Need a cool girl name for sister, Piper

NOTE FROM THE MODS: This post was written in 2013. It is fine to still discuss "names that go with Piper" but keep in mind that the original baby in question has long-since been named.


My daughter Piper is 23 months old.  We are expecting another girl 5/13/13 and need a cool, snappy name to go with Piper.  We liked Piper because:  it sounds cute when you cheer it, easy to say, easy to spell, somewhat unusual.  We'd like daughter #2 to have a similar type name.  


Names we've considered:  Tatum (I like the repetative consonant), Paige (meh), Peyton (meh), Skylar (?outdated), Sawyer, Julia, Viola (similar "I" sound to Piper)

Our last name, Davis, is excruciatingly common, hence why we'd like something a little atypical for a first name.

Thanks in advance for everyone's input!!!


By mk
January 8, 2013 3:19 PM

Viola is a prett name, but Viola Davis is an actress ("Doubt", "The Help"). Not a bad association to have, but it's there.

What about Pheobe?

January 8, 2013 3:20 PM

Piper and Phoebe are two of the sisters from the show Charmed. (The other two were Prudence and Paige.)

January 8, 2013 3:45 PM

Karyn, I know a family that has 3 girls named Pip3r, P@ige, and Pen3lope. They seem to get offended when people suggest they might be Charmed fans.  Maybe they should have done their research first.

January 8, 2013 5:27 PM

Yes, the Charmed reference was one reason I was going to avoid Paige; my husband picked that one.

January 8, 2013 3:53 PM

Congratulations on your little one! I wish you a healthy pregnancy!

I like Tatum and Skylar the best out of your choices. Tatum, like you said, has the repetitive sounds like Piper, which ties in well with her sister.  I'm not sure if Skylar is dated, I know a 14 year old and a 30-something year old with the name. I do think it is "trendy" and something that could end up being dated, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing, in my opinion.

Here are some other suggestions: Carson, Ashlyn, Harlow, Quinn, Macy, Stella, Kendall, Ruby, Sadie.

January 8, 2013 5:29 PM

I like Harlow a lot, but I can hear "harlot" being used...  I love Macy and so does my husband, but I worry she'd get teased for being a dept. store.  Ashlyn would be interesting since Lynn is my maiden name.  And love Quinn; do you think a child would mind having a one-syllable name?

January 8, 2013 6:56 PM

If not Macy, maybe Maisie?

October 30, 2015 3:24 PM

I like the name Maisie, it's my cats name, but it often gets confused with Macy, so I wouldn't recommend it for a child, great for a pet that you don't care reminding people of its name. 

January 8, 2013 10:47 PM

I know two Macy's and I never really think of the association. if you don't like Quinn as it is one syllable, a girl at the school I work at is named "Quincy" and sometimes nn Quinn. I wasn't sure about it at first but now I think it' s an adorable name!

I did see that youre considering Bailey. I've always liked Bailey and think that is a great match with Piper, too!

January 8, 2013 3:54 PM

Hm.  What about Waverly?  I know a little girl with this name and it's charming, unusual, easy to spell, and suits its quirky young owner well -- and "Waverly Davis" sounds nice to me!

January 8, 2013 3:57 PM

Tatum has a bit of a dated feel for me.

Paige is another name of one of the sister's on Charmed (but if that doesn't bother you, it is a nice match).  In fact, since all the sisters in that show had P names (Piper, Prudence, Paige & Phoebe), I might steer clear of any other P names.

Peyton & Skylar are both kind of meh to me.  Both names seem very overdone in my area.

Sawyer reads more boy to me.

Julia & Viola both seem more vintage/proper/girly than Piper (and I did catch the Viola Davis reference).  Piper strikes me as more modern/tomboy.

Some names with a similar feel to Piper-Spencer, Harper, Sloane, Addison, Aubrey & Kinsey.  Since you seem to like the "I" sound of Piper, I'll also suggest Blythe, Isla, Kylie, Maya & Riley


January 8, 2013 5:34 PM

I love the name Kinsey, it's a friend's last name though.  I know a Harper, an Audrey and a Spencer so those are out.  My sister had suggested Isla; I'll add it to the short list.  I really like Riley and will add it to the top of the short list.  I had also considered Bailey - I forgot to mention that one.

January 22, 2013 5:45 PM

If you like Kinsey, would you also like Kelsey?  Piper and Kelsey sound like sisters.

October 30, 2015 3:29 PM

If you like Kinsey, Kinsley is just as cute. You can spell it Kensley as well. Might be a problem if you want something with one spelling. My name is Frances, so I get the is a lot instead of the es. I've changed to Frannie, which is my nickname, but it often gets spelled Franny! 

October 30, 2015 3:37 PM

Oops! I didn't release how outdated this was! Well, I'm sure whatever you named her is great. I was doing a little research for a book I'm writing, and had to share my opinion. 

January 8, 2013 4:41 PM

One that immediately came to mind is Teagan.  Definitely more snappy in my mind than Tatum.  Of you're others, I like Skylar.  I don't think it sounds outdated but I could be wrong.  But I don't love the matching -er ending.

A few more: Jalyn, Kadyn (some would veto these two very quickly cause of the trendiness factor), Whitney, Brenna, Haley, Bailey, Effie, Courtney, Darby, Larkin, Devon, Blair, June/Juno (Junie), Georgia, Greta, Kaia, Calla, Seneca.

January 8, 2013 5:39 PM

I know a boy Teague, so probably will avoid Teagan.  AH!  Now I see you've suggested Bailey; one of my favs!  Thanks for the feedback on the -er names.  :)

January 8, 2013 5:35 PM

You gals are fabulous!!  Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses, especially the reasonable criticisms.  :)) Definitely going to avoid the Paige and Phoebe due to Charmed references.  

Another name I had considered was Bailey.  Any thoughts?

January 8, 2013 5:45 PM

I love the name Bailey.  I know two Baileys, they are both 25-30 and very sporty and fun.  I think it goes great with Piper.

By mk
January 8, 2013 5:40 PM

Quinn, Corinne, Daphne

January 8, 2013 5:53 PM

Others I've considered:  Tinley, Lainey, Tansy, Nadia, Katia (?too eastern block), Bianca, Ariel.  Thoughts?


January 8, 2013 11:07 PM

Tinley-has a bit of a made up feel.

Lainey is nice.

Tansy is interesting, I'm just not sure it feels right with Piper.

Nadia & Katia are both names I like, but they do feel a little too "eastern block" with a sister named Piper.  Bianca is a little better fit I think. 

Ariel is another name I like, but it does have more of a feminine/super girly vibe compared to the more tomboyish/spunky feel of Piper (we can probably blame Disney for that).

Bailey is a name I used to not care for-my main association with it being Bailey's Irish Creme.  However, I now have the cutest little spitfire of a neighbor (age 2) named Bailey and she's totally won me over.   I think it's a good fit with Piper.

January 9, 2013 3:31 AM

What did you think of the suggestion of Waverly made above?  I really like it.  And you could use the adorable nickname Wavey!  How adorable is that?  Piper and Waverly sounds great.  

I like the name because it reminds me of the street in Manhattan.  I've only ever encountered a person named Waverly in the TV show Friday Night Lights.  She was a particularly compelling, strong (if somewhat problematic) character who really fit the name.  Perhaps there are other Waverly associations out there, but I think it's pretty association-free, which is a good thing.  

What do you think?

January 9, 2013 10:32 AM

I like the name Waverly a lot however it's my friend's daughter's name - wouldn't want to copy.  ;)

January 9, 2013 11:47 AM

Tinley also sounds a little made up/trendy to me.  Lainey is okay, I've never loved it for some reason, I guess it seems a bit too much of a nickname to me.

Tansy is interesting, I don't think I've ever heard it before.  I guess it strikes me as a little "fancy" only cause it rhymes with fancy and I've never heard it!  Sound-wise I like it with Piper and it's a refreshing floral inspired name among all the Lilys and Violets.  

Nadia would not have been one that I would of paired with Piper but I do think it works and gives the set a bit more of a sophisticated vibe.  Katia is similar bit it does seem more eastern bloc than Nadia for some reason.  Bianca is similar to these in my mind without the eastern bloc sound - it is less sporty, but it has the added bonus of Bee as a super cute, cheerable nickname.  

Ariel also strikes me as uber-girly and it isn't very cheerable.

I think I still like Bailey the best for you still, with Bianca, Nadia, and Tansy all viable alternatives. 

Any thoughts on my previous suggestion Larkin?  I love this name and it seems like it would work!

January 9, 2013 1:20 PM

Emma, I think you and I are on the same page:  I like Bailey best (it shouts very well too - just tried it).  My husband hates Lainey and Tinley, maybe for the same reasons you mentioned.  I still like Nadia and Bianca.  Larkin  reminds me of a name I had on my list:  Lakyn/Laken.

January 9, 2013 12:57 PM

I like Tansy a lot. It's a very underused botanical name. Years ago someone used to post on this site with the screen name Tansy and I always liked it.

My top three to go with Piper would be Tansy, Bailey, and Hartley.

January 9, 2013 1:21 PM

Hadn't considered Hartley - I'll give it some thought!  :)

January 9, 2013 1:04 PM

I actually love Tansy with Piper and it's by far my favourite of the names mentioned! It would fit nicely with today's children while standing out.

January 9, 2013 1:13 PM

Have you tried yelling Tansy?  I just did.  It sounded strange.  Hmmmm.

January 9, 2013 1:14 PM

Actually, yes, I did, and I quite liked it :)

January 9, 2013 1:49 PM

I think that the reason that I like Tansy with Piper so much is that they both feel like bright and joyful names. I'm not sure what exactly that means, but that's the feeling I get when I say both names.

January 9, 2013 2:21 PM

I love that!!!  :))

January 10, 2013 7:11 AM

What about Paisley?  I love it.  For me, it's a good "lifelong" name.  Meaning it's a great name at 2, 22, 42.....82!  I think it's perfect with Piper.  They both conjure the same feel, I think.  Spunky, stylish but not trying too hard.

Also, going to chime in on Tatum.  That is my nephew's name.  He's 4.  It's a very polarizing name.  Most young people like it.  The older crowd usually HATES IT.  My Mom (56) is STILL complaining about it four years later.  Mind you, this is her first grandchild (the light of her life).  They associate it with Tatum O'Neal who is a "screw-up" per my Mom.  Just throwing that out there.  For me, I chose my son's name because I liked it and truly didn't care what people thought.  But if people constantly having a strong reaction to your child's name is going to annoy you, I would strongly consider that.  :)

None of the other names mentioned really grab me.  Although, I must say:  I truly abhor the name Tansy.  Could not possibly hate it anymore.  I honestly thought, at first, it was a typo for Pansy.  Which is used so heavily as an insult, I cannot imagine anyone using it.  Hello "shrinking Violet".  Ok, enough of that.  I feel bad about the negative remarks but, I guess.......well, you are asking  :)

January 10, 2013 10:42 PM

I wouldn't have thought of Tatum for a wonder your mom hates it.  ;)

I like Paisley a lot but I worry it's a bit pretentious.

No worries on the negative remarks; these are things I need to hear!  :)

January 11, 2013 1:00 PM

Haha, this funny for me. I get confused a lot by gender associations of American names - I'm having a hard time with the concept of androgynous names because they usually just sound so very male to me. But I totally get that this is a cultural issue and therefore it's logical that associations with names will vary.

In this case, however, I know where my association "went wrong". Tatum sounded male to me - wasn't there some male actor named Tatum? But when I googled it I found Channing Tatum, who apparently made me think of Tatum as male name though it is only his last name. *lol*

January 10, 2013 11:25 PM

Just read the Wikipedia on Tatum O'Neal - yup, agreeing with your mom.  Ick.

By hyz
January 14, 2013 12:33 PM

I adore Tansy for you!  I agree that it is bright and cheerful and spunky like Piper, and I also love the botanical reference, and the fact that the name has historical precedent but still an unusual feel. 

I also love Nadia and Katia, and I think they work fine with Piper, but don't match the feel nearly as well as Tansy. 

I'm not crazy about Tinley, but I do like Tenley, if that does anything for you.  I have personal feelings against Lainey, and Bianca and Ariel sound too girly/princessy for me in general.  Most of the Baileys I have known have been dogs, so it does feel more like a pet name to me, and I also don't love how unisex it is (same generally goes for Riley).

January 16, 2013 8:55 PM

I'm just not wild about Tansy but it's growing on me.  I appreciate the Bailey-dog-unisex comments; I know a dog named Bailey and had a male cousin named Bailey.  I have yet to see a little girl named Bailey, but I still like it.

January 17, 2013 1:32 AM

If you like Harlow, but not the Harlot sound alike, how about Marlo? (Or Marlow or Marlowe.)  Marlo Thomas is a reference, but I think many people will not be familiar with her.

January 18, 2013 11:17 PM

Marlow reminds me of the dog, Marley.  How about Margot?

January 19, 2013 12:19 AM

I really like Margot for you!

January 21, 2013 6:15 PM

I would change the spelling to Margo, since I could see kids teasing about maggots if spelling was Margot.

January 22, 2013 5:51 PM

I LOVE Margo with Piper! Really, try calling them. It's spunky and feminine, without the made-up feel of names like Tinley.

January 19, 2013 2:33 PM

i would like to suggest Tamsin or Juniper.

January 21, 2013 6:12 PM

Juniper's on the short list.  :))

January 20, 2013 5:58 PM

I like Sydney, Peyton, Aubrey, Laney, Holly, Bailey (goes along great with piper), Whitley, and Waverly. I wouldn't suggest going with names that end in r or er because it sounds kind of weird if you ask me. Good luck!

January 21, 2013 6:16 PM

Ironically, we've got an Audrey, Holly and Sidney in my close family - so those are out.  :)  Thanks for the ending-in-r/er comment.  :)

April 13, 2013 1:25 PM

Whitney or Jette