Honoring my grandma...

My husband and I are going to start trying to get pregnant soon, and although this is a bit premature I am constantly thinking about names! :wink:

My grandmother recently passed away, and all she talked about was how much she wanted to be a great grandmother… We want to honor her when we have our first child. Her name was [name]Sonia[/name], and I called her Bubi (technically in Yiddish, Bubbe). I don’t love the name [name]Sonia[/name] as it’s a little dated, and I am having trouble finding names I love that just start with S, or even B.

My husband doesn’t like names where you can’t tell the gender by reading the name, and I don’t like names that are too common/popular (i.e. [name]Stephanie[/name], [name]Michael[/name]-- nice names, but overused)

Can you offer some suggestions to go with these names I do love? I’d love your input! (Btw, our last name is [name]West[/name], so luckily many names go with it!)

fav girl names:
[name]Charlotte[/name] (my fav! but I fear giving her a middle name that starts with S would be too much of a mouthful…)
[name]Olivia[/name] (I love [name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Olivia[/name], but for one it doesn’t incorporate my grandma’s name, and two, her initials would be COW :frowning:
[name]Finleigh[/name] (though my hubby will never go for it!)

fav boy names (I’m having a much harder time with boys names):
[name]Sawyer[/name] (I like it in theory…)

Thanks for your advice and suggestions!

Ok I’ll try to help you out :slight_smile:


[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Bella[/name]
[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Sophia[/name] (I think this one works particularly well because [name]Sonia[/name] originated from [name]Sophia[/name], which means wisdom)

I think whatever you name your baby you could always use the same nickname for them as you did your grandma and that would make a strong connection.

Good luck:)

I just looked up [name]Sonia[/name] and it’s a variation of [name]Sophia[/name].
[name]Sophia[/name] is a little popular like [name]Olivia[/name], which I love anyway. Actually I love [name]Sophia[/name] too. I like the spelling [name]Sofia[/name] as well.

From your list how about -

[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Sonora[/name]
[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Sophia[/name] - same meaning as [name]Sonia[/name].
[name]Olivia[/name] [name]Sidonie[/name]
[name]Olivia[/name] [name]Grayson[/name]
[name]Ellison[/name] [name]Kate[/name]
[name]Audrey[/name] [name]Sophia[/name]
[name]Sidonie[/name] [name]Claire[/name]
[name]Claire[/name] [name]Antonia[/name]
[name]Antonia[/name] [name]Belle[/name]
[name]Amelia[/name] [name]Sydney[/name]
[name]Julianne[/name] [name]Sophia[/name] or [name]Sophia[/name] [name]Julianne[/name]
[name]Avery[/name] [name]Jameson[/name]

From your boys list I like

[name]James[/name] [name]West[/name] - sounds amazaing!

[name]Sonia[/name] also spelled [name]Sonja[/name] can get you [name]Jason[/name] and [name]Jonas[/name] for boys names.


[name]Noa[/name] - it’s a girls name.
[name]Emerson[/name] - nn [name]Emmie[/name] ect.
[name]Ellison[/name] - nn [name]Ellie[/name]
[name]Grayson[/name] - nn [name]Grace[/name], maybe :confused:
[name]Ionia[/name] - I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce this one though.
[name]Jameson[/name] - nn [name]Jamie[/name]?

I like Charliehotsox’s idea of using your nn for your grandma as a nn for your child. Unless it means grandma but if not it would cute.

I love [name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Sophia[/name]!
Also [name]Sophia[/name] [name]Babette[/name] - [name]Babette[/name] is not considered cool on Nameberry, but I think it is fun plus it sounds like Bubbe
[name]Sophia[/name] [name]Belle[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name] [name]Berlin[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name] [name]Bernadette[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name] [name]Birdie[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name] [name]Brynn[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name] [name]Blythe[/name]

ooops sorry charliehotsox - I just realized in [name]Susan[/name] posts that you were first to suggest [name]Sophia[/name] and made the [name]Sonia[/name] connection. I think [name]Sophia[/name] is a great alternative to [name]Sonia[/name]!

I’m so sorry about the loss of your grandma. :frowning:

I saw that you said you don’t like popular/common names, and I guess I’m confused because a lot of the names on your list are very popular. In case this is still an issue for you, I’ll list each name’s popularity ranking next to it. :slight_smile:

[name]Charlotte[/name]: (#87) I really love this name, and I’m wondering how you feel about combining [name]Charlotte[/name]'s sound with [name]Sonia[/name]'s S, to reach [name]Scarlett[/name].

Some more names you may like along the lines of [name]Charlotte[/name]:

[name]Genevieve[/name] (nn [name]Evie[/name])

[name]Olivia[/name]: (#6)

Some less popular alternatives:

[name]Victoria[/name] (popular, though)

With most of these names, I really love [name]Scarlett[/name] in the middle. :slight_smile:

[name]Kate[/name]: (#139): I love this name, but think I’d go with the longer [name]Katherine[/name] with your last name. That said, [name]Katherine[/name] is #45 at the moment.

[name]Audrey[/name]: I love this name, too, but this is now #44.

[name]Audrey[/name] [name]Simone[/name]
[name]Audrey[/name] [name]Susannah[/name]

[name]Claire[/name]: #62 at the moment. Have you considered [name]Clara[/name]?

[name]Bella[/name]: [name]Isabella[/name] is the #2 name in the country, and [name]Bella[/name] is 122.

Some more [name]Belle[/name] names:

[name]Annabelle[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]/[name]Simone[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]/[name]Simone[/name]

[name]Bella[/name] [name]Simone[/name]
[name]Bella[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] (although this may be too much Southern [name]Belle[/name]) :slight_smile:

[name]Avery[/name]: [name]Avery[/name] has become really trendy, and is now # 38 for girls.

[name]Julianne[/name]: At #693, I think this may be the least common name on your list. I think it’s lovely, and I also love [name]Julia[/name] (popular) and [name]Juliet[/name] (much less popular), as well as [name]Juliana[/name].

[name]Juliana[/name] [name]Simone[/name]
[name]Juliana[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]

[name]Amelia[/name]: I love this, too, but it’s really popular now, at #68.

[name]Amelia[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]

[name]Finleigh[/name] (though my hubby will never go for it!): Like [name]Avery[/name], this is becoming trendy now, too. [name]Finley[/name] is only in the 600s now, but I can see it becoming the next [name]Avery[/name]. What about [name]Fiona[/name]?

Some S names:


[name]Jack/name: #32

Less popular ideas:


(I think the son names may be a possible way of honoring [name]Sonia[/name], too.) :slight_smile:

[name]Connor[/name]: #57

Less popular ideas:


[name]James[/name]: I really love this, but it’s #17

Less popular ideas:


[name]Finley[/name]: In the 800s for boys, but gaining popularity amongst girls.

[name]Griffin[/name] (nn [name]Finn[/name])

[name]Noah[/name]: Very popular, at #15


S names for a baby boy:

[name]Samuel[/name] (popular)

Best wishes to you! :slight_smile:

Wow, thank you everyone! You gave me some great ideas and many more options than I ever thought of on my own!

Bubi is what I started calling my grandma as a child as a derivative from Bubbe, which does mean grandma in Yiddish, so I wouldn’t use it as a nn for my baby even though I do like the idea behind it! :wink: I did think of taking the B from that, though.Also, [name]Sofia[/name]/[name]Sophia[/name] is a great alternative for [name]Sonia[/name]!

[name]Jill[/name], your suggestions were great, and I totally get your point about the popular names. I guess in my mind those are names like [name]Jennifer[/name], [name]Stephanie[/name], [name]Lauren[/name] (my own name), [name]Brian[/name] (my hubby)… all great names but I guess since I know so many people with those names in my generation, they’re what I think of as “popular”. I’d prefer not choosing a name in the top 10 or so (for a first name at least) but I don’t mind it being somewhere in the “common/popular” list. I’m even confusing myself! lol Ultimately I know it’s the most important that we love it and that it fits our child-to-be!

Thanks again! I’m going to print all these names and keep them around for discussion with my husband! :slight_smile:

[name]Ah[/name], I understand now what you meant by popularity, and I completely understand! :slight_smile: I knew I was missing something!

Keep us posted, okay? :slight_smile:

Have a great night!

I definitely will! Thanks again ladies! :wink:

My hubby needs “S” too after his grandma. Some suggestions I’ve thought of are:

[name]Samantha[/name] ([name]Sam[/name]/[name]Sammy[/name])
[name]Sophie[/name] or [name]Sofia[/name] are cute too
Facebook told me I will have a daughter named [name]Siana[/name] lol if u like that

If you want “B” names:


“B” Names

Good [name]Luck[/name]! Let us know what you go with!