7 Letter Suggestions

Our boys are named Sampson, Leander & Bastian. If our youngest was a boy, her name would have been Richter, but I’m not sure I’m crazy about that name when I see it with our other children’s names. However, it’s the only name my husband liked for our last pregnancy!

Our girls are named Colette & Ophelia (a name we picked in 2009!). I liked the name Juniper to have another name ending with “er”, but now I have friends who used that name. :-) We both like the name Beatrix for a girl, but I’m not sure I want to have two kids with the same first initial.

We always keep the gender a surprise and pick two names. Video game references is a plus! Thanks!


February 24, 2019 9:36 AM

I wouldnt use Beatrix,  due to already having a B name


Heather ends in er or Frasier, Chester or Eleanor - or Webster

others Adeline, Allison, Arielle, Adrianna, Arianna, Annabel, Desiree, Francis, Georgia, Giselle, Johanna, Juliana, Justine, Jessica, Maribel, Marissa, Matilda, Miranda, Natalia, Natalie, Rosalie, Valerie, Vanessa, Yasmine Ariadne Deirdre Dorothy Eugenia Isadora Maureen Gwyneth Estella Phaedra Rosabel Nerissa Romilly Patrice Rosanne Yolanda

Atticus, Agustin, Andreas, Anthony, Desmond, Dominic, Donovan, Elliott, Emerson, Eduardo, Everett, Gilbert, Garrett, Greyson, Griffin, Jackson, Jamison, Killian, Maurice, Maximus, Maxwell, Michael, Nikolai, Patrick Preston, Quentin, Randall, Raphael, Russell, Tristan, Vincent, Winston, Ambrose, Davison, Dimitry Finnian Garrick Riordan Trenton Quillen, Quinlan Tarquin Westley Willard Tinsley


February 26, 2019 3:22 AM

I like Maribel! Colette‘s middle name is Amabelle. :-)

February 25, 2019 4:42 PM

Other 7 letter suggestions that praticularly fit the beautiful, antiquated vibe of your former names:


Dorothy, Heloise, Eleanor (big fan of this, and it's coming quickly into fashion!), Madalen


For boys, you have more options: Eduoard, Ezekiel, Mathias (muh-thigh-us), Theodor


Best of luck!

February 26, 2019 3:25 AM

I suggested Mattias or Mathias during our last pregnancy. Maybe it will have grown on him... :-)

February 26, 2019 8:41 AM

Richter just calls to mind earthquakes and would invite all sorts of annoying jokes should your child happen to have a feisty temperment. You've got many better options!

February 26, 2019 11:20 PM

Haha, that’s ridiculous!

February 27, 2019 12:42 PM

What's ridiculous?  That Richter = Richter Scale = Earthquakes to, oh, everyone?  It's an incredibly odd choice.  I cannot recommend a name that's evocative of natural disasters.

April 24, 2019 3:31 PM


Because it's just a surname. Andy Richter is a comedian, it doesn't mean a kid is going to be a class clown. Richter Belmont is a video game character, doesn't mean a kid named Richter is going to slay vampires.


April 24, 2019 6:11 PM

While that's certainly true, it's a surname that calls to mind negative associations (Richtor scale, rictus, rigor mortis). Buyer beware! Of course I would get used to the name were one of my friends to name a child Richter, but the aforementioned associations would run through my head.

April 28, 2019 3:38 AM

It’s German for judge, meaning “to make right”. It’s not Latin.

April 28, 2019 11:13 PM

I tend to agree that the associations are not ideal, but I think your impassioned defense of the name might be a hint that Richter really is the name of your heart. If that's the case, then the associations can be overcome. Still best to be aware that they might come up, but worth dealing with if it's THE name.

May 2, 2019 4:03 AM

I have no problem with the name Richter itself - I just don't particularly like how it sounds with the names of our other children. The double R sound is clunky to me in comparison, and I would prefer to find an equally unique name my husband likes that flows better. My personal preference is to give our kids different first initials and names that are seven letters long, and my husband wants interesting first names that aren't made up or just spelled weird. He likes the name Richter because he is a long time Castlevania fan - he also got Colette's name from a video game.

Richter happens to be the last name of a scientist who invented an earthquake scale that is no longer used, but it is a common last name. Correcting a blatant inaccuracy is far from impassioned. It is just wrong to associate this German last name to the Latin term for the condition of a stiff dead body. I'm a word nerd. Next try using the word decimate to mean annihilate and see how I feel about that. ;-)

May 2, 2019 3:45 PM

Most of us here are word nerds, so we know that Richter and rigor aren't etymologically related; and we also know that emotional associations aren't strictly based on logic and etymology (see the long and entertaining discussion here a while ago about the name Pulcheria). It's just a standard practice here to point out potential associations of unusual names.

This isn't because we don't want people to use those names, or because we think a name "means", say, earthquake or inflexibility, or will somehow magically cause a person given the name to have a convulsive (or stiff) personality. It's just so that potential namers have an idea of what thoughts might go through the heads of others hearing the name for the first time, and can decide for themselves whether the name is worth having the same old "Richter is a common German name meaning judge, and geologists don't even use the Richter scale anymore" conversation every time they introduce their child (or the "no, it's Ottilie, hard T and three syllables, not 'oddly'" conversation or the "actually, we do know about the Disney character, but we named him Hiro after my grandfather" conversation etc.).

May 2, 2019 4:24 PM

I agree with the comments nedibes has made. It sounds as though you're well aware of the negative connotations some may have with the name Richter and are well prepared to deal with them. In that case, you're able to make a decision about whether or not it is the right name for your son. If so, congratulations! I just feel that if someone comes to the site asking for opinions on what others think about their potential names, they should be aware of what associations might arise, whether or not they think those associations are important.

October 23, 2019 8:25 PM

I didn't ask for any opinions, I requested suggestions. O_o

October 23, 2019 9:30 PM

How are you going with your shortlist 

February 27, 2019 2:35 AM

Names I have used that have 7 letters: Atticus, Malakai, Solomon, Everett (I never actually noticed this before!)

Names on the lists we're currently considering with 7 letters: Lorelai, Rosalie, Leonora, Delilah, Dominic, Abraham, Raphael

Other names with 7 letters that I kinda like: Donovan (would still be on my short list if it fit better with my surname), Alister, Ambrose, Elliott, Andreas, Vincent, Clement, Tabitha, Natalia, Lucille, Isadora, Philipa, Vanessa, Estelle

If you really like Beatrix I'd got with it!  Having two with the same first initial isn't a dealbreaker to me; I think in fact that the more children you have the more inevitable it becomes!


April 24, 2019 3:46 PM

You listed a lot of names that have been on my list at one time or another! My Mr. is hard to sway. It took a few years for him to agree to the name Ophelia, and he loves his little "Ola". I'll have to keep working on him! :-)

May 2, 2019 7:05 PM

I think the only thing I have to add to this conversation is that the German word is actually pronounced using sounds not easily made by most native English speakers. It's NOT like Rick-ter at all. So, hearing Rick-ter definitely brings to mind earthquakes and not judges to me... and I'm a native German speaker. 

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(Those are all i Could think of sorry)