A sister for Astrid

I am pregnant with a little girl, who will be a sister for our daughter Astrid.

At the moment my fave names are:




I'd love opinions on which name you prefer as well as any other suggestions.

Thank you!


July 6, 2017 11:20 AM

My favorite of your list is Ilse– it matches, but not too much.  And it is a really lovely name.

July 7, 2017 3:57 AM

Thanks for your reply! It is a gorgeous name :)

July 6, 2017 12:55 PM

My favorite of the names you provided is Thea, because, like Astrid, it's not very common, but still easy to spell and pronounce. I have some suggestions as well. How do you feel about Greta, Margo/Margot, Etta, Freida, Rhetta, Stella, or Nora?

July 6, 2017 5:15 PM

Easy to pronounce? Thee-ah or Tay-ah?

July 6, 2017 6:18 PM

Thee-ah :) My sister is named Thea and the only time I've ever known people to have a problem with saying it (or not default to the thee-ah pronunciation) is in France, which is obviously understandable as they don't really have 'th' in any words. 

July 7, 2017 3:51 AM

Thank you! I love Greta, Margot and Nora - I will add these to the shortlist! I also love Stella but it is so very popular right now. 


And yes, we would pronounce it Thee-uh.

July 6, 2017 2:29 PM

They are all lovely, I really don't think you could go wrong with any of these names.

I like Thea, it is probaby my favorite for you.  Easy to spell, familiar but not common and shares the same kind of short & spunky vibe I get from Astrid.

Ilse is also lovely, though I suspect you may get some comments/confusion about how to say or spell it.  It's likely not going to be as familiar to people in an English speaking area (assuming that is where you are) as the others on your list.

Tilde is fantastic & I do really like it with Astrid.  In an English speaking context, you may not consistently get Til-dah.  I suspect some people not familiar with that spelling will assume a silent E, or til-dee.  If you are open to other spellings, I'll suggest Tilda instead.  English speakers are more likely to get it correct without assistance, and it should be more familiar due to Tilda Swinton.


July 6, 2017 4:42 PM

Also, Tilda has the advantage of not being a punctuation/diacritical mark. Though I guess ~ would be a rather unique monogram.

July 7, 2017 3:53 AM

Yes, agreed it might be worth considering 'Tilda', as yes, I'm Australian but currently living in the UK. I was born in Sweden which is why I lean towards the more Scandinavian spelling, but I don't want my daughter to have to be forever correcting pronunciation/spelling! 

July 7, 2017 4:06 PM

The most recent stats I could find for Sweden (2015) have Tilde ranked #56 and Tilda ranked #75, if that helps you feel like it still has that connection with the Tilda spelling. It's my favorite from your list in either spelling!

July 11, 2017 12:11 PM

Interestingly, Tilde instantly makes me think of the mark, but Tilda doesn't at all.  I pronounce them the same, but the spelling Tilde puts the image of "~" in my mind instantly, while Tilda simply doesn't.

July 11, 2017 5:55 PM

I agree. And paired with Astrid, my mind goes to asterisk, making it seem as though you were going for a diacritical/punctuation theme. Tilda doesn't give me that vibe at all, but you could still abbreviate their things * and ~, which would be way cool.

July 6, 2017 6:23 PM

What fantastic names! I love Astrid as well and I think all your options go well with it.

Thea-this is my sister's name :) I think of your three options this is the one least likely to cause spelling/pronunciation problems (not sure how much of an issue that is for you). To me it's the least match-y with Astrid, but I think that's because when I hear Astrid I think Norse and when I hear Thea I think Greek. Once my brain gets past that I can see how they have a similar vibe to them.

Ilse-I love this name, although (depending where you live) it may get confused with the more popular Elsa quite a lot in speech. 

Tilde-I don't think this one would cause too many problems, and I think Tilda Swinton would help with people knowing how to say it (but might lead to it being spelt Tilda a lot of the time). I like this one most with Astrid.

It's a close call but if I had to pick a favourite it would probably be Ilse, though I don't think you could go wrong with any of them.

July 7, 2017 3:57 AM

Thanks Natasha-Rhiannon! I have the same concern about Thea being Greek, where I am of Scandinavian heritage and love the Norse names. I actually discovered the name Thea on a list of popular Norwegian baby names, but was a little disappointed to discover its Greek origins haha

My husband is also now very keen on 'Maja', (pronounced My-ah) which I do love, but worry about the difficulty of the 'j' in English speaking countries, and I don't like Maya as much!

July 7, 2017 10:22 AM

I know a seven-year-old named Kaja, rhymes with Sky-ah, and her mother has not expressed any regret about their spelling choice. (It's a homage to a favorite writer and graphic artist, Kaja Foglio.) So that's one data point that a 'j' instead of a 'y' is usable in English-speaking countries.

Your disappointment about Thea's origins made me think of Thora for you.

July 7, 2017 10:59 AM

Thank you - that makes me feel a bit more confident about Maja. 

Also - I think Thora is absolutel lovely! Thank you.

July 7, 2017 7:49 PM

Yes I might down-vote Thea if the heritage of the names is important to you, and I think that all your children having that connection to your heritage would be really sweet. My parents chose Thea because of it's Greek origins lol, my sisters and I all have Greek names (which was my mum's homage to her dad). If you didn't have Norse names you liked it would be a different situation but as you do I think you should go with one of those.

As for Maja, I don't think it would be a massive problem here in the UK (I don't know how Australia would be if you ever moved back there). I feel like it's the kind of thing where you'd have to tell a lot of people how to say it the first time they read it, but then they would remeber after that. And you would probably get it mis-spelt as Maya fairly often. The question really is do you love the name enough to deal with explaining/correcting. For me it would not be a big deal but if you want a name that will be pronounced and spelt 'right' a majority of the time you're probably best going with Tilde (spelt Tilda), Greta or Thora from the names you have mentioned so far.

July 15, 2017 2:57 AM

I know a Lejla, pronounced Layla. I got it right on the first try, but I'm a name nerd, and I don't think most people would. However, I also think it would only take one correction for people you know. Something like Aoife might be more confusing, as it's so unintuitive for English speakers. Maja, though, is easier. The j is pronounced like a y. Maya is a common name with the same pronunciation. It's not going to be hard for people to wrap their heads around. :)

Have you considered Maia?

July 7, 2017 4:34 AM

Oooh, I love Astrid.

Like everyone else, I think all these names are pretty great. I have a particular soft spot for Tilde. A friend's sister has this name, short for Matilde, but she pronounced it TIL-dee (her mother was Latin American). I agree that for the Tilda pronunciation I would probably lean towards that spelling, though if you prefer the spelling you have listed I don't think it would be too hard to correct people on. I also met a baby Tilda recently and thought it was charming.

Ilse hits a really pleasant spot of being very underused but simple and straightforward. My only association with it is a major character in Lucy Maude Montgomery's Emily of New Moon books. That Ilse is quite a firecracker, but also adventurous, brave and smart, so all my feelings are positive towards this name. I also think it goes slightly better with Astrid than the others, although they are all fine.

Thea: I like Thea a lot, but am somewhat less excited by it in the company of Ilse and Tilde...

July 7, 2017 11:29 AM

I like Thea best off of your current list. Have you considered Altheia??? Matching A's are cute. Both names are a bit different and Thea could still be a nickname.


By Lexy
July 9, 2017 1:32 AM

First I want to say I love the name Astrid and have added it to my own list. 

My favourite from your list is Ilse but I am concerned with pronounciation issues. Same with Tilde, maybe use Tilda like others have suggested?  Thea is the name I would choose from your list just because I find it easiest to pronounce and spell.

July 12, 2017 4:23 AM

On the Scandinavian name front - Ingrid, Solveig, Irinia...

July 12, 2017 7:57 PM

I second the suggestion of Thora as being a very Astrid-like choice, but I think from your list Tilde is pretty perfect. If I had wanted to use a German family name ending in -e with the German -ah ending pronunciation, I would as an American have spelled it as Adela or Ottilia or Wilhelmina instead. Having a more expected spelling that clarifies the pronunciation would make the name much more livable, and the -a spellings also exist abroad, so it's not outright wrong. So, I think I would encourage Tilda over Tilde, especially as the former is much  more namey thanks to Ms Swinton and the latter is a very common and slightly differently pronounced diacritical mark. 

Ilse is a lovely name but I think the constant mishearing for Elsa (a name much more commonly in the minds of parents than its baby name rankings suggest, thanks to Frozen) would make me upvote other choices. 

July 15, 2017 2:17 AM

When I saw your post I was thinking Ingrid


Thea and Tilde would be quite nice - how would you pronouncing Tilde - I think Aussies could have trouble with that


Greta  Elise   Freya  Erika  Heidi  Karin  Katrin

Lena  Clara  Evelina  Johanna  Mia  Nina

Monika  Nora  Julia  Lara  Magdalena

Matilda Eva  Maren  Ella Elsa  Susanna

Kerstin  Kristin Carina Clara

I love Anika and Anneli  but I'm not sure you want two A names