Trouble with Honor names

[name_m]Hi[/name_m], I’m new here on this site and me and my husband are expecting a baby girl in [name_f]May[/name_f], our third, and we’ve been having trouble coming up with a name that honors my mother and his two aunts and ending up with a name we love.

My two daughters were named when my dad’s passing was still very fresh, he was a fisherman, so we went with names that had relation to the ocean, tide and waves. If it helps, my mother has always been a seamstress and worked with embroidering and manual things and husband’s aunts are Colle3n and E1aine. I had thought of [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], as the woman who crafts a tapestry waiting for her husband to arrive after years (to honor my mom), but my husband is not at all a fan of the name, not even as a middle.

Are there any names out there that have to do with stitching, sewing, knitting or handicrafts and such? Not just in meaning, but through a story, like [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]. Also, how can we freshen up Colle3n and E1aine?

Thank you so much!

[name_f]Georgette[/name_f] is both a given name and a type of fabric. [name_f]Ayelet[/name_f] is a Hebrew given name, and looks and sounds similar to eyelet, as in eyelet lace. [name_f]Lacy[/name_f] or [name_f]Lacey[/name_f] itself could be used as a name, though it’s a bit dated. I used to know a girl named [name_f]Silken[/name_f] which I always thought was pretty. If you aren’t [name_m]Christian[/name_m] this story probably doesn’t mean much to you, but what about [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] or another [name_m]Joseph[/name_m] feminization, as in [name_m]Joseph[/name_m] and the coat of many colours?

Instead of [name_f]Colleen[/name_f], there’s [name_f]Colette[/name_f], [name_f]Cleo[/name_f], [name_f]Celine[/name_f], [name_f]Caroline[/name_f], [name_f]Coraline[/name_f] or [name_f]Kathleen[/name_f]. For [name_f]Elaine[/name_f] you could use [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], [name_f]Elena[/name_f] (uh-lay-nah or ell-in-ah), [name_u]Eloise[/name_u], or [name_f]Elodie[/name_f].

Thank you for the ideas. I like [name_f]Colette[/name_f], [name_f]Celine[/name_f] and [name_f]Coraline[/name_f] a lot, but will have to run them by my husband. I don’t know about using fabric names… the ones from the top of my head feel kind of tacky and I’m not too sure about [name_f]Lacy[/name_f]. I like the idea of [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] a lot, maybe he’ll like the association with the story!

My first thought was [name_f]Ariadne[/name_f], who led the Minotaur out of the maze with a long thread. It’s in a similar vein as [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], but maybe still too far fetched… I’ll try to think of more options!

Anyone else have ideas?

[name_m]How[/name_m] about [name_f]Athena[/name_f]? She was not only the goddess of wisdom, but she was also the goddess of crafts/craft-making/handiwork. She was known to weave beautiful tapestries :slight_smile:

I thought of [name_f]Briar[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] or [name_f]Aurora[/name_f] from the Sleeping Beauty story which involves a spinning wheel. There is also a song [name_f]Gretchen[/name_f] am Spinnrade by Schubert that is about a girl at a spinning wheel. Rumpelstiltskin also has to do with spinning but I can’t find the girl’s name.

[name_f]Athena[/name_f] is beautiful, thanks for the suggestion.

My cousin plans to use [name_f]Lace[/name_f] as a middle name. [name_m]Just[/name_m] [name_f]Lace[/name_f], not [name_f]Lacey[/name_f]. ([name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] [name_f]Lace[/name_f] is the full name) maybe that could work? [name_u]Taylor[/name_u] and [name_m]Tanner[/name_m] are occupational names having to do with fabric, but may not be what you’re looking for.

Check out this website, which has an ongoing feature of “great women in sewing” (for example, [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_m]Parks[/name_m] is named as one): Great Women in Sewing: A List of Incredible Seamstresses | Whipstitch

A few other ideas with associated meanings:

Fabrics, patterns or techniques: [name_f]Calico[/name_f], [name_f]Heather[/name_f], [name_f]Moire[/name_f], [name_u]Paisley[/name_u], [name_f]Rosette[/name_f], [name_f]Tabby[/name_f], [name_f]Velvet[/name_f]
Variants on ‘tailor’: [name_f]Taya[/name_f], [name_f]Tayla[/name_f], [name_u]Taylor[/name_u], [name_u]Teagan[/name_u], Teaira, [name_f]Telisa[/name_f], Tiyana, [name_u]Tyler[/name_u]

