Baby #4 needs a name - HELP

I hope you can help us?! We're currently expecting number four and can't agree on names. We currently have Emilia (Millie), Maxwell (Max) and Charlotte (Lottie). We're not finding out gender, so have a list for both sexes, my preferences are:

Alice, Esther, Juniper, Hattie, Wilhelmina (Willa)

Hugo, Wilbur, Freddy/Frederick 

my husband prefers:

Chloe, Olivia, Lucy

Oliver, Samuel


Can you give us advice on what sounds great or alternatives to consider? Our last name is one syllable. 

Thanks so much. 



October 27, 2017 3:44 AM

I think Alice goes best with the other girls names.  Olivia and Lucy go well too - I think Lucinda would be nice too.  I wouldnt use another E, C or M name


for the boys I like Oliver best,  Samuel is nice too


some others


Annabelle, Annabella

Isabella, Isabelle


Natalia  Natalie

Genevieve Grace


Alexander  Nicholas Grant Dean Scott Todd Hugh Kyle Quinn  Rhys Rhett Sean


By RuC3
October 29, 2017 4:30 PM

Thank you suzannembrown, I really like your suggestlions, especially Genevieve, a winner w hubby (Evie/ Eve/ Viva), and Grace. I wonder if Grace being one syllable would sound too short next to the other names and our one syllable surname? I like Anastasia, but feel nervous to use it after 50 Shades. What about Anja?


October 29, 2017 7:03 PM

Anja is great, but I wouldn't give this baby a nickname-name when the others all have full names with nicknames.  Anna, Anastasia, or just about anything else An- with Anja as a nickname would be lovely.  I don't think 50 Shades is a problem.  People were familiar with the name long before that came out.  I still view Anastasia as having a regal, Russian air (not smutty fan fic!).

October 30, 2017 5:06 AM

I dont know about 50 shades,  Anastasia is a lovely name,  Anja or Anya are nice too but problably go with a longer name to go with your other childrens names or Annika, Annabeth, Annalise

Josephine is lovely,  Harriet and Charlotte wouldnt be a problem but I not keen on Harriet with the other girls names

Helena is nice,  not so sure on Florence.  I wouldnt use Edward as you already have a E name




October 27, 2017 11:59 AM

I've got a Milly (Amelia) too and love your names so I'll tell you others I like and maybe you will too. 

Wilhelmina is my #1 girl name right now but no guarantees I'll ever have another girl,  so I'd love for someone to use that name. My husband recently read Bram Stoker 's Dracula and about halfway through mentioned to me that the name he knew I loved for someday maybe baby was really growing on him after reading it over and over. So maybe get your husband that book for Halloween and you'll draw him over to the dark side of loving Wilhelmina. 

When we were pregnant with Milly my favorite name was Hazel but my husband vetoed it. His favorite was Maeve. He really likes Alice too. We were 90% settled on Lucy/Lucia Violet, but when we saw her she just didn't look like a Lucy, and we eventually settled on Amelia Eleanor.

I think Sam/Samuel would go great with Max Millie and Lottie. I was kicking myself for using it as a middle name for one of my three boys when we got pregnant with a fourth and realized it was very much our first name style this go round. (We've also got Benjamin, Nathaniel, Oliver, Timothy, and Daniel in the mix for boys names we've used)

By RuC3
October 29, 2017 4:36 PM

Hi Padenful, it sound like we've got similar naming style. Getting hubby across the line w Wilhelmina will be tough, but I may take your advice! However, now I wonder whether Willa and Mille are too similar as suggested below?? What are your thoughts? 

October 30, 2017 1:27 PM

I already have an Ollie and Milly, so my opinion that Millie and Willa are not too similar sounding for siblings should be taken with that bias in mind. I also like Minnie and Mina as nicknames for Wilhelmina. :)

October 28, 2017 8:08 AM

From your lists I like Alice, Juniper, Olivia and Lucy for a girl and Hugo, Oliver and Samuel for a boy. I think these names will go best with your other children's names. I also liked Esther but I thought seeing how you have a daughter already with an E name, I'd avoid having another E name (might be confusing in the future).

