Name Sage: A Sister for Rex and Leo
Our Hungarian last name is rather challenging to spell and difficult to pronounce, so we like the idea of keeping her name easy to read and say.
Whew! Hope this little girl isn’t as high maintenance as we’re making her name!
The Name Sage replies:
I don’t believe a longer last name always requires a shorter first name. For every Ava Baumgartner, there’s an Isabella Krolikowski. But because you’ve given your sons shorter names, it seems logical to stick with something along the same lines for your daughter. Rex, Leo, and Anastasia could be siblings, but Rex, Leo, and Anya sound more like they’re members of the same family.
Of course, it’s very common to meet families where the boys’ names and girls’ names are very different in style, so there’s no reason to limit your list only to names with one or two syllables.
Elizabeth – At four syllables, Elizabeth is a longer name. But it’s such an evergreen classic that it pairs beautifully with longer surnames. I noticed it was on your husband’s list, but I would have suggested it anyway, for two reasons. First, Elizabeth is regal, the name of one of history’s most famous queens. (As well as the current Queen of England.) Rex literally means king, and Leo is king of the jungle. Elizabeth rules, too. The second reason Elizabeth is on the list? Cute, sassy nicknames galore! Betsy, Libby, Liza, Lizzie, and Elsie all work. Milly might be a stretch, but I can imagine an Elizabeth answering to Billie or Lily, too.
Rose – After choosing a name from your husband’s favorites, I went back and looked at your list. I think Rose meets both of your criteria. It’s a classic, traditional name. But Rosie – or even Posy – makes a great short form. Rex, Leo, and Rose sound like quite the trio.
Cecilia – You have Cece on your nicknames list. There are lots of ways to get to the nickname Cece, including using the initials C.C., but one of the most obvious is Cecilia. It seems frillier than your favorites, but I think it fits. Another possibility that is less common, but closer to your husband’s suggestion of Emily? Cecily.
Mary – I know, Mary is too plain to consider, right? Except that it isn’t. Mary ranked Number 120 in 2014. Sadie, Samantha, Taylor, Ruby, and London were all more common than Mary. Because you have Polly and Milly on your list, I wonder if you’d like the idea of giving your daughter the name Mary and using a throwback nickname.
Coco – Would you ever consider Coco as a given name? It might feel a little too cutesy compared to Elizabeth and Rex. Longer names, like Caroline, Coralie, or Cordelia, might work better as a formal name, while Coco could be for daily use. It’s a bolder vintage pick than Polly, but one that stands up nicely to the strong sounds of Rex and Leo.
Mila – I’ve saved my favorites for last. Mila leads to Milly. Like Rex and Leo, it’s a formal name that stands on its own. The only downside to Mila? It’s currently ranked in the US Top 100. And yet, Rex, Leo, and Mila are one of my favorite combinations – and I do think Mila makes a great compromise between your styles, especially with Milly as an option.
Esme – When I searched for sister names for Rex and Leo on Namehunter, Esme came up. It shares sounds like Emily, and has nickname choices like Mimi or May. Like Rex and Leo, Esme is a short, complete name that’s rich with style.
I’m not sure that I’ve helped narrow things down this time!
Two types of names stand out to me: first, I love the idea of Elizabeth called Betsy, Mary called Polly, or Caroline called Coco. All are classic, regal first names with spunky nicknames. It seems like that might please both you and your husband. Classic names work well with longer surnames, and give you plenty of options for short forms, too.
If Elizabeth and company aren’t for you, I think Esme might be a good compromise. It’s not as common as Emily, but has similar sounds. It shortens to Mimi or May, and Rex, Leo, and Esme sound great together!
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on July 21st, 2015 at 11:07 pm
Emma. Without a doubt. Rex, Leo & Emma.
on July 21st, 2015 at 11:22 pm
I would go with Margaret and call her Polly or Meg.
Or Elizabeth and call her Bess or Bet.
Millicent and call her Milly.
Rosamund and call her Rose.
These would hopefully please both you and your husband and offer your daughter a longer, more formal name as well as many cute and spunky nickname choices.
My favorite combo is Rex, Leo, and Meg, all lovely one syllables.
on July 21st, 2015 at 11:47 pm
Mila, June, and Elizabeth are super cute choices to go with Rex and Leo
on July 22nd, 2015 at 12:33 am
What about Ada, Claire, Cora, Else, Etta, Erin, Eve, Gwen, Lila, Luna, Iris, Juno, Mira, Nina, Nora, Ruby, Zara, Zita or Zoe?
I think a short full name would match the best with Rex and Leo.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 12:44 am
Why do I feel the challenge to think of a great 3-letter girls’ name to go with Rex and Leo?
Bee or Bea
May or Mae
Liv (though not crazy about another L name)
A bit longer:
on July 22nd, 2015 at 1:51 am
Emilia. It’s classic, but unique. Simple, but versatile. She could be Emilia, or she could be Emmy, Milly, Mia, Lia, Mila, or just Em. I can imagine little Emilia (or other NNs) romping around with her big brothers, Rex and Leo.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 2:22 am
Belle would be very pretty, and you could even use it as a short form of a longer name like Isabelle or Annabelle.
Adele (potential nickname Addie)
Tess or Tessa can be used on their own or as short forms of Theresa.
Eve, Iris, and Cora as suggested in earlier comments would be cute too. Eve (or Evie) could be a nickname for Evelyn or Evangeline.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 5:50 am
I’m with @theclarest on this one. I thought of Emilia right away. It’s classic with great sweet and spunky nn possibilities.
I also like: Etta, Ivy, Zoe, Phoebe, Beatrice (Bea), Gemma, Penelope (Polly, Penny, Nell, Nellie), Cora
on July 22nd, 2015 at 6:14 am
Keeping with short names, one or two syllable with vintage traditional charm but cute nickname potential….
Emmy (like Emily but cute and shorter)
Elle/Ellie (start of Elizabeth)
Lucy (Lulu, cute nickname)
I’m sure you’ll find a lovely name to go with the two gorgeous ones you’ve already chosen for your boys =)
on July 22nd, 2015 at 6:27 am
on July 22nd, 2015 at 7:59 am
I agree with those who suggest a short, strong stand-alone name to go with Rex and Leo…but I am biased because I have a Leo with a little sister named Ivy, and that was exactly my naming strategy. I think Leo and Ivy are the perfect set without being matched, and both totally go with Rex. But it also probably sounds “right” to me because I say those two names together only about 50 million times a day. 🙂
Other names in the same vein that we considered for our baby girl/younger sibling of Leo:
Zoe (ultimately decided it was too close to Leo)
Jane (LOVED this but couldn’t get my husband on board with it as a first name, but it’s our Ivy’s MN)
on July 22nd, 2015 at 8:31 am
Beverly – Bev
Edith – Edie
on July 22nd, 2015 at 8:32 am
I like the previous suggestions of Gwen, Etta and Juno! And I like name sage’s suggestions of Esme and June.
How about: Raya, Susan (lots of fun nicknames like Susie and Zuzu), Zora, Cali, Lua, Pearl, Petra, Lila, Kaia/Caia or Elise?
on July 22nd, 2015 at 8:37 am
Eliza came to mind when I read this post. It’s a bit longer than some of the others name, but it vintage and spunky, but also reminiscent of Elizabeth. And Rex, Leo, & Eliza looks like a sib set to me.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:20 am
I agree that her given name should be short and sweet just like her brothers. Ivy, Zoe, Amy, Kelly, Mia, Fran, Aura, Faye, Bree, Eve, Ava, Cora, Kate, Ella, Beth, Anne, Anna, Karen, Betty, Ellie. Personally Eve, Ella, and Mia are my favorites but I hope some of those are your taste!
on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:23 am
So many good suggestions, but I keep coming back to Rose and Amy, which could be short for Rosemary and Amelia.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:27 am
I keep thinking either Mia or Alexandra nn Alex.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:31 am
I love Rose and Esme.
Margaret (nn Meg)
Evelyn (nn Evie)
Isabella (nn Bella)
on July 22nd, 2015 at 11:59 am
Rex, Leo and Vi
on July 22nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm
To compliment your long Hungarian last name I would like to find something of the same origin or along those lines. If there is a prominent letter in your last name you can play it down by having that sane letter in the first name. I can’t suggest anything so specific not know knowing your name but here are some ideas with a Hungarian connection that would go well with your boys’ names (often letters “z” and “k” and “g” and “n” are common so using those letters may help:
Gizi, short for Gisele or even Gigi
Zofia (simpler version of Zsofia, the Hungarian Sophia)
on July 22nd, 2015 at 12:49 pm
Oops, “Ali” was supposed to be Aliz, the Hungarian form of Alice, pronounced slightly softer like “ah-leez”.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 1:18 pm
I might be in the minority but I really liked Rex, Leo & Coco or Rex, Leo & Anya.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 1:26 pm
I really like Mae for you. Rex, Leo and Mae. It could be a nickname for Esme, but I think I prefer it on its own.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Like pp, Emilia immediately popped into my mind. I also like the suggestions of Iris & Kira/Kyra.
From the Name Sage, I especially like Cecily or Cecilia…lots of cute nns there.
