Babby Middle Name Filter
January 30, 2015 7:41 PM   Subscribe

Hey Green, need some help with naming my newborn. We came up with first name some time ago, but not middle name. And since she has now been born this became a more pressing issue. First name - Zoe, last name - long, russian/jewish, something like, but not, Shostakovich. Trying to find something that flows/sounds good. Bonus points - starts with a V or an F. Potentially OK with more obscure names.
posted by pyro979 to Human Relations (75 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Viola, Francesca, Frieda
posted by tacoma1 at 7:46 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Violet, Fiona.
posted by cacao at 7:46 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Victoria
posted by DoubleLune at 7:46 PM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Vanya
posted by rabbitrabbit at 7:47 PM on January 30, 2015


Feodora
Victoria
posted by jaguar at 7:47 PM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Promise not to thread-sit. Feel free to include others that do not start with F or V, but that would sound good =c)
posted by pyro979 at 7:48 PM on January 30, 2015


Violetta, Valentina, Veronica, Vera (but I think three syllables is better). I like Feodora a lot and wouldn't have thought I might.
posted by cotton dress sock at 7:49 PM on January 30, 2015


Zoe Virginia Shastakovich
Zoe Faith Shastakovich
Zoe Veronica Shastakovich
Zoe Victoria Shastakovich
Zoe Vivian Shastakovich
Zoe Felicity Shastakovich
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:50 PM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


We had a couple names for my daughter before she was born. One sounded like a blonde girl and we set our sights on that one, the other sounded like dark hair. Don't ask me, they just did. She came out with jet black hair, so we used the "dark hair" name and used the other for the middle name.

She lost all her hair at 4 months old, and now at 3 years is as blonde as the day is long. Point is you probably already had several names picked out, so use one of those. It doesn't have to flow, only actors or serial killers are referred by all three names, and they only seem to "go together" because you hear them so often.
posted by sanka at 7:50 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Fiona!
posted by wrabbit at 7:53 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Snezhinka
Krasavka
Lisichka
Zvyozdochka
Veronika
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:55 PM on January 30, 2015


Zoe Faye
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:56 PM on January 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


Anastasia
posted by jaguar at 7:56 PM on January 30, 2015


With a lot of last name, something short and simple could be great.

Zoe Vee

I also like that Zoe Faye suggestion.
posted by phunniemee at 8:00 PM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Alexandra
Carolina
Leonora
posted by jaguar at 8:00 PM on January 30, 2015


Bianca
posted by brujita at 8:01 PM on January 30, 2015


Zoe Verdi Shastakovich
posted by Kerasia at 8:04 PM on January 30, 2015


My Grandmother was Vincenza and her sister was Francesca.
Zoe Vincenza Shastakovich
Zoe Francesca Shastokovich

I like Grandma's name better.
posted by kbar1 at 8:05 PM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Coy
Waverly
posted by Sassyfras at 8:05 PM on January 30, 2015


Assuming Zoe is 2 syllables, I'd also suggest something one syllable to balance the first & last names

Zoe Grace
Zoe May
Zoe Faye
Zoe Sage
posted by bluesapphires at 8:09 PM on January 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


Rose
posted by Fairchild at 8:10 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Vesna
Zoe Verena
Zoe Renata
Zoe Felicia
Zoe Helena
Zoe Liana
posted by gudrun at 8:15 PM on January 30, 2015


For us, our daughter's middle names were Honorific, both grandmothers were big helps in raising them and their names (or their mother's name) was used.

