I am looking for some inspiration and help in naming our third child, who will also be our 3rd daughter. This will be our last child. Our baby isn't due until October so i know there is a lot of time left, but my husband and i are just not able to come up with a short list. (well not really).My older daughters (who are 10 and 8 yrs old) are named Olivia Margot (middle name is my middle name) and Lila Grace (middle name is an aunt's name).My name is Emily and i like my name but wouldn't give it to my kid (no juniors for us). I use my maiden last name. Our kids are basically Irish, Swedish & Italian. Olivia has strawberry blonde hair, fair skin and green eyes; Lila is golden blond haired, has tan skin, and green eyes. my hubby and I are green eyed too - obviously we don't know what this new kid will look like but you get the picture. I don't think we want anything that [at least in our area] is very Italian themed (Gabriella, Adrianna, Carmela Lucianna etc.).We came up with Lila because we loved the name Leilani in Hawaii and were inspired. We decided we couldn't pull of Leilani (neither of us have any ties to Hawaii) so we considered Lily and arrived at Lila (still love it!) (we pronounce it L-I-la (long I sound like ICE). Olivia always sounded lovely and had a nice sound to it with Margot (we picked this name more easily than we did Lila).We LOVE our daughters' names and would like something similar for daughter #3 - feminine, somewhat traditional, not too trendy (not interested in Taylor, Tyler, Skyler, Cameron etc - no offense to those who like those, just not my cup of tea). I don't think i'd ever be brave/bold enough to name my daughter anything like Piper even though it's cute on other people's kids.
Some names that have peaked my interest are Valentina, Sophia, Lena, Julia (hubby doesn't like this), daisy (he doesn't like that either), Katie. We rejected Valentina b/c we don't like "Val" or "Tina" as nick names. And probably that is a lot of name for a kid. it's also similar to our favorite pizza place so we crossed it off (Valentina's! pick up or delivery?) :) My husband's current name that he is tolerant of is Sophia. I am less tolerant of it due to its popularity, but it's a nice name. I say tolerant b/c neither of us are willing to say we'd actually give that name to our daughter. I don't want something too old either like Hazel or Mathilda (i do like Victoria and Elizabethe and Emma (hubby doesn't like those but especially doesn't like Emma). These still aren't making it to a short list or anything, but maybe will give you an idea.We do like the way these names sound - i think we like the 'A' sound at the end. not a requirement though. I like what both my kids' names mean, but that is not how we picked them. We also considered Scarlett and Charlotte. eh... we just aren't feeling anything. i don't want Isabella, b/c i simply know too many of them.I like the idea of glamorous hollywood names like Sophia Loren & Ava etc. but don't want to be so trendy. I also like the feeling of a Southern name (at least i think I do - not as in Bobby Jo though).If we were having a boy, the names I like are (in no particular order) Christian, Jake (my dad's name, but i also really like it), Mark, Max and Sean.As you can tell i am all over the map. :(Many thanks and I like your blog!
If Sophia is close-but-not-quite, I wonder if you would like Fiona? Olivia, Lila, and Fiona.
Or Simone? Olivia, Lila, and Simone.
Oh, or Stella! It has a current sound like Olivia and Lila do, but it's not as common as, say, Ella. Olivia, Lila, and Stella.
If Scarlett and Charlotte are not quite right, I wonder if you'd like Violet? Olivia, Lila, and Violet. Lila and Violet might have too many sounds in common, though; I can't quite tell.
I think the name Cecily would fit very well with the other names: continuing the L theme, but not repeating too many sounds. Olivia, Lila, and Cecily. I like that a lot.
Or Clarissa. Olivia, Lila, and Clarissa.
Or Clarissa. Olivia, Lila, and Clarissa.
Cora also seems like a nice fit. Olivia, Lila, and Cora.
Or Nora. Olivia, Lila, and Nora.
Or Clara. Olivia, Lila, and Clara.
Or Hannah. Olivia, Lila, and Hannah.
If you like Isabella but know too many, do you like Annabella? Olivia, Lila, and Annabella.
I see you mention Lena; do you like it any better if it's Elena? I like the way it makes it a little more different than Lila---though I guess that same change also makes it a little closer to Olivia. Olivia, Lila, and Elena.
Lena and Valentina make me wonder if you'd like Mina. Olivia, Lila, and Mina.
For something similar to Ava but not as common, I suggest Eva. Olivia, Lila, and Eva.
Again similar to Ava: Audrey (Hepburn). Olivia, Lila, and Audrey. That's probably my top choice for style compatibility but sound variety.
Does Ruby sound too old? Olivia, Lila, and Ruby. I love those together.
Name update! Emily writes:
We ended up having our third daughter a few weeks early on September 28, 2012 (due to preeclampsia). She was born at 37.5 weeks and weighed 8 lbs. Her name is Amelia Rose and we love her and her name!
Thank you very, very much. I read and re-read your post and the comments from others multiple times and it was very helpful. We thought we were leaning toward Caroline Rose or Katie/Katherine but in the minutes before the c-section I decided I loved Amelia.