Fourth girl name that includes an L

We are expecting our fourth daughter and are having difficulty coming up with another name.  I've realized that all three of our girls have names that contain the letter L.  I feel like that's a nice link for the girls to share and want to continue it for the fourth.  Our surname is a single syllable and Germanic.  So we both prefer at least a two syllable first name. Our girls are




Names we are considering:

Emi1ia - we both love this one but know it will be mistaken for Amelia and are concerned it will be smushed in with all the other Em- names. I think the cons outweigh the pros for us, unfortunately.


E1isabeth - we both like it, I prefer it with an s rather than a z, but know the poor girl will be correcting spelling all her life

Louisa - I love it but hubs is not on board

C1eo - I've always loved this name, hubs does too, depending on the day


Names we like but can't use because they don't work with our surname: Charlotte, Clare and Clara



January 21, 2015 2:05 AM

Whoops, accidently posted this before I was ready!

If any of you lovely name enthusiasts have additional suggestions or thoughts to share, I'd appreciate the inupt.  I know we need to ultimately land on a name we love, not just a name that completes a lovely sibset or our "L" pattern.  I'm hoping some suggestions will remind us of names we love but may not have considered yet.  

January 21, 2015 10:17 AM

I love your daughter's names.  We have Lilla and Vivienne, Cecily is our front runner if we have another girl and Juilette has been on and off our list. We have a one syllable last name with a hard sound so I know where you are coming from.

Off of your list 
I would not use Laurel or Louise since you already have Lilah.
Or Caroline or Cleo since you already have Cecily, also I feel like Caroline is a bit plainer than your daughters names and Cleo is more distinct, although I do like it next to Juliet.

I love Emilia or Elizabeth for another girl.

Some suggestions

Adeline - since you like Caroline

any of the belle names or line names would work I just put a couple of my favorites up there. 


January 21, 2015 10:32 AM

I love the suggestion of Camille!  All of these are great, actually.

January 21, 2015 3:37 PM

ITA on nixing the L names, and how Cleo is a bit of an outlier except next to the other Culturally Famous Name, Juliet. (I looked at Cleo for my own daughter, and understand the appeal.)

I was going to suggest Eloise, love Camille except the for "C" issue in the sibset, and was going to suggest Adele. Violet also works for me, as it has the same feminine, old-time feel your names give me. Which is why I used the Name Finder requiring Passing Fashion of the Past while also excluding Nicknames and Non-Standard Spellings, required that the name have an "l" and excluded names ending in "a" because of Lilah. (I really like that all your names have different endings.) Any -elle/ella, and -belle/bella names work, but I figure you know that and are not interested. I will mentioned that "Idabelle" came up, in case anyone is looking for an old-fashioned Southern-sounding name. ;-)

I'll add Florence, Odile ("Swan Lake" and "Black Swan" fan here), Opal, Pearl, Elaine, Marlis.

January 21, 2015 10:29 AM

I love your daughters' names!  From your new list Louisa is my favorite, but since your hubs vetoes it, I will move on.  ;)

Take all of my opinions with a grain of salt.  I'm not really ordering these, just typing as I think.

I find your concerns with Emilia and Elisabeth completely valid.  I personally try to avoid choosing names that will be difficult to spell or have multiple spellings.  However, if you love the name, you should go for it anyway.  Another thing to note is that both of these names have four syllables, while all of your daughters' names have two or three.  If you really want to balance the sibset, you might consider choosing another two-syllable name to go along with Lilah.  Also, the rhythm of the names is something to consider.  CEcily, LIlah, JuliETTE, CAROlne.  Caroline fits with the first two, but leaves Juliette as the odd-girl out rhythm-wise and Lilah out syllable-wise.  CLEo and LAURel also fit with the strong first-syllable rhythm you seem to prefer.

What about Lorelai/Loralei?  It's Germanic, old-fashioned, and has an L.  It reminds me a bit of Laurel, which I also really like.



Linnea-Mixes up the rhythm, and only has two syllables, if that's something you want to do.

Isla-this is one of my favorites and is on my list.  It's Celtic and pronounced EYE-lah.


Those are my insights, for what they're worth!  Haha.  Good luck!

By Eko
January 21, 2015 8:49 PM

Linnea usually has three syllables. I love this name!

January 26, 2015 5:23 PM

I second Coraline!! 

January 21, 2015 10:57 AM

All of your names are lovely.

Have you considered Amelia instead of Emilia?  I share your concerns about Emilia, especially considering the popularity of the "em" names right now.  Another similiar option would be Amalia.  

Caroline is very pretty and fits well with the other names.  However, the repeated initial C does bother me (I realize not everyone shares my dislike of repeated initials in a sibset).

Elisabeth is lovely and works well in the sibset.  I really don't think Elisabeth is a huge issue.  She'll simply have to say "Elisabeth with an S" when she needs to spell her name.  People have to specify Katherine with a K or Jon without an H all the time, and I've never known it to cause problems for them.

Louisa should probably be eliminated since your husband isn't on board.  Perhaps he'd like Eloise better?

Cleo feels a bit off to me with the sibset.  It repeats the initial & visually, Cecily & Cleo seem too similiar to me.

Laurel is lovely!  It was a name I loved but had to eliminate because husband wasn't on board.  It does repeat the initial though.

I'll suggest Molly, Eleanor, Helen, Sylvia/Sylvie, Adele, Anabel, Elise, Viola & (inspired from another post) Willa.


January 21, 2015 11:16 AM

Working from what you like:

Amalia (probably same problem as Emilia)


Elise or Elisa



Helen, Helena or Elena





January 21, 2015 2:59 PM

A few names:






January 21, 2015 5:32 PM

Thank you, NE's!  So many of the names you all have suggested work well and are names that have been on and off our list.  It's helpful to reconsider them with fresh eyes.

Elise and Annaliese are two names we keep coming back to.  My only hesitation is how it sounds with our last name, which is one syllable, consant heavy and starts with an S.  I feel like names ending in S sound blend in too much with our surname.  And what is the correct pronunciation of Annaliese?  Is it Ana or Anna and -lisa or -lise?

I agree that Cleo doesn't fit as well with the girls' names, much as I love it's spunkiness.  Plus, I'm not sure I have the courage to actually use this name.  Though I find it very attractive and fun!

And between Caroline and Elisabeth, I think Elisabeth wins it for us by a hair.  To me they have a similar feel.  

As for Laurel, I this name a lot, however it repeats an initial we already have.  Maybe this isn't a huge deal, not sure.

Emilia or Amelia both work and seem to fit with the girls' names.  I prefer Emilia (or Emelia, though this spelling seems to be more of a modern invention, which I don't love).   I pronounce Emilia as Em-EE-lee-a.  I pronounce Amelia as Uh-meal-ya.  But probably most people would hear Amelia when we introduce her as Emilia.  We both have some concerns over spelling and pronunciation with this one.  But is a name we've talked about every time we've been expecting.  Still, I think there's a reason we haven't used it yet.

Lorelai is an awesome, strong name that I like.  I think it works with our Germanic surname.  Just concerned it might be a bit of a tongue twister for us as parents, with Lilah and Lorelai.  Maybe there's another Germanic name that fits the bill that I'm not thinking of?  

If any one has additional thoughts, I'd welcome them!


January 21, 2015 6:54 PM

I can see why you would hesitate with a name ending in an -s.  In my family, we pronounce Annaliese Ana-Lees. 

Spelling it Analiese might help with that.  

I love the name Elisabeth (we choose it as a middle for one of our daughters but spelled it with a z).

It is a beautiful, feminine, & classic name.  Have you thought about nicknames? The only two little Elizabeth's I know use Lizzie as their nickname, which would repeat the L in your sib-set. 

As for the spelling, I say if you love it with an "s" then spell it with an "s".  We chose to spelling our son's name Erik to honor my Swedish roots.  He has to say " Erik with a 'K'" and some people still spell it wrong, but my preference for this spelling outweighed the hassle factor. He is now 15 and I have not regretted it.  


January 29, 2015 4:00 AM

I think that if you are hoping for the Ah-neh-lee-sah pronunciation rather than Ah-nah-lees, I'd suggest a -liesa (or -lisa) spelling. The most recent year has these permutations in the SSA data:


I would avoid any spellings that just use one n, because then you've got "Anal" right up front there, and that is just hard to unsee. That's clearly not a universal opinion though, because:


There's also these, which I also wouldn't recommend as they just look wrong to my eye:



March 20, 2015 3:12 PM

Adelaide is a german name that I could see fitting in with your daughter's

January 21, 2015 6:48 PM

Of course my fav is Louisa - but hubs...

I like Elisabeth best out of your choices. All girls would have an "l", all would have a different ending. I think most people know that Elizabeth/Elisabeth can have two spellings. So can "Lila" and "Juliette"!

Emilia again has the same thing - have to correct at times. I do think of the boy Emilio and girl Amelia when I do think of these names.

Cleo is great, but if you are looking to "fit in" with the other names, I don't think it works. If you don't care; it is a great name.

Laurel - as a fan of Laura - still kind of an "eehh" to me. But if you like it...

Caroline is a nice name and fits what you want. I just find it a little "old" - and I don't mean "old lady" old. Just seems to come up alot and I've known a few.

So - again my favorite is Elisabeth.

Good luck!

January 21, 2015 7:01 PM

What about Liesel? 

January 21, 2015 9:39 PM

I like Liesel and considered it as a nn for Elisabeth.  Hubs likes it too.  Just wondering if it's too German as a given name next to her sisters?

January 22, 2015 9:04 AM

I guess that is your call.  Your other daughters' names don't seem to have a common language background (i.e. French) so that a little Liesel would be left out.  I am so not an expert in that kind of stuff, but to my ears it doesn't sound out of place.  It sounds similar to me to Louisa.  And, as a Sound of Music fan, I know that they were two of the daughters (in the movie, actually not in the real von Trapp family).  A big selling point for me with any name is that my husband is on board :)

January 21, 2015 9:29 PM

Few names with L but not repeating a first initial; Alena, Ansley, Blythe, Elsa, Estella (Stella), Finley, Gabriella, Hadley, Helena, Milly, Opal, Priscilla, Pearl, Valorie, Violet, Willa, Waverly 

January 23, 2015 10:32 PM

Of the ones you've posted, "Caroline" is my favorite. It seems sort of "19th century intellectual" to me, and I'm not quite sure why, to be honest. 

Some other ideas (a few of which have already been mentioned by others, but I'm adding my endorsement):








Larissa (this is currently my top choice in the unlikely event that I ever have another daughter.)

 I love the suggestions of Helena and Adele.

January 24, 2015 8:49 AM

I was just thinking that Cleo is not necessarily an outlier. It could kind of be a nod to "Antony and Cleopatra" just as Juliet alludes to "Romeo and Juliet." :)

Chloe is another option, though maybe it's too popular?

January 27, 2015 2:11 AM

Thank you all for your thoughtful comments!  I really appreciate the input, which is really helping me focus in on what we like.  The names we keep coming back to are Elisabeth and Elise, interesting because is a diminutive of the other.  I think I'd prefer not to repeat an initial.  That would leave out Caroline, Cleo, Laurel and Louisa.  

I'm trying to think through nicknames for Elisabeth, though I love the name so much I'd prefer to use it in full most of the time.  I'm not wild about Liz, probably because I know so many friends (my age) with this nn.  

January 27, 2015 8:46 AM

Nicknames for Elisabeth are not inevitable. I chose to go by Liz in college, but went back to Elizabeth in grad school. Go for it! Elisabeth is a beautiful name, but I'm just a wee bit biased.

January 27, 2015 10:58 AM

Lovely--I think you could certainly use Elise as the nn for Elisabeth, especially with that spelling. I think Liz is a pretty unlikely nn for a baby born today, unless her family choose to use it. I think any of the El- names is more likely to be hit upon by schoolyard friends, but I also agree that the tendency to impose a nickname is generally much less today than in past generations. Good luck!

January 27, 2015 9:20 AM

What about Millicent?  NN - Milli, Penny (for cent), Lisa

January 27, 2015 1:24 PM

I love Laurel. Longtime favorite name.

My suggestions:

  • Helene 
  • Colette
  • Everly
  • Celeste
  • Elise/Elisa
January 27, 2015 1:27 PM

Libby could work as a nickname foe Elisabeth.

Other suggestions: Alina, Angeline, Callie, Pearl, Selena

Arabella, Lena 

January 27, 2015 1:34 PM

We have a name patterns too. All 3 of our girls have an A overload and a Y. Also find of the L sound in one name or another. The are:

Amaya Nicole

Bryanna Elise 

Alayna Lillian...personally LOVE Alayna. She was a surprise baby and we worried that people would mispell it with an E all the time but really it hasn't been much of an issue.

Good luck and just go with what you love.

January 27, 2015 3:59 PM

Cecily,  Lilah, Juliet &

Amelia, Alice, Alara, Berkley, Briella, Chloe, Delaney, Elanor, Eliza, Gisele, Harlow, Mabel, Paisley, Selena, Velma, & Willow

March 18, 2015 5:07 PM

I've been spending lots of time (possibly too much ;) digesting the helpful thoughts and suggestions you all shared.  Thank you!  I'm coming back with a revised short list and would love some additional inupt.  Our new short list:

Emmeline, Isabel (or Isobel) and Ivy

These are three names that were on our long list with all three girls.  So we clearly like all three of these names.  We want to choose a name that will serve her well as a girl and as a woman.  I'd prefer to choose something that doesn't feel date stamped to a particular time.  I've also been somewhat focused on continuing our accidental trend of including and internal 'L' sound.  Though clearly, Ivy doesn't meet that criteria.  I also want to the girls names so fit well together.  They seem to enjoy the sound of their names as a group, though I'm also cognizant that they'll spend less time as a set of siblings than they will as adults making their own way in the world.  

As a refresher, big sisters are 




My thoughts on our short list names:

Emmeline - I realize it has some pronunciation issues.  Hubs German language background makes him want to pronounce the last syllable as -leen.  I somewhat prefer -line.  I'm concerned that Emme-leen sounds almost indistunguishable from Emily.  Plus, we live in the US and suspect most Americans will default to -line.  This name appeals to me because it shares some of what I like about Caroline.  Caroline isn't a contender due to the repeated first initial.  I first heard this name in the Anne of Avonlea series, also one of my first memories of Ceci!y, which I love (obviously).  To me the name is pretty and feminine without being super frilly.  This one is my favorite.

Ivy - This was a serious contender when we were expecting Ju!iet.  The only thing holding us back is that it feels a bit modern and maybe even edgy, though I realize it's a vintage classic.  One of our darling littles has expressed concern that it's too short of a name compared to the rest of the sisters.  I'm not bothered by the poision ivy connection. This one is hubs favorite.

Isabel/Isobel - My only concern with this name is the popularity of Isabella over so many years.  We would use the full name most of the time.  

There are a whole raft of names we really like but that sound too similar to our girls names.  For instance Amelie, Rosalie and Ceci!y; Isla, Eliza and Li!ah; Ju!iet and any of the -ets.

So, I'd love to hear thoughts on our new short list.  And if anyone has a fantastic idea to share, I'm still open to hearing it!  We're getting close to delivery day though and I'd love get it down to two with a front runner.  



March 18, 2015 5:41 PM

I think Ivy is the one on your list that goes the best with the other girls' names.  They would all share an i.  Do middle name plans include a L? 

I haven't read through the previous comments, so I don't know if these are repeats:

March 18, 2015 6:01 PM

I agree with your daughter that Ivy looks the most like an outlier with your other girls' names. I think I'd especially want to avoid a diminutive name (both in actual length and in "feel" with the -y ending--though I realize Ivy is a full name) if this baby is likely to be your last, and thus the baby of the family.

Emmeline and Isabel/Isobel both look like they would fit in well. I think the relative popularity of Isabella would actually help Isa/obel a little bit with the date-stampedness, since the name family has never completely fallen out of use and has been popular in a big way for a while. On the other hand, someday the whole class will probably feel a little Millennial. (But I think that's likely with most names that don't sound "wrong" to contemporary ears--someday tastes will shift, and names that "fit" when babies were born, even if obscure, will have the sound of the era in which they were popular.) FWIW, I like the Isobel spelling a little better.

Have you considered Ameline or Rosaline? The former is a more German-sounding take on Emmeline (I think Amelina is an actual old German name), the latter one of the many variants of Rosalind. I think both are lovely, and avoid some of the sound-alike issues of Amelie and Rosalie.

March 18, 2015 11:55 PM


I would vote Emmaline or Isobel for you. They both very much have the sound of this generation, without being too high on the charts IMO. I also agree with another poster that I think Evelyn fits really well with your set.

March 18, 2015 11:59 PM

That's all helpful, thank you.  I do agree that Ivy feels a bit brief next to her sisters -- though it is two syllables, like Li!ah.  And yes, I'm pretty sure she'll be our last.  I think that's part of what might not feel quite right about it.  But I do like the name and would be fine if that's where we landed.

I do prefer the Isobel spelling, too.  And hubs, who was resistant at first to that variant, really likes it now.  It is a name that has two spellings used almost equally, Isabel and Isabelle.  So it is a name that will need spelling clarification anyway.  My only question is whether Isobel should be pronounced differently than Isabel? 

Funny that you mention Ameline.  It's a name I wasn't familiar with until researching Emmeline.  I think I like the idea of Ameline but don't see myself actually using it.  But it is pretty!

March 18, 2015 6:10 PM

I love your girls names and you have a great shortlist! Isabel/Isobel is my favorite with your sibset.  It's a beautiful name and you still keep with the subtle "L" trend.  I personally like the Isobel spelling a little more but I think most Americans would probably default to Isabel.  Emmeline is my second choice (I would pronouce it Emma-leen if I just saw it written), beautiful name and fits well with the set.  I would choose that if the popularity of Isabella becomes a deal-breaker.  Ivy is pretty but a little harder-sounding than her sisters' names.  Good luck!

March 19, 2015 12:02 AM

Thank you!  I love hearing another voice of support for Isobel.  It seems like such an underused spelling of this beautiful name, particularly in the US.  But I do prefer it, too.  

Interesting to me that you'd pronounce Emmeline with -leen.  And I agree that Ivy is a bit spunkier than my girls names.

March 18, 2015 6:24 PM

I vote Ivy. I think it "completes" your set. I like how your list starts with a "y" ending & ends with a "y" ending -- Cecily & Ivy. I also like that you'd have 2 three syllable names & 2 two syllable names :)

March 18, 2015 9:26 PM

I love all three of those names. In isolation, I think I'd choose Ivy, but with your girls, I'd go with Emmeline. Since Ivy shares the 'y' ending with Cecily, I'd give the edge to Emmeline. That way each girl has her own first and last initial. The same is true of Isabel, but Emmeline has been used less frequently. Whatever you choose, however, you'll have a wonderfully-named daughter. Good luck!

March 19, 2015 12:06 AM

I do love the idea of each girl having her own first initial and ending sound.  Isobel had been my personal front runner until I started considering Emmeline -- a suggestion made by someone here in response to my initial post.  Now, I'm torn!  Emmeline is less commonly used.  But Isobel is so classic and pretty.  Both are fabulous to me.  Decisions!!!

March 18, 2015 9:35 PM

Cecily, Lilah, Juliet and...

I think of this new list, if you want to keep the L trend, go with Emmeline, and if you are willing to let that go, go with Ivy. I do like Isobel, too, but the similarity to Isabella is a bit of a turn-off for me, and your other girls' names aren't as popular and I assume you'd want to keep it that way... I support you not repeating first letters/sounds, or rhymes/endings (hence Violet not working with Juliet or Isla with Lilah). I do really like Coraline though, so might make an exception since Cecily and Coraline use two different C sounds ;-)

So far my favorite of the not-coming-from-you suggestions has been Dahlia, which I think would be really lovely with your girls' names.

What about Evelyn? This has a lot going for it, might be my personal fave for your sibling set...


Gillian (this is a bit of an outlier)




Adele or Estella



Not L names that seem to go would be 








Let us know what you decide! Sounds like it's happening soon!





March 19, 2015 12:16 AM

I love the idea of Dahlia and had that on my personal longer list.  So interesting that you mentioned that name specifically.  Hubs isn't on board though.  And it's similar enough to me in sounds to Li!ah that I'm not going to go to bat for it.  It is a great name, though.  As for Evelyn, I agree that it works with the girls and I love the nn Evie.  But it feels slightly more mid-century to me than the names we have (others may disagree with me though), plus I know a handful of little Evelyns, along with Eleanor/Elinors and Eloises.  

I'm finding as we consider and discuss names, that I prefer ones that are vintagey but also names that aren't already attached to any people we already know.  I think that helps me see the name as belonging to my child.  Isobel would be an exception, since I know a handful of little ones with that name, but spelled differently.  


March 20, 2015 6:47 AM

Ivy is my favorite of your choices, and I love how it fits with your set. The L theme isn't obvious enough to stress over, in my opinion. It is visually shorter, but doesn't feel unsubstantial when said aloud with the other names. And how often will the girls be listed as a set in writing anyways? 

I have always loved Emmeline from Anne of Green Gables. Unfortunately I have come across several babies named EmmaLynn recently, and that has soured me on it a bit. At least in my area (where creative naming abounds), I think people would assume Emmeline is a trendy new creation rather than a vintage name.

Isobel is lovely but, when said out loud, it's just not distinctive from the tons of Isabellas. In writing, it's worlds different, but that won't be a practical daily factor. That said, I dont think you should avoid a name for popularity's sake if its THE name for you. 

March 20, 2015 3:31 PM

These are all lovely names! Such a hard decision! I like them in the order you listed: Emmeline first, then Ivy, then Isa/obel.

The only potentially fantastic idea I have is Eveline (LEEN ending). It seems a combo of Emmeline and Ivy, and I could even see Ivy being plausible as a nn for it. And I'm kind of swooning over Eveline Isobel. Oh my! All the rest of your favorite names in one. Ceci!y, Li!ah, Ju!iet, and Eve!ine.

March 21, 2015 12:09 PM

Oh, I'm loving Eveline.  I considered this one briefly before Emmeline.  But silly me thought it was pronounced with -line ending.  It's so lovely with -leen!  I may like this more than Emmeline when pronounced the way you suggest.  Will need to run it by hubs and our oldest daughter.  Thank you for the suggestion!

By rooo
March 22, 2015 12:40 AM

Of your 3 options, I like Ivy best. I like the symmetry of 2 girls each with 2 syllables and 3 syllables. I also like that Cecily and Ivy share the -y ending, like bookends.

Another name I would suggest for you is Adeline. It has the -line ending you like, but I think it's a more straightforward pronounciation. I would pronounce Emmaline ending in -leen. Also, while Emmaline is not as common, there are so many Emmas and Emilys that if popularity/trendiness is a concern may bother you.

Isa/Isobel is my second choice from your list. The popularity of this one doesnt bother me as much because it seems more timeless and it sounds like you won't call her "Bella".

A few other ideas I have for you are Helen, Holly, Hallie, Elise, Maelle, Rachel, Annaliese. All have a unique first initial, an L and 2 syllables (except for Annaliese).

March 21, 2015 12:13 AM

Off the original list I'd choose Elizabeth. But thats my name so I'm partial. I was always Elizabeth or Lee Lee which became Leigh. Some new nn options if it's still on the table. 

Off the new list I like Emmeline. Though I'd pronounce it leen or lyn. (I'm from the south)

I really like the suggestions of Evelyn and Adelaide for you.  Evelyn nn Evie is adorable and fits well with the group. Adelaide is a name I've always loved and would have used if I had any daughters. It might get mixed in with Addison and Adeline/Adelyn(ne) etc. 

March 21, 2015 12:15 PM

I do still love Elizabeth (or Elisabeth).  If we go with Ivy, will definitely be the middle name.  

I appreciate your feedback on proununication in the south.  For some reason I thought in the south Emmeline would be pronounced -line due to the huge regional popularity of Caroline.  I'm from the south but no longer live there.  But clearly, I could be totally off!  

Adelaide is a name we talked about by eliminated for the same reason you mention.  I'm afraid she would more regularly be called by Addy than the full name.

March 21, 2015 10:20 PM

I live in the south and would pronounce Emmeline with a -line sound. But the south is a huge and varied place!

March 21, 2015 11:36 PM

Good point.  I was just chatting with my friend in NC who said she'd pronounce it Emma-line.  She happens to have a cousin with that name and also a friend's young daughter, both spelled Emmaline and pronounced -line.  

March 22, 2015 10:47 PM

If I saw it written first I'd probably make a concerted effort to say line. But like a lot of southerners I can get lazy with my pronunciation. I have a friend Caroline and when I say her name 1/2 the time its Carolyn even though I know it's wrong. 

My boys also go to school with an Emmalyn so that may be influencing me slightly.