Sometimes more than one name catches an expectant parents' eye and picking just one is simply too hard. Putting the two names together is a good compromise. The combination makes a great contribution to future generations because they will have even more beautiful names to choose from.
After all, once your grandmother’s name is Rosemary or Sueann, you can always point to the family history as the reason for you using the name. Even if you don’t have the reason of a grandmother given a hybrid name, you may find the names made of two names a good choice for your baby girl. You get the meanings of both names, and adding a second name to a name that is already popular gives your child a chance to stand out in the class without resorting to something unpronounceable. They can also inspire you to create your own gem of a name, if you feel up for it.
For all of the advantages of hybrids, these types of names frequently get the brush off. The Social Security Administration records that one of the most popular hybrid names, Rosemary, as ranking only as high as 97, and that was in the 1940’s. If any of the names on the following list catch your fancy, you can help rectify that.
If you are roughly 30 now, you know a Brianna. It was incredibly popular in the 1980’s, as was Sienna. Brianna was a contemporary feminine form of Brian, which means ‘noble and exalted.’ Sienna is a pretty simple place name, taking the name of the romantic Italian city, according to thinkbabynames.com. A parent torn between these two beautiful names could mash these two together to make Brienna.
You wouldn’t be able to fault their thinking decision, either.
It is a beautiful sounding name, that trills with rolling r’s and ‘na’ endings.
It can be shortened down to Bree for ease of conversations. Weirdly, though, the Social Security Administration doesn’t list Brienna as within the top 1000 names since 1900. So if you use the name, not only will your daughter have a lovely name, but she is guaranteed to be the only one with the name wherever she goes.
Nameberry’s forum members think that anyone named Samanda will run the risk of being called Salamander, but I think they are giving grade-school children far too much credit for knowing types of reptiles. It is way more likely that they will shorten it to Sam or Mandy, which is fitting because Samanda is an amalgamation of Samantha and Amanda.
The combination of meanings is particularly nice for any little girl, too. Thinkbabynames.com records that Samantha is the feminine form of Samuel, which means ‘God heard.’ It was only occasionally used during the 17th to 19th century, but it wasn’t really only popular after ‘Bewitched’ made it popular in the 1960’s. Amanda, on the other hand, is Latin for ‘lovable,’ and first appeared 1212, and continued in popularity for decades. So, a daughter with the name is Samanda is a ‘lovable proof that God heard.’
Tayla hit its peak of popularity, entering the top 1000, in 1998 and 2006 according to the Social Security Administration. The timing isn’t surprising, since it is a combination of Taylor and Kayla. Taylor became a popular name in the 1990’s, though it probably was used since forever since it is an occupation name that the Medieval English loved. Kayla is a little more obscure. It could be from the Gealic name Caoilainn, which means ‘slim and fair.’
It could also be from the Yiddish name Kelila, which means ‘crown of laurels.’ Whatever the source of the names, Tayla takes the best of both of them.
It takes the simplicity of Kayla’s pronunciation and Taylor’s practicality.
With Tayla, your daughter won’t be sharing the name with a string of aunts or classmates, but no one will misspell it. Tayla for the win!
Disneybaby.com lists Eloise as a combination of Eleanor and Louise. This is possible enough. Certainly it might be where Kay Thompson might have gotten the name for her spunky little heroine. (You need to check out the original Eloise just to see the smoking au pair next to the gramophone.) However, Eloise can be a variant of Heloise, an old German name that means ‘famous warrior.’
With an acute accent on the first letter, it is a French version of Louise, which according, according to thinkbabynames.com, comes from Ludwig. Another variant is Heloise, which is another French name that descends from the German name Ludwig. If you prefer to use Eloise as an amalgamation of Eleanor and Louise, you can rest assured that Eleanor is a beautiful name that probably comes from the Old German and Old French words for ‘other.’ It might also stem from the Greek word for compassion.