But this reminds me of the line in Pulp Fiction : for Americans, "our names don't mean shit"
posted by nickggully at 8:18 PM on January 30, 2015


My theory of babynaming is that the middle name is a hedge so your kid has some options. So in your case, I'd go with something a little more obscure, or "tough," for want of a better word. I like several of the options above (Francesca/Frankie, Veronica, Liana), but here are some other ideas:

Allegra (Allie)
Alexandra (Alex)
Beatrice (Bea)
Fern
Lavinia
Josephine (Jo)
Louisa (Lou)
Phillipa
Vivian
posted by snickerdoodle at 8:18 PM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Vivien
Francesca
posted by epj at 8:25 PM on January 30, 2015


Mariana, Mariela, Philomena, Frederique/Frederica, Gabriella, Mikhaila/Michaela/Michaelina

Boudica
posted by cotton dress sock at 8:30 PM on January 30, 2015


Zoe Belle
Zoe Catherine
Zoe Madeleine
Zoe Claire
Zoe Elizabeth
Zoe Isabelle
Zoe January
Zoe Bryony
Zoe Sybil
Zoe Nicole
Zoe Noelle
posted by Mallenroh at 8:33 PM on January 30, 2015


Vanessa
posted by songs about trains at 8:37 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I also agree that it should be one syllable.

Faye
Lee/Leigh
Bell
Finn
Vale or Val
Lane
Hope
Dell
Claire/Clare
Lark
Mae/Maeve
Paige
posted by amaire at 8:37 PM on January 30, 2015


I am of the middle name are symbolic camp. Do you have a best friend or something you can name her for if you're not of a faith or perspective where naming kids after living people is a bad idea.
posted by k8t at 8:40 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Vada Shastakovich

like Vada from My Girl!
posted by paperlanterns at 8:59 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I had the privilege of knowing a Zoe Faye during her brief life.
posted by Ruki at 9:11 PM on January 30, 2015


Silvana or Natalia
posted by Ostara at 10:40 PM on January 30, 2015


Zoe Freya (having Freya as a middle name is pretty awesome; ask me how I know).
posted by ilana at 10:41 PM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Vivien
Zoe Aña or Anya
posted by fshgrl at 12:45 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Valeria, Alexandra, Tatiana, Anna, Renata, Tamara
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 12:46 AM on January 31, 2015


Must she have a middle name? I don't and I've never missed it. But I'm not American and I don't really get middle names anyway.
posted by tavegyl at 12:56 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Do you have to have a middle name?

Zoe Shostakovich sounds just fine to me
posted by Kwadeng at 1:18 AM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Lynn
Zoe Anne
Zoe Marie
Zoe Victoria
posted by calgirl at 1:26 AM on January 31, 2015


Vivian! Which is my middle name, which I go by, and I love.
posted by Because at 1:44 AM on January 31, 2015


Susanne
May
Marianne
Mathilde

I think a name with a stress on the second syllable would go nicely with Zoe.

But...

What about Zarah? Then she could have awesome initials ZZS or be ZeeZee. Cute.
posted by honey-barbara at 2:39 AM on January 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Zoe Kate Shastakovich
Zoe Jean Shastakovich
Zoe Lee Shastakovich
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 3:46 AM on January 31, 2015


I read this and immediately thought of Melinda. It doesn't start with F or V, and may not be unusual enough, but Zoe Melinda popped into my head and I think it sounds charming. Congrats on your wee one!
posted by pammeke at 4:10 AM on January 31, 2015


Have you guys picked yet? This is much more fun when it's someone else's baby:

Zoe Anne (classic middle name; neutral; anyone can spell it)
Zoe Elena (sounds nice; maybe a better match with the last name?)
Zoe Charlotte (I think it sounds good but might be getting a little long)
posted by chocotaco at 5:08 AM on January 31, 2015


My sister in law is Zoe Rose and frequently goes by both names because they are great names together.

My grandma's name was Vida and I've been pushing it on people to try to get it to make a come back. Zoe Vida sounds pretty nice (and it means 'life' also, so you've got 'life' in Greek and in Latin, which is cool.)
posted by hydropsyche at 5:37 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Rae.
posted by Bunny Boneyology at 5:47 AM on January 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Zoe Margaret
posted by pearlybob at 5:48 AM on January 31, 2015


Viveca/Vivica - "alive, life; place of refuge"
Vashti - "lovely"
Vrai - "true"
posted by belladonna at 5:50 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Vered, which passes the shout-test in my book and still has a pretty flow. Vered is Hebrew for Rose, which I think goes nicely with your Russian/Jewish surname.
posted by danielle the bee at 6:01 AM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Kaye
posted by amoeba at 6:11 AM on January 31, 2015


[elbowing everyone aside]
Use my name, Frances.

