Zoe - My all-time favorite name. "Z" is such a cool letter, and I adore Greek girls' names that end with "e". I also like that it has a great meaning ("life"), and manages to be both spunky and sophisticated at the same time.
Nicholas - I love the nickname Nick, and actually have both Nicholas and Dominic on my top 10 list for boys, but Nicholas is definitely my favorite of the two (as well as being my overall favorite boys' names). It reminds me of Christmas, my favorite holiday, and I just think it is incredibly handsome.
Catherine - My mother wanted to use it for my little sister's name, but Dad vetoed it, so I always thought it would be wonderful to use it for a daughter so Mom can at least have a granddaughter with her favorite name. (Plus, I love it myself, too!) As a bonus, Cate was my grandmother's maiden name.
William - So handsome and princely!
Veronica - I love "V" names, and Veronica has always been my favorite. I even chose it as my confirmation name because I love the story of St. Veronica. (And I could also use "Nic" as a nickname!)
Alexander - "X" is another very cool letter, and it sounds like a "Z", so it's like double the awesomeness. It also happens to be a family name for both of us -- my grandfather's middle name and a surname on my hubby's side of the family.
Penelope - Again, love Greek girls' names ending with "e". The poppy "P" sounds make it sound so happy and cheerful, and I also admire the mythological Penelope for her cleverness and fidelity.
Sebastian - Elegant and romantic, with a touch of bad boy allure (once you forget about the crab). It's been one of my strongest name crushes for a while, but I think now it has evolved into full-blown love.
Elizabeth - The ultimate classic girls' name. It has the "z" I love, and I like that it has a ton of possible nicknames. If we do ever have an Elizabeth, I'd like to call her Beth, because then we would both have nicknames inspired by "Little Women". (My nn is Meg.)
Gabriel - I tend to be fond of most of the iel/ael names, and Gabriel is my favorite of those. Too bad DH and I couldn't agree on what gender to use it on. (Gabrielle is one of his favorite girls' names. I like it, too, but not as much as I like Gabriel on a boy, which he doesn't really care for at all for some reason.)
Daphne - And yet another Greek girls' name that ends with "e"! The story of Daphne was always one of my favorite Greek myths, and it means "laurel", giving it a subtle connection to my sister's name, Laura.
Benjamin - I've just always liked Benjamin. I can't really explain why!
Thalia- Adored it since my childhood! Just sounds so beautiful to me. Shame OH doesn't agree!
Skye- I've been in love with this as a name since spending a fortnight on the Isle of Skye. Amazing place and a beautiful name.
Brittany- Same as Skye, loved Brittany and have visited many times. Would love to honour this wonderful place by naming my daughter after it.
Ruby- Another childhood favourite, but alas now very popular where I live. Still, OH might actually let me use this one!
Luna- I just love the sound this name makes and the images that pop into my head. Makes me think of a clear night with a full moon.
Fio-A name found in Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso, just a tad unusual but retains a lovely sound which links me to...
Cleo/Clio- Again, I love the -io ending. Not fond of Cleopatra but Cleo or Clio sound lovely as stand alone names.
Kirrily- Unusual name with a pretty ring to it. Plus the nicknames Kirri & Killi are gorgeous.
Penny- Simple beautiful name. Reminds me of Penny Lane - The Beatles which to me is a happy song by one of my favourite bands.
Ponyo- Another Studio Ghibli name, makes my think of a smiling, enthusiastic little girl.
Axel- My favourite boy's name by far. The name of the protagonist in my favourite book Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Luca/Lucas- I prefer the sound of these to Luke and it still retains a nice Star Wars connection which I like.
Milo- Love the sound, love the name.
Griffin- A strong Welsh name which I adore. Makes me think of Snowdonia and rural Wales as well as Welsh myths and legends.
Lincoln- The name of my OH's home town and also has the nickname Link, name of the protagonist of The Legend of Zelda series, a favourite of mine. OH has vetoed this name though :(
Nemo- a lovely Latin name with a Jules Verne connection which I adored long before the little clown-fish made it's way to the big screen. Not sure I could use it now as people would assume I was a Finding Nemo enthusiast!
Ezio- The protagonist of Assassin's Creed II, a strong Italian name which I love. Again people would assume I'm obsessed with Assassin's Creed!
Leonidas- Name of the Spartan King who lead 300 Spartans to fight the mighty Persian army. A name associated with intense bravery and I would love to endow it to one of my sons. Shame OH isn't so enthusiastic!
I love this, everyone -- thanks for starting this thread, Augusta Lee! I also wanted to say, now that we've started the second blog on the home page hosting guest writers every day, that we are totally open to posts from anyone who'd like to write something. Linda is taking the lead in editing so you can email her privately at email@example.com with ideas or finished posts. You of course retain all rights and you are free to publish elsewhere and it is totally fine if you have already published the piece on your own blog. No pressure, of course, but just wanted to make it clear that the door is open!
My all time favorite names:
Catherine- So classic elegant, strong, and feminine. Plus I love the duchess of Cambridge so that helps.
Gabriel- I have always loved this name. Very strong masculine name. Plus it is one of the names of my favorite painters, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Helena- I have loved this name since I was 9 years old. I love the long history to this name.
Fiammetta- I have loved this name since I heard it on the T.V. Borgias, and it happens to be the name of my favorite painting,A Vision of Fiammetta
William- Love this name. Good, strong, and classic boys name. Love the nn Liam. Also one of the names of another favorite painters, John William Waterhouse.
Nicholas- Loved this since I was little.
