SISTER for Sophie Esperanza?

We are expecting our second child and don’t yet know if we are having a boy or girl. We need first names that work in English and Spanish. I really love my daughter’s name and want something as good as it. I really love the first name [name]Layla[/name] for a girl, but have no ideas for middle names. We are not so sure about boy names, but have talked about [name]Gabriel[/name], [name]Mateo[/name], and [name]Rafael[/name] (I love [name]Felix[/name], but DH does not. [name]Max[/name] is not an option because of a close friend.). I would [name]LOVE[/name] to hear suggestions for first and middle names for our baby! [name]TIA[/name]… (edit: We now know we are having a girl)

This may be too close, but I love the name [name]Esmeralda[/name]. [name]Olivia[/name] [name]Esmeralda[/name] or [name]Layla[/name] [name]Esmeralda[/name]. Too close?

I like [name]Gabriel[/name] and [name]Mateo[/name], unfortunately here [name]Matteo[/name] (two Ts) is uberpopular along with [name]Matthew[/name] so its not a name I’d use just for that reason. [name]Gabriel[/name] is a really nice name.

I think [name]Layla[/name] is a very pretty name (although I do personally prefer the [name]Laila[/name] spelling). Some middle name ideas…

[name]Layla[/name] [name]Aitana[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Beatriz[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Crisanta[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Elena[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Estela[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Eviana[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Felicia[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Gabriella[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Isabel[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Isolda[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Milena[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Neva[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Nieves[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Olimpia[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Paloma[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Pilar[/name]

I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Leila[/name] (I like this spelling)

[name]How[/name] about using another virtue name in the middle to match [name]Esperanza[/name]:

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Engracia[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Viviana[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Consuelo[/name]

And for a boy, how about [name]Gabriel[/name] [name]Solomon[/name]

For a boy I like the name [name]Gustavo[/name].

Girl thoughts:

I like [name]Layla[/name]! Also like:


I love [name]Sophie[/name] [name]Esperanza[/name] with [name]Leila[/name], but I’d spell it this way. I think it looks more elegant.

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Adabella[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Arabela[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Catalina[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Concepcion[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Esmerelda[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Genoveva[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Juliana[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Magdalena[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Marisela[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Primavera[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Valencia[/name]

I think [name]Mateo[/name] or [name]Matthias[/name] would be perfect for a boy! I’ll just suggest middle names that would go with either…

[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Bolivar[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Cristobal[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Estevan[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Guillermo[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Rafael[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Salvador[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Vicente[/name]

GOOD [name]LUCK[/name]!

[name]Layla[/name] [name]Isabel[/name] has a great ring to it!

Some of these aren’t Spanish, per se, but they have that romance language flair.

[name]Layla[/name] [name]Elisabetta[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Amalia[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Elena[/name]
[name]Layla[/name] [name]Francesca[/name]

[name]Allegra[/name] [name]Luz[/name]
[name]Allegra[/name] [name]Ilise[/name]

[name]Beatriz[/name] [name]Amalia[/name]
[name]Beatriz[/name] [name]Elisabetta[/name]
[name]Beatriz[/name] [name]Mariella[/name]
[name]Beatriz[/name] [name]Julietta[/name]
[name]Beatriz[/name] [name]Amabel[/name]

[name]Julietta[/name] [name]Ilise[/name]
[name]Julietta[/name] [name]Celeste[/name]

[name]Amelie[/name] [name]Celeste[/name]
[name]Amelie[/name] [name]Elisabetta[/name]
[name]Amelie[/name] [name]Isobel[/name]


[name]Gabriel[/name] [name]Tomas[/name]
[name]Gabriel[/name] [name]Rocco[/name]
[name]Gabriel[/name] [name]Marco[/name]
[name]Gabriel[/name] [name]Emiliano[/name]

Thanks so much for the suggestions, everyone! I never thought of most of these so you’ve been incredibly helpful.

