Middle Name For Abilene?

Hi! Me and my husband are expecting our third in May and we need help chosing her middle name!!? All our kids names follow a first letter A theme. Our oldest is Annella and our son is Adrian. Abilene will be a girl and we are really looking forward to having her, but her middle name is actually causing us alot if stress. Our older two’s names were never really a bother because we didn’t know what gender Annella was until she was born so we made a list of our top five names for boys and girls. Annella was his favourite and my second so we settled for that and we both adored Adrian. Abilene wasn’t on either of our original lists but after we knew we wanted an A name I started researching and we both fell in love with it. 

The point of stress is that pretty much every name either of us is suggesting the other either dislikes or we end up saying it doesn’t work with our surname, Thomas. We would really appreciate any suggestions or options in our current list. T

My current favourites for the middle name are






My Husbands favourites are





We both want something that has somewhat religious roots but also doesn’t sound to old fashioned. We are both also big fans of film so if the names could have something to do with that we would really like it. We are very aware that this may sound Like a lot of things and I am very sorry if it does. But please feel completely and utterly free to comment any suggestions. We would love any new names but would really appreciate any comments on are current names just to maybe help us reach a compromise. 

Thank you so much!




February 4, 2019 10:35 PM

I'm not fussed on Leslie Or Mira. Some similar Mia, Leah, Lisa, Elizabeth, aslea, Beth, Shae, shaelyn, Shayla, Phoebe.  Others names grace, rose, faith, joy, Kate, Paige, Renee, Marie, Claire, Jean, Laura, lea, Naomi, Ruth, Zoe, Chloe

February 4, 2019 10:51 PM

You've agreed on the first name, which is the biggest hurdle! Abilene is an unusual name, so it might be a good starting point to consider a more common name in the middle. Rachel on your list and Elisabeth on your husband's would work well. They also satisfy the religious roots (assuming Christianity, you didn't specify) and they are both classic names that will never sound dated.

Some other ideas in the same vein: Hannah, Mary, Naomi, Ruth, Esther, Leah


You don't say what your older kids' middle names are. Perhaps there's a common link between them that you'd like to continue. E.g. if they both have nature middles, or if they're after family members or historical figures or something like that. Or maybe you have Annella Grace and Adrian Henry, so logically you could choose an I middle name for Abilene.


Is there any possibility of using two middle names? Abilene Mira Shaye, Abilene Tia Leslie, Abilene Penelope Shaye?


Or perhaps combine the sounds of some of your choices:

Rachel + Shaye = Raye

Mira + Elisabeth = Mirabeth

Shaye + Mira = Shira


I also notice that a few of your choices contain "el" - RachEL, PenELope, ELisabeth, plus Leslie which contains both letters also. How about a different name with "el" - Eleanor, Eliza, Ellery, Elsie, Ellen or Michelle, Isabel, Adelaide, Brielle, Melanie? Or even just Elle?

February 5, 2019 6:14 AM

Annella Naomi and Adrian Nathan  are the full names of my older two. And yes we are looking for Christian religious names. We don’t want to use two middle names because my partner has two and it really annoys him when he is filling out forms and stuff. I LOVE Mirabeth and Adelaide. But I don’t know how I feel about having an A first and middle name. 

Inlov these names very much I will run them by my hubbie and the rest of my family and get back to you!

February 5, 2019 8:10 AM

I think another N middle name - what about Noa,  Naamah, Nadine, Nadia, Natasha, Natalie, Natalia Nina Neve Nora Noelle Nicole Nola

February 5, 2019 8:54 AM

I particularly like Nora and Nina from this list.

How about Nia, Nancy, Nadya?

February 5, 2019 7:25 PM

I do really like Nina though, and it was my mothers name. Im just not sure if it sounds a bit too punchy next to Abilene. Or Abbi (the nickname we will use)

February 5, 2019 8:05 PM

I think Nina and special to have the connection with your mum, but it also depends if your others have special middle names

February 5, 2019 7:22 PM

We did originally really like Neve and Nadia but decided against them just because we thought it may be slightly to excessive and we didn’t really fall in love with them

February 5, 2019 7:27 PM

After talking to my husband we have vetoed Adelaide because we call Adrian Ad at home and we think it would be a bit to similar! However he does seem to quite like Mirabeth so maybe there is something to be taken into consideratio?

February 5, 2019 8:43 PM

I feel like Abilene with an N middle name might be hard because the sounds run together; on the other hand, I suppose middle names aren't too often used really.  

Abilene Naarah?  

Naarah is pronounced nay-ar-a.  I have a friend from college who only used Biblical names and this is what she named her first daughter.  I always like the sound of it; I think the spelling might be a bit baffling but in the middle name slot I don't think it matters as much.


There's some info on Naarah in the Bible in the link.


February 5, 2019 10:54 PM

Sounds nice and I wouldn't worry about spelling being in middle position

February 6, 2019 1:50 PM

For a film-related and Christian name, maybe Holly? It's a direct nod to Hollywood, and the holly plant is associated with a lot of Christian imagery. Otherwise I like Nina for you if you really want to stick with the ANT initials; I think sometimes having an honor name can be especially meaningful to a younger child.

February 6, 2019 3:51 PM

Natalie or Noel/Noelle could also work because of their associations with Christmas - and Natalie gets extra points for being the name of several actresses. If not, then Nina is an excellent choice. 

February 13, 2019 9:13 PM

I really like Mirabeth! With Abilene it makes a nice rhythm. Or what about Mirabelle for a slight change? 

To try to use Nina I was thinking maybe Jenina/Janina. Or even Janine.

Scarlett for Gone with the Wind and the blood of Christ. Meryl for Meryl Streep. Vera means faith and there are several actresses from way back with the name, and Vera-Ellen was a dance partner of Fred Estair and Gene Kelly.

To try for N- apparently Neriah is from the bible and means Lamp of the Lord, Noelle, Nazareth, Nineveh