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 two daughters, Mia Isabelle and Zoe Katherine. Mia is 9 and Zoe is 7. Mia was the name I’d always wanted for a daughter, and when we found out our second baby was a girl, I loved the idea that they’d both have three-letter names. When they were little, I sometimes called them Mia Belle and Zoe Kate.
If you’d asked me two years ago, I would’ve said our family was complete. But that changed over the last year or so, and we’re now expecting our third! If it was a boy, we’d pretty much settled on Ian Alexander.
But it’s a girl! And as excited as I am, I feel like we’ve committed to a style and I don’t know if we want to stick with it. But it feels weird to stop now, especially because there’s already a big gap in ages and I don’t want this baby to feel like she’s the odd one out in any way.
The obvious choice, I guess, is Ava, but somehow I can’t excited about it.
My husband doesn’t think we have to stick with the three-letter thing.
Other names I like are Lila(h)/Lyla – not sure how to spell? – and Eden.
Middle name is up in the air. Our last name is like Meyers-with-a-B. (So no word names, like Lily, because it sounds like a shopping trip!!!)
Not even sure exactly what I’m asking, but would love some feedback!
Please read on for my response and leave your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.
How exciting to be expecting another daughter – congratulations!
From where I sit, it’s always tempting to convince you to follow the pattern. If Ava’s not right, how ’bout Ivy? Or Ada?
But that’s about me, isn’t it? There’s something tempting about three sisters with three-letter, two-syllable names. It’s a puzzle to be solved, a set to collect.
And yet, if you moved in next door and introduced me to your daughters Mia, Zoe, and Eden, I wouldn’t hear that as a mismatch – or even a missed opportunity! – at all. And that’s coming from someone who really, really, really notices names.
Brief, complete, and nickname-proof names is a style. But three-letter, two-syllable names? I think that’s almost more of a gimmick than a style. It might be worth sticking to – especially if you’re down to two names and completing the pattern helps you decide! But I wouldn’t feel like you have to keep going.
Okay, with that out of the way, what works with Mia and Zoe?
Ada – A logical alternative to Ava.
Eva – Another possibility that’s just one letter away from the name that’s not quite right.
Ivy – My favorite Ava alternative, except I wonder if this violates your noun name rule? I suppose it must, and yet I don’t hear it as problematic.
SHORT & COMPLETE GIRL NAMES
Cora – A name that’s brief and complete, but with a strong, distinctive sound, too – just like Mia and Zoe.
Eden – Like Mia and Zoe, it’s more popular than ever before in the twenty-first century, but it’s not quite a new name, either. My favorite from your list.
Ella – Powerfully popular and tremendously appealing.
June – I love the idea of a one-syllable name to go with Mia and Zoe. June, maybe? It’s summery and straightforward, a little bit vintage but also plenty current.
Lyla – It is hard to spell Lila/h, isn’t it? Lyla is currently the most popular version in the US, and so might be the most straightforward choice.
Vera – I almost suggested Kira (or Kyra or Keira or … yeah), but worried it’s just more of the Lyla/Lilah challenge. But then I thought of vintage Vera, which that sharp and appealing V sound.
A SISTER FOR MIA & ZOE
The more i think about it, the more I keep coming back to Eden. It’s close to Ian, which you already agreed on, so I suspect you’ll both like it.
And I think it’s a great style match for Mia and Zoe: modern, but with roots.
Plus, all three girls would have a slightly different ending sound to their names: Mia, Zoe, and Eden. That seems appealing, too.
I might even suggest Eden Alexandra – it sounds just right with Mia Isabelle and Zoe Katherine.