Help us with our top 3 girl names!

We want to narrow down our top three girl names! Without information on significance what name do you like most or least?


kira newton

mckenna newton

linley newton 


thabk you!!


October 18, 2014 10:31 AM

I love the name Kira, and it flows well with Newton.

October 18, 2014 11:23 AM

I like Kira quite a bit.  I'm really not a fan of either McKenna or Linley. 

October 18, 2014 12:46 PM

Kir flows best, but I like McKenna the best 

October 18, 2014 1:02 PM

I much prefer kira. Linley and Mckenna are not my style at all. They also sound overly masculine and too much like last names to me and I don't like that in girl names.

October 18, 2014 2:20 PM

I think personally I am just over the letter "k" for girls' names, so I can't pick Kira. This year, I have Kayla, Kayla, Kailah, Kaysha, Kyara, Kaitlyn... It's just too much for me personally. Kira is a more classic K name, but I just feel over the letter itself. So there's my 2 cents on that. Keep in mind that I teach high school, though, so these girls were named 17 years ago. But I would much prefer a name like Chiara, similar but without that K.

McKenna feels timestamped as well. 

Linley is one I haven't heard as much, and it's not in the top 1000, so out of your 3 I'd pick that. I like the simple spelling, and the slightly unisex feel although it also has a femininity to it. I think I am the odd man out here, but wanted to give my opinion, since you asked :-)

Good luck!


October 18, 2014 3:06 PM

I like Kira the best. I think it's very cute. 

I know a little girl names Makayla (Michayla), I'm not sure how it is spelled. It reminded me of a mash up of mckenna and lin,eh - similar sounds. 

October 22, 2014 12:02 AM

The name you're thinking of is Michaela, but currently the most common way to spell it is Makayla. Mikayla is also more common than the correct spelling. Like Alison, it sounds like a patronymic surname (mac is Gaelic for 'son'), even though it isn't (the traditional Michaela spelling makes the origin clear, and Alison is Alice + an old diminutive suffix -on), and they've each engendered an entire class of surname-names for girls (Madison, Addison; Mckenzie, Mckenna) that sound gratingly wrong to traditionalists like me.

I think the original poster can deduce from that which of the three names I *don't* care for.

Linley is a placename, so if you must use a surname-name, it'll do just as well for a girl as a boy, but I don't generally care for surname-names, especially not ones that are plucked randomly off other people's family trees. (I remember the existence of a previous thread, but not what was said, so I don't know if Linley is a family/honor name. If it is, I can certainly get behind your use of it: it's one of the more euphonious and name-like surnames out there.)

Kira is the best of the three. The traditional spelling is Ciara, but I can fully understand and support the use of Anglicized spellings for Gaelic names, because Gaelic spelling rules are so totally foreign. My hesitation is that short names with the pattern ?i?a are (a) ubiquitous right now, and (b) ambiguous as to pronunciation -- sometimes the 'i' is like in 'kite', sometimes (like in Kira) it's 'ee' like in 'see'.

October 22, 2014 10:58 AM

Kira is also the usual transliteration of the Russian feminine form of Cyrus.  SInce Kira is a given name with a long tradition of use, and the other choices are not, my vote goes to Kira.

By EVie
October 18, 2014 3:53 PM

My least favorite by a long shot is McKenna. I find the Mc- names for girls gimmicky and overdone, and I don't really like the flow with the surname, specifically that "eh-na-new" string, which sounds stuttery to me.

Between Kira and Linley, I might be inclined to flip a coin, or wait and meet the baby. They both have their pros and cons. Kira strikes me as a little more traditional, which is appealing to me, but it does blend into the vast herd of two-syllables-starting-with-K girls. Linley has a more distinctive sound, and is more unusual, but any surname ending in -ley will also blend in with the others, even if it's actually very rare. I'm waffling back and forth on which I prefer. 

October 18, 2014 7:43 PM

I agree with all of this! McKenna doesn't sound great with the last name - too many Ns, too close. I could go either way on preferring Kira or Linley. 

October 18, 2014 7:06 PM

I like Kira. My name is Keir and I've always loved my name because it was unusual. Kira is quite common now so from your list I prefer Linley. It has the same unique quality that Kira/Keir/Keiren once had. McKenna is lovely but also a little too common for me.

October 18, 2014 8:18 PM

Sorry I can't give an unbiased opinion, I still remember the significance of the names from your previous thread. :)  I still like Kira Linley best, both for style and significance.

By kLm
October 21, 2014 5:25 PM

I like Linley the best :)

October 21, 2014 7:23 PM

My vote is for Linley! 

October 21, 2014 11:06 PM

I like Kira. 

Simple but pretty and suits both girls and grown women. 

I also think it's the best with your ln. 

I'm not a huge fan of Mc names, and I agree with others that they seem a bit worn out right now. 

I'm neutral on Linley. I guess I just don't find it very pretty, but I can see how it would appeal, and I could get behind it if it was a family name.

