Taylen Lively?

Hello to all of you, I am new here. I am pregnant with second girl and due is October 8th. We have 2,5 year old Elle Vivian and for this baby my husband and I are probably going to choose name Taylen and middle name Lively. 

My question is what are your opinions on these names and do you like how it goes with our first daughter name? Thank you!


August 30, 2018 4:46 PM

Hi and congratulations on your girl! Your name choice is so unique and sweet, I feel like I love it. Actually Taylen was on my name list for my last child (we named her Audrey) but I still love this name, I think it is so special and sweet. 

Elle Vivian and Taylen Lively, I think these names match especially because Vivian and Lively, to me, have some connection 

Congratulations again! 

August 31, 2018 9:25 AM

Hi! Thanks for the reply and your opinion! I'm glad you like the name. 

August 30, 2018 4:56 PM

To be honest I don't like how Elle matches Taylen, but I love the name. I think Taylen Lively is good but doesn't match with Elle Vivian. Maybe you would like Eve, Evie, Lou, Lane, June, Claire, Rose

August 31, 2018 9:27 AM

Thank you for the opinion Sara. I like both Eve and Evie but I don't really wanna use another 'E' name. From your list I like June and Lane. 

August 30, 2018 6:39 PM

Taylen Lively is a massive departure from Elle Vivian.  I think your daughter would be much better served throughout her life by a more classic name such as her sister's.

August 31, 2018 9:29 AM

Thanks for the opinion! I kind of agree with you but  also I don't think that I should give my second daughter a name with the same style. I think it is not necessary. But thank you for the opinion. 

August 30, 2018 10:09 PM

If I saw Taylen and Elle on paper, before meeting them, I'd assume a boy and a girl.

In and off itself Taylen Lively fits today's naming trends, but I agree with previous posters that it is rather distinct in style from Elle Vivian.  Keep in mind, for most of their lives they will not function as a set, so they don't strictly have to have names in the same style.

August 31, 2018 9:31 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! I agree with you that they don't have to have names in the same style. 

But do you think Taylen is a boy name or? 

August 31, 2018 9:51 AM

yes Taylen sounds like a boys name - Tayla is similar for a girl  or Kaelyn

August 31, 2018 1:42 PM

I see Taylen as unisex, like the name Raylan which I associate with both a real little girl and a fictional male character. 

August 31, 2018 1:51 PM

I actually think that Taylen feels more feminine than Raylan. I also think that it's the spelling that increases the unisex/masculine feel. If it were spelled Taelyn, I believe that more people would see that as "feminine'. Please don't take that observation as me saying that you should change the spelling, because I'm not. Taylen feels less like a modern invention and more like a surname transfer. 

I do, however, like some of the alternate middle names listed below by HNG. There's nothing wrong with the combination you've proposed, but since Lively gets most of its feminine from its association with the actress, I prefer a more clearly feminine middle with the more unisex first name. 

August 31, 2018 2:36 PM

Yes, I would assume Taylen was a boy and Elle was a girl, if there were no other cues.  Not a don't use this name, but something to consider.  Elle is gender specific, Taylen is more androgenous.

August 31, 2018 1:52 AM

I dont like it really either first name or middle and it doesnt go with Elle Vivian

Halle, Mia, Tessa, Talia, Ava, Jada, Kate, Claire, Zoe, Chloe Zara Tess Mae Maeve


August 31, 2018 9:33 AM

Thanks for the opinion. From your list I like Talia, Ava and Chloe.

August 31, 2018 10:24 AM

I like the link between the middle names (both are associated with the concept of "life"), but I agree with other commenters that the combination Taylen Lively fails to signal "feminine" the way Elle Vivian clearly does. This could be a source of sibling friction, down the line -- or your daughters could fail to notice it until they're 40.

Other names associated with "life": Zoe, Eve/Eva, Enid, Liv(ia).

Traditionally-feminine names that bear some resemblance to Taylen: Thea, Tamar, Talia, Helen, Marlen, Kayla.

September 1, 2018 9:58 AM

Thanks for your suggestions. From your list I don't like Zoe; I do like Eve and Eva, (not Enid) but they are 'E' names which I don't want to repeat neither for a first nor middle name and I kind of prefer Olivia over Liv(ia). I like Thea, Kayla and Talia from your second list, but they all end with a vowel sound and I don't really like that. 

August 31, 2018 1:38 PM

I pretty much don't care about sibling names matching. The kids are a set because they are your kids.

That said, for very new names like Taylen I do like a more classic middle name. Taylen Livia is beautiful.


September 1, 2018 10:00 AM

Thank you for your opinion! I do like Taylen Livia together but I don't like Livia as a name, I prefer Olivia but wouldn't use it though. 

September 3, 2018 3:18 PM

This will be a bit of a brain dump but I want to repeat that if you love Taylen Lively to go for it!

I mentioned Livia since it's similar to Lively if you want to hedge your bets a little and have a more common or established name as an option should your daughter want one. Olivia is a pretty name too. 

I personally am hesitant to use a unique name shared by a celebrity. That said, Blake Lively and rest of the Lively acting family seem okay.

The newest baby of my acquaintance has a name that doesn't thematically fit her siblings. The name is too unique for me to be comfortable posting, but the family basically had kids named John, Helen, and Carnaby. Carnaby has Elizabeth as a middle name, or Carnaby is the middle, not sure, but there is flexibility there.

I know brothers named Ch@rlie and M3rrit. I wouldn't have guessed the second name but as names these parents chose, they fit together very well.

Elle is far more popular now than it was 30-40 years ago, so to my ears Elle and Taylen sound like  siblings from the 2010's. Both styles of name are popular.

Wishing you all the best with the naming and welcoming the baby!


September 3, 2018 4:14 PM

Thank you so so so much on these! I really can't wait to meet her as well as my husband of course and our Elle! We are still thinking, but I am sure we will choose a perfect name for her. Thank you so much again! 

By EVie
August 31, 2018 4:51 PM

I quite like Lively as a middle name. I like how it functions kind of like a surname in the middle spot, but also a word name with a positive meaning, and I find it generally attractive. I generally find the middle spot a great place to put more adventurous choices, especially when paired with a more traditional/classic/dignified name in the first spot.

I have to say I'm not a big fan of Taylen. It's another one of the "bell-tone" names, which have been extremely trendy for many years now, and the whole style just feels really stale to me. In case you're not familiar with the style, it refers to modern names that are created by sticking together a couple of different trendy sounds. Rhymes-with-"ay" is one of the most popular, and so is len/lyn/lin. So you have whole slews of kids named things like Baylen, Caylen, Jaylen, etc. as well as all the ones that are slightly different like Kayley and Bailey or Hayden and Payton. And there may not be a ton of kids with any one of these names, but they're all built the same way and so end up blending together into one big, trendy, generic-feeling mass. So when I hear Taylen, even if I've never heard it before, I don't think, "oh, how pretty and unusual," I think, "oh, another one of those."

I also don't really care for the combination of Taylen Lively, mainly because with a cool, genuinely distinctive and unconventional middle like Lively, I really like the balance of a more solid and dignified first name. Either of your first daughter's names meets that standard, so I would personally look for something more in that style. Taylen Lively strikes me as trying a bit too hard to be cool and different, whereas Elle Vivian is a sleek, elegant name that is cool without needing to try.

August 31, 2018 5:08 PM

I agree with all of this. I also like the link between Vivian and Lively as the middle names.


If it were me, I'd choose a first name more like Elle than Taylen. Names that have a similar feeling to Elle and are two or more syllables  (I think that almost any one-syllable name would be a good match, like Faye, Jade, Niamh, Grace, Wynn, Blythe) but since Taylen is two-syllables:

Zara, Cleo, Lyra, Talia, Corinne, Mia, Arden, Madeline, Carys

September 1, 2018 10:09 AM

Thank you for your opinion! 

From your list I like Grace, Talia and Lyra. Grace would be a perfect choice because is not too long and it doesn't end on a vowel sound. But I find Grace more as a middle name, though I love the name very much. 

September 1, 2018 4:15 PM

You should definitely consider Grace then. Elle Vivian and Grace Lively - Elle and Grace. Beautiful. Grace is certainly more common as a middle name (anecdotally) but it is such a shame to leave it in the middle. The only problem is that if you use it with Lively as the middle, you have two word names - but Grace is a very "namey" word, and I think in this instance it works better as a first name to Lively than Taylen does.


Otherwise, it seems like everyone is suggesting Talia, and you do like it. I think it is definitely a better fit with Elle than Taylen is, so you could consider Talia also. I do like Elle and Talia for sisters.

September 1, 2018 5:26 PM

Thank you so much for these suggestions! Grace is on the list now, as well as Talia. I think we will choose name when we see her and name her what we feel is best for her in that moment.  

September 1, 2018 5:11 PM

I think Elle and Grace is lovely.  I know a number of girls and ladies with this as a first name - I think this is perfect

other names starting Ta  Tayla, Talia, Tasmyn, Tamsyn Talise Taryn Tara Tarsha Tasha Tessa

others Kaylee Shayla Kaelin   Shaelyn Malia Emily Katelyn Ashlyn Bailey Katelyn Adalyn Callie Jaelyn Halle Leila Alyse Raelee Shanice Shalyse Shaylee Zaylie Ashlea Avalee Hayley Chelsea Avril

Olivia Alivia Olive Olivene Olivette

other 1 syllable names Mae Maeve Rose Anne Brynn Brie Claire Kate Jane Jean June Jade Shae Neve Paige Tess Pearl Lea Joy Hope Faith


September 1, 2018 5:37 PM

Thank you Suzanne for so many name suggestions! From this list I like Talia as I mentioned before, Avalee, June and Claire. Other names - is not that I don't like them, I just don't see my girl with those other names, though I like for e.g. Hope, Faith, Olivia, Shae, Ashlyn...

September 1, 2018 10:06 AM


Thank you for your opinion and suggestions, I really appreciate it. Do you have any ideas on a name that can go with the middle name Lively? This will definitely be her middle name. 

September 1, 2018 1:18 PM

I agree with EVie's assessment 100% here.

Names you might like that share the tailored international feel that Elle has for me, and some of the bell-tone nature of Taylen: Tamsin (really like this one for you, not just because it's my daughter's nickname), Mira, Anya, Aria, Maia, Daphne, Simone, Frida, Lena, Dalia, Talia. 

September 1, 2018 1:58 PM

Thanks for your opinion! 

From your list I like Talia, Aria and Lena.

September 1, 2018 4:10 PM

I don’t think there’s anything genuinely wrong with Taylen Lively. It reads quite unisex (especially next to Elle) and it’s a style departure, but neither of those things are inherently bad. 

It does seem ”trendy” to me so if that’s something to consider. I honestly don’t think it’s that uncommon for sibling sets to be ecclectic or not equally unisex for same-gender siblings, though. 

In case you’re looking for suggestions, I’ll suggest Tasmin. I somehow misread lucubratrix’s suggestion as Tasmin, but it’s a real name apparently and I like it for you.



September 1, 2018 5:30 PM

Thanks for the opinion! I'm really glad you like Taylen Lively! But sorry, I don't really see my girl with name Tasmin, I just don't like it honestly. 

September 2, 2018 3:06 PM

To be honest, even June or Lane, or Talia would be so much better than Taylen. Taylen is just so bad name for your girl, don't use it, your girl will be very sad and she will feel left out. Especially because she has a sister named Elle. And TBH I don't even like Elle, it sounds like a nickname to me. Now middle names, Lively. Really? Lively? Taylen Lively? No. I'm sorry but. Just have to say that. 

September 2, 2018 10:59 PM

No, you didn't have to just say that  That was rude, completely uncalled for, and against the spirit of this community. There is a kind and diplomatic way to say that a name isn't to your taste. Furthermore, it's one thing to say that you don't like a name that a parent is considering, and quite another to insult a name that's already attached to an existing child. The poster was not asking for your opinion about her older daughter's name and insulting it serves nothing.

Before posting, it would serve you well to remember that real people with real feelings will be reading your comments.

September 3, 2018 2:54 AM

Karyn, thank you. But I just realized it is not necessary to argue or just say a thing to her. 

Thank you all for the suggestions! We now add to the list Faye, Talia and Grace. 

September 3, 2018 3:57 AM

some similar Kate, Kaye, Kahlia, Phaedra, Faith, Zara Lydia Malia Maya Mia Freya May Rose

others Ava Ruby Paige Chloe Zoe Jade

these have the same meaning as Vivian - Asha, Ava, Eva, Eve, Zoe

September 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Thank you for your suggestions again! I like Kaye, Kahlia, Chloe and Ava. I do like Faith and Rose but as middle names. I don't like Kate, Phaedra, Zara, Lydia, Malia, Maya, Mia, Freya, May, Ruby, Paige, Zoe, Jade, Asha and Zoe. Actually it's not that I don't like them, every name is beautiful in it's own way, I just don't see my girl with those names. I do like Eve and Eva but I don't want to use another E name. Thanks again!!

September 3, 2018 2:52 AM

Okay now, that was very rude, I just don't even know what to say. Probably nothing. 

September 3, 2018 2:43 PM

Hi and welcome! I love your older daughter's name- it is very classy! Congrats on #2.


I have a friend named Taylen (female, late 20's) and have never heard it used anywhere else. Because I have a positive association with it, I do like the name, although it isn't my own personal style. I agree with some people above that Elle Vivian has a strong, feminine feel, whereas Taylen Lively has a different vibe to it all together. I wouldn't necessarily say I think it sounds masculine, but it certainly doesn't have the softness of Elle Vivian. I also think of the actress Blake Lively when I hear Lively, so maybe I'm having trouble getting past that, too?

All of that being said, I really think there is nothing *wrong* with this name at all, and if it the name you really love, you should go for it. If you feel like you're not 100% on it, I'll throw out some names that came to my mind for you:  Kaya, Alana, Mila, Lyla/Lila, Carys.

September 3, 2018 4:17 PM

Thank you! It is nice to hear that you like Elle's name. 

Thanks for the suggestions too. I do like Kaya and Mila from yout list! Not a fan of Alana, and I don't like how Elle goes with Lila/Lyla though they are pretty names! Thanks again! 

September 4, 2018 6:21 AM

Your name choice is so unique and sweet. congratulations.

September 4, 2018 7:23 AM

Thank you so much! I am glad that you like it!! 

By mk
September 4, 2018 2:34 PM

I think it is fine. I know several women named Cailen, which is similar in sound.

Personally, I don't like it when sibling names match too much. That said, Elle and Taylen are really not jarring as sister names. Actually, I think they match more than some of the other suggestions given here.

September 4, 2018 3:05 PM

Hi! I must say I agree with you and thank you for your nice opinion! I do love how these names match, they are not same in style but they much, to me. Thanks again! :)

September 5, 2018 4:18 AM

I want to say thank you all for suggestions and opinions! 

Now I am just curious, would you have any objections if the pronunciation of this name is Tailen. Would you pronunced it like Taylen? Thanks

September 5, 2018 4:49 AM

I would pronounce both Tailen and Taylen as just like "talon" (like sharp claws) only with a long a sound, so the first syllable is like the name Taylor (or the profession tailor). The Taylor/tailor example highlights that the Tailen spelling really wouldn't be pronounced any differently from Taylen. I suppose that Tailen could also be pronounced Tie-lin (like "tie one on", or bow tie), so that Tay- is the best most straightforward spelling for the name.

Other analogy, like "tailing" with the g dropped at the end. 

Here are all the spellings in use in 2017 that I would guess are going with the pronunciation you're thinking:























And these names are very similar (I'd guess they're mostly either like talon or like tie-lan):
















My opinion of the name is still: not my style, does not remind me of particularly charming words and blends in with a lot of other names (and i'd have a heck of a time remembering the spelling), but it's certainly easy to pronounce when you see it.


September 5, 2018 1:34 PM

Thanks for the reply! I personally say Taylen like "Tay" + Len (where 'e' is like in name Jenny for e.g.) so Tay + Len (not l-ee-n) 

September 5, 2018 4:36 PM

I would pronounce it Tay - len too,  like Taylor/Tayla, Tae len, Kaylyn Kaelin Kaelyn Kaylin

Talon is Tal en


September 5, 2018 5:25 PM

I think I would pronounce Taylen and Tailen the same way a first guess; "Tay-Len" (Tay like the start of Taylor, Len like the start of Lenny) with fairly even stress on both syllables. However with the Tailen spelling I would be less sure if that was correct as I could see the ai being said differently or it being Tail-en as my brain just sees the word tail there. Because of that I would lean strongly towards the Taylen spelling myself.