Max (age 3-ish) at work and that description fits him to a T lol
Max (age 3-ish) at work and that description fits him to a T lol
My favorites in no particular order......
Rose- so simple and yet undeniably feminine and a princess name without all the frill
Winslet- I adore the nn Winnie and how it feels familiar yet unexpected. And to me the name gives off an undeniably grey feel that I love
Benjamin- Classic, probably the safest name on my list yet I find it extremely handsome and all around good.
Eve- an underused classic in my opinion, and it has the haunting kind of beauty
Simon- another underused classic, kind of nerdy but sweet and strong
Atticus- Love this one, it's so fun to say and just a charming name
Holiday- I ADORE this name. And I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but I think it's just lovely. And I could see it working on a cute curly haired, Mary Jane wearing little girl as well as a strong, sweet, beautiful woman.
Charles- Again classic handsome and strong. And the more accessible nn Charlie is undeniably endearing
Clementine- despite some people's strong association with the fruit I find this vintage name just darling, it's sweet and dainty but still has some back bone to it.
Sawyer- I love it's connection to Tom Sawyer. And it just seems like a name of a mischievous little boy who grows up to be a kind, humble and strong man.
Daphne- sweet and classic but somehow still spunky and charming
Felix- charmingly classic and fresh. Yet unexpected
My all time favorites:
Lila -- this has been my number one name since I was seventeen. For me, Lila's meanings are an incredibly layered and rich. I was bummed when the lil- names became so popular but with Lila I don't think that it will dissuade me. I love it despite the thousands of other little Lila's running around.
Leonora -- this is a spin off of my partner's grandmother's name (Leonie). I think that Leonora is just the most stately and sophisticated name out there (this might be influenced by the grandmother though. She is a pretty special lady). Plus I adore the idea of either Leo or Nora as nicknames!
Rosalie -- this is my grandmother's name. For a while there I thought that this name was my own secret. Oh well. I still think its gorgeous.
Magnolia -- magnolia trees have always been one of my favorite harbingers of spring time. I adore their pearly white and fuchsia petals. I think this name is so decadent and feminine. (And it seems to be a berry favorite!!)
Daphne -- a recent addition to my list. I still want to keep researching her. I love that this name has such a rich history but still feels so young and fresh.
Soleil -- I would only use this as a middle name. The combo Lila Soleil has been stuck in my head since I was 17. I love the balance of the meanings (night and sun).
Bennett -- I don't really have a particularly profound reason for liking this name. I just like how it looks and sounds. But I don't really need any more reason than that!
Sullivan -- a family surname. I love how it sounds so jaunty and chipper despite sounding similar to sullen...
Gilbert -- my grandfather's name. I secretly don't like it yet but I am convinced that I will like it soon. I think I am little ahead of the trend on this one so I am holding onto it because my grandfather is surely a worthy namesake.
Hugo -- love this! I adore the meaning and the happy sound!
Jude -- probably for a middle name only. This is would be to honor my mother, Judy.
August -- Another new addition. My partner really likes it. I like it superficially but I don't quite have all of the profound connections that I do to some of the other names on my list.
Zoey- despite its popularity, I just adore this name (and yes, with the y ending). It's tomboyish but feminine but friendly. I just smile whenever I hear it.
Hester- I have no idea why I love this name so. I've never read The Scarlett Letter. But this name feels so strong to me and I love the way it sounds, all soft and whisper-liker.
Rosemary- This is my favorite of the rose- names. It sounds so sweet when you say it out loud, and I like all of its potential nicknames- Rosie, Romy, and Mary.
Matilda- Matilda was one of my favorite books as a child, and it's a great namesake; a kid who triumphs over adults due to her vast intelligence. Also Tillie is a nickname that sounds like bells to me.
Dinah/Georgia- These two names go together because I love them for the same reason; they are strong names with a Southern accent.
