Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Does one name have it all?

This week’s Berry Question of the Week comes from a Kansas mom named Amy, who is excitedly awaiting the arrival of a daughter to add to her trio of well named boys. Problem is, she’s waited so long to have a little girl that she feels the name she’s looking for can be nothing short of perfect. She writes:

My husband and I are having our first daughter after three boys and several years of trying for another without any luck. So this baby girl feels sooo special and I want her to have a name that’s perfect as she’ll definitely be our last.

The problem is that my husband and I just can’t agree on what we want. I have looked at SO many names and I feel like I’m running out of ideas- and I can’t even seem to stick with one style.

I like sweet and feminine, modern and spunky, hip and vintage, and word names. I can say I want something that’s not too common and that I’m not a fan of hybrid or invented names. My husband’s style just seems to lean to “no”. Aargh.

I’m not too worried about sibsets because I already messed that up  : ) My sons are JakeDelano (Duh-la-no) and Elijah. My husband is Native American with a very unusual Irish name, and I have a very plain and common name. Her middle name will most likely be the Navajo three syllable word for beautiful, Nizhoni, though that’s not set in stone, and our last name is two syllables and starts with J.

Here are some of the names we’ve considered:

Veruca (my only concern with this one is the Willie Wonka association. And that a Verrucae is a type of wart)

Juniper (my personal favorite so far)

Summer (hubby actually suggested it but I’m not a huge fan)

And that’s all we can come up with that isn’t a complete no for one of us. I did see a name that someone suggested for another Berry that I absolutely loved – Ever August RoseLove it. Unusual, feminine, feels poetic, word name, nature name. But… A girl at work has a daughter named Ever and she is not fond of the idea of sharing that one!

So please, please …help me find the name that clicks in just the right way!

What do you think, Berries? Can you help Amy find a name special enough for her only daughter? 

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Alexandra.Iseult Says:

March 27th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I personally LOVE Juniper, if that helps, and I’m not a fan of Ever August ROSE (Rose is a severely common middle name because it makes everything sound so flowery and beautiful, and it is just so common that it disgusts me with its beauty (but hey, I’m one to talk, my first name is extremely common)
I’m glad you’ve picked a unique middle name, and I love Nizhoni! Many people ignore the importance of a middle name, and chose common fillers to accentuate the first name’s uniqueness, but I think it’s great to use a middle name to bring out unique names because a child rarely has issues with a too obscure middle name, and it will only add to the name’s beauty when said. Ok, so that’s my 2 cents, and I hope it is helpful!

dillonsfan01 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:24 am

I love Juniper!!! I think it is just gorgeous and goes nicely with the boys names as well. I definitely think that you should leave Nizhoni as the middle name!

What about Clover? I think it sounds similar to Juniper and Ever.

dillonsfan01 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:28 am

I hit post too early and I cannot edit my previous post so I will just post twice 🙂 I was also going to suggest Scout, but that may not be feminine enough for you.

Another name that feels like the same style as Ever is Lyric. I think it seems very poetic and everything that you described Ever with. Would either of those interest you as well?

Sweetpea2peanut Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:29 am

I really like the potential nn. of Junie for Juniper.

freya6903 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:47 am

what about Wren? same feel as Ever, short, sweet, simple but complex 🙂

freya6903 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:48 am

and I forgot to say, a big old CONGRATS! I had a girl after two boys and it was so unexpected, once you make more of one kind it’s hard to think you may make the other!

Sandersc Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:51 am

When I read the heading ‘sugar and spice & all things nice’ my first thought was Violet. But when reading your suggestions I think this might be a bit too popular for you?
I actually like your husbands pick, summer.
Good luck!

peach Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 1:46 am

Names that remind me of the names you like:

Best wishes!

Scrambledmegs Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 2:22 am

I don’t love Juniper, because she often becomes “June” at one point or another. I love how unlimited you are in your name pool. These two are worthy of defense:

Lavender Nizhoni
I loved it on Lavender Brown from Harry Potter. I think she’s a little more obscure than Juniper, but also more feminine and floral. No Rose necessary!

Aster Nizhoni
Don’t pay attention to any possible nicknames, and look more to the name of the beautiful blooms! They’re spunky, colorful, bright and plentiful!