Although I might not EVER use them...My top 12 heartfelt name LOVES are easy
Aurora - Since I was a little girl...the very first time I saw Sleeping Beauty this was my favorite, and I always felt it was my "secret" name. So enchanting and the ultimate beautiful name.
Candice - With the nn Candi, I totally feel this to be the sweetest name. It has always given me a smooth, shiney aura.
Daphne - I fell in love with this name as a teenager wathching old re-runs of "Dark Shadows". I heard it the first time watching Kate Jackson playing the beautiful maiden Daphne, that was part of the love triangle of Daphne, Barnebus and Quentin.
Elizabeth - This is the ultimate OLD Victorian name. It has class, style and the best nn's ever!
Francine - The french language is so beautiful! I think Francine has the class and style of the french just as Elizabeth does of the english. Francine is the ultimate softness, sentuality, and fem-fatal name.
Giovanni - Makes my head spin! Just to say it out loud sounds very poetic. Sometimes I can't even think to compare it to the simple sounding John.
Michael - In my mind Michael is the ultimate Strong Male name. Very cool!
Rose - Fresh and romantic! How can you not love Rose?
Julianna - It is a smoosh of two very special people in my family. Strong and soft at the same time.
Seraphina - Heaven and Angels.....this gives to mind the most beautiful vision, not to mention it sounds so perfect.
James - Classic. I don't think I have to say anymore.
Mary - Simple but so elegant and beautiful. It gives the a feeling of all colors of the rainbow.
Lovely idea Missy Lee! Love to read about peoples glorious dozens!
These are mine, and this was incredibly difficult:
Alcyone - This is one of my all time favourite names. It brings to mind so many of my favourite things; trees bent towards the river, the calm ocean, birdsong, somehow both the Cornish beaches and the Greek ones at the same time. It's so lovely, light and aquamarine-ish.
Aphrodite - My ultimate GP name. I never even thought about using it until a very clever someone mentioned it to me. Now it's all I can think about. Aphrodite is cute, weird and divine. Blue seafoam and young forests, fawns and bunnies and birdsong. Just utterly beautiful.
Circe - Another long time love. I've adored Circe since I read The Odyssey when I was quite young, both the name and the Goddess. The name is inspirational, and it gives me a lot of the same feelings as Alcyone; only replacing the calm and quiet with a brewing storm.
Endymion - A glorious name for a boy. I love the length of the name, I love how the name sounds like a deep and delicious slumber. The nickname Mio makes me love it even more.
Hespera - This name is to me like a warm summer evening, it smells like ripe fruit, jasmine, roses and frangipani. I imagine a walled lush garden. That Tennyson has a beautiful poem about the Hesperides doesn't hurt. It's one of my absolute favourite girl names, I hope I'll get to use this one day.
Odin - This is a very recent addition to my favourite names. I love how it's tied to my Scandinavian side, it's a short and easy name, but a very sexy and interesting one. The Norse deity is very intriguing as well.
Orpheus - My favourite Greek myth, Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus is romantic, kind and gifted, a warm and caring person. The name gives me an incredible feeling inside, it's so lovely to say, and it's got so many of my favourite sounds in it.
Osiris - Another O-name for the boys, the Egyptian God. I love this name, although I'm not sure I could use it. Osiris' myth is very interesting, and the name is sweet and fun. I love names with o's in them, such a warm and comforting sound.
Pandora - Sweet and charming, with a powerful myth behind it. Panda as a nickname makes it even cuter, and as a massive Tori Amos fan it's nice with names with a connecting to my favourite musician.
Polyhymnia - Might not be very usable, but it's dancing over the moon cute! Polly + hymnia! When I was little and first encountered the muses I thought her name was Polymina... But Polly and Pom are easily two of the most darling nicknames there are. And she's a muse! I love the muses...
Willow - Willows are my favourite trees. I'm a big treehugger, I need to hug basically every tree I see, but willows are in their own category... I want to cuddle them. The name is beautiful as well, it's got the o-sound, the double l and two w's. And it's close to one of my beloved's names.
Zenobia - The awesome Syrian Queen. Zenobia is dignified, quirky, fun and beautiful all at once. It's another very warm name with lots of personality and nickname opportunities such as Zoe and Bee.
It's awesome seeing everyone's favorites! So here are mine (6 boys, 6 girls), in no particular order:
Astoria: I originally took Astoria off my list, but when I reconstructed my list, I just had to put it back on!
Hermione: I've always related myself to Hermione Granger, and I love the name
Wilhelmina: For YEARS I loved Willa, but never loved the idea of it by itself. When I found Wilhelmina, I fell in love :)
Rowena: Another Harry Potter name, but as soon as I saw it, I loved it.
Ottoline: This is a relatively new favorite, but I love her sound and the image Ottoline brought to me.
Phoebe: I LOVE Phoebe's sound.
Bartholomew: I've always liked long, clunky names and someone mentioned that I could use Ollie as a nickname, so I officially put him on my list.
Ignatius: I have no idea why I love Ignatius, but he's been on my list for a while, and I adore the nickname Iggy.
Jethro: He quickly grew on me, and I'm considering Jet as a nickname option.
Lorcan: He's been on my list for awhile, he honors somebody close to me, and I quite like his meaning.
Lucian: I was debating between Lucius and Lucian, but I was won by Lucian's charm.
Zephyr: Much like Jethro, Zephyr quickly won me over.
Nemo, but he gets more than a fair share of fish jokes since the movie has come out. It's a shame because it's a nice name!