Sibling names for Kalila Margaret Elizabeth?

Looking for name suggestions for siblings for a story. Kalila (Ka-lee-la) Margaret Elizabeth is 9 years old and is the middle child.

She has 4 older half-siblings and 4 younger siblings. They are a blended family: Her mom has two boys from a previous marriage, then married a guy who had a boy and a girl. Together, they had Kalila and her 4 youngest siblings, 2 girls and 2 boys. Their last name is Knowlton. Thomas-Knowlton for the mom and her two sons. The mom is Kari Anne (pronounced Care-ee) and the dad is Adam Joshua. 

I'd like all the younger siblings to have unusual first names like Kalila does , but I'm more flexible with the older ones' names and the middle names. Nickname ideas are welcome too! 

Nothing weird/too out there or misspelled and preferably not beginning with a K. They're not the Kardashian's. :P


November 10, 2017 12:10 PM

Sorry for the double post!  My browser keeps acting up.

November 10, 2017 12:13 PM

I'd also prefer not using overly trendy names or boys' names for girls.

November 10, 2017 12:17 PM

Edit: Each child that the couple has together will have two classic middle names. The older children just have one.

November 10, 2017 12:46 PM

Also, what would you name their town? I'd love something either seasonal (like autumn or winter related) or nature themed, as the story will be set between Halloween and Christmas, at least initially.

November 24, 2017 11:06 PM

Realistically, each subgroup of children will have names of a different style than their half-siblings and step-siblings because of different parent combinations.

Kalila is a pretty uncommon name, so I think you're right that her younger siblings should have similarly styled names. I'm making the assumption that this is a story with a contemporary setting based on the name Kalila, so a 9 year old would have been born in 2008, most likely. So some uncommon names from 2008 that might go along with Kalila could be:

Girls: Diya, Elianna, Livia, Lilia, Maribel, Raina, Nola, Carina, Lara, Dalia, Bria

Boys: Lennon, Abdiel, Arnav, Callum, Reilly, Makhi, Denzel, Cassius, Lyric, Rishi, Zade, Leandro, Nikolai

Some from 2016 for good measure:

Girls: Meilani, Nalani, Arden, Halle, Joslyn, Desiree, Rhea, Milania, Kaiya, Lyra, Sariyah, Ailani, Aubriella

Boys: Merrick, Amare, Camilo, Lyle, Keanu, Leif, Amir, Avi, Dario, Jericho, Lamar, Justus, Mustafa, Leroy, Van, Khalid, Kareem, Kylo

I also saw that Kalila is a Muslim and Arabic name. Should the other children have Muslim and Arabic names? I believe Sariyah is a Muslim name but I don't think any of the other girls' names I've listed fit that criterion. A number of them are Hawaiian or East Asian in origin and have similar sounds to Kalila. Several of the boys' names have Muslim or Arabic origins, including Makhi, Amir, Mustafa, Khalid, and Kareem.

The girls' names that seem most similar (as it pertains to sound) to Kalila to me are Lilia, Meilani, Malani, Kaiya, Sariyah, and Ailani. For boys, I would say Rishi, Nikolai, Camilo, Justus, and Khalid all seem like solid options.

November 29, 2017 3:25 AM

Kalila's siblings don't have to have Muslim or Arabic names.   I chose her name because I just like the sound of it.  Yeah, I understand about her parents having different naming styles before they got together and had her and her younger siblings.  It makes sense to mix things up a little.  They're not Muslim, or religious at all btw. 

The timeline is actually in the mid-2000's (not exactly sure what year I'll make it), so she would have been born some time in the mid to late 90's.  I have just figured that part out so I didn't say it sooner.  lol

As for the name suggestions themselves, I like Meilani, Lyra, Kaiya, Lilia (I almost went with it.  It's my top favorite girls' name, but it feels too close to Kalila and both could easily shorten to Lily which is what the youngest siblings call her), Carina, Dalia, Keanu, Avi, Reilly, Dario, and Nikolai.