The Best Three Syllable Baby Names

  1. Verena
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "integrity"
    • Description:

      Verena is pleasant but old-fashioned. Whether that's the outdated kind of old-fashioned or the so-out-it's-in-again kind is your call.
  2. Waverly
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "meadow of quivering aspens"
    • Description:

      Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation's successor to Kimberly. Its upper-crusty surname feel places it among the new stylish English names for girls, successors to Ashley and Whitney.
  3. Zaria
    • Origin:

      African place-name and Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      Zaria, the name of the Nigerian capital city, could be another Z name for parents to consider. It currently ranks lower than variations Zariah and Zariyah.
  4. Anderson
    • Origin:

      English from Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "son of Anders"
    • Description:

      Anderson shot up quite a bit on the popular names list in the 2000's, no doubt in large part due to the prominence of white-haired cable newsman Anderson Cooper. Perhaps surprisingly though, Anderson was even higher on the list in 1880. Actress Edie Falco named her son Anderson in 2005. Though there haven't been many first-named Anderson namesakes, there have been countless notables bearing the surname, including Hans Christian, Marian, Maxwell, Sherwood, Gillian, Laurie, and Pamela.
  5. Flavia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "golden, blond"
    • Description:

      An ancient Roman clan name, Flavia is one choice that's unusual but historic. Now a Top 60 name in Italy, Flavia has been a rarity in the US, but with the upswing in F names for girls, this could change. Seen more in literature than real life, Flavia was used as far back as an1580 romance, then in a William Dean Howells novel and as a Princess in The Prisoner of Zenda. Although the original pronunciation is FLAH-via, Flavie (as in flavor) could make a cute nickname.
  6. Lilian
    • Origin:

      Alternate spelling of Lillian, English
    • Meaning:

      "lily; pledged to God"
    • Description:

      Lilian is the far less popular than the ‘Lillian’ spelling. To avoid a lifetime of mistakes and misspellings, we suggest you go with the Lillian spelling, which also looks more polished on paper. Whichever spelling you prefer, these names are benefitting from the fashion for girls' names starting with L.
  7. Ellington
    • Origin:

      English place-name and surname
    • Meaning:

      "Ellis's town"
    • Description:

      Ellington is a swinging musical name, evoking the jazzy and elegant persona of the Duke (born Edward Kennedy Ellington). While that reference may seem to make Ellington a male name, it is also occasionally used for girls.
  8. Whittaker
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "white field"
    • Description:

      If you discount the connection to the controversial Whittaker Chambers in the days of the Red Scare, Whittaker is a pleasant enough British surname with the preppyish nickname Whit.
  9. Ellison
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of Ellis"
    • Description:

      Updates Ellis -- but also has a lot of feminine potential thanks to Allison/Ellie similarity.
  10. Omari
    • Origin:

      Swahili, Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "populous, flourishing"
    • Description:

      This name, like Omar and Amari, has been in the US Top 1000 for many years. After taking a downturn in 2008, it's now again on the upswing. Actor Omari Hardwick keeps it in the public eye.
  11. Viveca
    • Origin:

      Swedish, Nordic
    • Meaning:

      "alive, life; place of refuge"
    • Description:

      This is one of the most vibrant and feminine of the names meaning life, and it's sure to gain more attention as the whole sisterhood of Viv- names rise.
  12. Roxanna
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "little star"
    • Description:

      Spelled with one 'n', this was the name of the wife of Alexander the Great, and is more attractive than the better-known Roxanne.
  13. Fernando
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Portuguese variation of Ferdinand
    • Meaning:

      "bold voyager"
    • Description:

      Can you hear the drums Fernando? Although 58% of Nameberries prefer Ferdinand to Fernando, the Iberian variant has a softer, more romantic feel that makes it a better fit with all those Javiers, Lorenzos and Matteos.
  14. Jefferson
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of Jeffrey"
    • Description:

      The name of the third U.S. President sounds, like Harrison and Jackson, more modern and stylish now than its root name. Used as a first name long before our surname-crazed era, Jefferson was most famously used as a first name by the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, which may justifiably make you not want to use it. Jefferson is the middle name of another Prez, William Clinton.
  15. Amadi
    • Origin:

      African
    • Meaning:

      "free man"
    • Description:

      This name from the Igbo language of Africa, which feels like the more-familiar Arabic Ahmad, might be an original and attractive choice.
  16. Rolando
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese variation of Roland
    • Description:

      Rolando, along with brother name Orlando, are among the most attractive and appealing of Latinate names. It has been in the US Top 1000 every year since 1946.
  17. Rashida
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "righteous"
    • Description:

      Rashida is an evocative and alluring name, currently represented by Rashida Jones, daughter of Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones, who has been featured in The Office, Parks & Recreation, and The Social Network.
  18. Placido
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "serene"
    • Description:

      Opera star Domingo was responsible for giving this popular Latin name its green card. It was commonly used by early Christians to convey their serenity in the faith, and it was borne by several minor saints.
  19. Quintina
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "fifth"
    • Description:

      The daintiest and most accessible of the many Q names for a fifth child, now used for girls situated anywhere in the birth order.
  20. Nicholson
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of Nicol"
    • Description:

      If you're looking for a Nicholas substitute or namesake, Nicholson would make a more distinctive path to the likable nickname Nick, fitting in with other newer patronymics like Anderson and Harrison. Unusual but not outlandish, it is associated with writer Nicholson Baker, library advocate and author of Vox. And as a surname, of course, with Jack.