We are due with a baby girl in early July. She is our fourth child and second daughter- our other three kids' names are Adelay Isabelle, Elias Marek and Jameson Beckett Isaac. Our last name rhymes with "Dover." For first names we tend to like longer, three syllable names, kind of old fashioned or elegant but not REALLY out-there old fashioned (i.e. I like Meredith but would probably not consider anything like Gertrude or Winifred) with a cute, more commonly known nickname (our kids commonly go by Addy, Eli and Jamie.) For middle names we don't have any real pattern- Isabelle was a family name I loved, Marek was a German/Polish name my husband adored but which we had nixed as a first name because of the possible "Mary" nickname, and Beckett was just a name we both really liked and had considered as a first name. Isaac had special meaning to me and I wanted to use it as well.)
I'd prefer a name that starts with a consonant, to even things out a bit, and would prefer not to use the other kids' first initials, but these are just preferences, not deal breakers.
Something else I thought of today is that I'd really like her name to express a certain meaning- this baby was very much unexpected, and despite my having a lot of issues which make me prone to miscarriage, she somehow stuck with us! We feel like she's a special gift, a special surprise to our family, and I'd really love it if the meaning of her name could express that in some way.
Lastly, here are a few of the names we've tossed around so far, to give you an idea of our style:
Evelyn or Everly
A couple of middle name ideas we've (I've!) come up with are:
Annelise (or just Elise)
We'd love suggestions, or ideas of how to pair up the existing names on our list! Thank you so much!
It's funny how challenging it is to find a baby name when there are already three named babies! I keep thinking of The Perfect Name and then "Oh...wait...no, that won't work."
I feel like PUSHING you to use Felicity: the consonant/non-repeating initial is good; and the nicknames Fliss, Flip, and Lissie are available if not quite as commonly known as Addy, Eli, and Jamie; but what really sells the name is the meaning, which is "happy and lucky." So perfect for a special surprise gift baby. Felicity Jane seems like a natural choice, or Felicity Brielle and Felicity Elise would work well.
I also checked Baby Names Made Easy: The Complete Reverse Dictionary of Baby Names, and found more candidates (though double-check meanings in several other dictionaries, since these can vary considerably from book to book):
Beatrix (Bee, Trixie): bringer of joy
Marnina (Marnie, Nina): rejoice
Theodora (Thea, Dorrie): God's gift
(I would also have included Isadora, which seems like a very good fit except for the vowel initial, and also means "gift"---but it means specifically "gift from the goddess Isis." The "thea/theo" names are a less specific god.)
Another option would be to put the meaning name in the middle name slot, which opens up more options that I didn't include in the first list because they don't fit as well with the other children's names and/or with other preferences:
Dorothea/Dorothy: God's gift
Felice: happy, fortunate
Halla: surprise gift
Joy: er, joy
Thea: God's gift
If the name Felicity ends up being a no-go, I then move to pushing the name Magnolia. It's been on my own list, and I think it has HUGE potential for being a very pleasing name. So many people want girl names that are long with nickname choices, but then they're tired of Alexandra and Samantha and Cassandra and Elizabeth. Well, then, Magnolia needs to STEP UP. Maggie! Nola! Lia! It fits particularly well in this sibling group, I think, since Addy and Maggie are both very familiar nicknames, but Adelay and Magnolia are much less familiar. And we have the consonant/non-repeating initial M! I'd pair it with a happy/lucky/gift middle name; maybe Magnolia Joy, or Magnolia Felice.
If Magnolia is a little too unusual, I suggest Margaret. Greta, Meg, Maggie, Daisy! So many nickname choices!
Because of Cambria on your list, I suggest Camilla. Darling nicknames, either Cami or Milly. If Prince Charles's wife is a negative association (I think of her as someone who has shown dignity and grace under very embarrassing circumstances---but the embarrassing circumstances do come to mind), I recommend Camellia. It's a flower name like Magnolia, and its similarity to the more popular Amelia makes me wonder why it's not being used as a less common alternative. I like Camellia Joy.
Camellia makes me think of Romilly. Ooo, I like that for this sibling group. I gather some pronounce it RO-milly (like the Ro in Rose) and some pronounce it RAH-milly (like the Ro in Ross); if I used the former, I would probably use the nickname Romy; for the latter, I'd use the nickname Milly.
Or Rosalie would be very nice. Adelay, Elias, Jameson, and Rosalie; Addie, Eli, Jamie, and Rosie. I like Rosalie Joy, or Rosalie Jane.
I love Meredith, which since you mention liking it but it's not in your list, I'm guessing is not a candidate. But I love that name, and the nickname Merrie is so cute and happy. Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Merrie: all very different sounds.
Charlotte might work beautifully. Charlie and Lottie are both possible nicknames; I'd probably choose Lottie, not only because I prefer it, but because it makes it clearer which members of the sibling group are boys and which are girls. Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Lottie. I like Charlotte Felice, Charlotte Jane, Charlotte Kay, Charlotte Brielle, or Charlotte Elise.
Cordelia is a name I've seen cropping up here and there. Old-fashioned but not TOO old-fashioned, and several good nicknames: Corrie, Delia (plus the more casual Deels).
Or Liviana. It's similar to the much more popular Olivia and Lilliana, so I'm surprised it isn't used more. Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Livvie/Livvy.
It seems like we heard a lot about the name Vivienne for awhile, and then almost nothing recently. That's another one that has some sounds in common with Olivia. Adelay, Elias, Jameson, and Vivienne; Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Vivvie/Vivvy/Vivi.
Penelope is on my own "sad not to use it" list. Adelay, Elias, Jameson, and Penelope; Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Penny/Nellie/Poppy.
Clarissa is another of my pet favorites, and quite similar in sound to Felicity. Adelay, Elias, Jameson, and Clarissa; Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Clary. (I'm not sure I would have thought of Clary as a natural nickname, but then it's been in TWO novels I've recently read, so I must just not have encountered it before.)
Emmeline repeats the E initial, which is too bad because I think Addy and Emmy make a very cute sister pair.
Or would you like Karenna? Adelay, Elias, Jameson, and Karenna; Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Kari. Though I probably wouldn't nickname it because I like the full version so well. Maybe another nickname, a non-name-based one, would occur naturally.
I knew a girl named Linnea (linn-NAY-ah) in school, and I thought it was such a pretty name. Adelay, Elias, Jameson, and Linnea; Addy, Eli, Jamie, and Linnie.
Name update! Sarah writes:
Our beautiful fourth child and second daughter, Taliana Joy, was born July sixth. We had finally landed on two names, Talia and Annika, and I liked both a lot but wasn't having that "aha" moment with either of them, so we kept looking. One night as we flipped through a name book for the dozenth time, my husband Jim suddenly had a stroke of genius and tried to combine the two names. He came up with Taliana, which we then found in the name book in the list of variations under the "Talia" entry. We ended up using Joy as her middle name partly as a nod to my excellent doctor whose own middle name is Joy and partly because its meaning is exactly what I wanted in her name, and turns out nothing said it better than the word itself! Thank you everyone for all your input. Tali thanks you too.