A sister for Sterling - advice needed

Dear Forum,

At 36 weeks and struggling to find a name for the last 16 weeks I really need some help. My husband I cannot seem to find a name that we both find acceptable for our baby girl.

Our son’s name was pretty easy because it involved a family name from my husband’s side, [name]Sterling[/name], that was a no-brainer for us. His middle name is [name]Barrett[/name] and we did struggle with it until about a week before he was born but we love his name - it is unique but not too weird.

We would have loved to use a family name for our daughter but the names in our family are terribly old-ladyish and not cool - [name]Doris[/name], [name]Edna[/name], Laruth, [name]Linda[/name], etc.

My favorite names are [name]Emma[/name] and [name]Katherine[/name]. My husband I both have reservations about [name]Emma[/name] because of its popularity. [name]Katherine[/name] is a beautiful classic name but his stepsister’s daughter is named [name]Catherine[/name] and I don’t want to cause any controversy.

My mother’s name is [name]Linda[/name] and my sister’s middle is [name]Lynn[/name] so I have considered the name [name]Emmeline[/name] (pronounced [name]Emma[/name]-lynn) to kind of combine the name I like with something from my side of the family but my husband doesn’t really like it.

We want a classic name that is not too trendy but we are really struggling. We like the Southern appeal of the name [name]Charlotte[/name] but do you feel that is becoming too trendy as well?

We would like a name with 2-3 syllables because our last name is a short one syllable and starts with an F. It just flows better to have a slightly longer name.

Any thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

[name]Linnea[/name] (lih-NAY-uh)

Very traditional, just Swedish is all :slight_smile: Has [name]Lyn[/name] in it, right syllables. Maybe you could put [name]Katherine[/name] in the middle? I just love [name]Linnea[/name]. It’s also a flower name :slight_smile:

[name]Charlotte[/name] is getting a bit popular, but in my eyes it’s a classic and not trendy. [name]Charlotte[/name] would be a gorgeous choice.

Other suggestions …

[name]Caroline[/name] / [name]Carolyn[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] / [name]Elinor[/name]
[name]Rosalind[/name] (If you don’t think that it’s too indirect, this could be a cool way to honor your mom.)
[name]Camille[/name] / [name]Camilla[/name]
[name]Cecily[/name] / [name]Cecilia[/name]

Suggestions based on your style:
Names I think will go lovely with [name]Sterling[/name] are:

[name]Charlotte[/name] is a beautiful name. Popular yes but definitely not trendy. I love Laruth though.

[name]Lucinda[/name], to honor [name]Linda[/name], has similar sound
[name]Catarina[/name], form of [name]Katherine[/name]
[name]Karin[/name], Swedish form of [name]Katherine[/name] if I remember right, my daughter’s name, pronounced kuh-[name]RIN[/name]

[name]Linnea[/name] was the first name that came to my mind too

[name]Tessa[/name] << close to Emma (sort of)
Brenna << has the same feel as Emma (to me anyway)
Magnolia nn Maggie

Thank you all for your input, I really like [name]Lucinda[/name] and hadn’t thought of it as a tribute to [name]Linda[/name] but I think it could be. My hubby will definitely not go for [name]Linnea[/name] but it is very pretty and unique.

There are a lot of names on your lists which I like a lot but DH has vetoed - [name]Amelia[/name]/[name]Emelia[/name], [name]Camille[/name], [name]Cecilia[/name].

I think he is warming up to [name]Charlotte[/name] most of all so maybe we could use something a little different for the middle, like [name]Lucinda[/name] or [name]Larue[/name].

Thanks again!