Fresh, Modern Girl Names
Our last name is a long German mouthful that starts with M, so very little flows with it.
My inspiration pool is drying up. Your help would be greatly appreciated!
The Name Sage replies:
I’m a big believer in borrowing from our family trees. It’s often the quickest route to find a shortlist of names rich with meaning. And so Perrie Louise could be a great choice … but it sounds like it’s not a great choice for you.
Let’s take family names off the table – at least for now – and start with a blank page.
It sounds like you’re looking for a modern name, something tailored but still feminine. Everly combines lots of sounds we’re used to hearing in girls’ names, like Eve and Valerie, but seems distinctively different, too. It’s very much a twenty-first century choice.
Since your favorite boy name is also a surname, I’m tempted to start there. But word names – drawn from nature and tied to virtues – seem like a promising category, too. The key is to find another name that feels familiar, and yet unexpected at the same time.
Blair – Spare and tailored, Blair could work for a son or a daughter. It tends to be used for girls, maybe because it rhymes with the classic Claire. Or maybe fictional Blairs, from the 1980s-era Blair Warner on The Facts of Life to Gossip Girls’ Blair Waldorf, have changed how we view the name. While it’s not nearly as novel as Everly, I think Everly and Blair sound just like sisters.
Ember – Ember sounds a lot like 80s favorite Amber, but this name has a fiery side. It also feels more current, thanks to all the Em– names in our Top 100. Ember debuted in the US Top 1000 back in 2009, just a few years ahead of Everly. Both names are fresh discoveries, seldom heard until this generation of children.
Journey – Strictly speaking, Everly isn’t a virtue name. But ever makes it seem almost-kinda-sorta like one. If that’s part of the name’s appeal, then I have a perfect suggestion for her sister: Journey. If you like that idea, but aren’t sure about Journey, maybe Haven, Justice, Arrow, Sage, or True would appeal?
Juniper – Everly is just plain fun to say, isn’t it? That always makes me think of Juniper: three syllables that roll off the tongue. Everly makes me think of the traditional Eve, and Juniper brings to mind June. That lends the two names even more symmetry. You didn’t mention if you ever call Everly “Evie” for short, but if you do, Juniper’s built-in nickname is yet another bonus.
Landry – Lots of surname-style names don’t work with Everly. Avery and Emery are too close; Presley and Lennon are also Rock & Roll Hall of Fame surnames. But Landry is just different enough. For the last few years, it has appeared at the edges of the US Top 1000 for boys and girls. It’s one of those unusual names that fits in perfectly.
Piper – Of course, nothing says that an unusual name is the right choice. Despite Everly’s status as a newcomer name, it sits just outside the current US Top 1000. So maybe you’d like Piper? Boosted by television shows from Charmed to Orange is the New Black to Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger, it’s quickly become a modern favorite. If Perrie seems like a possibility, maybe a name like Piper would appeal?
Rowan – Rowan is both an Irish surname and a nature name, thanks to the tree. It has a bright, modern sound, one that feels right at home with Everly. One note: while Everly is very occasionally used for boys, Rowan is one of the most unisex names of our day. That said, I think it makes a great sister name for Everly.
Saylor – Full disclosure: I’ve never recommended Saylor before. And I personally prefer the word name Sailor. But it’s the Taylor-influenced Saylor that recently debuted in the US Top 1000, and the more I think about, the more I think it could be perfect for Everly’s sister. It has a subtle word-name vibe, putting Saylor in the same category as Journey. Plus, like Everly, it really wasn’t a name until the early 2000s.
Now that we’ve thought about a fresh, modern first name, let’s return to the riddle of the middle. You might already have the perfect choice: Louise, from your husband’s grandmother. Everly Reed and Piper Louise. Or maybe you’d just use Lou. Everly Reed and Juniper Lou. And, of course, Perrie is a possibility. Everly Reed and Rowan Perrie sound great together.
