When I posted Jodi’s stories about naming big sisters Pippa and Romilly, I intentionally didn’t divulge the names of her two other darling daughters. Readers, the suspense is over! The most charming quartet of girls answers to Pippa, Romilly, Beatrix and Juniper! Read on for more, including their lovely middles.
III. Beatrix’s story
IV. Juniper’s Story
Jodi, thank you SO much for sharing the names of your wonderfully named, lovely girls! What I love about your stories – besides the name you chose! – is that each experience was SO different. Sometimes you just know … sometimes you’re holding your newborn in your arms cooing “What’s your name, honey? Come on … tell me, please!” Amazing names, fabulous stories!
Ha! I know *exactly* the Genevieve Juniper birth announcement you are referring to in England. I guess that makes me an official name nerd. Too funny! I saw it in the Telegraph a couple of years ago and we were considering Genevieve at the time. Tr
Juniper and Beatrix? Those names aren’t British, they’re Dutch! Beatrix is a queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and juniper bears the fruits of the national drink, gin (genever.) That said, it’s a beautiful name for my forthcoming Nederlander 🙂
Right you are, Meig!
I know a sibset Juniper & Chicory, both girls. Lovely names!
Okay, I know you didn’t ask for this at all but I’m infatuated with your childrens’ names and decided to come up with a list of future sisters to join Philippa Violet, Romilly Alice, Beatrix Joanna and Juniper Lucy:
Adelaide, Amabel, Amity, Annevieve, Belphoebe, Calliope, Cecile, Charity, Claudia, Clementine, Constance, Daphne, Delphine, Dolores, Dorothy, Eleanor, Eugenie, Eulalie, Florence, Georgette, Gwendolen, Helena, Henriette, Hyacinth, Imogen, Imogene, Juliette, Madeleine, Madelief, Margaux, Mathilde, Millicent, Miriam, Olivette, Rosamund, Seraphine, Sylvie, Theodora, Vivienne, Winifred
I could go on!
Great list! I would go with one of the three-syllable choices with this sibset.
Wow, thank you 🙂 I’ll stop back here for these if we’re ever expecting again. A lot of them have already been on our lists, so you’ve really pegged my style.
Elizabeth – the matching rhythm thing just happened. Part of me wants to break the mold next time just to keep from getting painted into a corner, you know? But since Imogen’s our favorite right now, we’ll probably keep it up without even meaning to. Oh well.
I’ve loved your style for a long time, Jodie.
I saw that Genevieve Juniper birth announcement! She had a very English surname too if I recall correctly – something hyphenated and proper. Juniper isn’t a hippy name at all to me.
Charlotte Vera says
Beautiful, beautiful names! You definitely make me want more kids, just so that I can name them!
Standing ovation on all four names individually and as a sib set. I hate it when I see big families with hum drum names. I think, “Not fair! You got to name a bunch of kids and you did such a mediocre job.” You, however, should get to name four more!! (Not that I would wish four more children on anyone… Like dreadedjaws said, my two are kicking my butt.)
Megan @Momlarky says
I luuurve this story! I especially love the high-five idea to get hubby to agree with you! So funny! I think Juniper totally fits in with the other three… great sibset. Are you having any more?
Thanks, Megan! We would love more, actually, and I promise it’s not just for the naming 🙂
Jodi, I meant to ask – did you ever have a boy’s name picked out?
Oh, I could fill another two volumes with the boys name drama 🙂 In a nutshell, Pippa would have been Miles, period. That was probably the last time we agreed on a boys’ name. For Romilly, he wanted Barnaby and I wanted Angus, but I suspect he’d have won. The same debate continued through Bea’s pregnancy, but I think that time I would have gotten my Gus. For June, we both wanted Barnaby but wouldn’t use it right after Beatrix. We planned on Simon for most of the pregnancy, but hubby was never thrilled with it. The dark horse frontrunner at the end was Augustus, still with nn Gus, and I think that’s who she may have ended up, had she been a he. (Can you believe that was the nutshell version?)
Great boys’ names! After four girls, I thought for sure you’d have one that you’d be certain was THE name for a son. But then, I remember my parents debating my brother’s name – and he arrived after three older sisters, so I guess you never really know.
I love Augustus and Augustin and August and all of those Gus names.
British American says
I love your daughter’s names. What beautiful names and naming stories. We had enough of a hard time naming one daughter, never-mind four! And I especially like Beatrix and Juniper as names. 🙂
Wow, these stories look a lot longer in blog format than they did as a document! Thanks, everyone, for enduring, and thanks for all the lovely compliments!
Photoquilty – nope, not British, but lived in the UK long enough (close to 7 years altogether) to feel like I am, a little bit at least 🙂
Bewildertrix – I just hopped over to your blog to find out your kids’ names. I think I figured out who’s who, except for your older daughter. Is she Isla? In any case – lovely names! Love your newest addition’s name! Her first name is one that my hubby always vetoes because he says I can’t say it properly 🙂
Yes, Jodi, although she’s nicknamed Bonnie (one of her middles) and goes by that just as much. Her brother couldn’t pronounce Isla (it was “IOWA”) and Bonnie kinda stuck.
And thanks 🙂
*squee!* Fantastic names. And I think Juniper with Lucy is flawless.
I wasn’t ‘allowed’ Beatrix for my third. I’m envious. Ideally, she would have both Beatrix and Juniper in her name. I got Juniper so I can’t complain.
Also, I secretly like “Junie” nickname you occasionally use although if I ever called my Nan June that she might disown me.
Wow! Great names!!! Had our little Oliver been a girl, the name would’ve been Beatrix – and over time Juniper, has grown on me and I think it’s really beautiful. Fantastic stories and such cute girls! I’m so impressed that you manage four little ones on a day to day basis – having just two kicks my butt every day! Thanks for sharing your stories!
Love all of your girls’ names! Thanks for sharing!
So, you’re not British? I thought you were. The names are great, just great. I love them all, but would never have the guts to use one of them. 🙂
I love the names and the stories behind them, and you know what? I like it when children share their mother’s initials. They (usually) get a surname from their father, so its nice when a mother feels THEY also share something with their offspring.
Thank you for sharing!
What beautiful names! They fit together so well and once again, your daughters are stunning!
Fascinating ! Beatrix and Juniper sound fab together 🙂
thank you so much for sharing all up stories! your children are beautiful and all their names are gorgeous and not at all commonplace