Summer and Ever evoke a similar vibe to me. Two-syllable, warm yet soft. They almost seem unisex (at least Ever) but still maintain a feminine edge. Which sounds like a girl with three older brothers, to me! Other names these make me think of include,


You’re adventurous for considering Veruca. I’ve always sort of appreciated it but never really considered it. If you feel it, why not? Rock it 🙂 If you’re thirsty for more ideas, how about


freya55 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 3:14 am

I have a little Juniper, so my vote would have to be with that! Personally, i’d be cautious of Veruca, it has a lot of bad associations and my first reaction was to think of the wart i’m afraid. I really like the previous posters’ suggestions of Clover and August. And i love your choice of middle name! Juniper Nizhoni, Clover Nizhoni or August Nizhoni are all soft and feminine without being frilly and evoke a summer vibe.
Good luck and many congratulations!

Ainscough Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 4:48 am

Congratulations, we had the exact same situation, 3 boys, then told boy at our 20 week scan on our 4th and then at 25 weeks found out she was a girl!!
She is 4 weeks old now and has her brothers eating out of her hand already 🙂
We wanted very girly names for her, and also wanted to use lots of our favourite names because she is very surely our last child.
We named her Florence Beatrice Primrose, it gets a great reaction and is girly while also being a strong sound.

Samantha-Bianca Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 6:20 am

I don’t tend to stick to one category, either! So I thought I’d just throw a bunch of names that have recently piqued my interest at you!

Ursula (an eternal favourite of mine, I think, a very under-ratedly feminine name)
Kimbra (a New Zealand pop-singer with a hell of a voice and talent for putting music together)
Khaleesi (not technically a name, rather a title that basically means Queen, from a TV show called Game of Thrones. I’m not usually in to names invented in most forms, but this is one of my two exceptions)
Kiindra (a name my friend accidentally invented after misreading a movie credit, and gave the name to her daughter. Anyone else with that name would be a fluke, but it sounds familiar)

(Okay…maybe there is a theme, lol). Good luck in your name hunt!

Lo Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 6:28 am

My one concern with Juniper is that it’s an alliterative name. So is Jake’s of course but somehow it seems more in your face when the alliterative name includes a word-name.

theNAMEgirl Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 6:37 am


pam Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 7:44 am

What a delicious dilemma…at least from a name-lover’s point of view. And as the mom of a girl followed by two boys, I do think you should choose a name that embodies girlness, which is one reason I think you might let go of Ever, lovely as it is, with few regrets.

You do have an adventurous style. Lavender and Vivica are great suggestions, I think. I’ll just throw out a bunch of ideas, perhaps nudging you a bit further toward the feminine side:


kyemsma Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 7:49 am

How about Veronica instead of Veruca?

BrookeDS Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:15 am

Congrats! How about Verona?

roe121 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:22 am

With the Native American heritage, how about Winona or Winola?

Mrs. Vandertramp Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:30 am

You’re not going to work there forever, and neither is the other Ever’s mummy… so I think that’s an unimportant reason not to choose it.

That said, Ever is far more unique than your boys’ names, so you might want to stick with something that feels slightly more name-y and less abstract to make a sibset.

I agree with the poster that said you need something that is both feminine and strong. Also, if you’re going with _____ Nizhoni J______, you probably want a two-syllable first name with an accent on the first syllable.

Thus my suggestions are:

Edith (nn Edie?)
Sophie (means wisdom/knowledge!)
Kira (means sparkling/shining)

Also, what about if you picked a Latin or Spanish word meaning something like ‘Ever?’ You obviously want it to have a big, grand, wonderful meaning (lucky girl!) so maybe play with Google translate till you find something you like.

Congratulations, and good luck!

hmm007 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:31 am

How about Anthea?

JasmineRoses Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:42 am


Congrats on your girl!!

ktrycrz Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 9:53 am

My favorite girl names are:


Another option you might like.. a friend just named her daughter Vesper, which means evening star.

mermuse Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Wow! Congrats! I see why you want to find the perfect name. I’m sure it will come to you when the time is right. I like all of your options. Veruca is a very pretty name, but it is associated with that one character…. I actually really like Summer, but if you don’t, then you don’t.

Ooo… what about Ever Nizhoni Summer? (Ever Beautiful Summer) Since you waited so long for this special baby girl, maybe she deserves two middle names? And that would be a beautiful meaning and beautiful name that uses both your husband’s and your favorites???

(I agree that you will not know this co-worker forever. If your husband likes Ever, I say she can just deal with it!)

Good luck! <3

OliviaSarah Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:28 am

Go for Ever August Rose! It’s lovely! Plus you won’t know that woman at work for ever (haha, no pun intended!) – don’t not use a name you love just to please her. She will be your daughter, and you deserve to name her what you want.

abelle2 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:30 am

It’s nice to see another Kansan on here with a unique taste in names! Sometimes I feel like I live in a sea of baby Emmas and Isabelles. I love Juniper. It’s such a spunky name.
Other sweet and sassy nature-inspired names:
Willow (maybe too popular)

Other sweet girlie-girl names:

As for Ever, I would just talk to your co-worker. I had a co-worker name her daughter Gwyneth a year after I used that name for my DD, and I didn’t mind one bit. I was actually flattered.

Other names like Ever:

Good luck, and enjoy your little girl!

noodles Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:31 am

Congrats! How about…


abouquet Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:43 am

I like Juniper a lot, but I really love the sweetness of Olive.

Magnolia (Nolie)
are some of my favorite nature names.

vivtaliesin Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:43 am

My immediate thought after reading your criteria was the name Blythe! Stunning meaning (free spirit, happy, carefree), feminine, spunky, word name – all in one compact little package! Blythe Nizhoni is so beautiful, but tack on a second middle name a la Ever August Rose and you could get something even better!

Blythe Nizhoni Junia
Blythe Ever Nizhoni (Happy and forever beautiful – wow!)
Blythe August Rose
Blythe Viva Nizhoni (rearranged to mean Happy and beautiful life – wow x2!)

anyways – you have some great suggestions here, you can’t really go wrong!

xo Viv

AnaJo Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 11:04 am

For the record, I really like the name Juniper. And the possible nn June is very pretty.
You seem to like uncommon nature names so here’s a list I’ve come up with.

Amaranta-an undying flower
Elowen or Ellowyn
Hazelle or Hazel
Linaeve-tree of song

Hopefully that helps!

Amenspanglish Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Picking girls names is so difficult! I keep loving certain names and then loving others! But whichever name you choose, it will be sooo special because of that special daughter.
Summer and Juniper actually have a similar feel to me, and maybe they could go together?
But I love your middle name idea!!
I watched Willy Wonka so much as a kid, I always laugh at the name Veruca. Sorry!
I like the suggestions of:
Sophie or Sophia

How about:
Rae or Renae

Congratulations! I hope you find a name you love!

Beka_92 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 11:40 am

These are my favorite names; I don’t know if they’d work for you, but I love them. I also love the two middle name ideas.
Ayla (pronounced like ‘Isla’)

Also, I love the name Lyric, posted earlier. It’s my cousin’s name, so I might be a little biased! =) We call her Lilly, and her friends call her Lyrical.

L in Boston Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Anything but Veruca, seriously. Roald Dahl invented that as a name for the (very unpleasant) character in the book *because* it meant wart.

I do like Juniper a lot. And Nizhoni is a fabulous middle name!

If I were going to pick, though, I would choose River for you. Nature name; sounds so much like Ever, but even more beautiful and evocative. And I like the “River Nizhoni” combo — beautiful river! It sounds like it could be a song!

typicalfoma Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:12 pm


KourtneyQ Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Congrats on your first girl, how exciting! Juniper is my favorite of your favorites. Other ideas:
Best of luck!!

littlebrownpony Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

EVER AUGUST ROSE!!!! That was my name, my suggestion! Oh, please use it! I would be so happy!!! Yay!

thereisonly1D Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Someone said to name your baby Ever Nizhoni Summer, which would mean Ever Beatiful Summer and that would be so pretty! Since your co-worker’s daughter’s name is Ever, maybe you could go with True Nizhoni Summer (True Beautiful Summer). Olivia could also work well because Olivia means “olive tree” but olive trees symbolize peace. I hope that helps! Good luck to you and your family!

edenlyla13 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I LOVE Juniper Nizhoni! Juniper is sweet and spunky and Nizhoni is well, beautiful! Congratulations!

emes Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I like Juniper and Ever 🙂 Would you consider them together?

Juniper Ever Nizhoni

Other nature names:
Sorrel (I once met a girl named Sorrel, but she pronounced it Sor-elle)

For names that sound like Ever, I thought River and Vesper were both good suggestions. Would you consider Honor?

