Have you ever noticed that classic names for girls usually have ten-plus elaborations? These can be the classic name in another language, an alternate spelling, or just an elaboration. Consider:

[name]Lucia[/name] (can be pronounced lou-SEE-ah, lou-che-ah, or [name]LOU[/name]-sha)
[name]Luna[/name] (Ok, this is not a variant of [name]Lucy[/name], but it sounds alike.)

[name]Marianne[/name]/[name]Mariana[/name] (Somehow, I always end up saying Marinara.)
There’s actually a whole Nameberry about [name]Mary[/name]'s variations; it can be found here:https://nameberry.com/blog/2009/05/14/the-mary-month-of-may/


[name]Jade[/name] (This one seems like [name]Jane[/name] to me.)


I think elaborations are the result of the “similar but different” trend. Maybe your mother was [name]Mary[/name] and you want to honor her, but think her name is too plain or hum-drum. So you come up with [name]Marya[/name] or [name]Marilla[/name] or [name]Maren[/name]. Maybe you like [name]Annie[/name] but not [name]Anne[/name] and you end up with [name]Anna[/name] or [name]Annabel[/name].

In some cases elaborations seem frivolous or unsubstantial. Like [name]Janessa[/name] for [name]Jane[/name] or [name]Mariette[/name] for [name]Mary[/name]. It can look like you’re trying to sidestep a name while making it more “current”. In many cases, though, elaborations are pretty. My favorites are usually the name in another language, like [name]Lucia[/name] for [name]Lucy[/name] or [name]Anke[/name] for [name]Anne[/name].

[name]Do[/name] you have any more elaborations for these names and others? What do you think of elaborations?