Ideas for updating [name_f]Colleen[/name_f] (options in terms of sound as well as similar meanings) –
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f], [name_u]Constantine[/name_u], [name_f]Corrinne[/name_f]
[name_f]Elle[/name_f]/[name_f]Ella[/name_f] (same meaning as [name_f]Colleen[/name_f] and same sound as [name_f]Elaine[/name_f] – this could be a great option for you), [name_f]Eve[/name_f] (another good option since it’s associated with [name_f]Colleen[/name_f]'s meaning but takes the E from [name_f]Elaine[/name_f])
[name_f]Laureen[/name_f], [name_f]Lena[/name_f]
[name_f]Madonna[/name_f], Marcelline

Ideas for updating [name_f]Elaine[/name_f] (options in terms of sound as well as similar meanings) –
[name_f]Aileen[/name_f], [name_u]Ainsley[/name_u], [name_f]Alaina[/name_f], [name_f]Alina[/name_f]
[name_f]Chiara[/name_f], [name_f]Claire[/name_f]/[name_f]Clara[/name_f], [name_f]Clarinda[/name_f], [name_f]Clarissa[/name_f]
[name_f]Electra[/name_f], [name_f]Elettra[/name_f]
[name_f]Eileen[/name_f] (combo of [name_f]Elaine[/name_f] and [name_f]Colleen[/name_f], that could be a good option for you), [name_f]Eliana[/name_f], [name_f]Elin[/name_f], [name_f]Ella[/name_f]/[name_f]Elle[/name_f]/[name_f]Ellie[/name_f], [name_f]Elisa[/name_f]/[name_f]Elise[/name_f], [name_f]Eliza[/name_f], [name_f]Elora[/name_f], [name_f]Elsa[/name_f], [name_f]Elspeth[/name_f]
[name_u]Lane[/name_u]/[name_f]Lainey[/name_f], [name_f]Lanae[/name_f], [name_f]Layla[/name_f], [name_f]Leilani[/name_f], [name_f]Leocadia[/name_f], [name_f]Leora[/name_f], [name_f]Lucasta[/name_f], [name_f]Lucia[/name_f], [name_f]Luciana[/name_f], [name_f]Lucille[/name_f], [name_f]Lucienne[/name_f], [name_f]Lucinda[/name_f], [name_f]Lucy[/name_f]
[name_f]Marilla[/name_f], [name_f]Marya[/name_f], [name_f]Meryl[/name_f]
[name_f]Nella[/name_f]/[name_f]Nelle[/name_f]/[name_f]Nell[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f]/[name_f]Norah[/name_f]
[name_f]Phaedra[/name_f], [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f]
[name_f]Senna[/name_f], [name_f]Solana[/name_f], [name_f]Soleil[/name_f], [name_u]Sterling[/name_u]

Thank you whiteteaandginger for so many ideas!

Names with thread meanings:


Names with weave/weaving meanings:


[name_f]Jin[/name_f]–embroidered, tapestry
[name_f]Aurora[/name_f]–she became Sleeping Beauty after pricking her finger on the spindle
[name_f]Neith[/name_f]–goddess of weaving
Arachne–mortal weaver who challenged [name_f]Athena[/name_f] to a weaving contest
[name_f]Athena[/name_f]–weaver goddess
[name_m]Saul[/name_m]ė–goddess of the sun who spins the sunbeams
Tayet–goddess of weaving and the patron of weavers
Holda–patron [name_f]Goddess[/name_f] of spinners and weavers


Before I suggest anything, I just want to tell you not to stress. This is your baby… and I don’t mean this in a bad way, but you don’t HAVE to name your little ones after them. Not in a, ‘I’m going to use your name or bend it’ way at least. My mom was expecting her sixth and my grandma passed away right near the time we found out the baby was a girl. Everyone assumed her name would be [name_u]Eloise[/name_u], my grandmas name, or something close like [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. We tried EVERYTHING to try and honor that but nothing worked. We even went as far as trying to add ‘[name_f]Elle[/name_f]’ to a name, creating [name_f]AubriELLE[/name_f]. But it wasn’t HER name. So now we have a little girl, [name_u]Saylor[/name_u] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], and her name isn’t [name_u]Eloise[/name_u], or [name_f]Elle[/name_f], or [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. But, she does have a line of great women and men who back up her heritage.

That being said, honor names are GREAT. You could use something meaning ‘[name_u]Tailor[/name_u]’ or something close for her being a seamstress. [name_u]Teagan[/name_u] means beautiful and creative… if you want something to describe her. Both [name_f]Colleen[/name_f] and [name_f]Elaine[/name_f] have ‘E’ sounds in them. What about a middle name like [name_f]Elle[/name_f], or [name_f]Elora[/name_f].

Also, [name_f]Flora[/name_f] is such a pretty name. You could explain [name_m]HOW[/name_m] it relates to them and [name_m]HOW[/name_m] it honors them without her name being [name_f]Colleen[/name_f] [name_f]Elaine[/name_f] ________.

I would [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] to help more. I’d also LOOOOVE to hear your other girl names!!