Maximum fabulosity!
posted by BostonTerrier at 6:12 AM on January 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


If you want to go the ZZ route, I know a Russian Jewish couple who named their daughter Ziva.

Zoe Ziva
posted by phunniemee at 6:12 AM on January 31, 2015


Florence!
posted by pie ninja at 6:20 AM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Victoria
Zoe Fabiola
Zoe Anya

You could go full on Jewish:

Ruth (why not?)
Judith
Sarah
Hannah
Esther (think of the fun at Purim!)
Rachel
Rebecca
Naomi
Maya
Abigail

You get the idea.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:27 AM on January 31, 2015


Baby's mother's maiden name (or last name if she didn't change it)
posted by melissasaurus at 6:40 AM on January 31, 2015


Valeria, Vesta, Freya, Violet, Varina, Vasilia, Faustine.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 6:46 AM on January 31, 2015


I think you should strongly consider Victoria, but maybe a version of the name that is culturally connected to your heritage if that is important to you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28name%29
posted by zizzle at 6:57 AM on January 31, 2015


One of my nieces has Fine for her middle name. At first, it seems a little strange, but after a while, I find it very poetic. Goes well with Zoe, in my world.
posted by mumimor at 6:58 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Due to the magic of facebook I have just discovered that some people I know named their new baby Zoe Rae.
posted by phunniemee at 7:50 AM on January 31, 2015


When I say it out loud, it sounds like her middle name wants to be three or four syllables, accent not on the first syllable, and start with a consonant, so:

Zoe Catalina
Zoe Leonora
Zoe Shoshanna
Zoe Liora
Zoe Tamara
Zoe Cecilia
Zoe Rachelli
Zoe Francesca
Zoe Vanessa

Alternately, just one syllable, also sounds good:

Zoe Rose
Zoe Claire
Zoe Faye
Zoe Lynne
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:26 AM on January 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Zoe Fabienne?
Zoe Fleur?
(my first suggestion was going to be Zoe Jane, fwiw)
posted by jabes at 9:40 AM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Celeste
posted by rhapsodie at 9:47 AM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Grace
posted by mgrrl at 9:58 AM on January 31, 2015


Danger, Moxy, Trouble, Virtue, Justice, Constance, Truth...


I like names that mean something
posted by Toddles at 12:05 PM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Avery
posted by ghostbikes at 12:09 PM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Valencia is pretty, to my ear.
posted by cestmoi15 at 4:28 PM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Zoe Veronika (am I too late?!)
posted by Lornalulu at 4:52 PM on January 31, 2015


I'm a Zoe, and my middle name is Heather…so, maybe I'm biased, but that sounds nice to my ear.

Amelia, or another A name (Anya, upthread, for example) also flows nicely. "Zoe" is a "crisp" sounding name, so something "soft" sounding after it works best, IMO.
posted by zinful at 5:17 PM on January 31, 2015


Oh, my partner just thought of a good one too: Virginie! Soo pretty.
posted by zinful at 5:19 PM on January 31, 2015


Vienna
Veda
posted by Sassyfras at 6:12 PM on January 31, 2015


Zoe Vermillion
Zoe Frances
Zoe Evangeline
Zoe Valencia
Zoe Francine
Zoe Celeste
posted by futz at 12:49 AM on February 1, 2015


Zoe Philomena
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:38 AM on February 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Our planned approach is to ask our child on her birthday every year what she'd like her middle name to be, and then encourage her to choose one on her 18th birthday.

(Roughly along these lines, co-incidentally, but not originally inspired by)
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 9:42 AM on February 2, 2015


Final Result: Zoe Ilana

We really liked Zoe Victoria, but Victoria is her aunts name. A lot of the other ones were really good too =c)
posted by pyro979 at 7:29 AM on February 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


Hey, great choice!
posted by ilana at 12:56 PM on February 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


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