October 21, 2014 11:31 PM

Kira and Linley are lovely and sound great with Newton.  

Not a fan of the McNames to begin with, but I also notice that the "enna" sound kind of runs into the "new" part of your last name, giving you the sound "Nanu" in the flow of it, which feels a bit awkward when spoken aloud.

October 22, 2014 11:14 AM

I like Kira the best for several reasons. First I like its meaning --beam of light.

I also find Mckenna becoming really popular--maybe too poplar.

Linley is nice, but I find it a bit more of a mouthful to say, and you just have to make sure you like the nn Lynn.

Kira just seems perfect. Feminine, fun, unique but not wild. Flows really well with NEwton


October 22, 2014 1:05 PM

"Beam of light"? Where'd you find that one?

I know of two origins for Kira: an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ciara, which is a feminine form of Ciar, derived from a word meaning "black" (!); or a Russian feminized form of Cyrus, which derives from a Persian word meaning "throne". Not even a glimmer of light to be found in either of those, so I'm really curious about the origin of that name origin...

By mk
October 22, 2014 2:03 PM

It's listed on wikipedia and by an anon under the "contribute your knowledge" in the Kira section on this site. Neither have a reference.

My favorites in order: Kira, Linley, McKenna.

October 22, 2014 2:17 PM

First of all, Wikipedia is not a reliable source for any information.  My medievalist colleagues try to police the entries on medieval topics, and as soon as they correct an article, some "contribute your lack of knowledge" individual reintroduces the errors.  My son has a Wikipedia page, and know-nothings have contributed erroneous gossip to the page. 

Second of all, the vast majority of "baby name" websites and books (including this one) are not reliable when it comes to meanings/derivations.

There is a reason why Pope John Paul II chose St. Isidore of Seville as patron saint of the internet.  His etymoloogical encyclopedia was the principal reference work of the Middle Ages--and for the most part his etymological information was simply wrong.  Basically Isidore produced a vast compendium of misinformation.  The pope knew what he was doing when he suggested Isidore as patron of the internet.

By mk
October 22, 2014 4:12 PM

Oh I know, I wasn't suggesting that they were reliable. I don't even know who or how the "contribute" section is even filled out. Magic? I was just suggesting those as possible (unreferenced) places the poster got her information so those who do know whether it is a Sanskrit name or not could check it out.

There are some quite excellent pages on wikipedia that are well-researched and sourced; I have actually been impressed with some in my field. I think people forget that not all the pages are like that though.

By EVie
October 22, 2014 4:42 PM

I checked the Wikipedia entry for Kira, and it at least provides some logical path for the "beam of light" etymology: it says that Kira "might be" a feminine form of Kiran. I checked Kiran on behindthename, and it does list "sunbeam" as one possible Sanskrit meaning (along with "dust" or "thread"). I don't know enough about Sanskrit to know whether behindthename is accurate in that area, and I don't know how often Kira can actually be said to be a feminine form of the Sanskrit name Kiran, given the other more likely derivations.

This is the problem I have with talking about name "meanings." If a name like Kira has multiple possible meanings, depending on which derivation you choose, can it really be said to "mean" anything? If you can effectively choose what a name "means," then doesn't that just render all talk of "meanings" meaningless? (And now I will shut up, because I think that following this train of thought will take me too deep into postmodernism, and I hate postmodernism).

October 22, 2014 6:20 PM

The problem with separating the wheat from the chaff on Wikipedia (and there's a whole lot of chaff mixed in with the wheat) is that you have to have relatively substantial prior knowledge of the topic you are looking up, in which case you have no need for a Wikipedia-type article in the first place.  People who are looking up a topic which is new to them really have no way of knowing what is authoritative and what is nonsense, and there is plenty of nonsense.

By mk
October 22, 2014 6:41 PM

Yes, I agree.

October 22, 2014 2:03 PM

Perhaps confusion with Chiara (Italian equivalent of Clara. Clare, etc.) which does derive from a "light" root....

By ozy
October 22, 2014 10:06 PM

Kira is cute, spunky, and popular in a good way (ie, it is broadly liked).

I never would have thought of Linley but really like it also. I can clearly picture a little girl named Linley, and even though it is very contemporary sounding I could also see it on a grown woman's business card (Linley Newton, Attorney at Law). 

Like some of the other posters I don't like Mckenna; strikes me as a bit cheesy.

October 25, 2014 9:25 PM

I like Linley- I've never heard it in use bit it seems it would fit in well with other popular names. I agree that it fits a baby and an adult professional. It feels like a fresh take on Lindsey - but you may have people make that mistake. Kira would be my next choice - how do you pronounce it? then McKenna- a good choice for a "mc" name but i'm with the others- they all feel dated and over used. 

October 27, 2014 12:25 PM

Love the name Kira for a girl, it was on my list but my husband is not a fan.  Though I would have chose a different spelling I think it is really beautiful.