Help with a Pretty girls name that isn't too common?

I need to come up with a girls name that my husband and i both love.
Our son’s name is [name]Christopher[/name] and we love that we can shorten it to [name]Chris[/name] and it still sounds good for a baby or an adult.
If we have a boy this time we are fairly sure we like [name]Benjamin[/name], will go the same way and be [name]Ben[/name] for short.

so we are looking for a girls name that-
Is pretty
Isn’t used often
Isn’t too made up or out there
Doesn’t end in an e sound (our last name is [name]Shirley[/name])
Can be shortened, i like something that sounds grown up but when shortened suits a child
Isn’t too grandma like.

i will appreciate all your suggestions

Honestly, the first name to pop into my head upon reading your requirements was : [name]Laura[/name]. It’s classic, not used much. Definitely not grandma-ish! The only problem is it’s not shortened much. [name]Lori[/name]/[name]Laurie[/name]'s passe and [name]Lola[/name]'s not very ‘little kid’ like!
So, digging through my lists, here’s some other suggestions that might work for you:

[name]Margaret[/name] - [name]Meg[/name], [name]Maggie[/name], [name]Greta[/name], [name]Daisy[/name] & [name]Pearl[/name] are some possible nicknames ~
[name]Vivian[/name] - [name]Viv[/name] or Vivvy are peppy, V also works.
[name]Josephine[/name] - [name]Jo[/name], [name]Josie[/name], [name]Effie[/name] & [name]Poppy[/name] are a few nicknames that I can see on an adult as well as a child.
[name]Clara[/name] - [name]Clare[/name] works as a nickname.
[name]Cassandra[/name] - [name]Cassie[/name]'s lovely.
[name]Eleanor[/name] wouls be stunning! [name]Elle[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Nora[/name], [name]Noor[/name]. (there’s also variants [name]Elinor[/name] & [name]Elanor[/name] for use that are even less common!)
[name]Georgia[/name]/[name]Georgiana[/name] - [name]Gigi[/name], [name]Gia[/name], [name]Georgie[/name]?
[name]Helen[/name]/[name]Helena[/name] - [name]Nell[/name] is beautiful
[name]Kathleen[/name] - Yes, [name]Kate[/name] works, as does [name]Kat[/name], [name]Kit[/name], [name]Kitty[/name] and even [name]Lena[/name].
[name]Frances[/name]/[name]Francesca[/name] - [name]Francie[/name], [name]Fran[/name], [name]Frankie[/name]?
[name]Anne[/name] - Did you know simple [name]Anne[/name] ranked 517 last year? [name]Annie[/name] works on all ages, but you could also nickname her [name]Anya[/name].
[name]Belinda[/name] - could be [name]Bella[/name]!
[name]Just[/name] thought of another: [name]Cecilia[/name]! Cece, [name]Celia[/name], [name]Ceil[/name], they all work on a child and an adult and [name]Cecilia[/name]'s really not very common. Not too grandma-ish either!

I don’t know if these strike you as Grandma-ish or not, I have run across a handful of little girls named these (I live near [name]Boston[/name]) and have a 4 year old [name]Josephine[/name] myself. Any one of these names would fit in with current trends and still stand out due to popularity!

[name]Hope[/name] that helped, Good [name]Luck[/name]!

I really like both [name]Christopher[/name] and [name]Benjamin[/name]. Here are a couple of girls names that I thought of when I read your criteria:

*[name]Elizabeth[/name] - it’s a classic like [name]Christopher[/name]. Maybe a bit too common for you but it has such terrific nicknames.
*[name]Catherine[/name]/[name]Katherine[/name] - another classic with good nickname possibilities.
*[name]Margaret[/name] - [name]Maggie[/name], [name]Meg[/name], [name]Polly[/name]
*[name]Eleanor[/name] - [name]Ella[/name], [name]Ellie[/name]
*[name]Louisa[/name] - [name]Lou[/name], Wheezy :slight_smile:
*[name]Susannah[/name] - [name]Susie[/name], [name]Sue[/name], [name]Sukie[/name], [name]Anna[/name]
*[name]Samantha[/name] - [name]Sam[/name]
*[name]Abigail[/name] - [name]Abby[/name]
*[name]Alexandra[/name] - [name]Alex[/name], [name]Lexi[/name]
*[name]Jacqueline[/name] - [name]Jackie[/name], [name]Jack[/name]
*[name]Gabrielle[/name]/a - [name]Gaby[/name],[name]Ellie[/name], [name]Ella[/name]
*[name]Penelope[/name] - [name]Penny[/name]
*[name]Rebecca[/name] - [name]Becca[/name], [name]Becky[/name]
*[name]Anneliese[/name] - [name]Anna[/name], [name]Anne[/name], [name]Annie[/name]
*[name]Charlotte[/name] - [name]Charlie[/name]
*[name]Caroline[/name] - [name]Carrie[/name]
*[name]Camille[/name]/a - [name]Cami[/name]
*[name]Lillian[/name] - [name]Lily[/name]
*[name]Tabitha[/name] - I love the nickname [name]Abby[/name] for [name]Tabitha[/name]
*[name]Evelyn[/name] - [name]Evie[/name] is a great nickname
*[name]Jillian[/name] - [name]Jill[/name], [name]Jilly[/name]
*[name]Emmeline[/name] - [name]Emma[/name], [name]Emmy[/name]