W/Rex & Leo both having meanings in the kingly realm, what about Reina? If pronunciation is a problem the phonetic Rayna/Raina might be an option too.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 3:15 pm
I too have a truly hellish surname! I think something like Ruth would work. Clara? These are my favourite names but I just know they work with impossible surnames so they probably would work. I also adore Leo and have formulated sibsets with Leo and those names. I’d also consider Jane, Hazel, Louise and Evie.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 3:15 pm
I LOVE the brother names!!! How about:
Rex, Leo & Juniper
Rex, Leo & Neve
Rex, Leo & Selah
Rex, Leo & Veda
Rex, Leo & Ione
on July 22nd, 2015 at 4:55 pm
I disagree with Esme as a good choice. I don’t think it fits with the criteria of being relatively simple and easy to pronounce. I also think there is a potential culture clash there. The mom mentions Milly twice; clearly, it’s a favorite of hers. I think she might be best off going with Dad’s choice of Emily, which lends itself quite easily to the day-to-day nickname of Milly.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 5:10 pm
Rex, Leo, and Esme
Rex, Leo, and Mia
Rex, Leo, and Mae
Rex, Leo, and Maisie
Rex, Leo, and Everlie/Everley
Rex, Leo, and Maeve
Rex, Leo, and Mamie
Rex, Leo, and Mable/Maple
on July 22nd, 2015 at 5:20 pm
This post is absolutely perfect timing!!!! I was just coming to the site to look up the name Tess when I saw this post on the main page.
I have two boys, Rex and Troy, and am expecting baby number three. We find out what this baby is in two weeks. I actually have the name Leo on my short list for a boy 🙂 and I can’t believe how many of my girl picks are mentioned.
Right now my top pick is
Anne or Anna with the middle name Elizabeth. We would call her Annie or AnnaBeth
My short list:
Maebel (family name)
Beatrice or Beatrix (family name)
Names that would have been on my list if we didn’t have family with these names already or if they weren’t as popular
My 8 yr old son has a love of all things Roman and has offered the names Claudia and Livia to us for girl. He’d love to have a say in the name so we might consider one those as well.
Happy baby naming!
on July 22nd, 2015 at 6:20 pm
Raina. Like Elizabeth, it’s fit for a queen. But like Rex and Leo, it’s a short name with a distinctive feeling.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 9:00 pm
I love the suggestions of Eve, or Eva, and Ivy with Rex and Leo. I really think a short, poppy name works better than a traditional staple here, although I do think Elizabeth and Rose are pretty. They just don’t seem like the right fit.
Against strong Rex and Leo, I could see a sister with a punchy nature name:
Poppy – Love this! (Could be a Penelope nickname.)
Fleur – Delicate yet sturdy.
Glory – Like morning glory.
Iris – Vintage but fun enough.
Juniper – Classic June, cute Junie as nicknames.
Marigold – Shorten to Mari, Marie, Mary, or Goldie.
Tansy – Underused, quirky, and sweet!
Violet – Vintage and floral.
My favorites with Rex and Leo are Poppy, Fleur, Juniper, Marigold, and Violet.
I could also see a short, ladylike name or unisex name with style and perkiness:
Ever – Evie as a nickname!
Bellamy – Belle and Bella as nicknames.
Daphne – Classic, yet sorely underused.
Aria – Trending like crazy right now…
Marielle – Mary and Isabelle in one classic name.
Zara – Sarah with a regal twist.
My favorites are Cara, Daphne, and Zara.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:30 pm
So many great suggestions. I’m loving something shorter but classic with a bit of spunk. I’d avoid another R or L name.
Rex, Leo and…
Faye or Fay
Or something a bit longer but still classic with fresh appeal:
on July 22nd, 2015 at 11:58 pm
What about Thea? Pronounced Thay-uh or Thee-uh.
Both Rex and Leo sound kingly/royal and I think Thea fits nicely.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 5:46 am
I love the idea of Rex, Leo and Eve! I prefer Eve just as it is but it has the cute nickname Evie and can even be a nickname itself for Evelyn, Evangeline or Genevieve.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:31 am
My favourite suggestion so far is Una (meaning ‘one’). Rex, Leo & Una. All very strong. Personally it would bother me to give my sons strong leader names, and then name my daughter after a flower. I also like the Veda suggestion. Or Vega. Although from the examples given these don’t seem your name style for girls.
Rex, Leo & Camille (Milly)
Rex, Leo & Cosima (Coco)
Rex, Leo & Celeste (Cece)
on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:56 am
Thea. I like that mlewis_jeri!
And I agree Random, with such strong names for the boys it only seems right to continue that theme with a baby girl. You’ve given me something to thing about.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 1:38 pm
on July 23rd, 2015 at 2:36 pm
Rex & Leo are great names!
