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A reader named Jen has a daughter named Genevieve Grace. She’s now expecting her second daughter and she’d like some baby name ideas. She writes:
[W]e are looking for another delicate, feminine, pretty name that is not over used, is traditional, and goes well with our last name. So far we like Penelope, but I don’t know if I’m sold on that or not.
The baby’s surname starts with D and has just one syllable, so Jen would like the baby’s first name to contain at least two syllables. (And end with something other than D, probably.)
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best with Genevieve? What other girl names would you suggest to Jen?
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!