To C or Not to C?
To C or not to C, that is the question! She loves the idea of choosing a C first name to go with their C last name. He’s not sold, but will consider it if they can find the perfect name.
In January, my husband and I are expecting our first baby, a sweet little girl! Unfortunately, we’re kind of at an impasse when it comes to names … and time is ticking!
Our last name starts with a hard C sound, and I really want to give our baby a first name that also starts with a C. I grew up with my first and last name starting with the same letter and it was just so much fun. Double initials come with a built-in nickname of Cece (CC), which is adorable.
My husband is not opposed to this idea if we find the perfect one, but he doesn’t want to do it just for the sake of having a C name.
Her middle name will be Harlow as it is a family name.
Hoping for some help to find the perfect combination that we both love, or some good non-C alternatives!
The Name Sage replies:
When it comes to alliteration, I’m a huge fan! My daughter’s initials are C.C., and she has a friend called G.G., for her first and last initials. But this is like ice cream flavors and paint colors – if you don’t like coffee ice cream or blue walls in your kitchen, I probably can’t talk you into loving them.
It does sound like there’s some hope for a C.C., though, since your husband is not opposed. Let’s look more closely at the names you both like:
– It sounds like you’ve almost ruled out ends-in-a names. The only exceptions are Cerelia and Calluna. Many of these names feel a little more tailored.
– I’d say his list is more conventional, while yours feels rather daring – though the actual sound of names you prefer seems pretty consistent.
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After sorting through pages of C names, I think there might be a few you’ve overlooked that feel like good compromises.
Cameron – When actress Cameron Diaz first made her name in Hollywood, this surname name trended unisex for a decade or so. But now it’s unusual for girls and familiar for boys. Still, if Harper and Piper are on your list, and Eden and Evelyn on his, maybe a surname name or an –n ending choice would work.
Now let’s look at some non-C names:
Louise – Louise is one of those names that everyone recognizes – but no is using. As of last year, Louise failed to make the US Top 1,000! But it’s a great choice, rich with nickname potential that might make up for not having Cece as an option.
Any of these names might work, but I think the perfect compromise is already on your list: Colette. At Number 531 in the US, it’s a name everyone recognizes but few people are using. That also puts it in the middle of your lists – less popular than your husband’s Lucy and Violet, more familiar than your Calluna and Clover. It shares the –t ending of Violet and Juliet, but gives you your C. Plus, it works nicely with the middle name Harlow.
Let’s have a quick poll – I’d love to know if you’re pro-alliteration, con, or just not so sure.
Update: I just heard from Mintie! They went with Colette. Congrats to the family, and oh – what a great name!
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on November 23rd, 2016 at 12:22 am
Your husband’s list contains a lot of names that I like, so I wonder if you’d also want to consider Cora or Coralie.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 12:38 am
Some favorite C names of mine:
Sorry if I repeated any of yours or Abby’s.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 1:30 am
I would think Coralie or Coralia or Coralina might work (vintage, and has the “l” they both seem to like!
on November 23rd, 2016 at 2:04 am
What about Cosette? Similar to Collette, but perhaps a little more bold, literary/theatrical ties, and the cute nickname possibility of “Cosy” 🙂
on November 23rd, 2016 at 2:26 am
My best friend and I are both CCs! I like alliterative names. Unfortunately our child’s last initial will be Z so there are less names to choose from (I like Zinnia) and you don’t get a cute nickname. Still trying to convince partner on Xena or Xenia to get the sound if not the letter.
I agree with Swangirl, my favourite name on your list is Cosette, its on our list too!
“She says ‘Cosette, I love you very much”
on November 23rd, 2016 at 2:26 am
Maybe Caroline? It’s probably more popular than you’d want (last year it ranked at number 62) but it fits the C-theme whilst appealing to your husband’s taste for vintage classics (Lucy, Alice, Evelyn etc).
Or maybe Cecilia; Cecily and Cerelia are one your list, so Cecilia doesn’t seem like such a long shot. It’s a classic, so your husband might like it for that. And it’s also not as popular: in 2015 it was 118th most popular name. Celia is also a good alternative Cecilia.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 3:59 am
My maiden name and married are both unusual, Plimsoll and Puddephatt. Paula on top of that, yuk. I wouldn’t say that double initials never work, but after a lifetime of bullying, not a fan. That said, if I had had a normal surname, and the first name had been prettier than mine, it would have been okay. I would never go out of my way to achieve double initials. It happens with one of my fictional characters now and again, but rarely. In a, probably abandoned, first draft, remember using Bryony Bishop, but I did come up with her sister’s name, Julie Bishop, first. I feel that Bryony’s full name works just fine, and the first name was always right for her.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 5:25 am
Congrats on you both expecting a precious baby girl! I know Husband fancies the more popular names but I strongly think you should lean towards your choices of names. They are fun AND they are packed with class. You don’t want to regret anything! He will come around and LOVE the name….
I LOVE Calluna and Tuesday from your choices to go with the middle name Harlow. Calluna is awesome!
