Post # 16
slomotion : we don’t seem to know who the hillbillies are here in NZ. It also might be my generation ?? Not sure, but I don’t think that will be an issue here lol. I do agree with Grace being a huge middle name filler these days. Bit like rose. Or the Janes of my birth years. Everyone will have it hahah.
Post # 17
nowmarriedgirl : I’m also from NZ and I have no idea who Ellie May is! I voted for May because I really like that it pays tribute to her nanas.
Post # 18
Congrats on settling on the beautiful name, Ella!
My baby girl (who is now 7 months old) is also an Ella and after so much difficulty coming to an agreement on a name with my husband, I am sooooo happy with our choice and wouldn’t change it for a second! To me Ella is so many things: strong but feminine, pretty and classic etc.
Our Ella does not have a middle name (in keeping with tradition as myself and my husband both happen to not have middle names), but I think both Ella Grace or Ella May are lovely.
When we were trying to decide whether or not to give our Ella a middle name we considered Ella Sophia as that was another name we liked and thought the two sounded nice together.
Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 19
My cousin named her daughter Ella Grace 🙂 So I’m biased, but I love it.
Post # 20
I have a Nola May so I like Ella May. It flows nicely and has a special meaning.
Post # 21
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I guess I prefer May, for the connection to her grandmothers’ names and because it isn’t quite as popular a middle name as Grace. But both Ella Grace and Ella May are suuuuper generic. I suggest a distinctive middle name with such a common first name. Let your imagination go wild – Ella Marigold, Ella Xanthe, Ella Verity, Ella Beatrix, Ella Rosalie, Ella Maxine, Ella Florence, Ella Gwendolen, Ella Phoebe, Ella Delphine!
Post # 23
nowmarriedgirl : May I suggest Ella Maeve? It can honor the grandmothers (since it has Mae/May in it) and I think the longer middle name balances out the shorter first name better.
Ella Mavis could also be a very vintage feeling name that contains the syllable “may.”
What are the grandmother’s names? If you’re not comfortable sharing that’s fine. I was just wondering if there are other ways to combine them/other middle name suggestions we could come up with.
Both May and Grace are super common middle names. They’re pretty names, but they seem generic and a lot of people use them as “filler” names because they go with a lot of names. Having said that, I do realize that May has familial significance to you and I would choose May over Grace myself if I had to choose between those two only.
Post # 24
franklymydearidont : thanks for your comment! Their names are Maryann and Marie. So we thought May was a good mix of both.
floormonsterthom : Sophia was the other name we had with Ella and it took us ages to decide between the two! Sophia is so pretty. Thanks for your comment!!
MollyCatherine : we don’t mind that they are generic names, thank you for that though! The middle name doesn’t get used that often but we still want to pick the right fit for us. Your other options are a bit much for our taste, obviously since our choices atm are very generic
JulietFoxtrot : yea perhaps we missed the memo in NZ, I’m glad we did lol. Thank you for your input!
Post # 25
nowmarriedgirl : Oh wow, they have very similar names! Marian could be another mix name (I’d pronounce it the same as Marion, not quite as drawn out as Maryanne). It has a literary significance (Maid Marian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maid_Marian), and I think Ella Marian is really pretty.
You could also use Marina, although not sure if you like the alliteration of Ella Marina.
Since both grandmothers have Mary-based names, you could use any Mary-type of name (Mara, Maura, Maire, Maria, Marin, Mamie, etc.) and it should be able to honor them both.
You could also go the opposite route and combine the last two syllables of each of the grandmother’s names for Riane, Riana, or the original form of Rhiannon (unrelated to the name Rihanna).
Post # 26
franklymydearidont : oh I do like those other alternatives too!!! Thank you, I never thought of any of those !! I quite like Ella Marian. Isn’t it funny their names are so similar and so is my fathers and FILs! Weird lol. Thanks so much for yoir help! X
Post # 27
I think Ella May flows a little better, but I tend to think that ‘May’ as a middle name after a makes the name sound a bit old-fashioned-country. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just worth keeping in mind.
Grace is one of my favourite names as well!
Post # 28
I like the idea of paying tribute to Nanas so I’d go May. My son has two middle names for both his grandfathers (which I realize some people will think is a lot but my husband had the same and liked the idea), it’s neat you were able to combine two to get one real name.