I’m a little bit in love with the idea of Everly and Saylor as sisters. I think they’re both the kinds of names that feel mainstream in 2018, but wouldn’t have been on anybody’s list thirty – or even ten! – years ago. That feels like the kind of fresh, novel choice that might appeal to you. And, should ever have a son, I think siblings named Everly, Saylor, and Wells are great together, too.
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on February 21st, 2018 at 3:52 am
I’d also suggest Pari or Parisa as a tribute to Perry.
on February 21st, 2018 at 4:36 am
Piper Louise is pretty cute, but Everly Reed and Juniper Lou together are GORGEOUS.
on February 21st, 2018 at 6:00 am
I have to agree with Juniper…. Everly and Juniper together? Are you kidding me! So cute! Some other ideas…
Good luck! I’m sure you’ll pick something gorgeous after Everly Reed!
on February 21st, 2018 at 6:22 am
on February 21st, 2018 at 6:38 am
I definitely vote Juniper (Evie and Junie), or as a back-up, Piper. Everly is one of those surprising names… thoroughly modern, almost unheard of ten years ago, but it still appeals to a lot of people who favour more old-fashioned names. It SOUNDS like it should have been around longer. Juniper and, to a lesser degree, Piper fit that mould for me.
I’ve also heard of sisters called Everly and Susannah, which is unexpected in a different way but still charming. And Piper makes me think of Harper which makes me think of Nell. Everly and Nell(e) could be a sweet outside-the-box pairing.
on February 21st, 2018 at 7:01 am
Definitely Juniper Lou! Everly and Juniper sound like sisters and Wells sounds great too. If Juniper’s not ‘the one’ though then I like Piper. Good luck!
on February 21st, 2018 at 9:12 am
Piper Louise is money! Evie and Pippi
on February 21st, 2018 at 9:35 am
I guess I’m in the minority but Juniper does not seem to suit Everly to me. Much less approachable and quite a bit more off-beat imo.
Piper Louise seems perfect to me! Strikes the same notes as Everly Reed without overlapping sounds. A great sibset! Everly, Piper and Wells all work together and definitely feel like the same family.
on February 21st, 2018 at 9:54 am
I like Journey and Saylor or Sailor is a recent fav of mine. Everly is so pretty. To go with it, I like Greyson or Annika.
on February 21st, 2018 at 10:31 am
For some reason I like the idea of pairing the ‘v’ sound. Assuming the middle is Louise… I like these:
Perla – or Pearl
on February 21st, 2018 at 10:59 am
Juniper is so cute! Other suggestions is Ensley, Darcy, August or Vera
on February 21st, 2018 at 12:07 pm
What about Bellamy? It’s a fresh, not-that-common name that flows nicely with Everly without being too matchy-matchy. Bellamy Lou or Bellamy Louise both sound nice, or if you want to go with a one-syllable R-sounding middle name like Reed, I think Bellamy Wren would be a lovely choice.
on February 21st, 2018 at 12:23 pm
I think Harlow suggested by pp is perfect. Harlow Louise has a similar modern feminine vibe to Everly to me.
on February 21st, 2018 at 12:32 pm
I’m getting a Southern vibe from your name choices.
Some names that came to mind for you are:
Maren, Maris or Meryl?
on February 21st, 2018 at 1:40 pm
on February 21st, 2018 at 2:23 pm
I love Wells! Its at the top of my list for boys.
For a girl how about:
Aurie/Orie or the longer Auriana/Oriana (from latin golden/dawn and sort of the opposite of Everly, which has a darker more eternal spark).
Also Juniper, Kirsi, Hollis/Holly, Sylvie, Twyla, Kimber, Talia, Petra, River, Misty, Primrose for nature names.
And Everly also invokes an eternal notion like everlasting so maybe names that also have time meanings like Erika, Dagney etc
Also two name I just like and maybe you will too Adora and Hina (taken from the Japanese kanji for sunshine and pronounced Heena)
Abby Sandel Said
on February 21st, 2018 at 2:49 pm
Ooh … some great suggestions here!
Avalon is one of my favorites. Though I’m not sure I’d want an Everly and an Avalon?
Nell(e) is great, too.
And, oh, Luella! Probably my favorite Lou- name AND my favorite -ella, too!
on February 21st, 2018 at 6:07 pm
I agree with vwebber’s previous comment that Juniper does not jibe with Everly and Wells but Piper Louise is spot on. Rather than modern, there’s a real sweet old world style in Everly Reed and Wells Robert that Piper fits with. Rowan is also a possibility that seems to fit.
Everly Reed and…
Marin or Maren Louise
Sabine or Sadie
on February 21st, 2018 at 6:13 pm
These are all such lovely names! Many good suggestions here. 🙂 I think Piper Louise does flow nicely together. Maybe, Gemma Louise or Sienna Louise?
on February 22nd, 2018 at 1:04 am
on February 22nd, 2018 at 2:47 am
Ah, it also occurred to me that Perrie could be a stealth nickname for both Juniper and Piper!
on February 22nd, 2018 at 12:20 pm
As much as I adore your current name Perrie Louise, Both Everly and Perrie end in a long e. I think it would sound much better with a name ending with the sound of short a. How about Louisa Perrie or Parisa Louise. I also like the name Ava with Everly.
on February 22nd, 2018 at 12:51 pm
My vote goes to Blair. Distinctive enough that it doesn’t sound too matchy and prevents her from feeling she’s in her sister’s shadow, but still classic enough to fit with Everly in style
on February 24th, 2018 at 1:48 am
I think it’s more important to think of the name on its own as being the most important factor than if it fits the sibling name, I don’t really care what my brother is called, I’m the one who has to live with my name, not our names together. My main focus for picking my a second girl’s name, if i have another daughter, is making sure she won’t feel like I gave her a too old fashioned name or too out there name compared to her sister (Amelia Jane). After picking the name Everly which while being uncommon has the flow and sounds of popular names, I personally wouldn’t go for names that really don’t have the same degree of fit with other names being given right now, such as Juniper, Landry, Saylor in case she didn’t like it or felt like it wasn’t a real name in the future, this is of course dependant on the naming trends of where they live. From the suggestions given, I like Piper and Rowan the best.
on February 24th, 2018 at 2:55 am
Everly seems very British to me, a little more trim bordering on aristocratic. Which seems like a different vibe from most of the suggestions so maybe I’m reading that totally wrong! If not, what about Persephone nn Perrie? Other suggestions: Daphne, Imogen, Edith, Florence, Cecelia, Odette, or Cressida.
on February 24th, 2018 at 11:36 pm
on February 25th, 2018 at 4:31 pm
1)PIPER for sure! Piper has the same bright, yet feminine bounce as Everly, and i find it more fun to say than Juniper. Pip is a really cute nickname and Piper Louise flows so beautifully! Piper Louise is def my favorite for a sister of Everly Reed (btw GORGEOUS name, great job! I wouldn’t normally think of Reed for a girl, but paired with Everly it sounds just right).
For a second and third choice, though,
2)Blair Louise is really chic and cool. I kinda like the idea of a shorter name after a longer one like Everly. Though I understand it has no nickname and I think given its slight previous use it maybe might grow with her better than Piper or
3)Saylor Perrie, which is absolutely adorable(!) So great with Everly’s name and Saylor is really fun and new. This one doesn’t have a great nickname selection either, but if you say Saylie, the “lee” really sticks out and I think you could actually get away with calling Saylor “Leeli”
on February 27th, 2018 at 11:39 pm
I actually love Perrie Louise (or Perry or Peri)!
Others that I like for you:
on March 2nd, 2018 at 11:15 pm
Lacey- It is an English name that ranked #487 in 2016. This name came to mind because of Everly’s soft charm. Lace and Ever simply sound as though they would be the cutest sisters.
Isla- Isla is another soft girly name that fits right in with Everly.
Avery- It is an English name that means ruler of the elves. It sounds similar to Everly however it is distinctly different and offers different nicknames.
I hope that you find the right name for your new babe!
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