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  • JessShow
    JessShow
    Participant

    Hello! I got on this board specifically for name ideas and/or advice! I am expecting our 4th child and have less than 2 months to seal the deal on a name. This time around has been hard! I currently have 2 boys and a girl and am expecting another girl. :) My kids are Eli, Evan and Bryn. So, we obviously prefer short names (b/c of our longer last name) and we are using a family middle name Jo for this baby girl, which means no 1-syllable first names. We didn’t want an E name b/c we didn’t want our daughter Bryn to be the odd person out.

    With all of that said, I have always loved the name Sophie and that was in the running for my daughter last time. So, here we are again considering it. That or Lyla, which can be spelled Lila as well. Those are the two being considered for our 4th as of date. My hesitation with Sophie is the popularity, although I feel like it was more popular 5+ yr ago. But it definitely is one of those names you see a lot. And Lyla/Lila I’m not sure if it is too cutesy and/or would be a challenge for a little girl to say her own name. lol. My question for you ladies is:

    1. Sophie vs Lyla/Lila
    2. If the latter, which spelling? Lyla vs Lila?

    Thanks a bunch!!

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I love them both!
    I’m pretty sure Sophia is still #1, though Sophie is a bit lower on the list (and of course many of the Sophias get called Sophie for short). I really love both names and I don’t think of Lyla/Lila as cutesie.
    I think I would go with Lila between the two names and the two spellings. Sophia would probably be my top pick for a girl name but being #1 does put me off a bit. My boys are William and Alexander and William ALWAYS has at least one other Will in his class/T-ball team, etc. (Though oddly, Alexander was 1 spot higher in popularity the year they were born and yet there’s rarely been another Alex.) If you like Lila just as much, I’d go with it, and I definitely prefer that spelling to Lyla.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I like Lila!
    Sophie’s really, cute, but like TwoSapphires said, Sophia’s still the #1 name in the US at least, and Sophie’s pretty high on the list too. I think Lila sounds really cute with your other kids, too. And definitely spelt Lila, Lyla just looks somehow incorrect to me. Lila’s definitely a more common spelling.

    mneme
    mneme
    Participant

    I prefer Lila over Lyla – it is just simpler and feels more feminine. I like Sophie and in light of your other children’s names, I do not get the impression that popularity bothers you. But, if it does, my suggestion would be Sylvie. It has a similar feel but without the popularity.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    My vote is for Lila, as well! Lila is actually the original spelling–Lyla I feel is more trendy and will date quicker. Lila is lovely, though, and Evan, Eli, Bryn, and Lila are very sweet together! Sophie is beautiful, but not only is it popular in the US–it’s pretty much popular internationally. (Either it or Sophia/Sofia!) It’s just as rabidly popular in the UK and Australia, and Sophie and Sophia/Sofia (or even Sofie) are popular in just about every European country I can think of (and many of these countries have multiple Soph-/Sof- forms ranking in their top 100s). Sophia is currently the most popular girls’ name in the country, and many, many of those little girls will get Sophie at some point in their life, I’m sure (if not for most of it). Sophie (and all its other variations!) is so beautiful, but if you’re trying to avoid something popular, I would probably avoid that.

    Good luck!

    JessShow
    JessShow
    Participant

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the feedback and thoughts on those names. I’m glad I asked, you ladies had a lot of good points! Although there isn’t a huge response on this board, it is nice to know that those that did respond all agreed on Lila (name and spelling). That is very helpful too!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    There really isn’t too much to be said that hasn’t already been said, but of your choices, I prefer Lila. Although I feel both Sophie/Sophia and Lila/Lyla are popular (Lila less so, but if you combined the amount of births of both spellings…since they are said the same…so, same name it would rank well higher than the #146 and #186 respectively) and of the same caliber to either move upward in popularity or stay right where they are, I still like the name Lila better. This spelling is the most intuitive, too…so that means less confusion that your daughter needs to deal with as she grows older, too.

    I do not think we will see a rapid decline of Sophia in the #1 spot. If it falls from that spot in the next year (I don’t think it will) it won’t go further than #2. People LOVE that name. Its the hottest of the hot at the moment.


    kimiha
    Participant

    i like sophie and lila. its hard to pick one. i would choose sophia over sophie. sophie could be a nick name for it. i love the sound and the meaning and that its beautiful and timeless. unfortunately, everyone realized that same thing and now its like the number 1 name which makes it less appealing. i would not choose the spelling lyla. this does not look right. i like it spelled lilah or lila. another classic beautiful name. i think if i had to pick id choose sophie because i prefer lily to lila.

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    i really feel like if you name a child Lila (pronounciation LIE-LUH) it will get mispronounced Lila like lilly.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Well if I could make a similar suggestion, I’d pick Leila! (LAY-luh). :)

    JessShow
    JessShow
    Participant

    Hmmm. Well, I’m a little worried it’ll get mispronounced too and so is my husband if we spell it Lila. My husband prefers Lyla over Lila or Sophie and that is the reason. He is linguistically challenged as I like to say and he would be someone to mispronounce a name that to me seems phonetic. And Lyla is actually the only spelling of that name we have seen. We got the name from Friday Night Lights (Minka Kelly’s character) and she spells it Lyla. A little girl in the preschool where my son attends is named Lyla. And I met a little girl at the grocery the other day with that name and she spells it that way, too! I wonder if that is why people are starting to spell it that way?

    And yellowwatts, I do love Leila! But, of course a HS friend has a daughter with that name. So, taken. :)

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    Honestly, I’ve never seen it spelled any way but Lila (even though I think Lyla is more common recently), and never heard anyone pronounce it not like Lie-luh. It’s a common enough name, I would be truly surprised if pronunciation became a huge issue. Either way is nice, I personally prefer Lila, because it is the more traditional spelling and because I think names with Ys in the middle often look like they’re trying too hard to be different. But there’s nothing wrong with either spelling. It’s the same name, neither spelling is super weird, so go with what feels more right to you.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Oh darn. I really love Leila too.

    lilybell
    lilybell
    Participant

    Lila.
    Not as popular as Sophia. I think Lyla just looks like you’re trying to be different.

    smb92
    smb92
    Participant

    I really like both names! I prefer the spelling of Lila over Lyla also. It’s actually the spelling of a character on General Hospital (Lila Morgan-Quartermaine). I think that the name is cute for a little girl and also ages really well. I’m not sure anyone would have trouble pronouncing the name.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by smb92 smb92.
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