We are having a second child, a girl. Her older sister's name is Simone Olivia. We chose Simone because it was uncommon, didn't end in the letter a, strong/sophisticated, not hard to say/spell, is a namesake for her grandfather, and we like the meaning (one who hears God). Olivia was more of a "pretty, flows well" choice. Our last name is similar sounding to "Can."
With #2 we are having a hard time coming up with a name that is similar in criteria though this time I'm okay with the name ending in an a. The middle name will fulfill the family naming tradition slot this time and will either be Nia or Nina. We chose not to put Nina as a middle name with Simone because we're not that big of fans of the jazz singer; similarly that's a reason to not use it as a first name this time. My husband likes Nia as a first name but I think it's too short (would be okay with it as a nickname for Antonia but he doesn't like Antonia) and that the style doesn't really match with Simone. In addition to the "match the style" challenge my husband really wants the name to have some significance - either to us personally or a woman who was some kind of ground breaker (if this was a boy his name would have been Malcolm, as in X).
Names I like which have been vetoed by my husband: Ramona, Claudia, Audrey, Camille, Scarlett
Names he has suggested that I haven't loved: Thea, Billie
Thanks for your help!
I won't be able to help with names that have significance to you personally, but here are a few groundbreaking women (selection chosen by whether their names seem okay as sister names with Simone):
Coretta Scott King
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Ida B. Wells Barnett
Julia Ward Howe
Mary McLeod Bethune
(sources: Groundbreaking Women, Groundbreaking Women, Lighting the Way, Wikipedia: Women's Rights)
I like a lot of those with Simone: Simone and Julia, Simone and Amelia, Simone and Rosa, Simone and Margaret, Simone and Gloria, Simone and Marie. (The name Marie FEELS so common because of its use as a middle name, but it's #571 on the Social Security list.)
Nia/Nina is a tricky middle name to work with, but it works okay with some of them.
My favorite, I think, would be Celeste Nina.
Anyone else want to take a swing at this one? I'm having trouble coming up with options.
Name update 09-08-2010! Jan writes:
Noemi Nia X "Can" was born on September 2nd. We like Noemi (Italian form of Naomi pronounced No-EH-mi) because of how it sounds, its Biblical connection, meaning (pleasant; delightful) and thought it flowed okay with Nia. And since we didn't use Malcolm her second middle name is X! Thanks to everyone for their suggestions - Lena and Yvette are ones we seriously considered. Thanks, Patricia, for reminding me about the other Simone sibling post. It was nice to see that the name we chose was on the list suggested by one commenter, KMW.