Baby Name Dilemma 28259

Reader Ashley is in a bit of a time crunch—her baby is due this week and she doesn't have a middle name!

My husband and I love the name Zoey and can not come up with a middle name we love. The suggestion from our family is Elizabeth but my husband is not 100% about it, what are your suggestions? She is due within the week so as you can see its been a long battle...and to think Zoey was so easy for us to agree on! —Ashley

Ashley has a last name that's on the short side, so you can go either way with the middle name—either something long, like Elizabeth (which I happen to like) or something short and sweet.

If you wanted something a bit more traditional, you can't go wrong with Jane, Rose or Alice for shorter middle names, or Violet, Catherine or Charlotte for girls. Some of my personal favorites include Adeline, Calista and Caroline.  But I'm thinking that you're looking for something a little more offbeat, given that you've chosen a more modern spelling of Zoe for your daughter.

I'm liking some of the modern wintry names—names like Snow, January and Winter all flow nicely with Zoey. You could also consider some of the haute color names. Ruby would be a bit much with Zoey, but you could try Blue, Gray, Jade or Scarlet. And of course, you could try a nature-based name, like Luna, Stella, Wren or Juniper.

But personally, my vote would be for one of the following: Zoey Josephine, which gives you a series of nice, soft sounds throughout the first and middle name, or following in the footsteps of several stars, and giving her James as a middle name.

What middle names do you like with Zoey? Ashley, don't forget to share your final decision with us! And if you have a baby name dilemma of your own, feel free to share it with me at, or in the comments below!

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