Thanks again everyone!
So, taking the responses so far, I was able to give each name on my shortened list a score by detracting the number of times it appeared as a least favourite name from the number of times it appeared as a favourite name. Minus scores mean that more people disliked the name than liked it.
Therefore, this is my list in order of name popularity;
Anastasia, Ophelia & Sylvia (6)
Rachel / Rachael (5)
Elara & Leah (2)
Quite surprised Hannah is the highest, as I would have thougt it would have been deemed too popular for most Berries. Then again it's a beautiful, classic name, so I understand why!
PS. I've also started a similar thread in the Boys Names section, and would be very grateful if any of you could give your opinions on my boys' list.
5) Lorna (Best)
1) Dilys (To worst)
Ariana (bad association)
Pandora (I can't get away from the box with this one)
Beatrice- Very pretty, I especially like the nicknames Bea and Trixie
Evelyn- Sophisticated and vintage
Pandora- Adventurous but also very pretty and almost etherial
Penelope- Poppy and fun, but grown up
Phoebe- Bright and happy, reminds me of buzzy bees
Damaris- Sounds like a made-up male name
Dilys- Sounds like a type of pickle
Hester- Reminds me of a festering wound. Esther would be fine though
Myra/Myrna/Lorna- They all sound like versions of the same dated name
Torill- I agree that it sounds like either a kind of drug or a fictional country
Favorites (random order):
Beatrice - Love. The Much Ado character is one of my favorites.
Ophelia - The character is just so-so, but such a gorgeous name.
Phoebe - Sounds utterly likeable. Yeah, I'm picking all the Shakespeare ones.
Sylvia - Distinctive yet familiar-- perfectly in the sweet spot.
Viola - My all-time favorite name ever, also in the sweet spot.
Also, I am a staunch defender of the lovely Pandora (see my recent post in the thread discussing it) and I think you should ignore what everyone says and use it if you like it. I also kind of like Demelza-- maybe put it in the middle spot?
Least favorites (also random order):
Tabitha - not sure why exactly I hate it, I just do.
Astrid - Even if the first syllable isn't a problem for you, the "trid" is just such an ugly sound.
Megan - Makes me think of meanness, despite the fact that one of my closest, nicest friends is named Megan.
Hannah - Boring. I know it's a classic, but it feels so comparatively blah.
tie between Evelyn and Hester - both because I don't like the sound. I'd pick Hannah before either of these, actually.
Tamsin- I'm not a huge fan of this one but I love the similar Tammin
Hester-makes me think of the scarlet letter
Ophelia- too stuffy
Pandora- jewelry or radio
I tend to prefer more traditional names. The names on my least favorite list that don't have a comment sound made up to me. I don't even know how to pronounce them.