After being a longtime local Name Sage, Eloise is now expecting her first child and wants a choice that will live up to her lifelong interest in names. Let’s help her find a spectacular combination for her daughter due this summer.
This is my first pregnancy, due late August, and coming a little later in life than I imagined. As the name sage among my family and friends – and given a stack of kids is not going to be happening for me – I’m looking for the ultimate name.
Our daughter’s last name will sound like Marlowe with a T. O-ending first names are out.
Dad is English, I’m Australian and she will hear mostly Australians saying its name. (Some names, like Martha, can sound pretty awful in an Aussie accent.)
For a girl, I/we love (in order):
- Edith/Edie – Love Edie. Am not 100% on Team Edith, but in this case, I think a full name is the right way to go.
- Cora – Could be short for Cordelia/Coraline, but not sure it’s necessary
- Dylan – Something confident about this name!
- Romy – Or Romela?
- Marigold – But I’m not sure about Mari or Goldie as nicknames, and Australians shorten everything.
I’m a bigger fan of long, elaborate names than my husband, but he’ll go with it if likes the nickname. And there is something cool about the shorter names.
For middle names, we love Rainer or Winter as less common options, or else a family name from my side. Some options include: Rachael, Catherine, Natalie, Delphine, Lucy, Belle, Kate, Christine, Anna, Anne, Sylvia, Sarah, and Eloise, or even the surname Golding.
I quite like two middle names. I’m just not settled on any of it and, like most of us, I’m better at deciding for others!
I could easily just keep gathering names until after the baby is born, and then decide in a panic, which isn’t what I want!
I’d love your magical help please, on new names we might like, and how to pick and/or combine from among the ones we’ve come up with.
The Name Sage replies:
Oh, the challenge of naming an actual human being! When I make name lists, I’m quite decisive, because I think I can always use Darius in another boy’s combination, or save
Marguerite Georgia Grae “Gigi” for my fifth daughter.
But as you so rightly note, choosing one name – an ultimate name! – is the hard part.
I’m going to suggest you use two middles. They’re becoming much more common throughout the English-speaking world, and it sounds like your husband isn’t opposed to making the overall name longer. Two middles gives you more opportunity for a combination with oomph.
Given the Australian tendency to nickname, it might also make sense to opt for a longer name with a nickname of your choosing – rather than waiting to see which nickname sticks! I’ll add Romilly as a longer version of Romy, and I like your ideas of Cordelia and Coraline, too.
But rather than adding more names, I think we should start mixing and matching. Because there are some truly stunning combinations waiting on your list!
Romy Delphine Belle – This is one of the shorter combinations on the list, but it’s an intriguing blend of modern and traditional. While Bella names are everywhere, I love the tailored simplicity of Belle.
Edith Rainer James – There’s no reason that an Edie has to be an Edith. I think Edie Rainer James works equally well. A combination with a traditional girl’s name and two completely unexpected middles can work beautifully.
Sylvie Coraline Winter – Sylvie is a winning choice for two reasons. First, it’s an up-and-coming name that feels quite stylish. But it has history aplenty, and in your case, ties to family name Sylvia, too.
Harriet Alex Anna – You might also consider Alix, a medieval variant of Alice. As with Anna Belle, there’s a risk that others might say Alexanna, but I think that could be an appealing part of this double middle.
Let’s end with the very best advice I can give: there’s rarely a good reason not to use your favorite names. Should it happen that more children are in your future, you have plenty of possibilities left on your list to ponder.
But for now, I’d opt for two doubles, a longer name with a built-in middle, and anything else that makes you feel as if you’ve found the ultimate name for your daughter!