestions too!
Thank you so much for your help!
The Name Sage replies:
You’ve nailed one of the best reasons to choose classic baby names: flexibility! Your older son can be Teddy until he reaches middle school, then Theo or Ted to family and friends, but Theodore when he earns his PhD.
Happily, there are dozens of names for your daughter that fit the same pattern.
Your second son’s name is a good reminder, too – not every name has to change to age gracefully.
Let’s look at a lot of different options – because there are so many cute classic girl names to consider!
Amelia, called Millie – Olivia is on your list of can’t-use names. I wonder if you’d consider Amelia instead? It’s similar in sound, but rich with nicknames – Amy, Mia, Lia, and the one I’d suggest as a sister for Teddy and Jack – Millie!
Cecilia, called Cece – Celia works beautifully with Theodore and Jack. But lengthen it to Cecilia, and you might have a few more nickname options to consider, including Cece. Of course, Celia Christine could be called Cece,too.
Evelyn, called Evie – As tailored as Caroline or Elizabeth, but perhaps not quite as classic, Evelyn sounds like a sister for Theodore and Jack. Some pronounce the nickname with a long E, like Eve. Others say it more like the “ev” in Bev. Either way, it’s a cute classic choice.
Margaret, called Maisie – Margaret always strikes me as the most distinguished of classic girl names, maybe even moreso than Elizabeth or Katherine. Traditional Scottish nickname Maisie takes it in a playful direction. She can be Margaret as an adult – or Meg, Margot, or Greta, or any of the many other choices.
Mary, called Mary – Long-time number one name Mary now feels surprisingly rare for children. But it remains the most classic of names, and, like Jack, one that ages without alteration. We have nursery rhyme Marys with their gardens and their lambs, but also strong and confident women, saints and artists and authors and queens. And Downton Abbey’s Mary Crawley, of course.
Sarah, called Sadie – Most Sadies are just Sadie. And few Sarahs use a nickname. But Sadie started out as a diminutive for traditional Sarah, and the option remains. Sarah is slightly less popular than Emma or Anna, but similar in style. And maybe Sadie is exactly the kind of classic cute that you’re seeking?
From your original list, Elizabeth Mae might be my favorite. It offers nicknames galore: Libby, Betsy, Ellie, Eliza, and of course, Lizzie. And if you really want to up the cute factor, Ellie Mae is about as sweet as it gets.
From my list, Amelia-called-Millie feels like a great match. Teddy, Jack, and Millie are perfect together. And with women of accomplishment like Amelia Earhart answering to the formal name, it’s clearly destined for success.
Readers, over to you – what makes your list of cute classic girl names?
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on May 20th, 2020 at 6:57 am
I think you have some great names in your list already, particularly Elizabeth and Grace. Abby had some great suggestions as well, you couldn’t go wrong with any of them. Of her suggestions, I really really love Rose nickname Rosie with your boys and Mary.
When I read your letter, the first name that came to mind was Julie or Julia nickname Jules. Since you have Anna on your list, I also thought you might like Ann with the nickname Annie. Ann is so under used but classic and Annie fits right in with Jack and Teddy. Helen might be a bit tailored for your style but the nicknames Nell or Nellie sound cute with Jack and Teddy.
on May 20th, 2020 at 4:37 pm
From their list, I think Lucy is perfect! Lucy Mae is adorable, and Lucy, Teddy, and Jack sound like a fine sibset. There are plenty of longer forms for Lucy as well–Lucia, Luciana, etc. For other possibilities, maybe Hannah, Penelope, Lydia, or Beatrice/Beatrix?
on May 20th, 2020 at 4:46 pm
Ophelia and Cassidy were the first that came to mind for me. Of they’re too modern or you don’t think they match Grace and Emma are both great options.
on May 20th, 2020 at 4:46 pm
From your list, Lucy feels perfect. Lucy Christine has great flow. If you go with Elizabeth, my fave nn is Betsy or even Betty.
Love Abby’s suggestions of Frances (nn Frannie or Francie) and Margaret (nn Maisie or Meg are my faves).
Annabel, nn Annie
Beatrice, nn Bea
Helen, nn Nell
on May 21st, 2020 at 7:47 am
How about Beatrix nn Trixie
Or Cressida nn Cressie
Karenza nn Ren
on May 25th, 2020 at 9:15 am
I love all these names, but you can’t have Jack have a sister named Rose … that’ll remind everyone of Titanic whenever they hear those names together!
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