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We’re Stumped by a Single-Sex Baby Name Style!

We have two boys, Grant and Clark. We are now having a baby girl and cannot agree on a name. We like older names, obviously, but not so outdated they're only for the elderly. Can you help? Our last name is two syllables and starts with W.

–Need a Name for Baby Sister

"Older but not outdated" is at the top of many parents' baby name wish lists, and unfortunately it doesn't do much to narrow down the field of options. There are hundreds of names that might fit the bill, and many ways to define both "older" and "outdated." If you then turn to your boys’ names for inspiration, you're up against a single-sex style: The sturdy, manly "thunk" of Grant and Clark doesn't correspond in any obvious way to a particular strain of girls' names. So you're once again stuck.

Not knowing what names you've rejected, it’s hard to say what your style for girl names might be. Your taste for "older" names probably rules out contemporary, surname-ish names (such as Piper, Addison, and Riley) that do share some qualities with your boys' names. And since Grant and Clark are familiar, but not super frequently used, you're probably not looking for a top 10 pick, like Charlotte or Abigail.

I do have a resource to recommend, though. At our sister site, Baby Name Wizard, author Laura Wattenberg put together a list of "timeless baby names you’ve overlooked." Guess what two names are on the boys' list there? Grant and Clark! So you just might find the perfect name for their sister there, too.

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May 15, 2017 10:34 AM
By Stephen (not verified)

One suggestion: think if there are any nicknames for girls that fit your style. If one does, still give your daughter the full name. The nickname probably will not be as traditional as the full name, but your daughter will still have the full name to fall back on if she chooses.

Good luck with finding a name!

May 15, 2017 1:11 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

From your first two, it also appears you are looking for a one-syllable name.

Ann(e) might fit your criteria.

May 15, 2017 6:00 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Alice, Faye, Eve, Corinne?

May 15, 2017 10:20 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I think Adele matches the strong "A" vowel sound that is both boys names. I also like Mae, Maeve, Claire, Brunner and Jane.

May 15, 2017 10:22 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

^^^ That should have said Brynn!

May 16, 2017 8:03 PM
By Sabby (not verified)

I see classic movie actors, Clark Gable and Cary Grant. I would go with Grace, as in Grace Kelly. It's also short. Audrey, Bette, Viviene, and Joan work well too,

May 17, 2017 7:25 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Jane or Mary are two classics that are underutilized today and honestly don't belong to an era because they were so common. I think they actually sound like independent thinkers in today's pre-school class.

May 18, 2017 11:07 PM
By Miss G (not verified)

I love the idea of Scarlett with Grant and Clark. They share sharp consonant sounds, and all have an old Hollywood feel to them.

May 21, 2017 7:30 AM
By Patricia (not verified)

I also here Grant and Clark as sort of "roaring 20s" style. What about Garnet, Ruby, or Emerald?

May 21, 2017 10:25 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Eva? Cate (Catherine)?, Greta?, Francesca?

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