Baby Name Needed – Middle Name for Leah

A reader named Nita is having a baby girl. The baby’s first name will be Leah, and Nita is looking for middle name suggestions that work with Leah. She writes:

We want it to start with a consonant and end in a consonant. Since the first name is pretty short, we’d like the middle name to be three or four syllables long. And please, not floral names. (And no names that sound like Beatrice/Beatrix, Margaret or Ursula.)

I think French names are a smart place to start, as many French names are fairly long and begin and end with consonant sounds.

Benjamine
Bernadette
Bernardine
Caroline
Celestine
Dominique
Felicienne
Gabrielle
Geraldine
Henriette
Josephine
Julienne
Juliette
Madeleine
Marcelline
Marianne
Micheline
Nicolette
Nicoline
Pascaline
Raphaelle
Sebastienne
Veronique
Victorine

Here are some other possibilities:

Christabel
Claribel
Dolores
Gillian
Guinevere
Gwendolen
Harriet
Jennifer
Maribel
Marisol
Marybeth
Marylouise
Mehetabel
Meredith
Millicent
Miriam
Rosalind
Rosamund
Vivian
Winifred

Which of the above do you like best with Leah? What other middle names can you come up with for Nita?

12 Responses to Baby Name Needed – Middle Name for Leah

  1. Leah Meredith or Leah Miriam are really sweet.

    Other ideas:
    Briallen – Pronounced: Bree-ah-len
    Clementine
    Harriet
    Jacqueline
    Jessamyn
    Jocelyn
    Magdalen
    Mariel
    Mercedes
    Rhianon
    Rosabel
    Thomasin
    Valentine

  2. Leah Meredith is my favourite suggestion.

    Genevieve
    Catherine
    Juniper *

    *I know a juniper is a plant but I don’t think of it that way when I hear the name.

  3. So far, I think most of the French names are out, other than maybe Geraldine and Madeleine. I do think Felicienne is very pretty, but I don’t know how to pronounce it ;). Raphaelle is pretty too, but it reminds me too much of my favorite sweets (Rafaello).
    Out of the non-French names, my favorites are Vivian, Dolores and Mercedes.

    @Karen-
    I know I don’t really like floral names (or any other nature name) but you’re right, Juniper does sound really good with Leah! But I don’t know whether we like it enough to actually use it.

  4. I am starting to really like Juniper! Leah Juniper is my favorite suggestion, now, suddenly. But my DH doesn’t really think so. His favorite is Leah Dolores, but I don’t want my daughter to be “Dolores” in any way, as that means “sorrows” or “pains”.

    I’m gonna try to change his mind :).
    Thanks so far!

  5. @Nita – How funny that Juniper is the one jumping out at you. :)

    Just in case, here are a few more botanical names: Celandine, Clematis, Coriander, Lavender (though maybe not with Leah) and Marigold.

    Dolores does mean sorrows, but it’s meant as a tribute to the Virgin Mary. Same with names like Mercedes (mercies), Milagros (miracles), Remedios (remedies) and Nieves (snows).

    The biblical name Damaris (stress on the first syllable) is similar to Dolores, so that might be another option.

  6. Nancy-
    Thanks for that clarification:). But I still don’t think I’d use it anyway.

  7. The name Dolores, that is.

  8. My favorites are Leah Gwendolen, Leah Nicoline and Leah Marybeth. How about:
    Berenice
    Bethany
    Beverley/Beverly
    Carolyn
    Cassidy
    Muriel

  9. Leah Cassidy is cute. Leah Juniper is a nice idea, don’t think I’d use it, but if you want to, it’s, as I said, a nice idea.

  10. Now I’ve heard the name Leah can be said “LAY-uh”. I like only the way said “LEE-uh”. So I mentioned this to my DH and we decided on a similar name: Leila. (LAY-luh, and it’s a family name). I didn’t get him to like Juniper, so. We thought of Valerie. So we’re still keeping “Leah” sort of. I do like Leila Valerie a lot now! That’s our first choice, but we may change our minds.
    (The baby’s due in May).

  11. I like the consonance in Leila Valerie — very pretty.

  12. Well first my name is Leah Nicole Beckman and I think you
    Should use “Nicole” because it just flows with the name and
    I love it.

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