Sib for Adelaide? Eamon or Caedmon? Danae or Kaiya? Opinions


I’m due this week, we don’t know what we’re having and we are still waffling a bit on our top names choices. Our first daughter’s name is [name]Adelaide[/name] [name]Danielle[/name], which we had absolutely no doubts about (we had it picked even before I was pregnant), but we just don’t feel as confident about any of the names we are considering for this baby.

Although [name]Adelaide[/name] is a classic, traditional name, there aren’t any other similar names we like for boys or girls. We generally like names that are not common and not too weird, but that also have some substance in their meaning.

These are the names at the top of our list at the moment:

BOYS: [name]EAMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] (We love the meaning and sound, but in my mind many “E” boy’s
names seem weak, kind of woosy. We do like that it could be
shortened to “E.J.”)

       [name]CAEDMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] (This is a new one we're considering, but I'm afraid it might be 
                                   too unusual to go with [name]Adelaide[/name].  We prefer the "[name]Kade[/name]-mon" 
                                   pronunciation and like that it can be shortened to "[name]Cade[/name]" or 
                                   maybe "C.J.", but I like "[name]Cade[/name]" better.)

Other BOYS names on our list:
([name]Gee[/name], there’s lots of “J” names, I just realized!)

GIRLS: [name]DANAE[/name] [name]MEGAN[/name] or [name]DANAE[/name] [name]MICHELINE[/name] (My husband really likes this and I used to,
but I’m not keen on the possible nickname of “[name]Dani[/name]” for a girl. The middle
name [name]Megan[/name] is to honour a close friend, [name]Micheline[/name] is just one that my
husband thought went well with [name]Danae[/name].)

        [name]KAIYA[/name] / [name]KAIA[/name] / [name]KAIJA[/name] [name]MEGAN[/name] [name]RENEE[/name] (We like the meanings and sound of this name, though sometimes I think it sounds almost too trendy and doesn't go well with [name]Adelaide[/name].  If we go with it, we would want to choose the spelling that is likely to be pronounced and spelled correctly with the least difficulty, so we are leaning towards [name]Kaiya[/name].  [name]Megan[/name] and [name]Renee[/name] are middles names chosen to honour close friends and ones that we like and think go well with the first name.)

Other GIRLS names we’ve considered:

[name]ISLA[/name] (like the sound, but kind of lacks substance in meaning)
[name]AURORA[/name] (hubby just thinks of “[name]Aurora[/name] Borealis”)
[name]EMMELINE[/name] (like it sometimes, like the nn “[name]Emmy[/name]”, but the full name seems almost ultra-
feminine to me sometimes)
Veriy (love it, but hubby hates it!)
Madeliene (used to love it, like it now, sounds almost too similar to [name]Adelaide[/name] though
and a bit overused in some places)
[name]Elisha[/name] (hubby just thinks of [name]Elisha[/name] [name]Cuthbert[/name] or the Biblical male prophet, always
sounded like a girl’s name to me though, and we like the nn “[name]Ellie[/name]”)

Any feedback/opinions on our top names or other names on our list would be great!


In the list of girl’s names, “Veriy” should be “[name]Verity[/name]”.
“Madeliene” should also be spelled “[name]Madeleine[/name]” (that’s the spelling we like).

[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Eamon[/name] do “go.” I like [name]Jude[/name], too, for a boy. I think of [name]Adelaide[/name] as a high class [name]German[/name] name (I lived in Germany, that is the only [name]Adelaide[/name] I’ve ever met) which I associate with male names like [name]Philip[/name], [name]Leo[/name], [name]Oscar[/name] and [name]Felix[/name]. A word about [name]Caedmon[/name] - this is my nephew’s name - spelled the same way and pronounced CADEmon. When it has come up in the past a lot of people have misheard is as “caveman.” [name]Just[/name] fyi. For girls I think [name]Clementine[/name] goes well with [name]Adelaide[/name] as do [name]Alice[/name], [name]June[/name] and [name]Claudia[/name]… from your list - [name]Isla[/name].

BOYS: [name]EAMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] A lovely combo.

[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Eamon[/name], nice sibset.

I also think that [name]Josiah[/name] and [name]Adelaide[/name] make a really nice sibset too. In fact I think I like it even more than [name]Eamon[/name] with [name]Adelaide[/name].

[name]CAEDMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] Not a fan I am really sick of [name]Caden[/name], [name]Braden[/name], [name]Jayden[/name] style names.

A few suggestions

[name]Josiah[/name] [name]Justus[/name]
[name]Jude[/name] [name]Finnigan[/name]
[name]Jonas[/name] [name]David[/name]
[name]Jack[/name] [name]Oliver[/name]
[name]Jonah[/name] Dislike, reminds me of [name]Jonah[/name] and the Whale

Comments on your list of girl’s names

[name]KAIYA[/name] You are right it doesn’t go well with [name]Adelaide[/name] at all. Your daughter is superbly named please keep this baby’s name in harmony with [name]Adelaide[/name]'s by using another beautiful classic name.

[name]ISLA[/name] I like it but do not love it

[name]ASHA[/name] Is simply a boy’s name [name]Asher[/name]

[name]AURORA[/name] Not for you if your husband doesn’t like it

[name]AMAYA[/name] Doesn’t fit with [name]Adelaide[/name]

[name]EMMELINE[/name] A beautiful name

[name]Lily[/name] Also lovely

[name]Honour[/name] A great name I prefer [name]Honor[/name] spelling. I also love [name]Hope[/name].

Veriy Take it off your list if your husband isn’t onboard with it

[name]Cordelia[/name] Another lovely name, similar to [name]Calista[/name] which is lovely too

Madeliene I agree but it is a lovely name

[name]Elisha[/name] It has to be [name]Alicia[/name] otherwise it just says boys name and Biblical prophet.

[name]Margaret[/name] nn [name]Meg[/name] would be the name to honour [name]Megan[/name] that fits perfectly with [name]Adelaide[/name]

I love your daughter’s name.

If you use [name]Danae[/name] it is just like naming your baby [name]Danielle[/name] again and I think your baby needs a name distinctly hers.

[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Victoria[/name] [name]Honor[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Hope[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Lily[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Lily[/name] [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Calista[/name] [name]Louise[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Eliza[/name] [name]Hope[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Mary[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Cecily[/name] [name]Anne[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Lavinia[/name] [name]Honor[/name] nn [name]Vin[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Verity[/name] [name]Elspeth[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Lily[/name], such a beautiful combo
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Michaela[/name] (only this spelling!) [name]Lily[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Hope[/name] [name]Micheline[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Honor[/name] [name]Harriet[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Honor[/name] [name]Caroline[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] nn [name]Cara[/name] (meaning dearest or dear one), [name]Caroline[/name] means [name]Joy[/name] which is a lovely meaning
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Pearl[/name] [name]Emmeline[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Clementine[/name] [name]Louise[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Margaret[/name] [name]Lily[/name]
[name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Elizabeth[/name] [name]Ruth[/name]

I love [name]Honor[/name] and [name]Hope[/name].
[name]Micheline[/name] is a beautiful name but a different naming style to [name]Adelaide[/name].

I absolutely love [name]Jack[/name] [name]Oliver[/name] and [name]Adelaide[/name] [name]Danielle[/name].

I vote for [name]Eamon[/name] [name]Josiah[/name] and [name]Kaiya[/name] [name]Megan[/name] [name]Renee[/name].

[name]Adelaide[/name] is beautiful. I like [name]Eamon[/name] I don’t think it is weak for a boy. I also liked your options of [name]Jude[/name], [name]Finn[/name] and [name]Jonah[/name]. I am not really on board with [name]Danae[/name]. I do like some of you other options [name]Isla[/name] and [name]Cordelia[/name].



I really like [name]Danae[/name] [name]Micheline[/name], and I don’t see why people would shorten an already short name with 2 syllables to a tottally different name again with 2 syllables?

[name]Adelaide[/name] [name]Danielle[/name] - very pretty name!

BOYS: [name]EAMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] - I like [name]Eamon[/name] and [name]Josiah[/name]. They sound nice together.

       [name]CAEDMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] - not my style

Other BOYS names on our list:
[name]JUDE[/name] - like it
[name]FINN[/name] - like it as a nn for [name]Finnian[/name].
[name]JUSTUS[/name] - To me, this sounds like “just us”. Bothers me. I like [name]Justice[/name] better.
[name]JONAH[/name] - like it, I am reminded of [name]Jonah[/name] and the Whale. I like that [name]Jonah[/name].

What about [name]Jack[/name]? It is so popular, but it is wonderful with [name]Adelaide[/name]. They sound so Australian together. Could be [name]Jack[/name], [name]John[/name] nn [name]Jack[/name], or [name]Jackson[/name].
Also love [name]Henry[/name] and [name]Adelaide[/name].

