I’m so glad I found you ladies- you have so many good ideas!

I am due with my second baby girl in [name]October[/name], so I’m starting to get a bit desperate about names, and hubby is not one who likes to sit around discussing! We already have one daughter, and he really wanted to name her after his grandmother (his mom’s mom), so her name is [name]Veronica[/name] (I chose [name]Elizabeth[/name] for her middle name- lots of women in my family with that name). [name]Veronica[/name] wouldn’t have necessarily been my first choice (or even on my list), but it totally suits her now!

We decided that I would get to choose this baby’s name, and after discussing some, we came to the conclusion that maybe I should choose first name and he’d get the middle name this time. He would like “[name]Eva[/name]” for the middle name, which is his mom’s middle name. I’m fine with that, and really wouldn’t mind using it as a first name, but to be perfectly honest I’m being petty and don’t want to give his mom the satisfaction of getting both names!

Another consideration- my dad passed away at [name]Christmas[/name], and I would like to do something to honor him- his name was [name]Carl[/name]. I like traditional/Southern names (I’m from [name]Virginia[/name]), and don’t want anything too common. Our last name is Burdsall (ugh)…

SOOOOOO (sorry, I’m very chatty!), I like:

[name]Caroline[/name] (by far my 3 year old’s fave)
[name]Frances[/name] (my grandmother’s middle name)
[name]Grace[/name] (I know, wayyyy popular, but I still love it)
I’d thought about [name]Carly[/name] for for my dad, but feel like it sounds too much like a nickname and a little too teeny-bopper.

THANKS for any advice- I just can’t stop thinking about it!!

My favorite with the mn [name]Eva[/name] is definately [name]Caroline[/name]. The others all sound a little off. [name]Do[/name] you like [name]Eva[/name] as a fn at all? [name]Eva[/name] [name]Caroline[/name] is nice.

I’m not a huge [name]Caroline[/name] fan myself, but I like it knowing it’s after your father. [name]Do[/name] you like [name]Carolina[/name]? I’ve been trying to decide whether I prefer [name]Carolina[/name] to [name]Caroline[/name]. [name]Carolina[/name] [name]Eve[/name] sounds pretty.

Nameberry says it’s outdated, but I think [name]Carrie[/name] makes a nice nn.

[name]Veronica[/name] is one of my fave names! So is [name]Elizabeth[/name].

[name]Love[/name] [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Eva[/name], and I know it has lots of meaning for you. [name]Caroline[/name] has some hidden nn’s as far as I’m concerned. There’s [name]Calla[/name], [name]Callie[/name], [name]Coco[/name], and [name]Lena[/name]. [name]Coco[/name] and [name]Lena[/name] are really a stretch, but why not? [name]Callie[/name] is my fave nn for [name]Caroline[/name]. [name]Love[/name] [name]Carrie[/name], too, but now it’s kind of dated, I think.

I love your first daughter’s name - [name]Veronica[/name] is fast becoming one of my favourite names. I think [name]Eva[/name] makes a great mn. From your choices, I love [name]Caroline[/name] (as susan says, it has a lot of lovely nicknames - my favourite is [name]Calla[/name], which I also think stands alone), and I really like [name]Frances[/name], [name]Grace[/name] and [name]Harper[/name] (which all have a subtle “ar” tribute to [name]Carl[/name]).

I know it sounds obvious, but have you thought of [name]Carla[/name]? A friend used this and it’s such a lovely, soft name for her daughter. Plus, then she can use [name]Carly[/name] as a nickname.

Some other names that could honour your father (starred the ones I love):

Good luck! [name]Hope[/name] that helps with some ideas.

Carlessa/ Carlessah
Carlyssa/ Carlyssah
[name]Carlisle[/name]/ [name]Carlysle[/name]

[name]Just[/name] a few other ways to honor your dad:)

Thanks for you help! Lots of good ideas to think about!! I actually do like [name]Eva[/name] as a first name, and would have liked to name [name]Veronica[/name] “[name]Eva[/name] [name]Grace[/name],” but like I said I’m being petty about giving my mother in law all of the first names! And you’re right- [name]Eva[/name] is tricky in the middle!!

Hey there! :slight_smile:

I love your little girl’s name, and for what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re being petty at all. I personally think it’s understandable that after naming your first daughter after his mother, you’d like to name your second baby after your dad. It sounds completely reasonable and rational to me! :slight_smile:

I’m really sorry that your dad passed away, and I think it would be wonderful to name your baby girl after him.

