I enlisted your help a couple years ago in coming up with a name for our second boy. We are now pregnant again, and with a GIRL!!! But, we are once again having a hard time agreeing on a name. The middle name will be named after my husband's grandmother, Jo. The name we like is Collyn Jo, but I'm thinking that after having 2 boys, I want a pretty, girly, feminine name and Collyn has a "boyish" ring to it. Our boys names are Reid Michael and Jace Ryan. Another name I like is Charlotte. Our last name is Northcutt, so something that flows well with that. Even though the boys both have one syllable names, I think our girl will need to have a 2 or 3 syllable name in order to go with Jo. Thoughts?
Thanks so much! I love how you put so much thought into the names!!!!
If you want to tweak Collyn to make it a little more feminine (though changing the i to a y already does a good job of making it clear to the eye if not to the ear), I suggest Calyn (rhymes with Alan), nickname Callie if you want it (an improvement on Collie). Calyn Jo Northcutt; Reid, Jace, and Calyn.
Another option, even more feminine, is Calla. Calla Jo Northcutt; Reid, Jace, and Calla.
Jo would also make a wonderful first name. Jo ______ Northcutt; Reid, Jace, and Jo.
Was Jo short for Josephine? That would be lovely, too: Josephine Northcutt is a wonderful name.
Collyn reminds me of Marin. Marin Jo Northcutt; Reid, Jace, and Marin.
Just sitting here mulling the brother names, I suddenly thought of Piper. Piper Jo Northcutt. Reid, Jace, and Piper.
I think Kiley would work wonderfully, too. Kiley Jo Northcutt; Reid, Jace, and Kiley.
I agree that the middle name Jo works best with a longer-than-1-syllable first name. If you would otherwise have liked the coordination of three 1-syllable names, a similar idea would be to give all three children 4-letter names. Some possibilities:
Or you could choose a longer name to go with the middle name, but one that has a 1-syllable nickname. Laney Jo Northcutt---but Reid, Jace, and Lane. Rosalie Jo Northcutt---but Reid, Jace, and Rose. Caitlyn Jo Northcutt---but Reid, Jace, and Cait. Teagan Jo Northcutt---but Reid, Jace, and Teag. Skylar Jo Northcutt---but Reid, Jace, and Sky.
Or if Jo was short for another name, you could use that other name as the middle name instead, and then be free to choose a 1-syllable first name.
Name update! Meredith writes:
I really enjoyed all the thoughts, opinions, and suggestions I received from you and your blog readers on the naming of our baby girl! We've decided to go with Brynn Kathryn. Reid, Jace and Brynn. :)