[name]Julia[/name], [name]Claire[/name], [name]Rachael[/name], [name]Rebecca[/name], [name]Anna[/name], [name]Alice[/name], [name]Vivian[/name], [name]Veronica[/name], [name]Charlotte[/name] (getting popular), [name]Theresa[/name], [name]Caroline[/name], [name]Georgia[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Natalie[/name], [name]Laura[/name], [name]Laurel[/name], [name]Evelyn[/name], [name]Beatrice[/name], [name]Celeste[/name], [name]Sylvia[/name], [name]Iris[/name], [name]Bianca[/name], [name]Matilda[/name], [name]Esme[/name], [name]Claudia[/name], [name]Daphne[/name], [name]Phoebe[/name], [name]Annika[/name], [name]Natalia[/name], [name]Melina[/name], [name]Penelope[/name], [name]Tessa[/name], [name]Susannah[/name], [name]Leandra[/name], [name]Jocelyn[/name], [name]Josephine[/name], Jacquelie, [name]Giselle[/name], [name]Lillian[/name], [name]Lucy[/name] ([name]Lucia[/name]/[name]Lucinda[/name]/[name]Lucille[/name]),and [name]Grace[/name] (getting too popular as a middle name).
Some of these sound like antiques, others are slightly dated. Some don’t appeal to everyone, but hope you enjoy this list in some way! My favorites are [name]Anna[/name], [name]Claire[/name]/[name]Clara[/name], [name]Phoebe[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Vivian[/name], [name]Veronica[/name], [name]Natalie[/name], [name]Laura[/name] (my daughter’s name), [name]Celeste[/name], [name]Annika[/name], [name]Lillian[/name] ([name]Lily[/name]) oh, [name]Lillian[/name]/[name]Lily[/name] is very popular-sorry, [name]Josephine[/name], and [name]Jocelyn[/name] and [name]Lucy[/name].

There are so many beautiful names here thank you.
I guess it makes it even harder with so many family and friends with similar names.

we are starting to narrow things down, im stuck for middle names as well hehe

we are liking at the moment-
[name]Abigail[/name] (hubby loves, i like) shortened to [name]Abby[/name]
[name]Alexandra[/name] shortened to [name]Lexi[/name] or ally or alex (i love [name]Alexis[/name] but hubby doesn’t)
[name]Annabella[/name] but i really dont like [name]Anne[/name] or [name]Anna[/name] for a shortening so perhaps [name]Bella[/name]?
[name]Gabriela[/name] to [name]Gabby[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name] to evy?

But then what do we do for middle names.
with [name]Shirley[/name] as our last name non of the A names can have an S middle name or the initials would be ass

[name]Abigail[/name] [name]Rain[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Abigail[/name] [name]Eve[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Abigail[/name] [name]Eden[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Abigail[/name] [name]Kate[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Abigail[/name] [name]Jane[/name] [name]Shirley[/name] ([name]Abigail[/name] has been on the top ten list and is very common, but it is a beautiful name!)

[name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Jane[/name] [name]Shirley[/name] ( I do like the name [name]Jane[/name]), [name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Fern[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Paige[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Moon[/name] [name]Shirley[/name], [name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Claire[/name] [name]Shirley[/name] ([name]Alexandra[/name] is also an extremely popular name, but I love it. You could use the variation [name]Allessandra[/name] to be more unusual.)

[name]Annabella[/name] [name]Grace[/name], [name]Annabella[/name] [name]Kate[/name], [name]Annabella[/name] [name]Mae[/name], [name]Annabella[/name] [name]Maeve[/name], [name]Annabella[/name] [name]June[/name] (Ooooh, I love this one), [name]Annabella[/name] Mere (Welsh name), [name]Annabella[/name] [name]Paige[/name] (my cousin’s name is [name]Ann[/name] [name]Paige[/name].)

