Sibling for Rowan

My daughter is Rowan Elora - last name starts with A, sounds like Anderson.  Baby #2 is due in June.  I'm mulling over some names and could use some input.

For a boy, I'm currently leaning towards Kieran Arthur.  I'd love to use my Dad's name - Cavan - as a middle name, but I don't like it with Kieran.

For a girl, I like the name Kyla, but I'm not wild about it ending with "a" when our last name starts with "A".  I also like the names Lillian and Margaret, but I don't think they go nicely with Rowan.

What do you think?


By Tana
December 27, 2012 11:20 PM

Rowan, Kieran, and Kyla all sound very modern/on-trend to me, Lillian sounds both on-trend and classic, and Margaret is solidly classic. I can see how Margaret and Rowan aren't a great style match, but Rowan and Lillian seem okay to me.

Kieran Arthur sounds fine to me. I wouldn't be sure how to spell Kieran, but I think that's true of most names today. I agree that Kieran Cavan doesn't sound good. I like Arthur Cavan, but Arthur and Rowan feel like very different styles.

The "a"s in Kyla Anderson don't seem to blend too badly to me. What about Kylie? That avoids the ending in "a" problem and shares most of its sounds with Kyla. It also has the same modern/on-trend feel that Kyla does.

Do you have a middle name picked out for a girl?


December 27, 2012 11:31 PM

Since Rowan is a traditionally male name, I think pairing with a more feminine sister will make people automatically assume "boy" when they hear them together. If I heard the sibset Rowan and Lillian or Margaret, I would definitely think Rowan was a boy.  So girl names that I think would "go" with Rowan would be unisex, like maybe Teagan, Tristan, Riley, Morgan, etc.

December 30, 2012 2:40 AM

What about using Cavan as a first name? It seems to fit your style, it sounds modern and has family significance as well. Cavan Arthur Anderson sounds great.

Kyla Anderson does sound like a bit of a mouthful to me, and I agree that next to Kyla, Rowan sounds masculine.

I echo the previous poster's suggestion of Morgan, and add Casey, Darby, and Avery.

December 30, 2012 1:28 PM

I do like the name Morgan and I think you all have  a good point about not choosing too "girly" a name for number 2, lest that make everyone think that Rowan is a boy.  It's funny - Morgan is a name that my father wanted for me, but my mother absolutely hates it.

It's interesting that Teagan is considered to be a unisex name - I've only ever known girls with that name.

I've been thinking about Cameron too - I think I like it better for a boy than a girl.

For middle names, I like my parents' names: Cavan and Karen.  I wouldn't use them as first names though, and I'll only use one of them if they flow nicely with the first name I choose.

My fallback middle names are Alexander and Elizabeth.  There's no special significance except that I think they both work really well to stitch together most first and last names, they both have gravitas, and they both have a wide assortment of nicknames for the child to choose from.

December 30, 2012 7:45 PM

Some other more unisex sounding names that could work well with a sister named Rowan are Kendall, Harper, Sheridan, Adair & Darcy.

January 1, 2013 9:55 PM

I'd pick Kieran as it is the most unisex of the names you've suggested. I do like Lillian though as well. 

January 17, 2013 10:48 PM

What do you think of Sydney as a gender-neutral girl's name?  I rediscovered it when I was going through  the lists I had for Rowan.   Any ideas for middle names?

On the boy's side of things, my Mom has got me thinking of one-syllable names: Sean and Grant are 2 favorites.   What do you think?


January 18, 2013 12:13 AM

I think Sydney is a good match for a sister Rowan. Sydney leans more girl to me so it works well with Rowan without being so obviously feminine as Lillian and Margaret.  

Could you do something like Sydney Margaret or Sydney Lillian? That way you get to use the other names you like and it pairs nicely with Rowan Elora. 

I like Sean and Grant, Grant would be my favourite but I don't love it with your surname. The 'a' sounds are too similar to me. Sean on the other hand sounds really good.