Help me narrow it down?
I have 10 boys names and 10 girls names that I really love; and since I've decided not to learn the sex of the baby, I need to have a top choice for either gender. So, please help me narrow it down!
The Girls Top 10
The Boys Top 10
Please post honest opinions for me to go by (:
From your girls list I love:
1. Amelia Rose
2. Ashlyn Caroline
3. Ava Lynn
From your boys list I love:
1. Aiden Michael
2. Aven Kain
3. Collin Mathias
Girls names I like:
1. Samantha Jean
2. Bridget Hope
3. Cassidy Faith
4. Reanna May
Boys names I like:
1. Noah Lucas
2. Bradley Connor
3. Jackson Travis
4. Matthew Thomas
Girls names I like the least:
1. Brookelyn Marie - I've never liked Brookelyn.
2. Elizabeth Gertrude - I'm fine with Elizabeth, it's Gertrude I don't like. It just sounds very old to me.
3. Althea Joan - I just don't like this combo. Maybe with other mn's this would sound good, or with other fn's joan would sound good, but together I just don't like it.
Boys names I like the least:
1. Austin James - Austin is just another place name I generally dislike, like Brookelyn.
2. Richard Davis - I don't like Richard or it's nns. Davis is nice though.
3. Tyson Randall - This makes me think of Tyson chicken plant, which is near where I live and it's an awful place to live near. I also don't like Randall. The Tyson thing is of course only to me and won't bother a lot of other people.
It's not that the names I don't like aren't fine names, it's just that I like them the least out of the other names for one reason or another. I hope this helps at all. good luck!
My favorites from your list:
Amelia Rose- classic, beautiful and sweet
Althea Joan- unique but has a great history
Bridget Hope- Sweet, I love the mn Hope
Names that are ok:
Samantha Jean- I actually really like the name Samantha, but to me it's just a little dated
Elizabeth Gertrude- You can't go wrong with a classic, but it's safer and more commonly heard
Reanna May- There really isn't any thing wrong with this name, Reanna is just a little harsh sounding for my tastes
Cassidy Faith- I like the rhythm and flow of this name
My least favorites:
Brookelyn Marie- It's not my favorite spelling, and Brooklyn feels a little trendy when compared to your other names
Ava Lynn- I think Ava is gorgeous, but soo popular right now, I'm afraid it'll feel dated in the near future
Ashlyn Caroline- I'm just not a big fan of Ashlyn, though I think Caroline is beautiful!
Austin James- LOVE this, it's cool, classic and very handsome (and makes me think of Jane Austen)
Collin Mathias- Again, this is a great name, familiar, but not used that often
Noah Lucas- I have a soft spot for Noah, it's simple but makes a statement
Names that are ok:
Matthew Thomas- Nothing wrong with this name, but since it is classic, it's used and been used quite frequently
Bradley Connor- Ok, but for me Bradley feels a little dated
Jackson Travis- A good name, nothing wrong with it, Jackson is just a little trendy for me
Richard Davis- I like this name, but it all depends on what nn (if you're using a nn) you choose. My favorites are Ritchie/Hitch
My least favorites:
Aiden Michael- Way too trendy, and I think it's going to feel dated in the future
Avan Kain- It seems like a masculinized version of the really popular Ava
Tyson Randall- Tyson just seems to be trying too hard to be manly, but that's probably because of the few Tyson's I've met
I hoped this helps! I tried to be as completely honest as I could!
Althea Joan is lovely! Out of all the names, that one really struck me as something really extraordinary.
My favorites from your girls are: Amelia Rose & Bridget Hope
My favorites from your boys are: Aiden Michael, Matthew Thomas, & Noah Lucas (but there were lots of good ones)
Good Luck :)
I arranged the girls into my order of preference:
Amelia Rose - Love! Beautiful. I do think the middle Rose is a bit overdone and the combo is pretty popular, but both names are fantastic.
Ava Lynn - I love Ava. I totally see why it's popular. Like with Rose, I'd change Lynn for a more interesting middle (Ava Gertrude? Ava Althea?) because Ava is so popular, but I do really love Ava.
Bridget Hope- Great combo! Very strong and beautiful.
Elizabeth Gertrude- I'd ditch Gertrude if it's not honoring someone. If it is, keep it. I like Elizabeth because it's so classic and because of the nickname options- there's so many to choose from!
Althea Joan - I'm not the #1 Althea fan, but I like the nn options of Allie and Thea.
Samantha Jean- Not my taste, but a good, safe choice.
Cassidy Faith - Cassidy is a bit dated and not really my taste, but it's not a bad name. Have you considered Cassandra?
Reanna May- Reanna just looks trendy and invented. I'd suggest Briana, Rhiannon, or Ariana instead. May is great in the middle.
Ashlyn Caroline - Not an Ashlyn fan. I'm so-so when it's spelled Aislinn, but even then it's not my favorite. I like Caroline.
Brookelyn Marie- No, on every level. Brookelyn is already dated and really not very classy in my opinion. It's also a bit ridiculous to me as, I've lived most of my life very close to Brooklyn. Marie is alright, but it's such a filler middle that it just makes Brookelyn seem even trendier than it already is.
The Boys Top 10
Austin James - Meh. I'm very neutral on this.
Matthew Thomas - Very solid and classic. Nothing terribly exciting, but nothing bad either.
Bradley Connor- I think I might like seeing a little Bradley, certainly more than a Kaye'donn. It is a little dated, but I still think it's a good name.
Aiden Michael - Aiden is epidemic, and while I get the appeal, I think it's a choice you may regret in the future.
Avan Kain- How do you pronounce this? Like Aiden with a v? Or like Evan? uh-VON?
Collin Mathias - LOVE Mathias, and Collin is nice.
Noah Lucas- Noah's not for me, but Noah Lucas is a good, solid combo.
Jackson Travis - I love Jack, not so much Jackson. It's not bad, though.
Tyson Randall - I prefer Tynan.
Richard Davis- Not a fan of Richard. I know a teenaged Richard who gets made fun of for his name (or rather, an old nickname for it.) I like its history and I like it in the middle, but personally I'd switch Richard and Davis here.
Honest opinion? YOU'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE **10** NAMES OF EACH GENDER!!!!!! Hubby and I negotiate for months to wrangle out just ONE name we both like. Seriously, if I were in your position, I would narrow the list down to five or maybe three top favorites and then pick the one that seems most appropriate when I actually get to hold the child.
If any of these names has particular sentimental value, or contains a name of a relative, I would give priority to those. If you're interested in the meaning of the names, it might be a good idea to look them up and see what is most appealing.
Based solely on sound, here are my thoughts and observations, and arranged approximately from favorite to least favorite:
Ashlyn Caroline - I kind of like this one! Ashlyn might be a little old but it was never overused and I like it with Caroline.
Amelia Rose - Amelia is so old it's fresh again. Rose is a little tired but this combination is appealing.
Ava Lynn - Ava is one of the top names right now. Very pretty but paired with Lynn it runs together as one long first name.
Elizabeth Gertrude - Gertrude is just too old lady for me. I would pair it with a "younger" name. Elizabeth is classic so it's hard to go wrong with that one.
Reanna May - Is this a different spelling of Rihanna?
Bridget Hope - Just neutral on this one, Bridget feels a little tired, Hope is unusual and familiar and good.
Samantha Jean - This one feels very dated.
Althea Joan - A little too out there for me.
Brookelyn Marie - This one feels EXTREMELY dated.
Cassidy Faith - Sorry, I just don't like Cassidy.
Collin Mathias - I like this one. I have seen objection to Collin because it's close to colon, you'll have to make that call yourself. Matthias is so old it's new again so I love it.
Noah Lucas - This one sounds like a 2012 name. Noah seems to be back, but not crazy popular.
Richard Davis - I think Richard is a good, solid name, and Davis sounds good with it.
Matthew Thomas - Masculine and solid, not trendy but familiar.
Bradley Connor - This one sounds more young and trendy, again a little dated but not as much as Austin.
Austin James - Austin is still a little too early-'90s trendy for me. LOVE James.
Aiden Michael - No. Unless you like being part of a HUGE name trend.
Avan Kain - Sorry, this one doesn't appeal.
Jackson Travis - I don't care for this one, -son names as first names annoy me and I just plain don't like Travis.
Tyson Randall - another -son and besides it makes me think of the food brand Tyson as well as Mike Tyson.
Great picks all around
Amelia Rose - quite lovely and classy!
Bridget Hope - Quite fun and fresh combo!
Elizabeth Gertrude - Gertrude is really frumpy, but Elizabeth is such a great classic that it doesn't matter!
Not quite my style, but no concerns
Samantha Jean - Samantha is a nice name that feels like it might have passed its prime, and Jean doesn't really dress it up. Still, a fine choice overall.
Ava Lynn - Ava is a pretty name that is super super trendy at the moment, and Lynn doesn't do much to balance it. Still quite an appealing choice overall though. It does kind of feel like you're saying Evelyn...
Ashlyn Caroline: Not a huge fan of Ashlyn, I have some of the same concerns I would have about Brookelyn, but Ashlyn a little less so and Caroline dresses it up nicely.
Althea Joan - both of these names are mildly old-lady to me, but in an appealing way in a way. Very unique and cool and hip in a way.
Cassidy Faith - Cassidy seems more boyish than your average taste, but it's a perfectly fine name and I like it with Faith. I guess with Faith it faintly evokes Chastity Faith, hmm....
Might advise against:
Brookelyn Marie: Brookelyn looks misspelled, and also looks past its prime in a big way (Samantha is, but has a history to turn to, I feel like). If you have a meaningful connection to Brooklyn, I can see it (but spell it that way), but if you don't, this makes the name kind of annoying, honestly. Marie is a perfectly nice name but next to Brookelyn feels filler-y.
Reanna May - Reanna blurs into Rhiannon/Rihanna/Breanna and just doesn't feel like its own name.
Will do boys in a subsequent post...
The Boys Top 10
Great picks all around
Austin James - I quite like Austin, and it's well paired with James. It alludes to August without being as frumpy as him.
Matthew Thomas - two solid great Biblical names.
Collin Mathias - love both these names and they're OK. I just think the default spelling for both would be different - Colin Matthias?
Noah Lucas - two handsome Biblical names.
Not quite my style, but no real concerns
Bradley Connor - Bradley just feels like his day came in the 1980s, but it's not an unattractive name.
Aiden Michael - it's perfectly nice, but there are bazillions of Aiden's / boys with names that rhyme with Aiden.
Jackson Travis - Jackson is a little too not timeless for me, but Jack is great and it's a perfectly reasonable name. Combines nicely with Travis.
Richard Davis - Richard feels on the dated side but it is also sort of timeless and nns Rick or Rich are cute. Like Davis quite well.
Might advise against
Avan Kain - OK, Avan will just get heard as Ava and ppl will think he's a girl, plus it rhymes with all the Aidens, plus Kain makes me think of Cain, the first murderer. Just not a good combo.
Tyson Randall - Tyson just makes me think of Mike Tyson and of Tyson chicken products. Just not great associations. Randall doesn't dress it up any, it's pretty dated.