We are trying to come up with a name for our 2nd daughter who is due on Thanksgiving! Our 1st daughter is Blakely Michelle and our last name rhymes with Hanson. Blakely was a family name from my husband's side of the family that we both loved. I realize it is a unisex name and surname but now I am drawn to names such as Emma, Chloe, Daphne, Calista, Amelia, Aubrey, Evelyn, Lila and Clara. Which I don't know if they flow nicely with Blakely or sound too different. Calista is at the top of our list right now but worry about the Flockhart association and if it goes with Blakely. We do tend to prefer names that are not too popular (like top 10- even though 2 of our favorites are there). Also, I don't want another name that has the -ley or -son sound at the end. Also, Blakely is Old English I have been drawn to more English sounding names too. For the middle name we like Jane (after my mom's middle name) or Kate (we just like it) or Renee (after my sister's middle name). Another factor is that this baby has been really active and feisty so some of the softer, refined names don't seem to "fit" her.
Names that we like but can't use are: Avery, Lillian, Regan, Sadie, Elliot, Olivia, Ivy, Alexis, Addison, Madison.
Names that we talked about but have been ruled out either due to myself or my husband are: Piper, Tatum, Penelope, Phoebe, Kendall, Riley, Bailey, or Taylor.
We originally were told we were having a boy and had so many names options such as Parker, Garrett, Graham, Ethan, Brennan, Andrew, Noah that we LOVED.
I hope you can help us! I am desperate to have a name and get baby things monogrammed and ready for her!
Writing again...I think we have narrowed down our name search to two names, Amelia (nn Mia or Millie) and Chloe with Amelia being our #1. However, I am still concerned about it "going" with Blakely and don't want the sibling names to sound mis-matched? Thoughts?!?!?
One thing that makes things easier in this situation is that although Blakely has a unisex sound, it's not particularly unisex in usage: it's used for approximately ten times as many girls as boys, and similarly girl-heavy names such as Blakelyn and Berkeley make it seem even more on the girl side. If sibling-name coordination is important to you, this leaves you more free to choose from girlish names.
I think if I were you I would aim to match not so much the style (since your style has changed) as the uncommonness. Blakely and Chloe, for example, gives one girl a very unusual name (not even in the Top 1000) and the other girl a very common name (Top 10). Amelia is #41 and making a jump upward each year; I suspect it will soon also be Top 10, or very near it. Calista would be my top choice from your list: Blakely and Calista is a great popularity match: in 2010, 278 new baby girls were named Blakely/Blakely/Blakelee/Blakeleigh, and 412 were named Calista/Callista/Kalista/Kallista. The names are both uncommon but familiar, and I think the Calista Flockheart association, while still present, is significantly weakened. Plus, the name Calista sounds feisty to me.
However, if you do choose Chloe or Amelia, I think it's common for a firstborn's name to be a name of significance that doesn't necessarily coordinate in style with the names of subsequent children. I think the main issue is to make sure that the names don't seem to communicate different expectations, as if the parents have decided in advance the personality type they'd like each daughter to have ("One tomboy and one little lady, please!" or "One judge and one cheerleader!"). Of the two, I think Blakely and Chloe share more of the same spirit.
If Amelia is your frontrunner but you hesitate because it doesn't meet some of the preferences you were hoping to meet, one possibility is to use Amelia as a starting point for looking for names that are similar but also feistier and less common. Cordelia. Aurelia. Delia. Amaya. Melina. Emery.
Let's have a poll over to the right for Chloe and Amelia and "back to the drawing board." [Poll closed; see results below.]