Long Baby Names: The Ultimate Guide
But when it comes to the national baby names rankings, two syllables still reign supreme. We recently crunched the numbers and found that two-syllable names account for over half of the current US Top 100. Which means that longer names are a great place to start if you’re looking for a beautiful baby name that will stand out from the crowd!
Elaborate names are perfect for pairing with a short surname or middle name. Anne Cole works well enough, but how about Annika Cole or even Anastasia Cole for something a bit more memorable? As a bonus, longer names generally offer extra versatility: Anastasia could go by Anya or Annie or Sia, depending on her personality and preferences.
For the purposes of this guide, we’re classing long baby names as those with three syllables or more. Find our top picks in each category below, and click through to view our full lists of the best names with three, four and five syllables.
Not all three-syllable names qualify as long in most people’s minds, despite how they might sound. Aria and Elio technically fit the bill, but their visual brevity makes them feel too short and sweet for this list.
The most popular three-syllable baby names in the US right now are Sophia, Evelyn and Abigail for girls, and Oliver, William and Elijah for boys. Intriguing uncommon choices lurking near the bottom of the Top 1000 include Harriet, Emerald and Paloma for girls, and Alistair, Simeon and Jacoby for boys.
All of the names in the list below make full use of their three syllables. They range from vintage gem Adelaide to mythological Guinevere to modern word name Zeppelin, but they all share a certain sense of drama and gravitas.
Check out the full list of Nameberry’s favorite three-syllable baby names here.
Four-syllable names hit the sweet spot for many parents searching for a stylish and sophisticated baby name. They feel elaborate but wearable, dramatic but not overblown, and full of nickname potential.
Some of the most popular baby names in the US right now boast four syllables, including reigning #1 girl name Olivia. Other popular four-syllable baby names include Isabella, Elizabeth and Penelope for girls, and Alexander, Santiago and Jeremiah for boys.
From dainty floral Amaryllis to bold Biblical Zephaniah, length is a big part of the appeal of all of the four-syllable names in the list below. Some feel more eccentric than others (Huckleberry and Scheherazade, we’re looking at you!) but all would pair wonderfully with a shorter surname or middle name.
View the full list of Nameberry’s favorite four-syllable baby names here.
Five-syllable names are the rarest of the bunch, but there are a select few multisyllabic choices which are well used in the US today. Anastasia and Alexandria lead the way for girls, and Emiliano and Maximilian top the list for boys. All rank within the current US Top 500.
More adventurous namers might be drawn to the drama of five-syllable baby names like Cassiopeia and Michelangelo. Others might like to honor Spanish, Portuguese or Italian heritage by using romantic O-ending forms like Bartolomeo, Feliciano or Sebastiano.
The choices in the list below all feel delightfully extravagant – perfect if you’re looking for a baby name that truly stands out from the crowd.
You can find our full list of Nameberry’s favorite five-syllable baby names here.