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Monday, February 7, 2011

Baby Girl Greene, Sister to Elias, Eliot, Alek, Owen, and Ira

Trini writes:
WOW, I have been waiting to write to you for ages! The time has finally come! (I think I delayed picking a name just so I'd get to write! Ha!)

My husband and I are due with our sixth (!!) and definitely final child on February 12th (though all of my babies have been late).

The Greene family is Elias (Eli) Fletcher (11), Eliot Jude (10), Alek Neal (8), Owen Heath (6), Ira Steffen (3).

Our naming style is quite a cornucopia, I know, so I'm not quite sure how to classify the parameters for this name. I know we like shorter names, but preferably not one syllable, because I imagine that to sound quite choppy with Greene. Also, I've realized that all of our sons' names begin with a vowel! Unintentional, but a tradition I think I'd like to continue onto the final child. It is not necessary, but it would be nice to have a sort of pattern, I think.

Oh! This is a baby girl, I've forgotten to say! (Poor girl, with five older brothers!) Our first, so this is very exciting for me!

My husband, on the other hand, was always very excited to contribute boys name, is not so keen on girls names. He tends to throw out "Madison" or "Emily" and becomes uninterested when I resist those sort of very popular names.

I like very classic names, Elouise, Augusta, Mathilda, Clementine, Eleanor, Philippa, etcetera, but my husband has scoffed at them all, so I'm not sure where to go from here.

The middle name must be a variation of Rose— what variation we haven't set yet, so suggestions on that would also be great.

Thanks so much!

Some vowel possibilities:

Adeline
Annabel
Annika
Aubrey
Audrey
Emeline
Emerin
Emlyn
Eva
Imogen

I had Eliza and Elizabeth on the list, but with two boys already starting in Eli-, it seemed like it might be too much. And I had Ellen on there, but: two boys already starting in El- and having five letters. And Elsa---but Elias has all four of those letters, in almost the same order. It started to seem like maybe E names (and especially El- names) were a bad idea. But Emeline works, I think, because it's three syllables instead of two, and it doesn't start with El-, and also because it's similar to your husband's suggestion of Emily, but without being common at all. Emlyn and Emerin work too, I think.

One of my favorites from the list is Annabel. I think it goes well with the line-up: Elias, Eliot, Alek, Owen, Ira, and Annabel. I love it with your surname: Annabel Greene.


Some Rose-related possibilities:

Rosa
Rosabel
Rosalie
Rosalina
Rosalind
Rosamaria
Rosamond
Rose
Rosella
Rosemary
Rosie
Rosina

Using Rose alone emphasizes that it and your surname are both colors---but if you're honoring a family member named Rose, I'd go straight for Rose rather than using a variation.

18 comments:

StephLove said...

I was all excited to recommend Ivy, a short name starting with a vowel and a personal favorite of mine and then I remembered. Ivy Greene. Maybe not.

How about Amelia (some similarity to Emily, not so short, though)? Amelia Rose Green. Or Anna? Anna Rose Greene or Anna Rosalind Greene. Very pretty.

C said...

What about Amelie like the movie? Or Astrid, Adele or Adelaide? Good luck!

moojoose said...

What about Iris or Audrey? Sounds nice and classic and like it goes with your bunch.
I love the idea of Imogen, NN Imme!

AmandaChristine said...

You mentioned that a vowel name was not necessary, so I thought I'd give you so suggestions of short girl names that may go with your boys names.

Nora
Clio
Heidi
Alice (A Vowel Name)
Stella
Nola
Lina
Vida
Aria (another vowel name)
Lucy
Bria
Rona
Fiona
Lola

Good Luck! :)

Brenna said...

I really like Imogen/Imogene! So sweet!

beyond said...

I was going to suggest Eva, but that's too close to Ira, I think.
For the mn, I like Rose as is. If there's a reason not to keep it that way I really like Rosalind and Rosa.
How about:
Anais
Emilia
Erin
Esme
Isolde
Odelia
Ursula
Good luck!

Amanda said...

I immediately thought of Evelyn with the mention of classic, vowel-beginning names.

Evelyn Rose sounds very pretty to me.

Adey said...

I love Emelyn or Elodie!

Emelyn Rose
Emelyn Rozlyn
Emelyn Rosalind
Emelyn Rosalie

Those are my favourites.
Good luck and congrats on the girl!

Mrs S said...

Cleo, Hannah, Ruby, Adele, Audrey, Alice, Rosie and Mara and Fiona are some wonderful names....Sadie or Molly would be very sweet.

Sadie Olive, Eva Adele or Olivia May are names that have been on my list.

Congrats on your baby girl!

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I love the suggestion of Evelyn Rose!

Anonymous said...

I love Charlotte, Charlotte Rose.

Other ideas:

Tallulah - Tally
Erin/Eryn
Mila
Juliet(te)
Alice/Alicia
Lydia
Caroline
Scarlett
Georgia
Lisette
Delilah
Johanna, nn Hanna
Daphne
Fiona
Piper
Anya

Rose versions-

Roslin
Rosebud
Rosy

Jess said...

I love Swistle's suggestion of Adeline. I also love Evelyn. I like Alice, but I think it is too close to Alek.
- Idabelle Greene.
- Aurelia Greene. Aurelia Rose.

For alternatives to Rose, you could use Rosario or Roslyn.

Swistle said...

Jess- Good point about Alice/Alek. Shoot, I really liked that one! I kept doing that, too: I'd think "Iris! Perfect! ...Oh, Ira."

kimma said...

I really like the earlier suggestions of Elodie and Evelyn. Both are beautiful in their own right and only enhanced by the middle name Rose.

I also thought of:
Ainsley
Alyce (pronounced with a long eee in the middle)
Annalie
Avery
Elisha

The Mrs. said...

Olivia Rosemary Greene

Ilianna Rosalie Greene

Everly Rosella Greene

Aerin Rose Greene

Aveline Rosalie Greene

Avery Rosabel Greene

Congrats on your sweet little girl! Can't wait to hear what you pick for her!

Anonymous said...

How about Eidie, Niamh, Norah, Lydia, Leah, Ella.
All short and fit with the style of your boys names!

Anonymous said...

Ebony Rose

Anonymous said...

What about Erica ?