The most famous and classic of hybrid names is Rosemary. According to the Social Security Administration, it has ranked in the top 1000 since before 1900. The combination is, perhaps obvious. Flower names are a great tradition in girl’s names, and Mary is one of the Biblical names that everybody in Christendom clings to. Mary means ‘bitter,’ but everybody associates the name with the archetypal virgin. Thinkbabynames.com says
the whole name might be of Latin origin and mean ‘dew of the sea,’
but I’m running with the familiarity of the herb rosemary and the amalgamation origin just because I prefer humdrum origins.
Whatever meaning you want to associate with it, the fact is that this name is familiar enough for traditionalists without being everywhere, and is literally two words that everyone can spell and pronounce. It’s a beautiful name with a practical, down-to-Earth twist.
You never really see this name anymore. It was never in the top 1000 according to the Social Security Administration, but it deserves a bit more love. Or at least it should have gotten a bit more love when Frances and Annette were more popular because that is the two names that make up this adorable hybrid name. According to thinkbabynames.com, Annette is both a French pet name for Ann and a Hebrew name meaning ‘God has favored me.’ If you like keeping in the French theme, you will be happy to know that Frances is the Latin name that means ‘French.’
Besides the consistent meaning, Franette has the cuteness factor going for it. It can be shortened to Netty, and it sounds super sweet in its full form even if you don’t like shortening names. Cuteness for babies is the best.
I always think of a character in a historical fiction novel named Hannalore when I hear Annalore. I think she was the protagonist. Regardless, Annalore is a beautiful-sounding name with a lovely meaning. It comes from combining Anne (which is a Hebrew name that means ‘He has favored means’) and Lauren (which is a Latin name the laurel plant.) According to thinkbabynames.com, the earliest version of Lauren was Laurentia, and the name goes back to the Early Romans.
That means that both parts of this name are really traditional. This should please anyone with a love for history,
and the special combination will make anyone who likes to be on the cutting edge.
Plus, it can be shortened down to Annie or Lorie when you are just chatting with the baby.
Rosalie is a name that crops up in old poems as the pure maiden. Old novels feature Rosalie as the lovely heroine and as the princess who will inherit the empire. It’s a strong name, is what I am saying. Rosalie is a combination of Rose and Leigh. Rose is, of course, from the flower: the popular, sweet-smelling one that everyone gives prizes to. Leigh is from the Old English word for ‘meadow and pasture’ according to thinkbabynames.com. Leigh is sometimes spelled Lee, which has the same meaning.
If you want to create a meaning out of the whole name, then you can read Rosalie as meaning ‘rose-filled meadow.’ That sounds like something you would want associated with your daughter. Many parents have discovered this one, too, according to Babycenter. It is ranked 190 as of this year.
Della is one of those Southern belle names that come from combining names. In this case, we’re talking about Ella and Adele. According to thinkbabyname.com, both Ella and Adele come from Old German names (I love German names.) Ella means ‘other or foreign.’ Don’t be put off- foreign can mean exotic and other can mean special. Adele means ‘noble and tender.’
Turning these two names into one makes it into one meaning ‘special noble and nice.’
Your little darling will absolutely fit this description.
Della doesn’t just have a really pretty sound. It’s also practical. Only telemarketers wouldn’t be able to pronounce Della, and no substitute teacher will stumble over it. Starting with a ‘D’ will also put your daughter early on roll-calls, which will cut down on her wait time in life. Your daughter will appreciate the ease of use.
Raelynn is a classic of hybrid names. It first entered the top 1000 names, according to the Social Security Administration, in 2008 at 910. It has become more popular as the years went by. It was ranked 158 in 2016. Why have parents started using this name? It might start with the meaning of the combined names. Rae (or Ray) comes from Hebrew. It means ‘ewe,’ as in a lady sheep. You have the pastoral associations from this name. Then there is the classic ending Lyn. I know a couple of older women with this name, so you know Lyn has prestige. It comes from the Spanish root that means ‘pretty, rosy-cheeked.’ This means that a Raelynn is a pretty little country maid, which may be the very image you would like your daughter to project.
Disneybaby.com identifies Idamae as a classic, and I have to agree that it does sound like the heroine of a John Steinbeck novel. It comes from the name of the 5th month, and Ida. Ida has two sources: In Old German, Ida means ‘hardworking,’ and there is a nymph in Greek mythology by the name. Thinkbabynames.com there is also a Mount Ida where Zeus is nursed. Mae is always a nice month to associate with your daughter, with its position in late Spring, when the flowers are blossoming and the days are getting longer. To add ‘hardworking’ and possibly a nymph is really nice way to think about your daughter.
Despite these lovely connotations,
Idamae has never been in the top 1000 names in the United States.
According to Babycenter, it is ranked 18493. It deserves better.
If you are thinking of Isadora Duncan, then you are on track. It is an amalgamation of Isabelle and Dora. Dora is a Greek name that means ‘gift.’ Everyone considers their daughter a gift. It can also be short for Theodora, such as the Empress. Isabelle comes from Hebrew, and means ‘God is my oath.’ It is considered an alternative form of Elizabeth. She was one of the wives on the ark. She tends not to show up in Children’s Bibles.
So Isabelle and Dora are fine, classical names. Is Isadora a classic name? According to the Social Security Administration, it has been around since before the 1900’s. In fact, in 1900 it ranked as 992. It hasn’t been in the top 1000 since, but you may have a great-grandmother with the name. Your daughter will be the only one in her class with this beautiful name.
Names that start with a hard ‘k’ sound have a certain charm to them, and Callie, with its cute ‘y’ ending , is doubly charming. Disney Baby calls this a case of Katie plus Lily. Thinkbabynames.com once again has the name definitions. Katie (or Katherine) is from Greece. It means ‘pure.’ And then Lily is firmly in the tradition of flower names for girls. This can also come from calla lilies, which are beautiful and exotic.
This means that your daughter will be associated with sweet, lovely flowers twice with this name.
Then there are the practical reasons for naming your daughter Callie. It sounds super cute, and the spelling is intuitive. Your daughter will go through her life without spending all her time spelling her name out for officials. That is seriously helpful in the modern world.
Avajean is a truly lovely example of old hybrids. Ava’s origin is a bit uncertain. Thinkbabynames.com says that it might be shortened from the Hebrew name Chava, which means ‘life’ or ‘serpent.’ It could also have a German source. The source I like best is the one that is based on the Latin name for birds, Avis. Jean is on much firmer grounds. It is from the Old French Jehanne, which ultimately comes from John. John is a Hebrew name that means ‘God is gracious.’ Given the ubiquity of Jean and related names,( Jane, Joanne, etc,) I think we can call that names meaning locked down.
So why put classic Jean with unknown Ava? The name sounds pretty and gives these two popular names a touch of the fancy. You may be related to many Jeans, and your kid may have been born into a hospital full of Avas, but not many little girls are Avajean. The name is as special as your girl.
Emmalynn is a sweet name that takes the chart-topping Emma and adds a little icing on the cake. Lynn is a feminine ending that instantly softens everything it touches. It is based on the Spanish root for pretty, according to thinkbabynames.com, and comes from the same source as Linda.
You can’t lose with the flair that Lynn brings to a name, and Emma is its perfect counterpoint.
A strong German name that means ‘entire or universal,’ Emma fits every daughter.
You may have noticed that Emma has been incredibly popular for the next couple of decades. This makes it likely that anyone with the name will have a few others with them at work or school. Adding a twist at the end will give her a ready nickname to distinguish her from everyone, so there is that advantage.
Disney Baby calls Olivienne a mashup of Olivia and Vivienne, and I will go with it. Olivia on its own is a wonderful name that has gotten star status in the last decade, and it deserves its place. It’s beautiful and means peaceful. However, the drawback is that everyone has already gotten the name already and your little Olivia is guaranteed to mixed up with a few others in her school. A fine way to fix that is to combine it with Vivienne, a form of Vivian. Vivian is Latin for ‘lively,’ and what better thing for your daughter to be than ‘lively and peaceful.’ She can be a peace activist when she grows up. Maybe she’ll be a diplomat. No one will ever get her confused with anyone else, either.
