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July 7th, 2013 08:15 PM #1
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:
I'd love some feedback on these names, and suggestions for any others that might work. THANKS!Maura