I heard from a reader named Shana a couple of days ago. Here’s what she says:
I’m 35 weeks pregnant and my DH and I still can’t find a name. Maybe it’s because we would like to incorporate too much into the name or maybe we’re just unsure if we want a trendy name/classic name. I think we are trying to find both in one name, yet can’t.
Our DD is named Lilia Josephine. We both love that it takes a name that is recognizable such as “Lily” and puts a spin on it, so that she will indeed be the only “Lilia” in her class even if their are other girls named “Lily”.
The name must contain Anne/a in either the fn or mn. Also, she will be born and living in Hawaii the first 2 years of her life. We would love to incorporate that into the mix somehow (hence, Isla).
On their list right now is:
I really like Norah, Annelise, Isla and Gabrielle/a. I think any of them would sound good with Lilia. I especially like the first three because they bring something more than style to the table. Annelise has the Anne connection, Isla has the Hawaii connection, and Norah has a distinct set of letters/sounds.
I’m not too keen on the other five names, though. Sierra, Abriana and Abrielle don’t seem right to me in terms of style. They remind me of modern-trendy names like Alexis and Brianna, whereas Lilia reminds of old fashioned-trendy names like Isabella and Olivia. Layla and Leora worry me because they’re so similar to Lilia–same first letter, same last letter, same length. I think it would be wiser to choose a name with at least a different first initial.
Suggestions (inspired by Hawaii)
I love the idea of Isla symbolizing Hawaii. Other names that might work are the names of historical Hawaiian royals. Here are some that I like with Lilia:
Analea (The good news is that it could satisfy the Anne/a requirement. The bad news is that it could be mispronounced “anally.” Might be best as a middle name.)
Emalani/Emmalani (The second spelling was no doubt influenced by Emma, as Hawaiian words aren’t typically spelled with double consonants.)
Victoria (Multiple royals had this name.)
I didn’t include Lydia because, as with Layla and Leora, I think it’s uncomfortably close to Lilia.
Suggestions (based on style)
I tried to come up with names that remind me of Lilia (old fashioned with a twist), that aren’t too laden with L- and I-sounds, and that have some sort of connection to Anne/a.
Anastasia – not related to Anna, but looks & sounds like it could be.
Annetta – Italian diminutive of Anna, though it also sounds like an altered form of Annette.
Bryony – a little like Abriana.
Hannah – early form of Anna.
Iona – refers to an island in Scotland. (And might be derived from the Old Norse word for island.)
Junia – could be seen as a spin on June, though it’s a legit name in its own right.
Lisanne – same elements as Annelise, but reordered.
Nanette – French diminutive of Anne.
Sophia, Sophie, maybe Sophronia
Considering only names on the shortlist, I like the pairings Isla Annelise and Norah Annelise. (Though I wish the A-sounds at the end of Isla and Norah didn’t blend with the A of Annalise.)
Of all the names above, let’s see…I might go for Hannah Victoria, Annetta Theresa and Junia Analea.
Now it’s your turn: Of the names above, which are your favorites for the sister of Lilia Josephine? What other names would you add to the mix? What first/middle combinations would you suggest to Shana?