My husband and I are expecting our second daughter anytime on or around March 20th. We have basically chosen the name Jenna for this little girl, because it's the only thing we can agree on that we both actually like.
My question is about middle names. One of the middle names that we like is Elizabeth, but my first daughter's initials are also J.E. Is it a problem to have both girls have the exact same initials? The other thing is that my husband's older sister's name is Genevieve Elizabeth. Does Jenna Elizabeth sound way too close? Will my SIL think that I'm naming my child after her, even though I'm not? (My first daughter's middle name IS after MY sister. But I don't like my husband's sisters enough to name my kids after them.)
If you do think that Elizabeth is a no-no because of initials or similarity to my husband's sister, do you have any suggestions for middle names that sound good with Jenna? We don't really have any other options. We've talked about Noelle, but I decided I didn't really like it, and we've talked a little about Beth, since it's part of my name. But we've had a hard time coming up with something that we actually like. I tend to not like really girly/popular names (pretty much anything on the top 10 list except for Emily and Elizabeth).
I'm not sure what to do, so if you or your readers have any thoughts, I'd appreciate it!
If you were very keen on the name Elizabeth, I'd say that The Best Name trumps the initials problem. But since you sound "love but not IN love" about it, and since there's the additional sister-in-law-name problem, I say let's ditch the name Elizabeth and find you something else.
One post that might be helpful: a list of 4-syllable middle names to replace Elizabeth. Most of those either don't work with the name Jenna or else are too girly.
I also like 1-syllable middle names with the name Jenna: Jenna Fay, Jenna May, and Jenna Ruth are nice; Jenna Bess is similar to Jenna Beth; and if you like repeated-consonant sounds you might like Jenna Joy.
The middle name slot is also a great place for any name that you didn't want to use as a first name for one reason or another: didn't work with your first child's name, a namesake name where you love the namesake but not so much the name, too out-there, too common, etc.
More suggestions for B.?