Just can't decide....16 weeks to go!

My husband and I are having such a difficult time deciding on a girls name Naming our son, [name]Jack[/name] [name]Thomas[/name], was very easy, it was the only name we ever considered. This is much different.

Here are a few of our considerations:

[name]Elliot[/name] [name]Grace[/name] ([name]Ellie[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Elle[/name])
[name]Grace[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] ([name]Gracie[/name])
[name]Ruth[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] ([name]Ruthie[/name]…[name]Ruth[/name] was my husband’s grandmother’s name)
[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] ([name]Evie[/name])
[name]Scarlet[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] (nn [name]Lettie[/name]??)
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Leigh[/name] (not sure of the middle name here, but I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Nina[/name])

As you can see, we both really like names that have nicknames. Which is a bit of a problem with [name]Scarlet[/name], perhaps?

I would appreciate any thoughts and any help you could give me.

From the names that you have I like [name]Elliot[/name] [name]Grace[/name]. I think [name]Elliot[/name] is super cute for a girl and [name]Ellie[/name] is a cute nn too.

[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] with the nn [name]Evie[/name] is lovely

[name]Elliot[/name] [name]Grace[/name] ([name]Ellie[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Elle[/name]) - I didn’t think I liked this at first because of [name]Elliot[/name] being masculine, but actually, I think it works. The only thing is the number of other Ellas and [name]Ellie[/name]'s she’ll be at school with. Is [name]Elliot[/name] a family name?
[name]Grace[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] ([name]Gracie[/name]) - I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Grace[/name] as a first name (although it’s also quite popular)
[name]Ruth[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] ([name]Ruthie[/name]) - also love [name]Ruth[/name]. It’s so simple and sweet but also strong, and is seriously underused.
[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] ([name]Evie[/name]) - I think [name]Evelyn[/name] is another name that can be pretty but also serious and I love the [name]Evie[/name] nn.
[name]Scarlet[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] (nn [name]Lettie[/name]??) - I like [name]Scarlet[/name] but I don’t like the nn [name]Lettie[/name]. If you’re keen on nns I wouldn’t go with this.
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Leigh[/name] - [name]Nina[/name] is lovely. Feels a lot like [name]Ruth[/name] to me - simple, sweet, strong.

You have some great choices there, but here are some more names you might like:
[name]Alice[/name] (nn [name]Ally[/name])

Some names with lovely nicknames:
[name]Tallulah[/name] nn [name]Lulu[/name]
[name]Caroline[/name] nn [name]Callie[/name] or [name]Calla[/name] (or [name]Coco[/name]?)
[name]Olive[/name] nn [name]Ollie[/name]
[name]Beatrice[/name]/[name]Beatrix[/name] nn [name]Trixie[/name] or [name]Bea[/name]
[name]Matilda[/name] nn [name]Tillie[/name]
[name]Elizabeth[/name] nn [name]Eliza[/name], [name]Libby[/name] (there’s a whole topic with [name]Elizabeth[/name] nns on here)
[name]Paloma[/name] nn [name]Polly[/name] or [name]Lola[/name]
[name]Penelope[/name] nn [name]Poppy[/name]
[name]Margaret[/name] nn [name]Maisie[/name]
[name]Katherine[/name] nn [name]Kitty[/name]
[name]Georgia[/name] nn [name]Gigi[/name]
[name]Louisa[/name] nn [name]Lulu[/name]

Good luck! :slight_smile:

I would be so disappointed to see [name]Elliott[/name] go over to the girls. I think it is a handsome name for a boy.

If you named your daughter [name]Eleanor/name it would fit perfectly style wise with [name]Jack[/name] [name]Thomas[/name], and of course you have a good selection of nn’s including [name]Elle[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Nora[/name] if you add the ‘a’ to [name]Eleanor[/name].

If you prefer [name]Nina[/name] it is the nn for the beautiful [name]Antonina[/name].

If you are looking for a unisex name [name]Ainsley[/name] would suit and it is not trendy.

[name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Quinn[/name]
[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] is a lovely combo with nn’s of [name]Eve[/name], [name]Evie[/name], [name]Eva[/name] or [name]Lyn[/name]
[name]Ruth[/name] is an underused name, my grandmother was [name]Elizabeth[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] but only ever went by [name]Ruth[/name]. I think [name]Ruthie[/name] is a cute kid’s name. I can’t see an adult answering to [name]Ruthie[/name].

[name]Grace[/name] is always a winner and you could even make up a three name combo with [name]Grace[/name].

[name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Grace[/name]
[name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Ruth[/name]
[name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]
[name]Tallulah[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] nn [name]Lulu[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] nn [name]Belle[/name]
[name]Antonina[/name] [name]Grace[/name] nn [name]Nina[/name]
[name]Leia[/name] [name]Grace[/name]
[name]Ellen[/name] [name]Grace[/name] nn [name]Ellie[/name] I love [name]Ellen[/name]
[name]Ellen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]
[name]Ellen[/name] [name]Ruth[/name]

PS Could an [name]Elizabeth[/name] go by the nn of [name]Ellie[/name]?

Here are a few of our considerations:

[name]Elliot[/name] [name]Grace[/name] ([name]Ellie[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Elle[/name]) - this is pretty, but [name]Grace[/name] is one of the most popular middle names. [name]Ella[/name] and [name]Ellie[/name] are very popular, too.
[name]Grace[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] ([name]Gracie[/name]) - I think this works well with [name]Jack[/name].
[name]Ruth[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] ([name]Ruthie[/name]…[name]Ruth[/name] was my husband’s grandmother’s name) - I like [name]Ruthie[/name].
[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] ([name]Evie[/name]) - very pretty
[name]Scarlet[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] (nn [name]Lettie[/name]??) - [name]Scarlet[/name] can also be spelled [name]Scarlett[/name]. I like [name]Scarlett[/name] better myself. [name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Ruth[/name] is very pretty. [name]Love[/name] [name]Lettie[/name].
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Leigh[/name] (not sure of the middle name here, but I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Nina[/name]) [name]Nina[/name] is also very pretty, but I’m not sure I like it with [name]Leigh[/name].

As you can see, we both really like names that have nicknames. Which is a bit of a problem with [name]Scarlet[/name], perhaps? - No, I think [name]Lettie[/name] works.

You have plenty of great ideas. I really like [name]Nina[/name], but with a different nn:
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] is very pretty.

[name]Nina[/name] [name]Clementine[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Colette[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Coralie[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Elspeth[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Emery[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Frances[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Heloise[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Hermione[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Jessamyn[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Lourdes[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Maeve[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Paige[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Posy[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Rosemary[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] Rosewood
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Saffron[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Violet[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Winifred[/name]

Some middle names for [name]Scarlett[/name]:

[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Eloise[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Esme[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Evelyn[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Hope[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Katherine[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Mireille[/name]

Thanks everyone! Very helpful.

I am loving [name]Margaret[/name] (nn [name]Maisie[/name]), my grandmother’s name was [name]Margaret[/name]. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like it. At all. He does like [name]Maisie[/name], though…

And yes, the “[name]Jack[/name] and…” is important to me. Partly why I don’t like [name]Jack[/name] and [name]Elliot[/name]. Sounds definitely like two boys.

As for [name]Nina[/name], I have a question. The reason I love [name]Nina[/name] so much is because I have always wanted that to be a nickname for MY name (Jeaneane). That being said, would it be way too much to name my daughter [name]Nina[/name] if my name is Jeaneane (pronounced like [name]Janine[/name])?

Really love:
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]
also two more middle names that we like that I forgot to mention:
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Sloane[/name]
[name]Nina[/name] [name]Wren[/name]

Any more thoughts?
Thanks again for your help!

Also love [name]Caroline[/name] (nn [name]Coco[/name])… but with [name]Jack[/name] and [name]Caroline[/name]? Is that way too [name]Kennedy[/name]?

[name]Jack[/name] and [name]Caroline[/name] is NOT too [name]Kennedy[/name], and the link between those names and the Kennedies will fade as she grows up.

But remember that the name you like the most should be the first name, because few people ever use their middle names or go by them.

I agree about the Kennedys - [name]Jack[/name] and [name]Caroline[/name] is a great combo (and I don’t think [name]Caroline[/name] K ever went by [name]Coco[/name]). I also really like [name]Maisie[/name]/[name]Margaret[/name] - I think you could use [name]Maisie[/name] with [name]Marjorie[/name] or another name beginning with [name]Mar[/name] perhaps? There are also lots of variations of [name]Margaret[/name] that might work?

Unfortunately I do think [name]Nina[/name] is too close to your name (but that’s just my preference). Lots of people, after all, name their kids after themselves, and that’s much more direct.

Look forward to hearing where you get to! I love your taste in names. :slight_smile:

I think it’s sweet that [name]Nina[/name] is similar to your name. [name]Love[/name] [name]Rollo[/name]'s suggestion of [name]Nina[/name] as a nn for [name]Antonia[/name]. I never knew that, and it makes me love the name [name]Antonia[/name] even more!

I like all of your names and lots of the ones suggested here, particularly the [name]Nina[/name] combos. [name]Don[/name]'t love [name]Leigh[/name] either – was so popular along with [name]Lynn[/name] for middle names in the '70s – lots of people my age have that middle name. I also thought of [name]Nina[/name] [name]Ruth[/name], but the other suggestions may have better flow.

About your name being similar to [name]Nina[/name], I wouldn’t think its a problem because they don’t sound the same calling them out – e.g., if your husband is calling “[name]Nina[/name]”, you aren’t likely to answer because your name ends in an -ene sound and not an -a sound. My name rhymes with [name]Anna[/name] (and [name]Hannah[/name], [name]Susannah[/name], etc.), a name my husband really loves, but I’ve had to rule it out – we would always be answering for each other!

Oh, where I live, the [name]Elle[/name]/[name]Ellie[/name]/[name]Ella[/name]'s are quickly taking over – if popularity does not bother you, don’t worry about it, but if you want to avoid it, think about that. [name]Lovely[/name] names though! Good luck!

Why not name your baby [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] or [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Margot[/name]

The nn’s for [name]Caroline[/name] are:


If you prefer [name]Margaret[/name] then [name]Margaret[/name] [name]Caroline[/name] with [name]Margaret[/name] nn’s are:

I am not sure that [name]Coco[/name] is a nn for [name]Caroline[/name] but there is always a first time! Also [name]Margaret[/name] nn [name]Maisie[/name] is a possibility but I haven’t heard of it.

I love [name]Nina[/name], I think it’s spunky and sweet. I also like it because it’s not a name you hear everywhere you go, yet it’s familiar. The connection to your name makes it even more appealing. I also really like [name]Evelyn[/name] especially for the nickname [name]Evie[/name].
[name]Ellie[/name] is a cute nickname but it would be a shame to use a wonderful male name like [name]Elliott[/name] just to get [name]Ellie[/name]. There are a lot of really cute female names you could use instead. [name]Elaina[/name], [name]Elsa[/name], [name]Eliza[/name], [name]Elka[/name], [name]Elizabeth[/name] etc., there are a bunch more.