First name Luca, middle name?

Baby coming in July and I think I've settled on Dylan August for buoy but I'm having a hard time with girl names. For years I've fantasized about the name Eva (pronounced Ava) Faye (my husband's grandmothers's name). But the name Eva has become so popular! Now my favorite girl name is Luca. I like the name in its own right and I think it sounds so pretty with our last name, Canning. But what to put in between has me stumped. These are names I'mconsidering...


Luca Faye

Luca Lorenz (my mom's middle name)

Luca August (afraid it sounds too masculine but phonetically I like this the best)

Luca Willow 


Still open to other first name suggestions as well. Other front runners include:








April 16, 2012 8:47 AM

I agree that Luca C@nning flows well. Why don't you transform August into Augusta (the feminine form)? except I really like Dylan August as a boy combo.

Alternates: Luca Willow is nice too. I also like Celia from your alternate fn's.

Other ideas:

Luca Simone; Luca Nicole; Luca Renee you need the emphasis on the last syllable

Stella; Violet; Harper; Camille; Adele; Piper; Sadie; Ivy for first name ideas

April 16, 2012 9:30 AM

I think that Luca Faye is just gorgeous!  If I were in your shoes I'd just go with that.

I'd also like

Luca Claire

Luca Grace

Luca Skye

By hyz
April 16, 2012 11:29 AM

I would try to pick a MN that is clearly feminine, since Luca is traditionally a male name, so she may need to rely upon her middle name for clarification that she's a girl on official documents (school records, resumes, etc.).  With that in mind, I would definitely nix Lorenz, August, and Quinn.  For sound, my picks would probably be Faye or Scarlett.

April 16, 2012 2:20 PM

If it makes any difference, I actually find Luca August the hardest to say because I need to make a full stop in order to enunciate both the name-final and name-initial "A"s..

By Guest (not verified)
April 16, 2012 2:49 PM

I agree that Luca for a girl needs a feminine middle name.  I like the suggestion of Luca Augusta, but agree it is a little difficult to say.  You could feminize Lorenz by making it Loren or Lauren-but that might lessen the namesake too much for you.  Luca Faye doesn't do it for me, sorry-Faye is just not a name I can get on board with (weird, as I do like May and Rae).  Of your other names, I like Luca Scarlett the best sound-wise.

April 16, 2012 6:40 PM

I Love Dylan August for a boy!!

I agree that it would be helpful to have a more traditionally feminine middle name with Luca to clarify for people.

I like Celia, Scarlett, and Nina all a lot, for first names.

I like Luca Scarlett together, from your list.

I love the name Celia, but don't like 2 names ending with A together.  What about Luca Cecily?

I also like the idea of adjusting Luca Lorenz to Luca Lauren, just because I'm not familliar with Lorenz, so on paper I wouldn't be sure if I was looking at a boy or girl name.

Other ideas--Luca Charlotte, Luca Juliet, Luca Diane, Luca Marie, Luca Fleur.

By Guest (not verified)
April 17, 2012 2:12 PM

I wouldn't do Luc@ C@nning - it sounds like 'Look how cunning!' to me.. Also, Luca is actually a male name. What about Lucia?

April 17, 2012 3:36 PM

I love the name Luca for a boy or a girl.  If you want to make it look more feminine, Lucia (the English pronunciation of LOO-sha) will suit but it doesn't have the same cuddly feel of Luca.  If you don't mind rhyming, I think Luca Nina sounds adorable with an Italian twist.  If you want to use your mother's maiden name, perhaps Luca Loren might work.  I think Luca August is hard to say and I disagree that it works well phoenetically.  I think it works better visually than phoenetically.

Luca Faye sounds pretty but Faye feels like a filler middle name that was popular when we were growing up.  Luca Cecelia instead of Luca Celia flows better to me.  I think Luca Scarlett is a bolder choice and has a ton of personality, and the ending of Luca picks up the first syllable of Scarlett. The assonance is cute and bouncy, just like Luca herself.

April 19, 2012 2:59 AM

Thanks for all the great feedback. This has been really helpful!


April 19, 2012 4:10 PM

I agree that Luca on a girl needs a firmly feminine middle name, so sadly that nixes Lorenz, which I find the most striking of your middle name choices, and August. On the latter, I'll second Karyn that I find the transition hard more difficult phonetically, myself, but I don't know how much you care about this (after all, names don't get pronounced in full that often). For a feminine alternative, do you like Augusta? For me, Luca Faye runs together and becomes Lou Café, but again the whole name won't be spoken often. By default then, Luca Willow works the best for me of your front-runners, but Willow seems a little soft to go with Luca.

Of your other first name options, Scarlett most closely matches the bold style of Luca. Nina shares a cuteness but seems a little quieter and more reserved, while Quinn has the androgenous flair but also reads a bit preppy. Elsie and Celia are even quieter and softer than Nina, but these three names share a vintage little-girl charm. Overall, there's a wide range of styles on your list. I like zoerhenne's suggestions for expanding it and will also throw out my own:

Ada, Alice, Alexa, Antonia, Austyn, Brynne, Carlotta, Cassandra, Cora/Coral, Dee,

Eden, Erica, Fiona, Greer, Gwen, Hailey, Holly, Iris, Isla, Jackie, Jillian, Katrina, Kitty,

Lacie, Lena, Marta, Nadia, Nancy, Nora, Pippa/Poppy, Polly, Queenie, Ryan, Rory, Rose, Ruby, Ruth,

Sadie, Stella, Sukie, Tammy, Tess, Willa, Winter, Zara

There is an occasional poster on this site with a daughter Louka, if you want to consider that spelling. I'd guess it's more likely to read as a girl's name, but maybe she'll chime in with her experience.

April 19, 2012 6:41 PM

I just thought of Maris. Don't know if it's been suggested yet as I only skimmed over recent posts.

Luca Maris or Louka Maris? I rather like the look of the former.