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July 3rd, 2013 02:37 PM #1
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."
July 3rd, 2013 05:50 PM #3Senior Member
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July 3rd, 2013 06:33 PM #5Senior Member
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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:
Winslow (Winnie or Lola)
Laucke or Mary Laucke
Waverly or Ann Waverly
Peyton or Anne Peyton
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.
Magnolia, Azalea, etc.
Della or Dinah
Adeline or Emmeline
Lila or Layla
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
Deacon or Beacon/Beacan
Cash or Dash (and the formal names associated with them)
Jackson or Judson
Royden or Riorden
Mason or Macon
Harris or Harrison
Banning or Channing
Hank or Hal (perhaps formally Henry)
Clayton, Claiborne or just Clay/Clai
July 3rd, 2013 07:32 PM #7
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.
July 4th, 2013 09:47 AM #9
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)
Laura & Derek
Adele/a - Camille/a - Eleanor - Evangeline - Margaret - Selene
Arthur - Clark - Gabriel - Graham - Locke/Lachlan - Shepherd
Andromeda - Lúthien - Vesper - Zephyr