Thinkbabynames.com points out that Jolene is a modern name that combines Jo from Josephine, and then adding the fine suffix –lene. This name first appeared in the 1920’s and grew more popular as time went on, especially with the release of the country song ‘Joline.’ It reached its peak of popularity in the 1970’s when it was ranked 375 on the name charts, but it drifted downward after that. It is currently ranked 571.
There are many variant spellings such as Joline, Joeleen, and Jolleen, so you can pick whichever spelling you think is the least likely to trip you up.
It also isn’t a name that will blend in with everyone else.
You will also have your own special song if you pick this name. You can consider that a bonus.
Marlene Dietrich made this name popular in the 1920’s, according to thinkbabynames.com. It has an exotic air, fitting for a movie star of Dietrich’s caliber, and definitely has the approval of tradition. It entered the name charts in 1910’s and was most popular in the 1930’s, when it was ranked at 58. It’s a shame that it dropped to 1227 in 2016.
None of that covers where this lovely name comes from. It is from combining Marie and Magdalene, and loosely translates as ‘star of the sea.’ There are a couple of ways of to pronounce this name: Mar-leen, Mar-lyne, and Mar-lay-nah. I happen to like the last pronunciation, but that is pure opinion. However you want to pronounce it, Marlene is naturally classy name for your naturally classy little girl.
Jobeth brings to mind the Little Women. After all, the protagonist was named Jo and her sister’s name was Beth. Now your daughter can be both characters in Little Women at once. Jo would come from Josephine, the masculine version you will recognize as Jesus’s dad from the Bible. According to thinkbabynames.com, the name means ‘Jehovah increases.’
Beth is also biblical. It comes from Elizabeth, which means ‘God is my oath.’
Jobeth is a pretty name that is easy to spell and pronounce, which is important, especially if you have a complicated last name. It also isn’t very common, so your kid will never have to be identified by a last initial or ‘the other Jobeth.’
Few names are prettier than Sueann, an amalgamation of Susan and Ann. According to thinkbabynames.com, Susan is from the Hebrew word for ‘Lily or Rose.’ Of course, Ann means ‘grace’ and was the name of Mary’s mother in the New Testament. If you want a name for your daughter that says lovely and graceful, this will fit your needs.
According to Babycenter, your daughter will not just have a meaningful name, but she will be the only one in school with that name. Sueann (or alternatively, Sue-Ann) is ranked 8467 on the name charts, and it has never entered the top 1000 names in the United States. That seems to be the fate of these beautiful hybrid names. They have wonderful meanings and charming aesthetics, but they get shoved to the bottom of the pile anyway. Well, more names for us.
Marianne was a favorite of the French. It was the name of the iconic French maiden, classy and sweet, the 17th century. Coming from a predominantly Catholic country, it isn't surprising choice, either. According to thinkbabynames.com, Marianne is the amalgamation of that dynamic duo of Christianity, Mary and Anne. I know, it's kind of obvious if you think about it, but I thought I would confirm your hunch.
As you may know, Mari comes from the Hebrew word for 'bitter,' and Ann from the Hebrew word for 'grace.'
If the biblical connotations doesn't persuade you, then perhaps you will trust the judgement of past parents. It has not been out of the top 1000 names in America since 1900, and is popular the world over. It's the name of the girl next door in songs and stories, plus a character in the Babysitter's Club. Your girl could do much worse than this much loved name.
Marijane is a surprisingly rare name. The Social Security Administration records that it has not been in the top 1000 since 1900. I find that particularly surprising because it is my mom's name. She really hates it when people spell it Maryjane, too. I mean, that is breaking it down to its constituent parts, Mary and Jane, but the 'i' just pulls it all together. Thinkbabynames.com points out that Jane is a feminine form of John (another biblical name that means 'God is Gracious.'
Certainly, the religious overtones would be attractive to some, and it does give it a traditional feeling. It might bring to mind those classic girl's shoe, Patent Mary Janes, too, along with poodle skirts and bobby socks. The whole effect is a very feminine, classy name for a little girl. You also have the chance to sing her the Tom Petty song "Last Chance With Mary Jane" whenever the urge strikes you.