Opinions on these names?

Hi! I am expecting in April and I wanted peoples opinions on the names i have chosen out. We don’t know the gender because we are keeping it a surprise. Last name is Castillo. 


-Stella Brigid

-Ileigh Jane

-Margaret (Maisie for short) Lee


-Dallas James

-Quinn Patrick

-Leonardo (having trouble on a middle name. Any suggestions will help!)


October 9, 2017 11:13 AM

I like all your boys' picks and am chillier on the girls' ones. I do like Stella a lot in tandem with your last name.

October 9, 2017 1:38 PM

I like Stella and I adore Margaret/Maisie.  I'm not quite sure what I think about Ileigh, I assume it sounds like "ill-ee" which makes me think of the word "ill."  I also suspect you'll have some spelling issues with it.  I wonder if you'd also like Ellie?  It could be used on its own, or as a nickname for something like Ellen, Elizabath or Eleanor.  Similar to Ileigh, but will be less prone to needing corrections.

None of your boy names are really quite my style, but both Dallas James and Quinn Patrick are fine names.  I think I slightly prefer Quinn. 

Do you plan on Leo as a nickname for Leonardo?  Are there any names with some sort of significance or meaning that you might want to use?  I noticed that Quinn Patrick reads as Very Irish, would you want a middle name that reads as Very Latin for Leonardo?  Or would you prefer something with a bit of contrast?  Knowing more about what you are looking for in a middle name will help us narrow down our suggestions.

October 9, 2017 1:55 PM

Ileigh is pronounced just as i-leigh. Quinn Patrick just sort of sounds well together and Patrick is my grandpas middle name, i really didnt try to make it sound too Irish. I was thinking Leonardo Jeffery, because my fathers name is Jeffery, but that’s a little too long. He would be called Leo for short. Thank you for your input!

October 9, 2017 4:44 PM

Eilidh, is that you?  Margaret Eilidh Castillo would be fantastic.  I also prefer Stella, Jane, and Brigid as a middle name for Margaret, over Lee.


I like Leonardo Patrick or Leonardo Jeffrey.  Patrick Leonardo is quite handsome too.

October 9, 2017 4:49 PM

I like Stella and Quinn,  I prefer Leo/Leon rather than Leonardo - but Leonardo Jeffrey is nice or Leonardo Patrick,  Leonardo Castillo just seems a little too long.  Margaret is ok,  Brigid for a first name is ok too, not keen on Ileigh or Dallas

I agree with Stella Jane too - nice,  Eilidh is nice, my daughter has a girl in her class with that name


October 9, 2017 6:42 PM


I like all of the names on your list. Stella Brigid is beautiful and unique. I'm guessing Ileigh is pronounced Long I (like eye)- lee? It's very pretty, and I love it paired with a classic middle. Have you considered better known spellings, such as Eilie or Ily? Margaret is gorgeous. I think it would sound really pretty with Brigid as well as Lee. 

Dallas is not my cup of tea. It seems somewhat feminine, however that is definitely not a bad attribute. I think Quinn Patrick is very handsome. Leonardo is great. I would definitely be open to Leo, as people may automatically shorten to that. James, Jeffrey, and Patrick all go well with it, but my favorite would be James. I also suggest going with something Italian to match it's style. 

Hope this was helpful. Good luck!

October 10, 2017 9:38 AM

How is the 'll' in your surname pronounced? If you say it English-style, then Stella works fine with it, but if it's a /y/ sound, then the juxtaposition would get confusing.

Is Ileigh meant as an Anglicized spelling of the Gaelic name Eilidh? If so, it rather fails the purpose of making the pronunciation clearer. (I particularly dislike -leigh spellings, because I always want to pronounce them like 'weigh'.) Granted, there isn't exactly an intuitive or established spelling for /eye-lee/ in English, but if you do choose this name, be prepared for frequent explanations and corrections.

I adore both Margaret and the nickname Maisie. This definitely gets my vote.

Dallas is totally not my style ('dweller at the house in the dale'?), but if it's a family surname or you have a particular connection to the city or the old TV series, then there's nothing objectively wrong with it.

Quinn is likewise not my style (an Old French word for monkey?), but again, if there's a family or personal connection, then it's OK. I prefer it for boys over girls, in any case, because of the alternate Irish derivation from the (masculine) name Conn(or).

Leonardo is great and gets my vote. I especially love it with your surname. Don't worry about the length of the middle name you pair it with: it will matter not one whit in daily life. Choose a meaningful middle, and only consider the sound and length if you need a tiebreaker between equally significant contenders.

October 10, 2017 9:49 PM

I've been meaning to ask you about this for a while. How can you regularly say that names don't have meanings, they have derivations, since once you're talking about a person's name, the name no longer "means" what the word means when not a human label (e.g., you don't expect Holly to be green) but then discount or disparage names based on their literal meanings? Does it matter that Quinn is an old simian term (in another language) if that's clearly has nothing to do with a person named Quinn? To you, what's the difference?

October 11, 2017 9:06 AM

I don't particularly care what the origin is, actually, I'm just looking for something -- anything -- that would explain a not-originally-that-category-of-name's attractions for other people, and I'm failing to find it in the etymology. It's really just surname-names that I do this with, because they originally _did_ have a meaning -- even if it was just "from [placename]", where the meaning of [placename] was already lost in the mists of time -- and I play with old naming practices often enough that the literal meanings of bynames are "further forward" in my brain than they are for most modern people.

But you're right, there is an inherent contradiction in my thinking. All I can say is, I guess I'm just an old curmudgeon who doesn't like for her categories to be disarranged. Surnames should be surnames, boy's names should not be given to girls, random words shouldn't be names, and you should spell things correctly whenever possible.

October 11, 2017 11:21 AM

This, from another old curmudgeon

By EVie
October 11, 2017 12:33 PM

Some place names do have lovely, evocative derivations that I can see as appealing if you're into nature. Ones like Ashley (ash tree clearing) come to mind. Woodland themed nursery? 

I think the vast majority of people who choose surnames care more about the sound than the meaning, though. There seems to be a pretty clear divide between the people who come here saying meaning is important to them and listing mostly historical or nature-inspired word names, and the ones who list surnames and creative inventions.

It does surprise me sometimes how divorced some surnames have become from their origins, like that column over on NameCandy about Britton and whether it's too strongly associated with Britain... when "person from Britain" is still the literal meaning of the word. (Ok, spelled Briton, but that's just a tiny historical spelling change). 

October 10, 2017 11:48 AM

Congrats on your baby! You have a solid list here already- I really like Stella and Margaret. I am not sold on Ileigh, as it sounds a bit made up to me... I also feel like a lot of people may confuse it with Riley or hear Riley when you say it. It's just something to be mindful of that you may be doing a lot of correcting, not necessarily a reason to rule it out if that doesn't bother you. I think Margaret with nn Maisie is definitely my favorite here. I think it is adorable and classic all in one.

I like Quinn Patrick from your boys name list. I don't love place names (like Dallas) as much, and I do admit my first reference with Dallas is also Bryce Dallas Howard, who is female. Leonardo is a bit much for my tastes- it seems stuffy, but I do like Leo. I wonder if you would be interested in swapping around some of these choices for a James Patrick or Patrick James? 

November 6, 2017 2:56 PM

I have a Maisie at home, so while I'm personally partial to Margaret for you, I think with your last name I actually prefer Stella. For a boy, Dallas isn't really my taste, but I like it best with your surname. Quinn and Leonardo have the same beginning and ending sounds, respectively, as Castillo, which is something many people (like myself) try to avoid. If it doesn't bother you though, my vote would be Leonardo!

November 6, 2017 10:33 PM

I for one would guess pronounce Ileigh how you're intending- same beginning as Eileen. My biggest worry is that you'd get a lot of people just reading it as Leigh though... one off my friends just posted tonight complaining that her picture in the paper misspelled her 'Iyo---' last name as a 'Lyo---'. Capitol 'I's are tricky. 

November 7, 2017 1:04 AM

Middle names are so rarely used that I don't think they should factor into your first-name decision except maybe as a tie-breaker.  Of the names you are considering, what are the FIRST names you really love?  And I think middle name to honor someone is perfect.  If that's Jeffrey, it's fine with ANY of your (boy) first names.

Of the ones you've proposed - nice set, I like some more (yay Quinn) than others (not Dallas).  I do have to agree with the other posters that Ileigh really doesn't work for me, sorry.  I think it looks like a cliché of awkward current naming fads.  I would suggest alternatives like Raleigh, Riley, Miley, Ivy, Leigh, Eileen, Lila....  On the Maisie front - I think that's my favorite!  But if you're going to call her Maisie, why not just name her that?  No need for Margaret at all, really.