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!
Hi! I am pregnant with my third girl and I’m stumped on names!
My 2 daughters are Aria and Eva.
I love the names Ella and Lola, but Ella is too close to Eva, and my husband dislikes Lola.
His pick is Layla or Cora.
I’m undecided about Layla.
Cora is cute, but we have a niece named Coral, so that’s out in my opinion.
Please read on for my response and leave your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.
Congratulations on your third girl!
Three-in-a-row does mean that you’ve probably used up a bunch of your favorites, right?
And I agree – Eva would be very close to Ella, so it’s not ideal.
Cousins called Cora and Coral sound awfully close. It might be workable if Coral is a) much older; b) doesn’t live anywhere close enough to visit regularly; and c) has a different last name. Preferably some combination of all three! But it sounds like that’s not the case, so that rules out Cora.
It’s tempting to suggest Nora, Flora, and Aurora as substitutes – but I’m guessing you’ve already ruled them out?
Thinking about Aria and Eva, they’re definitely short and sweet. But maybe there’s a little glam, there too?
A SISTER FOR ARIA and EVA
The -bella sound is big, from Isabella to Bellamy. But that doesn’t take anything away from this name. It’s high-energy and bright, with an irresistible meaning: beautiful.
Isla is a little bit like Ella, but it’s visually different. And the long-I sound – eye-lah – seems distinct, too.
Are you open to a name that doesn’t end with a? Because Lily seems like a natural alternative to Layla and Lola.
You’re so close on L names! Have you ever considered Luna? It’s a night sky favorite with a cool, current sound and vintage status – a lot like your older daughters’ names!
Also spelled Lila and Lilah, the first syllable rhymes with sky. It’s an alternative to Lola and Layla, and maybe a great way for you to meet in the middle?
After listing Isla and Lyla, I have to pause and remind myself that Mila sounds like Mia-with-an-L: mee lah. It was the first name that came to mind when I read that Lola was out.
A sweetly vintage name, Tessa sounds like a sister for Aria and Eva, but the sounds are completely different.
A strong and storied name, Vera can mean hope or truth.
Another name in the Bella-Mila-Lola-Layla camp, with that great -la ending.
My favorite is Mila. Aria, Eva, and Mila feel like they share just enough style and sound to be perfect for sisters, without feeling like the names overlap.
But I wonder if a name like Isla or Luna might appeal to you both?
And, of course, the idea of Lyla could be the perfect not-quite-Lola, not-quite-Layla option.