Miriam- If I could choose a name for myself, this would be it. It's unusual but familiar, and I love the nicknames- Mitzi and Miri
Runner ups would be Clementine, Laura, Daisy, and Tessa.
Huxley- Although I would probably never use this in real life (I feel like everyone would assume he would be names after Aldous Huxley, who I don't really love), I adore this name. I love the -ley ending on boys and this is one of the rare names that hasn't gone to the girls yet. Also Hux is adorable
Nolan- This name wins points for having an Irish origin, and I love ls in boy names.
Russell- This name just feels happy to me. I love the sounds of the s in the middle.
Miles- I like Milo, but I think I love this shorter version more. It also has a great meaning.
Harris- If I had a boy tomorrow this would be his name. Harrison is too surnamey, and Harry makes me think of Prince Harry or Harry Potter.
Atlas- Despite being the name of a Greek God, I can totally imagine this name on a little boy. It sounds so happy.
Liam It's so popular but I've loved it for so long and just can't seem to ditch it.
Nash This name snuck up on me! I just thought of it one day and loved the sound of it. It's simple and cool and I adore it.
Conrad I like it because I feel like it can sound very smart, but also has a cool edge to it.
Layla For a long time this was the only girl name I liked. It just sounds so sweet to me.
Clara I discovered recently that this is a family name and I've just fallen for it.
Cora It's getting popular, but I love the short sort of attitude it gives.
Finnegan I love the proper long form, and the simple nn of Finn.
CordeliaAnother family name, it sounds royal and classic.
Ada Goes back to German roots, simple, might be getting kinda popular though.
Georgia I adore the sound of it.
Everly I love that it's whimsical and fairytale-ish.
Simon it just has such a handsome feel to me.
Just wanted to say that my husband, my daughter, and I all love the Prydain Chronicles too! They were my husbands' favorite when he was a kid but I didn't discover them till we read them to our girl this year (bedtime reading). Eilonwy and Taran--characters and names alike--totally rock.
Lovely thread--I'll try to list my favorites sooner or later . . .
It was hard because of course I want to include the first and middle names of my daughters as well as the first name of my boys but they're all in my signature so I managed to come up with a Top 8 split equally between the two genders.
Aquila: sleek and aquiline, aquatic and as free as the wind, astronomical and sharp. Sounds feminine in a steely way.
Chrysanthe: "golden flower," lilting off the tongue, conjuring up incense and old stone corridors and velum manuscripts.
Cosima: the whole universe contained in this name, both lush and refined, crisp and luxurious. There is someone name St Cosmas who was the original transplant surgeon and another St Cosmas who is celebrated on my baby's due date.
Endellion: cool, Celtic, lilting, ancient. A fairy name that isn't frilly and happens to be real.
Meriel: "sea bright," evokes shining seas and salty breezes, cool coves and a controlled, self-possessed femininity.
Myrrine: spicy and opulent as myrrh, cool and clean as a marine breeze.
Rosamond: a longtime favorite, strong and courageous and no-nonsense yet romantic and otherworldly. A secret false etymology, a medieval mistress, and a clever girl.
Theophane: the French unisex smoothing out of Greek Theophanes/Theophano, this is another Byzantine gold-encrusted beauty. Smooth and sleek and elegant. St Theophano (a woman) is also celebrated close to my baby's due date, and the season of Theophany follows not long after.
Altair: fierce as a falcon in the desert, astronomical and otherworldly.
Auxentius: it's a luxury just to say.
Cyprian: spicy and ancient like the Cypress, sun-baked and shimmering like Cyprus, old-world and scholarly and smooth.
Ignatius: fiery and ancient, like a tame volcano.
Laurence: dewy fresh, laurels in a mountain pass; saintly and luxurious.
Lionel: cooly masculine, lion-tough, courtly and chivalrous.
Rainier: another scholarly masculine choice, tough as a mountain, refined as the Cap Antibes, with Germanic bedrock underneath.
