Damien's sister: Josephine or Sienna?

See the results of this poll: Which one?

Respondents: 69 (This poll is closed)

  • Josephine : 31 (45%)
  • Sienna: 38 (55%)

I normally prefer [name_f]Josephine[/name_f], but I like [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] with [name_m]Damien[/name_m]. I don’t think the “en” is particularly prominent. I do think it’s important to note, though, that the Italian city is [name_f]Siena[/name_f] (one n). So if that’s important to you, I’d change the spelling. Otherwise, [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] is fine.

@namenculture - Thanks! You’re right about [name_f]Siena[/name_f] being standard for the place name, but I’ve also seen the [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] spelling depending on the language and time period (also I particularly like St. [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] of [name_f]Siena[/name_f], her name coming from the Italian city, which I’ve also seen sometimes as St. [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] of [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]). So we’ve decided it doesn’t much matter to us and we like the [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] spelling more anyway. Thanks for pointing that out.

[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] by a mile! I think it’s fine with your last name.

I voted for [name_f]Josephine[/name_f]; I think [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] and [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] both sound great with [name_m]Damien[/name_m], but I actually prefer [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] to [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] with your last name.
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Anne[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Ann[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Anna[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Annabeth[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f]-[name_f]Anne[/name_f]

@goodhaz @yuma - Thanks, good to know! At this point I’ve said [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] with our last name out loud too many times to know what I’m listening to anymore lol.

I’m pretty sure I like [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] the best with just [name_f]Beth[/name_f] (short to balance out long). [name_f]Ann[/name_f] or [name_f]Anne[/name_f] looks lovely too now that I see it, but we definitely want to get [name_f]Beth[/name_f] in there somewhere. I loooove [name_f]Annabeth[/name_f]!! But because of the extra length I think it’s unfortunately too long for [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] and I love the “[name_f]Anne[/name_f]” backwards thing too much if we go with [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]. @yuma thanks!

[name_f]Sienna[/name_f] is a great fit.

I’m team [name_f]Josephine[/name_f], too, I think, although I’m personally very picky about [name_f]Josephine[/name_f]'s nns, so I’m a bit concerned that I might end up with a [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] I didn’t like the nn to ([name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_f]Poppy[/name_f], really like [name_f]Posy[/name_f], and I like [name_f]Fifi[/name_f]/[name_u]Fee[/name_u]/[name_f]Fina[/name_f] and Sephie okay, but I’m not a huge fan of [name_u]Josie[/name_u], [name_u]Joey[/name_u], or [name_u]Jojo[/name_u] at all, haha–obviously just personal taste; there’s nothing wrong with any of those nicknames!), but I like [name_m]Damien[/name_m] and [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] together more, and I think [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] sounds lovely with your surname. I wouldn’t be concerned with the -en repetition with [name_m]Damien[/name_m], [name_f]Sienna[/name_f], and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]–I don’t think most would notice it at all? It’s not nearly as repetitive as -ella/-bella, -ana, or -son, etc.–but [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] also avoids that, too, if you really feel the need to. :wink:

@boyandgirl - Thanks! Gah I think so too but I’m not sure!

@ashthedreamer - Hmmm thank you, I hadn’t thought much about nicknames because I actually do like the most obvious [name_u]Josie[/name_u] (although I don’t care for [name_u]Jojo[/name_u]). I hadn’t realized [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] and [name_f]Posey[/name_f] were possibilities! All the nickname options are something I like a lot about [name_f]Josephine[/name_f], but at the same time I also like [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]'s lack of nicknames (something I love about [name_m]Damien[/name_m]'s name too) because I’ve never been big on nicknames before. Yeah I feel that [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] “frees” us from the “en” sibset theme… at the same time I feel [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] “frees” us from the “Frenchy” theme that [name_m]Damien[/name_m], [name_f]Josephine[/name_f], [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] has. But we do like [name_m]French[/name_m] names. I don’t know. Thanks for your thoughts!

I’m skewing to [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]. [name_u]Love[/name_u] that name.

Both names are beautiful.

With [name_m]Damien[/name_m], and with your last name, I prefer [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]. [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f]-[name_f]Anne[/name_f] is lovely (and so neat that [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] contains [name_f]Anne[/name_f] backwards!!)


@ziggy2112 - Thanks :slight_smile:

@claireelisewren - Ok cool I’m so glad to hear someone also thinks the [name_f]Anne[/name_f] backwards thing is neat, not just me being weird haha! I feel like I wouldn’t want to use [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] without the [name_f]Ann[/name_f] or [name_f]Anne[/name_f] part in the middle because I would feel bad about passing up that “clever” thing… But at the same time I’m unsure about complicating the middle name with a hyphen or space (and I think I prefer those options to [name_f]Bethanne[/name_f]). Thanks for saying it’s lovely!

[name_u]Love[/name_u] [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]! I don’t think I would have noticed the -en thing if you hadn’t pointed it out, and I love the sibset of [name_m]Damien[/name_m], [name_f]Sienna[/name_f], and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]! Great choices :slight_smile:

I love the name [name_f]Josephine[/name_f]! I think it sounds great with your son’s name and would sound just fine if you had another child named [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]. I agree with the other posters that the en in those names is not an issue- although it’s present in each of the names it doesn’t sound rhyming or similar when you say the names together.

@naomiaurora @sunny5 - Thanks for your thoughts, it’s great to hear the “en” thing isn’t a biggy - I thought certainly that would stand out and look matchy or trying to hard or something, but I’m super glad it doesn’t.

I think [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] is much more suited to your style, not to mention I think it [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] is becoming so popular. If your name is [name_f]Joanne[/name_f], do people call you [name_u]Jo[/name_u]? Because [name_u]Jo[/name_u] is an inevitable nn for Josesphine.

I think [name_f]Sienna[/name_f], [name_m]Damien[/name_m] and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] would be a gorgeous sibset!

[name_f]Josephine[/name_f], [name_m]Damien[/name_m] and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]… I think it sounds too serious.

@anyagreenwich - Interesting, thank you! I love knowing how the “feel” of the sibset would come off to people. You know, I’m actually more worried about [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] getting popular than [name_f]Josephine[/name_f], although it’s true [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] is on the rise and is currently much more popular than [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]. I guess [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] to me definitely qualifies as a timeless name, like a less popular little sister to the name [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] - both are the names of people of all ages and there’s tons of nicknames to differentiate everyone. [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] however I could see becoming the main character on a popular show or something and suddenly having a huge explosion. Well I suppose it’s nice our [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] would also have two middle names to pick from if [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] ever becomes awkwardly dated.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, it’s so helpful as we’re torn.

[name_f]Sienna[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f]-[name_f]Anne[/name_f]
[name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f]

Anyone else have thoughts?

Out of you picks I like [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] better but I don’t really think either sound good with [name_m]Damien[/name_m] and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]
[name_m]Damien[/name_m] and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] are such refined exotic traditional names.
[name_f]Sienna[/name_f] and [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] just fall flat next to them.

With those brothers I would expect more elaborate female names or something equally [name_m]French[/name_m] as your boy names like [name_f]Camille[/name_f] or [name_f]Juliette[/name_f] not over the top french, just a nod.

[name_f]Vivienne[/name_f] (too matchy with [name_m]Damien[/name_m] for my taste but it’s the right style) , [name_f]Vivianna[/name_f] and [name_f]Violet[/name_f] ([name_f]Violette[/name_f] would be even better) would all be great and give you the same sounds as [name_m]Vincent[/name_m].

[name_f]Celeste[/name_f], [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f], Ceila, [name_f]Cecily[/name_f], [name_f]Cecile[/name_f] would be my recommendations as an alternative to [name_f]Sienna[/name_f].
[name_f]Joelle[/name_f] or [name_f]Josette[/name_f] instead of [name_f]Josephine[/name_f].

I prefer [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] generally, but with [name_m]Damien[/name_m] I actually prefer [name_f]Sienna[/name_f], so that gets my vote. I also like [name_f]Beth[/name_f]-[name_f]Ann/name_f better as a middle name, so that bolsters my choice. I agree with previous comments that although [name_m]Damien[/name_m], [name_f]Sienna[/name_f], and [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] do have similar sounds and flow well, they don’t at all sound “matchy” and wouldn’t limit the names you could use in the future to names that contain that “en.” You could even use [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] on a subsequent daughter if you have a large family.