We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!
Please read on for my response and leave your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.
Dear Allison –
A SISTER FOR TEAGAN
Before we go any farther, I wonder if Larkin would solve one of your problems. That extra syllable softens the name a little, by sidestepping that ‘k’ ending. But then you’re back in the two-names-ending-with-n pattern. I think you should consider this: maybe embracing the n endings is a better choice? After all, you like lots of names that fit in this category. I can think of two families who noticed this pattern after their third child – and had no trouble naming a fourth. And while I’m aware of the ‘n’ endings, it’s not quite like having kids named Jason, Jennifer, Joshua, and Jessica – shared endings are less obvious than all-J names.
Ellory makes me think of other three-syllable surnames ending with y that work for girls. Bellamy does, obviously, because of the strong Bell sound. And this name could shorten to Bella, which is the same challenge as Ellory/Ellie/Ella. But it still seems like less of an automatic nickname, so I wonder if it’s worth considering?
I think Delaney is an obvious sister name for Teagan. It shares the same surname style, but, like Teagan, is used far more heavily for girls. It’s appeared in the US Top 300 since 1996, but has never been wildly popular. Plus, the obvious nicknames are Laney and Lane – which are pretty uncommon, too, so you’ve avoided the super-popular nickname issue.
Of course, Laney, Lainey, Laine, and Lane could all be possible sister names for Teagan, too – though potentially with another ‘n’ ending.
EMBER or EMBRY
Ember shares the same nature name vibe as Lark. But an -r ending with an R surname can be a little tricky. Embry feels like another possible unexpected surname option. And while Embry could shorten to Emmy, it’s also easily shorted to breezy Bree.
Ellory made me think of Ellis. But Hollis could be the better choice – tailored, not in the current Top 1000 but still familiar, and with a soft enough sound to harmonize with your surname.
Names ending in a vowel sound have potential, but I’m guessing Gemma and Serena aren’t your style. So how ’bout girl names ending in o? Meadow sounds like a sister for Teagan, and that ‘o’ ending is vibrant and distinctive, too. If not Meadow, I almost suggested Marlowe. While the repeating R sound could be an issue, I think it’s just enough shared sound to be appealing.
I know that R names should be off the list. But if you love Rory for Ellory, maybe Remy is a compromise? It’s a little less R intensive, but has the same unisex style.
As surname names go, Sinclair is much less common than, say, Harper or Madison. But I think it fits in nicely with lots of current names. Plus, it shortens to Clary which reminds me just a little of Rory.
Sleek and brief, Sloane is familiar and just on the right side of feminine – like Teagan.
Sound-wise, Vale is similar to Sloane. But since it’s a poetic word for a valley, it’s a little closer to Meadow and Lark, too.
Overall, my favorites for you are Delaney and Sloane – names that balance the different and the familiar, that share Teagan’s surname style, and that stand up nicely to your longer surname.
But I know there will some great suggestions from the community, so let’s see what the readers say!