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Thread: Worthy of a Revival?
September 17th, 2013 03:17 PM #6Senior Member
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Agreed, these are some great names. I believe both Cora and Cecilia are up in popularity in the States. I know a young woman in her early 20s named Agatha, and she really rocks it. And you know what, I also know young women in their 20s named Cora and Cecilia! Very pretty, romantic names. Some of my favorite names are on this list:
Frances (a family name for me), Slyvia and Helena are also lovely. In fact I don't think I dislike any of these names, except for one that is based on a bad association of someone I know but that has nothing to do with the quality of the name itself for other people.
September 17th, 2013 04:49 PM #8
Beatrice— For sure this one will be revived. It's already on an upswing over the last decade. I like it.
Beatrix— On my list. I love that it adds a freshness to Beatrice, and yet is classic, mostly due to the Potter association (which is so sweet).
Clementine— A GP for me. I don't think it works on a grown adult, as cute as it is for a little girl. I do think it could be revived, though.
Cecilia— I love this probably as much as I love Cecily, but could never bring myself to use it due to the meaning—"blind one!"
Cora— Vintage yet modern sounding. It doesn't have quite enough oomph for me to use it personally. I prefer Coralie.
Delphine— The only thing I don't love about this name is that it doesn't have the greatest nn possibilities.
Edith— I love this name. Edie is just so adorable on a girl and still lovely for a grown woman.
Eleanora— I could definitely see this one rising in popularity, since Eleanor has already come back and -a names are popular. I prefer Leonora.
Georgiana/Georgina— I think I prefer just Georgia, but I love the rich sound of these names.
Harriet— I've loved this name since I was a girl and loved the Harriet the Spy book/movie. Back then it would have been unusual to bust out this vintage classic, but now I don't think people would bat an eye. I still love this name and love nn Hattie even more.
Helena— I have a friend by this name and it is just so lovely. Pronounced "huh-LEEN-uh." Absolutely gorgeous.
Iris— On my list. I love the association with the flower, and the history and significance of that.
Ivy— Also on my list. I usually don't prefer very short names, but this one has just captured me somehow! I love the imagery it evokes.
Mabel— I think this one could definitely grow in popularity. It's rather cute.
Josephine— I adore this. It's a family name for me and I might consider it even though I have an acquaintance who used it for her daughter.
Olive— I have a friend who used this for her daughter (after her husband's grandmother) and I am so in love. It fits right in given the popularity of Olivia, but it is worlds ahead of it in terms of charm and uniqueness.
Susannah— So underused! It hasn't been in the top 1000 for decades. I love the NB description: "Susannah has biblical and musical pedigrees, is impervious to trends, and has an irresistible, flowing rhythm."
Don't care for but do think could be revived:
Don't think has a chance at revival:
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September 17th, 2013 05:16 PM #10Member
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Not ready- NR
Beatrice- R...and LOVE!
Bridget- R...and LOVE!
Harriet- R, but only for the nn Hattie. Harriett on its' own isnt ready for a comeback
Ivy- R...and love!
Josephine- R...and love!
Keziah- never ready
Margaret- R...and love!
Sylvia-NR (though Sylvie is.)
September 17th, 2013 05:54 PM #12
If I had any say about it, these (and only these!) would be revived:
Lucinda (don't love Lucinda--or Lucy--so much as other long Lucy names I've fallen for--like Lucilla, Lucia, and even Louisa/Luciana...)
I like Gwendoline (gwen-doh-leen?) and Hermione, too, but I prefer Gwendolyn to Gwendoline, and I would keep Hermione as a middle. It's just too tied to Harry Potter for me. The others aren't bad--I'm just a wee bit sick of hearing the likes of Beatrice, Susannah, Eloise, Mabel, etc. on Nameberry. Nice names, but I never "got" them and don't really love them, and I would be quite happy if they never caught on in the real world! Objectively, they're nice names--just not for me.Ashley
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September 17th, 2013 05:56 PM #14
I just went through and categorized. I tried to be objective--classified a few names I absolutely loathe as "fresh." A few of them struck me as just plain dated (rather than particularly associated with Victorian/Georgian eras) so I starred* those. Favorites are bolded.
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