Alma, Eva, Lena, Anton, Lowell?

Hi! I am curious about what everyone thinks of the names Alma, Eva, Lena, Anton, and Lowell. What image do you get in your mind when you hear each name? Which do you like/dislike? I have also put middle names to these first names. Any opinions on these? Thanks!

Alma Josephine
Eva Marguerite
Lena Frances
Anton Lawrence
Lowell Henry


September 1, 2013 9:53 PM

I love the name Lena. I don't like the name Frances but I think Lena Marguerite is very pretty. Alternatively Lena Jospehine as well is lovely.

Eva is ok. Not my favourite name. I much prefer the name Evangeline. You could call her Eva for short. Hpwever Eva Marguerite flows well together.

Alma I do not like at all. I can't imagine anyone with this name. Don't want to offend I just don't like the name at all.

Anton sounds very masculine to me. It is not my first pick for my own child but for someone else's I like the name. Anton Lawrence is a nice combo.

Lowell Henry is not my cup of tea. I like the name Henry but not Lowell. Also Lowell Henry to me doesn't flow very well. I would much prefer Henry Lowell because I think it flows better.

Good luck I hope this helps.

September 1, 2013 10:17 PM

Thanks! I love th input! All of the names have some sort of family ties. I'm not sure i like Frances too much either. I was stuck on that one. Alma is an interesting name. It seems as though people either love it or hate it. In regards to Lowell Henry/ Henry Lowell I am pretty conflicted. I always felt Lowell was unique but maybe a little much. I love Henry. I just think it is too popular to use. This is the same case with Eva as there are a lot of baby Ava's running around. I fear that it would get mispronounced a ton. Does anyone have any other name suggestions? Alternatives to the "iffy" names?

September 1, 2013 11:52 PM

I really like Eva and Lena but think Alma is not a very attractive name. I like Lawrence and Henry much better than Anton and Lowell.

September 2, 2013 1:18 AM

I'll stick up for Alma -- I think it's a pretty name. I've come across it in lots of Spanish poems and songs, so maybe that helps (it's the everyday word for "soul"). Lena is nice sounding, easy but unusual. I agree that Eva is a great name but might be too close to Ava & pronunciation is ambiguous. Frances is my least favorite of the middle names you list. You could change it to Francesca, Francine, or even France. I've come across a few Francophone women with France as the second part of a hyphenated name; maybe you could consider something like Eva-France or Alma-France, especially for the middle (might be a mouthful for the first name!).

Lowell is nice but a little hard to enunciate -- should it be one syllable or two? I think it'll end up like Joel, which I say as just one syllable. Might end up with the nickname Low. I don't like Anton. To my ear it sounds pretentious. But if you have a family or heritage connection to the name, it could still be great.

Good luck!

By mk
September 2, 2013 1:37 AM

My favorite is Lena Frances. I going to stick up for Frances. I think Frances is a great name. It is also a family name for me and I'd use it as a middle name. Lena is very pretty and not often heard any more.

Eva is my second favorite. Not a huge fan of Marguerite. Eva Josephine and Eva Frances are both pretty.

Alma is my least favorite of the three but I do think it is a pretty name. I like it best with Josephine.

For the boys: I'd probably switch it to Henry Lowell and Lawrence Anton. I like Lowell, but I associate it too much with the city in MA.

September 2, 2013 8:18 AM

These names are very evocative of the Fireside Poets and the late 19th century for me (James Russell Lowell and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow were two of the poets in this group). They all fit together nicely!

September 2, 2013 1:55 PM

Alma - I see a LOT of people have no love for this name, but I actually have a positive reaction to it. I wouldn't say that it's one of my favorite names, but I don't think it's an unattractive name. The only association I have with it is a character from the HBO series Deadwood; which is not a bad association for me. In fact, I think seeing a character with the name helps imagine it on someone.

Josephine - This is one of my all time favorite girl names! Unfortunately for me, my husband hates it. And paired with Alma, you get the cute initial nickname AJ. 

Eva - I think that Eva is an okay name. Some people will say Eva and some will say Ava. But I really like it paired with Marguerite; I think it just elevates it to a different level.

Marguerite - Alone, I'm not a huge fan of the name, but as I said above...I love the combination with Eva.

Lena - My personal style seems to be longer names that you can shorten to nicknames. Lena is one of the nicknames that I really like, so I do like the name. However, you'll have variations of how people will say it: LEN-ah vs. LEEN-a. 

Frances - I wouldn't like this name as much if it were a first name option, but I think it just adds some antique, classic charm as a middle name. I love it paired with Lena. 

Anton - I'm not a fan of the name. I think that pretty much everyone will be familiar enough with it to know how to spell and say it, but...I don't know. I don't think I have a single positive association with the name, so it could just be me!

Lawrence - I think that Lawrence is a classic name that elevates a more "now" name to a different level. I think it's a strong choice for a middle name. I definitely like it in that spot, but's not a name that I really connect with. But I can't say that there's anything wrong with it. 

Lowell - I'm not 100% sure of the pronunciation of this name. I'm saying "low-ull", but I'm not sure if that's right! This name intrigues me because I've never heard it on someone in real life. 

Henry - I'm a big fan of Henry. The only thing I think going against the name now is how on trend it currently is, but you've solved that by putting it in the middle name spot. 


September 2, 2013 10:38 PM

I like Lena & Lowell. Eva is OK. Lena/Lina/Alina is on my girl's list.


Lena Catherine/Katherine

Lena Caroline

Lena Evelyn

Lena Josephine

Lowell Everett

Lowell Anthony

Lowell Thomas

Lowell Benjamin

September 3, 2013 1:41 PM

I like all of your girl names & Lowell.  Not a fan of Anton however.  My only associations with it are Susan Anton & Anton Lavey, neither of which are very positive.