We are trying to come up with a girl name for our second child due in February (if it's a boy we will go with either Jonas Levi, James Oberon or William (Liam) James - we both love all 3 names just need to meet the baby first to see what fits :)). However we have a much harder time with girl names. With our first we had whole lists of boy names we both loved but did not like any of the same girl names. We took 3 days (after she was born) to name her and both absolutely love her name (Frances Cecily) it fits her perfectly and we love how it sounds. We call her Frances, Francie and Chezzy - we also call her by both names "Frances Cecily". Her last name is Irish - Weilly but with an R. We plan to have at least 2 more children after baby #2, so we don't want anything that eliminates one of our boy choices. My name is Leah, husbands name is Robert (Rob)Ok, on to our current list (in no particular order):Erin - family name, we both like it but worry it may sound "dated" or not fit well with FrancesJane - also a family name (and my middle), we could certainly use it as a middle, Rob is unsure of it as a first name.Charlotte - we both like it a lot, it is popular which doesn't bother us in theory, however we know 3 baby girl Charlottes in our circles already...Elise - Rob's long time favorite girl name, I don't mind it, but am on the fenceMarlowe - another Rob favorite that has personal meaning to him, again I'm not sure about it and feel it doesn't fit with FrancesSylvie - a new addition to our list that I like a lot and has grown on Rob.Sadie - A Rob favorite, I like it, but not 100% sold that it would fit our daughter...Helen - A family name, Rob likes - I don't really but am seeing if it grows on meOther names that we tossed around:Louisa - we have a cat named Louis - would it seem like we named her after the cat?Georgia - both like, but don't loveRegan - growing on us, but does it fit with Frances?Eliza - an alternative to Elise that I like better, but we know a lot of Ellies and if we do an El name maybe stick with Rob's favorite?Genevieve - we both like it but don't really like the obvious nicknames and I'm very much a nickname personHester - Rob loves, it could grow on me, but I'm not sure if this is too out there still?Thea - I like it, but feel it needs to be short for something longer - maybe Anthea?? Theodora isn't really clicking for us.Combinations we both like but aren't 100% sold on:Erin JaneSylvie JaneCharlotte EliseDo you have any ideas for us? Combinations to try? Do these names work with our boy choices as well as with Frances Cecily? Thanks a bunch!
The first suggestion that comes to my mind is Harriet. Frances Cecily and Harriet Jane.
The name Erin does seem like a Mom Name to me. It's still useable now, but it's different enough from Frances that I think I'd prefer it as a middle name anyway.
Marlowe doesn't seem like a good fit with Frances, either. I'd put that one on the middle name list too.
Same with Regan: good middle name candidate, but I think it's too different in style to be the first name.
Jane is one of my favorites. It's great as a middle name but I love it as a first name. Frances Cecily and Jane Elise.
I think if you had a grandfather named Louis, Louisa would be a sweet honor name. But in the case of a cat named Louis, I don't think a single person will think the name Louisa was chosen as an honor name. They might remark on the similarity of the two names (although as I reflect on my own circle of friends and family, I find I know very few of the pet names), but they won't think you thought long and hard about which family member to honor, and in the end decided the cat would be the best choice. It helps that many people have had the experience of using a name for a pet and then later realizing that name falls within their naming style for children as well. It helps, too, that the names are so different in sound: LOO-wiss and loo-WEEZ-zah. They're visually very similar, but the two names won't typically be seen written down together. And if I may switch to a Delicate Tone of Voice, how old is the cat?
Eloise would take the name a step further from the cat's name. Frances and Eloise.
If your husband likes Elise but you're not quite sure, I suggest Alice. The sounds are almost identical, and I like the style of Alice better with Frances, too. Frances Cecily and Alice Jane, or Frances Cecily and Alice Marlowe, or Frances Cecily and Alice Regan.
If he likes Hester and you're not quite sure, I suggest Esther. Esther Jane, maybe, or Esther Louisa
If Genevieve is not quite right, I suggest Josephine---very similar sounds, but a new set of nicknames to consider.
Thea could also be short for Dorothea or Althea. But I think of it as a stand-alone name, and I think that's my favorite version of it.
A few more possibilities:
Beatrix (I think Beatrice is a better fit, but I'm not sure about the matched endings)
Name update! Leah writes:
We had our baby! We had a boy, as it turns out :). His name is Jonas Barnaby and he's a total sweetheart.