I'm going to also suggest...

For a girl:

Beatrice (Bee/Trixie)

Annabel (Anna/Annie/Belle)

Delilah (Lila)

Rose/Rosalie (Rosie/Rosa)

Dorothy (Dottie)

Isabella (Issy/Bella)


For a boy:

Henry (Hank)

Theodore (Theo/Teddy)

Edward (Eddie)

Tobias (Toby)

William (Will/Liam)

Benjamin (Ben)

Alexander (Alex/Xander/Xan)

Alfred (Alfie/Freddie)

By RuC3
October 29, 2017 4:44 PM

Smollie, there are some beautiful names on your list and many I love. My hubby always suggests Edward (Eddy), and i really like it too, but wonder if it goes w Max? 

Alfred is gorgeous and would enable me to have a Freddy, which is a name I love.

I actually really like Delilah, again do you think this would it with the others? Annabel and Rose and lovely but my two best friends have this.

thanks for your feedback. 


October 29, 2017 5:37 PM

Hi RuC3, I think Edward (Eddy), Alfred and Delilah would go perfectly well with your others childrens names. All three sound great to me. 

Happy to help. Hope everything goes well for you!

October 29, 2017 7:00 PM

Edward is great with your other kids' names.  It's underappreciated for such a classic.  I greatly prefer Ted(dy), Ned(dy), or even Red over Eddy.

October 28, 2017 5:16 PM

I like Josephine "Josie" or Theodore "Teddy" with your older kids' names (which are lovely!).  I also wonder if you might like Harriet "Etta", Penelope "Nell", Henry "Harry", or Arthur "Ari".  I wouldn't go with Hattie or Lucy due to similarity to Lottie, nor Willa due to Millie.

By RuC3
October 29, 2017 4:51 PM

Hi mollycatherine,

Josephine has really grown on me.  I love the nn Josie but no Jo so much. Harriet was a favourite but I wonder whether it is too similar to Charlotte?

i take your advice regarding the similarities in sound of Lucy and Willa.

What are your thoughts on Helena (Lena) and Florence?



October 29, 2017 6:57 PM

Helena and Florence are good solid options.  Keep in mind there are 3 possible pronunciations for Helena, if that would be a source of irritation for you.  I like the Huh-lay-nuh option with Lena (lay-nuh) nickname.  Flossie would be adorable for a young Florence, with Flora as a more grown up option.  I don't like Flo much.

By RuC3
October 31, 2017 5:28 AM

Olivia is a beautiful name but I worry it's too similar in sound to Emilia? What are your thoughts?

October 31, 2017 1:23 PM

I think they sound lovely together!

October 30, 2017 11:51 AM

Firstly, congrats!! I love your older children's names as well as most of your current list. It seems like you and your husband have two different styles, so I can see where that may be an issue. I really like Hugo and Alice from your list. I also like Oliver and Samuel from your husband's list. Some names that come to mind that (to me) seem like a middle ground:


Ada (you could do a longer name here and use this as a nickname, as well- Adeline, Adelaide, Adelia, etc.)









Olive (instead of Olivia)




Edward (someone suggested this earlier, and I do think it fits well with your bunch!)




October 31, 2017 4:16 AM

I could chime in with some things (love Alice!  Hate Hugo!  Lois seems like a name you would BOTH like etc) - but since you already have 3 kids... how did you and your partner decide on names before?  Did you find names you both liked more or less equally, or did someone's favorites win out 2 out of 3 times?  If so, maybe it's fair for the other partner to compile the shortlist.

By RuC3
October 31, 2017 5:46 AM

Hi cm2530,

With the eldest two we both really loved Emilia and Max, so it was quite simple. Charlotte was a different matter. She was Alexandra Chloe for the first few hours of her life until we decided it didn't suit her. Charlotte was maybe forth on our list and suited her perfectly- although hubby really wanted Chloe and suggested Annabel. We both love the name now!

This time around I feel like we've used our favourite names. Without that strong emotional pull towards a name it's difficult. Maybe this is why we are finding it challenging??? Hence me posting in this forum. For me it is important that the name we choose goes really well with our sibset theme. As we've got some time on our side (tick,tick, tick) im open to all suggestions. Thank you

November 1, 2017 2:16 PM

You have a bunch of really great names, so I played with eliminating some that seem to fit less well with your current pattern:

     - Names with nicknames too close to Millie or Lottie: Alice, Oliver, Wilhelmina/Willa, Wilbur, Hattie.

     - Names that aren’t a “formal” name with a nickname option, like your other kiddos: Hattie, Lucy.

     - Names that repeat a first initial of one of your other kids: Esther, Chloe. (I didn’t use this as a factor for nicknames, since you already have a Millie and a Max.)

 (That eliminated my two favorite girl names from your list, so if any of these “rules” seem unimportant to you, I’ll throw in a vote for Hattie or Willa as just super-awesome, lovely names).

So, that left Hugo (Hugh), Frederick (Freddy), and Samuel (Sam) as the best fit of “formal name with a strong nickname option” for boys. Samuel is my personal favorite, but I definitely see Hugo as a really good fit with your others.

For girls, it leaves Juniper (Junie) or Olivia (Livvy). Juniper is my favorite of these, as I think I've been over-exposed to Olivias (but I don’t think that Olivia is too similar to Emilia, especially if Emilia mostly goes by Millie).

A few follow-ups to other comments, since I’m chiming in late:

     - I think Edward/Eddy goes just fine with Max.

     - I’m not a personal fan of Alfred or Freddy, but I do think it matches your pattern.

     - Delilah, Helena, and Florence all seem like good fits, with lots of nickname options, as does Josephine. Posy is a traditional nickname for Josephine, apparently, if you want to move away from the possibility of Jo, but I don’t think people would default to Jo these days.

     - Charlotte and Harriet don’t seem too close to me; though I do think Lottie and Hattie are a little close, so I might go with Etta as a nickname instead.


Ooh, if you end up having a girl, what about Winifred? I think either a little Winnie or a little Freddy would fit right in with Millie, Max, and Lottie....

By RuC3
November 8, 2017 10:15 PM

thank you Fillefantome, I appreciate your analysis and it’s actually really helped us narrow the list. Im still really liking Alice, Grace (and Primrose (nn Prim or Rose) and Hugo with our sibset. Hubby is still pushing Chloe and Oliver. He’s also suggested Sadie and Lucia (nn Lulu). I don’t mind either of these but wonder whether Sadie is a bit informal next to the others. Darcy is another boys name that’s growing on me.

As Charlotte is a ‘sh’ sound I think Chloe might work If the name suits her. I feel Millie and Oli may be too similar for me personally though and Eddy is another ‘E’ which I feel we need to avoid.

Otherwise slowly but surely we’ll get there. Although everyone’s thoughts are very welcome. 

November 9, 2017 12:52 AM

I'd avoid another C name,  Lucia is nice,  I think Sadie is too informal next to the others.  Darcy is ok,  not sure next to Maxwell though

yes Millie and Oli are ok,  very similar though.  I woulldnt do another E name

November 9, 2017 7:21 PM

I think Sarah nicknamed Sadie would go perfectly with your other children.

November 10, 2017 8:03 PM

Gabriel (Gabe), Tobias (Toby), Atticus, August (Gus), Kingsley (Kin)


Bella (Bitabella meaning little beauty) 

Elenora (El)

Abigail (Abbie)


Camila (Cam)




Genevieve (Eve)

November 11, 2017 3:17 AM

How about Lucinda? Can be shortened to Luci(or lucy) and is a pretty name. some others are







and for boys: