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Baby Name Needed for the Sister of Copeland

A reader named Lisa is expecting her second daughter a couple of weeks and needs some name assistance. Her first daughter is Copeland Rhine. Lisa’s main predicament is this:

[H]ow do I find a strong unique vintage name for this second precious girlie that will not wilt next to a strong name like Copeland Rhine?

And here are some other questions and points Lisa brought up:

  • “Our goal is not to have their names competing for placement but complimenting each other.”
  • “We do not want to be boxed in on unisex or surname first names.”
  • “I have been gravitating towards Sojourner Bliss or Sojourner Mercy (Sophie for short) but that is all I have and my husband is not sold on it nor on a stronger masculine name.”
  • “My husband really loves Evangeline yet he is not wanting to use it because it is becoming so popular. We both love the idea of Evie as a nickname.”
  • “I really want to honor three people in my family but all three would not wish their name on anyone: Leona, Gertrude and Lorraine. Are there any derived names that I could use?” [Other family names she mentioned are Cornelia, Josephine, Ester, Rosemary, Carmelita, Trinia (Trijntje), Johannes, Sophia, Evelientje, Alice (called Ollie), Francis, Felicia and Blanche.]

The baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable name that starts with D and also includes a z-sound. It’s somewhat similar to De Souza.

So the challenge is to find “strong unique vintage” names that work with Copeland, but that won’t lock Lisa’s family into surnames or unisex names. And to try to get a family connection in there as well.

I think Evangeline is a great idea, actually. It’s strong, vintage, and neither a surname nor a unisex name. And both Lisa and her husband like the nickname Evie. Seems like the only thing holding them back is the popularity.

Yes, Evangeline has become slightly popular recently. It’s been back in the top 1,000 since 2006. But let’s put that into context. Over 2,000,000 baby girls were born last year, and only 735 of them were named Evangeline. That’s a very small percentage. (But if it’s really that bothersome, there’s always Evangelina, which is still well out of the top 1,000.)

I’m not a big fan of Sojourner. It’s strong, and unique, and not a surname…but it’s not feminine, and it’s not what I’d call vintage, even if Sojourner Truth was a well-known 19th-century woman. I’d worry about teasing, especially with a noun-middle like Bliss or Mercy. And I think naming a third child (of either gender) after Copeland and Sojourner would be tricky.

Sophie seems like it would be an awkward nickname for Sojourner. It’s so different from Sojourner that it strikes me as more of a cover-name than a nickname–as if Sojourner were just too strong or strange to work as an everyday name.

Leona, Gertrude and Lorraine…the most interesting way I could think of to combine them was to look for names that feature their first letters (L, G, L) such as Nigella, Allegra and Gillian.

Here are a few other name ideas that came to mind:

Acacia
Adelaide
Amandine
Anais
Anneliese
Antonia
Aquila
Artemis
Astrid
Augusta
Aurelia
Aurora
Damaris
Delphina
Demetria
Freya
Ginevra
Harriet
Honora
Imogen
Ione
Isadora
Leocadia
Lucasta
Lucretia
Melosa
Merit
Mehetabel
Minerva
Morgana
Muriel
Nelle
Penelope
Petra
Sophronia
Sunniva
Theodosia/Theda
Thora
Venetia
Vera

Some are related to the family names Lisa mentioned (e.g. Adelaide/Alice, Sophronia/Sophia).

Which of the above names do you like best for the sister of Copeland? What other names would you suggest to Lisa?


Baby Name Needed – Girl Name for Twin Sister

A reader named Ayelet is expecting twins. She and her husband won’t be finding out the babies’ genders ahead of time, so they’d like to be prepared with two boy names and two girl names.

So far they’ve got August and Dominic for the boy names and Celia for one of the girl names. Once they select a second girl name they’ll be all set.

They’d like something that isn’t common (i.e. outside of the top 500). They’re considering Aliyah, Angelie, Aurelia, Eva, Isla, Juliet and Valentina, but Aliena is the current favorite:

The name we love is Aliena. She is a character in Ken Follett’s novel “The Pillars of the Earth,” which is set in twelfth-century England. But we can’t get past the “alien” in the name. I have an Alienor in my family tree, so I thought about going the Eleanor route, but I don’t like that spelling; I think I’m in love with that “Ali” sequence.

The baby’s surname will start and end with the letter n, like Nelson.

First, about Aliena. It’s a pretty name, but I’d also be worried about that “alien” association. I don’t know if I’d risk it as a first name, but it might work well as a middle.

The only alternative I can come up with is Eliana, which is an (unrelated) anagram of Aliena. But it’s ranked 193rd and climbing, so it might be a bit too popular.

Here are some other possibilities. None of these are currently in the top 500, and the ones with asterisks have a-l-i sequences.

Adina
Antonia
Amity
Adele/Adeline
Anneliese
Beatrice
Catalina*
Callista
Coralie*
Corinna
Davina
Estella
Elsa
Eloise
Esme
Flavia
Ginevra
Gwendolyn
Helena
Irina
Isadora
Judith/Judy
Leona
Lavinia
Marina
Martina
Mara
Olive
Oriana
Odette
Paulina
Regina
Rosalie*
Rosaline*
Theresa
Vera
Viola
Verity
Venetia
Zinnia

Finally, there’s the option of simply feminizing one of the boy names. August could become Augusta or Augustina; Dominic could become Dominique or Dominica.

Which of the above girl names do you like best with August, Dominic and/or Celia? What other girl names would you suggest to Ayelet?

Baby Name Needed – Name for Henry & Anneliese’s Little Sister

A reader named Jennifer is looking for a female name for her third child:

Our other children are named Henry and Anneliese. I would love to use the middle name Lynne but that is not set in stone.

Here are a few ideas:

Beatrix
Charlotte
Clara
Dorothy
Elizabeth
Greta
Josephine
Katharina/Katherine
Margaret
Marlene
Mathilde/Matilda
Miriam
Philippa
Ramona
Rosalind
Rosemary
Theodora/Theda
Susanna

Several of the above wouldn’t work too well with Lynne, but I think they all sound nice with both Henry and Anneliese.

What other names would you guys suggest?

Update: The baby is here! Scroll down to find out what name Jennifer chose.

Baby Names Needed – First Name for a Boy, Middle Name for a Girl

A reader named Sheryl has a two-part request — she needs first name suggestions for a baby boy and middle name suggestions for a baby girl.

Regarding the boy name:

We are finding boys names extremely hard – perhaps because we have a feeling it’s a girl! We do however have our hearts set on John as a middle name as it is in both our fathers’ full names.

Regarding the girl name:

We have our hearts set on Chloe for a little girl but the middle name is open to debate. We picked Anne as it is both our mums’ middle name, but now I’m not so sure – and my mum hates her middle name!

Let’s say the baby’s last name will be Dawson. (It won’t actually be Dawson…but it’ll be close.)

Because the surname does start with a D, Sheryl and her husband are wisely “trying to avoid the initials CJD for both genders for the obvious reason!” Very smart. :)

For boy names, I thought it would be nice to stick to something rather traditional (to fit with John) that doesn’t end with the letter N (so the full name doesn’t suffer from N-ending overload):

Adam
David
Elliot
Eric
Everett
Gabriel
Joseph
Lewis
Lucas
Matthew
Maxwell
Michael
Oliver
Oscar
Otis
Samuel
Theo
Thomas
Tobias
William

And here are some ideas for Chloe’s middle name. Sheryl mentioned that she was considering compound names that contain the name Anna, so the names on the left feature Anna/Anne as the first element, while those on the right feature Anna/Anne as the second element:

Annabel
Annabella
Annabeth
Annalee
Anneliese
Annemarie
Leanna
Lilianna
Lysanne
Marianna, Marianne
Rosanna, Rosanne
Saranna

It might also be fun to think about related names like Hannah, or the bazillions of derivatives of Anna.

