So Far Out, They're In
Having browsed through the No Boy/Girl May Be Cool Enough For lists, I honestly think the following names are very useable:
Archibald – full name of the now popular Archie
Burton – Hollywood actor name revisited or a nod to a surf company
Seymour – noble last name that’s ready to be dusted off
Stanley – another noble last name that has great nickname possibilities
Beaulah – secretly always loved this name
Doris – Hollywood namesake ready for a comeback
Edna – along the Ada resurgence and great nickname Edie
Ethel – retro classic
Eunice – Kennedy-esque
Gertrude – Shakespearean and Gerty is a great nickname
Helga – why not?
Hortense – could only go up from here
Irma – Irmy is a possible cute nickname
Joyce – a nod to a Joy in the family
Phyllis – now even used in soap operas
Shirley – another Hollywood classic
I’m the sort of person that thinks even Chablis could be workable. What other names off such forbidden lists could be diamonds in the rough? Your reasons why would be greatly appreciated.
Archibald – My mother chose an uncommon, difficult surname as a first name for her firstborn to avoid using this name.
Burton – Tim Burton? As in Nightmare Before Christmas? As in AWESOME CONTAINED IN A PERSON? Yes, this is acceptable.
Seymour – See More!
Stanley – Ruined for my generation because of Holes.
Beaulah – Boolah? Byoolah? I don't like B names, so...
Doris – No.
Edna – You are ELASTAGIRL! PULL-YOURSELF-TOGETHER! Go, confront the problem! Fight! WIN!
Ethel – Drops like a rock at the end there.
Eunice – Youness.
Gertrude – Gerty is NOT great nickname. Maybe GG, and I could accept Trudy/Rudy.
Helga – BECAUSE WE CAN!
Hortense – Horticulture... Tense... Tense... Horticulture...O_o?
Irma – The current internet sensation of ERMAGERD eliminates this completely.
Joyce – I love this name because Anne of Green Gables.
Phyllis - THE OFFICE.
Shirley – Don't call me Shirley!
Eugh yeah. We had to read Holes for GCSE. I didn't like it much. Stanley Yelnats... really? "-_-
Originally Posted by celianne
I definitely think the names listed below are usable:
Archibald - although I named my axolotl this almost 3 years ago. He goes by Archie however. His name definitely suits him in my opinon. Archie is such a cute nickname!
Burton - I love Tim Burton, I think this would be a great middle name.
Stanley - It's growing on me, and I have been seeing it more and more.
Ethel - Especially after Lily Allen used it.
Hortense - Sort of a GP of mine.
Irma - This is one of my great-grandma's middle names. I don't like it, but seeing on my gg (a wonderful lady by the way), it feels usable to me.
Joyce - I don't like it, but I have been seeing it lately. My first association is Joyce Summers from BtVS.
Stanley ranks at #80 here in England & Wales, so I definitely think it's usable. Archibald is in the top 700, and Archie is in the top 30.