We are expecting our 2nd daughter in about 5 weeks, and my husband and I can't make up our minds!Our first daughter is Felicity Katherine, last name rhymes with Picks, and starts with an H. We had absolutely no problem naming her, and I am still totally in love with her name. That being said, it is a tough one to find a sister name for because it is familiar but not overused, and it exudes happiness.We lean towards classic names that won't be instantly tied to a certain decade. RIght now, we feel pretty confident that her name will be Helen Elizabeth or Harriet (but mostly call her Hattie) _____, though I suppose we'd be open to new suggestions (it just feels like we've considered EVERY name out there).We love the quirky, fun alliteration of the double H names. My dilemma is that I think Hattie goes the best with Felicity, but I like Helen _icks better than Harriet _icks. And even though we intend to mostly call her Hattie, I know she will occasionally need to use her full name. Also, after reading some of your past readers' emails and comments, the thought occurred to me someone might call her Hairy _icks. That thought had never occurred to me (or anyone else who I've shared our options with) until one of your commenters made a similar observation about the name Harriet Butler (Hairy Butts). Would that have crossed your mind with our name?Does Helen or Harriet/Hattie immediately stand out as a better sister name to Felicity?If we go with Helen, I'm not sure what nickname options there are. None of the ones I've heard of feel very intuitive. I like Nell, but it doesn't feel very natural. But maybe something will just naturally evolve as her nickname.The other remaining question is what Harriet/Hattie's middle name would be. I love Elizabeth, and it is a family name, but I think that might be too much of a mouthful. Our other possibilites are Anne (for Anne of Green Gables) and Lee (my middle name and mom's maiden name) or Alice (grandmother's name). Do any stand out as much better sounding than the others?Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!!
It's a close one, but I think I prefer Harriet _icks to Helen _icks, and I agree that I think Harriet/Hattie is better with Felicity than Helen. And it sounds as if you prefer the name Harriet.
If you do choose Helen, it's such a short name you may not need a nickname, especially if Felicity doesn't go by one.
If you choose Harriet, I think Harriet Elizabeth sounds great. It has the same number of syllables as Felicity Katherine, and I like longish girl names, so it doesn't seem like too much of a mouthful to me. I also very much like the sounds of Harriet Anne and Harriet Lee, but with shorter, less girly middle names, I start feeling as if the two girls' names would be too contrasted: one ultra-feminine and whimsical, the other hip and quirky.
I don't know if I would have thought of Hairy or not. I think the recent post might have brought it to my mind---but even with that, it didn't occur to me until you mentioned it. Perhaps other children would think of it more quickly, though.
The name Henrietta would solve that issue, while still being similar to Harriet. Possible nicknames: Hennie, Etta, Ettie.
For another happy name, I suggest Annabel. Felicity and Annabel sound similar to me: both with hints of whimsy and Britishness and early colonial Americanness.
I also suggest Penelope, for the same reasons as Annabel.
And Clarissa, same reasons again.
And Phoebe, same.
I also suggest Eliza, and Eloise. Those feel a notch less whimsical than Annabel and Penelope to me, but they have a sass and spirit that I think goes well with the name Felicity.
Genevieve, too, is lower in whimsy, but I think it's great with Felicity. I like the nickname Evie, but Genna and Genny and Gen and Eve are available too.
Or Josephine, with the nicknames Josie and Jo.
For a bit of a long shot, I suggest Anastasia. It's a somewhat different style than Felicity, but I like the way both names are long and unusual. The darling nickname Annie helps sell it, too.
Name update! Erin writes:
You were kind enough to post my dilemma back in October or November and I wanted to let you know that our little girl, Harriet "Hattie" Elizabeth Hicks, was born on 11/29.
You and your readers' comments were so very helpful to me, so thank you very much. We went back and forth even on the day she was born but love the name we landed on.
Thank you again!!