Stressing about names! Help!

With my son, we found a name and absolutely fell in love. With both his first name and middle name. For this baby, we’ve whittled down the list to 3 first names but none are really jumping out at me and we have no middle names even remotely picked. We’re running out of time quickly and I’m really starting to stress about it.

Here are our top 3:
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] (pronounced peh-trah)
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] ([name_f]Liv[/name_f] for short)

We like unique but not weird or made up names.
My son has a [name_m]French[/name_m] middle name so I thought we’d keep that trend going with this one, but the only one I’ve suggested so far ([name_f]Marguerite[/name_f]), my husband has shot down.

Any thoughts/suggestions on our top 3? Any names you’d like to add? What about middle name suggestions?

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] and [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] are both beautiful flowery, girly names. [name_f]Petra[/name_f] is strong and dignified. I like all 3 of them, [name_f]Oriana[/name_f] is on my list as well.

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Delphine[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Delphine[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Delphine[/name_f]

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Colette[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Colette[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Colette[/name_f]

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Helene[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Helene[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Helene[/name_f]

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Fleur[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Fleur[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Fleur[/name_f]

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Mariel[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Mariel[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Mariel[/name_f]

My favorite is [name_f]Petra[/name_f]. I think it’s unusual but heard of with a distinct and interesting sound. Not a huge fan of [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f], and I feel [name_f]Liv[/name_f] will blend in with all the Olivias.

First ideas:


From your list I love [name_f]Petra[/name_f], and [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] is a close second. I would use [name_f]Nia[/name_f] as a nn, personally. But [name_f]Liv[/name_f] also works.

Other ideas (first or middle):

Aleida (all-eye-dah)

[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Estelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f] [name_f]Lucia[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Adelaide[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Allegra[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Fleur[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]

I love [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f]. PPs suggestions of [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f] and [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Adele[/name_f] are lovely

[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Amelie[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Adelaide[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Chloe[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Renee[/name_f]

Some first name suggestions

Thank you for all the replies and suggestions! Keep them coming!

Interesting that [name_f]Aurelia[/name_f] keeps coming up. That was on our list too but seems to have made its way off it these days. Same goes for [name_f]Freya[/name_f] (it doesn’t go well with our last name).

I like them all for different reasons but I think [name_f]Orianna[/name_f] is my favorite.

[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Lucille[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Juliette[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Camille[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Margot[/name_f]
[name_f]Oriana[/name_f] [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]

[name_f]Petra[/name_f] or [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f]

My favorite is [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f]. I think it’s charming and I like how it combines vintage appeal with a modern nickname, it makes the name so much more versatile. As for middle names, there are plenty of [name_m]French[/name_m] middle names that would sound beautiful with all of these names. I like the suggestion of [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Fleur[/name_f]. Also, branching off of [name_f]Marguerite[/name_f], what about a name like [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] [name_f]Margot[/name_f]?