Need some quality advice from name gurus!

Isn’t it just how life goes to have the PERFECT boy name picked out…one you are so excited about and praying nobody else around you uses before your baby is born…and then you go to your ultrasound, and SURPRISE! IT’S A GIRL! Despite all my (wrong) mama bear instincts, this little peanut is a precious baby girl…and not a boy like I thought. Here’s my naming dilemma that I am hoping some creative nameberries can help me with – I have a daughter named [name]Elliott[/name] [name]Joy[/name]. She is beautiful and her name really suits her well. We purposefully named her with the initials E.J. to honor my grandfather. My husband and I decided we would honor his grandfather with our second child’s name, therefore locking ourselves into the initials D.H. If you didn’t know already, there aren’t a lot of great “D” names out there, especially that will complement a sister named [name]Elliott[/name]. I must also mention that the meaning of a name is important to me as well, making this puzzle even more of a challenge :slight_smile: Have at it naming gurus - I am anxious to hear what kind of creative advice anyone may have to share! It is much appreciated.

I think another slightly feminne unisex name would work well wtih [name]Elliott[/name] [name]Joy[/name]… my first instinct was [name]Darcy[/name] [name]Helena[/name]. I think it goes perfectly. [name]Hope[/name] that helps!

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That is a lovely suggestion; I had considered [name]Darcy[/name] and [name]Helena[/name], but not together. My hang up with name meaning though causes me to pause because the meaning would be “dark” & “bright, shining one”…sort of contradictory, no? My husband is stuck on the name [name]Devin[/name]/[name]Devyn[/name], but I just am not so sure I really like it…

Hmm… what do you think of:
For firsts:

For middles:

Some other ideas for you:
[name]Delaney[/name] – I [name]LOVE[/name] this with [name]Elliot[/name]!

[name]EDIT[/name]: [name]Just[/name] saw the pp’s suggestion of [name]Hope[/name]. [name]Elliot[/name] [name]Joy[/name] and [name]Delaney[/name] [name]Hope[/name] sound nice together. :slight_smile:



oooh! [name]Love[/name] [name]Elliott[/name] and [name]Delaney[/name] together!

I was definitely going to suggest [name]Delaney[/name], too! I like [name]Dylan[/name], [name]Darcy[/name], and [name]Devin[/name] also–I think [name]Elliot[/name] and [name]Devin[/name] work nicely. Also…

[name]Drew[/name] - really like [name]Elliot[/name] and [name]Drew[/name]; I know NB has “manly” in its definition, but I have seen “strong” and “warrior” as meanings

[name]Helena[/name] - seconded

I third the suggestion of [name]Delaney[/name], I really like it with [name]Elliott[/name]. I second the suggestion of [name]Hope[/name] too. [name]Delaney[/name] [name]Hope[/name] is great with [name]Elliott[/name] [name]Joy[/name] [name]IMO[/name] :slight_smile:

Go with [name]Hope[/name] for a middle name, that fits perfectly!
[name]How[/name] about:
[name]Della[/name] [name]Hope[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name] [name]Hope[/name]

[name]Love[/name] some of the suggestions above…[name]Delaney[/name] [name]Hope[/name] sounds awesome with [name]Elliot[/name] [name]Joy[/name]…[name]Drew[/name] [name]Harmony[/name] also sounds great with [name]Elliot[/name] [name]Joy[/name] and is a little more subtle in term of a sibset theme! I love sibset themes though :slight_smile:

I totally agree with this!

That is so funny. I thought [name]Delaney[/name] as soon as I read the post.
Or [name]Danica[/name] would be my second choice.

I like
[name]Deryn[/name] “bird”
[name]Dorian[/name] “from [name]Doris[/name]” ([name]Doris[/name] is a sea nymph)
[name]Destin[/name] “destiny”
[name]Devora[/name]/Devri/[name]Devra[/name] “bee”
[name]Dalis[/name] “drawing water”
[name]Deniz[/name] “sea”

[name]Hadley[/name] “heather meadow”
[name]Harper[/name] “harpist”
[name]Harlow[/name] “army hill” or “rock hill”
Haslett/Hazlett “hazel trees”
[name]Heloise[/name] “healthy, safe; wood, forest” or “fame; warrior”
[name]Hana[/name] “bliss” or “flower”
[name]Haven[/name] “safe place”
[name]Hollis[/name] “holly tree”
[name]Honora[/name]/[name]Honoria[/name] “honor”

[name]Deryn[/name] [name]Harper[/name]- subtle To Kill A Mockingbird reference
[name]Devora[/name] [name]Haven[/name]- bee haven
[name]Destin[/name] [name]Honoria[/name]- destiny & honor

Thank you for all these suggestions - they are great! I appreciate getting feedback from people with fresh perspectives. I must say I have thought of [name]Delaney[/name] [name]Hope[/name] and originally liked it UNTIL I started looking up meanings: nameberry defines it as “dark challenger”, other places have gone as far to say it means “dark, defiant one”–that meaning really makes me cringe! Am I way to hung up on the meaning thing? It is hard for me to ignore…secondly, my husband does not like [name]Delaney[/name] at all (men make naming so hard, don’t they?!) :frowning: I find myself attracted to [name]Dahlia[/name] right now, but worry it may be too feminine of a pairing for [name]Elliott[/name]. I also found myself liking the [name]Drew[/name] suggestion, but with a one syllable last name, I am not sure it “flows” well. Please keep the ideas coming if you have any - thanks!

Yeah, I’ve struggled with the meaning of [name]Delaney[/name] too. : / But then I realized that I could interpret “dark challenger” to mean “one who challenges darkness; bearer of light; etc.” I don’t know if that does it for you…but I think I could live with that. That’s too bad about your husband not liking it though. : /
I think [name]Dahlia[/name] and [name]Elliot[/name] go nicely! The shared L’s give them a very similar sound (in a good way).
[name]Drew[/name] would be really cute, but I see what you mean about the one syllable last name.

My first [name]Daisy[/name] [name]Harriet[/name], but I also like the idea of [name]Daisy[/name] [name]Hope[/name].

PS. [name]Daisy[/name] means ‘pearl’ so she would be ‘pearl of hope’

I have no idea if this name is too “hillbilly” for you, but I like [name]Dixie[/name]. [name]Don[/name]'t know if it fits with any H-name though.
Other D names could be [name]Daisy[/name], [name]Dima[/name] (pn [name]Dee[/name]-mah) [name]Danielle[/name], [name]Daniella[/name], [name]Demi[/name], [name]Doris[/name], [name]Deborah[/name].

I just realized that a commonly cited meaning for [name]Delaney[/name] is “from the alder grove.” I know the name is probably out of consideration, but I just thought I’d add that. :slight_smile:

@ [name]Sunshine[/name].10 - thanks for your comments! For me, they put [name]Delaney[/name] possibly back in the running…but will see what the hubby says when I ask him again :wink:

Can anyone think of a different way to honor a grandfather besides locking myself into the initials D.H.??? Grandpa’s name is [name]Donald[/name] [name]Herbert[/name]…I thought about inverting the initials to H.D. but then it doesn’t seem like we’re really sticking to the “honor system” we used for baby girl #1 lol