Help, Can't Come Up With Any Girl Names!

Expecting a girl, but we thought it’d be a boy so haven’t got any solid girl names we like! My husband only likes [name]Beatrice[/name], which is too traditional and royal for me. I like more eccentric names with a refined-formal-quirky feel! Please help us find some girl names we can agree on! (He has agreed to have [name]Beatrice[/name] as a middle, along with a family name). The boys list we had agreed on;

I like [name]Jemima[/name], [name]Daphne[/name], [name]Viola[/name] and [name]Genevieve[/name]. Nothing too frilly, we aren’t under any illusions she’ll be a second [name]Kate[/name] Middleton!


[name]Cecily[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name] / [name]Cecilia[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Felicity[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Juliet[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Miranda[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Lucy[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Anna[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Gillian[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Caroline[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Augusta[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Lydia[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Marion[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Naomi[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Josephine[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]

What about [name]Beatrix[/name]? It’s similar to [name]Beatrice[/name] but might appeal more to your eccentric/refined formal quirky likes. Maybe [name]Phoebe[/name] too?

Actually, from your selection, I already love Viola Genevieve. If you have to though, I can see Viola Beatrice working too. Viola, as opposed to the dainty Violet, just looks so strong and aspiring to me.

All the best!

P.S. And maybe you won’t be getting a Duchess, but Lady Viola sure looks grand to me… :slight_smile: Although if we are going to daydream, you might want to avoid adding another Beatrice to the family.

[name]Mamie[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Zara[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Lara[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Tessa[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Freya[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Miriam[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Alma[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Lorelei[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]

I agree that [name]Beatrix[/name] may have the spunk you’re looking for.

[name]Ivy[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Araminta[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Bryony[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Cicely[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Cosima[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Theodora[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Ottilie[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Lavinia[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]India[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Florence[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Mabel[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Sybil[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Matilda[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Clarissa[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Rosaline[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Oona[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Tamsin[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Sabrina[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Verity[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Beryl[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Claudine[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]

I will look through these thank you lovely people for all of your (as yet unread) suggestions! [name]Beatrix[/name] is a spunkier name, but he’s firmly fond of the more English version - never mind that [name]Beatrix[/name] is Latin, thus older! Thanks for the idea, anyway!


These are the ones that appeal, although some are too popular and are asterisked for that;
(Would [name]Emerald[/name] be too odd?)
[name]Naomi[/name]-like that it doesn’t really sound like any other name
[name]Bryony[/name]-my first cousin wears this one though, shame
[name]Ottilie[/name]-quite like!

Ones that just Did Not:
[name]Luella[/name] (pretty but sounds rather hill-billy)

The other names were nice but not to my taste, thanks for going to the effort to suggest them though!

@etoile: [name]Viola[/name] [name]Genevieve[/name] is stunning!

[name]Just[/name] to put some more on the table…

I think [name]Jemima[/name] goes well with the boys names. It is cute for a wee girl and great on an adult.

[name]Guinevere[/name] ([name]Gwen[/name])
[name]Cordelia[/name] ([name]Delia[/name])

*Wouldn’t work with [name]Beatrice[/name], but I think of it as similar to [name]Daphne[/name] so I suggested it anyway

I agree that [name]Beatrice[/name] is better as a middle name than a first!

I think [name]Naomi[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name] is a lovely name. I’ve never really stopped to think about the name [name]Naomi[/name] before, but I’ve just decided I love it.

dearwatson, I think so too. I can imagine a real lady wearing it–it’s bold and feminine and intelligent looking. I’m hoping you’ll use this in the end, even though I know the hubby favours [name]Beatrice[/name].

Regarding your [name]Emerald[/name] question, I used to love the beautiful [name]Esmeralda[/name]. However, now I’m a lot older, I find I really like [name]Emeraude[/name]. It’s got that smart, literary, bold thing going and I don’t know, street cred? Makes [name]Emerald[/name]/[name]Esmeralda[/name] seem Disney-ish by comparison. What do you think?

Update: I haven’t gotten any further regarding winnowing down the large list we’ve got, (the British [name]Baby[/name] Name lists are extremely helpful!) but I can say that a 3 or even 4 syllable name is wanted. Our surname is 2 syllables, so I think it is possible.

@etoile: Emeraude is certainly interesting! Though I can’t say I favor the harsh ending, but regardless it is going on the list! You have lovely suggestions.

[name]Viviana[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Adeline[/name] (I pronounce this like add-uh-line) [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Adelyn[/name] (add-uh-lin) [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Amelia[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]*
[name]Emeline[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Camilla[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Adriana[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Larisa[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Natalie[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]*
[name]Cambria[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]*

*I think these really flow!

As you can tell I love names that end in a…sorry if that isn’t your style!

I thought that maybe I could come up with a few suggestions for you!

[name]Mafalda[/name] - Portuguese and Italian form of [name]Matilda[/name]
[name]Violante[/name] - vee-oh-LAHN-tah, or vee-oh-LAHN-tay

I think [name]Emerald[/name] is very pretty and could definitely work, and I also like [name]Emeraude[/name] quite a bit.

@allthatglitters: [name]Romilly[/name] is pretty and unusual, I like it! I picture a smart, confident woman when I hear [name]Eliza[/name], and I like the historical backing [name]Cordelia[/name] and [name]Guinevere[/name] have but not really their sound.

@catielynn: [name]Adeline[/name], [name]Emmeline[/name] and [name]Clementine[/name] are lovely!

@ribbons-and-soldiers: these names are a bit weighty, compared with [name]Jasper[/name] or our other boy names (saving it for the future!). They are what I’m looking for theoretically but feel too heavy for a person.

Others I was going to throw in the ring:

[name]Noemi[/name] (Similar to [name]Naomi[/name])
[name]Beatriz[/name] / Beatriu (other variations of [name]Beatrice[/name] that I really like.)
[name]Esme[/name] (since you like [name]Emerald[/name], and someone suggested [name]Esmeralda[/name])
[name]Clarissa[/name] / [name]Larissa[/name]
[name]Nora[/name] / [name]Eleanor[/name] / [name]Eleonora[/name] / [name]Leonora[/name]

If you decide to use [name]Beatrice[/name] in the middle, just don’t use [name]Gemma[/name] as the first. (Or do, and seem how many Alighieri fans catch the reference. Literary humor – hope it helps lighten the mood of finding the right name. Best of luck!)

Considering my son is [name]Dexter[/name] and I love your boy list, maybe my girl likes will help?

[name]Millicent[/name] (nn [name]Millie[/name])
[name]Penelope[/name] (nn [name]Penny[/name] or [name]Nell[/name])
Cordelila (nn’s [name]Cordy[/name], [name]Delia[/name])

I like [name]Daphne[/name] a lot too. :slight_smile:

[name]Daphne[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name] is divine!!

Okay, I understand! Let me try once again. Sorry for any repeats.