Help me choose a name that works with our last name!

Hi there,


My husband and I are expecting our first daughter soon and we're very torn between three names. Would love feedback on how the following names sound with our last name, Engel. Also, if you have any advice on 1) slightly less popular names that are simialr to the ones we like or 2) other ways you finally decided on your final name, that would be great! We are so torn and this has been much harder than we expected, so any feedback/advice is much appreciated. 


Options (in no particular order):

1) Lana Engel (pronounced LAWN-uh)

2) Ella Engel 

3) Emilia Engel (possible nickname: Emmy)


Thank you!!




November 26, 2018 2:04 PM

Congratulations! I am also expecting a girl, my first, so I'm right there with you! 

I think I would eliminate Ella. The fact that they both start with a short-e sound and both have two syllables makes them too similar for me. I think Emilia is sweet, and Lana flows well, though feels a lot older to me for some reason. 

Have you considered any names that end in a consonant sound? I think that might create a better first-last flow. 

Annalise, Adelaide, Juliette, Meredith, Lisette, etc. 

I really wanted a name that had a lot of meaning for me. Are there friends and family you'd like to honor in some way? Ideals or feelings you'd like to capture? That might help you generate a list. 

November 26, 2018 3:44 PM

I think Emilia sounds nice with your surname,  not so sure about Ella,  Lana is ok to

other names

Laura, Lara, Amelia, Elara, Elouise, Eliana, Eliza, Alana, Lorna, Elena, Lauren, Lilliana, Lydia, Natalia, Talia, Lillian, Arabella, Annabella, Isabella, Gabriella, Rosabella, Priscilla, Delma, Carmella, Delia, Elia, Leticia, Felicia, Rafaela, Luella, Makayla, Zahlia,  Leah, Aliyah, Liana, Julia, Kahlia, Malia, Leila, Dahlia, Cordelia

November 26, 2018 4:46 PM


Personally, I find both Ella Engel and Emmy Engel a bit too choppy, and visually they trip me up - I keep reading Engel as Angel. Emilia Engel is better, if you're not set on using Emmy exclusively.


Lana Engel is not too bad, but again I keep seeing Angel. I think with your last name, a longer first name works better - but that's just my opinion.


I definitely agree that choosing names is hard. For my first, we agreed easily on a girls' name (because my DH happened to really like one of my two all-time favourites) but a boys' choice was harder. Eventually (because we did have a boy) we chose the name that had more significance - it's the name of DH's favourite author - over names we "just liked the sound of". So if there's any kind of significance to the names on your list, something you could tell your daughter about when she's older, then that could help narrow it down.


Some other suggestions:

Gabriella, Emmeline, Alana, Sabella, Eleanor, Luella, Eliana, Milana, Imelda





November 27, 2018 12:32 PM

I really like Emilia Engel (and Emmy Engel).


I'm not a fan of names that can be pronounced multiple ways, as I'm tired of correcting my own name, so for me, that eliminates Lana. 


Ella is lovely, but it overused in my neck of the woods.

November 27, 2018 1:07 PM

Emilia is my favorite, Ella and Lana don't really flow.


Lucy, Katherine, Eden, Georgia, Evelyn, Sophie, Corinne, Willow, Sadie, Zoey, Natalie, Madeline. 

November 27, 2018 7:04 PM

I'm afraid I don't like any of them with your last name, although Emilia is better than the other two.  Too many Ls and short Es.  Lana Engel also brings to mind Laura Ingalls Wilder... but maybe that's just me. :D


I agree with looking for something that ends in a consonant, and would also minimize prominent L sounds.  Genevieve Engel, Charlotte Engel, to add to the options already suggested.

By mk
November 28, 2018 6:04 PM

I like Emilia Engel a lot.

December 5, 2018 6:23 PM


I'll start by saying I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce your last name, so I'm guessing sort of like mingle minus m. 

I feel like if the last name starts with a vowel, the first name should if possible end with a consonant. I found all of your first names somewhat difficult to say with your last name because of the way they ran together. I would suggest trying to find something with a consonant ending if the way they sound together is really important to you. 

That said, I know many people who have last names beginning with a vowel and first names ending in a vowel, and it has never seemed to be a big deal to them. The name of your baby should be your choice and not based on outside opinions. 

December 5, 2018 6:58 PM

Congratulations! You must be so excited! I’m expecting a girl as well and even though we have named three already we are still a bit stuck! So I though I’d give you a bit of advice on how we settled on our names. 

I have three kids and their names are Stella, Jacob (Jake) and Genevieve (Jennie). And honestly, apart from Jake we did not know the name until a few days before my due date! But what we did for every child was write a list of about twenty names that we both liked in no particular order. We then wrote why we has chosen those names and rated them on a scale of one to ten, then narrowe’d the list down to ten. From there we really looked at the names. I’ll use Jennie as an example. Our screening process was pretty much, the current popularity of the name, if it would be mispronounced and possible nick names.  We then also thought about what the names meant to us. The top five contenders of Jennie were Genevieve (Jennie), Adeline (Della), Jaimie, Pheobe and Élodié. Each of these names had meaning to us. Wether it be after something or someone close to our hearts or if we felt a particular connection to the meaning of the name. That is why they were on the top five list. Gradually we put the names in context (like you are) putting them with our surname thinking about how people would say them, if they had any other meanings. It was this more intricate screening that had us drop Élodié (which was mispronounced by every one of our Scottis/English/American group of friends) and a Pheobe (because there were two other Pheobes on our street alone!). About two days before she was due we made our descion, Adeline Jaime. When I went into labour we had every intention of naming the baby that. We loved the name, it was perfect in every way but when, after a 51 hours of labour, we saw her we realised that Geneieve was our favourite name. It may have not had the most perfect meaning or compatibility but we New we loved it. 

So i think the best advice I could give you is too not overthink it. Narrow it down to three or four choices that you absolutly LOVE, think about why you love them and if they would work and then just invision what you want you want to be calling your daughter in six months. What name you want to shout as you get overjoyed at her first word. What name you want to spell on her door. What name you want to write when you register her birth. And that needs to be the name you chose. And despite wether or not it sounds best or seems nicest that is the name that you love. It isnt an obvious point for teasing and you love ve and that is what is most important.

If you However want my option on the BEAUTIFUL names you have chosen here it is. I love them all and think that Emilia (Emmy) goes best with your surname. I think Lana may get mispronounced often (I read it as LA-na) before I saw your pronunciation. I think Ella is lovely but the E and L that are common in both the forename and surname may sound repetitive. Personally I think maybe a longer first name would sound better with your surname. From the top of the head Catalina (Spanish form of Catherine), Sophia and Lillian have similar meanings\sounds to the names you’ve chosen. Sorry for going on but I hope this helps. Congratulations again!