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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Central Coast, California
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    Playful and Spunky or Over the Top and Tacky

    Hello All!

    I'm brand new to Nameberry but have been having a blast browsing through the site and getting inspiration. I don't currently have any children but I'm a newly-wed and am looking forward to starting a family. Like many of you on this site, I have had more than a mild interest (okay, boarderline obsession) with names, so the thought of naming my very own child is thrilling! I would describe my naming style as playful, spunky, cheery, quirky and definitely not-top-10.

    I'd love to throw out my name list and get some feedback from everyone! Specifically, if you think any name on the list goes beyond playful and fun and is downright weird or silly.

    A little background, I live in California and my last name starts with an 'H' and ends in 'son.' Does this rule out any names ending in '-on' '-en' '-in' or '-sen'? I'm running into trouble with many of the boy names I like ending with those sounds and the full name sounds too rhym -y.

    Thougths? Also - I'd love any suggestions you might have!

    Girls:
    Matilda, nn Tilly or Tilda (middle name possibilities are Jane, Violet, Valentine...?)
    Tallulah, nn Lilou (May, which is part of my maiden name)
    Felicity, nn Izzy
    Pepper
    Pippa (possibility of becoming too popular???)
    Ripley
    September
    Imogen, nn Immy (sounds like Emmy)
    Cecily
    Jubilee
    Petra
    Verity
    Ottilie

    Girls middle names I love:
    Primrose
    Waverley
    Whimsy
    Mazarine
    Darling
    Sunshine


    Boys:
    Asa
    Finnley (possibly too popular??? I only know one little boy with this name but it seems to be everywhere on this site!)
    Arlo
    Tennyson
    Cormac
    Dex or Dax
    Kieran, nn Kier
    Orrin
    Flynn
    Kellen
    Wilder
    Newly marrried, looking forward to starting a family!

    Current favorites:
    Matilda, Tallulah, Felicity, Jubilee, Imogen, Cecily, Petra, January, Pippa, Lavender
    Asa, Kieran, Cormac, Arlo, Tennyson, Wilder, Kellen, Flynn, Milo, Leland, Roscoe

  2. #3
    Matilda - not tacky in the least. I personally like it.

    Tallulah - love this, I know a lot of people think it's over the top, but I do not. It's no different than something like Victoria or Alexandra

    Felicity - one of my all time favorites, beautiful name, not tacky at all.

    Pepper - maybe a tad on the tacky side? I like it, but I feel like it makes a better nickname than a full name. I can't imagine this aging very well.

    Pippa - I doubt it willever become truly popular but I find it a little juvenile - it needs a full name.

    Ripley - THIS, I do find tacky. It's a masculine surname, such a huge trend, it's going to look silly in a few years, especially with that uber trendy -ley ending that is popping up everywhere.

    September - I don't think it's "tacky", but I do think it's weird.

    Imogen - not tacky at all. I don't love it, but it is far from bad or tacky.

    Cecily - beautiful, classy, sophisticated.

    Jubilee - I like this in theory, but I can see it being juvenile and not aging well at all.

    Petra - not tacky at all.

    Verity - love this, far from tacky.

    Ottilie - another love. Not over the top or tacky

    Girls middle names I love:

    Primrose - a tad over the top, but thats not a bad thing for me. I don't find it tacky at all.

    Waverley - I really, really dislike this immensely. I find it so silly and surname-ish, trendy, juvenile.....like Ripley, it has that dreaded -ley ending.

    Whimsy - silly and ridiculous, but in the middle, it would be passable.

    Mazarine - I think this is beautiful.

    Darling - a little tacky, but in the middle it doesn't really matter.

    Sunshine - I think this is a little better than Whimsy or Darling.



    Boys:

    Asa - love, not tacky at all.

    Finnley - maybe rising a little in popularity, but nothing overly dramatic, it has that irksome -ley ending.

    Arlo - really neat, I love it.

    Tennyson - neat.

    Cormac - also neat

    Dex or Dax - a little "try-hard", would make a great nickname, though. Dexter is a great name.

    Kieran - I love Kieran.

    Orrin - nice

    Flynn - never cared for it, I think it's awkward.

    Kellen - really nice, I like it a lot, I also quite like Keller.

    Wilder - very neat and cool but not in a tacky way.

  3. #5
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    I think that boys names ending in -en, -in, or -on could work with your last name just fine, but I would stay away from -sen or -son endings.

    Girls:
    Matilda, nn Tilly or Tilda (middle name possibilities are Jane, Violet, Valentine...?)- love this. I like Matilda Jane as a combo
    Tallulah, nn Lilou (May, which is part of my maiden name)- I like Tallulah, not a fan of the nickname though. Tallulah May sounds nice.
    Felicity, nn Izzy- not a fan of this name at all.
    Pepper- seems like a cute nickname, or pet's name, can't picture on a real child.
    Pippa (possibility of becoming too popular???) - nice, but yeah it does have the possibility of seeming too popular or trendy
    Ripley- love it on a pet, and can maybe see it working for a boy, but can't picture on a little girl.
    September- Love it as a middle name, too daring as a first for my tastes
    Imogen, nn Immy (sounds like Emmy)- Love it.
    Cecily- I greatly perfer Cecilia
    Jubilee- I wish I was cool enough to have a kid that could pull this name off.
    Petra- It's alright, not anything special in my mind. I actually really like the alliteration of Petra Primrose
    Verity- nice and different. Verity Primrose, Verity May
    Ottilie- Really like this one, but again don't know if I would ever actually use it. I would pair it with a more common middle, like May or Violet

    Girls middle names I love:
    Primrose
    Waverley
    Whimsy
    Mazarine
    Darling
    Sunshine


    Boys:
    Asa- I've never been sure how to pronounce this, so I can't really say if I like it or not.
    Finnley (possibly too popular??? I only know one little boy with this name but it seems to be everywhere on this site!)- I've never met one, but I prefer Finnegan, Griffin nn Finn, or ever just plain Finn
    Arlo- seems very nickname-y too me
    Tennyson- I would love to meet a little Tennyson. I might pair it with a middle name that is more mainstream, so as to give him options if he doesn't like Tennyson so much.
    Cormac- love it. I have a little cousin named Cormac, often shortened to Mac.
    Dex or Dax- love as a nickname, Dexter?
    Kieran, nn Kier- I like it, not my favorite though
    Orrin- interesting, can't picture it on a child, but that could change
    Flynn- love it.
    Kellen- this is a good choice. easy to spell and pronounce, yet not super common
    Wilder- my favorite on your list. very different, in a good way
    Last edited by amylin15; January 11th, 2013 at 08:29 PM.
    Matilda, Louise, Zoe
    Gregory, Ezra, Simon

  4. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by amylin15 View Post
    I think that boys names ending in -en, -in, or -on could work with your last name just fine, but I would stay away from -sen or -son endings.

    Girls:
    Matilda, nn Tilly or Tilda (middle name possibilities are Jane, Violet, Valentine...?)- love this. I like Matilda Jane as a combo
    Tallulah, nn Lilou (May, which is part of my maiden name)- I like Tallulah, not a fan of the nickname though. Tallulah May sounds nice.
    Felicity, nn Izzy- not a fan of this name at all.
    Pepper- seems like a cute nickname, or pet's name, can't picture on a real child.
    Pippa (possibility of becoming too popular???) - nice, but yeah it does have the possibility of seeming too popular or trendy
    Ripley- love it on a pet, and can maybe see it working for a boy, but can't picture on a little girl.
    September- Love it as a middle name, too daring as a first for my tastes
    Imogen, nn Immy (sounds like Emmy)- Love it.
    Cecily- I greatly perfer Cecilia
    Jubilee- I wish I was cool enough to have a kid that could pull this name off.
    Petra- It's alright, not anything special in my mind. I actually really like the alliteration of Petra Primrose
    Verity- nice and different. Verity Primrose, Verity May
    Ottilie- Really like this one, but again don't know if I would ever actually use it. I would pair it with a more common middle, like May or Violet

    Girls middle names I love:
    Primrose
    Waverley
    Whimsy
    Mazarine
    Darling
    Sunshine


    Boys:
    Asa- I've never been sure how to pronounce this, so I can't really say if I like it or not.
    Finnley (possibly too popular??? I only know one little boy with this name but it seems to be everywhere on this site!)- I've never met one, but I prefer Finnegan, Griffin nn Finn, or ever just plain Finn
    Arlo- seems very nickname-y too me
    Tennyson- I would love to meet a little Tennyson. I might pair it with a middle name that is more mainstream, so as to give him options if he doesn't like Tennyson so much.
    Cormac- love it. I have a little cousin named Cormac, often shortened to Mac.
    Dex or Dax- love as a nickname, Dexter?
    Kieran, nn Kier- I like it, not my favorite though
    Orrin- interesting, can't picture it on a child, but that could change
    Flynn- love it.
    Kellen- this is a good choice. easy to spell and pronounce, yet not super common
    Wilder- my favorite on your list. very different, in a good way
    Asa is pronounced ay-sa.

  5. #9
    Girls:
    Matilda - spunky, maybe a bit old, but I think it's cute, especially with the nn Tilda
    Tallulah - I HATE this. I know a lot of people like it, but it sounds tacky and even trashy to me - for no real reason.
    Felicity - very pretty, one of the few virtue names I like a lot
    Pepper - sounds more like a character than a child
    Pippa - only as a nn, it's very childish otherwise. Maybe Piper? It's midway between Pippa and Pepper, but seems more grounded.
    Ripley - I can only think of Ripley's Believe it or Not, so I dislike it
    September - prefer as a mn, but it's okay. A little over the top.
    Imogen - not huge in the US, but has been very popular in Britain, if you're concerned about popularity. It's pretty average for me.
    Cecily - like it, although it's awfully close to Sicily
    Jubilee - wayyy over the top
    Petra - like!
    Verity - very nice. nn Vera (a personal fave)?
    Ottilie - also like.


    Primrose - very trendy
    Waverley - sounds trendy, not sure if actually is
    Whimsy - a bit tacky
    Mazarine - strange, but as a mn it's alright
    Darling - tacky
    Sunshine - tacky


    Boys:
    Asa - I know it gets a lot of support on this site, but sounds like a girl's name to me
    Finnley - like a lot, but might get popular if you're concerned about that
    Tennyson - trendy-sounding, and too rhymy with a -son last name.
    Cormac - sounds like a car or something. Or core + Mac. (like the computer)
    Dex or Dax - sound like nicknames
    Kieran, nn Kier - like this one a lot. "Kier" sounds a lot like "queer" though so there may be teasing concerns? I like Ren more as a nn.
    Orrin - neutral about this
    Flynn - like
    Kellen - it's okay. Very simple, but maybe nearing bland. I think I've also heard Kellian.
    Wilder - it's growing on me. Could seem trendy in the future.

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