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  1. #21
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    *shrugs* It's a real name, so why not? Not really my thing but I'd still pick Hildegard over something like M'kaylabella any day I think Hills or Hilly is a cute nickname.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  2. #23
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    Nov 2011
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    I could see the crusty coolness of a name like this and I love Hildy as a nn too much to say "put it in the middle". I would go for a really un-crusty and more traditionally pretty middle. I've met babies named Winifred & Wilhelmina & Olive and thought about how those names would've been perceived a decade ago. Now Winnie, Millie & Olive are pretty much universally considered adorable. I think Nameberry has a lot of snarky commentary for names that I think of as more cutting-edge hipster than ew yucky.

  3. #25
    My husband's grandmother's name was Hildegard. She wasn't the friendliest of women. I have to agree that your daughter would probably hate her name. With so many unique names that are much more feminine feeling and much sweeter, I can imagine she might even be resentful. Sorry!

  4. #27
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    Could it work as a middle? It isn't my number one name (number five, actually) but I do love it. My top four are, in order; Genevieve, Seraphina, Juliette, Amelie. Seeing as the hypothetical what-if daughter probably wouldn't use her middle name frequently, could I use it there? And would I need a Germanic name for the first name, or could I use something else? Thanks Berries, I needed reassuring.
    ~Mehri

  5. #29
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    I would use it as a middle (Anything goes in the middle, in my mind!) but definitely not as a first name!
    Lily - Eliza - Isabelle - Rose - Margaret - Coraline - Emilia - Hazel
    Oliver - Simon - Jasper - Theodore - Henry - Leopold - Ezra - Jack

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