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  1. #6
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    Ariadne - Pretty. I tend to like Greek names.
    Arwen - Also pretty, but the heavy association with LOTR makes it less wearable
    Nora (or Nola?) - Like Nola, dislike Nora. I can't pinpoint why, exactly, but there's something uninteresting about it.
    Maisie - Love it, but I do think it works best as a nickname. It could even be sort of a longer-than-the original nickname for May/Mae.
    Pauline - Eh. It's ok but very dated.
    Ruby - Has never appealed to me for some reason. I dislike the sound.
    Sawyer - I don't much like this one on either gender, but I especially can't stand it on girls.

    Boys:
    Arthur - Fantastic. So aristocratic, yet
    Henry - Likeable, with great nn options
    Louis (prn Loo-iss) -Eh. I'll take it or leave it.
    Martin (Marty) - Dated but fun.
    Ronan - It's nice enough, but it seems to me that it would take a very specific person to pull it off.
    Gwen
    (film student, name nerd, regular nerd, bad influence)

    Current favorites:
    Ismay Cleo Sybella Ailsa Iphigenia
    Prosper Sirius August Malcolm Zephyr

  2. #8
    Wow, we have basically the same naming style-- your list includes many of my favorite names! Ranking them from my favorite to least favorite:

    1. Ariadne: LOVE everything about it. I think it's just unusual enough, yet still pronounceable.
    2. Arwen: I think this is a lovely name, and agree with a previous poster that Elowen is another great option. Maybe Bronwyn, also?
    3. Ruby: Very cute. If popularity is a concern of yours, though, I think Ruby is getting pretty popular these days.
    4. Nora (or Nola?). I think Nora is a nice, solid name. Nola is nms. How about Nova?
    5. Maisie: It's ok, reminds me of a mouse in a particular childrens' book.
    6. Sawyer: Very trendy and somewhat masculine. I only know boys named Sawyer.
    7. Pauline: Feels very dated to me.

    1. Ronan: This is a wonderful name. While it isn't a classic, I definitely don't think it seems trendy.
    2. Arthur: Regal yet not stuffy. I think this name is making a comeback.
    3. Henry: Classic, but still seems wearable on a baby.
    4. Louis (prn Loo-iss): Nice but not entirely my style.
    5. Martin (Marty): Feels a little dated, but not too bad. Makes me think of Martin Freeman!

    Since we seem to have a similar style, here are some other names you may be interested in: Hazel, Archer, Linnea, Augustin, Briony, Anthea/Althea (as a previous poster suggested), Wynn, Autumn, Linus, Laurel, Juniper.

  3. #10
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    Where in Canada are you? I am in Alberta, and have found a list of all the babies registered each year here: Service Alberta: Alberta's Top Babies Names

    Not sure what other provinces do, but hope that helps!

  4. #12
    Thanks to everyone for the comments; specifically about Arwen and Sawyer. Its funny, I've only ever met one other person with the name Sawyer, and she was a girl, in addition to a movie I watched as a child with the main female character named Sawyer, so I didn't even know it was actually primarily a boy's name, so thanks for the heads up !

    As for the suggestions my favourites are:
    Elowen
    Juniper
    Wesley
    Ewan
    Athena
    Rowena
    Nova
    Hugo
    Marshall
    Hazel
    Anthea

    @lbw I'm from Ontario, but any Canadian data is really helpful, so thank you so much!

  5. #14
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    I like Nora, Ruby, Henry, Louis, and Martin.

    Sawyer is all boy to me.

    Here's a list of the top baby names in Canada: Top Baby Names in Canada 2012 - Today's Parent
    Current favorites:
    Cora . Louisa . Lydia . Mary

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