Good luck and congratulations on your first girl! I’m an only girl with three brothers and it’s the best 🙂

encore Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I LOVE Summer Nizhoni!

flexiballetgirl Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

What about Jubilee Nizhoni? I also like November “Nova” and Faustine or Fausta/Fausa

Alexandra.Iseult Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

…. Ok, I like Ever August but not Rose, but I still really admire the name combination, great job, littlebrownpony!

PinkPenguin87 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

A lot of people have suggested nature names, but what about color names? A few I like:


Just some different ideas. Good luck and congrats!!

niteowl13 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Oh, I love Juniper! Also Juna, Junia, Juni.
Congratulations! There are so many great girls names out there – it’s tough!
Here are my ideas:

aehname Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Before I saw that someone suggested it I was thinking that Magnolia would be perfect. It’s sweet and feminine and gives you the option of nicknames…Maggie, Nollie, Nola, Lola. It also seems a bit more traditional than some others on your list. I think a slightly more traditional name goes better with your boy’s names.

Thuja Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I love Juniper. Ever, not so much. How about:


From other’s suggestions, I love Wren and Willow.
Oh–and Summer is also wonderful.

jenmcel Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Congratulations – there are some lovely suggestions already but here are some you might like:

Posy (love this name! It’s girly, flowery and simple)

Juniper is great, June is a favourite name of mine, probably as a middle name.

Also like the Magnolia, Romilly, Aurora, Willow, August, Kimbra suggestions. Good luck 🙂

rabia_chrisden Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Estra Juniper Grace
Sonnet Gwendolyn/ Gwendolyn Sonnet
Venitia Poet
Livia Auburn
Renna Haiku

flashy09 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 7:38 pm


skizzo Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Ever August actually reads masculine to me, although Rose at the end kinda gives it away.

I’d say Xanthe.

Mcdonak1 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I like Juniper, but I also like the above commenter’s suggestion about Verona instead of Veruca. I love the character Verona in the movie “Away We Go,” so maybe that’s the cause of my bias.

lemon Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Jake, Delano, and Elijah need a sister with an equally cool name! Hm. Well, Juniper is a personal favorite, so I’d totally get on board with that, but I just feel like something’s not perfect there.

Two that were suggested that I love for you are Maple and Scarlett. Maple, like Juniper, has a cute and playful vintage nickname (Mae, June). Going off of your Veruca, I’d suggest floral Verbena, with sassy Bee as a nickname!

Others I could see working well for you are Aveline, Cadenza, Celandine, Evening, Fleur, Glory, Indie, Lux, Lune, Liv, Rue, Tula, and Wren.

Your middle name idea, Nizhoni, is very cool. Others I like for you are Imala (“strong-minded”), Oneida (“long awaited”), or, again, Tula (“to be tranquil”). Thus, I might suggest Maple Oneida, Aveline Tula, Celandine Imala, Fleur Nizhoni, Glory Oneida, or Tula Nizhoni.

shinyredstar Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Berries!!! I love you all 🙂
Beautiful name suggestions and I really appreciate that you all are so easily able to pull from a list of names and find what soneone’s style is then tweak that a little to come up with such great ideas! There wasn’t a single name I didn’t like, but I’m particularly fond of Clover, Scout, Lyric, Wren, Violet, Cadence, Piper, Anika, Willa/Willow, Zoe (this is dh’s favorite), River, Willow, and Posey (nn Poe!). And I really like the idea of Ever Nizhoni Summer. I’ve also realized that DH has to have time to like a name, so I’m just going to pick my favorites and keep playing with combos and get him warned up to my favorites. It’s important to him that we not select a final name until after she’s born, which will make me insane, but he’s agreed to go in with a list of 3-4 so it’s a start.

Again, thank you all so much! Funny how looking through this list of names made me feel really emotional. I think tgat’s a great sign that the name is here somewhere 🙂

KickinKay Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I’m going to go with my gut and say the very first name that popped into my mind was Astrid Ever Nizhoni, I’m not usually a big fan of double middle name but it was so perfect to me. I hope that helps!

shinyredstar Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Lemon- I really like Lux a lot, but you and I may be one of the few who do. Everyone I’ve mentioned to has had pretty strongly negative reactions to it, including my hubby.

Littlebrownpony- It’s definitely on my verrrry short list. DH isn’t sold but I think it’s really beautiful.

