A few of YOUR favorite names?
I was delighted and surprised by Pam and Linda's list: everything from affable Joe to exotic Araminta to name-nerd favorite Barnaby. I realized that if I had to make a list of my favorite dozen (without the onus of creating a cohesive sibset) they would be equally hodepodge, ranging from the trendy to the downright unwearable. Favorites don't necessarily have to be names you'd use as a first, or even use at all; everyone else might hate them, your SO might have vetoed them, even Nameberry might scorn them, but they're the names you love the most. Inspired by today's blog post, let's hear YOUR top 12 favorite names and why you love them!
My favorites, in no particular order:
Eloise: Rocketing up the charts? Yep. Trendy El- prefix? Yep. Do I care? Well...yeah, but I'm not giving Eloise up. The Top 100 can pry this name from my cold dead hands.
Sailor: Every time I've brought up Sailor on Nameberry it's been vetoed. It's a sign of how much I love this name that I just can't get over it. I love the sleek sound and nautical imagery; plus it's a family name and an honor name. Oh, Sailor, why can't I quit you?
Jane: The ultimate chic, feminine name. Jane has such understated elegance and panache.
Sylvie: My most enduring favorite. Sylvie was the first name on my list and she's never left. I love the sound, the meaning...even seeing this name written down gives me a happy little shiver.
Marlowe: Boy or girl, I don't care. Marlowe is my favorite playwright and makes for an incredibly stylish unisex choice.
Marigold: The brightest, most summery of names. I particularly love it with the nn Maggie.
Roscoe: This is one of the only names that gets me excited at the idea of having a son. I think Roscoe is incredibly cool and jazzy, and after a long sleep he's more than ready for a revival.
Iris: A natural sister of Jane and Sylvie, Iris has the same sleek, subtle power. I love the connections to mythology, and the flower has personal meaning for me.
Gabriel: I just adore everything about this name. If only Gabriel wasn't so popular! If I was to use it, I'd use the nickname Gale instead of Gabe.
Miranda: Shakespeare created this name, which means "shimmeringly lovely". Perfection. Alas, like Zephyr this one sounds ridiculous with my last name. Were it otherwise I would use Miranda like a shot. I think she's terminally underrated in the name-nerd world, no doubt thanks to the oversaturation of Amandas.
Juniper: Yes, another flower name. Juniper is sprightly and sweet and sassy and, well, I love it. Not the best sound with my last name, unfortunately...but what is?
Benjamin: Like Gabriel, way too popular for my liking...but like Sailor, a family name and an honor name, not to mention a name I truly love. I would use the nn Benji, but I'm afraid it would be shortened to Ben (I know about thirty of these).
Let's hear yours!
ETA: How could I forget my beloved Marigold? And my equally beloved Juniper? This is harder than I thought! Kudos to Pam and Linda for collaborating on such a short, efficient, and excellent list.