[name]Gabriella[/name] [name]Eve[/name], [name]Gabriella[/name] [name]Eden[/name], [name]Gabriella[/name] [name]Iris[/name], [name]Gabriella[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] (sounds so smart)

[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Claire[/name], [name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Noel[/name], [name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Mireille[/name] (Mee-[name]RAY[/name])

You could use [name]Rose[/name] as a middle name for any of these first names, but it is very common. [name]Rose[/name] is lovely, though.

I really like [name]Abby[/name]. [name]Catherine[/name] or any of its various spellings would also make a great middle name for all or most of your names. What about [name]Emilia[/name] and [name]Anastasia[/name](I’m considering them right now for my twins), they’re not too weird or outlandish, yet they’re not super popular, and they are lovely names.

[name]Just[/name] as a thought, since [name]Abigail[/name] is currently # 8 and you were thinking about pretty names that are not too common, what about [name]Adeline[/name] or [name]Adelaide[/name]… they are beautiful and shorten to [name]Addie[/name] which is just as cute as [name]Abby[/name].

I think [name]Evangeline[/name] is the most uncommon and is very pretty. It can be [name]Eva[/name] as well as [name]Evy[/name]. For middle names, I think these options would be pretty:

[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Rose[/name] [name]Shirley[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Cordelia[/name] [name]Shirley[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Monroe[/name] [name]Shirley[/name]

[name]Evangeline[/name] is my Pic too

[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Lilly[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Grace[/name]

[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Lilly[/name] is an actress on LOST!

I personally don’t like the name [name]Abby[/name]. I love [name]Evangeline[/name], nicknamed [name]Evie[/name]. What about [name]Noelle[/name]? It’s such a beautiful name, but not popular or ordinary. :slight_smile:

I think that alexandra is so pretty and it is great because you, and eventually she, will have so many choices for a nickname. I was also thinking that [name]Katherine[/name] would be pretty–[name]Kate[/name], [name]Katie[/name], [name]Kitt[/name] are all great names for short.

I love [name]Benjamin[/name] “[name]Ben[/name]” with [name]Christopher[/name]. [name]Nicholas[/name] “[name]Nick[/name]” would make a cute 3rd some name :wink:

I like these for a girl (I love nn’s too!)

Elizaeth “[name]Lily[/name], [name]Liz[/name], [name]Lizzy[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Elle[/name], [name]Libby[/name]”
[name]Madeline[/name] “[name]Maddie[/name]”
[name]Addison[/name] “[name]Addie[/name]”
[name]Catherine[/name] “[name]Cate[/name], [name]Catie[/name]”
[name]Katherine[/name] “[name]Kate[/name], [name]Katie[/name]”
[name]Emmeline[/name] “[name]Emmy[/name], [name]Emma[/name]”
[name]Isabella[/name]/e “[name]Belle[/name], [name]Bella[/name], [name]Ella[/name]”
[name]Anabella[/name]/e “[name]Belle[/name], [name]Bella[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Ann[/name], [name]Annie[/name]”
[name]Jessica[/name] “[name]Jessie[/name], [name]Jessa[/name]”
[name]Meredith[/name] “[name]Merry[/name]”
[name]Noelle[/name] “[name]Elle[/name], [name]Ellie[/name]”
[name]Olivia[/name] “[name]Livy[/name], [name]Liv[/name]”
[name]Allison[/name] “[name]Allie[/name]”
[name]Alexandra[/name] “[name]Alex[/name], [name]Allie[/name], [name]Sasha[/name], [name]Andie[/name], [name]Annie[/name]”
[name]Katelyn[/name] “[name]Kate[/name], [name]Katie[/name], Lynnie”
[name]Grace[/name] “[name]Gracie[/name]”
[name]Megan[/name] “[name]Meg[/name]”
[name]Lillian[/name] “[name]Lily[/name]”
[name]Evelyn[/name] “[name]Eve[/name], [name]Evie[/name], Lynnie”

GOOD [name]LUCK[/name]! [name]Hope[/name] any of these helped you!!

I love the name [name]Brynn[/name] for a girl. It is pretty and different. It can also be spelled [name]Bryn[/name] or [name]Brynne[/name].


[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Jeanette[/name] [name]Leigh[/name] is my daughters name… or other kids are [name]Ezra[/name] and [name]Eli[/name]! Shes named after a Bad Religion song :slight_smile: