Need help naming new baby boy with older brother Ellis

We have a baby boy named Ellis and need a name for his new baby brother.  Would like a strong classic name, maybe starting with M.  What about Theodore (calling him Teddy), Miller, Carter, Max, or Peter?  Any other ideas?  Thanks!


March 2, 2015 3:10 PM

My favorite from your list is Theodore, though it does seem like a different style than most of your other names.  But sibling names don't have to be of the same style.

I would avoid Miller, it seems to close to Ellis I think.  I am easily tongue tied, so I could see me saying things like Eller is Millis.

Carter works well, in that it is a surname like Ellis.

Max is OK, to be honest, it's a name I'm kind of meh about.  It's used a lot where I am.

Peter is kind of like Theodore.  It seems like a totally different style, so I would be surprised to see 2 brothers name Ellis & Peter.

I'll suggest Fletcher, Archer, Oliver, Jasper & Owen. I also thought of Harris, but can't decide if it is too close to Ellis to use.

March 2, 2015 4:34 PM

I agree with all of NAGA's analysis. For classic M- surname, to go with Ellis, names (leaving out some of the super-common options like Michael or Matthew), how about: Martin, Melville (too close to Ellis?), Milton, Marshall, Matheson (potential nn Matt, bonus if you or your partner is a mathematician), Meyer or variant, Mercer, Merrick, Monroe (is this trending totally female now?), Montgomery. There are also all of the Mac- and Mc- names--I imagine there are a lot of dads (and some moms) out there who would love an excuse to name a kid MacGuyver ;-). Are any of these heading in the right direction?

March 2, 2015 5:26 PM

My choices for names that match with Ellis are Bennett and Austin.  All three are medieval forms of longer names: Ellis/Elijah, Bennett/Benedict, and Austin/Augustine.

March 2, 2015 9:38 PM

Ellis is a GREAT name.


I like the idea of Miller, or maybe Meyer. Max is a great name but to me it doesn't really fit with Ellis.  Now maybe Maxwell or Maximus.  Other M name thoughts:


Markus, Miles, Mattias, Mathias, Mitchell, Maclain, Micah, Magnus


Then there's Malakai, but that's my middle son's name so I'm a bit biased.

March 3, 2015 12:59 AM

Before I looked at your list, I though Archer, Conrad, or Calvin

I like the surname/first name style, but it can get tricky to have too many obvious surnames in one family.

I do like Max for you. I also like the idea of Peter. 

Theodore/Teddy is a bit off for me, personally, but it might be because I'm not a fan of Teddy. Love Theo, though.

Carter and Miller are just a bit meh to me.

Have you looked for M names or surnames in your family tree? 

I will suggest Malcolm. I think Ellis and Malcolm go well together, and I love the nn Mac.

April 20, 2015 4:26 PM

If you really like "M" names Max and Miller both fit really well!

some other "M" names: