We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!
We have a beautiful 3 year old daughter named Alina Mary Rose. Our second daughter is due at the end of January. My list of names I love is long, and yet … all of them sound a lot/too much like Alina!
Before our daughter was born, we had narrowed our names list down to:
- Alivia/Olivia (I don’t really like it when people say it with an OH sound)
The other problem is that Mary and Rose are the names of lots of women in both of our families (or some similar form of the name) and we don’t really have any other good middle names left. We could use Barbara, Beverly, Carol, Michelle, Nancy, Laurie, and Colleen.
Our last name sounds like Rez-Nick.
Can you help us find a name that goes with Alina Mary Rose?
Please read on for my response and leave your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.
Congratulations on your new daughter!
I think lots of us fall in love with similar-sounding names. When we named our daughter Clio, we knew we’d never have a Theo.
But then again, some families embrace the close-but-not-the-same sounds of sibling names. I’ve come across siblings with names like Mylah and Maliyah, Jaden and Jackson. The what’s-too-close-line is, ultimately, up to you.
I’d say that Alina and Elena are way too close to consider. And my instinct is to rule out Eliana, too, as well as Lia and Liana.
Alivia/Olivia works, but given that you have strong feelings about pronunciation, it might be better avoided.
That leaves Amaya and Aria … and I think either would work nicely as a sister for Alina.
Of course, it does give you something of a pattern. Are you hoping for a big family? Because while you have lots of options for naming Alina’s sister, your choices might feel more limited if you’re naming a sibling for Alina and Amaya.
So let’s look at more names that share the flowing, liquid sounds of Alina … but maybe seem a little more distinctive and different.
A SISTER FOR ALINA MARY ROSE
Alina and Ariel share a first initial, but the different ending sounds keep the two names distinct. The spelling Arielle is also popular; Ariella is more common still. But somehow Alina and Ariella seem more similar than Alina and Ariel/le.
Brief and lovely, Bella makes a perfect since name for Alina.
You’ve chosen family middle names, but would you be open to honoring Beverly with an Everly?
A Scandi nickname for Katherine, Kaia shares sounds with the names you love. But the K makes it clear which sister is which.
Lilia might be a little close to Alina, but I think it just works. Lily, too, could be an option.
Similarly, Lyla fits in the same Aria/Amaya/Lilia category, at least to my ear.
One of the quintessential liquid names for girls, and a possible pair for Alina.
Tessa feels a little more traditional than Alina, but still very much a compatible choice.
ABOUT THOSE MIDDLE NAMES
If Everly is out, it still seems that Eve (or Eva) could honor Beverly, at a stretch. Other names that have potential include:
- Caroline, from Carol
- Elle or Ella, from Michelle
- Lauren or Laurel, from Laurie
- Lena, from Colleen
- Anne, from Nancy
- Bea, from Beverly and Barbara
I’m surely missing more, and I think something like Barbara Eve would work, too.
There are so many options! A sister for Alina Mary Rose could be:
- Amaya Caroline Eve
- Bella Everly Anne
- Everly Lauren Elle
- Sienna Ella Bea
I could go on. From my list, I really love the sound of Bella with Alina, especially because it uses Everly – which also strikes me as a perfect sister name.