Raoul: "wolf counsel," opulent and a tad dangerous. Invokes Raoul Wallenberg and medieval chieftains all at once.
There have been so many amazing names listed, I couldn't resist coming back for Round 2!
Vesper: Hands-down the most gorgeous word name. Vesper makes me think of evenings and white roses and ruins and silent, sacred rituals. If only it weren't for the damn scooter...
Wallace: Handsome, august, historical, literary, and just a little quirky. I adore W-names (see below), and Wallace is probably my favorite of favorites.
Waldo: Wallace's eccentric cousin. I feel like I'm alone in my appreciation of this weird, wacky, wonderful W-name. Any other closet Waldo-lovers out there?
Atlas: I love both the mythological reference and the association with a big dusty book of maps. Atlas is a strongman and a world traveller!
Raphael: An angelic international choice with the fabulous rakish nn Raf or Rafi.
Alice: Alice, if only! Literary, historical, Jamesian...Alice is perfection. Unfortunately my last name is seriously hard to work with, and Alice [my last name] sounds exactly like Alexander. I couldn't do that to a kid. If I find a partner who's willing to hyphenate, however...
Erasmus: Another dusty antique that I can't get enough of. I love everything about Erasmus, from the clunky sound to the philosophical associations. If only there was a good kid-friendly nickname option! Razzy fails to appeal. I would love to use Erasmus in the middle place, however.
Simon: Jaunty, nerdy, affable Simon, terminally underused in the mid-200s. Probably my favorite usable boy's name, particularly with Erasmus in the middle spot.
Seraphina: A natural sister for Raphael. Celestial, aristocratic, yet totally approachable.
Cordelia: Oh, how I love Cordelia! She's a Shakespearean heroine, an aristocrat, and the heroine of Lois McMasters-Bujold's fantastic Vorkosigan Saga (I know two little Cordelias named after her). Unfortunately I don't like Cora, Cordy, or Lia as nicknames, though Delia has a certain charm.
Ursula: Another sci-fi name, this one in honor of the great Ursula leGuin. I also know two little Ursulas, both named after the author. Ursula strikes the same notes as Vesper: strange, ancient, yet wearable (more or less).
Matilda: A spunky, clunky antique with a connection to a wonderful children's book. Alas, Matilda is rising fast. I love her enough to use her anyway. She's a natural sister to Eloise.
Dashiell: Another literary name! Can you tell they're my favorite? Dashiell honors a great man, Dashiell Hammet; I'm not the biggest fan of his books, but his personal life was fascinating, and he went to jail in defense of his beliefs. The name also has a fabulous sound and a fabulous nn, Dash.
Viola- My favorite Shakespeare character of all time, unique without being utterly bizarre. I think the sound is beautiful.
Emrys- I adore Arthurian lore, and Merlin's other name gives off a really likeable vibe.
Ismay- I know it sounds like a tryndee version of Esmé, but I love it anyway. Sounds like springtime, and has nn possibilities Izzy and Maisie.
Julian- The name of one of my closest friends. I like how it's melodic but masculine.
Aviva- Like Ismay, it has an energetic vibe, and I love the double V sound and the meaning.
Orlando- Feels very quirky, yet grounded, and I love the O's.
Aya- The name of one of my newer-but-closer friends from college. I think it's lovely and would really grow with a person.
Kieran- I love that it's a name in both Ireland and India, and I think it has an unusual but accessible sound.
Amoret- Sort of a GP name. I've loved it since I was little and first read it in the Charlie Bone series, and fell in love all over again when I read The Faerie Queene.
Ajax- The combination of J and X makes it sound so awesome, plus there's the mythological association.
Coraline- I loved the Neil Gaiman book as a kid, and could relate to Coraline's struggle with her unique name.
Sebastian- Another boys' name that ends with N. If I ever have boy-girl twins, they will absolutely be named Viola and Sebastian.