GIRLS: [name]DANAE[/name] [name]MEGAN[/name] or [name]DANAE[/name] [name]MICHELINE[/name] - [name]Danae[/name] is too similar to [name]Danielle[/name]. [name]Micheline[/name] reminds me of the tire co. I like [name]Marcheline[/name] better

        [name]KAIYA[/name] / [name]KAIA[/name] / [name]KAIJA[/name] [name]MEGAN[/name] [name]RENEE[/name] - I don't like names like [name]Kaiya[/name], etc. They sound too trendy. I'm a classical and vintage name lover. But I do love [name]Keira[/name]. I don't think it's bad with [name]Adelaide[/name]. It is a girl's name.

Other GIRLS names we’ve considered:

[name]ISLA[/name] (like the sound, but kind of lacks substance in meaning) - I’m getting a bit bored with it, but a lot of Nameberryites love [name]Isla[/name]. I prefer [name]Iona[/name] and [name]Iris[/name].
[name]ASHA[/name] - don’t like - makes me think of a sneeze.
[name]AURORA[/name] (hubby just thinks of “[name]Aurora[/name] Borealis”) - love this, nn [name]Rory[/name].
[name]AMAYA[/name] - not my cup of tea
[name]EMMELINE[/name] - I don’t really like it, but a lot of the Nameberry posters love it! I trust their judgement.
[name]Lily[/name] - love, but it’s very popular. I would use the full name [name]Lillian[/name] nn [name]Lily[/name] so she doesn’t feel cheated next to the long and lustrous [name]Adelaide[/name].
[name]Honour[/name] - I’m used to it spelled [name]Honor[/name], but I think I could get used to [name]Honour[/name] depending on where you live. If you live in the U.S., [name]Honour[/name] sounds kind of pretentious to me. But maybe not considering her sister has such a fancy name.
Veriy (love it, but hubby hates it!)
[name]Cordelia[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name]! One of my faves, and sounds great with [name]Adelaide[/name].
Madeliene - it’s spelled [name]Madeline[/name] or [name]Madeleine[/name] - I really love this name, but it’s been overused. What about [name]Matilda[/name] or [name]Millicent[/name]?
[name]Elisha[/name] - I wouldn’t give a boy’s name to a sister of [name]Adelaide[/name]. Too confusing! Would love the name [name]Elijah[/name] for [name]Adelaide[/name]'s brother!
[name]Wilhelmina[/name] would be adorable with [name]Adelaide[/name].
If you don’t live in Australia, [name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Matilda[/name] would be so cute together. But I think maybe in Australia, people would think they’re too matchy.
Also love [name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Genevieve[/name].


[name]Just[/name] wanted to note that we live in [name]Canada[/name], so “[name]Honour[/name]” is how we’d naturally spell it, plus, with [name]Adelaide[/name] being a name that can be associated with both [name]Britain[/name] and Austrailia, I would think that the British spelling of [name]Honour[/name] would work better. However, while I don’t like overly feminine names, sometimes I wonder if [name]Honour[/name] is not feminine enough next to [name]Adelaide[/name]. Opinions? I’m not sure how likely my husband is to go for either of the virtue names on our list though ([name]Verity[/name] and [name]Honour[/name]).

One more thing I thought I’d add to give some background to the choice of “[name]Kaija[/name]/[name]Kaiya[/name]”. This is a Scandinavian ([name]Kaija[/name]) and Japanese ([name]Kaiya[/name]) name. Our last name is a Finnish name that starts with “L”, so that is partly why we started liking this name, however we thought that the Japanese spelling would spelled and pronounced correctly more often than the Finnish spelling. Also, I lived in Japan and, as a result, am drawn towards some Japanese things (though most Japanese names sound too exotic).

I do realize that most of this background information doesn’t really change whether or not anyone is going to think that [name]Kaiya[/name] goes with [name]Adelaide[/name], I just wanted to explain where this name choice came from since it is so different from [name]Adelaide[/name].

I haven’t checked the British or Australian name lists in regard to [name]Honour[/name], but as an Australian I am 99.9% sure the traditional spelling is [name]Honor[/name]. So, that is why I didn’t add the ‘u’.

[name]Lovely[/name] to see the virtue names coming back. I really like [name]Faith[/name] too.

I see your point of [name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]Honor[/name] in the fn spot and you make a good point so maybe we will have to put [name]Honor[/name] in the middle name position?

From our replies are there any names or combos that you like? I would love to hear about them.

I wasn’t refering to how I thought “[name]Honor[/name]/[name]Honour[/name]” was spelled as a name in Australia or [name]Britain[/name], it’s kind of new to me as a name. I was just refering to how the word is spelled. In [name]Canada[/name] we use British spellings. The British spelling of the virtue, would be “[name]Honour[/name]”.

