I am pregnant with baby number 2 and we can’t seem to agree on a girl name. If this baby is a boy, he will be Everett Eli. For a girl, we have no idea. Our first is Claire Elisabeth. I love the name Ingrid for a girl, but it is out by association with an ex-. We like Lucie Jane, but I wonder how that fits with Claire or if it is too trendy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
When I am in doubt, when I know not which way to turn---that is when I find I do in fact know which way to turn, because I turn to The Baby Name Wizard. You have a girl named Claire already, so let's look at sister names: Elise, Caroline, Isabel, Leah, Hope. Ooo, nice! I especially like Elise and Hope.
And since you have a boy name chosen, we can look at sister names for Everett, too, just to see what sorts of names might be similar in style: Genevieve, Cora, Adele, Estella, Antonia. More good pickings. I love Genevieve (first runner-up for our girl), and I like Estella, too, although I think I'd go for Estelle.
You're worried that Lucie/Lucy might be too trendy, so let's take a look at that. I'm going to quote from The Baby Name Wizard because coincidentally it addresses that very issue: "The numbers may look modest, but don't be fooled. Lucy's a stealth hit among affluent, trend-setting urbanites who appreciate its sweetness and absolute lack of pretension." The name Lucy was the #152 most popular baby name in the U.S. in 2006 (source: Social Security Administration), and that doesn't include variant spellings such as Lucie. (For comparison, Claire was the #86 name in 2006.) I think Claire and Lucie are great together.
Let's ask Mairzy!
I like the name Lucie very much. It's sweet and cute. It will always sound a little cute, but she'll be growing old with Lily, Emily, and Kaylie, so the cuteness won't stand out. It can grow up ("For more information about our Angel Tree project, please see Lucie Jones.") and I like it with Claire. My comments on the name are:
1. If it's going to be a full name (not a nickname), then I approve of the -ie spelling. It signals that it's a full name in and of itself.
2. A little Lucie might want a longer name to take her through adulthood. But the only options I've found are Lucinda, Lucille, and Lucia. The first two I don't like, and the third one is formidably elegant, with built-in pronunciation headaches. Not, come to think of it, that any of those are reasons not to use those names. ("I'm sorry, Lucie. I knew you would want a longer name, but years ago I found out that Mairzy didn't like any of the options, and that was that.")
Other suggestions along the Lucie line, not all of which I love personally, but most of which I've seen work well on a little girl:
Stella is a name I'm trying to like, because it's a great name... just a bit stale. And Mercy? I know, it's still an old-lady stretch. But I like the name -- mostly because of the meaning -- and my husband gives me the crooked-eyebrow look every time I mention it. So I'm offering it to the world. Is that a crooked eyebrow I see?
Best wishes as you bring up two girls!
I especially like Violet and Lily with Claire.
Mairzy and I disagree on the spelling of Lucie/Lucy: I think "Lucie" looks like the nickname, and that "Lucy" looks like the complete name. I do, however, like the way the spelling Lucie looks with the name Claire: I think it's visually pleasing the way the L, C, I, and E all repeat.
Okay! Time to vote!
Lucy/Lucie: 58 votes, roughly 63%
Hope: 1 vote, roughly 1%
Elise: 19 votes, roughly 21%
Genevieve: 2 votes, roughly 2%
Estelle: 1 vote, roughly 1%
Violet: 6 votes, roughly 7%
Lily: 5 votes, roughly 5%]