How Do I Pack In All My Favorite Names?
I LOVE Aurelia with my last name, but wish I could use both Althea and Lyra as middles. Everyone I know is hoping I name the baby Lyra, but that won't give the full name the same flow.
Do any of these combos work?
Lyra Anastasia [Mom's Surname]
Aurelia Lyra [Dad's Surname] [Mom's Surname]
Lyra Aurelia [Dad's Surname] [Mom's Surname]
Lyra Aurelia Althea [Mom's Surname]
Aurelia Athea Lorelei (nn- Lyra or Lore) [Mom's Surname]
I'm tempted to just name her Aurelia Althea [Dad's Surname] [Mom's Surname] and nickname her Lyra if it suits her later in life.
- Want Them All
You asked "how do I" fit in all the names, not "can I." But the answer is simply, "you can't" -- or at least you shouldn't. Deep down you already know that, or you wouldn't have listed the options you did.
I know what it's like to love too many names. It's hard to let any of them go. But one daughter just isn't big enough to hold all of your naming dreams. Your question is like asking "How do I wear all of my favorite jewelry with a single outfit," or even "How do I seat five adults in a Mini Cooper." Best not to even try.
Two middle names can be manageable, if there's a good reason for them. Your set of names is especially challenging, though, because your taste is very consistent. You like "liquid names": smooth, feminine sounds that flow like water. The consonants you keep turning to are L and R, and every name ends in a vowel sound. Each of your favorite names is lovely, but when you string them together you get too much of the same. Then you 've tossed a potential fourth name option in dad's surname -- a surname that happens to feature an L and an R, and, yes, ends in a vowel.
Since the two names you consider first-name worthy are Lyra and Aurelia, I'd go with those two. Choose the order based on what you'd most like to call your daughter on a daily basis. If you decide to add a second middle name, consider one that serves a different function: connection rather than fashion. Making room for dad's surname could help build bridges between your daughter and his side of the family, which sets it apart from any other option.