As far as the other combinations . . . . I’m going to have to copy and paste or go back and write some down. I wish I could see the whole thread as I write my response!

Thanks for the suggestions, though I’m not a big fan of many of these.

Girls: [name]Auralia[/name] – I actually like Auralie better.
[name]Petra[/name] – I used to like this, but we have a lot of friend in [name]Christian[/name] circles who listen to Contemporary [name]Christian[/name] music and there is band called “[name]Petra[/name]” that would almost always be associated with this name.

Boys: [name]Edmund[/name] – [name]Eamon[/name] is actually the Irish version of this name and we like it better.
[name]Conan[/name] – sorry, but I automatically think of [name]Conan[/name] the barbarian
[name]Caden[/name] – I like how this sounds, worry about its popularity, don’t like that it doesn’t have much substance in meaning, and think that [name]Caedmon[/name] is a bit fresher, more original, yet has a better meaning and can be shortened to “[name]Cade[/name]” as well.

We use the British spellings too, so I would be quite at home over there. I am hoping to make a stop in [name]Canada[/name] next year on my way back from Finland as I might get an around the world ticket. So, I may see at least one city in [name]Canada[/name] which would be nice.

Good point about being able to see the previous posts while posting I find the same problem.

Thanks for your opinions and suggestions.

As far as [name]Eamon[/name] VS. [name]Josiah[/name] as first names, I think we are leaning more towards [name]Eamon[/name] because it is less common than [name]Josiah[/name]. In some regions of [name]Canada[/name] (where we live), I think [name]Josiah[/name] is getting up to the top half of the top 100 names (which is too common for me).

I appreciate the feedback that [name]Eamon[/name] isn’t a weak boy’s name though. (oh, you didn’t write that, someone else did)

[name]Josiah[/name] [name]Justus[/name] is a combination we considered.

[name]ASHA[/name] – isn’t a boy’s name to me because I know two female "[name]Asha[/name]"s who were both given the name because their families spent time in [name]India[/name] where the name means “hope”

[name]CORDELIA[/name] – I’m an English teacher and absolutely love the positive Shakespearean association with this one, though sometimes I think the first syllable is too harsh sounding. I think my hubby kind of likes it, but is afraid that it is too weird/different. We both don’t like the nn “[name]Corrie[/name]” for a girl, but I think there are so many other nn possibilities that we could purposefully replace “[name]Corrie[/name]” with something like “[name]Delia[/name]”, “[name]Ella[/name]”, “[name]Lia[/name]” etc.

[name]Margaret[/name] – Thanks for the suggestion, but this is actually my mother and grandmother’s name and is kind of old sounding, a bit too dusty for my liking.

Thanks for taking so much trouble to reply.

I have liked [name]Eamon[/name] for a long time. It is a really nice name.

(Off topic)I named my son [name]Miles[/name] and to this day 34 years later I am so happy I chose that name, we never met another [name]Miles[/name], he never had to write his surname on his exam papers but now it is slowly becoming more popular esp amongst name nerds.

So, if [name]Eamon[/name] is in your heart go for it and if you like it as much as I like my son’s name it will be a really good choice.

[name]Cordelia[/name] nn [name]Delia[/name] is very nice, goes very well with [name]Adelaide[/name] and I was wondering if you like [name]Cordelia[/name] [name]Juliet[/name] (another Shakespearean name) as a combo?

[name]Just[/name] have the chime in - I thought the suggestions [name]Eliza[/name] and [name]Honor[/name] go really well with [name]Adelaide[/name]. What about

Firstly, you have a really great list here, and have been given some great suggestions :slight_smile:
Meaning seems to be important to you (something overlooked a lot I feel) so I’ll try and comment on that and how well the go with [name]Adelaide[/name].

[name]EAMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] – This is a good solid name and that’s the way it is perceived here in [name]Britain[/name]. [name]How[/name] are you prn it? It’s meant to be ‘AY-mon’, so no weak ‘e’ sound.

[name]CAEDMON[/name] [name]JOSIAH[/name] – I love, love medieval names, but this will cause you the most headaches. It’s traditionally meant to be prn ‘CAD-mun’, but that aside, ae is not a used diphthong in modern English so many people will have problems spelling and saying it.

[name]JUDE[/name] – It’s a great name but it feels a little insubstantial next to [name]Adelaide[/name]. [name]How[/name] about [name]Julius[/name]/[name]Judah[/name]/[name]Justus[/name] nn [name]Jude[/name]?

[name]FINN[/name] – Same as [name]Jude[/name] - great name, lacks substance with [name]Adelaide[/name]. I would either use the traditional spelling of [name]Fionn[/name] to give it an edge or use it as a nic for [name]Finnian[/name], [name]Finnegan[/name], [name]Finlay[/name], [name]Fintan[/name] – all of which I think work well with [name]Adelaide[/name].

[name]JUSTUS[/name] – I think this would make an interesting choice, and [name]Jude[/name] as a nic makes it more ‘user friendly’

[name]JONAH[/name] – This is one of what I call the ‘strong silent softy’ type. It gives a feeling of calm, reliable confidence. I like this a lot with [name]Adelaide[/name].

[name]DANAE[/name] [name]MEGAN[/name] or [name]DANAE[/name] [name]MICHELINE[/name] – [name]Danae[/name] is a lovely name, but will have some prn problems (again the ae diphthong). Some will say ‘[name]DAN[/name]-eye’, some ‘[name]DAN[/name]-ay’ and other will stick with the Ancient Greek ‘[name]DAN[/name]-ay-ee’, or modern Greek ‘dan-EYE-ee’
I like the sentiment, but [name]Megan[/name] is a bit abrupt with [name]Danae[/name], so I’d go for [name]Micheline[/name].

[name]KAIYA[/name] / [name]KAIA[/name] / [name]KAIJA[/name] [name]MEGAN[/name] [name]RENEE[/name] – I can see why you might think [name]Kaiya[/name] looks trendy with [name]Adelaide[/name], but I actually like the Germanic roots they both share. I would, personally go for the sp [name]Kaia[/name]. It looks the most streamlined and avoids the seemingly trendy ‘y’. It rhymes with [name]Maia[/name] so I don’t see that prn will be too much of a problem.

[name]ISLA[/name] – If meaning is important, don’t use this. It’s etymology is ‘large-flanked, swelled’, or more literally ‘big-bottomed’. The Finnish Aila (EYE-la) or Cornish Ailla (EYE-la) have much nicer meanings whilst still keeping the sound.

[name]ASHA[/name] – Biblical names are having a resurge so I fear this may be confused a lot with the masculine [name]Asher[/name].

[name]AURORA[/name] – [name]Lovely[/name] meaning, and looks nice next to [name]Adelaide[/name]. [name]Aurelie[/name] or [name]Aurea[/name] would be a nice alternative as well.

[name]AMAYA[/name] – Pretty but it looks very trendy with [name]Adelaide[/name] despite it’s history. [name]Amaia[/name] would look better, but the etymology is still a little obscure.

[name]EMMELINE[/name] – I don’t think it’s overly frilly. In fact, this is the best match with [name]Adelaide[/name] from the list because of its versatility, both their medieval germanic roots, and the ‘Victorian darling’ style they share.

[name]Lily[/name] – Pretty but lacks oomph with [name]Adelaide[/name]. [name]Lilian[/name], [name]Lillias[/name] or [name]Lillia[/name] would be more substantial longer forms.

[name]Honour[/name] – I like virtue names with [name]Adelaide[/name]. They sit together nicely. I have a gt gt grandmother called [name]Honor[/name]. She was English, but the spelling flitted between [name]Honor[/name] and [name]Honour[/name] on records – [name]Honor[/name] being the most common despite how the word is spelt in [name]England[/name].

[name]Verity[/name] – This one is lovely and sits beautifully next to [name]Adelaide[/name]. It’s a virtue name without being obviously so.

[name]Cordelia[/name] – The two work nicely together. It’s a pretty name, but it’s etymology is unknown.

[name]Madeleine[/name] – Elegant name, but very popular almost turning trendy. Looks rhymy next to [name]Adelaide[/name].

[name]Elisha[/name] – Looks a little trendy with [name]Adelaide[/name]. I would use the sp [name]Alicia[/name] to avoid confusion with Biblical [name]Elisha[/name] (and its prn el-EYE-sha). [name]Alicia[/name] would share etymological routes with [name]Adelaide[/name].




Also, as you want to honour a [name]Megan[/name], and have Margarets in your family, you could use a variant of [name]Margaret[/name] (as [name]Megan[/name] is a variant itself):


Thanks for the feedback.

I actually really like AILA (esp. considering my hubby’s Finnish heritage), and the meaning (“light bearer”), but my b-i-l thinks most English speakers would pronounce it “A-la”. What do you think? Also, any middle name suggestions for this one?

Anymore feedback would be welcome. Thanks to everyone who has already weighed in on my topic.

Going into labour, and since it just doesn’t feel right to me to leave a baby unnamed, we’ll definitely take some of this feedback into consideration to help us choose a name by the end of the day!