Signe, Edith, Arden?

My husband and I both love names and had an easy time choosing our son’s name, [name]Owen[/name]. Now we’re having a girl and looking for something that goes with it but is slightly more unique. We’re stuck. My husband tends toward the tomboyish names and I like the antique names. I love [name]Edith[/name], but he associates it with old ladies. [name]Signe[/name] is one we both like and it’s growing on me, but I don’t see much/any discussion on the name and want to know what people think. Here is our current shortlist:

[name]Edith[/name] (well, my shortlist anyway)
[name]Roux[/name] (if she has red or reddish hair like our son)
Zaylie (which I like, but it’s nicknamey and the name it goes with- [name]Azalea[/name]- I don’t really like)

Oooh, I love [name]Signe[/name]!

I also like [name]Edith[/name] and [name]Esme[/name].

Well, gigi22, we might be the only ones! Since this post isn’t even attracting much attention. I guess I wouldn’t have to worry about the name [name]Signe[/name] becoming too popular in the near future. We would pronounce it [name]Sig[/name]-nee, I think- rather than [name]Sig[/name]-na as is the traditional pronunciation.

I posted a long response, but it seems to have been lost. Site acting up. Not unusual. I’ll try to recreate my post. Might take awhile.

I love [name]Ellery[/name] with [name]Owen[/name]! I see where your DH is coming from seeing [name]Edith[/name] as a bit old lady… I know one myself… but I think the name can be reborn. [name]Edie[/name] and [name]Owen[/name] are especially cute together. As for [name]Signe[/name], I’m not sure. I’m not familiar with the name and I don’t know how people would respond to me. It’s not too feminine sounding (or looking) so on paper gender might be a little ambiguous.

From your list, I like [name]Marin[/name] (pronounced like the county in [name]California[/name], right?), [name]Signe[/name], [name]Esme[/name], and [name]Ellery[/name]. I agree with jackiet that [name]Ellery[/name] compliments [name]Owen[/name] very nicely. Also, how are you going to pronounce [name]Signe[/name]? I’ve heard of “[name]SIG[/name] nee” and also “sin YAY.”

I was thinking [name]Sig[/name]-Nee for the pronunciation- that is also another way to spell it Signee. I also really like [name]Ellery[/name]- not crazy about the nickname [name]Ellie[/name]. That was one reason I liked [name]Edith[/name] so much- I like the name and the nickname.

I forgot to mention that we are open to suggestions. If anyone thinks of something along the lines of these names I would love to hear it. It’s really hard to get ideas from friends b/c (rightfully) they are “saving” their favorite names for themselves.

[name]Edith[/name]- solid name but I also feel its old lady
[name]Marin[/name]- nice
[name]Marley[/name]- too trendy
[name]Macey[/name]- ditto
[name]Roux[/name]- now that the band with the same name has blown up w the single 'bullet proof" i would think twice about using it
[name]Arden[/name]- I like this w owen
[name]Signe[/name]- I am not sure how to say this name?
Morely- its ok
[name]Esme[/name]- cute
Zaylie- seems like a trendy twist on kayleigh
[name]Ellery[/name]- its ok but nn elle is [name]WAY[/name] common
[name]Sasha[/name]- boys name to me
Aalis- nicer very pretty

My favorites from your list are [name]Edith[/name] and [name]Signe[/name]. I think both sound good with [name]Owen[/name].

I am trying to like [name]Signe[/name], but it reminds me of a mispronounced “[name]Sidney[/name]”. Also, the french for monkey is “Singe”, so it’s a bit too close for me…

I really love [name]Edith[/name] and the nickname [name]Edie[/name]. Maybe you should tell your husband that “everything old is new again”. [name]Edith[/name] fits the criteria of being beautiful and unique yet easy to spell and familiar.

Something similar might be [name]Evelyn[/name] with the nickname [name]Evie[/name]. (Either pronounced ee-vee or ev-ee).

I also think [name]Ellery[/name] is a great name, and [name]Arden[/name] is very pretty too. All in all, you have some fabulous choices!

([name]Just[/name] FYI-- [name]Owen[/name] is my top boys name right now, and my daughter is named [name]Stella[/name]…)

I love [name]Signe[/name]!!! It was on my list for a long time, but didn’t go very well with our DD’s name. I think it’s awesome with [name]Owen[/name]! Go for it! She’ll definitely have a name all her own – and such a cool one at that!

I also adore the name [name]Edith[/name]. One of my favorite names for a girl is [name]Edie[/name], and it is often a nn for [name]Edith[/name]. Did you ever
discuss this with you husband? He might just see it in a new light!
I know my boyfriend doesn’t love the name [name]Eden[/name], for example, but does love the nn [name]Edie[/name] (as a full name)!
[name]Arden[/name]–my best friend’s father-in-law is named this, so to me, it’s hard to picture on a baby girl (even though I like the name in general)!
[name]Ellery[/name]–I dig this name, but it seems to be more on the boy’s side as well.
Personally, I think it looks quite feminine. Does [name]Ellary[/name] (with an ‘a’) make the name look more girly to you?
[name]How[/name] about [name]Astrid[/name]?

My favorites from your list are [name]Esme[/name] and [name]Ellery[/name]. [name]Both[/name] go well with [name]Owen[/name], I think.

If you want additional suggestions, how about

The first thing I thought upon hearing the pronunciation of [name]Signe[/name] was [name]Sidney[/name]. You would have ENDLESS confusion with this one I am afraid! I also think there are better ones to go with [name]Owen[/name] that fits the tomboyish/antique bill.

