Sibling for Evan

My son's name is Evan James. I adore the strength and simplicity of this name.

For a sibling, I would like to see the same simplicity and strength replicated. Not sure yet if it will be a boy or girl, so we are thinking of both.

I like simple, clean, non-nicknamey names. And I prefer to stay away from the top 10 most popular.

Here are the names I like so far:

Claire, Elise, Olivia (too popular), Calla (too weird?), Elena

Jack, Nathan, Henry



May 22, 2012 2:45 PM

I llike all of your girl names, but agree that Olivia is more popular than you want.  Claire and Calla are my favorites-but I could see Calla getting nicked to Cal or Callie.  I don't think an occassional nickname is a big deal, but if you really want to avoid them then I think Claire would be your best bet.  I've known an Elise who was often called just "Lise" and Elena's sometimes get nicked to Lena (which is also great as a stand alone name).

All of your boy names are great.  Again, if you really, really want to avoid nicknames then I'd suggest Jack or Henry.  Henry has Hank, but I think it's fallen out of favor as a nickname.  None of the little Henrys I know are ever called Hank anyway.  Nathan has Nat and Nate.  

For boys maybe you'd like Owen, Rhys, Liam or Graham.  I also thought of Glen, but that might seem a little too dated for you.

For girls what about Nora, Audrey, Violet, Lucy, Alice, Eliza or Jane?  Oh-or Viola, I think I like that better for you than Violet.

May 22, 2012 3:03 PM

I like Owen. And I have considered Graham. You are reading my mind. :)

Several of the girl names you mentioned are already taken by family members/friends. I do kind of like Nora, although only slightly.

I like Ella, but that's waaaay popular. I wish there was a girl name so simple and beautiful as that, but not as common....



May 22, 2012 3:08 PM


May 22, 2012 3:13 PM

Uggggghhhh, Evan has a cousin named Ada.


But, yes, I like that. 

May 22, 2012 4:10 PM

Elsa, Elise, Elke, Elspeth?  Alma?

May 22, 2012 7:45 PM

I love Elise. Does that sound bad with Evan?

May 22, 2012 10:32 PM

I don't think so.  They have different vowel sounds and ending sounds.  Actually, now that I really think of it I don't even think the starting sounds are exatly the same.  I say Evan like ehv-in (think heaven without the H) and Elise is more of a schwa sound-sort of like Alyssa or Olivia. 

May 22, 2012 3:36 PM

Anna/Hannah?  Or are those too common for you?  Maybe Lila, or Isla?

May 22, 2012 3:35 PM

I like Claire the best with Evan.  Jack, Nathan, and Henry all go with Evan (although if you don't like nicknames, you may want to think about how easily Nathan can turn into Nate).

May 22, 2012 3:36 PM

Simple, clean, non-nicknamey, non-popular:

Girls: Lana, Isla, Iris, Sloane, Celia, Ina, Jana/Yana

Boys: Emmett, Abram, Cale, Quaid, Gray, Sawyer, Kai


May 22, 2012 3:49 PM

I have a cousin named Ev@n P@ul. His younger brother is Ky1e J@mes and his older sister is J0celyn M@ry. 


If you are going for non-auto-nicknaming names, you would need to rule out Nathan (Nate/Nat), Olivia, Calla, and Elena.

Other thoughts for strong, simple names:

Luke, Liam (depending on your state), Wyatt, Owen, Caleb, Isaac, Ryan, Dylan, John, Aaron, Levi, Ian, Adam, Chase, Cole for boys.

Lily, Zoe, Avery, Anna, Hannah, Leah, Hailey, Layla, Lila, Sarah, Kayla, Autumn, Molly, Eva/Eve, Brooke, Naomi, Lydia for girls.

None of those are top 10 in the nation, but don't have automatic nicknames. 

Any of those ping any interest?

May 22, 2012 7:48 PM

Luke, John, Isaac, Aaron, Levi and Adam are all out because of family already choosing them. (We are a Bible loving family, LOL)

I do like Caleb.

I like Lily (DH hates it), Hannah is out, DH hates Lila, but I like it. I like Eva. Naomi is taken. I also like Lydia, but it seems plain. Hannah is taken.

So yes, Lila, Lily, Eva, Naomi, Caleb and Owen spark interest from me. 

May 22, 2012 10:36 PM

Eva is only one letter different from Evan, so I don't recommend it for you. Eve may be better, but only slightly -- maybe for a middle?

May 23, 2012 11:36 AM

Jonah, Micah, Noah, Simon?

Sadie, Lucy, Liana, Talia, Amy, Ruby, Audrey, Brynn, Eden?


That said, I do love Claire and Elise from your list above. :-)  For some reason Jack and Henry don't quite seem to fit with Evan for me. Elise may be too close. 

By Guest (not verified)
May 23, 2012 12:04 PM

I knew a Calla in high school (about 10 years ago)--she's the only Calla I ever heard of. So you'd definitely have something there that wouldn't be popular, and it's a very pretty name. 

As for boys names, if you're looking for something that isn't likely to be on a popularity rise any time soon, I'd go with Henry. Also a nice name, not nicknamey, and he'll probably be the only Henry in his class at school. 

By hyz
May 23, 2012 1:11 PM

I love the name Henry, but he would be unlikely to be the only one in his class here for long (urban yuppie sort of an area)--maybe it depends on your location, but there's often one Jack and one Henry in each nursery/preschool class here, and as those classes only have 8-15 kids, I'd think by high school when the public school grades have 100 kids or more, there's likely to be more than one per class.  Just FYI--if you love it, I wouldn't necessarily let that dissuade you from using it.  Oliver is getting nearly to that level of popularity in our circles, but we loved it and used it for our son anyway, eyes wide open.

By Guest (not verified)
May 23, 2012 7:39 PM

We have one of each.

My sister lives in a, "better zip code," than I and knows quite a few Henrys.

So far we don't, but we do run into other Jacks from time to time, as well as Jacksons and Johns called Jack, and the occasional Jax or Jaxon....

It's not been a bother to us so far.




May 23, 2012 1:21 PM

I like your choice of Claire. It's always been a favorite of mine.

I like Nathan for a boy.


May 23, 2012 1:53 PM

A few more that came to mind.

Boys: David, Jude, Niall, Rafe

Girls: Cara, Emmie, Maud, Ruth, Sian, Tess

By hwar
May 23, 2012 10:06 PM

Oh, Jude! SUCH a great suggestion!

By hwar
May 23, 2012 10:05 PM

Love Claire and Calla. We considered Calla for our first daughter until we realized that with our last name (sounds like Rhys), her name would basically be "calories"! Not the nicest word.  My grandfather nearly named one of his children Claire Annette, though, so maybe it runs in the family. 

For the boy names, I'm a fan of Nathan and Nathaniel. They are nicknamable but I like all the possible nicknames. I also like Henry a lot and would use it if it a) worked with our surname and b) hadn't just been used by my cousin. 

I also like non-nicknamey, unpretentious names. My daughter is Jane, for the record!  So pulling from my own list, you might like: