Naming a Daughter – At Last!
My husband and I are expecting our first baby girl in June after having four boys, and we CANNOT agree on a girl’s name.
We’re looking for a name that is feminine, but not frilly. My husband likes names that are a little bit more modern and I like older names. We don’t want to repeat an initial, so D, J, A, and L names are out. We do agree on a middle name: Moriah.
It seems like you’re experts in naming boys – what great choices you’ve made for your sons!
Let’s take a fresh look at names that fit your criteria, but are two syllables – just like her big brothers’ names.
But when your shortlist isn’t getting any shorter, I think it can be helpful to start with a fresh list of possibilities. Either you’ll discover The Name, or you’ll realize that the choices on your original list are what you were looking for all along.
Isla – What do you think of an ends-in-a name? Isla is very popular in the UK, and is catching on fast in the US, too. I think the strong ‘I’ sound works well with your boys’ names: Dashiell, Jedidiah, August, Lincoln, and Isla. The only drawback? Isla Moriah isn’t a possibility!
Esme – Maybe it’s because Dashiell is such a literary name, I keep thinking of other names with similar associations. Esme – it was a Salinger name ages before Twilight was ever dreamed up – has the same literary, frills-free, under-the-radar vibe.
Honor – Eleanor is such a great, frills-free name for a girl. But it’s undeniably a more traditional choice. More modern possibilities include Juniper (but that repeats the initial J), Clover, and Silver. Honor is somewhere in between, a virtue name with a tailored sound.
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on May 13th, 2015 at 12:03 am
Your sons are beautifully named. How about…
Dashiell, Jedidiah, August, Lincoln and:
Rosalie (potential nn Rosie)
Do any of these appeal?
on May 13th, 2015 at 1:03 am
For some reason, I feel like a lot of M names seem to fit the edgy yet traditional vibe that your sons’ names have. In addition to Maeve (lovely!), some other ideas are: Marian, Miriam, Meredith, Magdalene, Maren.
Other ideas inspired by Cecily (another great choice) could include: Skye, Celeste, Celine, and Sylvie.
Instead of Elizabeth, how about Elspeth? Imogen?
Good luck and congratulations! You can’t go wrong.
on May 13th, 2015 at 2:34 am
I like the Name Sage suggestions of Esme and Violet. I think they fit well with the brother’s names.
on May 13th, 2015 at 8:52 am
Arden, Briony/Bryony, Clover, Eden, Iris, Ivy, Margot, Marigold
on May 13th, 2015 at 8:54 am
on May 13th, 2015 at 8:59 am
Cosette, Etta, Bryony, Coralie, Rosalie, Rosalind, Tamsin, Vera, Adelaide, Eveline (ala James Joyce), Viola (Shakespeare), Beatrice (also Shakespeare), Beatrix, and Tessa would all work… but steer clear of -a or -n with your surname and Moriah (assuming you decide 100% on this). Also, if you do use Moriah, avoid 3 syllable names…. sooo Cosette Moriah, Bryony Moriah, and Tamsin Moriah.
on May 13th, 2015 at 9:20 am
Dashiell, Jedi, August, Lincoln, and…
Maeve, Eleanor/Elinor, Cecily, Scarlett, Elizabeth, and Fern…?
Out of this list, I think Maeve and Fern fit the criteria the best, but Maeve Moriah M___ might be too much.
I also think that regardless of syllables, the name has to have some substance to it. Names that feel feminine but not frilly, and could fit the vintage but modern feel:
Frances (I’m really feeling an F-name for some reason)
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:04 am
Great names, how about Merim? Not too girly or common and I love alliterations.
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:08 am
LOVE this list! I could name triplets from it! 🙂
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:09 am
Briony/Bryony is a great suggestion – why don’t we hear more of that name?
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:15 am
I love Maeve! Maeve gets my vote. Are you set on just two syllables?
Here are some of my favorites. It is tough to avoid names NOT starting with A, J, L and D — so many of my favorites start with A and J.
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:35 am
Your boys names are handsome indeed!
I second considering Colette, Zara, Violet in particular.
There are many great ideas here: Isadora, Frances, Beatrice, Caroline, Zelda, Sabrina, Emmeline, Clementine.
I will add…
Anything appeal? Good luck!
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:39 am
One more … Francesca!
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:55 am
I love the suggestion above of Maren/Marin/Merryn!
Nora (love this with your boys names!!)
on May 13th, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Such lovely names- Esme and Violet stood out for me from that list, and I thought maybe Heidi?
on May 13th, 2015 at 12:05 pm
on May 13th, 2015 at 1:05 pm
Love the little guys’ names. My suggestion for a little girl is Maisie Moriah.
Some different ways to spell Maisie
Very happy for you.
on May 13th, 2015 at 1:36 pm
I love Maeve and Scarlett for you. A few others:
on May 13th, 2015 at 2:59 pm
Dashiell, Jedidiah, August, Lincoln and
Élliette & nickname Élle
Other spellings Elliote (which is an actual French name)
on May 13th, 2015 at 4:04 pm
on May 13th, 2015 at 5:50 pm
I love Fern!! And I think Esme and Bryony are great suggestions!
with Dashiell, August, Jedidiah, Lincoln…
on May 13th, 2015 at 6:38 pm
How about Pearl or Odette?
on May 13th, 2015 at 8:27 pm
There’s a nice Old Testament name that might fit the bill. It’s the crisp but pretty Merav (pronounced meh-rahv). In older versions of the Bible it’s Merab but Merav is how the modern Hebrew goes.
There’s also the lovely French Mireille (mee-ray).
on May 13th, 2015 at 8:39 pm
I love Esme, Isla, Olive, and a previous poster’s suggestion of Heidi!
on May 13th, 2015 at 9:40 pm
Dashiell, August, Jedidiah, Lincoln, and…
Her brothers’ names are quite handsome – I hope you find a name for their sister that is equally as gorgeous, strong, and individual.
on May 13th, 2015 at 10:02 pm
Oh! The boys all have aspirational names! Zion and Simon from the Bible, and Jedi and Atticus from literature (more or less). She needs a “hero” name, too. How about:
Esther Moriah (Bible)
Harriet Moriah (nn Hattie; from Harriet Tubman)
on May 13th, 2015 at 11:36 pm
Wow! What handsome son names and lovely options for your daughter. I have no doubt you will find the perfect name you both love!
For a sister for Dashiell, August, Jedidiah, and Lincoln I like:
Harriet Moriah (agreeing with denmama9). She is as historical as Lincoln (Harriet Tubman) and as literary as Dashiell (Harriet Beecher Stowe). She is feminine, but not too frilly and she is definitely unique. Plus you get the modern again nickname Hattie! By the way, it looks like Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the $20 bill!
My other favorites are:
Best wishes! Can’t wait to hear what you decide! Congrats!!!
on May 13th, 2015 at 11:44 pm
Esme and Violet also stood out to me! Both beautiful with your sons’ names. I also love the suggestion of Ruby Moriah.
on May 14th, 2015 at 5:28 am
I think when you have a shortlist of names, sometimes a simple twist on one of them might move it to the love category. Maeve, Elinor, Cecily, Fern, Elizabeth, Scarlett
I do like Maeve Moriah but have you considered Maude Moriah or Margo Moriah? (I would be concerned about the triple M initials though.)
Instead of Cecily, what about Celeste? Celeste Moriah is lovely.
Instead of Eleanor, what about Elin Moriah?
Instead of Elizabeth, what about Elise Moriah?
Maybe Skylar would be more appealing than Scarlett? Skylar Moriah?
on May 14th, 2015 at 6:11 am
What a difficult decision! I think a slightly unusual name is what would go best with your boys names.
on May 14th, 2015 at 7:24 am
on May 14th, 2015 at 8:29 am
I think Olive and Esme are great suggestions!
I also thought of: Petra, Willa, Rhea/Raya, Helene, Vienna, Thea and Gwen
on May 14th, 2015 at 11:37 am
I think Romilly sounds nice together with your boys names
Or Esther like another member suggested
on May 14th, 2015 at 1:50 pm
How about Riva Moriah or Lorna Moriah?
on May 14th, 2015 at 3:15 pm
My only suggestion is Celeste. It has a vintage feel but is very modern. Its pretty, but could be spunky too! Its got two syllables. Not to mention Celeste Moriah sounds great!
on May 14th, 2015 at 4:20 pm
I would advise against Olive with Moriah as a middle name. They are both names of Biblical mountains.
I like the suggestion of Rowan, but it might be too unisex for the sole girl among so many brothers.
on May 14th, 2015 at 5:38 pm
im going to go with my favorite and say eloise ^^ or bryony, as many have suggested before. possibly poppy as well? so…
on May 14th, 2015 at 8:52 pm
Dashiell, Jedidiah, August, Lincoln and…
Holliday nn Holly
Christine (everyone thinks this is dated, but sometimes I think the name just shines)
on May 15th, 2015 at 9:51 am
I like all your choices, but I like Fern the best.
What about Faye?
on May 15th, 2015 at 2:01 pm
So many suggestions! I can’t wait to find out what you choose! Here are my suggestions, no doubt some repeats in here too.
on May 15th, 2015 at 3:12 pm
What about Katherine Moriah? It’s old fashioned, yet the K gives It a modern edge, don’t you agree?
on May 16th, 2015 at 7:30 am
These are a little different, but I believe they will fit well:
Maverick Cassia nn Maeve
on May 20th, 2015 at 10:36 pm
If you’re not put off by the oft-cited problem created by the character in The Little Mermaid, Ursula is a fine name and goes really well with your sons’ names (and the middle name you’ve chosen). Otherwise, Genevieve, Regina, and Celeste are especially nice among the excellent suggestions already made. I would avoid the gimmicky and nickname-y names that have been suggested, as they don’t match the class and venerability inherent in your sons’ names.
on May 22nd, 2015 at 6:18 pm
First, your boy’s names are so amazing and you need an amazing name to go along with them. Sorry if these don’t match your set rules, but they are modern and feminine (but not frilly)!
I hope I could help. Good Luck! 🙂
on May 22nd, 2015 at 10:30 pm
Neriah is a nice uncommon biblical name.
on May 24th, 2015 at 2:37 pm
I think Chastity Moriah would be cute. It is feminine but not sugary sweet, and it is a strong name. Only problem is it repeats the “ch” sound that you hear when you say Dashiell. Hadley Moriah might work too. Hadley is a strong, powerful name for a girl. Dashiell, Jedidiah, August, Lincoln and Hadley. Maybe Rochelle? A little dated, but still edgy and modern?
on May 24th, 2015 at 9:57 pm
If I were to have a girl, I have 2 sons, I’m in love with the name Sloan. Its a unique name that is not used very much at all. I think it’s pretty and elegant.:) I like the name Vivian to, but I’m starting to hear that name a lot more.
on June 19th, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Ooh, I do hope we find out what Little Girl is called! A sister to Dashiell, Jedidiah “Jedi,” August, and Lincoln. What fun!
I think Olive is so fun, especially with Liv and Livy as nicknames. Elspeth and Bryony also fit that classic with a twist, feminine without the frills bill for me, and both work with middle Moriah.
Names I might think of for Little Girl:
Glory (could be a nickname for Gloria)
Maple “Mae” *
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