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A reader named Baccara has a daughter named Cecily. She’s expecting a second baby girl in May, and she’d like some name suggestions. She writes:
To give you an idea of our style, we like feminine names. We also tend to gravitate towards more unusual names, or at least ones that are not trendy.
Here are three names she and her husband are considering:
- “Charlotte has always been a contender (during both pregnancies), although its popularity is now becoming somewhat of a deterrent.”
- Camilla. “However, after reading your December post on sibling names, I am concerned that both names are too overtly similar (first initial, number of syllables) to work well together.”
- Adele, though Baccara’s “husband is concerned with it having a religious affiliation (Hebrew).”
Their surname is a one-syllable N-name, so short names and names that end with n are out.
First, a couple of thoughts:
Cecily and Camilla do have the same first letter and number of syllables. But they don’t start with the same sound, and they don’t have the same rhythm. So I agree that they’re similar, but I don’t know if they’re too close. I think they might work pretty well together, in fact.
I also like Adele with Cecily. The name isn’t Hebrew in origin, though. It’s based on the Germanic word adal, meaning noble. (The first half of Adelaide comes from the same place.) I’m not aware of the name Adele being strongly associated with religion. (Am I overlooking something?)
Here are some other names that I think sound good with Cecily:
(I omitted Amelia, Evelyn, Vanessa and Victoria because I thought they might be too trendy/popular for Baccara’s taste.)
Which of the names above do you like best with Cecily? What other name suggestions would you offer to Baccara?
UPDATE – Scroll down to find out what the baby was named!
Something fun for the end of the week! The following names never fail to brighten my day:
- Archibald Constable (1774-1827) – Scottish publisher.
- Cornthwaite Ommanney (1736-1801) – grandfather of Erasmus, below.
- Cotton Tufts (1734-1815) – U.S. physician.
- Endicott Peabody (1920-1997) – U.S. politician.
- Erasmus Ommanney (1814-1904) – English explorer.
- Fabiana Bravo (b. 1969) – Argentine opera singer.
- Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) – Supreme Court justice.
- Felix Kirk Zollicoffer (1812-1862) – U.S. politician.
- Filippo “Lippo” Lippi (1406-1469) – Italian painter.
- Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974) – Swiss astronomer.
- Gillespie Montgomery (1920-2006) – U.S. politician.
- Gonzaga Gonza (d. 1886) – Ugandan martyr.
- Gustavus Vasa Fox (1821-1883) – U.S. politician.
- Halifax Shackleton – 16-year-old girl born in Halifax, Yorkshire, according to the 1911 England and Wales census.
- Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) – U.S. dancer.
- Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908) – U.S. banker.
- Nellie Melba (1861-1931) – Australian opera singer.
- Otto van Veen (1556-1629) – Dutch painter.
- Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) – English painter.
- Stirling Silliphant (1918-1996) – U.S. screenwriter.
- Tranquilino Luna (1849-1892) – U.S. politician.
- Wambly Bald (1902-1990) – U.S. writer/columnist.
- Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534) – French printer. (The surname refers to a location in France, not words on the page, but it’s a great name anyway.)
Do you have any favorite names?
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?
A reader named Tiffany is expecting her third baby (gender unknown) in a couple of months. The boy name has been picked, but the girl name has been harder to come by. Here’s what she says:
We have two daughters, Vivian Grace and Margaret Anne. I like the first name Elise but struggle with a middle name for it ~ better to be brief, or do I go more dramatic?
We like Carmen, Veronica and Iris. I love Beatrix and Simone.
Because Elise is (visually) the shortest name in the group and has a unique rhythm, I think I would go for a middle that’s slightly more dramatic — something traditional like Grace and Anne, but with an added syllable or two. I might try Charlotte, Irene, Michelle, Naomi or Nicole. Of the names listed, I think Carmen could work.
As far as alternative first names go, out of the current favorites, I’m partial to Iris and Simone. (Vivian already has a V-name, Tiffany’s surname already starts with a B, and Carmen just doesn’t sound quite right to me as the sister of Vivian and Margaret.)
Most of the names Tiffany mentioned end with a consonant sound, so that’s what I focused on while brainstorming for other first name suggestions. Here are the results — consonant-endings on the left, the rest on the right:
Do you think any of the above fit particularly well with Vivian and Margaret? What other names and/or advice would you offer to Tiffany?