I'm kinda boring...
Jack - so many good associations with this name. It makes me smile when I hear it.
Oliver- my mother and I used to watch Oliver Twist together. We both love the movie but Ironically she hates the name.
Leo- for my brother
James nn Jay - for my favorite book, the Great Gatsby
Elisabeth - just love
Georgiana- heard it in Pride and Prejudice and have loved it ever since
Rose - its just so romantic and beautiful
Charlotte - the name of my childhood doll
Aviana - I like the way it sounds, the meaning, and the fact I've always loved birds.
Cordelia - I like the sound, like the character in Shakespeare's play, the fact it's also the name of a moon.
Esme - It's a family name, love the meaning, pissed that it's used in Twilight though.
Georgia - I love this name, Georgia was always a very special place to me, I like the sound of the name itself as well.
Leocadia - I like the meaning and how it flows.
Lucille - I've loved this name ever since I was a little kid. Love the meaning. I also like the association with Lucille Ball who was my favorite actress.
Octavia - Love the way it sounds, reminds me of octaves, 8 is my favorite number.
Ruth - Family name [the name of my mom], it's been passed down for generations, love the meaning and the character in the Bible even though I'm an atheist. :P
Sonia - Always thought it was a beautiful name.
Temperance - One of the only virtue names I adore.
Nova - I associate it the supernovae.
Amaya - I like the sound and the meaning.
Emerald - One of the only gemstone names I like.
Jadzia - I know people think this is a made up name or just the name of a Star Trek character, but it's not. It's Polish, it's a diminutive of Jadwiga, which in turn comes from the Germanic name Hadewig.
Amaryllis - I love the symbolism of this name.
Oriana - I've loved this one since I was a little kid, I like the meaning as well.
Alethea - Love the meaning, Truth.
Zelda - I love the way it sounds and the meaning, I also don't mind the association with the video game.
Halley - I know it's become popular, but I'll always associate the name of Halley's comet.
Aurora - Most people probably associate it with Sleeping Beauty, I associate it with seeing the Aurora when I was in Iceland.
Lyra - I associate it with the constellation Lyra, which is one of my favorites in the night sky.
Vada - One of my favorite characters in one of my favorite movies growing up [My Girl]
Audrey - I love the meaning, I associate it with Audrey Hepburn, I dislike how popular it is.
Rita - I love the meaning, associate it with Rita Hayworth.
Lucrezia I love the sound of this and I have a positive association because I knew someone with this name.
Alastair - Name of a favorite author of mine. If spelled Aleister, it makes me think of Aleister Crowley.
Alaric - Love the meaning.
Arthur - Family name, love the meaning.
Dexter - I absolutely adore this name, I don't mind that it's the name of a fictional serial killer. :P
Elliot - Like the sound.
Eric - Family name that has been passed down for generations, I love the meaning.
Ezekiel - I always thought it was a cool name.
Forrest - I like the imagery of forests and the fact it was the name of a Confederate general.
George - I like the sound and the namesakes of George Washington, George Jones, George Carlin, etc.
Godric - I like how powerful this one sounds, it's also a family name from way back when.
Leif - Like the name Eric, this is an old family name that has been passed down for generations, it's my brother's name.
Lucius - Like the sound and the meaning.
Nicodemus - Always liked the sound and imagery of this one.
Maximilian - I love the meaning.
Russell - I love the sound of it
Thomas - It's a family name, I've always been fond of.
Walter - I just plain like this name, love the meaning.
Iris -- Reminds me of rainbows, love the flower associations, underused but not unheard of.
Veda -- Reminds me of the movie 'My Girl' which I love, I also love the way this name sounds!
Leta -- Love the meaning and sound. Sort and sweet but also feminine.
Magnolia -- Fun, quirky, and I love the flower associations. I also really love the feel of this name, if you know what I mean. Really love the nicknames Maggie and Nola.
