Nothing seems to go with 'Anderson'... Need First Name!

Our last name is so common and so long that I’m really having a hard time pairing a girl’s first name to go with it - - without the name either sounding way too common, too awkward, or else syllables running together, etc… Due on [name]Valentine[/name]'s [name]Day[/name] and need help.

Any suggestions of girls names to go with our last would be great!

What is your name style, or do you just want a collection of names?

[name]Aimee[/name] [name]Joie[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] ([name]Aimee[/name] is French for “beloved friend”)

[name]Bryony[/name] [name]Clare[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Cecily[/name] [name]Jane[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Ivy[/name] Linore/[name]Louise[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Lacey[/name] [name]Rosette[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Lucy[/name] [name]Jeanette[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Macy[/name] [name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Melody[/name] [name]Blythe[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

Like any? Names ending in Y are good…

Other choices that would be good with [name]Anderson[/name] are those ending in a T sound, like [name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] or [name]Juliet[/name] [name]Anderson[/name], or N, such as [name]Vivian[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] or [name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]. [name]Just[/name] avoid names ending in A, as these will run into your last name…

[name]Ardith[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Bryony[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Cecily[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Daphne[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Elspeth[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] nn [name]Vivi[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Harper[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Hazel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Hollis[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Ingrid[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Ivy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Juno[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Mabel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Nora[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Olive[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Rosemary[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Sylvie[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Violet[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

My favorite first names with [name]Anderson[/name] are the ones that end in a heavy consonant or a consonant blend such as [name]Ingrid[/name], [name]Olive[/name], and [name]Elspeth[/name]. I also love [name]Bryony[/name] with [name]Anderson[/name] because [name]Bryony[/name] is such a strong name that doesn’t get dominated easily.

I grew up knowing a [name]Shannon[/name] and [name]Meagan[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]. The mom’s name was actually [name]Pamella[/name].

[name]Ivy[/name] (i actually really like the sound of [name]Ivy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name])

Thank you, as for style… I think I favor both classic and vintage names… but also trying to think outside the box, so collection of names that pair with [name]Anderson[/name] is great.

Of the names you and others have listed so far, I like:

[name]Ivy[/name] (really liked, but husband didn’t)
[name]Emmeline[/name] (again, loved, but husband didn’t… any name suggestions that sound like this one, i.e. end in ‘line’ please share… as he’d rather just go with [name]Emma[/name] or [name]Emily[/name] if we go this route)

Along your comments of ending in ‘y’, also like [name]Avery[/name] & [name]Audrey[/name].

Of all these names, my husband I think has a very different style, b/c he doesn’t really like any of them. :frowning: Names that he likes:

[name]Abigail[/name] ([name]Abby[/name]), [name]Gwyneth[/name] (Gwenie), [name]Emma[/name], [name]Megan[/name]

What about [name]Caroline[/name]. I love that name!

Another -line name would be [name]Madeline[/name] which I love. You can use the nickname [name]Mady[/name].
However, with the last name [name]Anderson[/name] I would suggest not using a name that ends in -a or -n because it sound too alike. Also, some names sound fine but I prefer matching first and last names that have a different number of syllables.

Okay, so I definitely think that your style is vintage classic with an eye for interesting, unique, or underused names. Your husband also seems to like this style, but perhaps with names that are a bit more trendy.

Names that end in -line:

[name]Adeline[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Caroline[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Coraline[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Madeline[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Rosaline[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

Off hubby’s list, [name]Gwyneth[/name] and [name]Megan[/name] are both Welsh, so here are some more options:

[name]Carys[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Guinevere[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] ([name]Vera[/name] is a really cute, vintage nickname!)
[name]Meredith[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Reese[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

Some other English classic names:

[name]Alice[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] ([name]Ali[/name] could be a cute nickname…)
[name]Annabel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] (A bit repetitive and popular, but pretty.)
[name]Bethany[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Clare[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Elinor[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Jane[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Laurel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Margaret[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Mariel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Paige[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Ruby[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] (The v sound attaches to the A in [name]Anderson[/name], though)…nn [name]Evie[/name]
[name]Ivy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Margaret[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] (nn [name]Maisie[/name], [name]Daisy[/name], or [name]Margo[/name])
[name]Margo[/name]/[name]Margot[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Phoebe[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Penelope[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] (nn [name]Poppy[/name], [name]Nell[/name], or [name]Penny[/name])
[name]Ruby[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

I was totally slacking and didn’t read though the previous comments (hanging my head in shame), so I apologize for repeats!

Good luck! :slight_smile:

Names that immediately come to mind (I don’t really know your style so I’ll try to keep it pretty classic):

[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] (my personal favorite)
[name]Amy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Emily[/name]/[name]Emilie[/name]/[name]Emie[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Natalie[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Abigail[/name] ([name]Abby[/name]) [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Halle[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Catherine[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Lauren[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Analie[/name] ([name]AH[/name]-na-lee) [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Audrey[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Lucy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

Good luck to you!

