Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby Girl #1

Reader Leanne is looking for a name for her baby girl. She says:

Names that have been shortlisted to date are Eliana Heidi and Melanie Jacinta. However, my nieces are Ariana and Stephanie so I would like [a name] that doesn’t sound too similar.

She liked the combination Hayley Melissa at one time as well, but the “-ley” ending doesn’t work with her married name, and she’d like to stay away from an alliterative pairing.

Other favourite names such as “Anneliesa” and “Shay-Lisa” seem to blend awkwardly with [my] surname and almost make it sound like the surname is “Sleazeman”.

That’s not good. Finally, she loves the name Heidi, though she’s “more inclined to use it as a middle name.”

There is German heritage in my husband’s family and whilst it would be nice to reflect that, it isn’t essential.

My first thought was to look for a few feminine-sounding German names. Nadya, Ottilie, Saskia and Tatiana fit the bill, but none of these are as modern-sounding as the names Leanne mentioned, so they may not be of interest.

Other possibilities include:

Alexia
Alyssa
Amelia
Bethany
Bianca
Candace
Cassandra
Chelsea
Cynthia
Delia
Gabriella
Giselle
Jillian
Julissa
Kiara
Lillian
Linnea
Malia
Mia
Michaela
Milena
Olivia
Sabrina
Sierra
Sydney
Tabitha
Trista

What ideas do you guys have? (Please feel free to suggest combinations as well.)


6 thoughts on “Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby Girl #1

  1. Carmen. Carina. Elena/Alena. Antonia. Ursula. Kirsten. Inga. Clara. Erika.

    I don’t know if any of those sound any good with Heidi, though. Maybe Erika Heidi. I do know *actual Germans* in their 20s and 30s named Carmen, Elena, Clara, and Erika, even if those aren’t truly German in origin.

  2. Thanks, Bridgett.

    I had that same thought about the names in the post — I don’t think too many sound great with Heidi, which makes things sorta tricky.

  3. I like the German name Anke, too. Others would be Greta or Gretchen, Liesl, Kathe, Birgitta, Gitta, Karla, Elisabet, Bette, Claudia.

    For names that work with Heidi as a middle name, I think those ending with -ana, like the initial thought of Eliana, do the trick, but they may be too close to Ariana still. Nancy mentioned Tatiana. There’s also Liliana, Viviana, Rosana, Oliviana, Juliana, or even just Ana.

  4. Thank you kindly for your assistance. There are some great suggestions for names and I feel more confident with forming a short list now.

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