well, my fiance has 4 younger sisters 8-14, so I often ask them about names they hear at school a lot, to see what's currently popular (which, yes, names like Emma, Leah, and Claire are pretty, but they're also as common as Ashley and Emily once were), and his mother wanted to help, so I allowed her, for the most part, she was a great help, but she's more old-fashioned I think. His sisters all have classic names.
Originally Posted by spring13
Allegra - This is a beautiful name with a ton of history but I, especially if you are in the US, I find it ill-advised as one of the main association most people would have be the allergy medication. Naming you child after medication feels a bit "Teen Mom" to me.
Deanna - what's wrong with Dean (for a boy) or Diana (for a girl)? Deanna feels a bit boarder line to me - like you wanted to name a child after a Dean but couldn't figure out the proper feminization.
Dulcie - I think many people will think you made this up and therefore would consider it "Teen Mom"ish.
Fallon - this is actually to masculine for my liking.
Deanna's after a famous Canadian actress (Dee-anna) and Dulcie is actually a historic name, and, we do not live in the US, so the medication's not a problem, considering it does not exist where we live :)
Originally Posted by lexiem
For what it's worth from another anony stranger on the web, none of those names sounded bad-reality-TV to me. I only think that with Elouise people might default spell it Eloise, since the latter is the more common form.
The only one I don't like is "Dulcie" because of the "DULL" part. I'm not sure if thats even the way its pronounced, but its what I immediately see. I also don't like Kennedy because I generally don't like boys names on girls. But none of them really scream "Teen Mom" to me.
Lila (lee-la) (I don't like this prn., I prefer lie-la)
None of these are horrific, but a few of these lean trendy/will-be-dated-someday to me:
These I just really don't like, but they feel more like mid-80s to mid-90s names than current trends:
Some other random & blunt opinions:
Vastly prefer the Eloise spelling to Elouise.
Really object to use of India unless you have a very good reason. Bad colonization/imperialism connections.
Same to Jemima. If you're not in the US, keep in mind that if your kid ever goes there, this name has some baggage attached to it.
Dulcie I really don't like, not sure why.
Otherwise, most of your names seem classic and lovely too me. Sorry for all the negativity!
Lacey and Kennedy are the only ones that remind me personally of the Toddlers and Tiaras/Teen Mom feel.
Audrey is probably my favourite on that list though, I think it is a darling name!
Alice - Love love love. Classic, literary, and beautiful.
Audrey - Is getting more popular, but still a strong and beutiful name with great connections.
Beatrice - Not my style, but a nice, classic, strong choice.
Clara - Simple and pretty.
Clarissa - Lovely - recognizable without being common.
Eloise - Another that isn't my style, but definitely a good name.
Florence - Ditto the above.
Francesca - Has an oppulent, rich feel.
Georgina - Reminds me of Jane Austen, the Brontes, etc. (that era). Georgiana is smiliar and equally as lovely.
Harriet - Strong, classic.
Lila (lee-la) I would pronounce Lie-lah, but either way it is nice without feeling to overused or trendy.
Lily - A bit popular, but still very nice.
Martha - Another classic.
Matilda - Classic and literary! Who wouldn't love reading Matilda to their very own Matilda :)
Meredith - Very pretty.
Poppy - Maybe a little sweet for an adult, but so sute on a little one! Maybe use it as a nickname for a more versatile name?
Rowan - One of my favorite unisex names that I generally like for the girls side (my other top is Avery).
Stella - I just love Stella. And Estelle. They are just such happy sounding names.
Verity - Love love love this!
Allegra - Still always think of the meds or that weird Allegra's Window tv show...
Deanna - I'm torn between feeling like this is a dated sounding name versus feeling like it is a trendy/made-up sounding name...
Dulcie - Too sweet. Maybe as a nickname.
Elouise - This spelling seems over the top, Eloise is much nicer.
Fallon - Trendy sounding. Also a little boy-ish to me (and I swear I am not a hater of unisex names like some are, I just see this as more a boys name than unisex.)
India - Another trendy one, but not as bad as some. I think you could get away with this one, especially since it has celeb cred (with celebs who aren't nutso)
Jemima - I know this is growing in popularity, but I cannot not think of Aunt Jemima.
Kennedy - Maybe this is because I live in the Northeast US where the Kennedys are still treated like they poo gold nuggets, but I really can't stand this one.
Lacey - Very 1980s. Not sure it is ready for a comeback, though I don't think Lacey is bad, persay.
Lara - Not terrible, but not particularly inspiring either.
Liberty - Ugh.
Lyla - I'm not a huge fan of Ys where they don't need to be. Much prefer Lila for the spelling, though I see you would pronounce that differently...
Mollie - I don't dislike Molly, but the ie makes it too sticky sweet.
Morgan - I've heard this one too much.
Sienna - Another that feels a bit trendy to me.
Names I Would Promptly Remove From Your List
(Most of these ones just seem trendy/tacky to me, which is something Teen Moms are infamous for. So.)