Hey guys, I am an expectant mother of three. That's right, triplets are on the way, due on the first of June! We need some help on names. There are two girls and one boy.

Here are the boys names we like:








Here are the girls names:






Thoughts on names? Middle names for boy will be Wilder, girls will be Bailey and Ella. thanks!


May 20, 2016 7:39 AM

Title was supposed to just be Triplets, not TripletsHuds.

BTW the last name is Donahue.

May 20, 2016 7:54 AM

I think for a boy, with the middle name Wilder, I like the names that don't end in -er/-or. Eli Wilder has a kind of cool cowboy vibe, which I like! Griffin Wilder and Maxwell Wilder are also nice, but I'm not quite as sure about the double w sound in Maxwell Wilder.

I like Juniper Ella and Eden Bailey. Eve Bailey is also nice. Hudson Bailey is cute but doesn't go as well with Juniper Ella to me. 

Congratulations on your triplets! Wow!

May 20, 2016 7:15 PM

My favorites of the girls are Juniper and Eden, but my husband is on the edge about them being "over the top". He likes Eve and for some reason Hudson... Which I think falls into the "over the top" category a lot more than Junioer or Eden, but I put it on the list because it was one of the few names he liked.

I perfer Eden Ella, but my husband doesn't like the alliteration. 

May 20, 2016 9:44 AM

Maven is a Yiddish word meaning expert, often used ironically to mean someone who claims to be an expert but actually doesn't know what he's talking about.  It's one of those Yiddish words that has drifted into general parlance in some parts of the country.  Just something to know when you are considering it....

May 20, 2016 7:18 PM

Oh... I didn't realize. 

May 20, 2016 10:10 AM

Fixed the thread title for you.

Based on the middle names, I take it you know it's one boy and two girls?

Personally, I don't care for tradesman names (what's next? Meet my children, Seamstress and Shoemaker?), and I especially don't like son-of-X names on girls. Please don't name a daughter Hudson. Please. It basically says "we wish you had been a boy" or "it's better to be a boy", whether that was your intent or not.

Of your boy names, I like Griffin, Eli, Oliver, and Maxwell. Flow with a middle name doesn't much matter, day-to-day, but given equally good choices, better flow can be a reason to upvote names. In this case, as another commenter pointed out, the repeated -er in Oliver and Wilder is a slight trip hazard, so one of the other three may be a better choice. Do you have any particular connection to any of the names? For example, if you're an electrical engineer, Maxwell may appeal because of Maxwell's equations, or if you're into heraldry (or Harry Potter), Griffin would be a fun choice.

In my experience, "maven" is usually used in a sarcastic way for know-it-alls, so I don't care for it as a name. Any interest in Mavis instead? It's an old name for the song-thrush (a type of songbird), so I think it would go beautifully with Juniper and Griffin as siblings.

May 20, 2016 11:12 AM

Based on her statement "There are two girls and one boy", she knows that there are two girls and one boy. :)

May 20, 2016 10:36 PM

You know, even after you pointed out its existence, it took me two re-reads to find that sentence.

May 20, 2016 7:41 PM

Thank you for fixing it!

Yes, there are two girls and one boy.

I personally do not like the name Hudson, but my husband does.

As for a connection to the middle names, My mothers name was Ella, and my husbands grandmother, who recently passed away, middle name was Bailey (We did not care for her first name, it was Liesl) 

Now that I know what a maven is, it is off the list. Mavis, on the other hand, is gorgeous, and I will definitely consider it.

May 20, 2016 11:09 AM

I picked out these three exact names before looking at your post, ivymae. The only reservations I have is Eli and Eden having the same first initial. I like Eden the best out of the girl names though.

May 20, 2016 5:29 PM

I love Juniper!  And I'd choose either Eve or Eden to go with it.  Eden seems a closer fit with Juniper to me.  I don't care for either Maven, in large part because of the word meaning, or Hudson, which reads all boy to me -- I think you'd constantly have to clarify that she is a girl, especially with Juniper (unambiguously a girl) as a sister.  Alternatives to Maven might be Maris, Maren, Sloane, Devin/Devon, Violet, Scarlett, Hazel, Phoebe.  

With triplets, I would definitely want unique middle initials, so that would rule out Eli if you use Eden or Eve.  I don't care for Tanner, just not my style.  I like Griffin, Maxwell, and Theodore best from your boy list.  But I think I'd get tongue-tied with both an Eden and a Griffin.  

Juniper Ella, Eden Bailey, and Maxwell Wilder would be my ultimate choices! 



May 20, 2016 7:43 PM

Also, the middle name Wilder is not set in stone. It is just a name that we both like, but I do not want a middle name that we will never use change our minds on a first name we really love. 

May 20, 2016 10:33 PM

After reading your comments, i like Juniper Ella, Eve Bailey and Maxwell Wilder for you. Fwiw Eve was the name we had chosen if our boys had been born girls, and I LOVE Wilder as a middle. Good luck!

May 20, 2016 11:34 PM

Wow...My husband just vetoed Eli, Oliver, Taylor and Tanner, all of which we had talked about and agreed upon. That leaves us with just three boys names, Griffin, Theodore and Maxwell. Suggestions are extremely welcome at this point! 

He also decided against Eve, one that he had proposed when I fist found out I was pregnant. Oh, and I finally got Hudson off the table (Honestl, it has son in the name!) So, now our girl names are Mavis, Juniper, and Eden. Again, suggestions extremely welcome. 

May 21, 2016 12:36 AM

Since there's three names of each gender, I went ahead and plugged them into this site's Name Matchmaker tool, but its suggestions were all over the place. (It happens sometimes, when the tool can't find any statistical patterns among the base choices.)

For boys, it suggested Owen, Gavin, Adrian, Evan, Logan, Carson, Declan, Brendan, Aidan, Ronan, Hayden, Clayton ... all two-syllables-ends-in-n names, even though only Griffin matches that pattern. The only suggestion to break that trend on the first page was Samuel. The second page actually had some better suggestions: Quentin, Miles, Grant, Elias, Colin, Gabriel.

For girls, it seems the tool was having trouble reconciling Mavis with Juniper, but some of its suggestions may still work. Ones I like are June, Iris, Rosemary, Felicity, Zara, Willow, Dahlia, and Willa. Other suggestions, which are not really my style but might be yours (or that finicky husband of yours): Jewel, Meadow, Calla, Haven, Cadence, Raven, Journey, Laney, Heaven, Lyric, Marin, Serenity, Harmony, Aria. It also suggested Doris, which is just a bit too matchy-matchy with Mavis, and doesn't really go with Juniper or Eden.

For what little my opinion is worth, I really love Theodore, both the sound and the derivation. For Theo's sisters, I'd go with classics like Rosemary, Felicity, June, or Mavis. But I really love Juniper, too; similar more modern names would be ones like Willow or Dahlia. If that's too blatant a nature-name theme, I think Willa and Juniper would be lovely sisters. If, on the other hand, you want to embrace your inner hippie, you could pair Juniper with Iris: the latter's a vintage revival while the former is, well, not, but yet they still go together.

May 21, 2016 8:21 AM

For boys, I like Owen and Miles the most, but, sadly my brother-in-law is named Owen. My husband also likes Miles, so there is somethin. I also liked Elias, and to some exten, Grant. 

I would not name two girls Juniper and June, and June might be a nn for Juniper. I don't care for many of the other names, except for Marin, but my husband ruled it out the first time I said it. 

I love Theodore as well, and we would probably end up calling him Theo most of the time, though I don't like to plan nicknames. If we do use Juniper, I would steer away from nature names. 

May 21, 2016 10:04 AM

Oh, I wanted to mention (I think I did at one point, but then edited it out) that, *especially* for multiples, you should choose unique initials for each sibling. (My sister and I are twins, so we know what we're talking about in this arena.) And yes, you might end up using June as a nickname for Juniper - that's part of the appeal of Juniper as a name. :)

Did your husband come up with any more girls' names he likes? Either off my suggestions or independently?

May 21, 2016 11:25 AM

I think that having their own initial would be good. 

Off the top of  my head, I remeber him saying he liked Brook, Hailey, and Avery. I liked Avery, but my sister just announced the name for her baby, and it was Avery, regardless of gender (They are not finding out the gender). I dislike both Brook and Hailey.

May 21, 2016 8:16 PM


We have pretty much decided on Oliver for my baby boy. The only problem is that Oliver Wilder does not sound very good, because they both end in -er. We were thinking about changing the middle to Thomas, James, or Harrison. Thoughts? 

By kbot
May 23, 2016 10:46 AM

I love Oliver! If both girls are going to have a family name for the middle, are there any family names you like for him? That way, they'll all have a connection, without having matchy first names. 

May 23, 2016 6:55 PM

There are not really any family names that we like for him. Here are a few:





None of them really hit the sweet spot.

May 23, 2016 12:38 AM

Love Oliver James but not a fan of O.J. initials. I also love Oliver Thomas.

May 23, 2016 6:50 AM


I'm not too worried about the OJ initials, but that could be a factor if it comes down to two. 

May 23, 2016 9:45 AM

How about Oliver Wilding, William, or Wade instead of Oliver Wilder?  I agree that it's too many 'ers.  

Of your remaining girls' names, I love Mavis and Eden.  Wonderful!

May 23, 2016 10:12 PM

I agree that family names for all 3 (or none) would be nice. I adore Andrew and like Oliver Andrew. The 3 syllable FN + 2 syllable MN is pleasing. Oliver Robert and Oliver Nelson are solid. Why not hitting the sweet spot for you? How about your maiden name?

May 23, 2016 10:26 PM

The names just aren't really my style for boys middles. If I had to choose one of them, I would go with Andrew. I hadn't thought about my maiden name, which is Truman. Oliver Truman Donahue does not sound bad at all. 

May 23, 2016 11:06 PM

I like Oliver Truman Donahue! We used my maiden for our son's middle and I like how it honors my side since he carries his father's last name. Our two daughters have family names (traditional first names not surnames) as middles.

By kbot
May 24, 2016 2:19 PM

Oliver Truman is wonderful!

For me, an honor middle name trumps style, although that may not be the case for you. In this case though, I think Truman works wonderfully for both honor and style. 

May 25, 2016 5:40 PM

Thanks for the support! Hubby agreed to Truman, and had some ideas for girls as well:





I actually really like Reese—a name I never thought I'd like.

May 26, 2016 12:04 PM

Is this new set of girl names being considered for their first or middle names?  I'm confused.


Yay on Oliver Truman.


May 26, 2016 11:12 PM

They are first names, sorry for the confusion. 

May 27, 2016 8:55 AM

On a girl, I prefer Reese as a nickname (usually for Teresa, or something in that name family), because otherwise it's just a re-spelling (misspelling?) of the masculine Welsh name Rhys.

Emmalin has multiple possible spellings, many of them equally "valid" (Emmalyn, Emmelin, etc.), so there'd be some clarification needed on a regular basis, but it's a fine name. Just be aware that (1) it's a blending-in name, trend-wise (Emma, Emily, Emery; Adalynn, Madelyn, etc.), and (2) some people have trouble keeping straight whether a name ends with -lin (rhymes with 'fin') or -line (rhymes with 'fine'). (One of my daughter's classmates in preschool this past year has a little sister Adalynn, which seems like a spelling that ought to be unambiguously rhymes-with-fin, but her mom complained once that people say it to rhyme with 'fine' all the time.) This sort of minor confusion is absolutely not a dealbreaker, but it's good to be aware of it, going in, so that you can practice the necessary Zen attitude for the times when someone you will never see again gets it wrong.

Sage and Tatum are both fairly unisex in current usage, so I recommend pairing them with a clearly-feminine middle. (Neither one is my style, for either gender, but that's irrelevant to you.)

May 27, 2016 10:00 AM

Thanks for the feedback! 

Ooh... I did not see the Emma/Emily/Madelyn/Adalynn thing. Not a fan. 

I think that out of his list, Tatum had to be my least favorite. Also, I much prefer Sage on a boy. 


May 27, 2016 10:24 AM

I was looking around the site and I found a girls name that was love at first sight. It was Thalia, pronounced TALL-ya. I have to say, this is pretty much my favorite girls name right now. What do you guys think as a first name? It would most likely be paired with Oliver and Juniper, Oliver and Eden or Oliver and Reese. 

May 27, 2016 10:51 AM

Thalia is the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry and also one of the Three Graces, so nice associations.

Something to be aware of:

The pronunciation you have in mind is correct, but there is an anglicized pronunciation Thale (rhyming with bale)-ya out there.  Many years ago when I was young, there was a tv show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.  One of the characters was Thalia Menninger (played by Tuesday Weld).  The character's name was pronounced Thale-ya.  Now only those as old as I am will remember this little shred of pop culture, but for many people Thale-ya will be the default pronunciation.  So you might want to consider how annoying it will or won't be to deal with correcting people's pronunciation now and again (mostly again).

May 27, 2016 3:46 PM

I love Thalia. I went to college with a Thalia who lived up to to name by being artsy and a good actress. I think either Juniper or Eden are distinctive enough for the sister of a Thalia. Reese I don't care for, but I like the suggestion of Arden.

May 30, 2016 5:40 AM

I love the idea of Thalia, Juniper and Oliver. I think the three names are distinctive, but sound harmonious together.

Eden I just can't get behind, but then I come from a particularly un-religious family so it would not go down well at all with my set. If the religious angle is a plus for you, I think Junie, Evie and Ollie are a pretty cute nickname set. Tallie would be cute in there too.

May 27, 2016 10:41 AM

Given your husband's affinity for more unisex, surname-type names and your love of Eden, perhaps Arden would appeal? It might also solve your initial issue. And Juniper, Oliver, and Arden would be a super-subtle arborous theme, given Oliver's sometime-association with the olive tree and Shakespeare's Forest of Arden. As a mother of twins, I usually advise against matchy names for multiples, but this is understated enough to be a cool connection that they could completely ignore if they prefer.

Reese et al also put me in mind of Greer, which I think feels pretty solidly female thanks to silver screen icon Greer Garson.