Just below your top 10
What names or name combinations do you love, but haven't hit your top 10 (or drift in and out of it from time to time)? Do you just love other names more or find the names harder to use?
Can't believe no-one else has replied yet, what a good idea!
Some near-misses over the last 10 years for me:
Ingrid (like I-names and the fact that this is not very feminine and also Scandinavian; but other I's are a bit sweeter)
Romy (love the sounds, don't like Rosemary, now becoming a bit popular)
Thecla (love, but can't get over the religious meaning)
Elkie (like E-names and again the slightly quirky and German [?] sound; but others just beat it)
Tula & Tess (simple and sweet, Tabitha has more to it and therefore comes first at the moment)
Rhiannon (an old favourite, less so now but I wonder if it will prove a real sticker in my top 20 or so)
Hector (like the sounds, but not the association with 'hectoring')
Thor (old, old favourite, just sometimes worry that it's too blunt/pretentious)
Theo (only reason it's not in top 5 are religious connotations, maybe glad it's getting popular so I can like it less?!)
Dragan (met this years ago and loved it, not sure I'm brave enough!)
Kolya (on-and-off, sometimes seems too girly, other times I like it)
I don't know that I actually have a top ten; it's more like a top three or top five that I would really have a hard time choosing from. But here are others that are further down on my list--great names that could grow on me and become more serious options over time. They are not my top choices simply because I love other names more than them:
William - This is a family name that spans generations. The only real sticking point is popularity.
Lincoln - This is a name my mother considered for me had I been a boy.
Christian - This is another family name. I love it, but again, the popularity bothers me. Also, it is the middle name of one of my cousin's children. Not necessarily an impassable barrier, but definitely a sticking point.
Eli - It's too close to my favorite name, Elliot
Galadriel - This is probably too much for Ohio.
There's quite a few boys names that float around but have never quite cracked the top 10, but have been close on many occasions:
- Many Finn related names (Finnian/Finnegan/Phineas/Finlay)
- Callum (been high on the back-up list since day one of baby name searching)
I don't know that I have a top ten, but I love Flossie. I think we'll have a cat named Flossie in the future.
The names that are "just beyond" my top ten (really a top 6/7) names are the names that I don't love yet, but I could fall in love with at any moment: