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first name for middle name Lilian/Lily

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Hannah4311 Wed 11-Jun-14 12:59:54

Me and my OH are expecting a little girl at the end of august. He has chosen his late nana's name which is Lilian for the middle name but because he called her Lily, baby's middle name will either be Lilian or Lily. I'm struggling to find a name that goes with it as a first name. Every name I mention my mother in law pulls the I hate it face. Help please I'll take any suggestions

bridgetsmum Wed 11-Jun-14 13:03:14

I suggest you don't discuss your names with your milsmilesmile

Lily is so pretty would you use it as a first name?

Otherwise I love


minipie Wed 11-Jun-14 13:05:02

First of all, ignore your mother in law! Best not to discuss baby names with anyone other than OH I reckon smile, until baby arrives and then you just announce the name.

Lilian and Lily are lovely. I think most first names would go, except ones with lots of L sounds maybe (for example Holly Lilian is a bit of a tongue twister). But that still leaves loads. If you want a first name that ends in -y or -ie then choose Lilian.

What sort of names do you like?

Hannah4311 Wed 11-Jun-14 13:53:19

I really like Sophia also older names like Violet and Evelyn. I prefer Lily over Lilian

Sundaedelight Wed 11-Jun-14 14:00:55

Frances Lilian/Lily

Jessica Lilian

Christabel Lily

ScrambledSmegs Wed 11-Jun-14 14:02:02

Lillian was a distant relation's middle name too (think grandparent's generation). Her first name was Clarice, pronounced Cla-REESE, I think it's more french that way?

Anyway, I thought it was a lovely name.

soontobeslendergirl Wed 11-Jun-14 14:28:32

Amelia Lily
Allanah Lilian
Savannah Lily
Maura Lilian

what style of names do you like?

useryourillusion Wed 11-Jun-14 15:27:49

IMHO, something with three syllables would sounds pleasing..... it's not easy trying to find a name to satisfy everyone, though.

It would help if you posted a few names you like to give us naming gurus some inspiration, please... and also will you ever be using the full name out loud, apart from the whole "Samantha Lillian, will you please get down here NOW" type of application. smile

Hannah4311 Wed 11-Jun-14 15:32:43

I like the older type names like Evelyn and Violet. My OH isn't fussed what I choose just aslong as her middle name is Lilian or Lily. My own mum voices her opinion every now and again but my mother in law is worse I prefer to just keep the names to myself. I was thinking maybe Sophia Lily or Matilda Lily thank you for all your suggestions so far �� her last name will be Chaytor x

LJHH Wed 11-Jun-14 15:36:29

I know its round the other way but my younger sister is called Lily Pearl (she was born on the Pearl ward) which I have always thought is very pretty.
Good luck, its hard naming a person, it took us a g e s to decide on a name for our boy bump which is also due the end of Aug.

sandberry Wed 11-Jun-14 15:43:54

Isabel/Isobel goes well with Lily or maybe Eliza or Elizabeth

pilates Wed 11-Jun-14 15:45:50

Emmeline Lily
Francesca Lily
Jessica Lily
Elizabeth Lily

useryourillusion Wed 11-Jun-14 15:46:29


stops as could spend all afternoon on this

StressheadMcGee Wed 11-Jun-14 15:47:22

Our DS would have been Elizabeth Lillian if he was a girl.

useryourillusion Wed 11-Jun-14 15:50:10


Hannah4311 Wed 11-Jun-14 16:45:22

thank you for all your suggestions so far
Do you think Charley Lilian goes well together??? X

soontobeslendergirl Wed 11-Jun-14 17:06:10

Not a big fan of Charley and it doesn't really fit your earlier brief, but I wouldn't say that it doesn't go. Charlotte Lily sounds nice but I wouldn't get hung up on how the names go as aside from the first couple of weeks, you will never say them together.

everydayaschoolday Wed 11-Jun-14 17:28:29

Victoria Lily. I might be biased..... smile

devoncreamtea Wed 11-Jun-14 17:58:32

I like Sophia Lily - great name!

florascotia Wed 11-Jun-14 18:03:12

I think soon makes a very good point. You say you like older names names like Evelyn and Violet (I like Violet, also Violetta). They were both popular in the early 20th century - and so were Lily and Lilian. In case it helps, here are a couple of links to lists of other favourite names from around the same time:

Artandco Wed 11-Jun-14 18:06:42

Seraphina lilian
Eliza Lilian

Hannah4311 Wed 11-Jun-14 18:30:54

I have just had a look at the list florascotia I love Alice but which one sounds better Alice Lilian or Alice Lily? I also Like Beth I think it sounds quite cute

Tea1Sugar Wed 11-Jun-14 18:34:46

Emilia Lily
Amelia Lily
Jessica Lily
Megan Lily
Bethany Lily

florascotia Wed 11-Jun-14 18:49:03

I think both are very nice OP. Alice is a lovely name. Perhaps the choice between Lily and Lilian depends on your surname? If you have a short surname, eg Smith, then Alice Lilian Smith sounds good. If your surname is longer or double barrelled, eg Robinson or Smith-Jones, then perhaps Alice Lily Robinson or Alice Lily Smith-Jones flows better.

soontobeslendergirl Wed 11-Jun-14 19:13:45

I see you put your surname in one of the posts above OP - I think Alice Lilian goes really nicely but either sounds fine.

Beth is also nice and if you choose Elizabeth then you could have Beth or Eliza, Liza/Lisa, Libby or loads of other choices if you feel that Beth doesn't suit.

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