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  1. #1
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    Hideously Enchanting

    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.

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    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!"

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    Bedelia is lovely. Hate Cordelia but I've always liked Bedelia
    I'm a Law & Order junkie and there was once a character named Fidelia. Such a gorgeous name
    Quote Originally Posted by moonkai View Post
    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.
    I forgot how much I loved those books. I wondered why I liked Bedelia since it's not my style at all

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    In case you didn't see my signature already, look at my girl names. To many people they are hideous, but I LOVE them. They have an heir about them that is just so enchanting and whimsical.

    Quote Originally Posted by alzora View Post
    Bedelia is super cute! You're asking for names we love that are ugly to most? I've got a few...

    Boys:

    Ebenezer
    Jebediah
    Opie

    (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!)
    Cilla*
    Elsabee
    Beeley* (not in my top ten, but close)
    Monema*
    Bellett
    Galiena
    Gelleia: (jel-AY-uh?)
    Mab*
    Merial
    Milla/Mylla
    Rametta
    Renilla*
    Sysley
    Topacia
    Love these. Especially Elsabee.

    Quote Originally Posted by alyssa897 View Post
    None of these are very hideous, maybe except for Morgana. It still has a sense of dark sensuality, especially if you think about Morrigan from Capcom.

    Quote Originally Posted by moonkai View Post

    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!"
    I LOVE Elspeth. Its so cool and I could either picture a dark villainess or a celestial being. Plus it has a very wearable nickname of Elsie or Ellie.
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    I, too, love unusual names. I love Bedelia and it also reminds me of the book series I loved so much!

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