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The Complication of Names

We may have to change Alyssa's name.  Which is sad, because I LOVE that name. Our daughter Clarissa is deaf with cochlear implants and cannot tell the difference between Alyssa and Clarissa (say them out loud, they are very similar).  We also have an Allison, which complicates matters (we cannot use her code name Alice either).  I want to pick a name that is close enough to Alyssa that it is an easy transition, but different enough the girls can figure out who I am talking to ;).   Top of the list right now is Ellisa, which I must admit is pretty darn cute!  Pronounced El-ee-sa.

Feel free to post suggestions!


  1. I would suggest Amelia. I love that name, super feminine and has the hard "uh" at the beginning and end and an "l" sound in the middle just like Alyssa. I think it would be close enough. What say you?
    (Amelia also happens to be my daughter's name so I'm a big fan already. :))

  2. The new name you have picked out is my husbands first cousins name I just think that is an awesome name. We are praying for you guys daily

  3. Hmmm... well, I like the one you picked, but there's also Alaina (you could pronounce it Ah lane ah)? You could call her Lainey. lol

  4. Melissa works with the -ssa ending of Alyssa. I like the pronunciation you picked out but most people would say it El-iss-a so she would be correcting people her entire life.

  5. I am going to have to say that I like Amelia also.

    Stephanie Lynch

  6. Love your Blog! I've had little "Alice" on my heart for a long time and have been praying for her to find a forever family. Thank you for choosing such a sweet little angel! What about just shortening her name to Aly? Her given name could still be Alyssa. Some of the families blog's that I follow choose a completely new name and the kids seem to adjust well. Some change it on their first trip and the nannies even start to call the child by their new name. No matter what her name is, she is sooo blessed to have a mommy that cares and loves her so much already! God Bless you on your journey and I can't wait to keep reading about all of the awesome things that God has instore for your beautiful family!

    Erika in WI

  7. Oh my goodness! I love the name Ellisa, mostly because my sister's name is Lisa. But I also think that the name, Elisha (E-leash-a) is pretty too! I don't know your exact style of names that you like, but here's a few other suggestions:
    Asha (means Hope, pronounced Aw-sha)
    Amelie (A different version of Amelia, pronounced A-meal-lee)
    Alana (A-lawn-a)
    Elaina (E-lane-a)
    There's a few off the top of my head! Whatever you decide to name her, I'm sure will fit her perfectly. Praying for your journey![: Such a blessing