Middle name for Gemma...

I’m back!! We finally narrowed our search down to four names

  1. [name]Gemma[/name]
  2. [name]Elisa[/name]
  3. [name]Stella[/name]
  4. [name]Norah[/name]

Here’s the problem, it is very importnat to honor my grandma with the middle name…I originally planned on simply using her middle name, [name]Anne[/name] as the baby’s middle name, but it sounds funny since all of the names on our list end in “A”…any ideas???

Her full name was [name]Cheryl[/name] [name]Anne[/name]
She loved anything that had to do with Native American culture, she loved birds and birdwatching, Yellowstone national [name]Park[/name] was her favorite place in the whole world, her birthday was in [name]August[/name] and her wedding anniversary was in [name]May[/name](this is also when my due date is), her favorite color was red, she was an avid reader…Sorry if too much info…but I’ve been looking everywhere for ideas on how I could honor her…she always hated her name “cheryl” and so I’m not sure if the best way would be to use that…maybe a variation of it???

Any thoughts???

[name]Hi[/name]. I really like your four names. I think honoring family is the best use of a middle name and tried to do a little research for you.

First, [name]Cheryl[/name] is a variation of the French [name]CHERIE[/name], which means “darling” and I think it works with any of your names:

[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name]
[name]Elisa[/name] [name]Cherie[/name]
[name]Stella[/name] [name]Cherie[/name]
[name]Norah[/name] [name]Cherie[/name]

Also, I looked for some Native American names. The one most applicable is [name]CHEYENNE[/name] which is also the capitol of [name]Wyoming[/name], where Yellowstone is located. Researching a bit on Yellowstone, I discovered that it is full of names… if you’re a boy. But I thought FAITHFUL had a nice feminine tone, and would make for an interesting middle name.

[name]Bird[/name] names are much more flexible. Here are a few:
[name]Scarlet[/name] (a name meaning “red”).

I really hope these will help. And to be honest, if you do like the name [name]Anne[/name], I don’t think it sounds weird with your names at all. Anyway, best of luck finding your name, and Congratulations on a sure-to-be beautiful baby girl.

Hmm… tough… [name]Cheryl[/name] looks like cherry, and cherries are red, and the French for ‘cherry’ is [name]Cerise[/name]. [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cerise[/name] would be gorgeous. I don’t think [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Anne[/name] or [name]Stella[/name] [name]Anne[/name] sound that bad at all… to me, it’s only names like [name]Stella[/name] [name]Elise[/name] that cause the problem. You could use bird names, too-- [name]Lark[/name], [name]Robin[/name], [name]Wren[/name], or even [name]Ava[/name] or [name]Avis[/name]. [name]Sarika[/name] means ‘mynah bird’ in Sanskrit, and [name]Zipporah[/name] means ‘bird’ in Hebrew. You could use the names of some of the characters or authors of her favorite books. [name]Cheryl[/name] comes from the French word ‘cherie’ meaning ‘dear’… what about [name]Mila[/name]/[name]Milena[/name]/[name]Milada[/name] or [name]Cara[/name]/[name]Carina[/name]? Also, what about using two middles to break up the double As? Here are my favorites:

[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cerise[/name]
[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Lark[/name]
[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Zipporah[/name]
[name]Stella[/name] [name]Wren[/name]
[name]Stella[/name] [name]Milena[/name]

Combinations of [name]Cheryl[/name] + [name]Anne[/name]:

Names that mean [name]Red[/name]:

Names that mean bird:

[name]August[/name]/[name]May[/name] names:
[name]Peri[/name] ([name]Peridot[/name] is [name]August[/name]”s birth stone)
[name]Emerald[/name] ([name]May[/name]”s birth stone)
[name]Lily[/name] ([name]May[/name]”s birth flower)

ETA: I really think [name]Cheyenne[/name] is the best one. Like a PP said - it’s a Native American name, located where Yellowstone is, and it can be a combo of [name]Cheryl[/name] + [name]Anne[/name].

Thank you so much!!! Those are ALL such great ideas…I LOOOOVE [name]Cheyanne[/name]…I considered it before, but I didn’t realize it was the capitol of [name]Wyoming[/name] as well…now it just seems too perfect!!..But I also love how [name]Cherie[/name] sounds as well! (P.S I threw in [name]Monroe[/name] because it is my grandpa’s middle name and I like the idea of the two of them being honored together :slight_smile:

Now for the hard part…
[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cheyanne[/name]
[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name] [name]Monroe[/name]

[name]Stella[/name] [name]Cheyanne[/name]
[name]Stella[/name] [name]Cherie[/name] [name]Monroe[/name]

[name]Norah[/name] [name]Cheyanne[/name]
[name]Norah[/name] [name]Anne[/name]

What 's your vote?

