As a little girl playing with my dolls/barbies I had a tendency to name the girls after my friends...
So there was Rachel and Amanda always.
Didn't have boys name right away...
Then I added, Jane, and Lily to the mix.
I also liked Carson, and Carter.
When I saw the movie ClubHouse Detectives I fell in love with the name Kade. Then eventually Kaden..and Kane, Kale.
I also liked Joshua.
For girls I started using Katelyn, Kaylee, Kylee, Hailey, and Kayla, Callie...names like that...
I am impartial to Rachel.
Despise the names Kaylee, Kylee, Hailey, Kayla..etc.
Think Callie is okay. I actually quite like Katelyn, but it is my little sisters name.
Jane is okay, kinda bland. Joshua, I like as well, but it is so common.
Carson and Carter I like, but would probably never use..especially not together. I actually just met a family with Carson, Carter, and Carden, Confusing if you ask me.
Love Kade, not Kaden. Kane and Kale are okay.
Love Lily. I always have though Jake and Lily would be the perfect sibset or twins! The two are inseparable in my mind.
Today, for girls I like names like Achaia, Aria, Etta Mae, Eliana...etc
And little boys...I am partial to Liam, Huck, Foxx, and Thor...but of course the list is endless for both...
Jessica! I was totally obsessed with it...and then I hit secondary school and suddenly there were dozens of them everywhere. I still think it's got a pretty sound but I know so many I probably couldn't count them all on both hands. I also loved Sophia, and still do, but it seemed to skyrocket out of nowhere which put me off having it on my list. Popularity doesn't phase me so much, trendiness does.
For boys it was Lucas, which is still my absolute favourite boys' name ever. I guess that could be considered kind of trendy, but it's probably the only name I could keep on my list regardless. I adore it. Another one was Liam, which I still like, but prefer as a nn for William.
I divide my naming taste into three categories: pre-Nameberry, immediately upon discovering Nameberry, and after discovering my own taste.
While I always loved unusual names, I desperately wanted to be called Emma or Emily when I was in elementary school. My favorite boys' names were Justin and William. I also loved Nellie, Callie, Mandy, Tess, Pamela, John, Jack, Aviva, Olivia, Patrick, Kathleen, Harriet, Persephone, Danielle, Celeste, Lyra, Kate, Coraline, Miranda, and all forms of Sylvia (Sylvaine, Sylvester, etc). I wanted to name my daughter Elizabeth Rose.
New to Nameberry
My name pool grew a thousandfold. I was enamored with Alistair, Elliot, Calvin, Thessaly, Tesla, Miranda (still!), Lucinda, Daphne, Geneva, Florence, Tamsin, Violet, Ariadne, Solace, Esme, Wynn, Ismay, Coraline, Corisande, Waldo, Briony, Octavia, Tobias, Oscar, Ozias, Otto, Barnaby, Auberon, Marlowe, Juniper, and even, briefly, Harper and Archer. I fell instantly in love with Sylvie, which I still adore. I refused to even consider any name in the Top 1000. I liked long, frilly, aristocratic names.
My taste is pretty consistent. I like names with connections to literature (particularly children's literature) and history (particularly the Renaissance), botany and astronomy. Think dashing librarian detective. I still adore many of the same names I did when I first found Nameberry (Sylvie, Marlowe), but others (Roscoe, Iris) I've fallen in love with more recently. I no longer care as much about popularity, but I prefer to stay out of the Top 200 (with some notable exceptions).
I've always loved to write since I was quite young and I used to name all my girl characters things like Madison, Natalie, Natasha, Emily, Grace, etc.
For boys I loved Sam (still very much do) Noah, James. My taste now is kind of all over the map but I've dropped a lot of those names. They were popular growing up but with the exception of Sam, James and Grace none really appeal to me at all.
I remember when I was little I had a cabbage patch kid that I got from my grandparents and I named him Alex. I also had a toy cat that I named Milo. For a really long time I loved the name Dominic after I heard it on a movie. It was a name I had never heard before and after that I kept looking for new names. I can't say that I like it at all anymore, but that was my first name love. Over the years I've also liked Gabriel and Jamal (lol) but now I don't like them. I have always wanted twin boys and told my mom that if I ever had them I would name them Tristan and Noah. I still like those names but they are too popular for me now. It's always been hard for me to like girls names. I think my one teddy bear was Nikki.