Top 3 girls names! Help us pick one!

Hi all,

DH and I have narrowed down our list of girl names from ten to three. Just trying to hone in on our favorite and identify the best first/middle combo. Would love your input!

The top firsts are Olivia and Phoebe. Phoebe came in as a dark horse for both of us! But the more we throw it around, the more we like it. Here's the combos we're liking best so far:

Olivia Quinn
Olivia Frances
Phoebe Quinn
Phoebe Caroline

We have also considered Laurel as a middle, but it sounds a little more clunky to my ear. Any opinions on these options or other possible combos we haven't come up with yet? We tend toward classic/antique charm names but love names with some spunk to them as well. Mostly we want a name that will grow well from infancy to adulthood.

Thanks for your feedback!!


April 20, 2013 3:11 PM

Phoebe Caroline the best, followed by Olivia Frances.  Quinn is just a name I've ever cared for much on girls.  It's also very unisex compared to your other names, though some people might like the contrast.

I don't care for Olivia Laurel (to much L maybe?).  Phoebe Laurel is OK, though I don't like it as much as Phoebe Caroline.  Lauren sounds better with both names to me, so maybe you'd like Olivia Lauren or Phoebe Lauren?  Or Phoebe Laura could also work.  Not crazy about Olivia Laura because of the repeating end sound.

I like the way Phoebe sounds with a middle name that has a B.  Phoebe Isabel, Phoebe Abigail or Phoebe Sabrina all sound really spunky to me.

I also like Olivia with one syllable/snappy names.  I can see using combos like that a lot.  Olivia Kate, Olivia Tess, Olivia Jane.

April 20, 2013 3:18 PM

I like Olivia Frances and Phoebe Caroline.  I like the names Olivia and Phobe equally well.  If popularity isn't an issue, I prefer the name Olivia slightly better but still love Phoebe (it is on my name list if we have another).

I have noticed names like Phoebe and Margot appearing a lot on people's lists, which are names I have on mine because they aren't as popular!  So, who knows what will be popular next?  Also, Olivia has many nickname options (Liv, Livy, Liva), so you can always distinguish the name that way.

Both your choices are great!  You can't go wrong with any of your choices.

April 20, 2013 3:28 PM

I like all your options, but am inclined to go with either of the Phoebe combos, because Olivia is becoming incredibly popular.

April 20, 2013 6:13 PM

Love, love, love Phoebe Caroline! Olivia Frances is a close second though. After that would be Olivia Quinn, and last Phoebe Quinn. Phoebe Lauren sounds better to my ear than Phoebe Quinn does, despite the 2-2 cadence. Olivia Lauren would also rate slightly higher than Phoebe Quinn, but below the others.


April 20, 2013 10:48 PM

I love the name Olivia but it's top 10 here and I know a lot of Olivias and Olivers...... both are very popular. If popularity isn't a concern then it's a great pick.  I like Olivia Frances of the two combos.

Phoebe is a name I do like and I think Phoebe Caroline is the best combo of the two. I do like some of the other suggestions given in the thread though if you are looking for other options.

I think both Phoebe and Olivia are classic names that work from infancy to adulthood. If you are tossing up between them maybe consider which sounds better with your surname (if either) and how much popularity bothers you.  Olivia is unlikely to sound too dated as it is a classic name but she may have to share her name with 1 or 2 others in her class throughout school. If that isn't an issue then I really love Olivia.  

By mk
April 21, 2013 10:49 PM

I like both Olivia Frances and Phoebe Caroline. I prefer Olivia slightly more than Phoebe.

October 13, 2019 10:13 PM

My name is olivia, and although I love it, it’s popularity and trendiness is super annoying. If you were to name your kid that, I’d suggest calling her by a nickname. I go by Via, though I’ve been called Olive, Liv, Livie, Viv, etc.