Middle names for Audrey?
ashthedreamerParticipant11 months, 2 weeks ago
Lately I’ve been massively crushing on the name Audrey, and I’ve finally found a couple combos I like. WDYT of these, and do you have any ideas you think I might like?
Audrey Eliska (the proper Czech pronunciation is eh-LEESH-kah)
littlebirdParticipant11 months, 2 weeks ago
How about Mae/May, Jane, Elizabeth?
yellowwattsParticipant11 months, 2 weeks ago
I like Audrey! I think you need something that’s either 1 syllable or 3+ syllables. Or at least not a 2 syllable name that has the emphasis on the same syllable as Audrey. Two syllable middle names make the flow choppy. Audrey Eliska is cute!
Audrey Marion/Marianne/Mary Ann
@yellowwatts, I feel like the syllable count doesn’t matter too much, since I’ll be adding a family name. I wouldn’t want to do something like Audrey Lila Catherine (much as I love it, I can’t do the 2-2-2 syllable count–I just hate it with my surname!), but my current forerunner is Audrey Lila Pearl, and I think that sounds fine. I do adoooore Lucia, but I’m not sure I like it with Audrey, as much. I have like, a gazillion crushes right now–maybe I can fit Lucia as a middle for one of those.
yellowwattsParticipant11 months, 1 week ago
Oh yea I forgot that you always add a 2nd middle name.
And….you count Catherine as only 2 syllables??? It’s definitely 3 to me.
Meh. It’s like 2.5 syllables for me, haha. I can’t ever seem to say cath-er-in. It’s always cath(eh)-rin/cath-rin.
I was thinking Audrey Clara Elizabeth, or Audrey Eliska Kate, if I went for the other two. I’m really loving Audrey Lila Pearl, though!
embraParticipant11 months, 1 week ago
I love the name Audrey! I don’t know why, but Audrey Anna keeps coming to my head. I’m not usually a huge Anna fan, but I really like it here. Of the names you listed, I like Clara first and Lila second as a mn for Audrey.
JessShowParticipant11 months, 1 week ago
Did I give you the Lila idea?! That would be cool! I love the name Audrey, but a good friend of mine named her daughter that recently so that is out for me. But, it was on my list originally, too! How about Paige? The last name plays a big part in naming so without knowing that I can’t contribute too much and don’t know how the overall flow sounds.
Jess, haha, no. Lila has been on my radar for years. I took it off when my cousin used it for her daughter (they used Lyla), because it just felt awkward (plus, the similar Lily is much more significant to me). On another name forum I’m on, someone was asking about Lila, and it reminded me how much I love it–and I realized I could use it as a middle. I looked at all the crushes I’ve been thinking of adding to my list, and Audrey Lila just seemed to work. Pearl is actually a family name, so if it came down to Audrey Lila Paige or Audrey Lila Pearl, Audrey Lila Pearl would definitely win out. If you were talking about as a first middle (or just Audrey Paige), it probably wouldn’t work that well, because I do two middles, with the second middle being in honor of family, and most of my family names are one syllable. Audrey Paige Kate, for example, or Audrey Paige Grace, doesn’t really sound that great.
JessShowParticipant11 months, 1 week ago
OH, I see! It is interesting because I have never really heard the name until that TV show that I watched several years ago. And now (as mentioned in a different post), I am starting to hear it some. It is funny how that happens. The same thing happened with my daughter Bryn. I literally thought I made that name up! I worked with a girl named Bryn in college and that was the only time I had ever heard it. And then when I was pregnant and decided on that name I had someone tell me that a reality star Bethany Frankel had named her daughter that. I had no idea who she was, but I was floored! And since then I have heard it a couple times and PBK even recently had a product line named Brynn. Still can’t get over that! I had no idea Lila is considered popular, but a couple people on here are suggesting that it is. I had no idea. And as far as your names, that is neat how you honor the family with a 2nd middle. But, I see where that could make the flow trickier. I think Audrey Lila Pearl is very classic and pretty.
haha! Jess, I would suggest you take a look at the SSA list (http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/). It lists which names rank highest in the country, and you can even search in your state (http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/state/index.html). You can see how many children are given each name in the country (or in your state). If you do a bit of math, you can even figure out the average number of [insert name here] there would be in your child’s class. For example, nationally, my top name for a girl (Isabelle) ranks at number 126, with 2,486 little Isabelles being born last year. When you divide that per state, you average out that there will be 49.72 Isabelles per state born in 2012. This is an estimation, and obviously varies per state, but it’s the average for the country, that that’s how many Isabelles will be born per state. Then when you divide that by the number of counties in the state (in my state–and many, I’ve found–there are 67 counties), you get the average number of Isabelles per county born in the last year–which averages out to about 0.75. So there’s not even an Isabelle born in each county. At least, that’s the average. And then there’s roughly about 20 public school districts in my county (and most), so that averages out to be less than 1 Isabelle per each school district (almost 1 Isabelle per two school districts!)–all the way from Preschool all the way up to 12th grade. Of course, there are many similar names to contend with–the uber-popular Isabella, Isobel, Isabel, Izabella, Isabela, etc. The SSA site doesn’t list similar names or the same name with different spellings as one name. If it did, it would skewer the popularity quite a bit.
However, in my state, Isabelle actually ranks at 148, with 79 births. So divide that by 67, and you get 1.1 something-or-other. So there’s a bit higher than the national average in my state, even though it ranks lower. That’s still about 1 Isabelle per every 1 2/3 school districts, which is pretty good, in my opinion! And this is only counting public school districts, since I really have no way of knowing how many private school options there are in each county. Countless people do home school, not to mention charter schools, or private-but-not-religious schools, private Catholic schools, private Christian-but-not-Catholic schools, etc. (Which, I assume, would equal as many schools, if not more!) Lila really isn’t terribly bad–no name is as widespread as it was when we were being named!–and only about 1% of the babies born last year were given a number 1 name (Sophia or Jacob). There only averages out to be about one Sophia per grade per public school.
Anyway, if you’re curious about popularity, I think it’s a good site to check out. Besides, you can really see what people are using these days. But yes, Lila and Bryn aren’t as obscure as I’m sure you were hoping. They’re actually both pretty red-hot right now, and have been growing in popularity for years. (Nowhere near as much as Isla, though, which I think I heard you mention? In about 3 years it went from being obscure to jumping nearly 800 spots on the national list–it’s still not rabidly popular, but I can see it becoming so.)