Aleia Marie was born!

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I was here. As you know, I was pregnant with second girl, (1st daughter is Elle Vivian) and my husband and I had a very difficult time choosing her name, just because we liked every name that was on our list. :) 

She was born 10/9/2018 and we actually chose her name when we saw her but I just wanted to make sure that it fits her, and that is why I'm updating you now. 

Thank you all for suggestions, I really appreciate it! 

Now, this name is very opposite from what we first had on our list. I liked this name from the beginning, but I wasn't sure if it fits well with Elle, and we put it last on the list. Our middle name choice is also different, we didn't pick Lively, which I'm very sad about, but I liked new choice better.

I would like to hear your opinions now, do you like it, have you met anyone with this name because it is unique?, etc.

So, our little princess's name is Aleia Marie (Aleia pronounced Ah-lay-uh), and this name absolutely fits her! She is now one happy baby girl and Elle is so happy to be a big sister to her. 


October 30, 2018 12:27 PM

If she's happy and you are happy, I love the name.  Congrats.

October 30, 2018 7:01 PM

Thank you so much! 

October 30, 2018 3:42 PM

Congratulations on your little princess

October 30, 2018 7:02 PM

Thank you Suzanne, I must say you help me a lot! 

October 31, 2018 1:55 AM

Thank you,  its lovely having Marie as the middle name how special and your memories of a little Aleia

October 30, 2018 3:42 PM

It's a lovely name. I would probably assume a Hawaiian connection (it's a name in Hawaii), but wouldn't be shocked to find out you picked it based on sound or some other criteria (it's a basic-enough set of sounds that I wouldn't be surprised if it's a name in some other traditions, as well).

October 30, 2018 7:10 PM

Thank you! You are close to the reason why was this name on the list. Once, while we were on the trip in Hawaii there was a beautiful little girl and her mom used to call her "Aleia" and I liked it. It was not one of my favorites but now it is my favorite and I'm glad about that. 

October 30, 2018 4:11 PM

Congratulations on your baby girl! You picked a unique yet adorable name for her! I like Aleia, I pronounce it the way you said it is pronounced, I've never met any Aleia, but I've heard a lot of variations of this name. I think Aleia Marie is so adorable and fits well with Elle Vivian. Congrats again!

October 30, 2018 7:11 PM

Thanks you Sharon! I'm glad you like it! 

October 30, 2018 6:25 PM

Hi, I was reading this post and thought how coincidental! I don't know if you have ever heard of the "Ace Family" but they are huge on Youtube. You can google them easily as well. They have two daughters, the first is Elle Lively who is now two and the second which they JUST announced her name yesterday, is... Alaia Marie. Pronounced Ah-lay-uh as well. She was born on the 17th and I was awaiting the name reveal. Just thought I would share because what are the chances! Bless your family and congrats!

October 30, 2018 7:34 PM

Hello and thank you! So, I must say no, I've never heard about them, but this is a big coincidence! I assume they live in the US and I'm not, and maybe that is why I don't know who they are. I am positively shocked. As you said, what are the chances? I would say 0,1% but you never know. I didn't mention that Marie is my sister's middle name who passed away 4 years ago, and I always said that it would be nice if my daughter(s) middle name(s) would include their aunts first or middle name. That's why Elle's middle name is Vivian and Aleia's is Marie, because my sister was Vivian Marie Elaine. Thanks again.

October 31, 2018 1:03 AM

It's truly remarkable! Let's address the question of HOW remarkable because pedantic digression is what we live for on this board.


The total number of girls named "Ah-lay-ah" is thus 1749, while there were 1,711,811 girls in the SSN data. There are more actual births not included in the SSN data (a third or so of girls are not getting names in the top 1000 now, for example), but we can't really speak to how many other girls not in the SSA data are named Ahhlayyyahhhh or Alleighah rather than Rutabaga or Asparagine or whatever so we'll put this as an approximation. So, 0.1% (or 0.001) of the girls who show up in the SSA data are named "ah-lay-ah".

Is this because your initial guess is promising? Not quite! We need to consider the chances of a big sister Elle, which is pretty stable at ~800 births in recent years, or only about 0.05% of SSA-recorded births (and lest we fail to grasp the smallness of the tiny fraction of a percentage, that's 0.0005 of all births).

They two births are independent events, so the probability of naming a daughter Elle AND naming a daughter "Ah-lay-yah" is the probability of naming a daughter Elle multiplied by the probability of naming a daughter "Ah-lay-ah"... or actually less, because I would have thought that there is too much sound overlap for me to think that the names should be used together on children close in age residing in the same household. (I appear to have only one vowel, so EL vs AL is obviously lost on me.) So it is truly an upperbound when I say that at most, the chances of naming a daughter Elle AND another daughter Ah-lay-ah is 0.001*0.0005= 0.0000005, or 0.00005%. 

That's entirely without the inclusion of Lively in the mix which is where we'd get into truly remarkable territory because it was only given to 33 girls as a first name last year. However, unfortunately, the SSA does not report about middle name statistics so we can't quite infer. (Marie is however a fairly standard filler middle name so going by my subjective impressions the only thing that would be LESS remarkable would be a middle name of Grace.)

