Calista - Sounds fine, but not my taste.
Thalia - It depends how you pronounce it.
Allegra - All I think of is the medicine.
Clio - I like it better Cleo, and as a nickname.
Freya- Seems to be a fine and normal name, but I really don't like it or think it's pretty.
Calypso - No way.
Cordelia - great.
Io - I wouldn't use it. People won't get it.
Philadelphia - A little too far-fetched to me.
I agree with this. And I also live in the Midwest.
Originally Posted by larkub101
I live in the deep South, not the Midwest, but these would get raised eyebrows for sure around here:
Allegra and Freya would be easy to get used to though.
I find them all quite usable, with the exception of maybe Io or Calypso, all save Philadelphia, which I don't find usable at all. But I'll explain my reaction to that on your Philadelphia thread. :)
Calista nn Callie -- Calista perfectly usable. There were 195 Calista's and 77 Callista's born in 2012, which combined, aren't too far outside the top 1000.
Thalia -- I don't see why this one would be unusable.
Allegra -- Even with the allergy medicine association, I still like it and still see it as usable.
Clio -- It's a bit more out there but it's still fine.
Freya -- Usable as well.
Calypso -- Might be a bit too out there.
Cordelia nn Cora -- Perfectly fine.
Io (should this be a nickname for a longer name?) -- Too out there.
Philadelphia -- Too related to the city.
Calista nn Callie -- Usable
Thalia -- Definitely usable, I've met a few.
Allegra -- Like the allergy drug? Meh.
Clio -- Nope. But that's a personal dislike of the name, considering it being one letter off from a word you shouldn't name your child.
Freya -- Usable, but I don't like it.
Calypso -- Haha why not?
Cordelia nn Cora -- Definitely usable.
Io (should this be a nickname for a longer name?) -- Usable and yes.
Philadelphia -- Nope, but I don't like place names, really.
I know a few people with these names (including a Calypso & a Philadelphia) so they don't seem too out-there to me. Freya, Thalia, Callista, Cordelia & Clio are all very usable in my opinion. Not sure about Allegra & Io but they are definitely great middle name material :)
*Calista nn Callie- Could possibly be usable, especially if you address her as Callie often
*Allegra- I just think of the allergy medicine, so not really
*Clio- Definitely! A more common spelling would be Cleo
*Freya- I really like this one, I'd say it's usable
*Calypso- I don't think it's very usable
*Cordelia nn Cora- LOVE, and I'd use it, even if it weren't usable (which I think it is anyway)
*Io (should this be a nickname for a longer name?)- Cute! I'd use it, but keep in mind that you might run into trouble filling in online documents.
on certain websites, they require the first name to be longer than two letters. Maybe a nickname for Indigo?
*Philadelphia- I don't think it's very usable, I dont like it too much. It's just way too tied to the city. But I see the appeal
I think all but Io and Philadelphia are, and I like them all too. Cordelia and Calista are my favorites
I like your list, and in particular:
I'm not so hot on the last four but I certainly think they are usable.