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  1. #11
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    Jan 2013
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    Foxglove is the plant that contains Digitalis which can be used as a medicine or a poison. I read a lot of mystery novels with Foxglove and digitalis. It belongs on a list with Arsenic.

    Bard sounds too much like Bald. It's not a pleasant sound.

    Most of these are too out there for me in real life. Some like Poet and Sonnet would work better as middle names.

    My favorite for the list is Solace. I read a book with a character named Solace and everyone called her Lacey.

    I also adore Sojourner. Big fan of Sojourner Truth.

    I like Atlas.

    Here are my favorite words names:
    Beauty
    Constance (not obscure as name, but not used much as a word)
    Blythe (same as Constance)
    Felicity (same)
    Meadow
    Sunday
    Revere (for a boy)
    Remember (for a girl)
    Reverence (for a girl)
    Temperance

    I left off all my favorite plants or flowers names, because they are too common. Most of the flowers mentioned here are too out there for me in a story, unless for example you are personifying a snapdragon plant in the story. I am surprised Sunflower is not on this list. My favorite flower is Impatiens, but I wouldn't use it as a name. I also really like Amaryllis as a name and a flower.

  2. #13
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    Aug 2013
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    I think word names are really cool. I know a girl whose name is Calm, all her siblings have 4 letter names, Quin (g), Rane (b), Chai (b), Cale (b), Nico (g)
    Blythe, Cassidy, Dahlia, Faye, Felicity, Ophelia...
    Clark, Elliot, Ezra, Graham, Holden, James...

  3. #15
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    Feb 2013
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    I love obscure word names! I think they make really good middle names. My favourites from your list: {I added the gender that I prefer them on}

    Girls:
    -- Poet, Sonnet, Saga, Fable, River, Justice, Bell, Lotus, Skylark


    Boys:
    -- River, Fox, True, Noble, Wolf, Justice, Atlas, Finch, Frost, Quill, Rune, Valor


    I also like Tempest, Poem, Temple, Evening, and Song.
    Alice. Marian. Juno. Branwen. Helena. Polly. Ophelia. Rosalind. Cosima. Matilda. Edith. Anna. Claudia. Frances.
    Arthur. Henry. Caspian. Stanley. Justice. Dexter. Edmund. Thomas. Nathaniel. Forest. Oscar. Lucian. Peter.

    http://www.babynames.com/namelist/9782360
    http://listography.com/sapphires

  4. #17
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    Sep 2011
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    Yes, I love all these obscure things. Several of them are too much IRL, I know at least one person with some of these. But for a futuristic story, I can use all the obscure word names I like.

    Kala-- I like these ones Viridian, Nova (how did I forget it), Dare (I actually love this for Darius and I use it as a nn for Alsandair in my book), Serene

    emilyva -- I really love that Foxglove could be poison or medicine. Great for one of those shady characters. I would use Bard IRL as a middle.

    sapphires -- I know a few people with Tempest in the middle, boys. Evening is lovely. ^_^
    Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^ Call me Dantea or Remy

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    Persephone Elysia Willow -- June 5th 2013
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  5. #19
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    Mar 2012
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    My favourites of yours:
    Fable - I think part of it is just the sound, the -l ending, I love Maple, Hazel, Opal, etc.
    Fox - I would use this IRL if I could.
    Sage - Semi-common as a middle. Still love it.
    Solace - Nice, but I actually prefer Silence.
    Wolf - My brother's name. I have always liked it.
    Ember - I'm fond of this.
    Bramble - I like this, but like Briar more.
    Gale - Not at all stylish, but I like it. It makes me think of Wizard of Oz.
    Larkspur - I like this a lot. I had it on a list. I don't like Lark alone as much.
    Nightingale - The Latin, Luscinia, appeals to me more.
    Rhapsody - Would not be brave enough to use IRL but I like the sound.
    Sojourner - Love this one, love Sojourner Truth.

    My own favourite obscure word names are below. I have preferences for each for what gender I'd use them on but I won't specify.
    Briar
    Calico
    Hart
    Harvest
    Impala
    Iridesce
    Kestrel
    Lilac
    Madrigal
    Malachite
    Moss
    Peregrine
    Psalm
    Rejoice
    Sardonyx
    Tanager
    Topaz
    Vespertine

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