[name]Lemon[/name] - - I am so impressed with your knowledge around names!!! [name]How[/name] do you know so much??? :slight_smile: Any biblical names that come to mind that go really well with [name]Anderson[/name]?

[name]Love[/name] some of the new suggestions as well… [name]Adeline[/name], [name]Alice[/name], [name]Evelyn[/name], and [name]Lucy[/name]. [name]Abigail[/name] is cute, too, and it’s a plus that my husband likes that one :slight_smile: Worried it’s just really popular though… [name]Pamela[/name] and [name]Linda[/name] would probably put it on the So Far In It’s Out list!!!

[name]Valentina[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Juliet[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Joelle[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Ruby[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Aurora[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Delaney[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Noelle[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Taylor[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Blythe[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
hope this helps, gl

Well, thanks for the compliment! I wasn’t aware I knew that much about names, but I just pick things up in passing and like to search around for names…

[name]Abigail[/name] is very cute, but it is quite popular (#8 in 2008) - perhaps you could use it as a middle name. No wonder daddy likes it - it means “[name]Joy[/name] of the Father”! Here are some other Biblical (classic) names, like [name]Abigail[/name], that would work with [name]Anderson[/name]:


However, at the end of the day, what matters most is if you love a name, not how popular it is…

Tell me what you like! :slight_smile:

Thanks for new suggestions!

I’m really starting to like [name]Alice[/name] (my husband would probably go for [name]Ali[/name] as nn, but he really prefers [name]Allison[/name] over [name]Alice[/name]… but we already have an [name]Allison[/name] in the family).

[name]Elizabeth[/name] is nice, too, but I’m not huge on nicknames. Would love to find a name that we use the whole name… none of our family goes by nn’s right now. But more than likely we’d turn [name]Elizabeth[/name] into a nn. Would probably go with [name]Libby[/name] or [name]Eliza[/name] for nn on [name]Elizabeth[/name]. ([name]Eliza[/name] breaks the ‘a’ rule, though, with first and last name starting with ‘a’)

I knew an [name]Elizabeth[/name] who went by [name]Elizabeth[/name], always. You can do that! Or, [name]Libby[/name] is an absolutely darling nickname. I love [name]Eliza[/name] as a name alone, but it does break my A rule…

[name]Elizabeth[/name] “[name]Libby[/name]” [name]Anderson[/name] is really cute! If you went with that, I’d do a shorter middle name - 1 or 2 syllable. Also, [name]Alice[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] “[name]Ali[/name]” is cute - I prefer it to [name]Allison[/name]…

Best wishes! Let me know if you need more help!

Some other ideas:

[name]Cecily[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Iris[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Phoebe[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Ariel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Sylvie[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Beatrice[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Olive[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Laine[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Laurel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Felicity[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]
[name]Irene[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

I think [name]Elizabeth[/name] nn [name]Libby[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] is very pretty.

[name]Elizabeth[/name] [name]Honor[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

[name]Hi[/name] [name]Lemon[/name]! Looking back at an old posting and here you suggested that names ending in ‘N’, i.e. [name]Emmeline[/name], would work great with [name]Anderson[/name]… In my recent ‘[name]Emmeline[/name]’ blog, you felt otherwise. You always seem to give such great advice, so maybe just a change of opinion here?


[name]Amy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] – does flow very nicely. (A well-respected autism specialist in our area is Dr. [name]Aimee[/name] [name]Anderson[/name].)

[name]Ivy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] – You said your husband does not like [name]Ivy[/name], but I think it would be wonderful with your last name.

[name]Macy[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] – I agree that this would be a [name]LOVELY[/name] choice! It is distinctive, adorable, and flows well. Spelling of [name]Maisie[/name] is more standard, I think.

[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] – Somehow, the fact that they both end in N does not bother me. However, both names have three distinct syllables, so it is not ideal.

What about:

[name]Rachel[/name] [name]Anderson[/name] – I am not a fan of [name]Rachel[/name], but you were interested in Biblical names and this one does flow well with [name]Anderson[/name]. I am in the minority in that most people love the name [name]Rachel[/name].

[name]Violet[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

[name]Iris[/name] [name]Anderson[/name]

Thanks! Question - Are [name]Macy[/name] and [name]Maisie[/name] pronounced differently? I would pronounce [name]Macy[/name] like [name]Stacy[/name] and [name]Maisie[/name] like [name]Daisy[/name]… but not sure if this is what you were thinking? If so, does [name]Maisie[/name] still sound ok with [name]Anderson[/name] and can [name]Maisie[/name] stand alone as a name or would it need a more formal name, i.e. [name]Margaret[/name]? Think [name]Margaret[/name]'s the standard choice for [name]Maisie[/name], but maybe there’s others…