It’s hard enough to choose the perfect name for one baby — but what about when you have to do it for three? That’s the dilemma facing the parents-to-be who are about to bring multiple bouncing bundles of joy into the world.
Naturally, triplets occur in about 1 of every 10,000 births; with fertility measures such as medication and assisted reproductive technology, the chance is much higher (approximately 30% of gonadotropin-assisted pregnancies are multiples, with up to 5% of those being triplets, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine). But no matter how your triplets came to be, there’s still the matter of what to call them once they get here. You want something that’s not too matchy-matchy, but still sounds coordinated; something that sounds great both alone and alongside sibling names.
Whether you choose your triplets’ names based on a certain theme or a certain sound, we have a variety of trios to get you started (and some additional alternatives to each, too!).
These names are positively dripping with Southern charm, darlin’. Alternatives: Wyatt, Caroline
The lyrical L sound and matching number of syllables makes these three a perfect match. Alternatives: Leah, Leo
These names sound good together, but what’s the common theme? They’re all Biblical! Alternatives: Elijah, Isaiah, Rachel
The connection between these is obvious: they begin with the same letter combo and have an old-fashioned appeal. Alternatives: Theo, Thora
Bird names are on-trend and adorable – and as a bonus, they’re (mostly) gender-neutral! Alternatives: Dove, Teal, Robin
Give a little Irish lilt to your triplets’ names with these three. (Don’t forget, Saoirse is pronounced SEER-sha or SER-sha!) Alternatives: Fiona, Sean
If you’ve got a garden of little girls, these blooming botanical names are sweet. Alternatives: Aster, Rose, Daisy
Did you notice the theme running through these active names? That’s right — they’re all verbs (well, if you spell Blaise as “Blaze”). Alternatives: Dash, Sway, Cruise (or Cruz)
You can find triplet name inspiration anywhere … including the sky! Luna means “moon,” Stella means “star,” and Orion is the name of a constellation. Alternative names: Nova, Aurora, Apollo
There’s just something that works harmoniously together with these three magnificent M-names. Alternatives: Max, Mila, Maisie
Lumi, Neve, and Eira
At first glance, these are three names that have little in common. But they’re perfect for winter babies — because each one means “snow!” Alternatives: Nevara, Yukio, Frost
The Old Hollywood glam is abundant in this shining trio of triplet names. For boys, you could try Charlie, Orson, and Clark. Alternatives: Bette, Audrey, Hedy, Ingrid
There’s a decidedly cottage-in-the-woods, almost mystical feel to these three botanical names. Alternatives: Rowan, Alder
Homespun and folksy, yet contemporary-sounding too, these names hit the sweet spot between traditional and trendy. Alternatives: Hazel, Emmett, Sawyer
These P-names are as crisp and preppy as a freshly-starched button-down. Alternatives: Piper, Palmer, Preston
The common thread of these triplet names isn’t just their R beginning, but also their subtle Irish flair. Alternatives: Rory, Ronan
Elegance abounds with these long and sophisticated-sounding C names. Alternatives: Camellia, Celeste, Cecilia, Coraline
It’s no “happy” accident that these triplet names all mean, well, happiness. Alternatives: Bliss, Felix, Serena
These O-names are nicely rounded out by the fact that they all have a sweet old-fashioned quality. Alternatives: Oscar, Oona, Oren, Otto
There’s something glamorously dramatic about this trio of names. Alternatives: Valentina, Vaughn, Victoria, Vincent
Strong and traditional S-names are perfect for boy-boy-boy triplets. Need a strong girl name to throw in the mix? Try Sadie, Samantha, or Sarah. Alternatives: Silas, Seth
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the harmony of these divinely-inspired triplet names. Alternatives: Saint, Canon, Angel
Vintage vibes abound with these names that were all popular a century ago! Alternatives: Victor, Nellie, Frances
Two syllables and a strong “i” sound at the beginning tie these three names together quite nicely. Alternatives: Isis, Ivan, Ida, Isaac
Say “aloha” to these names with a traditional Hawaiian flavor. Alternatives: Keanu, Kainoa, Kalea
There’s a genteel and upscale feel to these names — but something about them feels playful, too. Alternatives: Blake, Blaise,
Goth names, anyone? These might be perfect for October triplets! Alternatives: Raven, Talon, Damien
These gorgeous French choices have that certain je ne sais quoi. Alternatives: Remy, Etienne, Marcel
Short and sweet is the name of the game with these three (and as a bonus, learning to spell and write them will be easy-peasy!). Alternatives: Kit, Gus, Ty, Liv
Rock on! An homage to musical legends, these names are a little bit edgy and a lot cool. Alternatives: Hendrix, Axl, Janis
Finding three perfect names for three perfect babies can seem like a daunting task, but we hope we’ve given you some ideas to start with. Finding your groove in actually raising triplets, though, is up to you.
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