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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

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