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  1. #1
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    Southern Names

    I'm looking for Southern names for both genders. I want something that isn't trashy, but it can lean more toward Redneck than Belle/Beau, or vice versa. I was born and raised in Small Town, Tennessee and my kids will be too, so I know what I hear, but I just wondered what you guys saw as "Southern names."

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    Where I was raised in the South, it was common for girls to have surnames or double names, frequently with surnames:

    Delaney
    Brigham
    Tiernan (Tia)
    Miller (Millie)
    Winslow (Winnie or Lola)
    Maret
    Tatum
    Laucke or Mary Laucke
    Waverly or Ann Waverly
    Peyton or Anne Peyton
    Mary Webb
    Anna James
    Mary Harris
    Billie Ann
    Jean Ellis
    Mary Alice
    Carrie Frances
    Hattie Lee
    Anna May
    Leigh Taylor
    Mae Ellen

    and so forth. So in my mind, double names are very Southern without being trashy. If there is a surname you hold dear, perhaps it might pair well with Ann(e), Mary, Mae, or something less common. I also find these girls' names "Southern," though others might disagree:

    Georgia, Virginia, Carolina, Raleigh, etc.
    Flannery
    Magnolia, Azalea, etc.
    Willa
    Harper
    Shelby
    Della or Dinah
    Loretta
    Adeline or Emmeline
    Savannah
    Lila or Layla
    Dulcie
    Shea or Shayla
    Macy or Taci


    Southern boys' names are a little harder to nail down for me. I'd still say surnames are a solid bet, but generally it's just how much twang you hear when you say it

    Bowen (Beau)
    Deacon or Beacon/Beacan
    Boone
    Cash or Dash (and the formal names associated with them)
    Davis
    Landry
    Jackson or Judson
    Royden or Riorden
    Mason or Macon
    Granger
    Harris or Harrison
    Wade
    Hayes
    Brooks
    Banning or Channing
    Linden
    Riley
    River
    Ellis
    Hopper
    Landon
    Troy
    Brent
    Hank or Hal (perhaps formally Henry)
    Wyatt
    Jett
    Clayton, Claiborne or just Clay/Clai
    Porter
    Harley
    Tucker
    Duke
    King

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    I'm living in Alabama for the summer, and I have already met 4 women named Hazel. I never really considered Hazel to be particularly Southern, but perhaps it is. I also agree with the double-barreled names being Southern, especially the ones with Mary and then a surname. Also anything with the middle name Mae.

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    Also living in small town Tennessee

    Most names with a long "ay" sound - Tatum, Hank, May/Mae, Wade, etc.
    Southern place names - Dallas, Savannah, Georgia, etc.
    Old timey boy names on girls - Billie, Georgie, Bobbie, etc.
    Uncommon Old Testament Bible names: Abner, Jedediah, Obadiah, Ebenezer, etc.
    Virtue names - Verity, Chasity, Prudence, etc.
    -bel/-belle names - Annabelle, Loribelle, Maribelle, etc.
    -lene names - Darlene, Shirlene, Arlene, etc.

    A few other random names:
    Neyland (as in the UT football stadium)
    Magnolia
    Wyatt
    Tallulah
    Dwayne
    Earl
    Margot - Eleanor (Lena) - Leonie - Camille/a - Margery - Isla
    Clark - Gabriel - Simon - Malachy - Locke/Lachlan - Shepherd - Arthur

    Guilty Pleasures:
    Vesper - Zephyr - Andromeda - Bellatrix - Lúthien


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