Out of your list:
[name]Edith[/name] sounds a bit old lady I agree. What about [name]Elinor[/name], [name]Evelyn[/name], [name]Emmeline[/name]?
[name]Marin[/name] sounds too much like [name]Owen[/name], and I also feel this way about [name]Arden[/name].
[name]Marley[/name] and [name]Macey[/name] are very trendy. [name]Morley[/name] appears to be a misspelled [name]Marley[/name].
[name]Sasha[/name] seems like a nickname, as well as more of a male name.
[name]Ellery[/name] is by far my favorite out of your list! I think it is a beautiful name and goes so well with [name]Owen[/name].

I do like [name]Marlow/name with [name]Owen[/name] quite a bit. Also, what about [name]Kennedy[/name], [name]Emmerson[/name], [name]Ellington[/name], [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Sheridan[/name], [name]Channing[/name], [name]Myna[/name]…?

I like [name]Edith[/name] nn [name]Edie[/name] with big brother [name]Owen[/name]. I also like [name]Ellery[/name] but there are so many Ellies around that it might get lost.

What about [name]Freya[/name]?

[name]Signe[/name] was on our (well MY not my husband’s…) short list for girls.

I would have pronounced it [name]Sig[/name]-nee but my mother is danish and she said the “correct” pronunciation was See-nah, a totally silent “g”. I actually prefer this pronunciation but no it would never happen in the US.

SO while I love the name, on this thread alone I think you have had 5 different ways of saying it listed!! So be prepared for this to be an issue.

[name]Edith[/name] --LIKE!! I don’t see how it is any more “old ladyish” than so many other names making a comeback, and [name]Edie[/name] is a cute nn
[name]Marin[/name] – don’t like this. Never know which syllable to put the stress on
[name]Marley[/name] – not so much
[name]Macey[/name] – cute but not my favorite. Maybe too cute?
[name]Roux[/name] (if she has red or reddish hair like our son) – If she has red hair it’s very very cute, and I think will “age” well. LIKE
[name]Arden[/name] – OK but not my fave
[name]Signe[/name] – LIKE, but see above lol
Morely – don’t like. Sounds like a last name, and I’m not a fan of the whole surnames-for-girls-first-names trend. Same as [name]Marley[/name]
[name]Esme[/name] – ho hum but it does work very nicely with [name]Owen[/name]
Zaylie – agree with nicknamey feel. Anything ending in “ie” has that affect for me
[name]Ellery[/name] – I agree with the previous poster who suggestion [name]Eleanor[/name]. Feels more elegant and timeless.
[name]Sasha[/name] – LIKE have you considered [name]Saskia[/name]? I love this name
Aalis – Is this pronounced Ay-Lees? Then what about [name]Elise[/name]?

I can’t figure out your style (folks had the same problem with me!) but here’s a few (all over the place) names

[name]Saskia[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Elise[/name]/[name]Eliza[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Liv[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Laurel[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Hazel[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Sigrid[/name] & [name]Owen[/name] (like [name]Signe[/name] but w/o the pronunciation issues)
[name]Thisbe[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Isolde[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Zinnia[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Maura[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]
[name]Adrienne[/name] & [name]Owen[/name]

I just stumbled across the name [name]Signe[/name] in the girl’s section of one of my baby name books.
It reads: [name]SIGNE[/name]: Old Norse ‘sigr’ [victory] + ‘ny’ [new].
Variation: [name]Signy[/name]

I am beginning to dig this name! I think the meaning is great, & spelling it [name]Signy[/name] could eliminate some confusion with the long ‘e’ sound at the end.
Of course, you could go with Signey, Signie, Signee, etc. as well.
Personally, I do like [name]SIGNE[/name] the best, but think Signie looks cute as well!

Oh, I really like the alternate spellings. [name]Signy[/name] and Signie are cute. I still like [name]Signe[/name] the best, but if you have any concerns about pronunciation, you could consider another spelling. Where do you live? I have always pronounced [name]Signe[/name] as “[name]Sig[/name]-nee”, and I really don’t think of the name [name]Sydney[/name] when I see it/say it.

The name [name]Roux[/name] is also really growing on me. I like [name]Arden[/name], but I don’t care for it paired with [name]Owen[/name]. I am hearing [name]Ellery[/name] more often lately, but I don’t care for it (reminds me of celery, and is too close to [name]Ellie[/name]/[name]Ella[/name], etc). [name]Sasha[/name] is darling, as is the suggested [name]Saskia[/name]. The other names on your list I am either indifferent or find them too trendy.

I also like the suggestion of [name]Astrid[/name]. Another name similar to [name]Signe[/name] is [name]Solveig[/name] (pronounced Soul-vay, I have also seen it spelled Solvei). When I had my daughter, the woman in the room next to me at the hospital named her daughter [name]Solveig[/name], and everyone thought it was so sweet. We were still undecided on my daughter’s name in the hospital, so the nurses suggested [name]Solveig[/name] to me a dozen times they loved it so much, lol! I live in the midwest and find that Scandinavian names are fairly popular here. I would sure love to meet a little [name]Signe[/name]! I wish I would have thought of that one when my daughter was born :wink:

Come to think of it, the first time I heard the name [name]Signe[/name] she spelled it [name]Signy[/name], so that’s a great alternative spelling (of course my mom still instills the "g’ is silent! lol)