Looking for 1st name to match Victoria as middle name

Hello! I'm new here and expecting our first child, a baby girl in June. My hubby and I are just started looking into names. Victoria is a family name that I would like to continue with my daughter as a middle name (My first name is Victoria; my mom and grandma have Victoria middle names). We're a little stumped with first names to match it, though. I would appreciate any suggestions from this forum.  

We like some names so far but not sure if it matches with Victoria and/or our surname, Lyons.







By mk
January 1, 2014 5:33 PM

Genevieve Victoria and Evelyn Victoria sound best to me, though I do love the name Cassandra.

January 1, 2014 7:09 PM

While I love the name Genevieve, I find the combination with Victoria very V-heavy, with a slightly awkward transition.

I prefer when first and middle names don't end with A, so Samantha and Cassandra aren't ideal. (Of those two, I prefer Cassandra, as Samantha feels very 1980s/1990s to me.)

Of the two remaining, Evelyn and Emily both sound very nice with Victoria and Lyons. Emily feels more timeless, while Evelyn feels very current.

January 1, 2014 8:39 PM

I like the repeating V sounds of Genevieve Victoria, it's probably my top choice for you.

Not a fan of the repeating "a" ending of Samantha Victoria or Cassandra Victoria.

Evelyn Victoria & Emily Victoria are pretty, but they strike me as a little "plain" perhaps because I already know people with those first/middle combos?  

Based on your list, I'll also suggest Lucy, Abigail, Caroline, Eleanor, Danielle, Gabrielle & Audrey.

January 1, 2014 9:20 PM

It's less the repetition and more the fact that one ends with the V and the next starts with one that feels awkward to me. I quite like the interal V, just not the ending one.

January 2, 2014 1:21 PM

Normally I would agree.  But something about the way I say Genevieve creates a longer pause than usual at the end, so it doesn't run into the V of Victoria like other names might.  Eve Victoria just sounds like one word to me, Genevieve Victoria doesn't.  Perhaps it's one of those weird accent things?


January 2, 2014 1:27 PM

Must be because, for me, Genevieve (in English) and Eve lead identically into Victoria.

By EVie
January 2, 2014 11:52 AM

I don't mind the repeating a endings of the first and middle, as long as the number of syllables and the stress are different  in the two names (but then, my middle name is Victoria and my first name ends in a, so it sounds completely natural to me). The only one of your choices that doesn't really work for me is Genevieve—it's one of my favorite names, but I don't care for how the v ending runs into the V of Victoria. Cassandra Victoria is probably my favorite, though that and Samantha Victoria kind of hit the same notes twice instead of giving the name additional dimension. My top pick for a pairing with Victoria would probably be something really sleek and minimal like Claire Victoria or Rose Victoria, or a more punchy two-syllable pick like Liesel Victoria or Margaux Victoria. 

However, it seems like you prefer a more ornate and multisyllabic style, in which case I would say, don't let the middle name choice dictate your pick for the first name. It's much more important to have a first name that you love, whether it means giving up Victoria in the middle slot or using it in a combo that isn't ideal. 

January 7, 2014 4:26 PM

Another option that might bring Genevieve back in the running (because I do love it) is to use Victoria as a first name and call the baby by her middle name. I know a family who did this with both their boys, and it's worked fine so far, but when they're older and starts filling out forms, they're probably going to get called by their first names fairly frequently. So perhaps not the perfect choice, but if there's a name you really like that doesn't work well before Victoria, it might be something to consider.

January 14, 2014 11:45 AM

Rose is a beautiful name that we just added to our list as well. I didnt realize I liked multisyllabic names until now =) Perhaps because I have a long first name? I guess I'm feeling the pressure to include Victoria as a middle name. In the big scheme of things, I do agree with you that it is more important to love the first name anyway. Thank you!


January 3, 2014 3:08 PM

My favorites are Genevieve Victoria(it is a little 'V heavy', but I don't think its excessive), Evelyn Victoria, and Emily Victoria. Of course, Emily is a top 10 name and has been for years, but it's still a beautiful classic in my eyes. Plus, I know an Emily Victoria and I think its a gorgeous combo :) Evelyn is pretty trendy right now but lovely nonetheless. I like the way Evelyn Lyons looks too- I think it's the y's. Genevieve is super gorgeous and not yet super popular, which is a plus. I think it would be the most refreshing to hear on a little girl. Would you use any nicknames if you chose Genevieve?

January 14, 2014 11:31 AM

I love the name too, but I'm afraid of the V-heaviness as well. I would probably use nicknames like Gen/Genny (pronounced "Jen" or "Jenny"), Viv, Vivi, Eve, Evie.

January 7, 2014 4:11 PM

I know a Caroline Victoria, and I've always thought her name was lovely, but I'm not sure Caroline Lyons is what you're looking for. Her sister's name is Claire though, and I think Claire Victoria is nearly as lovely. Some other options:

Annelise Victoria Lyons

Rebecca Victoria Lyon

Sophia Victoria Lyons

Emma Victoria Lyons

Josephine Victoria Lyons

I don't think A's at the end of both first and middle name is a problem, but I personally don't like the repepetitive V in Genevieve Victoria or Evelyn Victoria. Evelyn Lyons is a little repetitive too. (I know that you already said you didn't think these names would work, I'm just reafirming that, since others don't all seem to agree) Cassandra, Samantha, and Emily are all lovely, and for some reason Emily Lyons doesn't feel too bad to me with the to ly's, but it's borderline bad. If it weren't for that, it might be my favorite name. Emily is a popular name though, especially among girls a little older than her, and Emma is curently popular, just something to keep in mind.


January 14, 2014 11:38 AM

Thanks everyone! We're still looking to expand our choices so additional name suggestions are welcomed. We prefer classic  names that are currently not on the top 10 -20. I find it interesting to hear how others either really liked or are really turned off by the "V" sounds, "Ly" or "a"-ending first/middle name pairs. I guess that's where I'm torn as well. Well, I have 20 weeks to decide ;>

January 15, 2014 6:44 PM

Some suggestions: 

Annabel Victoria Lyons (#519) / Annabelle Victoria Lyons (#100)
Audrey Victoria Lyons (#41)
Beatrice Victoria Lyons (#691)
Cecily Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Claire Victoria Lyons (#45) / Clare Victoria Lyons (#727)
Daphne Victoria Lyons (#420)
Diane Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Edith Victoria Lyons (#762)
Eleanor Victoria Lyons (#135) / Elinor Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Elise Victoria Lyons (#151) / Elyse Victoria Lyons (#527)
Esther Victoria Lyons (#242)
Evangeline Victoria Lyons (#292)
Florence Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Frances Victoria Lyons (#764)
Gabrielle Victoria Lyons (#129)
Grace Victoria Lyons (#21)
Gwendolyn Victoria Lyons (#514)
Iris Victoria Lyons (#282)
Isabel Victoria Lyons (#134) / Isabelle Victoria Lyons (#126)
Jane Victoria Lyons (#340)
Jillian Victoria Lyons (#286) / Gillian Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Josephine Victoria Lyons (#160)
Judith Victoria Lyons (#896)
Juliet Victoria Lyons (#253) / Juliette Victoria Lyons (#310)
June Victoria Lyons (#435)
Katherine Victoria Lyons (#64) / Catherine Victoria Lyons (#167)
Lillian Victoria Lyons (#25)
Louise Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Margaret Victoria Lyons (#178)
Margot Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000) / Margo Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Marian Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Penelope Victoria Lyons (#125)
Rosalie Victoria Lyons (#406)
Rose Victoria Lyons (#261)
Rosemary Victoria Lyons (#603)
Ruby Victoria Lyons (#106)
Ruth Victoria Lyons (#344) 
Sadie Victoria Lyons (#120) 

January 25, 2014 1:21 AM

I think all of those would be lovely with Victoria. You should pick your favorite name. I think often times too much emphasis is put on "flow," when the only time I've ever heard my first middle and last name is when I graduated.

February 3, 2014 10:41 PM

I think the first name should be one syllable. 

I like Rose Victoria, Claire Victoria, Beth Victoria

or if you want more than one syllabe, some examples are:

Kelly Victorica, Kodie Victorica, Rachel Victoria

Those are just some names that I think go good with Victoria.

I hope I helped! (: