RDJ: more money, more money

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 12, 2013 19:37:16 August 12, 2013 19:37:16

Hi Duana,
Like seemingly 90% of the expectant parents that write in for help I am all set with a name for one gender but not the other. I'm in need of inspiration for a classic girl's name to go with older sister Lucy Eleanor and a 3 syllable english last name beginning with B. My husband is all about Sophie and I'm all about finding something else that isn't quite so popular.

Other options I've put forward that my husband isn't so keen on (yet) are Diana, Frances, and Elizabeth (Eliza). Diana and Frances are family names that I love so would likely be considered as middle names in any circumstance. What else am I missing?? Jane, Catherine, and Anna are already in use by close family.
Oh, and literary references are definitely a bonus!


I’m travelling right now, and the spread of airport chains and outlet malls and insistences that I care about Chico’s or Woman’s Day magazine or buy Hostess Fruit Pies are wearing heavy on me, so a literary-themed name post is really hitting the spot right now.

So first of all, think about those little women you love. Sure, Eliza may be out of the running, and it’s more current than Beth anyway – but Josephine and Margaret are there for the taking, and Lucy and Margaret are pretty cute. From there, it’s also just a slight tweak over to Maud, which was the preferred name of L.M. Montgomery, you know, and charming these days, if not popular.

You’ve covered two of the Bennett sisters, and I know that Lizzie is the one that people want to emulate, but if you’re going on pure name beauty, Lydia is a lovely name and as delightfully fresh from Pride and Prejudice as is Caroline. You have my permission to skip Kitty (who is, of course, Katherine), and you don’t have to worry about the things that Lydia, you know, does. 

Keeping classical in mind, I have to go slightly off the beaten path to remind you of Harriet, of course, of the incredible Shakespearean name canon including Portia and Cordelia and Viola, and then lastly, I have to talk about my favourite underrated name, one I should stop selling in case I want to use it myself one day. In a book by Cynthia Voigt, Come A Stranger, which is not nearly as famous as Dicey’s Song, the main character is Wilhelmina, nicknamed Mina. I love this name so much, and I feel so strongly that it is gorgeous and deserves to be in the canon of classical, beautiful names that I will bring it up at every opportunity.

Similarly, I don’t think I can end a post like this without Veronica, Henrietta, or even Helena (okay fine, Helen is the more traditional choice, but I was on a roll). Still, if at the end of the day you want to step out a little further, go for Hattie or Sadie or Elke, as I feel like all of those suit your purposes too.

P.S. I vote for Maud. Or Lydia.


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