Jacquelini Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I second Verbena!

lemon Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:03 am

Oh goodness! I forgot about Clover! That seems like a good compromise between a name like Ever and a name like Zoe (because Zoe reminds me of Chloe). Well, you might be right about us being in the select few of Lux likers, but it’s such a rich name! You might also consider Lucienne…

jpruitt76 Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I really like Juniper (and nn June/Junie). And since you like Native American names, what do you think of Nova? It has some other meanings but the Hopi Indian one is “chases butterflies”…isn’t that lovely? I also love the name Carina because it means “dear, little one; beloved”.

tavn Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I vote for Juniper. It’s super cute, feminine, but still spunky. And June as the nickname is cute too.

Juniper Nizhoni Ever (or Juniper Ever Nizhoni) would be a very interesting combo, I think. Since Nizhoni means “beautiful” adding Ever right before or after Nizhoni could translate to “eternally beautiful” or literally “ever beautiful”.

MerylP Says:

March 29th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

At my daughter school there are sisters one is Veruca the other is Tallulah Juniper. I love Juniper!

Martina Says:

March 30th, 2012 at 8:39 am

What about Reverie with the nn Ever?

Dougus Says:

March 31st, 2012 at 6:32 pm

If you are still looking for a name I have a few suggestions that I like which can be mixed and matched… Hopefully these will inspire you to find a name you love!! Here is my list:

Aria Claire
Fallon Jane
Calliope Roe
Aurelia (my daughter’s suggestion)
Eavan Rae
Pandora Eversong
Lavena Sloan
Evan Harlow
Delphinium Lane
Isolde Lyn

stephanie_5 Says:

March 31st, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I think that Arden Rose would be lovely,if you were looking for a strong beginning and a soft finish 🙂

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

April 1st, 2012 at 2:09 am

Maybe Everlyn as the nickname could be ever

Kinga (Keenga but it is polish)

sneds Says:

April 5th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

what about Tallulah? it’s Native American as well, but it’s very pretty and flows well, and you could call her Tallie or Tally as a nickname? I think Ever is really pretty too though!

HannaKay Says:

April 13th, 2012 at 1:56 am

what about Ember? (means spark obviously :))

Jelly Says:

April 14th, 2012 at 10:28 am

Xanthe is beautiful (though i may be biased, its my sisters name)
Clodagh (clo(as in close)-da) a river in Ireland
Anais (an-I-us)
Dovekie (bird
Saoirse (SEER-shuh)
Tigris (river in turkey)

Sorry its so long 🙂 from past suggestions i love lyric, indigo, sonnet, rue and clover. and ever august rose is beautiful 🙂

good luck <3

Alex27 Says:

April 16th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Ever is a really pretty! That would be my favourite. I don’t like Juniper or Veruca. Wht about Ever Aubrey? It sound really good!

spartansnc Says:

May 15th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

There are some pretty amazing suggestions above. I love Ever Rose. I am pregnant with number two and had he been a she, that would have been right up there with Emery Rose… I am very partial to my little girls name. I think it has the right amount of femininity and modernism. And it would be very easy to add the Native American middle to it.

Avery Nizhoni Grace J….

Good luck!

StrixOniro Says:

May 26th, 2012 at 9:35 am

Here are a few suggestions:
-Dakota August Rose
-Dakota Nizhoni
-Awenitia Nizhoni (Awenitia is a Cherokee name meaning “fawn”)
-August Nizhoni
-Avery Nizhoni
-Evelyn Nizhoni (I thought Evelyn was similar to ever)
-Aria/Arya Nizhoni

Good luck!

jjmonkey Says:

June 2nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm


emiranda13 Says:

November 9th, 2012 at 10:06 am

Two girl names have it all.

Madeline (Pronounced the right way as mad-uh-linn)


RiRiFitzie Says:

December 25th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I love all the names but in reading your post the name Miracle came to mind nickname (Mira)??? I also love the name Everly.

BerryBry Says:

December 28th, 2012 at 4:43 am

You could always use Evelyn for Ever or possibly Story, Eve, Evangeline, Everly or Eva
For Juniper:
For Summer try: Julia, Amabel, Saskia or Jeanette
Good luck!!

ap123 Says:

February 11th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I think Nizhoni is a great and meaningful middle name choice, so why not work around that? Personally, Juniper is my current favorite and such a great name, but I think that a 3-3-2 syllabled name can be a little long sometimes (My own combination is 4-1-2 and sometimes feels too long). With Nizhoni, I would try 2- or 1- syllable firsts. And if you like Ever, use it! No one has a monopoly on that name.

Winter (maybe an alternative to Summer?)

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