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Is a Rose by Any Other Name the Right Choice?

I love the name Rosalie, but I already have a daughter named Everly Rose. Are there any other names with the same ring? Maybe Daisilie? I'm just not sure. I like unique names that are appealing to many people and not difficult to pronounce.

–Need a Sister Name

First of all, let me answer the question you didn’t ask: Are the names Everly and Rosalie too similar to give to sisters?

Unless you routinely call your first daughter by the two-part Everly Rose, I would say they are not. Yes, both names are three syllables and end in the "lee" sound. Beyond that, they have several key differences in tone and origin. Rosalie is a traditional name, most popular in the 1920s and 1930s until it was bestowed on a Twilight character in 2005 and contemporary parents rediscovered its French floral delicacy.

Everly, an English surname and musical namesake of the legendary Everly Brothers, was once an obscure choice, but now hovers just outside the top-100 American girls names. It has a brisk androgyny tempered by its similarity to strongly feminine names like Eva and Emily. Both hit that sweet spot you crave of "unusual but likable" and easily pronounceable. Both have seen a similar spike in popularity in recent years.

Neither has a ring that's similar to Daisilie, an invented name without the sense of rediscovery inherent to the appeal of your other favorites. Readers will struggle with the pronunciation of Daisilie. Does it rhyme with "lazily"? Or perhaps it sounds more like Daisy-Lee, another possible avenue to get to the rhythm you crave. But Daisy-Lee departs from the naming landscape established by the other two and shares more with current trends in British baby names (where sweet, feminine nicknames like Maisie, Daisy, and Millie rule the roost, sometimes hyphenated with Rose or Lee).

Connections between names are never just a matter of repeating sounds. A shared sense of history or origin, similar popularity graphs, and linked cultural associations all shape the ways that names resemble one another.

Other names that better match the vintage flair, broad appeal, and distinctive soundscape of Everly and Rosalie include Coralie, Amélie, Bellamy, Cecily, and Felicity. Should Rosalie prove too close a sister name for you to accept, perhaps one of these choices will better fit the bill.

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January 15, 2018 10:57 AM
By Patricia (not verified)

What if you gave your new daughter a middle name that was related to the name Everly? Then you would have "Everly Rose" and "Rosalie Eve" or something and it could be a sister-bonding thing?

January 15, 2018 12:20 PM
By Sasha (not verified)

Cute idea, Patricia!

January 15, 2018 1:12 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I was going to say that two names ending in "ie" sound are too close, intil I realized both of ly daughters end in "ah" sound. i was also going to suggest a middle name for rosalie with everly connection, i think it is nice, and rosalie is my second daughter's middle!

January 19, 2018 3:32 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

If sure sure you’re only having two and they’re both girls, I think making them complimentary would be great- as past convos go here and on Name Wizard Blog- sometimes it can leave the next child “old man out” and not matching if there’s a chance there might be others. It sounds rather English to me, Everly Rose. Just to my ear, I’m not sure about origins of anything particular. You could do something that harmonizes in sound for type but with it’s own style. Like Camilla, Amelia or Imogen. (?) It could be unique and familiar as you said, with perhaps flowers for middle names in kind. Like Nigella, Poppy or Violet. Best wishes!

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