SOOOOOO (sorry, I’m very chatty!), I like:

[name]Caroline[/name] (by far my 3 year old’s fave): I love [name]Caroline[/name], love it’s connection to your dad, and love it with your last name! (And plus, your 3-year-old loves it, which makes it perfect.) :slight_smile:

I think that [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Frances[/name] Burdsall, after your father and grandma, would be gorgeous!

[name]Frances[/name] (my grandmother’s middle name): I love it, and think that [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Frances[/name] is lovely.

[name]Grace[/name] (I know, wayyyy popular, but I still love it): What about [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Grace[/name] Burdsall?

[name]Harper[/name]: I prefer the other names on your list with your last name. (The p and the b’s in [name]Harper[/name] and Burdsall clash to me, but that’s just me.

[name]Carly[/name]: I agree with you that it sounds pretty young, and I didn’t check, but I think it’s dated now. Hmm…

[name]Carl[/name] is a variation of [name]Charles[/name], so I’m wondering how you feel about [name]Charlotte[/name] for your baby girl (if you’re not set on [name]Caroline[/name])?

In addition to [name]Charlotte[/name], if you’re not set on [name]Caroline[/name], you could always honor your dad with a C name, such as:

[name]Cordelia[/name]/[name]Cora[/name] ([name]Cora[/name] is pretty close to [name]Carl[/name] in length and letters)
[name]Clementine[/name] (has a nice Southern feel to me…nickname “[name]Cleo[/name]”)
[name]Charlotte[/name] (contains [name]Carl[/name])
[name]Carys[/name] (Welsh, but close to [name]Carl[/name])
[name]Cassandra[/name] (Kind of dated, though)
[name]Clara[/name] (contains every letter in [name]Carl[/name])
[name]Claire[/name] (ditto)
[name]Clarissa[/name] (ditto)

For [name]Eva[/name], you could always fit the “eve” part into [name]Genevieve[/name], which could work as a first or middle name. (With [name]Genevieve[/name] a first name, you could call her [name]Evie[/name], which would honor your husband’s mom.) You may also like [name]Evangeline[/name] or simply [name]Eve[/name] or even [name]Evelyn[/name] or [name]Aveline[/name] (contains the letters of [name]Eva[/name]).

List of names to honor [name]Eva[/name]:


Names honoring both your dad and your mother-in-law:

[name]Cora[/name] [name]Genevieve[/name] (although [name]Cora[/name] does kind of remind me of the [name]Nica[/name] part of [name]Veronica[/name].

[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Evangeline[/name]

[name]Eva[/name] [name]Clementine[/name] (C for your Dad)

[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Claire[/name]

[name]Eve[/name] [name]Caroline[/name]

Good luck! :slight_smile:

I don’t think I can add any more but did want to say that I think [name]Veronica[/name] and [name]Caroline[/name] are great together! You might be able to use the nn [name]Carly[/name] with [name]Caroline[/name]. I do feel [name]Carly[/name] is dated but at least it might be an option with [name]Caroline[/name] all though there are many other great nn’s with this name.

My vote is [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Frances[/name] for sure!
It is STUNNING, sweet yet mature, and she will love it when she is both young and older.

And I think its only fair that DH got to honor his side with the first and you do with the second.

I love the name [name]Carleigh[/name]! I have a friend who’s daughter has this name, and it is SOOOO adorable! And I like that it honors your Dad, and I think [name]Carleigh[/name] and [name]Veronica[/name] sound cute together.
I think spelling it [name]Carleigh[/name] actually takes away from it sounding like a nickname!

I do like [name]Cara[/name] (pronounced both ways it is still nice “car-uh or care-uh”
Or [name]Caraleigh[/name], and like someone said earlier, [name]Charlotte[/name] is nice, but it doesn’t immediately pop out to me as being in honor of [name]Carl[/name].
Good luck…there is always [name]Carla[/name] too!

Thanks y’all!! We’ll see what “Daddy” has to say when he gets home from his out-of-town work week! I would love to do [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Frances[/name]- that’s my fave, but now I have lots of good suggestions for him with his predetermined “[name]Eva[/name]” middle name!

Thanks again…I’ll keep you posted!