Name Sage: Can Laura Name Her Daughter Cora?
My husband loves the name Cora for the baby girl (our first) that we are expecting.
I initially was opposed, but it really has grown on me. I like its simplicity and sort of vintage feel.
The only problem? My name is Laura!
The rhyming factor seems very weird to me. Our last name is one syllable, so I fear rhyming first names would make us sound like a Dr. Seuss family!
But I can’t deny we are both drawn to the name. Help!
The Name Sage replies:
Cora is such a gorgeous name, exactly for the reasons you mention. It’s straightforward, vintage, feminine, and strong. And you and your husband agree on the name? It ought to be an easy decision!
My initial answer is yes. Rhyming names do seem potentially awkward. If you were naming twins, or Laura’s younger sister, I would say that it was a dealbreaker.
Still, if there were another name that you loved as much as Cora, it would definitely be worth avoiding the problem! So let’s see if we can come up with some alternatives.
Lena – Another short, sophisticated choice for a daughter.
If your heart is still set on Cora, there’s one other possibility. You might choose a formal name that shortens to Cora. Cordelia, Coraline, Coralie, and Corinne are all options, and there are others, too.
My favorite option would be Laura and Cordelia. Cordelia is a little bit lacier than Cora, but it’s a strong, literary choice thanks to the loyal daughter in Shakespeare’s King Lear. It also offers other nickname options if your daughter prefers a non-rhyming name in the future.
Readers, do you think mother and daughter can share similar names? Please share your opinion in the poll – and add your favorite alternatives to Cora in the comments!