Right now I am really liking [name]Layla[/name] [name]Isabel[/name] for a girl (though we have not decided on the spelling) and I really think we are leaning toward [name]Mateo[/name] [name]Jose[/name] (DH’s MN) for a boy. We find out what we are having in two weeks. I feel so much more prepared now!

Thanks, again!

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Isabel[/name] is perfect, but I think that the O sounds in [name]Mateo[/name] [name]Jose[/name] run together, disrupting the flow of the name. [name]Mateo[/name] [name]Rafael[/name] would be better in my opinion.

[name]Glad[/name] you like it! :slight_smile:

I agree about the sounds of [name]Mateo[/name] and [name]Jose[/name] the other poster pointed out, although if [name]Jose[/name] is an important name for you for other reasons I would do it. Some other ideas…

[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Adamo[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] Adri”n
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Agustin[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Alejandro[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] Andr”s
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Armando[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] C”sar
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Cristian[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Cruz[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Diego[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] Estab”n
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Fede[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Felipe[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Joaquin[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Luis[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Miguel[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Pablo[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Santos[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] [name]Joaquin[/name]
[name]Mateo[/name] Valent”n

Good luck!

Thanks - [name]Mateo[/name] [name]Armando[/name] was another option we were considering, because that is DH’s name! Does that flow better than [name]Mateo[/name] [name]Jose[/name]?

What was that about [name]Matteo[/name] being uberpopular?? It’s only in the 500’s on The List.

I would prefer [name]Armando[/name] to [name]Jose[/name], but that’s just me. :slight_smile:

Where I live its uberpopular, but I don’t know one little boy named [name]Henry[/name] or [name]James[/name]. Different names have different levels of popularity in different areas, not always reflected by the list. :slight_smile:

Not popular everywhere, obviously, but too popular for me to use personally.

Thanks for all the input! We know now that [name]Sophie[/name] will have a sister, and we really like the name [name]Leila[/name]/[name]Layla[/name], but haven’t settled on a spelling. We are having trouble with the middle name, but are leaning towards [name]Isabel[/name]. Any thoughts on a great name for [name]Sophie[/name] [name]Esperanza[/name]'s sister?

I like [name]Leila[/name] because then [name]Sophie[/name] and [name]Leila[/name] have a similar feel with both having the i and e.

For a middle name, I think a virtue name would go great since [name]Sophie[/name] has one, too. Here’s some ideas…

  • are my favs :slight_smile:

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Nadine[/name]* (means “hope”)
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Hope[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Adele[/name] (means noble)
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Blythe[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Charis[/name] (means grace)
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Frances[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Helene[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Honora[/name]

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Jennet[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Malu[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Priya[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Querida[/name]*
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Rosetta[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Salome[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Verdad[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Vita[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Wynn[/name]

Or a Spanish mn:
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Camile[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Damita[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Engracia[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Faustina[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Fortuna[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Ginata[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Ines[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Josefa[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Kahlo[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Maita[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Matilde[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] Miro
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Paulina[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Peitra[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Perla[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Saretta[/name]

Thanks! I just came across the name [name]Graciela[/name] - [name]How[/name] does [name]Leila[/name] [name]Graciela[/name] sound?

Other contenders:

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Karina[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Pilar[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Isabel[/name]

[name]Leila[/name] [name]Graciela[/name] is absolutely perfect - sweet, classy and charming. I don’t like [name]Karina[/name] in this combo, I love [name]Pilar[/name], but it doesn’t work good with [name]Leila[/name]. Middle [name]Isabel[/name] is also good, but WDYT of:
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Belen[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Elodia[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Graziela[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Livia[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Mireia[/name] (my favourite)
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Olalla[/name] / [name]Orlanda[/name] / Orquidea
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Ria[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Sierra[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] Zefer
all above are my spanish family’s ideas - they become really involved and had a long discussion about the best middle name, so I hope this ideas would be useful. All these names could be used as first, of course, but I feel you wouldn’t leave [name]Leila[/name]:slight_smile: