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  1. #1
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    Help with unusual, non-frilly girl names

    I've been a name geek my whole life. Now I'm 23 weeks pregnant with my first child, and my husband has nixed most of the names that I've had on the list since childhood, and I'm just feeling uninspired for names that fit the bill

    Here's the problem. I like unusual but feminine names. He likes unisex or names-that-really-shouldn't-be-unisex, but still unusual. We're both former English majors, so literary is always a plus on both sides.

    At the beginning of the pregnancy, we gave each other lists of our top ten:

    Mine was: Genevieve (nn Evie), Zinnia, Iris, Ophelia, Euphemie/Euphemia (nn Effy/Effie), Camellia, Isla, Helena, Nerissa, Briony
    His was: Harper, Afton, Hero, Sweeney, Mackenzie, Waverley, Halifax, Talon, Remedios, Pippa

    See how different! In the spirit of compromise, we've been on the lookout for names that are 1) unusual 2)"unisex" but not trendy or uber-masculine 3) Trying to avoid surnamey-type names (my pet peeve).

    So far we've come up with:
    Saffron
    Vesper
    Journey
    Tamsyn/Tamsin
    Sparrow
    Maren
    Piper
    Poppy
    Flannery
    Paisley
    Tempest
    Willa
    Lilac
    Plum
    Lark
    Wren
    Romilly
    Rue
    Tansy

    I'd love some feedback on these names, and suggestions for any others that might work. THANKS!
    Maura
    mama to
    Flannery Katherine

  2. #3
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    Just from the title, I thought of Fern. Charlotte's Web is such a sweet story, and Fern is still quite unusual as a name (only 45 girls were named it last year!).

    Saffron - I really, really like this! Not sure if I would every use it, but I still really like it. A similar name is Sutton.
    Vesper - I'm torn on this one. It sounds super cool and it has a great look, but I'm not sure if I can imagine it on a little girl. How about Echo?
    Journey - I would save this for the middle slot.
    Tamsyn/Tamsin - I'm not super fond of this name, but I like Tamar (ta-MAR), which is similar.
    Sparrow - I prefer this in the middle slot.
    Maren - It's cute, but I prefer Maeve.
    Piper - I've never been a fan. I can't see this as a name, to be honest.
    Poppy - Cute, but maybe a bit cutesy to me. I like the idea of Penelope with the nickname Poppy though.
    Flannery - The only time I've ever heard of this name was in the book The Secret Language of Girls, and she isn't the best namesake. Other than that, it's a nice, unusual name. For some reason, I picture Flannery with a little sister named Ember.
    Paisley - Not really my style.
    Tempest - Just the definition of the word tempest turns me off.
    Willa - I prefer this as a nickname for Willow.
    Lilac - I really like this in a GPish sort of way.
    Plum - Too cutesy for me.
    Lark - Sweet! I really like it!
    Wren - I like it! Another bird name to consider is Kestrel, a character from the Wind on Fire trilogy.
    Romilly - Cute, but the -milly part makes me cringe ever so slightly.
    Rue - I like, but maybe a bit too Hunger Games right now? I also like Clove and Bonnie from that series.
    Tansy - Cute! I personally have always like it as a nickname for Constance.

    EDIT: I'm back with more names

    Adair
    Avalon
    Opal (I love Because of Winn Dixie so much!)
    Petra
    Gemma
    Monique
    Bernadette
    Maude
    Mercy
    Lane/Layne/Laine
    Nadine
    Karis
    Nova
    Thalassa (probably too frilly, but I've always adored the nickname Lassie)
    Zelda
    Astrid
    Celeste
    Allaire
    Evanthe
    Sloane
    Greer
    Agnes
    Greta/Gretel
    Ingrid
    Saskia
    Saba
    Yvonne
    Lilith
    Aspen
    Beth
    Jade
    Neve
    Olive
    Phoebe
    Daphne
    Camille
    Rosamund
    Therese (terr-RHESS)
    Ada (I pronounce this odd-ah, but there's several ways to pronounce it)
    Nina
    Arden
    Lux
    Katya/Katia
    Kit
    Coral
    Mona
    Seren
    Bay
    Last edited by tay2thestars; July 7th, 2013 at 10:59 PM.
    ~inside this teenberry's mind ~
    ~
    Vote on combo possibilities (updated 4/5/14)
    ~
    Slowly reconstructing
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    ♀ ~ Adair ~ Cassia ~ Cecilia ~ Cordelia ~ Ivy ~ Kestrel ~ Lyra ~ Mary ~ Petra ~ Shira ~

    ♂ ~ Benjamin ~ Caspian ~ Finnian ~ Jack ~ Julian ~ Levi ~ Nathaniel ~ Ronan ~ Tristan ~

    ☺ ~ Cassia Jane ~ Cordelia Alice ~ Ivy Seraphina ~ Lyra Genevieve ~ Mary Valentina ~ Shira Beatrix ~
    ~ Jack Peregrine ~ Julian Hawthorne ~ Ronan Wilder ~


    Considering: ~ Finnegan ~ Lux ~

  3. #5
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    Boys: Maxwell, Bennett, Oliver, Elliott and Archer.

    Girls: Rose, Juliet, Aria, Cora and Scarlett


    Sorry for any random spellings. I'm probably on my nook!

  4. #7
    I love Maren, Wren, and Tansly!

    Some names that I think of that seem your style: Lyric, Merritt, Hollis, Bree, Perry. (I especially love lyric)

    You are one of the only people I have seen mention the name Zinnia! One of the few others is my sister who has said for years that is what she is naming her daughter. She loves it because of her favorite childhood book "Chasing Redbird" ... have you read it?
    -Kiele

  5. #9
    From your story I thought of:
    Blythe
    Maeve
    Niamh/Neve
    Scout

    From your list my favorites are Maren, Piper, Willa, and Wren.

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