Four “M”?

Hi all! I was wondering what do you think of sibset; 4 girls: Mackayla, Madeline, Mackenzie and Madison? 

My friend is pregnant with her 4th girl, she already has Mackayla, Madeline and Mackenzie and now she wants to add Madison. I told her “no” because Madeline and Madison are way too similar names. 

To make things “worse” their middle names start with the R letter: Mackayla Rose, Madeline Reese, Mackenzie Ruth, and she’s thinking about Madison Rye, Rae, Rhodes or Rain for this daughter. 

what do you think, do you have any other suggestions? Thanks a lot! 


April 1, 2018 2:35 PM

TBH, my first thought was how close Mackayla and Mackenzie are. Adding Madison would appear to me like she wanted 2 Mack- names and 2 Mad- names. That could be a good thing if she wants to give a "match" for Madeline, or it could just make things even more complicated. What would they do if they had another girl?

As for middles, is she aware Rye is a type of grain? Like naming the baby Barley? Rhodes is a little strange and could get confused with Rose, but the other two are both fine. It's her decision, and whichever she likes should prevail. 

April 1, 2018 5:53 PM

You have a point about Mackayla and Mackenzie being close too, but Mackenzie usualy goes by Kenzie and Mackayla by Mackayla. They would probably go with another M name for another child. Thank you for your opinion :)

By EVie
April 1, 2018 2:40 PM

Has she actually asked you for your input and suggestions? Generally, offering unsolicited opinions on your friends' names choices doesn't end well. She can name her kids whatever she wants and you don't actually get a say.

That said, I do agree with you. Madison is way too close to Madeline. But I would have said Mackenzie is way too close to Mackayla, too. (Though at least with Mackenzie and Mackayla, the stress is on different sounds, KEN vs. KAY. With Madison and Madeline, it's MAD for both). 

I assume she is set on the M pattern. There are so many M names to choose from, it seems a shame to get stuck in a rut. Her style seems to tend toward surnames, but open to trendy-traditional. Mariel, Meridel, Meridian, Melanie, Marina, Meredith, Morgan, Melora, Merritt, Meryl, Mireille, Mila, Mina, Mira, Mara, Melody, Megan, Maia, Maeve, Mabel, Matilda, Maren, Margaux, Mallory, Mabel, Maisie, Mirabelle, Marlo(w), Medley. 

April 1, 2018 6:04 PM

Hi EVie! Yes, she aksed me. I told her that a month ago many of you helped me choose a name for my baby girl, so she was wondering what do you think now. We are actually very good friends, we know each other since middle school, we have kids who are almost same age too, so we give advice to each other most of the time. :) Ofcourse she will name her kids whatever she wants, just like we all do. 

Thanks for your name list, she actually loves Mirabelle, Marielle, Mallory, Melora and Meridel! 

April 1, 2018 6:51 PM

I think another Mad name would suit best - Madison,  then next time Mackenna or Mackendra, Mackaylee, Mackarla, Mackara then Madelena, Madora, Madena, Madonna

April 1, 2018 4:16 PM

since she already has two Mack names,  why not two Mad names - its up to her, obviously that's what she likes

I think yes to Madison in this case and yes to another R one syllable middle name - Madison Rae would be nice, Reine is ok, or Rynn or Rue

April 1, 2018 6:05 PM

I think a) it's awful and b) you need to stay out of it.  She's clearly not bothered by giving her children incredibly similar names.  Since you don't indicate she has asked for opinions, you're risking insulting her and damaging the friendship.

April 2, 2018 2:26 AM

Okay, I was just asking what do you think because SHE wants to know; maybe she will find another suitable name and hear others opinion. Our friendship will not be damaged if I ask what is your opinion, this forum is for it, or at least I thought it was. Many of girls are don’t even pregnant and they ask for name suggestions for the future baby, and that is totaly fine. 

April 2, 2018 9:14 AM

I would get mixed up, but other people have a higher tolerance for similar names than I do. Before your friend settles on the name Rhodes, make sure she's aware of the controversy surrounding Cecil Rhodes.

April 2, 2018 10:29 AM

It sounds like she's really set on three syllables, starts with M. That's pretty specific, but there are enough M- names out there that she could switch things up if she wants to. Some more names to consider, from the Baby Name Finder:

Magnolia (pronounced with -ya at the end), Magenta, Manhattan, Malina, Mariam, Miriam, Marianne, Mariah, Marilla, Marigold, Marisa/Marissa, Marisol, Marita, Mariska, Marlena, Mattea, Mathilda, Maxima, Mayella, Melia, Melisande, Minerva, Monica, Montserrat

If she's willing to go up to four syllables:

Magnolia (pronounced with -ee-a at the end), Mahalia, Mariamne, Mariana, Maribella, Maricela, Mariella, Marietta, Mariposa, Meridian