Need a sibling name for Genevieve

I would appreciate some help naming our next daughter. ([name]Just[/name] to be clear, we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, but we have boys names already picked out)

Our (almost 2 year old) eldest daughter is named [name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Simone[/name]. We’ve called her [name]Nina[/name] since she was a baby. Our runner-up name for [name]Genevieve[/name] was [name]Jacqueline[/name] [name]Elise[/name]… However, I’d prefer not to use leftovers.

Husband’s family is French-speaking (he’s 1st generation) and they all have French names, so another French name would be great, but not entirely necessary. I’m mostly Irish, but distantly so.

To give a sense of my tastes, here are some of my other favorites: [name]Ivy[/name], [name]Penelope[/name] (hubby VETO), [name]Lorraine[/name], [name]Felicity[/name], [name]Eloise[/name], [name]Colette[/name], [name]Josephine[/name] (husband prefers [name]Josette[/name]), [name]Madeleine[/name], [name]Bridget[/name]. Most feel like they’re pretty popular/overused nowadays. Obviously my tastes lean toward the more classic/traditional… (traditional spellings for me are a must!) I don’t mind something relatively popular (top 100 is fine), but I’d prefer a name that isn’t too trendy.

I also prefer a long-ish first name that allows the child a few NN options (clearly we aren’t afraid to get creative/liberal with NNs!) so she has the future option to reject whatever we decide to call her. :slight_smile:

Of course now we need a name that fits well with [name]Genevieve[/name] AND [name]Nina[/name] (so no [name]Katrina[/name], [name]Angelina[/name], [name]Sabrina[/name] etc).

I like [name]Antoinette[/name] and would consider that for a first name if I could find a suitable middle name (suggestions?).

Thanks very much in advance for your help!!!

[name]How[/name] about [name]Amelie[/name]?


[name]Genevieve[/name]'s gorgeous! [name]Do[/name] you pronounce it the French way or the English way?


I right away thought of [name]Les[/name] Mis!

[name]Cosette[/name] nn Cosy, [name]Etta[/name]
[name]Gaelle[/name] nn [name]Elle[/name], [name]Ella[/name]
[name]Melisande[/name] nn [name]Mel[/name], [name]Sandie[/name]
[name]Anais[/name] nn [name]Ana[/name]

[name]Antoinette[/name] [name]Janine[/name]
[name]Antoinette[/name] Nice
[name]Antoinette[/name] maude
[name]Antoinette[/name] [name]Eulalia[/name]

thanks, irisrose!

Husband’s family pronounces [name]Genevieve[/name] the French way, mine the English/American way. :slight_smile: We use either, depending on who we’re talking to.

I think I like [name]Helena[/name]!

I like [name]Bridget[/name] and [name]Josephine[/name] a lot. I don’t like [name]Josette[/name]. I think [name]Felicity[/name] and [name]Genevieve[/name] are perfect together though!

Oh, I love your daughter’s name [name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Simone[/name] nn [name]Nina[/name]. Here are some French suggestions.
[name]Violette[/name] / [name]Violaine[/name]

[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Simone[/name] is so beautiful. What about [name]Celeste[/name]? [name]Genevieve[/name]/[name]Nina[/name] and [name]Celeste[/name] would be really beautiful together. And it’s a name you don’t hear much. Potential n/n’s are Celle and Esse. [name]Estelle[/name]/[name]Estele[/name] is also really great, with nicknames of [name]Elle[/name], [name]Telly[/name], or Esse. Or [name]Axelle[/name], which translates loosely to peace. [name]Elle[/name] would be an awesome n/n for that…Congrats!

My favorite french names are…
[name]Alouette[/name](though I’m not sure how you feel about word names)
I think they compliment [name]Genevieve[/name] great.

[name]How[/name] does one pronounce [name]Elodie[/name]? Is it like “melody” without the M? Or el-O-dee?

O YAY! I too am French and Irish (among other things, but those are the biggest influence on me), so naturally I am drawn to those names. My first thought was [name]Eloise[/name], which I see is on your list. [name]Helena[/name], [name]Felicity[/name] and [name]Cosette[/name] are also great options. Some other ideas for a sister for [name]Genevieve[/name] “[name]Nina[/name]” could be:
[name]Brigitte[/name] (good mix of the cultures)
[name]Margaux[/name] (or [name]Margot[/name])

(also to paigerpie: it is ay-loh-DIE)

I love [name]Antoinette[/name] and [name]Celeste[/name] with [name]Genevieve[/name]. Also [name]Jacqueline[/name], but I am biased because that’s my name! I can tell you it has always worked well for me in both languages because my mom and her family are French Canadian but I have always lived in the U.S.

Thanks for all these great suggestions!

Husband has 2 Aunts [name]Mirelle[/name] (!), so that’s out.

[name]Jacqueline[/name] is still at the top of our list, although we’d probably dump MN [name]Elise[/name] so as to make a fresh start.

I do like [name]Celeste[/name], and [name]Odelette[/name]! I am also growing increasingly attracted to [name]Magdalena[/name]. I also like the option of [name]Brigitte[/name], as an alternative to [name]Bridget[/name] (which is already the name of one of my best friends). I like [name]Bernadette[/name], too - it’s my middle name! :slight_smile:

Thank you for the pronunciation help with [name]Elodie[/name]! I think it’s a lovely name, but to be honest I think it’s probably too “exotic” for us living in the US. I am sensitive about my child’s name being constantly mispronounced. Husband’s name is [name]Stephane[/name], and he has been called “[name]Stephanie[/name]” his entire life! (yeah, what can I say? Lots of people aren’t very smart…)