I'm Erin and my husband Hayden and I are expecting twin girls after years of TTC. The girls are due on the 28th of February, but in reality they could come much earlier than that, so I would really like to get their names sorted out. However my husband and I can't agree on names!
The only name that we both love (I have always loved it) is Sophia. I am pretty set on it, but we have a dog named Ciara. Do you think that Sophia and Ciara are too similar?
We have decided that the girls middle names will be Jane and Isobel after family members, but we will just sort that out later.
Anyway, we want a name that:
- Does not end in an 'a' or an 'uh' sound.
- Does not start with an E, H, C or S.
- Sounds good with either Isobel or Jane as the middle name.
- Is not misspelled, masculine or 'trendy' (like Camryn).
- Sounds good with Sophia.
We don't care about the popularity of the name, but we want a name that is similar in popularity to Sophia (ie. We would prefer something like Alyssa [but we can't use that] over something like Audrina).
Names we have considered/like but are out are:
Oh and our last name is similar to McKenzie.
No, I don't think Ciara and Sophia are too similar.
Your "out" list is devastating, because most of those are the very names I'd suggest. Sophia and Isobel would be perfect, for example: similarly common but similarly exotic; same number of letters and syllables; so good with your surname. One of the few remaining in the Top 10 is Emma, but that starts with E and ends with A.
It would be helpful to know whether the restrictions (starting letters, ending sounds) are actual restrictions or just preferences in search of the ideal. Are you trying not to repeat the parents' initials as well as not repeating the children's? And are you trying not to repeat the DOG'S initial? And so very many girl names end with -a, especially the ones that are a similar level of femininity to Sophia. It seems like you could be unnecessarily eliminating huge groups of names that might contain a name you'd love enough to be willing to compromise on the beginning or ending.
It would also be helpful to know how set you were on those middle names if you found a first name you LOVED that didn't work with either of them. In general I think it's significantly easier to choose the first names FIRST, then go looking for middle names that work with them.
[Note: I initially ended at this point, because I considered the restrictions too...restricty...to work with. But then I thought maybe I was just too tired, and I should try again in the morning. So the first two comments in the comments section on this post are BEFORE my suggestions: if I make a suggestion and they appear to be re-making it, it's that they hadn't yet read anything after this point.]
Names that work with your restrictions (no E, H, C, or S; no ending in -a or similar sound):
Abigail McKenzie; Sophia and Abigail
Alice McKenzie; Sophia and Alice
Annabel McKenzie; Sophia and Annabel
Grace McKenzie; Sophia and Grace
Lillian McKenzie; Sophia and Lillian
Lily McKenzie; Sophia and Lily
Louise McKenzie; Sophia and Louise
Lucy McKenzie; Sophia and Lucy
Molly McKenzie; Sophia and Molly
Natalie McKenzie; Sophia and Natalie
Noelle McKenzie; Sophia and Noelle
Rose McKenzie; Sophia and Rose
Ruby McKenzie; Sophia and Ruby
Violet McKenzie; Sophia and Violet
Zoe McKenzie; Sophia and Zoe
Names that break some or many of your restrictions but I want to mention them anyway:
Catherine McKenzie; Sophia and Catherine
Cecily McKenzie; Sophia and Cecily
Charlotte McKenzie; Sophia and Charlotte
Claire McKenzie; Sophia and Claire
Clarissa McKenzie; Sophia and Clarissa
Elena McKenzie; Sophia and Elena
Elise McKenzie; Sophia and Elise
Eliza McKenzie; Sophia and Eliza
Ella McKenzie; Sophia and Ella
Eloise McKenzie; Sophia and Eloise
Hailey McKenzie; Sophia and Hailey
Hope McKenzie; Sophia and Hope
Lila McKenzie; Sophia and Lila
Marissa McKenzie; Sophia and Marissa
Some of these are not really in the same popularity ballpark as Sophia, but I tried to stay with names that felt more popular than they were. For example, I'm always surprised at the ratings of Catherine and Eliza, because they feel much more common than they are.
For the most part I disregarded the dog's name.
Updated question! Erin writes:
I wrote to you not too long ago about naming my twin daughters. I'm the one who had all of the 'restrictions' LOL, I'm sorry I was such a hassle! But anyway thanks for answering it, as we have decided on names! However, now that we have decided on first names, we are struggling to decide which baby should have which middle name.
So the girls are going to be Lily and Sophia. We have the name Jane and Isobel chosen, but my problem is that I love Lily Jane and Sophia Isobel, but then I feel as though Lily Jane is sweet and short, and Sophia Isobel is beautiful and long. I don't mind Lily Isobel and Sophia Jane, but I don't like the sound of Lily Isobel as much.
Does Lily Jane and Sophia Isobel sound okay for twin sisters?
Name update! Erin writes:
I am happy to announce that the girls were born on the 2nd of Feb, and are doing wonderful!
Now for their names. After reading the responses from my second question, I was sure that the girls would be Sophia Isobel and Lily Jane. A couple of days before they were born I just fell out of love with Lily (mind you, this was after we had ordered letters for their names for the nursery). I read over my question, Swistle's answer, and everyone's comments, THEN I made my hubby do the same ;-) However we then both decided on a name for Sophia's sister, and we are very happy with it!
So, the girls are Sophia Jane and Grace Isobel. We are calling Sophia, Sophia, and Grace, Gracie. We are in love with our Sophia and Gracie, and I believe they are the perfect names for them!
Thank you everyone for helping us!