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A reader named Jennifer would like some name suggestions for her baby girl, due in August. The baby will have three older siblings: Theo, Adrian and Nora Juliet.
Jennifer’s top choice had been Daphne…until a friend used it. Here’s what she liked about Daphne:
[I]t is Greek/mythological (I like the meaning), it is not easily nicknamed, it is not too long, and it is “old” and “traditional” but not common and it sounds beautiful, different. The sound with the last name is very important.
Now, about that last name. It’s distinctive. It starts with an x (that sounds like a z), ends with an s, has 2 syllables (stress on the first), and is unmistakably Greek. I couldn’t find a great substitute, but an Italian name like Zino or Zappa would probably suffice.
Currently, Jennifer’s favorite names are Charlotte, Eve, Genevieve, Lydia and Phoebe. She’s also interested in names that don’t end with an a-sound.
Here are some possibilities:
Which of the above do you like best with Theo, Adrian and Nora? What other girl names would you suggest to Jennifer?
A reader named Char recently asked me about the name Rose:
Rose is a family name that we hoped to use as a first name. Since it is usually a middle name…what do you suggest for a middle name?
Interesting question! Well, to start off, I would avoid names that:
- Start with a Z, S, soft C, or Zh-sound (e.g. Jeanne),
- Could turn the combination into a pun (e.g. Rose Fleur), and
- Could make the combination sound like a compound name (e.g. Rose Mary).
I think those are pretty good general guidelines. As a matter of personal taste, I’d also stay away from names that:
- Start with an R, and
- Have just one syllable.
(Some might really like pairings such as “Rose Rachel” or “Rose Grace,” though, so these last two guidelines aren’t necessarily universal.)
Now, on to the names that I would actually seek out. I like it when short forenames are followed by middles that start with an unstressed syllable, so I’d focus on names such as:
Of the above, I’d probably shortlist…let’s see….Marissa, Naomi, Nicole, Olivia, and Theresa.
What types of middle names do you think would work with Rose? Any specific suggestions for Char?