Baby name consultant: Baby Girl B #4

Sylvia (middle name Maria) of the blog Tales from the Mommy Trenches and her husband are expecting their fourth baby girl this month! Their last name is one syllable and starts with B, and their other girls are:

Gloria Ruth

Victoria Rose

Elena Wren

So beautiful! All three girls go by their middle names, and Sylvia wrote, “I am Cuban, so we like to have a Spanish/Latin flair in there, along with a Catholic name, of course. The other three are all called by “R” names, but we might need to forego that tradition for this one. Rita is currently my husband’s frontrunner.”

I had such fun coming up with name ideas for this family!

Okay, first off I love the theme of “R” middle names that the girls go by, and I would hate to see them have to move away from it, so the first thing I did was come up with possible R-ish names (you’ll see what I mean about the -ish):

Reina/Reyna — I love this one, as it means queen=Our Lady
Roma — like Rome, where the Pope is!
Ruby — I almost didn’t include this one, because of it’s closeness to Ruth, but I just love it
Risa — I’m a little rusty on my Spanish, but I think this means laughter, right?

Risa inspired Marisa, which I also quite liked as a middle name option — it’s a way of moving away from an R given name (which they’ve already started to do with Wren), but they can still call her Risa.

And Sylvia’s husband’s thought of Rita made me think of Margarita, which would also be a good middle name — a way of moving away from R while still allowing her to go by an R name (Rita). Choosing a middle name like Marisa or Margarita could open up M possibilities if they were to have more children, which would make a really nice seemingly seamless transition from the R middles of now to something different later.

As for first names, I was a little less sure. I love Spanish/Latin-type names, but I’m just not familiar enough with Cuban culture, for example, to know if what I’m suggesting would make someone of Cuban descent wrinkle their nose because it’s only an “old lady name” or a “trashy” name, etc. Do you know what I mean? So I’m sorry if this aren’t on point! But I liked each of them for this family, for the reasons I’ll explain (I usually shoot for three, but I couldn’t narrow it down any further than I did here):

(1) A Marian name
With the baby due in May — Mary’s month! — and Sylvia’s middle name being Maria, it made a lot of sense to me for them to consider a Marian name. I thought maybe Maria as a first name, or Carmela/Carmen, or Lilia. All would be beautiful first names with really nice spiritual and familial significance.

(2) Cristina
Mary- names made me think of Jesus names, and Cristina was one of the first names I saw when I was perusing a list of Latino/Latina names. I love all the Christ- names, and Cristina is particularly lovely to my eye.

(3) Sofia
I have no reason I liked this other than it felt right with the other girls! It is a beautiful name.

(4) A papal name
My favorite ways to name a little girl after one of our recent popes are Francisca or Francesca (for Pope Francis of course!) or Carolina/Karolina (for Pope John Paul II — birth name Karol) — I thought any of those would work nicely for this family. Joanna could also be for JP2, which I also quite like.

(5) Jacinda/Jacinta or Lucia
I was only going to suggest Jacinda or Jacinta here — Jacinta’s one of my very favorite names — and then it made me think of Lucia as well, which is also gorgeous.

(6) Ana
St. Anne is Mary’s mother, and she often pops up in my name thoughts. 🙂 I love Ana, and I thought a short name like it could offset a longer name like Margarita quite nicely if they decided to go that route.

So those are my ideas! What do you all think? Do any of them seem like they might hit the right note? What names would you suggest for Baby Girl B #4?


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17 thoughts on “Baby name consultant: Baby Girl B #4

  1. I like Helen Regina. Or maybe even Carmen Regina. Both sets offer a lot of “n” sounds, but I just love Regina! We know a family that has back to back daughters with the names Rose and Regina. At least if this family decided on Regina, there would be a small offset of the two in their line up.

    I am a HUGE faan of Rita as well, though. How about Sofie/Sophie Rita? Sofie/Sophie isn’t AS pretty as Sophia, but it flows better with a Rita middle name and the Sophie/Sophia seems to roll well with the elegant, almost royal sounds of Gloria, Victoria, and Elena. …. Sophia Regina sounds pretty, too! Both with that “uh” ending, but it sounds better than say Sophia Rita, I think. 🙂

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  2. Raphaela/Rafaela has a Spanish flair and is a nod to the archangel Raphael.

    Rachel, while not Spanish, is a good strong Bible name.

    I love Francesca, which is the feminine form of Pope Francis’ name, in Italian. Francesca Rita, perhaps? Or Francesca Regina?

    Rosamaria would be a nice nod to mom, although might be too close to Rose.

    Also, Ramona is of Spanish origin (feminine form of Ramon).

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  3. I love Ana and I agree that Sofia fits perfectly with the other girls’ names.

    Since dad likes Rita, maybe they can use Marita? It’s also so similar to Maria that it honors mom as well. They could use it as a first name and then pair it with a middle name similar to Wren’s – possibly Anne to continue the “n” sound (could also be for Saint Anne to get that Catholic influence) or Susanne. (Personally I’d probably go with Marita Susanne over Marita Anne.) Or they could use it as a middle name and then call her Rita for short. I feel like Marita is similar to Elizabeth or Maria in that it sounds good as a middle name with almost any first name (especially first names with more than one syllable).

    I like Lydia, Ava, and even Fiona as well for first names that feel similar to Gloria, Victoria, and Elena. I think Lydia Marita sounds lovely and she could still just go by Rita to continue the R names. And I think Rae sounds nice with Ava and Fiona and still fits in well with the sisters.

    I’m sure whatever they choose will be perfect. I love the names they’ve given their other children!

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  4. Beautiful names!

    My first-name suggestions are:
    Flora
    Marta
    Alma
    Nunzia
    Aurelia

    And I can’t beat the middle-name suggestions above, especially:
    Ramona (in love with this name lately!)
    Rita
    Regina

    I can see:
    Flora Ramona
    Aurelia Ramona
    Marta Regina
    Alma Regina
    Nunzia Regina (double-Marian reference!)
    Nunzia Rita
    Aurelia Rita
    Alma Raquel

    Or if the “R” theme is out, my top choices would be:
    Ana Sophia
    Marta Maria (nn Ria?)

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  5. I like the idea of keeping the middle name simple, with a more “modern” feel (like Ruth, Rose, and Wren), which I think Ruby captures perfectly. I understand that it might be hard for the family to keep that pattern going if they go on to have a much larger family, so breaking with it now might be easiest in some ways. On the other hand, four girls in a row is pretty spectacular and it would be pretty great if they were able to make it work.

    I really like your suggestions of Sofia, Francisca, and Carolina, as first names to go with their set. I like that the other girls all have a “fancy” first name with a simple middle.

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    • Rosario’s a gorgeous name and I bet your daughter is beautiful! But I’m pretty sure Rosario means “rosary” — so I’d consider it a Marian name, which are my favorites!

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