I would love any help you guys can give my husband and I in naming our daughter due in late September. We haven’t found any names we really love yet but our short list includes Helena, Tessa, Naomi and Sonia. My husband really likes Marcela but I don’t like the nickname potential of Marcy. Our last name is V1ncent. And we have a little boy named Lucas. I kind of prefer timeless but not-too-common names. I think 3 syllables sounds nice with our last name, but will consider anything! We’d like it to be a name that “travels well” and could be pronounced easily in several different countries. We also prefer a name that isn’t made-up, androgynous, or a surname.
I had a really vivid dream: The baby was born and we were still trying out names on her when she spoke to us! She said, “I wish there weren’t any other names- I only like Sonia.” I awoke with a sense of urgency that we needed to start calling her that right away and check with the rest of the family that it would be okay (there’s already a Sonia second cousin with the same last name). Problem is, I don’t really love that name and the “aw” sound in Sonia sounds a little nasally to me. Also, any input on middle names would be extra wonderful too! We just want a name that would make all 3 names flow nicely together. Thank You!
Hi Jenna! Love all the names on your list– really lovely international classics all. Marcela strikes me as particularly underused, and recalls the girl from Raggedy Ann. I understand your hesitation about Marcy though. Is it inevitable? Not necessarily. If you were to use Mari, for example, or Celie, people would follow suit I should think. You can’t go wrong with Helena, Naomi, or Tessa.
After that dream though, I almost think you have to name her Sonia! When I say Sonia, I don’t use the “aw” pronunciation but a distinct “O” sound. Maybe this would help solve your issue, or does the dual pronunciation eliminate it entirely? I believe in dreams. But in the interest of expanding your options, let’s brainstorm for you.
To recap, with the surname V1nc3nt, they’re looking for a girl’s name that is:
- Travels well
- Isn’t androgynous, made up, or a surname
- Could be three syllables
- Goes well with brother Lucas
Theresa nn Tessa
Names that end in A are so universal, so I focused most of the attention there. They would also love any suggestions for a first and middle combination that flows well with V1nc3nt. I like the idea of honoring family in the middle, but if you’re just going for flow here are a few ideas with Sonia:
Sonia Blythe V1nc3nt
Sonia Delphine V1nc3nt
Sonia Frances V1nc3nt
Sonia Giselle V1nc3nt
Sonia Maribel V1nc3nt
Sonia Mathilde V1nc3nt
Sonia Naomi V1nc3nt
Sonia Penelope V1nc3nt