Baby Sister for Milo and Malachi!

Hi, everyone! It's my first post on here, but we're expecting our third child--a girl! We already have two little boys named Milo and Malachi and we'd like to stay with the M trend since it's already going strong (but of course we're open to more ideas). We'd like something unusual but not crazy out-there! I really like Meryl, but my husband isn't completely sold on the idea. Any help would be SO great at this point! Thank you so much, everyone! :)


August 4, 2014 12:38 AM

More info: the names we have discussed are...








August 4, 2014 11:25 AM

Meryl is OK, but it's not my favorite from your list.

Mallory is nice.  Familiar, but currently not very popular.

I'm not crazy about Morgandy or Macaulay.  They both strike me as very trendy and likley to be date-stamped. Morgandy also hasa bit of a made up feel, I think I would prefer just Morgan (though it's also NMS).

Maia is very pretty, but it strikes me as too similar to Milo.  I'm not sure Maia & Milo together pass the holler test.

Mara & Moira are both very pretty, my favorites from your list.

I second the suggestion of Maeve.  I'll also suggest Margo, Marissa, Marla, Mina, Madeline, and Mia.  


August 12, 2014 6:57 PM

My favorite is Moira.  I also like Maisie and Maeve.  Good luck!

August 4, 2014 12:38 AM

More info: the names we have discussed are...








August 4, 2014 8:23 AM

Hmmm, if you like Mara, what about Maris, Maren, or Marley? Meredith, Maeve, and Miriam also come to mind as fitting M names.

As for Meryl, I have a good friend named Merrill. She's always loved her name, and it was unusual but not totally out there. Maybe Meryl with a different spelling would appeal more to your husband? It does have the Meryl Streep association for me (not that that's a bad person to be associated with).

I personally am "over" Mac- names. I think part of that is that I'm from an area with a VERY strong Scottish ancestry, so Mac- surnames are about 50% of the population. Therefore, it always irks me to see them used as first names since to me they're everywhere already. Maybe in your area it's a different story, but it gives me the eye twitch :P

Mallory isn't too bad, but Morgandy sounds made up to me. Is Morgan too common for you? What about Morgana? That's really beautiful but a bit different. Morrigan is the Welsh version of Morgan. Maia and some of its variations are actually fairly popular, so perhaps you'd want to avoid that.

Hope that helps a bit!

August 4, 2014 12:54 PM

Morgan is Welsh.  Morrigan is Irish.  The Morrigan is an Irish mythological figure, a goddess of war and death, associated with crows and cows.  I would tread lightly with Morrigan as a name.  BTW Morgan and Morrigan are not cognates.  They have quite different derivations, so one is not a version of the other. 

August 4, 2014 7:16 PM

My apologies.

August 7, 2014 10:07 PM

I really like Meryl. I love Mallory, but it's so close to Malachi. Not crazy about the others on your list.

Mireille, Mimi, Maxine, Mabel, Maeve, Muriel, Marigold, Mattea, Marley, Montana.

August 5, 2014 10:42 AM

So the first thing that came to mind when I saw your list was that all these names sound the same. It's not even that you are just repeating the M sound but the names are also vowel heavy with liquid consonants (r and l). My advice to you would be to either repeat the innards of the name *or* start with the same letter. Not both as it sounds like your kids have the same name when said together. I do really like the name Meryl but just not in this case.

M suggestions:Mina, Maeve, Mabyn, Maisie, Meredith, Miranda

Non-M suggestions:Brielle, Hayley, Kyra, Rayna, Skyla, Shiloh, Alice, Lily, Elaina, Ella, Nora, Stella, Blair, Claire, Holly, Alia, Alyssa, Olivia, Ariel, Aria, Elora

I would strongly suggest not using another M name, because my philosophy is that children are individuals and while it's nice for siblings names to go well together I think being too matchy is sending the wrong message. Plus it puts you in a box where you feel you have to use M names and you end up compromising the names you like to make a perfectly matched set.

August 7, 2014 10:46 AM



August 7, 2014 12:06 PM

Maeve, Maude, Margot, Malia, Mikayla(sp), Marina, Mina (my favorite, Molly, Milla (too close to Milo), Mara, Maya

August 14, 2014 8:24 PM

I notice that your sons have L and I sounds in common as well as the initial M. And the girl names you listed almost all end in an A or Y sound. Keeping that in mind I offer the following suggestions:

Molly, Millie, Minnie, Malia, Maria/Mariah, Mahalia, Moira, Meara, Mariel/Muriel

Other M names that may be less similar:

Maeve, Morag, Margaret, Megan, Maisie, Miriam, Michaela, Matilda, Maude, Marika

I hope there's something helpful here!

August 23, 2014 5:15 AM

There are lots of pretty "m" names for girls. Marielle is one of my personal favorites. I just thought I'd mention that you could also use a name that starts with "am" or "em", for example:


Such names go well with your two "m" boys, I think. I really like the name Esme too, and I think that also sounds great with your boys' names.

Good luck!