Meh. Number 10.
Let me say right now I am so over this. I just want a top 10 I can live with, lol.
I have been stuck on Eva, Catherine, and Tess for the past several months for number 10 on my list, but I've been at a stalemate--this weekend I've managed to eliminate Tess, but now that I'm thinking about choosing between Eva and Catherine, I'm not sure I can really see me using either one of those, either. Eva, while beautiful and feminine and classic enough, always seems slightly off, and I'm not as in love with the nn Evie/Eve-Claire as I was when I first fell for Eva. I think it's lovely--I'm just not sure I can ever imagine me using it. And Catherine... on the one hand, it honors my mom and great-grandmother, in a very obvious way. I love the Jane Austen ties (although I'm not sure Catherine Morland or Kitty Bennet are the best literary namesakes, honestly...), and I like the nns Kit and Wren. However, it almost seems too classic to me (can you see Catherine as a sister to the names in my signature?), and I'm not sure I'm madly in love with Catherine or its nicknames. Out of the two, I think I can see using Catherine more, but I am not sure I really like my Catherine combo, either (Catherine Eliora Lou).
So, firstly--is either Eva or Catherine worth saving? Eva Felicity Claire (nn Evie/Eve-Claire/Evie-Claire, or just Eva, honestly) and Catherine Eliora Lou (nn Kit/Wren, or possibly Kitty or Cate... sometimes with the occasional nn of Lulu) are the combos as they stand (although I'm considering Catherine Lucia or Catherine Zoe, possibly... or Catherine Audrey?).
Secondly, if I were to use an alternative, it would likely be either Josephine "Posy" or Emmeline "Emmy"--they were both on my long list of crushes and I keep coming back to them, but I thought Eva, Catherine, and Tess were more "true" loves, so I never really added them. Does either one of them fit better with Isabelle, Arianne, Olivia, Violet, Rachel, Liliana/Lillian, Charlotte, Eleni, and Hannah?
Do you need a top ten, really? What is it about that number?
Of your possibilities, I like Catherine Eliora (nix the Lou) and Josephine. Emmeline is too close to Lillian. Eva is a bit too minimal with your other names.
Eleni, Hannah, Rachel - sweet Jewish girls
Violet, Olivia, Lillian - sassy dames
Isabelle, Catherine, Josephine - powerful, smart, beautiful
Arianne and Charlotte don't fit perfectly imo, though Charlotte could work in the Violet, Olivia, Lillian sister-set, and possibly in the Belle, Kit, Posy set.
I have same question with Emma. What's with top ten, Ash? Do you want ten girls? Please don't think I'm rude by asking this, just a bit curious. :)
I love Catherine more than Eva (especially since I read wuthering heights, eventhough I know, Catherine Earnshaw isn't a good namesake at all). I really like your combo, Catherine Eliora Lou. I think it's lovely, though I still love your previous maybe list: Catherine Eliora Fleur. Or the combo I once mentioned, Catherine Eliora Tess. Also definitely love Catherine Audrey (I'm biased since Audrey is on my list).
I tend to group Eva with Olivia, Violet, Hannah, Rachel, etc. Catherine with Isabelle, Arianne, Josephine, and Emmeline.
I'm not gonna say what I want to say because you already know ;)
Ash, I am going to be radical and suggest a top nine. Did you know nine is one of the enchanted numbers that figure in fairy tales? It's good luck!
Completely agree. 9 is the magic number
Originally Posted by ottilie
My favorite is Catherine!
Catherine is a strong classic. However, I don't think that it is too classic next to your girls names. I think you have fairly classic girl names on your list to start with: Olivia, Rachel, Charlotte, Lillian. I think both of your Eva and Catherine combos are lovely, but Catherine Eliora Lou is fantastic. Eliora and Lou slightly offset the uber-classic Catherine. If you can't choose one, or you don't LOVE either of them, then I agree with @ottilie, just have a top 9!
Catherine Eva? Pure life. Lovely name for a little girl.
I agree with the others. If you can't find a 10th you love, then stick with the 9 you do love. Lists evolve over time, and when it comes time to name an actual human, you may change your mind completely.
You have beautiful names on your list! Work with those until you find that 10th that you love as much as the others.
Emma (and everyone else, it seems!), I struggle with a quite frustrating and adamant diagnosis of OCD. :/ It doesn't affect me in all areas of life, but there are certain places in this idea of naming that makes it rear it's ugly head, and this is one of them, haha. I just can't not have a top 10. It's an even number, it's easy to manage, it just seems whole, complete. I don't know, haha, my mind has fixed on 10 and it won't really consider anything else. Plus, I have 10 names on my boys' list I really love, so it has to be even for the girls! And no, lol, I definitely don't want ten girls! I want a big family, but not that big, lol.
Ottilie! Yes, I know exactly which one you'd vote for. And honestly, I have come to adore (and I truly mean adore!) Eva Felicity Claire, it just seems perfect to me. I just don't know if I can see me with an Eva, and I don't know if I love Eva anymore. I used to be obsessed with the idea of Eve-Claire as a double barrel, as well, and Eva Felicity Claire could give me that. My grandmother had two one-syllable names (Ruth Mae), so in a way I feel like Eve-Claire could honor her, and plus, Claire honors my dad and brother. Maybe, with Eve-Claire, it's worth saving. I really do adore that double-barrel! And the combo itself.
I love Catherine, and Kit, but at this point, I think Catherine's feeling more like a middle name than a FN. I think I'm down to Eva/Eve-Claire, Emmeline, and Josephine at this point. :)
OCD sucks. Got a mild case myself, it can be rough. I think Eva Felicity Claire is swoon worthy, but if you can't see yourself with a beautiful little Eva then that's that.
I honestly really like Eva and Josephine (I don't have in on my list because I love Joseph so much!). I think Eva Felicity Claire is extremely sweet and sounds prefect.