Post # 1
DH and I recently found out we are having a baby girl! Yay! But now we need to decide on a name, which is proving to be a bit difficult.
I have loved the name Ella since we got pregnant, and finally convinced DH to give it a shot, but when I run it past people IRL I get only “meh” type responses (argh I shouldn’t have told anyone my name ideas lol)…but then I found the name Mia, which I fell in love with right away, and DH likes it a lot. However, I just read that Mia is like the number one name right now?? Aaaand since I like a “popular” name, DH wants to resurrect the names Sophia and Olivia, since I nixed them for being too popular. Middle name will be Beverly (family name)…Thoughts? TIA!
Post # 3
“Ella Beverly” sounds off to me (stress pattern and vowels too similar). “Mia Beverly” is better but still doesn’t sound that great (vowels are better, but the stress pattern is still too repetitive.)
“Sophia Beverly” is better, but I think I like how “Olivia Beverly” flows and picks up the “v” sound in both names.
Honestly, though, all of them seem a little odd paired with “Beverly” – maybe because they are all Latin-derived and Beverly is so very English?
Anyhow, ultimately your and your DH’s opinions are what count, not what some strangers on the internet say.
Post # 4
@KCKnd2: +1 I don’t think any of those sound right with beverly but if I had to choose I would say Olivia.
Post # 5
@jesser1228: olivia is one of my favorite names ever. probably because i knew an olivia who was beautiful (stunning like seriously), incredibly intelligent, spunky and just all around a fascinating and well-cultured person. it’s helped my love for the name, for sure!
Post # 6
I voted Ella until I saw the middle name is Beverly. I think Ella Beverly sounds weird. Olivia Beverly sounds really cute.
Post # 7
I love the name Ella and plan on using it if we have a girl (it’s a family name), but I like the name Olivia, too. Not a fan of any of them with Beverly
Post # 8
Olivia is my front runner if I’m having a girl. Olivia Jacqueline (middle name after my grandmother). Sophia is the front runner for my brother’s baby girl that’s due next month. I picked Olivia because it’s my favorite.
Post # 9
I voted Olivia since that is the name of my older daughter! I know people will tell you it is popular, however my daughter has never had another “Olivia” in any of her classes or daycare or sports etc.- so maybe its not THAT popular.
Post # 10
My son has a friend called Melia. I think Melia Beverly is a really pretty name
Post # 11
I voted for Mia. It’s a lovely name.
Post # 12
The top girl name according to the social security administraion’s list that came out last month is Sophia. Olivia comes in at #4, Mia at #8 and Ella at #12. In my very honest opinion, I think the “prettiness” of these names has been replaced with trendiness and eye-rolling (“another Olivia…”). There are so many beautiful names out there to give your child without worrying that she will be in a class full of girls with the same name as her.
Post # 13
@jesser1228: Mmmk. This is weird. All those names or on my baby list too. Except for Ella, I have Emma.
So I voted Mia & Olivia because I’ve always loved those names. I am leaning more towards Olivia for my imaginary baby.
Post # 14
Name popularity is a concern. My criteria for name selections was just that they couldn’t be in the top 25. As for your names – Olivia is currently about #4 in the US, Mia is #9, Sophia is #1, and Ella is around #12. I use BehindtheName, and I’m not sure how current their data is – I did NOT think Sophia was #1, but there you have it. It’s something to ponder.
That said, if you’re stuck on any of these names – have you thought about using related ones? Names similar to Ella might include Alaina, Elle, Helena, Ilene, Lean, Lainey, Lora, Lorena and Nora. May, Maria, Mariah, Marilyn, Marina, Marlene and Myra are related to Mia.
I’ll agree with many of the others that I don’t like the ‘flow’ of Ella Beverly. So, on those grounds…if I had to pick…
I’d probably go with Mia or Olivia.
Post # 15
Not a fan of any of them with Beverly, but I like Olivia the best followed by Ella 🙂
Post # 16
Are we twins? All the names on your list are my favorites. DH & I are expecting our first, a little girl, due next month! And we are naming her Olivia Sophia! I loved Ella and Mia and even Emma, but those names wouldn’t flow well with our last name. I voted Olivia for you, but mainly because I like the way Olivia Beverly flows! Congrats!