Seraphine -- Crisp and beautiful. Not overly frilly though, even though I like frilly names. This name seems refreshing.
Milena -- Seems exotic and a bit romantic. Love the ending 'Lena' sound. I also really really like the meaning of this name.
Eloise -- Reminds me of the movie, which I like. Feminine but quirky and fun.
Juliet -- Long time favorite, this name just feels so romantic.
My boy names have less meaning I usually just like the sound....
Archer -- Just love the sound.
Viggo -- Ditto.
Milo -- Love the meaning of this one.
Hawthorne -- I just love the feel of this name.
Caspian -- Quirky and fun.
Rex -- Love the meaning, short and handsome.
Roman -- Strong and manly.
Dexter -- Handsome and underused.
I also really love Fay, Fable, Lark, Wren, Evangeline, Genevieve, Grey, & Fox.
I always see those 'names you hate/dislike' threads I never answer them because I think there so negative! I like this one a lot better!! :)
This is such a fun thread! My favs...
Adeline: Love the feminine, sweet, vintage feel. Familiar but not terribly popular. Provides the adorable "Addy" nn.
Josephine: Numerous cute nn options, great meaning, feminine but not frilly, ages well.
Phoebe: Just the cutest name in the world. So spunky and friendly. Love "Bea" as a nn.
Felicity: So beautiful and sophisticated. Great sound to it. Love "Lissie" as a nn.
Charlotte: A long-time favorite of mine. Love that it means free. Think "Lottie" is precious as a nn. Lovely all the way around.
Matilda: Love the Rhold Dahl character, love the flow of this name, love the nn "Tilly."
Nora: Epitomizes sweetness. With a little sass on the side.
Susannah: Classic but not even in the top 1000! In this case, I much prefer the full name over any nn options.
Esme: Super cool sound, awesome meaning, perfect on a little girl or a grown woman.
Other favorite girl names...Jane, Eliza, Naomi, Willow, Violet, Emmeline, Alice, Rosalie.
Thaddeus: As a previous poster said, this name does not get enough love! It's vintage, it has a wonderful New Testament legacy, it's unique, and it offers numerous great nicknames (Tad, Thad, Teddy, etc). And it just sounds pretty bad ass!
Elliot: Cowboy and sweetheart rolled into one! (Feel this way about Everett and Emmett too). Has a great sound and meaning. "Eli" is a cute nn.
Asher: Such a cool guy name. Feels familiar but also fresh.
Ezra: Also totally a cool guy name. And biblical but not overdone. And there's a Z in it!
Oliver: I don't care how popular it is; it's a great name. So friendly and happy sounding!
Calvin: How freaking precious?
Silas: Love how gentle but strong this name is. Think it wear really well.
Classic boy names in general...George, Benjamin, Simon, Caleb, Owen, Peter, Jack...
Other boy names I love...Jude, Clark, August, Seth, Graham, Gideon, Adler, Phineas, Wesley, Patrick.
Finished compiling my boys list:
Arlo, Atticus, Aeschylus, Agrippa, August, Alasdair, Arkadiy, Aneirin.
Daniel, Dexter, Diego, Dickon.
Edmond, Eli, Emery.
Hywel, Halle, Horatio.
Jago, Jasper, Jiro, Joby, Joseph, Joran, Julian, Jory.
Lochlan, Laurence, Leander, Lir, Luciano, Luca.
Malachi, Meirion, Mordecai.
Niall, Ned, Nicolai, Niccolo, Noah.
Rory, Rafferty, Remy.
Sascha, Schuyler, Seth, Sirius, Sora, Stewart, Sylvain.
Thackery, Tulio, Toby, Tristan.
I love Alaric, as a pp poster mentioned. It's so striking. I heard it on a TV show and loved the character.
My favorites are ever changing but I love these names;
The longer I spend on nameberry the more names I love!
I love the names in my signature, but there are really not that many I hate.
I think there are situations, families, and people for almost any name.