Jane is expecting her third daughter, who will join big sisters Anna and Margot.
Jane writes: "We are happily expecting our third girl, a sister to Anna Clare and Margot Joy.
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Anna and Margot are such wonderful names, I can understand the pressure you may feel to repeat the magic a third time round. You have some beautiful names on your list already -- I would absolutely have suggested Alice, Charlotte and Sylvie if they weren't on the table already -- but here are some other suggestions which might work.
Lena / Lina – This pan-European favourite, which is used from Greece to Scandinavia, is a shortened form of classic names such as Helena and Magdelena. It's two syllables, chic and nickname proof. On the down-side, it is fairly common in France (Lina was #8 in 2016 and Léna was #12 - Lena without the accent was #85) and Germany (Lina was #7 and Lena was #12 in 2017) but that puts it around the same rank as Anna in both countries.
Lana / Lara / Luna – In a similar vein to Lena are these stylish two syllable L names which have centuries of use and are fashionable across Europe. All are currently in use in both France and Germany, and all rank below the respective top 20s. Luna and Lara have links to ancient Rome, while Lana and Lara both have classic Slavic roots.
Ines – Inés is the Spanish form of the ancient Greek name Agnes which has been a traditional staple since the Middle Ages. Inés became Ines (without the accent) in Italy and Slavic countries and Inès in France. In 2016, Inès ranked #14 and Ines #61 in France. It ranks at #482 in Germany, which puts it between Anna and Margot in terms of usage in Germany.
Esther – A homely Georgian and Victorian favourite, borne by a Biblical queen and with a fascinating history. Ranking #270 and #340 in 2016 in France and Germany respectively, it is a familiar but not overused pan-European choice. In England and Wales, Esther ranks #146.
Clara – A Roman name which is both lady-like and feisty. At #30 in France and #17 in German, Clara is stylish without being super-popular. It's also in the lower half of the top 100 in both Britain and America.
Maya – A mystical and ancient Sanskrit name which is used across Europe, including in France, Germany and Britain.
Zoe – An ancient Greek name borne by saints and empresses which is a perennial favourite across Europe, including Britain. In France, Zoé is #17 and Zoe is #264 while in Germany, Zoe ranks at #52.
Livia – This Roman name, borne by empresses, ranks between #100-#150 in both France and Germany and makes a great alternative to super-popular Olivia.
Leonie – The French and German form of the Roman name Leonia which is perfectly familiar in Britain (where we pronounce it lee-OH-nee). Leonie is #12 in Germany, and Léonie (with the accent) is #34 in France; without the accent it is #318.
Thea – The short form of ancient Greek names Dorothea and Theodora (once again, borne by several empresses) which stands proudly on its own. It is already #49 in England and Wales and #92 in Germany. Théa is #48 in France but Thea is #347 so -- as with Leonie -- the accent isn't essential and would be more flexible without.
Victoria – A queenly name which was once the name of the Roman goddess of Victory. At #43 and #45 in Germany and France respectively, it is a perfectly classic choice that is internationally recognised.
Elina – This stylish Scandinavian form of classic Helen has found success across Europe. It ranks at #82 in Germany and #114 in France so its easily accessible in both countries as well as in Britain.
Cora – An ancient goddess name which has a classic Georgian heritage thanks to the heroine Cora Munro in The Last of the Mohicans (1826). It has a sassy-retro vibe which fits well with Anna and Margot, and is 2-syllable and nickname proof. Cora does not rank in the top 200 of France or Germany, but the likes of Nora, Enora and Flora do, so Cora will fit in easily.
Willa – A stylish two-syllable name with a modern sound but with roots which are regally ancient: Willa of Provence was an early medieval Frankish queen and Willa of Tuscany (d. 970), was queen consort of Berengar II of Italy. It is rare as a given name currently, but it has a rising profile across Europe. Both France and Germany have plenty of Wil- names, so Willa would not seem out of place.
If you are looking for a timeless name that ages well, is two syllables and nickname proof, floral names are a great option:
Ivy – A Victorian favourite with a sweet, sassy style and currently at #33 in England and Wales. It ranks in the top 500 in Germany so it isn't unheard of there.
Iris – Ranking in the top 100 in both England and France, Iris is a floral name that was once the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow.
Florence – The French and English form of a floral Roman name and beautiful Italian city.
Flora – Flora is the stately ancient goddess of flowers and a bonny Victorian gem. It ranks at #225 in Germany and #241 in France so is recognisable in both countries.
Lily – Lily began life in both medieval England and Germany as a pet-form of Elizabeth and later became associated with the lily flower. Lily ranks #59 in France while Lilly (with two Ls) is #20 in Germany. Both Lily and Lilly rank in the top 100 in England.
Rose / Rosa – Rose has been used in France and Britain since the Middle Ages. Long before it was adopted as a given name in honour of the flower, however, it was used as the vernacular form of the Norman name Roheis which itself derives from the Old Germanic name Hrodohaidis [hrod "fame" and heit "sort, kind, type."] Rose was the everyday form and Rosa was the latinised version used in records.
Rose ranks at #13 in France and Rosa is #487. In Germany, Rosa is #168.
I hope this has been helpful. Best of luck choosing the perfect name.