Ok, since everyone else is doing it, I might as well come out and say that I also have a soft spot for Aidan. Why not? Super-trendiness (and irritating spelling variants) aside, I like the soft sound of it, and the way it looks written. Plus, every Aidan I've ever known has been a really nice person. I wouldn't use it now because it's soooo popular and in the future, due to the trendiness now, it'll probably sound really dated, but for the moment, I still think it's nice.
I'll also admit to liking a lot of the top names - Sophia I've always loved and would use in a heartbeat if it wasn't so trendy (and even then...I think I still love her enough to overlook it), Isabella (although I prefer Isabelle), Ava and Emma. I also love Liam as a nn for William.
There are a lot of closet Aidan lovers here! Where have you all been??? ;)
I like how Aidan sounds. It's not a bad name, just so popular. I don't think it would seem as popular if it didn't get lumped in with all of the "Aidan" names. Hayden, Braden, Caden, Jaden, etc. That's where it gets to be too much for me! :)
A couple of my faves are Greta and Grady. People usually say they are harsh sounding or "ugly" names. :(
I too like the name Aiden, but it's been used and abused in all its variations. I also like the name Hailey; to me the "ai" combination in both of these names just sounds so fresh and clean.
I love my own name, Jennifer, too. It gets a lot of hate on here for being popular and dated, but I think in another generation or two, it will be a name like Elizabeth or Catherine; after all, it's based on a very old Welsh name (Gwenhwyvar/Guinevere), has an interesting and even unusual sound despite the fact that it's really popular, and is rather pretty on top of that. If it had not so very popular, I really don't think it would be getting the hate that it does.
Okay, I couldn't stay away from this thread -- too many names to come out of the NameBerry closet about loving!
I love Hollis, Wallis, and Ripley for a girl (and will argue that they are all ACTUALLY unisex, not boys' names stolen for girls). I like Solace (girl), Haven (girl, and Valor (boy), and Valentine, Valkyrie, and Vesper (unisex, girl, and girl). I like Dresden, Oslo, Thessaly, Holland, Geneva, and Odessa. I really like Ursula. And I LOVE Waldo and Erasmus.
Surnames are a serious guilty pleasure, though I would never use them due to the pretension factor. I really like Spicer, Guthrie, Bowman, Archer (if only it weren't so trendy!), Penrose, Deveraux, Sinclair, Quincy, Watson, Walden, Temple, Truman, and Booker.
I also like offbeat occupation names like Baxter, Reeve, Sayer, Thayer, Thatcher, Currier, Shepherd, and Adler.
Other random not-NB-approved names I have a soft spot for include: Ignatius, Regina, Mordecai, Huxley, Darwin, Ferdinand, Mars, Auberon, Merlin, Trudy, Winslow, Marla, Janet, Winifred, Bruce, Cosmo, Sasha, Odette, Django, Sylvester, Mavis, Clifford, Rainer, Polly, Malcolm, Ruskin, Tulia, Madrigal, Salem, Coco (as a nn), Margery, Ruben, Fifer, Luther, Jules (for a boy), Duncan, Marnie, Judith, and Rhiannon.
Also, in case you couldn't tell, I vastly prefer boys' names -- which is not a common preference on NameBerry, apparently!
Ooh augustalee - Haven, Vesper, Thessaly, Geneva, Odette, Sasha, and Rhiannon-- swoon!
Ruben! Double swoon. My fiancé hates it.