Forms of Jeanette...

I’d like to potentially use a name to honor two people, should I have a daughter someday. The two women are my deceased great-grandmother, [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f], and my 1st-grade teacher, [name_f]Janet[/name_f]…both passed away when I was young. Both have impacted my life in significant ways. Note: I’m looking in terms of middle names right now.

The issue is that I can’t decide on a good choice to honor both women…here’s what I have so far. Which do you feel would work for me?

  1. [name_f]Janette[/name_f]: probably the most obvious solution. I just don’t overly love the spelling. Still, it sounds like [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f], has the [name_f]Janet[/name_f] spelling to reflect my teacher’s name, and even includes my great-grandmother’s nickname, [name_f]Jane[/name_f].

  2. [name_f]Jane[/name_f]: It’s connected enough to both names that I think this could work.

  3. [name_f]Etta[/name_f]: I don’t know about this one at all, but I think it is at least worth listing, just to cover all bases.

  4. [name_f]Jenna[/name_f]: I do like this, but it’s hard to use as a middle. Plus, it’s my cousin’s name…it doesn’t pose an issue, but the name feels very tied to her.

Also…if I were to go for [name_f]Janette[/name_f], what would you think of [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f]? [name_f]Do[/name_f] prefer it to [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] (which is our longtime favorite combo)?

I think [name_f]Janette[/name_f] is a great way to combine the two names and it goes really well with [name_f]Ada[/name_f]! I like [name_f]Jane[/name_f] too but it’s kinda common as a middle so idk if that’s an issue

My favorite is [name_f]Jane[/name_f]! I think it’s adorable and definitely honors both women. [name_f]Janette[/name_f] just seems really dated to me, but as a MN I don’t think that’s a huge deal especially since it honors people - I just happen to prefer [name_f]Jane[/name_f]. I know this is for a future girl, but have you considered honoring these people with a little boy using [name_m]Jett[/name_m]? I think that’s very sweet as well.

[name_f]Jeanette[/name_f] and [name_f]Janet[/name_f]. Both start with J and end with similar sounds. Here are my suggestions…

Names that start with J:


Names that have ette/et endings:



[name_f]Ann[/name_f]/[name_f]Anne[/name_f] - unfortunately a super common middle name but it does tie in [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f] and [name_f]Janet[/name_f]

P.S. [name_f]Etta[/name_f] is my top name for a few reasons but one being it honors the name [name_f]Annette[/name_f] by coincidence. But don’t pick a name just because it checks all the boxes, make sure you love it too!

[name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f] is fine, but from your list I like [name_f]Margo[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f] or [name_f]Claire[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f] much better.

From your list, I think [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] and [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f] work well. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f], [name_f]Alena[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] and [name_f]Seraphina[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] are nice, too.

I think any feminisation of [name_m]John[/name_m] works to honour [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f] or [name_f]Janet[/name_f].
Some more ideas (depending on your preference , heritage etc ):
[name_u]Joan[/name_u], [name_f]Jehanne[/name_f], [name_f]Johanna[/name_f], [name_f]Joanne[/name_f], [name_f]Janine[/name_f], [name_f]Janina[/name_f], [name_f]Janae[/name_f], [name_f]Janelle[/name_f], [name_f]Janis[/name_f], [name_u]Jan/name_ua, [name_f]Juanita[/name_f], [name_m]Ivan/name_ma, Siwan, [name_f]Sian[/name_f], [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f], [name_m]Jona[/name_m].

e.g. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_u]Joan[/name_u]/ [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_f]Sian[/name_f], [name_f]Clover[/name_f] [name_f]Janis[/name_f], [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f], [name_f]Claire[/name_f] [name_f]Johanna[/name_f]

My name is [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f] but spelt [name_f]Jennette[/name_f] for a alt. Spelling :slight_smile:

Thanks for the replies!! I have a lot to consider now :slight_smile: there’s been many suggestions that I really like.

[name_f]Janette[/name_f] is so lovely. [name_f]Jane[/name_f] is too, but in this situation, [name_f]Janette[/name_f] has the edge for me, as it seems to be the perfect honour name.

@paulapuddephatt: [name_f]Janette[/name_f] is still where I am leaning towards, honestly. It fits the bill of being recognizable as honoring two of the most important women in my life, which is important to me. It is hard to choose though… [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] is a name that we love and that honors many people in our lives, too, and I wouldn’t want to lose that. After talking to my husband, he personally is advocating for [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] or [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f]. I feel like the later is a bit too long, but the idea of two middles works fine for me.

I think [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f] is a lovely name and I would consider using it like that, however I understand trying to combine [name_f]Janet[/name_f], and [name_f]Janette[/name_f] seems a reasonable take on the two. [name_f]Jane[/name_f] is my favourite form and will sound great with many first names. I also really like the unusual form Jenet, which is another way of combining [name_f]Jeanette[/name_f] and [name_f]Janet[/name_f].

I prefer [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f] over [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] [name_f]Janette[/name_f]. I like the idea of [name_f]Ada[/name_f] [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f]. 3 names work fine especially when 2 of them are quite short.

My great grandmother’s name was [name_f]Nettie[/name_f]. [name_m]Just[/name_m] [name_f]Nettie[/name_f]. They were of [name_m]French[/name_m] ancestry, so I’d guess they were thinking about [name_f]Janette[/name_f] or [name_f]Annette[/name_f] when they chose it, but wanted something of a more American feel.