My triplets

I am expecting triplets (two girls and 1 boy) girls in mid May (17th May) this year and i am having trouble chosing names for the two girls as there are so many i like. The boy will be called James Theodore Archie McArthur (McArthur is our surname). James is after my late grandfather and Theodore and Archie are names that i have always likes. I would like for both the girls to have 2 middle names. My shortlist for the two girls is as follows:

Fist names -


. Aria

. Cora

. Evangeline (Eva for short)

. Lucia

. Lillian

. Cecilia

. Genevieve (Jenny for short)


Middle names - 


. Martha

. Elle

. Hallie

. Luna

. Felicity 

. Marylin

. Annalise

. Tabitha

. Cynthia 

. Teagan


We already have 1 daughter who is 4 (Hermione Esther Elise McArthur) and a son who is 1 (Ferris Roger Jay McArthur).


If you have any sugestions as to which names we should pick (1 from the top list and 2 from the bottom) that would be a great help!


Thank you!!!




February 16, 2018 2:41 PM

I think that the best combination would be Cora Martha Teagan and Lillian Tabitha Elle :)

February 16, 2018 2:47 PM

The only stand out first names in my humble opinion are Lucia and Cecilia... The others are just so common...


Lucia Analise or Cecilia Analise


Best wishes on your growing family!

February 17, 2018 5:28 AM

my husband loves the name Cecilia so that might end up being one of the names. 

February 16, 2018 2:54 PM

So many great choices! I agree that it's hard to pick which one to put where.

I like Hermione's repeating initials, so I'd go with

Cora Martha Cynthia

and switch it up a bit and do

Tabitha Luna Lillian

March 14, 2018 3:11 AM

We liked the repeating initials as well as well thought it flowed nicely :)

February 16, 2018 5:43 PM

what about Coraline and Lucia - they would go great with Hermione


Coraline Felicity Tegan

Lucia Elle Annalise


I love Evangeline and Genevieve too

Evangeline Martha Teagan

Genevieve Felicity Hallie

February 18, 2018 1:59 PM

Out of your first names, I like Lillian and Cecilia. I guess I like the "lia' sounds. In this case they are pronounced differently, thus not too matchy for sisters.

From your mn list, I like Martha, Hallie, Luna, and Annalise.

I won't try to match them to the first names because a) middle name flow doesn't matter as much as first and last and b) it makes my brain hurt. :)

February 19, 2018 4:51 AM

Wow, yet another poster is pregnant with multiple girls! 

March 6, 2018 5:20 PM

It's even more amazing that another family used so many of these exact same names with their different multiples!

The original poster should definitely consider this post for inspiration!

March 6, 2018 6:37 PM

Gosh, what a shocking coincidence!  And another McArthur family, to boot!  Maybe they're distant cousins using names off the mutual family tree. :D

April 27, 2018 6:01 AM

with all the IVF,  there are a lot more people conceiving multiples - my son had a set of quads in his class as well as a couple of sets of triplets and a few sets of twins

the school I work at a family has 13 children - 2 sets of quads - a year apart and a set of twins

April 27, 2018 10:06 AM

That's true, and pockety-ness can occur with this as well as names. One year when my twins were in preschool, there were twelve children in their class, and eight were twins. Four sets of twins and four singletons in the whole class. It was a university lab preschool, and we joked that it had been set up to do twin studies.

However, most responsible REs won't treat tweens and teens, so I don't know that ART is responsible for our particular baby boom.

April 28, 2018 12:56 AM

Triplets+ are actually not likely to be purely the result of IVF, at least not with ethical reproductive endocrinologists. In the past decade there has been a big push to reduce the number of embryos transferred to one healthy viable embryo to lead to a healthy  singleton pregnancy.

Blastocyst culture associated with IVF does make the identical twinning rate go up a bit (from 0.5% in natural conceptions to about 1.5%... but assuming that everyone is transferring one embryo, the twin rate would then be 1.5% which is actually the naturally occuring overall twin rate in many countries (some are lower, some are higher - as a result of different rates of multiple ovulation).

The US health care system is really broken overall, but when the reproductive system is involved, there's even less insurance coverage than for everything else (which is really saying something). As a result, people are under tremendous financial strain as they pursue infertility treatment. This meansthat often people will push for the transfer of multiple embryos because they're so desperate to not have to pay for multiple transfers out of pocket, and doctors are in a tough position of having to balance the pleas of their patients with the best interests of the pregnancy. The unfortunate reality is that there are still a lot of IVF multiples being born even in today's world of improved embryo culture and genetic testing that makes it easier to identify the viable embryos. This persists even though it's against the best interest of the embryos (they'd have a better chance at becoming a pregnancy transferred one at a time) and also in the best interest of the parents (they'd have much less risky pregnancy if they carried them one at a time) and even in the best interest of the insurance companies (an additional transfer would be way less to cover than the complications arising from multiple pregnancy and from premature births). However, since the getting pregnant isn't covered but once the pregnancy exists it is, people are still transferring two embryos.

But what's really going on with the higher order multiples is intrauterine insemination with ovarian hyperstimulation. That is cheaper than IVF but also much less controlled: while it has a far lower success rate than IVF, the people who succeed are often very very pregnant. This practive persists in popularity for the same reasons that drive parents to urge for transferring more than one embryo... and it is depressing, because it is clearly not in anyone's best interests, ultimately. 

Spacing children a year apart is also against best guidelines for allowing the maternal system to recover enough to optimally support a subsequent pregnancy (18 months between pregnancies is best)... so I side-eye this particular doctor for many reasons. (Obviously people spontaneously conceive siblings shortly after birth by happy accident, but it's quite another thing for a medical professional to undertake that deliberately.)

April 29, 2018 11:43 AM

In fact, surprisingly, the triplets were conceived naturally which is rare and a big surprise for us as we were only expecting 1.

By EVie
April 29, 2018 11:50 AM

I think it's time to draw up a BNW bingo card.

April 30, 2018 1:20 AM

I don't know whether more of the bingo card should go to spontaneously conceived higher order multiples or to spam terms. All I know is you definitely shouldn't make it a drinking game because then no one would make it past the captcha process anymore. 

April 30, 2018 8:25 AM

LOL! No joke--I've already deleted more than 50 spam messages in the last 20 minutes. Spam wins--I have only seen about 10 posts for multiple births.

May 2, 2018 2:05 AM

thank you! 

It does hurt the brain a bit :) !

February 19, 2018 5:47 PM

Congratulations! What a lovely selection of names! I love Cora, Aria, Evangeline, and Lucia from your list of first names, and my favourite names from the second list are Martha, Hallie, Luna, and Annelise. I think Cora and Evangeline sound the best with the sibling's names.

Cora Martha Elle McArthur

Aria Luna Hallie McArthur

Evangeline Felicity Elle McArthur

Lucia Martha Hallie McArthur

Cora Teagan Hallie McArthur

Evangeline Cynthia Felicity McArthur

Hope this helps!

March 6, 2018 1:32 PM

Congratulations!  My favorites are:


Cora Elle Annalise

Lillian Martha Marilyn


If you are open to shortening Marilyn to Mary, I like

Lillian Martha Mary

March 17, 2018 3:15 PM

I do like the name Mary and it is a very sweet nickname for Marylin. 

March 7, 2018 4:13 PM


yes. That are my husbands brothers children. The names we also have in common are family names and family traditions.


March 7, 2018 9:10 PM

Is it terribly confusing to have two little girls of the same age named Hermione running around at family gatherings?


Have you asked your nieces (Cora and Aria) what they think about potentially having a cousin who shares their name?  I would think it might be time to introduce a new name into the mix.

March 7, 2018 10:32 PM

While you‘re at it, I’d ask James Ferris Theo how he feels about a first cousin who shares literally 3 of his 4 names, especially given that another cousin shares the fourth. 

I agree that you should bring some new names into the family. At least, give each kid ONE name not shared by a first cousin. 

March 8, 2018 4:17 AM

Firstly We ALL think that we should introduce some new names and being more unique. Middle name is Madeline and everyone female on my mothers side has had Madeline somewhere in their name. I married into a family that also has family name traditions but just ... a few more!


Hermione ( my daughter) goes by Hermione but my niece goes by Minnie which is a shortened version of Hermione.


my nephew James goes by his second middle name Theo but I done know what my future son will go by. So although it looks very confusing and I little bit weird written down, it is fine as we all go by different names.


March 8, 2018 1:51 PM

If another sibling has another toddler named Hermione sitting in the woodwork somewhere you should know that Hero is another option to consider, as is Maya... if you guys are going to work these names super hard, you might have to get creative!

March 17, 2018 11:37 PM

Hi Emily, congratulations on your triplets!

My favourtie is Lucia Elle Annalise, or Aria Luna Hallie.

Would you consider using say Teagan as a first name? I know quite a few teagans but its not too common. I think even Annalise is a cute first name.

Feel free to keep me updated! Thanks

March 18, 2018 7:32 AM

DH and I both love Teagan and have considered it as a first name. We also like Annalise as a first name but DH is not so keen on Anna or Lisa as a NN. 

Thank you for your input. I will keep updating everyone on any news or decisions!

March 18, 2018 11:08 AM

One of my best mates is an Annalise. She gets called anna pap only because of her last name. She never gets called lisa but does get called lisy if this helps. Thanks

March 18, 2018 2:28 PM

I like Lisy. I will try to convince DH


March 24, 2018 9:10 AM

Me and DH have thought of a few names that are in a second (and shorter) shortlist but we have decided to wait until the babies are born in May to name them as i believe that it is better to see the baby before naming it.

We are still very open to an more idea, pairings or thoughts from you guys though!

I will update you all on anymore decisions


April 27, 2018 2:17 AM

DH and i have come across a new name that we both like...Lyra. We think that its a really sweet name and its easy to say. Are there any negative connotations we should be aware of?


April 27, 2018 5:40 AM

its ok,  may have some spelling and prounciation issues though

April 27, 2018 9:40 AM

Philip Pullman's Golden Compass books feature a Lyra. It's a possibly-problematic association because of Pullman's underlying atheism. (He has been quoted as saying "My books are about killing God.") Only you can judge whether that's a problem for you, but you should be aware of it if you're considering the name Lyra.

April 27, 2018 10:03 AM

His atheism doesn't bother me, but the anti-Catholicism of those books does (I'm not a Catholic or Christian of any stripe, just bothered by such blatant, if slightly disguised, prejudice in a book aimed at children).

Still, I think of the constellation and the instrument before I think of the books when I see/hear Lyra. I agree the spelling and pronunciation are non-obvious, though. Leer-uh or Lie-ruh? With a -Y- or an -I- or maybe -EE-? Really a non-issue for imaginary children, though.

May 6, 2018 4:21 AM

Thank you. This is useful to know


April 27, 2018 7:42 PM

Genevieve Synthia Felicity. That should be the name.