Keith is a cool name. It would probably be on my list if it didn't rhyme with my dad's name.
Keith is a cool name. It would probably be on my list if it didn't rhyme with my dad's name.
Just because a name is or was popular doesn't mean it's not a great name. I've made the case for Jennifer several times in various threads; I think it's a lovely name with a rich history and an interesting combination of sounds. There is a good reason it lasted for so long, and if it hadn't been so super-popular, it would definitely be a Nameberry favorite. In the future, I can see it making the classics name list with the Elizabeths and Catherines of the world. (Other names that I think fit into the Death by Popularity category include Jessica, Sarah, Olivia, Kimberly, Julie, Rachel, Isabelle, Caitlin, Megan, and Aidan).
Outside of names that get killed by their own popularity, some others I think deserve a lot more love include
Mahalia -- currently my favorite name; it's elegant and feminine, smooth and smokey, and just rich with music
Cosima -- southern.maple said it best; this name is gorgeous
Valerie -- both sweet and sassy; it was never really too popular, but just sort of flirted with popularity, like the quirky girl that everyone likes who is in the pep squad who is also in band or
Cassia -- starting to get some love, but not enough; such a rich autumn spice name; I love cinnamon, and this name just makes me think of spicy cider, crisp afternoons, and football Saturdays
Jennifer -- reasons above; also, it's hard to really typecast a Jennifer; the name being so common meant all the Jennifers had to find another way to be unique, so she could be anything. I kind of think of the name as being a log-cabin name, with quilts and books and lots of chocolate. It's also my name, soooo that may influence me a bit!
Petra -- prefer /pay/ to /pet/ sound
Jewel -- there's a lot of love here for Ruby, Opal, and Pearl, but I think just Jewel is lovely in and of itself
Annika -- love the sound combo here; very fresh version of Anne
Jerusha -- one of my favorite sound combinations
Jonathan -- my favorite variation of John; I think it's soft and strong at the same time
Dominic -- I prefer the /Nick/ to the /Neek/ pronunciation; one of my long-time favorite names
Richard -- nicknames aside, I think this name is very elegant and polished; not sure why it's hated so much these days
Lysander -- I just think this name is beautiful and always have.
Charles -- just a classic name that I think is really pretty but seems to have sort of slipped through the Nameberry cracks
Ned -- as a nn for Edward or something else, this name has really started growing on me recently...maybe because I used it on my cat, but still, I think it's a great name!
Alistair -- another name I just think is really lovely
Rafael -- I love the history of the name as well as the nn Rafe
Gabriel -- I think this doesn't get a lot of love because it's been a little too popular too recently, but I love the way it sounds and I always hear it in the voice of Brandon Lee as the Crow, in the scene where he finds his lost cat Gabriel...one great scene.
I love augusta_lee's suggestions of Reuben and Tobias; they are two of my all-time favorites. Mischa's suggestion of Humphrey made me realize I like it, too. (I think maybe the song by Mika, "Grace Kelly," may have softened me to it a bit, though.) I agree with allyphilly that Desmond is a great name and with southern.maple about Constantine--I really love that one!
Some of these aren't really unisex or really ever meant to be unisex, but I think they would work on a girl just the same! Some of these have also already been said. I love mischa's suggestions of Meredith, Jocelyn, and Bronwen. I think they're all lovely. I also agree that Valentine (alexa400's suggestion) is a great name. It may actually pick up a bit now that Ender's Game is coming out; Valentine is Ender's sister and will be portrayed by Abigail Breslin. Actually Petra may also get a bump from the film as well.
Remy --so dashing on a boy
Sidney--don't like on a girl at all
Morgan (thank you, Derek Morgan)
Rory (thank you, Arthur Darvill/aka Rory "Pond")
Spencer (thank you, [m]Spencer Reid; you edge out [f]Spencer Hastings by the tiniest of margins)
Out of the names already mentioned I love the names Cosima, Nova (anything star related for me) Linnea and Arietta has to be a new favourite. I already names my teddy Humphrey because it is an awesome name after all. I will not mention Amabel, Edmund and Enid, both names that I adore and have already mentioned.
Fern/Fearne- I've seen the name mentioned very few times in forums, I love how spunky and sweet it sounds and the relation to nature is a huge plus for me, I would love to see this name on a little girl
Clea- a name probably invented by the author of Alexandria Quartet. Believed to be inspired form the name Cleo/Clio, both of which I also like
Christabel/Clarabel- Love both variants of the name but both like Amabel are names that I see rarely brought up compared to the more popular Isobel, Annabel etc
Ruth- lovely name, can't really explain my love for it
Clover- one of my favourite names and the bf loves it too, I fell in love with the name from reading What Katy Did, I love how quirky and English it sounds and it has so much meaning to me, another spunky little name for a girl which I can imagine belonging to a little tomboy
Albert nn Albie- I just think it is adorable and will age well
Thaddeus- See very little mention of this strong boys name and I just love it
Theobald nn Ted- I prefer it to the more feminine sounding Theodore and it can use the nn Ted which was my Grandfather's name
Abel- This was a slow grower of a name on my but I like the hebrew origin and meaning 'breath'
Abram- Another Ab name for the boys, I prefer it compared to Abraham and the nn Abe is an awesome nn
Remi- I've always loved this spelling and will always think of it as a boy's name
Oswin- Doctor Who association and another spunky little name for a girl, plus the nn Winnie
Cool thread. Not sure I can do five of each but:
Saskia, Rembrandts wife is why I love this name but there's lots to love, it's all soft and girly but the k sound makes it feel strong and brave too. Sassy, Kia and Sia make cute nn's.
Constance or the Spanish version Constanza. Love both. Perhaps it's the dated Connie that puts people off but I thought Tansy would make a super cute nn.
Echo. A GP for me but one that I can see in real life right among the Fables, Poets and Reveries so celebrated on NB.
Aven, a rare flower name, with the spunk of Ava, but more strength with the n ending
March. I would use this if it wasn't my nephews surname. August is popular on nameberry, why not March?
Alpheus. A GP for me. But fits in with popular A names and the trendy us endings. Fresher than Atticus, and lands it's self to popular nn like Alph, Alfie, Alpha, Al etc.
Miro. I reccomend this all the time. It fits in with all the o ends that are popular on NB but doesn't rate. Miroslav or Myron are longer options.
Roan, a colour name linked to horses. Fits in with Rowen, Ronan and Joan or June
Evren. I came across this only last weeks. A Turkish unisex name meaning cosmos, I think it's lovely for either gender and am suprised I hadn't seen it on NB earlier.
Exciting! Most of the names I like are nameberry favorites (big surprise...haha!) but I do have a few unusual picks...
Amias - This name has a wonderful meaning and is pretty nickname-proof, if that's what you're into. I can see Amias as a brother name for the rapidly-climbing Jasper
Dante - Yes, I know, Dante's Inferno and Hell and whatnot. However, I think Dante is a wonderful name; cute for a toddler but classic for an adult. Also phonetically pronounceable in Spanish, which I personally like (:
Franklin - These days I'm seeing Frederick in the forms, but I prefer Franklin. It reminds me of the sweet Franklin the Turtle books I read when I was a child, not to mention all the impressive namesakes (and the nickname Frankie)!
Jesse - Okay, this is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. While I'm totally over Jessie and Jessica for a girl, I'm always intrigued by Jesse on a boy. It has that cowboy-ish feel, but is also a more metro-sexual name, which is popular (based off NB's book, Beyond Ava&Aiden)
Locke - This one is probably best in the middle spot. However, I just love this name, and the "e" on the end really makes it for me, for some reason. I imagine a Schuyler Locke or a Theo Locke
Schuyler - While the original spelling may be harder for a child to understand/learn than Skyler, I prefer this version. Instead of a nature name, it (at least to me) resembles the meaning much more: scholar
Amy - What's not to love about Amy? For me, it's a wonderful nickname-name, sweet and innocent but not too childish for an adult. I'm not brave enough to use it as-is; I would probably go with Amara or Amity, but seeing a little toddler Amy would be delightful!
Aisling/Ashling - Either the original Irish spelling or the phonetic English spelling are wonderful in my book! A sweet, semi-exotic name; a great replacement for the over-used Ashley of my generation
Cadence - A very pretty name, potentially honoring a Candace in a stylish, word-name way. I love the music association, and the nickname Cady (pronounced Cade-ee, like in Mean Girls)
Florence - I know this has been mentioned some, but I see Flora much more. While I think both forms are beautiful, Florence turns the name into an exotic place reference, and still has Flora as a potential nickname
Posey - I especially like the spelling with an "e," either as its own name, or as a nickname for Josephine, Primrose, etc. Very cute and sweet, and also comes with the option of "Po" if your little girl is a tomboy!
Bellamy - While I prefer this one for girls, I can also see the appeal as a boy's name. On the ladies' side, I see a sweet replacement for the over-used Isabella, a girly surname-name, and the potential for both Bella and Amy as nicknames
Indigo - This is one of the names I view as truly unisex. Because it's a word name, a color name, and also a nature name, I like the idea of a more classic middle name, like Indigo James or Indigo Charlotte
Sage - A sweet, simple name, also going with the nature and word trends. I can see this on a boy or a girl, and it works equally well in the middle with a long first name, or in first place to balance out a long last name
Clarice - Shares lineage with more common Clara, Claire etc...but is a little something extra...also sounds classical and timeless to me
Sally - I LOVE it. Not used so much anymore, but I still think its super cute
Elke - prn elle-kah. Lovely European name
Elle - Short/Sweet/Feminine without being too dressy
Vienna - I love V names such as Vanessa, Victoria...but not the nicknames associated or how common they are. This is a beautiful Compromise!
Fennec - I have loved this name for ages and only recently saw in in a blog on the main home page of nameberry! I am not big on any of the "finn" names but I like "Fenn" as a nn. I hope this gains a little popularity just so it becomes more usable rather than being stuck in the strange category.
Maddox - all celebrity relations aside...this is a GREAT name. Combines the sound of max with a little something extra..
Whit - Great old fashioned name
Huck - I love huck so so much. I despise any of the longer versions that it could be shortened to (Huxley, Huckleberry etc). I wish people would see this names potential as a full first name rather than just a nn.
Simon - Common, but not. Soft sounding...but not too sticky sweet for a boy.
Logan - Love logan on a girl...hate it on a boy...
River - Beautiful water name with a little more strength/wild factor
Cody - Love on a girl, dislike on a boy
Reese - " "
Avery - As common a this name has become for girls, I still love it on a boy and would not hesitate to name my child this
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Layne - People complain of this spelling because its apparently too feminine. This is my Hubbys name and ironically, I have always had a huge name-crush on this for a boy!
Sky - I just like it. no good reason.
This thread is great!
Noemi- So soft and feminine without being princessy
Tanwen/Rhonwen- two of my favorite -wen names. Tanwen seems so clean and streamlined and I love that in a name. I think Rhonwen is (to steal nameberry's description) hauntingly beautiful
Ailsa- just like it.
Mireya- has a languid, melodic sound I love
Davis- just strikes me as a cooler David
Keane- love the sound
Malcolm- a little old man, a little bit awesome TV character (I'm thinking "Firefly" not "...in the Middle,") has Mac and Mal
Casey- on a girl, kind of dated and blah. On a guy, I just picture a super smart, popular kid.
Auden- I see August a lot, and Arden sometimes, but hardly ever Auden
Paul/Luke/Benjamin - I think a lot of people see these as boring/obvious/dated/plain or whatever it may be, but I think they're lovely classy names that should be suggested more often. I see a lot of Lucas/Lucian/Bennett/Benedict (& I like those too), but sometimes the simpler option is more fitting.
Justice - I just think this is a super cool name and I'd totally love to meet one. I think Juss and Tice make it relatively accessible. I know it's a bit out there but I think it's cool
Heath - I don't know if I've ever seen this recommended (maybe I'm reading the wrong threads), but I think it's a great name with a lot of personality
Jove - with all the god-names that run around the forum I'm surprised I don't see this one more. It's interesting, simple, has the v trendy going, and has nice connotations, with a usable nn Joe/y.
Holly/Molly - I think these are seen as too cutesy by some, but with the prevalence of Daisy and Aaliyah I can't see why that would hold someone up from using one of these gorgeous happy names. They just make me smile!
Samantha - another that I don't think I've ever seen suggested once! As a highly accepted feminization and one that's popular but not on fire I'd love to see it come up more
Johannah - with the popularity of Josephine I'm hoping this one comes back. It's lovely and has a great meaning. Can be an honoring name for John, Hannah, Anna, Joe, etc. and has a load of great nn's.
Ruth - simple, old-lady but not too dusty, great namesake, cute nn Roo/Ruthie. I'd love to meet a little Ruth!
Shelby - I'm not even sure why I like this one, it's just so spunky and fun.
How did I miss Allifair? It's gorgeous for sure, and I come across it occasionally going through old census records. I just can't seem to find an etymology for it or a reason why it suddenly appears in the mid 1800s...