A reader named Steff asked me about the name Genevieve the other day:
I love it, but it seems like it would be difficult for a little girl to spell & pronounce. What are your opinions?
I agree that Genevieve could be challenging for some little girls. But I definitely don’t think this should deter you from using it, if you love it. A lot of great names (e.g. Madeleine, Jacqueline, Maximilian) are tricky for children to say and spell correctly, but I would hate to think they’re being used less because of this.
A cute nickname like Gen or Vivi might work well for a little girl named Genevieve until she’s old enough to tackle the full name.
What do you guys think of the name Genevieve–too cumbersome for a little girl?
Steff also asked:
Would you be able to suggest names based on these siblings names? – Charlotte, Sophie, Evan & Connor
I’m guessing the focus is female names (i.e. alternatives to Genevieve) so I tried for traditional options that don’t repeat any of the beginning or ending sounds of Charlotte, Sophie, Evan or Connor. Here’s what I came up with:
What other name suggestions would you offer?
Update, 11/25 – The baby is here! Scroll down to the final comment (dated November 25th) to find out what her name is…