My husband and I are expecting our first child (a girl) in December. We have already settled on the name Everleigh. In fact, there were really no other first names we were considering for a girl. We are trying to find the most perfect middle name, but are having a hard time finding a middle name to go with Everleigh. Our last name is O'Donner, but with a C.My husbands top choices in this order are:PaigeAspenLilWe also considered a family name Lillienne for a middle name before we came up with Everleigh (but vetoed it because it seems to heavy on the "L's"). I'm not sure I want to start the family names with our first and feel we need to keep that tradition up for subsequent children. I like the idea of our child having his/her own identity. Although my husband did okay "Lil" to be on the middle name list for my grandmother who goes by Lil nearly exclusively. Again, heavy on the "L's", but it's a short one syllable name with meaning for us.I like Everleigh Paige, but feel that we just picked Paige arbitrarily because it sounded nice. I feel like there could be a better middle name out there. Our styles are decorative names that feel a little old fashioned, that are different, not in the top 1000 (but for the middle name is okay) and bring in some nature words. For instance, we plan on Ever for a nn. Because Everleigh seems so illustrious when written out, I feel she needs a shorter middle name with less syllables, and more meaning. I've done some google searches and found out that other people that named their daughters Everleigh named the middle names "Skye", "True", and "Rae". I feel like we need a similarly short name, that is pretty and meaningful or strong.Aspen is on the list because we both love nature and it was one of the only ones we could agree on. I just am worried it might be too "granola" of a name, which points us back to Paige.My husband vetoed:ClaireLux (to heavy on the "L's" again), but I liked the idea of a short one syllable name meaning "light"And I vetoed:Quinn (although I have to admit it sounds nice, I'm just not a fan of the name)Siobhan (too much Irish for me with our last name)To give you an idea, our boys names list was:Lachlan BlazeChase RiverBrahm HaydenI liked all of these names so much, I was relieved when finding out we were having a girl so I didn't have to choose between them.Can you give me some ideas and opinions about middle names that are one syllable (or two) that might flow well with Everleigh? Your website is the best resource I have found for baby naming ideas, and I would love to get this settled in my mind. My husband is perfectly fine with Everleigh Paige, but he is open to hearing something that might be better. That will probably be her name if we don't figure something else out, but something bothers me that I am not feeling like "Yes! That will be her name!!"Thanks for all your help!
The middle name position is an especially nice place for any name you liked very much but without wanting to use it as a first name. If, for example, you really liked the name Rose but not with your surname, it would make a great middle name. Or if you initially loved the simplicity of names like Anne or Jane or June or Mae but then realized they weren't your naming style, they too would make great middle names.
I found when I was thinking it over that I'm with you on the L sounds: Claire is one of my favorite names and it's great with the rhythm of Everleigh---but I don't like it as much as I like Everleigh Anne or Everleigh Rose.
The middle name is also a nice place for a meaningful sentiment name, especially with the nickname Ever making a little motto out of it:
For something more naturey:
Sage seems like one of the best from the lists: it's very similar to your frontrunner Paige, but it has both attribute and nature associations. And Ever Sage ("always wise") is a great motto.
Jade also has some of the same sound as Paige, but with a nature association.
I think my own picks would be Everleigh Joy, Everleigh Garland, and Everleigh Spring.