Hi! I'm due on March 6th with our second baby, somehow having lucked out and gotten a girl this time around. Only there is where the luck ended. We have no idea what to name this little girl! I've been stuck on the name Elise since my 20w ultrasound, but I cannot for the life of me figure out a good middle name. So now I'm sorta back to the drawing board.
Top 9 names: [no particular order]
Our last name is three syllables and starts with a 'K'. Her older brother's name is Logan Alexander. I think at this point I'm pretty open to a lot of things - I'd really like to see her name be Elise [blank] K, but I'm open to suggestions for other variations since I can't seem to come up with a solution for the [blank]!
I'm trying not to get distracted by your great name list: our primary objective here is to find a middle name for Elise. Well, actually, I'm going to go ahead and get distracted, because there are a lot of good middle names in that list.
Some people like the first and middle names to slide together a little, and some people like the names to stay as distinct as possible. The name Elise lends itself to sliding: the emphasis on the second syllable combined with the easy-blending sssssss sound makes the name want to latch on to the next name. If you're someone who prefers the names to stay as distinct as possible, that might be the snag you're hitting.
Myself, I like a little slide. A name that slides together in a way I find appealing is Elise Aurelia. I like saying it. Both names have the emphasis on the second syllable, which I think is a nice combination.
Another good slide is Elise Adelaide, which slides together but not as much as Elise Aurelia: the consonants and the non-repeating vowel sounds help to keep things separate. Elise Isabelle is similar.
Elise Lilliana has a lot of L sounds, but I think the way the short I sound breaks up the two long E sounds keeps it from tangling the tongue. Possible problem: the initials, which spell ELK.
I'd lean toward either Aurelia or Lilliana, because I like the 2-4-3 syllable rhythm better than the 2-3-3 syllable rhythm. And I'd choose Aurelia over Lilliana, but only because I prefer not to spell ELK. I'll put a poll over to the right and we'll see what everyone else thinks. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results (254 votes total):
Elise Aurelia: 127 votes, 50%
Elise Adelaide: 53 votes, roughly 21%
Elise Isabelle: 24 votes, roughly 9%
Elise Lilliana: 34 votes, roughly 13%
other (leave in comments): 16 votes, roughly 6%
Name update 03-13-2009! Heather writes:
I realized that everytime I went to say something to her, the name "Lilly" kept coming to me. So her first name is Lilly, with a middle of Avelina. I remembered her middle from one of my stints of researching my family tree, its the name of one of my ancestresses from the 11th century France.