What other suggestions do you guys have for Sheryl?

How Do You Feel About Your Name, Anneliese?

“I love that my name is very rare in the US,” says Anneliese, whose name is pronounced ah-nah-LEE-zah. “I’ve only met one other Anneliese (spelled and pronounced the same) in my life, although I know of a few — including some babies!”

Anneliese’s name is indeed rare here. It wasn’t ranked in the U.S. top 1,000 in 1972, the year she was born. In fact, the only time it ever ranked on the list was in 2005, at 917th place (below Alani, above Chanel).

When Anneliese moved to Wisconsin, the people she met — many of whom were of German extraction — were surprised to meet a young Anneliese. “To German ears Anneliese sounds like Ethel or Mildred…you expect an elderly lady.”

What does Anneliese like most about her name?

I love that it allows me to be like Cher and Madonna and be known by only one name. I love that when people meet me they always say, “What a beautiful name.”

She also loves the origin of her name: “I was named for my Oma’s sister, Anneliese.” (Oma is the German word for grandmother.)

What does Anneliese like least about her name?

When I was a child I disliked being the only one in my class without a personalized license plate for my bike. I also disliked the first day of school…there would always be a big pause when the teacher got to my name on the roll, and then inevitable mispronunciation. I usually don’t correct the pronunciation, often because I’m so used to it I truly don’t hear it anymore. Good friends and my husband will correct people, though, which I find endearing.

She also dislikes “official documents and forms that only allow 8 spaces for a first name,” which is quite understandable.

Thank you, Anneliese!

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 2000s (so far)

Here are the one-hit wonder names of the first six years of this decade (2000 through 2005):

Girl Names

  • Anneliese – ranked 917th in 2005
  • Arleth – ranked 818th in 2005 (influence: Arleth Terán)
  • Arly – ranked 950th in 2003
  • Beyonce – ranked 700th in 2001 (influence: singer Beyoncé Knowles)
  • Dafne – ranked 967th in 2001
  • Dariana – ranked 836th in 2000
  • Gwyneth – ranked 958th in 2004 (influence: actress Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Heidy – ranked 998th in 2004
  • Jolette – ranked 949th in 2005 (influence: Jolette Hernández)
  • Karyme – ranked 935th in 2003 (influence: Karyme Lozano)
  • Keila – ranked 989th in 2001
  • Kiya – ranked 961st in 2002
  • Maiya – ranked 994th in 2000
  • Mikaila – ranked 936th in 2001
  • Mikalah – ranked 805th in 2005
  • Montserrat – ranked 972nd in 2005
  • Nallely – ranked 773rd in 2001
  • Nayely – ranked 731st in 2001
  • Neha – ranked 969th in 2000
  • Rianna – ranked 860th in 2002 (influence: singer Rihanna)
  • Taina – ranked 912th in 2001
  • Treasure – ranked 892nd in 2004
  • Yamilet – ranked 841st in 2000

Boy Names

  • Adin – ranked 996th in 2005
  • Ajay – ranked 1000th in 2003
  • Andon – ranked 863rd in 2004
  • Damari – ranked 898th in 2005
  • Daunte – ranked 965th in 2001
  • Dayne – ranked 994th in 2000
  • Jaheem – ranked 889th in 2002
  • Jahir – ranked 811th in 2003
  • Jaquez – ranked 957th in 2002
  • Jayvon – ranked 970th in 2004
  • Koda – ranked 943rd in 2004
  • Lisandro – ranked 901st in 2002
  • Luc – ranked 930th in 2002
  • Makhi – ranked 920th in 2005
  • Mordechai – ranked 962nd in 2003
  • Osbaldo – ranked 976th in 2002
  • Trenten – ranked 973rd in 2004
  • Yousef – ranked 998th in 2002

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