Rex, Leo & Carys
Rex, Leo & Julia
Rex, Leo & Effie
Rex, Leo & Anais
Rex, Leo & Selah
Rex, Leo & Della
Rex, Leo & Elena
Rex, Leo & Fay
Rex, Leo & Cleo
Rex, Leo & Alba
Rex, Leo & Camila
Rex, Leo & Zara
Rex, Leo & Nina
I love the suggestion of Mila regarding Elizabeth could you use Eliza? Rex, Leo & Eliza sound great.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 7:24 pm
I love Leo and Rex! I think something with the same vintage/cute nickname appeal would work beautifully. Either something longer with nickname possibilities or something short and sweet. Some other suggestions:
Ciel – nn Cece
Luella – nn Lulu/Ellie/Ella
Everly – nn Evie
Flora – nn Florie/Fleur
Eloise – nn Elle/Ellie
Grace – nn Gracie
Juniper – nn Junie
Olivia – nn Liv/Livy
Marigold – nn Goldie/Marie
Tallulah – nn Tilly/Lulu
Vivienne – nn Vivi
Lillian – nn Lily
on July 23rd, 2015 at 7:29 pm
Some more, I love coming up with names:
Lucienne – nn Lucy
Charlotte – nn Lottie
Genevieve/Ginger – nn Gigi
Romilly – nn Romy/Milly
Adeline – nn Addie
on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:55 pm
on July 24th, 2015 at 12:15 am
I absolutely LOVE your sons’ names. I think that Leo and Rex sound wonderfully with the following names for your daughter:
>GEM: This lovely three-lettered name is a classic that has been around for ages! Not only is it short and sweet, but it shares the same spunk as
Leo and Rex.
>TOPAZ: Very spunky yet sophisticated. The sound makes it pop.
>MARIPOSA: In Spanish, it means “butterfly”. It’s a soft name that rolls off the tongue.
>TWYLA: You don’t see this name everyday but it’s beautiful.
>ISABEAU: A great nickname would be Bo/Beau!
>CLARA: This is such an underused classic.
Good luck on naming your little girl! Please let us know what you decide. 🙂
on July 24th, 2015 at 11:02 am
Two names I love–Regina and Lark. Regina is so pretty and underused. Plus, the nn Reg and Reggie are so sweet.
on July 26th, 2015 at 12:37 pm
I think Emily or Emilia would be perfect with Rex and Leo, it has the classic appeal your husband loves, and all the lovely shorts you like such as Milly, Emmy, Mia, Lia. It also sounds great with Rex and Leo.
Other choices; Regina continues on with your regal theme, it has vintage appeal and cute shorts like Gina and Nina. Margaret, vintage and classic with a huge array of shorts like Daisy, Meg, Peg, Peggy, Maggie. Alice might also be a good compromise, it’s classic but also short and sweet with a lovely vintage feel.
on July 26th, 2015 at 5:13 pm
Regina also came to mind at first. I also liked the suggestion anya
on July 26th, 2015 at 6:40 pm
Emma was the first name to pop into my mind, probably because I really like it. I think it could meet both your desires.
If you want to stick to the three-letter path, I’d suggest:
Ari, Ida or Mia.
on July 27th, 2015 at 6:48 am
I love love Rex and Leo:) Leo is on our list for our #4 baby if it’s another boy!! I have a Lucy and I think Lucy would sound wonderful with Leo and Rex and Millie or Daisy too those are my favorites:)
on July 27th, 2015 at 7:53 am
Can I ask a question about Leo? We are really really liking the name for our 4th I have a Lucy, Charlie and Max so I thought Leo would go great with siblings!! Did you get good feedback on Leo? What made you chose Leo? Does it work with a baby and through childhood? Thank you!! Oh and others I think that will go with yours are
Rex, Leo and Molly
Rex, Leo and Millie( my favorite maybe my 4th if a girl)
Rex, Leo and Daisy
Rex, Leo and Sadie
Rex, Leo and Lucy
on July 27th, 2015 at 2:26 pm
My favourite names would be Felicity, Lucy, Aria or Cara. I truly wouldn’t pick anything but a Latin-based name with these two names. I don’t understand why other styles of names like Rose or June are even options when there are so many dropdead gorgeous latin names! I’m a fan of simplicity, I think it’s chic. Latin names for girls are elegant and strong.
Ara or Arabella
Magnolia (Maggie, Nolie)
Verona/Veronica (Vera, Ronnie, Nica)
on July 30th, 2015 at 8:52 pm
My first thought was Eva – Rex, Leo and Eva. Love.
on August 5th, 2015 at 12:31 am
I think Rex, Leo, and Libby sound great together. 😀
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on January 6th, 2018 at 7:49 pm
I immediately thought of Sadie.
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