My husband and I are currently 27 weeks pregnant and uncertain about what to name our baby girl.
For baby two, I’m leaning towards Nora or Elle. I love how Nora feels simple, feminine and classic. My husband, on the other hand, prefers Grace, Chloe, and Eva. Grace is his favorite as he thinks Gracie is a sweet nickname for childhood, but has a strong feminine feel for adulthood.
Any ideas to help us determine where to go or what names we might be missing would be greatly appreciated!
The Name Sage replies:
Your short list is packed with modern favorites with history and roots. Will you meet other girls called Chloe or Grace? Sure. But, as you learned with Olivia, that doesn’t necessarily diminish their appeal. On the contrary, popular names catch on because they have so much appeal!
And yet, when I read your list, none of your current choices sound quite like The Name for your family. Here’s why: Olivia is classic and beautiful. But it’s also long and lovely, a flowing, romantic name.
Eva almost melts into the ending sound of Olivia; Elle, too, disappears into the longer sound. Grace, Chloe, and Nora hold their own a little better, but maybe they’re all just a little too short and sweet to be a sister for Olivia.
But since you haven’t mentioned a nickname, I wonder if something just slightly longer might suit?
Caroline – Chloe shares sounds with Caroline, plus Caroline has the same elegant, but accessible, quality as Grace. It’s an undeniable classic, popular in nearly every decade. A bonus? Nicknames abound.
Eleanor – Elle always make me think of Eleanor. Of course, El– names are everywhere, from Elizabeth to Eloise and Elodie. But Eleanor seems like the right match for Olivia. It’s strong and literary, a strong but feminine name.
Victoria – I nearly suggested Vivian. But Liv and Viv? Oh dear! Instead, would you consider Victoria? It’s a regal name with a strong meaning, plenty of sweet nickname options, and a feminine, elaborate sound that stands up nicely to Olivia.
From your options, I’d put Grace at the top of my list. Maybe that’s because I know a Gracie with a sister name similar to Olivia. They’re quite fun to say together! It’s a strong, classic name with an irresistible meaning. Nora, too, seems like it would work well with big sister Olivia.
But if you’re open to something longer, I’d consider something like Josephine. Longer names always carry the option of a shorter form – but it can be tough to go the opposite direction.
Let’s have a poll, and see if we can help you narrow down your choices. Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts on sibling names – is one sister receiving a shorter name a problem?