Convince me of why your top favorite for a boy and girl are the best names out there! Lists just aren't seeming to help. I scan them, reject them, move on. I need some reasoning behind things! So I figured if you berries could convince me of WHY your favorites are your favorites, maybe I will find a few favorites of my own! :)
Gwen - means pure/white/blessed, Gwendolen has the option of Wendy which I like. It's uncommon in my area but still very pretty and recognizable. What I don't like about it is that it starts with a G (not my favorite letter to write) and it only sounds so so with our surname.
Noelle - I love the meaning (Christmas) and the feel it gives me. I don't like that it is spelled Noel by many people in my area and that it has the word "no" in it. Not sure if it would work on someone not born around Christmas.
Livy - this name just gives me a lovely tingly feeling, I just think it's so pretty. What I don't like is that it almost necessarily requires a longer name (Olivia, Livia, Livinia, etc) and I'm not sure I love any of them, though I do like them.
Eve - I love that it's simple and straightforward, I like the meaning and history. I like that it's uncommon but recognizable.
Bennett/Benedict - I love the meaning. Ben has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Not sure if it's too trendy.
Darius - love the meaning, love the nn Dare, love the history. Not sure if it's too weird.
Eli - same as Eve for being simple and having a nice meaning. Not sure if I'd feel the need for a longer version.
Leo - like the meaning. Like the simplicity. Nothing I really don't like about it except maybe that it sometimes comes from Leonard which I don't like so much.
Pax Alexios means 'peace' 'defender of men' ... both good and strong!
Helena -- Not only is she reportedly the most beautiful woman in history, but the name means torch/fire/light. The vowels are all long and soft, with the N at the end to give it just a touch of edge. It flows beautifully when you say it because of the L, and is gloriously feminine.
Valentine -- Similar to Helena in the beginning, but a sharper point at the end. Means love. It just sounds so sweet, and I can imagine it perfectly on a little girl or on an adult.
Gloria -- Means glory, makes me think of the word glow, so I find the name luminescent. I also find it musical, due to the abundance of Latin/religious music with this word. The O sounds very cool in this name, actually making the 'oh' sound. An unrevived classic.
Dashiel -- I always come back to this name. I think that the nickname Dash is awesome, and the second syllable has a neat sound. Like shield, or shell depending on how you say it. It's just cool. I like it with one L, because two Ls feels feminine to me and doesn't actually affect the pronunciation.
I don't have many consistent favorites for boys... ha...
Katharine: meaning: pure, I have always loved this particular spelling of Katharine because it seems distinctive and sophisticated (while still allowing for the adorable nns Kate and Rin!
Sophia: meaning: wisdom. I don't care how popular this name is-I will always love it! I think it is simply beautiful.
Elisabeth: another long-time favorite which I like not only for the solid and pretty name that it is but for its abundance of nicknames (Beth, Ellie, Elsie, Lissie, etc.)
Annemarie: My favorite two-part name, which I love all the more because it honors the Mary our Blessed Mother AND her mother in one!
Violet: something about this name appeals to me-maybe that it can be very cute on a little girl while still being able to grow up with her. It also strikes me as sweet but spunky
Susannah: I love that this name is less popular, and I love the sunny sound it has. I much prefer it to Hannah as well.
Fiona: I have a weakness for Irish names--it's my dream to marry an red-haired Irish guy haha!
Brigid: ditto Fiona, plus the nns Bridy and Brideen and Biddy
Eowyn: my guilty-pleasure name. I'm a LOTR freak and I LOVE this name but could never use it, sadly :(
William: just about my only consistent favorite for boys. I love that it is handsome and strong without being "buff."
Victoria - means victory. This is such a strong name yet it sounds so feminine.
Esperance - This name sort of slips off the tongue.
Kousa (pn: cole-saw) - Kousa is a type of flower. I think it sounds a lot prettier than Katniss.
Photini - I LOVE GREEK NAMES. They're so pretty and elaborate. This name means 'light' which is cool.
Wynnafreede (pn: win-a-freed) - I heard it off of an old movie and loved it ever since.
Pearl - This is an older name, for sure, but I LOVE it for middle name.
Zayden - Even though it is in the 'Aiden' clan, I love how it sounds and Z names catch my interest instantly.
Gabriel - This name belongs to an arch angel which makes it super cool. Biblical names are always really special to use.
Oleksander - This is a knock off of Alexander yet it means defender of mankind which is badass.
My favorite names are my kids names:) Bennett, and Annabelle. The reasons I love them are:
They have nice meanings
They are farmiliar, but are uncoomon (at least in my area - I dont know any others)
They are full names that lend themselves to nice nn's
My favorite girls name right now is Gemma, which I think would fit my sibset for a future baby girl...it means "precious stone", and I would love to have a little "Gem" running around! It has the farmiliarity of Emma, but a little more uncommon.
I don't do well with boys names, always have a hard time finding ones I like. Right now I am liking Arlen, Arden, Arlo, just based on the sounds of the names. I also like Milo, Rhys, and Finn - again, primaily for thier sounds! Don't know if I would actually use any of them if I had to name a baby right now!
Augusta Lee had a thread a little while back called A Few of Your Favorite Names, and people listed their favourites and why they loved them. Might be of some inspiration?
I love too many names, but I will tell you why we chose our daughter's names.
Aphrodite: Greek Goddess. I've always loved myths, and I've got a masters degree in Classics, so I spent a great deal of my twenties reading and writing and thinking about Greek mythology. She's the Goddess of love and beauty, and she was strong and didn't let men define her, but she didn't shy away either. She's the object of several of my favourite paintings and a planet (even though it's got her Latin name).
Marian: Robin Hood was one of my favourite stories growing up (and still is!). Maid Marian is cool, strong and funny, and I love how she's been portrayed in movies. It feels very English and medieval. I love how it's related to the ocean, and it's got musical associations for me as well.
Illyria: The country Viola comes to after the shipwreck in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which is my favourite Shakespeare play. It's also an ancient region in Macedonia where my husband's got some ancestors from (way back). I love how it rolls of the tongue, you need to smile when you say Illyria.
There's only one I feel I can really say I love and defend it.
I love the name Abbott ever since I first read it. There was something different about it. About a week after discovering it, I had a dream about a story on TV about a little boy in Texas that was orphaned after a tornado hit his home. His name was Abbott. I was so touched by the story, that I went down to Texas and adopted the child.
After that, I've just loved the name.
Melchior: This is such an awesome name! It means King, and I feel it fits it's meaning perfectly.
Eulalie: Such a pretty name. Especially written out (though it's a tad of a tongue twister). And the nickname Lula!
A definite plus to both of these is that they're both saint's names.