Can't use name we love - HELP!!!!

[name]Hi[/name] everyone,

Really hoping for some advice on a name for our first baby, due in Dec.
We decided on a name we both love, and by sheer bad, awful, devastating luck, my brother and [name]SIL[/name] who are also expecting a girl the month before us have chosen that exact name. Now nothing else seems to compare to it and we are totally stuck. The name was [name]Eve[/name].

We loved it because its a known name but not common, short (we have a complicated surname), and feminine, with good nicknames and a lovely meaning (life).

The other names we really like are:
[name]Carys[/name] (too unusual, hard to pronounce?)
[name]Olivia[/name] (exact opposite problem - too common?)
[name]Cara[/name] (love it, except my husband’s name is [name]Karl[/name], so too similar sounding?)

Nothing we talk about ‘fits’ and I’m starting to really worry now.

What do you all think??!!
Any advice greatly appreciated!


That’s too bad… [name]Eve[/name] is a lovely name! Is there any way you could compromise with your brother?

[name]Carys[/name]: It’s a pretty name, and I don’t think too unusual. It may be too close to [name]Karl[/name] as well, though…

[name]Olivia[/name]: I really love it, but it’s [name]WAY[/name] too popular for me. It has just become boring and unoriginal, which is a shame because it’s a beautiful, elegant name.

[name]Cara[/name]: I think it’s definitely too close to [name]Karl[/name].

Others you might like:


You know what? It really isn’t that big of a deal to have 2 cousins sharing a name. I have a cousin with the same name and I have other cousins who also share the same name with each other. It’s not that big of a deal. I don’t know why everyone is always so opposed to having cousins with the same name, or even 2nd cousins.

A name that sounds sort of similar to [name]Eve[/name] that is also one syllable is [name]Maeve[/name]. What do you think? I think its gorgeous and not too popular, either :slight_smile:

[name]Eve[/name] is a great name, such a shame!
Would you compromise by finding a name where you could use [name]Eve[/name]/[name]Evie[/name] as a nickname? That leaves you with names like :
[name]Evelyn[/name] nn [name]Eve[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] nn [name]Evie[/name]
[name]Everett[/name]/[name]Everette[/name] - too masculine?
[name]Evangeline[/name] nn [name]Eva[/name]
[name]Beverly[/name] nn [name]Eve[/name]
[name]Eveline[/name] (pn eh-va-line) nn [name]Eve[/name]
[name]Avery[/name] nn [name]Ave[/name] (depending on how you pronounced [name]Eve[/name] like EE-ve or Ay-ve this could be a possibilty)
[name]Evie[/name] - this is valid on its own
[name]Ever[/name] nn [name]Eve[/name]

Or you might like the name [name]Ivy[/name], [name]Elle[/name], [name]Olive[/name], [name]Eden[/name], [name]Veda[/name], [name]Vera[/name], [name]Vivian[/name]/[name]Vivienne[/name]

[name]Hope[/name] this helps!

Sorry you can’t use [name]Eve[/name] but I’m confident if we all put our heads together, we can find something just a nice. From your list, I like [name]Olivia[/name] best despite it’s popularity. Here are some suggestions for you to consider.

I second [name]Elle[/name] as a good alternative. I think it has the same simple beauty as [name]Eve[/name]. I also really like [name]Fern[/name], [name]Mia[/name], [name]Sage[/name], [name]Gwen[/name], and [name]Claire[/name]. My absolute favorite simple name, though, is [name]Tess[/name]. I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Tess[/name], and I would totally use it myself if our last name didn’t start with an S.

Does this seem to be happening increasingly, or what? I think this is the third recent post I have seen with a similar problem. What about [name]Jane[/name]?

[name]How[/name] about:

Thank you all SO much for your input - going to print these out for my husband to see.

Another name we kind of thought of was [name]Emma[/name], but it’s also very common and, our surname starts with ‘M’, so if there was more than one [name]Emma[/name] in her class, she would be [name]Emma[/name] M. [name]Say[/name] that one out loud!
Sigh, why does nothing seem to fit? :frowning:
Can’t believe this happened - what are the chances?!

[name]Sabine[/name] xx

Oh, I am anxiously awaiting to hear what your husband says!
My fave suggestions so far are [name]Maeve[/name], [name]Ivy[/name] (that name immediately popped into my head when I read your thread), [name]Pearl[/name], and [name]Elle[/name] (even though I think [name]Ellie[/name], etc. is pretty popular right now :frowning: )

When I think of short ultra feminine names, I think of [name]Fae[/name], [name]Eden[/name], [name]Liv[/name], [name]Lulla[/name], [name]Adele[/name], [name]Holly[/name] and [name]Sophia[/name].

It happens more often than you think, especially if you’re from a larger family. [name]Both[/name] my boys names are commonly used in my family… I’m just too damn stubborn to change my mind on them! LOL Before TomKat existied, my husband and I wanted to use the name [name]Katelyn[/name]. [name]Little[/name] did we know that my sister in law wanted to use the name for her daughter, too. I was more than nappy to let her have it and I found a much better name for my darling little [name]Natalija[/name]!

i love [name]Elle[/name], [name]Ella[/name] and [name]Olivia[/name] (even being super popular). Its one of my choices.

Some short names that I’ve loved:


Good luck! Keep us posted on your progress.