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    Sister for Rebecca

    Hello,

    Please help me decide on the name for my second daughter. I have a toddler named Rebecca. It is very important to me that the names "go together." Here are the choices, in alphabetical order:

    Christina
    Clara
    Gabriella
    Julia
    Natalia
    Sara
    Susanna
    Veronica

    Some of the above choices are mine, some are my husbands. There is one I am very strongly leaning toward that I cannot get out of my mind and haven't been able to for nearly my entire pregnancy! But I would like to know what others think. Which is the best name to go with Rebecca, and why? Or, if there are other suggestions, please offer them too. Our last name is 2 syllables. Thanks!

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    My favorite is definitely Susanna. I can certainly see her as Rebecca's sister. I think they're both classically sweet, but spunky at the same time. Do you call Rebecca by a nickname at all? Because the nicknames Becca and Susie flow just as well as the full names. Many of your other names could work well too, but this is far and above my favorite combination. They seem to me to have the same style, sound like they were probably popular at the same time. Hmm, quite nice.


    oh, also, I'm very curious what your favorite is... after all, that's the most important thing!
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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    Rebecca is a beautiful name! I also love the names Clara, Susannah, Natalie (like it more than Natalia unless your last name goes better with Natalia), and Veronica. But I don't really like Rebecca and Veronica together. Too much "ca" at the ends of both names. I love Clara and Susannah the most with Rebecca. Sara is pretty, too. My sister named her daughter Julia Rebecca. Sara and Susannah are both biblical names just like Rebecca. So they are all well-suited. I also like Rachel. When I say Rebecca and Clara to myself, they just sound nice together. It's hard for me to pick just one of those choices because so many of them are lovely. I would have to know what your last name is.

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    I like Christina best with Rebecca.

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    I love the name Julia. It is my daughter's name. It's a classic name and I think it goes well with Rebecca. I also like Susanna and Sara. Two other pretty biblical names are Leah and Lydia. I think you should use the one that you've been leaning toward. If you love the name, then it's the right one.

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    Thank you all for your advice. The name I cannot get out of my head is Susanna, so I was very happy to read the first post! It's strange, because before this pregnancy it was never a name I thought about much, but now I just can't get it our of my head. Once in a while I think of Julia, but I always come back to Susanna. It just seems like her name.

    I like the way it has the same # of letters and syllables as Rebecca. Also, both names are consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-double consonant-"a". Both have Hebrew and biblical roots, and both were used in the days of the puritan settlers in New England. Neither are super popular, but neither are unheard of.

    My only concern: are they too matchy-matchy? And since Rebecca is more of a common name, with Susanna a little more of an unusual choice, would that influence their personalities at all?

    And what about the song "Oh Susanna"?

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    oh i'm so glad Susanna is your favorite! Addressing your concerns, I don't think they're too matchy-matchy at all. And I HATE matching names. Sure, they have the same pattern, but the sounds are so different that it doesn't sound matchy to me (I'd be more concerned about Rebecca and Veronica, personally).

    As for Rebecca being more common, I wouldn't worry about it. It's not like Susanna is an exotic name, it doesn't sound uncommon. I actually just looked it up on the SSA list and was shocked to see it hasn't been in the top 1000 since '97. It certainly sounds more common than it is.
    Proud mama to two sweet boys:

    Dashiell David Rowe
    and
    Flynn William Warfield


    "Real babies are more difficult than ideas of babies... Or even pictures of babies."
    -James Franco

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    I love Rebecca and Susanna!

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    Re: Sister for Rebecca

    I like Rebecca and Susanna together. To me they sound related enough to be a really good pairing, but far from the matchy territory.

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