A two-part name question for you ladies....

(38 Posts)
KitKat1985 Wed 20-Jul-16 18:58:27

Hello. Currently 21 weeks pregnant with DD2 and recently found out we are having another girl. DD1 is called Jessica Elizabeth.

Firstly, I wanted some suggestions for first names we might like if we like Jessica?

Secondly, I wanted to ask about middle names. 'Elizabeth' was picked for DD1 as every living memory of women in my mum's side of the family has had this in their name somewhere (it's mine and my Mum's middle name, my nan's first name, etc). The thing is each generation, by coincidence, only ever had one girl in it. So my question is would it be really weird to give DD2 the same middle name as DD1 so as not to break tradition, or is it weird for sisters to have the same middle name? I can't decide. Thoughts?

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 20-Jul-16 19:02:23

My sis is Jessica and I'm Harriet.

Imogen
Amelie
Caroline
Cara
Matilda
Sarah
Alice

Just some random suggestions!

I don't think the same MN for sisters would be too weird, and really only the family will know/care anyway smile

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 20-Jul-16 19:12:37

I personally think it's weird for siblings to have the same MNs solely on account of the fact that people are free to use their MNS for everyday use. It's going to be a bit weird you end up with a Lizzie and Beth 20 years down the line. But each to their own.
Names for Jessica's siblings
Isabel
Olivia
Rosalie
Georgia
Loiusa
Katie
Emma
Sophia
Nicole
Rachel

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 20-Jul-16 19:14:37

Amy
Adele
Clara
Chloe
Darcy
Esme
Helena
Kiera
Laila
Megan
Natalie
Poppy
Tilly
Zara
Zoe

KitKat1985 Wed 20-Jul-16 19:18:04

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm liking Amelie, Olivia and Louisa.

I really can't decide if it would be weird or pretty cool for sisters to have a middle name in common.

Mar15mite Wed 20-Jul-16 19:18:46

I have two friends who's DD's share middle names, not weird at all when there is a family reason such as yours.

KitKat1985 Wed 20-Jul-16 19:19:09

Oh I like Chloe too.

NotYoda Wed 20-Jul-16 19:20:40

Middle names aren't chosen to be used, as such. I think they are nice when they are honouring someone or following a tradition.

So I think it's fine to use it again. It will be a talking point

As for first names:

Juliet
Marianne
Leah
Alexandra
Sylvie

Mottled Wed 20-Jul-16 19:22:02

Hannah.

HoratioNightboy Wed 20-Jul-16 20:06:14

I think it's fine - I knew a family of five sisters who all had the middle Anne, just because their mum liked it.

Could you perhaps consider Isabel, being a variant of Elizabeth? Or one of the derivative names like Lily or Lisa?

almostthirty Wed 20-Jul-16 20:09:19

Myself, mum, aunt and 2 of her 3 daughters all have the same mn (it's a bit odd that my aunts middle dd has a random mn). Me and my dsis have different mn.
I don't think it's odd.

NotPennysBoat Wed 20-Jul-16 20:18:14

My cousins are Jessica & Lucy

temporarilyjerry Wed 20-Jul-16 20:19:25

I know a Jessica with a DSis called Lydia, pretty, uncommon. What's not to love? You're welcome.

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 20-Jul-16 20:20:45

Or use Elisabelle like those celebs did! I like that.

KitKat1985 Wed 20-Jul-16 20:26:57

I'm really liking some of these name suggestions thank you. And it's interesting that most of you don't feel it would be weird to give both DD's the same middle name. It would be quite nice to have some connection that links them as sisters I guess, as well as which links them to my side of the family.

HoratioNightboy Wed 20-Jul-16 20:46:39

Bendy, which celebs have revived Elisabelle?

It is a very old Scots form of the Hebrew Elisheba and hasn't been used since about 1790!

finova Wed 20-Jul-16 20:50:38

How about Eliza for the middle name?
Amelie Eliza?

Dogolphin Wed 20-Jul-16 20:52:03

Eleanor Elizabeth

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 20-Jul-16 20:55:18

Oh I have just looked it up and got it a bit wrong - Alyssa Milano called her daughter Elizabella. I prefer Elisabelle!

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Wed 20-Jul-16 21:03:53

My friend has a Jessica Elizabeth and her sister's called Eleanor Anne.

I'd give your second DD three names with Elizabeth being the third one, so something like Olivia Louise Elizabeth, Eleanor Beatrice Elizabeth or Chloe-Anne Elizabeth, where you hyphenate the first name or Rose-Anne Elizabeth.
Jut some ideas.

HoratioNightboy Wed 20-Jul-16 21:08:20

Thanks Bendy - I've never heard of Alyssa Milano... blush

Elisabella was also very popular, mostly in 17th and 18th centuries but still in use in the early 19th century.

About time both names were in use again, I think.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 20-Jul-16 21:13:13

Did either you, your mum, your grandmother or great grandmother have a sister? If so, what was their middle name?

Personally, I wouldn't give both DCs the same middle name. Not because it's wrong - just because I'd keep it as a first born DD tradition instead (if that's what it is).

As you like Jessica, you might like:

Olivia
Lydia
Imogen
Isla
Orlaith
Ruby
Grace

MeLittleDuckie Wed 20-Jul-16 23:19:10

Totally ok to give both DDs the same mn. I'm part of a line of variants of the same name and I really like it. It would be even nicer if my DSis shared it too. However if you're not sure, are there any other females you might like to honour, from either side or friends?

Jessica suggestions...
Catherine
Emma
Eloise
Lucy
Erin
Naomi
Isla

cheapandcheerful Wed 20-Jul-16 23:21:49

Perhaps you could give dd2 two middle names? Elizabeth and something else...

DramaAlpaca Wed 20-Jul-16 23:26:17

An old friend of mine & her siblings all have the same unisex middle name. It sounds a bit strange, but it works.

Another friend has two daughters who each have two middle names but one of their middle names is the same IYSWIM.

Or you could pick a middle name that is a version of Elizabeth, maybe?

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