Some other names I think might work:
on November 23rd, 2016 at 5:56 am
I am one of those female Camerons (I was named ‘after’ Cameron Diaz when my dad saw her name in the credits), and I’m a Cameron C! I’ve always considered going by Cece because Cameron is so concretely masculine in the minds of many adults that I’ve gotten in problems (being assigned to the boy’s locker room, getting emails from colleges addressed to Mr. Cameron C., etc). I’m currently in the UK looking at universities and am running into many minor issues as Cameron is exclusively male (or a surname) over here. I like the sound of my name, and how it looks on paper, but Cameron is a semi-problematic name for a girl. CC alliterative initials, however, have never been a problem for me. I think alliteration works better the longer the name, however- my surname is one syllable and four letters and my name can be a bit abrupt because of the sharp consonants and sudden end. Cameron Carter or Cameron Chambers would probably be better.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 6:56 am
If you are doing 2 C’s I think having a soft C followed by your hard C surname sounds much nicer. It avoids sounding Kardashian and two hard C’s sounds a bit harsh. I love Cecily Harlow from your list. Another option is Celia Harlow. If you want to go with the hard C, I’d recommend the name Capri.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 6:57 am
Oh and I also love Charlize! Have to tack that suggestion on to my last post.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 8:54 am
Celeste or Camille are great options – Celeste because the soft C sounds stops it from being too matchy and because both are familiar without being popular.
What about a non C name that could still have ‘CeCe’ – or the sound of CeCe as a nickname?
on November 23rd, 2016 at 9:10 am
I love the alliterative naming idea, and CeCe is an adorable nn option.
Here are a few names that I didn’t see in the original post that might fight the bill:
Cora/Coralie – I saw other commenters brought up these names and they seem perfect given your husband’s more traditional taste
Calla – Seriously crushing on this name lately. It’s short and easy to pronounce but fairly rare, and it’s got a nature (lily) association
Clara – Again: short, sweet, and recognizable — plus there are some great historical namesakes (e.g., Clara Barton)
on November 23rd, 2016 at 10:08 am
Congrats on your baby girl!
I love Cosette personally and Colette is another beautiful name I love, I think Colette is the right choice, since it is a C name, and it’s not popular, but it also a vintage name that would work.
Cosette would be my second choice, it has a charm about it that I love, and while still being a classic name, it also is a bit more unique.
Here are a few suggestions 🙂
Cordelia – Adore this name so much, it is highly underused! It is a classy, vintage, strong and beautiful name!
Clara – Although a bit more popular, I adore this name, it is such a simple and elegant name, it has that ‘a’ sound at the end and it is classy. An excellent choice
Callie – Beautiful, simple , classy and sweet. I think it is adorable, and Callie Harlow has a nice ring to it. 🙂
Cara – Maybe if Carys doesn’t work, Cara does? Not as popular as Clara, has the ‘a’ at the end and it’s something short and sweet.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 12:48 pm
Although I wouldn’t look specifically to find alliteration in names, I think that they show personality in characters. Like Severus Snape for example. The repeated s sounds are very mysterious sounding, if you get what I’m saying.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 2:58 pm
If you find the perfect c name go for it but I wouldn’t ignore ‘The’ name if it doesn’t start with C. Some C options (sorry for any repeats!)
Carmine (hubs has 2 colour names on his list so why not?)
Ceri (Welsh spelling of Kerry)
Catherine (more classic but I haven’t actually met a young Catherine in a long time!)
Clove (hubs doesn’t have a/er ending names on his list as far as I recall so maybe this streamlined version could be a winner?)
Camden ( although personally I would steer clear of unisex with a family name/surname middle )
on November 23rd, 2016 at 5:42 pm
I like alliteration, but usually when the first and last names have a different number of syllables.
My suggestion is Clarice–pronounced Clariss and not Clar-eese–so maybe spelling it Clariss would be better to avoid a lifetime of mispronunciation.
on November 23rd, 2016 at 6:10 pm
Here are some C names I like:
on November 23rd, 2016 at 9:36 pm
I love alliteration, especially when it comes with a cute nickname like Cece! Here’s a few suggestions I have come up with (btw I love Cassandra and Caroline!):
Happy naming! 🙂
on November 23rd, 2016 at 9:41 pm
I love Colette, but don’t think anyone has mentioned Carina (pr: cah-REEN-ah)
I really like the rhythm of Carina Harlowe.
Toya B Said
on November 24th, 2016 at 3:17 am
I really love the name Cecily, and CC definitely works with it, as you have that ee sound in the name already. I think it feels a lot more approachable than the more frilly Cecilia, and I don’t know why but Cecilia called CC sounds a bit like a spoilt kid. But those two are definitely my favourites for you!
on November 28th, 2016 at 12:01 am
I came to suggest Cora but I can see I am not the first with this idea. Your husbands list is basically my list and your list was my husbands- we found peace with both Cora and Clara but eventually went with Cora.
on December 12th, 2016 at 9:42 pm
My favorite girls name starting with a C is Calliope.
on December 13th, 2016 at 4:13 am
I’m not for C. Otherwise, want baby names with their meaning, head to http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_ebo.html
Beau Jean Said
on January 6th, 2017 at 12:49 pm
I like the soft C of Cecily to go with a hard C last name.
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