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Thoughts on the the name Lila for a girl - 89 days to go!

I did post this on Baby Names but it can be rough over there so since I have 89 days - here is a new name we are considering... 

Lila James
Lila Leigh 

Thoughts and opinions please - also both middle names are family names that mean a lot to us! 

Thanks! 

Re: Thoughts on the the name Lila for a girl - 89 days to go!

  • I like the name Lila a lot, it's really beautiful. I'm not a fan of boys names for girls, so I can't get into the "James" trend, but that's a personal preference and you shouldn't let it affect your choice. 
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    I LOVE Lila. It's been on my list of favorites since I was a young girl and I have nothing but good things to say about it. :) I also really like using middle names to honor family members and other special people. That said, I'm still not a fan of James on a girl, even if it does honor someone. No one names their son Emily or Sophia, so I don't like the double standard there of using a masculine name for a girl. Lila Leigh (pronounced Lee, I'm assuming) sounds a little strange since both names start with L, but I think it's fine since you're using the name to honor someone and people rarely use the middle name anyway.

    ETA: I hope that wasn't too rough. At the end of the day, it's your baby and your decision. :)
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  • That's my sister's name, mn Rebecca. She loves it, and it's always been unique. She does get a ton of mispronunciations though, just as a heads up. Oh and when she spent a year in Israel she learned that it's actuall a popular name for dogs over there, so people were pretty amused, but not in a mean spirited way. It means night in Hebrew.
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  • Personally I don't like either of those middle names. Lila Leigh sounds too rhymey for my taste and I don't get using James as a middle name for a girl. That's just my opinion though, do what makes YOU happy.
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  • Lila is lovely. I really don't like boy names on girls. It will sound dated in ten years and I don't see yanyone naming their son "Joseph Claire Lastname" which bothers me!!

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  • Honestly I am not a big fan of either middle names but I love Lila. If I had to choose I like Lila James better than Lila Leigh. Just my opinion. 


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  • I love the middle James. How different and really sounds good with the first name
  • I saw your post on the baby names board and thought people were a little vicious over there! I personally like unisex names and have thought about using James as a middle name for a girl as well since my name (Jamie) doesn't work well as a mn. Lila is very girly so lila James is a nice balance of feminine and masculine. I say James over Leigh But go with whatever you love most!
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  • I honestly, in this case, prefer James if you are dead set on using one of those middle names. The double L with the other option is a little much for me and the masculine name is not as big a deal since it is a middle name. I was going to suggest Jamie as well (Also my name and I was named after a James) but Lila Jamie does not flow. Maybe you can honor James by using a name that starts with a J? Here is a webpage with a lot of ideas.

    http://nameberry.com/nametalk/threads/113436-Feminine-form-of-James

    But in all honesty go with James if that is what you want. Your baby... No one else's.
  • ecwk said:
    Lila is lovely. I really don't like boy names on girls. It will sound dated in ten years and I don't see yanyone naming their son "Joseph Claire Lastname" which bothers me!!
    Oddly enough, as a child I only knew two other Claires and one was a man who spelled it Clair. To me, it almost felt like my parents had given me a boy's name! Then it became more common and super popular for girls to the point where a lot of people don't even know that it's a valid masculine name. It still really bothers me when someone spells my name Clair though, because that is the traditional masculine spelling for the name and I hate it!

    All the more reason to avoid James though, OP. :) I absolutely hated it as a kid that my name could be used for either a boy or a girl and if my name had actually been a masculine name it would have been even worse.
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  • I like Lila. I also like Layla and LOVE Lola.

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  • James feels like a last name.
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  • I actually like Lila James. Lila Leigh just runs together for me, like LiLaLee is all one word.

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  • I like the name Lila. I don't like James for a girl.
  • Jacqueline is the feminine version of Jacques, which is French for James/Jacob... If that's useful to know at all...

    My husband is a James, I struggle to see it fitting on a girl.

    But in saying that, it's totally your choice at the end of the day as its YOUR little lady and no one else's opinions should matter if you love it! :)
  • It's super cute! Love Lola too!

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  • that is a pretty name!! I have a coworker that named her daughter Lila
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