Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby #3

A reader named Molly recently asked me for a few name suggestions:

I have identical twin girls named Charlotte Maiden and Dylan Rose. I am expecting another. I need a boy or a girl name that fits with these names but isn’t too much like them (ie. I don’t want Sadie, Charlotte and Dylan because then Dylan would be too much of an odd woman out). I also don’t want any names ending in -en, -in, -an, etc. because they are just getting too popular. Finally, I’d prefer the names not start w/ a C or a D. Appreciate the help!!

Charlotte and Dylan make a very interesting pair, I think. The former is decidedly feminine and has been popular in Europe (and elsewhere) for centuries; the latter is traditionally masculine and has been popular in the U.S. only since the 1960s (thanks to folksinger Bob Dylan).

Here are some names that might work with both of them…

Girls Boys
Alexis
Astrid
Avery
Bailey
Beatrice
Brooke
Ellery
Georgia
Gwyneth
Ingrid
Laurel
Meredith
Matilda
Margot
Maeve
Piper
Paige
Philippa
Phoebe
Ramona
Reese
Riley
Shelby
Skylar
Sydney
Willow
Adam
Asher
Anthony
Alec
Bennett
Bryce
Brady
Blake
Edgar
Eli
Everett
Frederick
Gareth
Garrett
Graham
Henry
Hugh
Jonas
Leo
Lucas
Maxwell
Micah
Roderick
Raymond
Spencer
Wesley

Do you think any of these names sound particularly good with Charlotte and Dylan? What others would you suggest?

Update (1/30): Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Molly chose!


8 thoughts on “Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby #3

  1. girls:

    Maya
    Rowan
    Megan
    Hailie
    Morgan
    Mia
    Kaitlin
    Madison
    Ryan
    Madelyn
    Bonnie
    Lindsey
    Brynn
    Alexandria
    Rhianna
    Mallory
    Gillian
    Jocelyn
    Alyssa
    Brenna
    Lyra

    boys:

    Noah
    Finn
    Bryan
    Preston
    Luke
    Aaron
    Wyatt
    Zachary
    Finley
    Waylon
    Brent
    Griffin
    Felix
    Beckett
    Ashton
    Russell
    Brendan

  2. Nancy, I agree, that is a very interesting pair of names, and quite a challenge to match, especially if baby #3 is another girl. I thought that a historically Welsh female name would be a good compliment to both Charlotte & Dylan — the historically female part for Charlotte & the Welsh part for Dylan, but most of the names I could come up with ended in -n or started with C. I’ll list them anyway, just in case: Bronwen/Bronwyn, Carys, Gwendolyn & Rhiannon.

    If sharing first letters is a concern, then obviously Carys won’t work; but because Charlotte has a soft sound and Carys has the hard ‘C’ sound, I don’t think it’s as obvious when saying the names together.

    Other Welsh names that are more unisex, include Brynn & Morgan, but again, you’re dealing with that -n ending. Both Morgan & Dylan have meanings linked to the sea, I believe.

    Other names with Welsh origins that came to mind include Glynis & Kendall.

    From your list, Nancy, I think that Phoebe works well. It has links to Greek mythology; as Dylan does to Welsh mythology, yet it’s a decidedly female name like Charlotte. It’s my first choice. Meredith also works – it used to be (long time ago) a male name, but now it’s definitely gone to the girls, it’s Welsh, and its meaning has something to do with the sea, as Dylan’s does.

    For boys’ names, I think it needs to be very strong, and very masculine, to distinguish that he is the boy in the family. I think that from your list, Gareth is a very good choice. Others that come to mind are Evander & Jasper. I love Bennett, Everett & Garrett, but I’m not sure if I like them with the -tte ending of Charlotte.

    I would be very interested to hear what name Molly decides on.

    Nancy, do you often hear back from parents with their final name decisions? I’m so curious about them.

  3. Thank you for the added suggestions, Sarah and Cathy!

    Cathy, I’d had that very same thought about Carys. :) But in the end I wanted to stick to the reader’s guidelines, so I didn’t bother mentioning it. I’m glad you did, though–I think Carys would be a cool possibility.

    I’ve only heard back from one parent so far, but hopefully I’ll be hearing from others soon as their babies are born. If not, I’ll start e-mailing them…

  4. I have a friend who has a 2 year old daughter named Carys, and another friend whose 2 1/2 y/o has the middle name Charis (pronounced like Carys). That’s why it came to mind. Good associations with the name for me.

    Thank you for letting me know about the one birth announcement you’ve received thus far. I do go back and check for new comments among the most recent entries, but I don’t quite have the time to go back that far to see if a baby has been born. Perhaps there would be some way to notify your readers in an entry that one of the families we “helped” in the naming process has a newly named family member :-) I love hearing the final decisions, and that includes middle names too (I didn’t see a middle name listed on that particular birth announcement).

  5. Thank you! I’m so excited you responded to my question. I know that Dylan and Charlotte make an odd couple in some ways. We didn’t want to do something like “Charlotte and Grace” because we felt like under each ‘genre’ of names we had a ‘favorite’ and we didn’t want anyone to ever feel that they had the ‘second choice’ name. So we went with very different names. But yes, it does prove challenging when we put a third name in the mix, especially if it is a girl. I like several of the ones everyone has come up with… I’ll definitely send in the results (around New Years).

  6. Nancy, This is Molly and I’m curious how you found out the name of my third child. Was I in that much sleep deprivation that I forgot I emailed you?! I just went to email you and was surprised you already knew. How crazy! Anyway, yes, we named her Lila Burke. We liked a lot of the names you gave us (I actually liked the girl names better which should have tipped me off that it was a girl) but many of the names you gave us others had already ‘taken’ so to speak. It came down to Lila or Emery. Emery seemed more like “dylan” and lila more like “Charlotte.” but we just ended up liking lila more (and the fact that angie harmon named her kid emery about a week before mine arrived didn’t help my emery case). So if we ever go for #4 and it is a girl, maybe we’ll pick a more gender neutral name again to even it out. btw, she was born on Christmas and you’d be amazed how many people want to know why i didn’t name her Noel or Holly.

  7. Hi Molly!

    You sent me the address to your blog in your first e-mail, so I just checked in to see if you’d posted anything about the baby. And yup, there she was. :)

    I did e-mail you a few weeks ago to let you know that I’d checked the blog, but maybe the note was snagged by a spam filter or something.

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