My vote goes to [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name] [name]Monroe[/name]!

Ooh…tough choice! I think I’ll vote for [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name] [name]Monroe[/name] as well!

[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name] gets my vote…pretty!

gemma cheyanne or gemma cherie.

both are just too beautiful. i’m jealous because i [name]LOVE[/name] gemma and would have used it but there is a very famous gemma m****** gemma + my last name in the UK and she is a porn star.
so we are going with ginger.

good luck!

I love [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name] [name]Monroe[/name]. And if you love it too, go for it!

I’m going to vote for [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cheyenne[/name], just to break the trend (and I think two middle names are a little much). Congrats on your daughter and whatever name you choose, this was a really tough choice and I love them all!

  1. [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Mae[/name] (for her wedding anniversary month)
  2. [name]Elisa[/name] [name]Annabelle[/name] (balances out [name]Anne[/name])
  3. [name]Stella[/name] [name]Mae[/name]
  4. [name]Norah[/name] [name]Annabelle[/name]

[name]How[/name] about:

[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Mae[/name] (for her wedding anniversary month)
[name]Norah[/name] [name]Cheyanne[/name]

I keep leaning toward [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Mae[/name] or [name]Norah[/name] [name]Cheyanne[/name]–beautiful names!

Thank you so much for all the suggestions! It is nice to hear some positive encouragement, my husband and I [name]LOVE[/name] the name [name]Gemma[/name] but most of our family and friends think it is an awful name…they say it reminds them of Aunt jemima and that our daughter will get made fun of if we give her that name!

In fact it was our favorite name while we were pregnant with our first daughter as well, but at the last minute we decided to go with [name]Liahna[/name]…while I love her name I vowed my next daughter would be a [name]Gemma[/name] lol…now I am getting cold feet because of all the negative feedback again…

Anyways sorry for the rant. I think we have narrowed the list further to exclude [name]Stella[/name] … Now I am just torn between [name]Elisa[/name], [name]Gemma[/name] and [name]Nora[/name]/[name]Norah[/name]…

You ladies are all so helpful…do you think any of these names flow better with [name]Liahna[/name] [name]Michelle[/name] as a sister than the others???

(P.S I want to add that I also love the idea of [name]Annabelle[/name] as a mn)

I love the name [name]Gemma[/name]/[name]Jemma[/name]. I am definitely considering that name for a baby girl…
[name]Norah[/name] would be my second choice for you from your list…
I say ignore your family! (:

I love [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cheyenne[/name] but not [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cheyanne[/name] so much. To me [name]Cheyanne[/name] looks made up. But it isn’t mane up; it’s in the Nameberry name dictionary.
[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Faith[/name] is amazing after “Old Faithful” - I saw that another poster suggested Faithful.
[name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cerise[/name] is adorable. So is [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Cherie[/name]!
I read that your Grandma loved red. [name]Gemma[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] would be pretty, too.
[name]Gemma[/name] is a beautiful name. I think your family would get used to it and begin to love it very much.

“Thank you so much for all the suggestions! It is nice to hear some positive encouragement, my husband and I [name]LOVE[/name] the name [name]Gemma[/name] but most of our family and friends think it is an awful name…they say it reminds them of Aunt jemima and that our daughter will get made fun of if we give her that name!”

My daughter’s name is [name]Gemma[/name] and we have had only positive comments about her name. No one ever has related it to Aunt [name]Jemima[/name]. I have met several other Gemmas since mine was born, but not enough that the name is overused. In fact, she is the only [name]Gemma[/name] at her school.
My daughter also loves her name. It fits her very well because she is very feminine and so is the name. Another thing I like is that you good things are referred to as “gems,” which is a nickname we sometimes use. I like that positive association and we see it in print quite a bit.
I understand your worries, as I had them too, but I am SO glad we chose the name we loved. I guarantee your family will come to love it as well. Mine was lukewarm to the idea at first, but now they think it is perfect.
P.S. I wouldn’t choose a middle name that starts with an “M” because it interferes with the flow.


I love [name]Gemma[/name], and I think one of the biggest regrets a parent can have is naming your child based on other people’s opinions. It’s not a weird or completely-out-there name, and if you love it, then you’ll never regret it. (Caveat: Of course, completely ignoring people that are telling you not to name your baby Kwanzaachristmas (a name my husband made up so he could make fun of it) might turn out to be a mistake.) However, [name]Gemma[/name] is a wonderfully lovely name.
Also, I think it works wonderfully with [name]Liahna[/name]. They are both unique and beautiful.