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Thread: Hideously Enchanting
April 13th, 2013 10:09 AM #1
Recently, while trawling through lists and lists of names (which some fellow Nameberries may or may not also do in their spare time) I came across this name: Bedelia (buh-DEE-lee-uh). Upon first glance, I thought, quite frankly, it was horrible. Who wants 'bed' as the first syllable of your darling daughter's name? (You might guess where this is going) Needless to say, after continually thinking about it overnight, I fell in love. It's just as enchanting as Cordelia, but with a slightly unusual air - just the sort of name that attracts me most. Then I thought, actually, my list is actually made up of names that are ugly to most, but which I adore nonetheless. Ewelina (ev-uh-LEEN-uh). Yaritza. Aldith. Elspeth.
So, (sorry about that long rant about me) I'm trying to see if there are any more names like this, or indeed, if anyone has these kind of names on their respective lists. Does anyone have any almost universally unappealing names on your list that you helplessly love all the same?
NOTE: The fact that these names are unattractive to most people at first glance is why they are not being considered for first names. Apart from Elspeth. I'm working up to an Elspeth.
April 13th, 2013 11:28 AM #3
Bedelia makes me think of the Amelia Bedelia books I read as a kid - I actually think it is a fun twist on Amelia, Cordelia, or similar names.
Also, I think if you absolutely love Elspeth, go for it. Even though it doesn't appeal to me personally, If I met someone named that, I would think "wow, that is a cool and original name!"
April 13th, 2013 11:36 AM #5Member
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April 13th, 2013 02:46 PM #9
Bedelia is super cute! You're asking for names we love that are ugly to most? I've got a few...
(That's it for my "universally unappealing" but beloved boys' names. Most of my boy names are appealing to even non-name-enthusiasts.)
Girls, though? Whew, here goes my list of names that everyone else tends to dislike, with an asterisk by the ones I would actually use:
Jerusha* (in my top ten favorites!)
Beeley* (not in my top ten, but close)
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