Wish I could use them all! Please help me choose from my 5 baby girl names!!! :) Thank you

Eva Helene ( Named for two grandmothers)

Emma Isobel ( I love the idea of calling her Em because this is three grandmothers initials along with my mom's)

Emerson Grace ( a more unusual way to use the nickname Em)

Mya Elyse ( a name that I have loved for a long time)

Violet Eve ( I am drawn to this name and keep coming back to it time and time again)


Super open to thoughts and suggestions!! Thanks Ladies!!


March 7, 2014 7:08 PM

My favorites by far from your list are Eva Helene and Violet Eve.  The grandma connection is awesome, and Violet Eve is just lovely.

Emma Isobel is a great name but I'd personally stay away due to extreme popularity of Emma over the past 15 years.  But popularity isn't what it used to be and it doesn't matter to everyone.  So if you really want "Em" I'd choose this one.

Emerson is in a completely different style category from your others (androgynous surname and very modern, rather than very feminine and classic).  Personally I much prefer feminine and classic.

Mya is confusing to me--do you mean it to be pronounced like Maya or Mia?  Both nice names but I'd spell it so it's clear.  If you do go with Maya I'd spell the middle Elise because to my eye the repeated "y" is a bit much.  Either Maya or Mia is trendier/less classic than your other choices, so it just depends on what you are going for I guess.

March 7, 2014 11:02 PM

I agree with AlaskaKate about Eva Helene and Violet Eve. Especially Violet Eve, very pretty.

As for the nn Em names, I'm not too fond of Emma Isobel. Emerson sounds too androgenuous for my liking as well. If you really want the Em nn though, Emery Grace would be a cute alternative. (Emerson and Emery also have the same name dirivitive.)

For me, I'm pronouncing Mya as (MY ah) then agree on Elise looking like a better visual spelling with the name. (Not my name, I just really like it.) I do love it with Mya.

Overall, if you changed Emerson to Emery, Emery Grace would have to be my favorite name. Followed by Violet Eve, Eva Helene, Mya Elise, and Emma Isobel. I hope this helps in some way, and good luck!

March 7, 2014 11:59 PM

Eva Helena is gorgeous and by far my favourite.

I really like "Emmy" too, though I know it sounds like a nickname, I'd be tempted to use it on its own.

March 16, 2014 9:00 AM

I completely agree, Eva Helena is the front runner for me as well.

March 8, 2014 1:44 AM

Another Em name to consider, Emmaline.

March 16, 2014 8:59 AM

or Emmalise (kind of combines two names you have already)

March 8, 2014 2:02 AM

Thanks, for the suggestions ladies :) 

i think Eva Helene is probably becoming my front runner, followed by Violet Eve. I think it is quite elegant and will go well with the boys name that we have had picked out for ever, which is Owen Reid.

Emerson is totally opposite of the style of names that I am usually drawn to, but I was really in love with the Em nickname. I know Emma is very popular and was looking for an alternative.

While I do think Emery and Emmaline are super cute, I just don't feel they are the "one".

My biggest concern is her having to correct the pronunciation of Eva. How do you tend to pronounce it?




March 8, 2014 4:52 AM

I believe Eva is like Eve with the "ah" on the end Eve-ah. Not Ava, as some may pronounce it. I don't know why. I know I am guilty of saying some words and names improperly, but don't get Ava out of Eva. Am I saying it as you are?

BTW - I like both names. I prefer Violet as a first over Eva, but you can't go wrong with either! Very nice.

March 8, 2014 10:57 AM

I tend to say Eva like Ava, because that's the Hungarian pronunciation. It's also the German, Spanish, and I believe Italian pronunciation. English is the only language that uses 'e' for the 'ee' sound; in pretty much every other language that uses the Roman alphabet, the letter 'e' denotes a sound somewhere in the range of the Greek letters epsilon and eta (so 'eh' like 'bet' to 'ay' like 'bay').

That said, in English Eva is indeed Eve-ah, internationalist tendencies notwithstanding.

March 8, 2014 1:52 PM

There were three girls named Eva in my son's 1st grade class. One was pronounced Eve-uh; one was like Ava; the third, whose mother was from Poland, was Eh as in Evan: Eh-va.

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March 8, 2014 2:00 PM

Most of the Evas I've known have been EH-vah (the same vowel as in "bet," or like in "best friends 4eva"), so that's how I pronounce it. I've known one Eva who was AY-va, and I've never known an EE-va, although I would consider that a legitimate pronunciation. All these pronunciations are authentic in some language, so there isn't a right or wrong pronunciation, just the one you choose and then the other ones.

I find Violet Eve a little too much, in that it sounds like you're trying to be poetic in describing a colorful sunset or something. Violet Helene would be fine, or Eva Violet. 

March 8, 2014 7:38 PM

I knew a woman from West Virginia called Eva (EE-va) Kaye (always double-barreled), but then there's the late and glamorous Eva (AY-va) Gabor and the far from glamorous Eva Braun (also Ay-va).  So the pronunciation is ambiguous as far as I am concerned.

March 19, 2014 8:47 AM



I love Emerson Grace from this list. I have not heard of Emerson as a girl's name -- I like it alot. It's a nice way to have an "Em" but not be emma or any of the other really popular Em's.

Violet Eve is very pretty as well. If it will be a spring baby I think violet would be very nice.

I like Isolade too (somewhat similar to your isobel).


From EM :)




March 31, 2014 11:50 AM

I like Violet Eve the best...or even Violet Grace ...what would you call her for short if Violet?!? As far as Em names...what about Emily?!?

April 1, 2014 10:48 AM

I would not use Emerson if you want something that will feel timeless and serve her well through life. It is part of a current trend and in 10 years will feel very dated. 

Other names to get Em - Emily, Emilia; or a name that starts with M and call her "M". Madeline, for example!

I feel that names should be more than just how they sound, they are a connection to our families. For that reason, I absolutely love Eva Helene! It is beautiful and she will feel so special to be named after two grandmas. If not, then I love the "Em/M" connection and would name something like Emilia Helene.