Family MN with FN Colleen

[name]Colleen[/name] is hubby’s top pick for a girl. We have a two-syllable Irish surname beginning with O’.

I’m interested in honoring my family with the middle name. Suggestions on how to modernize any of these names or combine them into a fresher sounding middle name? They are all second or third generation female names on my side.

[name]Colleen[/name] _______ O’


I love [name]Maeve[/name]. It is definitely fresh sounding and definitely Irish. I also love [name]Moira[/name] -but not with [name]Colleen[/name].

I have always loved [name]Pearl[/name], my grandmother’s middle name. I also would love to honor my great-grandmother’s name [name]Thelma[/name]. Any suggestions with these names? I thought about [name]Perla[/name], but I don’t like it with [name]Colleen[/name]. For [name]Thelma[/name], there’s [name]Alma[/name], [name]Elsa[/name], [name]Emma[/name]. I’m not sure how well any of those go with [name]Colleen[/name], though.

I think [name]Colleen[/name] [name]Faye[/name] and [name]Colleen[/name] [name]Pearl[/name] would be lovely! Here are some alternatives to your other family names.

[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Matilda[/name] ([name]Maude[/name] is a variant of [name]Matilda[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] ([name]Margaret[/name] means “pearl”). Also [name]Margot[/name], [name]Marguerite[/name], [name]Greta[/name] could be used.
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Trudy[/name] (for [name]Gertrude[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Joy[/name] (for [name]Joyce[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Dorothy[/name]/[name]Dorothea[/name] (for the first letters in [name]Doris[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Thalia[/name] (for the first letters in [name]Thelma[/name])

[name]How[/name] about [name]Maisie[/name]? It means “pearl” so it honors your family member & I think it adds a sweet feel and somehow feels modern again.

[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Margo[/name] jumped to mind immediately when I saw the title, and before I read the topic.
[name]Margo[/name] means [name]Pearl[/name]. :slight_smile:

[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Meghan[/name]
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Felicity[/name] (For [name]Faye[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Sheridan[/name] (For [name]Shirley[/name])

Thanks for your thoughts.

[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] O’ sounds quite classic, and I like that it means [name]Pearl[/name]!!

Also, I love [name]Maisie[/name]. I knew a [name]Macey[/name] growing up, and I always thought that her name sounded harsh. But the spelling of [name]Maisie[/name] is really quite charming.

[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Maisie[/name] (honoring [name]Pearl[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] (honoring [name]Pearl[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Maeve[/name] (for [name]Maude[/name])
[name]Colleen[/name] [name]Matilda[/name] (honoring [name]Maude[/name])

There’s an M theme going on here.

I also like [name]Colleen[/name] [name]Thalia[/name], because it honors [name]Thelma[/name], my great-grandmother.

Any favorites from the list or other ideas for [name]Thelma[/name]?