To round the wagons back to name discussion, I learned from my google that the ACE family didn't want to change their youtube brand so they apparently restricted their name search to choosing names with A, C or E initials (the parents are A and C, their first child was E). If they'd gone with Taylen then they might have to be the TACE family, which reminds me of  tazing or maybe if it's a hard C the "tacky" family which seems like a no-go.

I'd also like to add that we have a subforum for discussing celebrity names and we can very charitably extend the celebrity mantle to youtubers, so rather than inventing name dilemmas and then announcing updates in multiple threads here, you can just make a forum to speculate on what the "celebrity" should name a child to continue the sibling set. The last time that someone was impersonating a real but internet-famous-ish family we actually used moderator powers to redact it.

Not that any of this necessariily applies here... happy adjustment with your very happy baby Aleia Marie and toddler Elle, who of course has nothing to do with the youtube sibling of Elle Lively,  Alaïa Marie (note different spelling). Given your ability to beat the odds I'd suggest playing the lottery to celebrate the happy addition!

October 31, 2018 1:17 AM


October 31, 2018 1:35 AM

Because the wiki pages on the new baby haven't been updated yet, I can't figure out if the birthdates are the same too, at which point the remarkableness just ratchets up even more... but thanks, cm2530.

October 31, 2018 3:09 AM

Thank you for these information. I honestly don't know who they are, but this is very interesting. I should add that Elle was born at the end of 2015 so she's almost 3 and at the time or even before, her name was very popular in our area, and I liked it, and had it on my list since then. Speaking of Alaïa like you said it's different spelling, I would pronounce it Al-EYE-ah not Ah-lay-ah. I don't like the "eye" pronounciation in the middle, it's too much rough for me. Thanks again for these information and thoughts! I honestly don't know what you meant by this last sentence but I'll just skip that. Have a nice day 

October 31, 2018 3:52 AM

Oh, you and the ACE family should get together because they *also* like the Ah-lay-ah pronunciation! 

You can see how they pronounce it at the 23 minute mark when they announce, bless the commenters who gave the exact time so I didn't have to sit through the whole thing. They even refer to the announcement using the same term of endearment as you, "Our princess's name is... Ah-lay-ah! So her name is Ah-lay-ah Marie!" And then they say it a bunch of times lovingly and slowly so you can really hear that it's ah-LAY-ah and not ah-EYE-ah.

I now know more about this sector of the internet than I ever hoped... thanks for the catch, Brittcrivera.

October 31, 2018 4:11 AM

And for those who don't remember the details of our last brush with celebrity impersonators on this forum, you can enjoy a trip down memory lane here:

October 31, 2018 10:01 AM

You must be a huge fan or OBSESSED with that family since you know everything about them. I can't believe that you are trying to say that this mother of 2 girls "STOLE" name from some youtube couple who named their daughter Alaïa. First of all the correct pronunciation of name is Al-EYE-ah of you can figure that out. Second, I had name Aleia on my list but decided for Audrey, and I remember one post on this site also include mother who had Aleia on her list. I also noticed your words "You call her princess like them". Are you serious? I think every mom and dad in this world wants to become parents to a princess and a handsome boy. And she has the right to call her the way she wants to. So, please don't try to make name Aleia is so unique that only "that family" can name their daughter and they didn't even name her Aleia but Alaïa, which is very very unique and DIFFERENT. I seriously can't believe what you are saying on this site, who are they? Are they the Queen and the King? Presidents of a country? We give our children names that WE like, not names that a youtube people like. All I can say is "Oh my God, is this real?" 

October 31, 2018 11:08 AM

All I can say is that it’s remarkable that you and Hailey have accounts set up with such similar email addresses which introduced me to a totally new surname I’d never heard before!

October 31, 2018 2:12 PM

Yes, surnames are same because she is my sister-in-law, we are married to 2 brothers, but I didn't know that it is so important for you. I really don't want to tell you where we live, because I think that is the next thing you would like to know. But you will google it for sure. I presented myself as a regular mom/user here, and wanted to share my opinion with all of you on her post since I have account before she made it and a lot of mom helped me pick a name for my girl in February. We didn't want to expose ourselves and we wanted to be neutral. And I really don't understand what is your problem here? You even checked our mail addresses? Wow. Since you know bunch od things about us now, did you read my post where I was about to name MY girl Aleia, we were 100% sure that we will name her Aleia, I even said that pronounciation would be Ah-LAY-ah. Instead of Aleia we named her Audrey. Hailey was the one who actually suggested this name to me, because as she said she heard it in Hawaii and she liked it. She didn't know she was pregnant at the time I gave birth (February) and she absolutely said "yes" to Aleia for my girl. We decided for Audrey instead. I honestly don't want to continue this conversation, you said a lot about yourself. Congratulations!

November 2, 2018 11:00 PM

Such a beautiful name!!<3