Searching for a name

I'm searching for a name with following criteria:

  • contains l and r
  • doesn't start with K sound
  • ends in -ie/y

I ruled out Romilly, Valerie and Rosalie, so....





December 11, 2017 8:53 AM

Off-hand Mallory, Riley, Aurelie, and Waverly  come to mind, but I suggest plugging your criteria into the Name Finder tool, since this type of situation is exactly what it's meant for. I don't think that you can put in both r and l, but you can put in one then search the list for names containing the other. 


EDIT: Just a clarifying point. What you say that you don't want it to start with a "K sound", you mean a K or a K-like C, right? That's why I didn't include Coralie on the list.

December 11, 2017 12:24 PM

I was feeling spreadsheety, so I've run the search for you. A lot of these are just spelling variations of the same name (e.g. Malarie for Mallory, which to me looks uncomfortably close to malaria). I also included names that end in -i. The one thing this list won't include is any name that ends in the Greek -e, like Penelope or Persephone (Perselope?). And of course it's only names in the Namipedia.

  • Airlie Amberley Amberlie Amberly April May Araceli Aracely Araely Aralie Araseli Arceli Areli Arely Arley Arlie Arly Aurelie Averley Averly 
  • Bellary Berkeley Berkley Berklie Beverley Beverlie Beverly Bradli Bradlie Brailey Brayli Brenley Brialli Brickley Brierley Briley Brinkley Brinley Brinlie Brinxley Bromley Brookley Brooksley Brylie Bryliy Brynklie Brynli Brynlie Brynnley 
  • Charley Charli Charlie Charlsie Charly Clairey 
  • Dalary Darley 
  • Elearie Eleri Elery Ellary Ellerie Ellery Ellorie Ellory Emberley Emberly Everley Everlie Everly 
  • Fairlie Flannery Florrie 
  • Gallifrey Glory Greenley 
  • Harley Harli Harlie Hartley Haverly Helori Hilarie Hilary Hillari Hillary Hurlie 
  • Irely 
  • Jorality 
  • Landrey Landrie Landry Laralie Laramie LaRay Larelie Laurelai Lauri Laurie Liberty Liori Lisa-Marie Loralai Loralei Lorelai Lorelei Loreley Lorelie Lorelii Lori Lorie Lorri Lorrie Lowery Lowri Lyri 
  • Malarie Malerie Mallori Mallorie Mallory Malorie Malory Marely Mariely Marlenie Marley Marli Marlie Marly Marsaili Marsali Millaray Myrlie 
  • Nerilly Neroli Nirali Norellie 
  • Orli Orly 
  • Pearlie Presley 
  • Raelie Reiley Reilly Ridgeley Ridley Riley Ripley Rocheli Romilly Romily Rosalie Roselie Royalty Rylie 
  • Sarnali Sarraly Sharlie Shirley Starley Starli 
  • Tara-Anjali Tiger Lily Tigerlily Timberly Tranquility Trilby Truely Truly 
  • Valarie Valerie Valery Valkyrie Valleri Valorie Valpuri Verily Verlie Virelai 
  • Waverley Waverly Weatherly 
  • Yardley Yareli Yarelli Yarely Yeardley
December 14, 2017 8:54 PM

Couldn't help noticing: I live in a town called Yardley. It is so very much NOT a girl's name to me.

December 18, 2017 10:48 PM

Yeah, I don't see this as a girls' name (or anyone's name, really) just reminds me of yards.

December 11, 2017 11:16 PM

Here are some of my favorites:





December 12, 2017 8:53 AM

Eleri, Lori, Lorelei, Valkyrie, Ellery, Hilary, Libery, Glory, Mallory, Araceli, Marcelli, Neroli, Brielli, Amberly, Brinley, Brylie, Marley, Riley, Emberly, Everly, Presley, Waverly

Braylee, Coralie, Rosalie, Sherilee, Shiralee, Raelee, Pearlie


December 16, 2017 7:57 AM

Here are some of my favourites:








Liberty (nickname Libby?)

January 10, 2018 8:16 AM

I know it doesn't tick all the boxes but my 13month old granddaughter is named Roux Mary "pronounced Roo" not sure at first but now I just love it & it really suits her!!!! Xxx

January 15, 2018 12:17 PM

Um, roux? As in, mix up some oil and flour and heat it up, to be used as a thickener for foods? I hope your granddaughter lives someplace where this cooking technique isn't used...

By EVie
January 15, 2018 2:26 PM

I had a childhood friend named Ru (a shortened form of a non-Western name). My dad, who was inclined toward sarcasm, commented, the first time he heard me mention her name, "Is she saucy?" Totally went over my head at the time, but now whenever I see the word roux, that's what I think of. 

January 17, 2018 1:58 AM

I have a Ru, and that is a great joke that I think he will appreciate.

I wouldn't actually worry much about that overlap, because I think the prime years of name-teasing are not the prime years for learning the names of French cooking techniques. 

January 17, 2018 2:25 PM

My problem with Roux as a name isn't children's teasing - I know well that it's the kid that's teased, not the name. My problem is the same as I'd have with Haze or Angina: just because a word sounds kind of name-like doesn't make it suitable as a name.

In other words, I have no problem with names or nicknames that sound like /roo/, and if the bearer of such a name/nickname wants to make a pun based on "roux", more power to them (especially a subtle one like the "saucy" joke). But someone recommending "Roux", in that spelling, as a name must be spoken up against. (Like that unfortunate blog post that recommended "Haze" as a new flower child name. As my sister said at the time, what's next, siblings named Smog and Intimidation?)

January 17, 2018 3:47 PM

This is a real child we're talking about in this case, rather than a recommendation. 

In any case, I don't find Roux on the same level as's not a negative word after all, just a cooking term!

By EVie
January 18, 2018 1:37 PM

Rue does have the herbal meaning as well, though, which I find more prominent when it's used as a name (though it's also a bitter herb, so there's that... no etymological relationship, though, the verb is Old English and the herb is Greek). 

January 18, 2018 1:53 PM

Even the herb has negative connotations to me, because of Ophelia's mad scene ("you must wear your rue with a difference") and the meaning of rue in the language of flowers (which is, of course, connected to its meaning as a verb). With a French middle or surname I might see it as "road", though. I agree roux is a much more neutral-leaning-positive connotation.

January 14, 2018 2:14 AM







Pearly / Perlie









Barlie / Barkley

January 14, 2018 7:29 PM

Farley is the dog in For Better or for Worse (comic strip). He's a big, goofy English Sheepdog. Spelling it with an -ie does not make it feel feminine, and doesn't help with the canine association, either.

Barley is a grain, used primarily in beer brewing. It would be exceedingly odd as a child's name. (What's next, siblings named Wheat and Oats, or Malt and Hops?) Spelling it wrong doesn't help.

January 15, 2018 11:52 PM

Sorry, Barkley doesn't work either.  Dog name, including the dog on Sesame Street.  Way too much woof woof.