Baby Name Needed – Short Name that Works with O’Reilly

A reader named Antoinette is expecting her second baby in November, and she’d like some help coming up with names (both male and female).

The names should:

  • Work with the surname O’Reilly, and
  • Be relatively short. (Case in point: Antoinette’s son’s full first name is Zach.)

On Antoinette’s short list right now are the names Harry and Charlie for a boy, and Zoe and Stella for a girl. She also mentions that, while her family is Irish, she and her husband “don’t really like the traditional Irish names.”

Here are some ideas I came up with:

Male Female
Adam
Alex
Alfie
Andy
Archie
Blake
Carl
Eric
Evan
Graham
Henry
Hugh
Isaac
Jake
James
Lane
Luke
Mark
Matt
Max
Noah
Simon
Toby
Will
Ava
Belle
Chloe
Daisy
Eva
Gemma
Grace
Hazel
Leah
Greta
Helen
Iris
Ivy
Jane
Josie
Kate
Katie
Lucy
Maya
Nina
Nora
Sadie
Sara
Tess

Do you like any of the above with O’Reilly? What other names would you suggest?


4 thoughts on “Baby Name Needed – Short Name that Works with O’Reilly

  1. Bram
    Cal
    Clay
    Ezra
    Frank
    Gage
    Hal
    Nat
    Paul
    Wes

    Ada
    Clio
    Esme
    Fay
    Gale
    Jill
    June
    Lena
    Lila
    Maria
    Nell
    Noelle
    Pearl
    Thea

  2. Just a thought — if they plan to have more kids, and they go with Zoe for a girl, they might feel “trapped” in a Z-theme; I know some parents who have felt that way, though not everyone does. Z is not the easiest letter of the alphabet to come up with a variety of names either.

    I’m not really fond of first & last names that both end with the “-ee” sound, so that would rule out a lot. From your list, I think Eric, Evan, Mark, Luke & Max work well for boys. For girls, from your list, Grace, Helen, Jane, Kate & Tess sound very good with O’Reilly.

  3. Hi All,

    Thanks for all the ideas.It has been so helpful. I dont think that we are going for another Z name because like Cathy said it can trap you. Mind you I think that two little people is our magic number. We are blessed to be parents
    The suggestions are great and it really helps alot. I did not realise the choice that we have.
    Anyway I am meeting my OBGYN today and see how No.2 is doing 16 weeks now.
    If there are any O’Reilly Mums or Dads out there let me know what names you have your kids too.

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