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  1. #1
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    Usable As First Names OR Quirky Middle Name Choices?

    Hi Berries, I thought I would share some interesting names I've discovered (or rediscovered) while perusing the internet or reading. These are names that have either been borne by real people in the past or they were in one of my numerous baby name books. Many of them are virtue/word names or surnames. I have three questions for you Berries: (1) Which ones do you think would be still be usable as proper names? (2) Which ones would only make quirky middle name choices and (3) Which names should remain guilty pleasures or should be tossed in the bin never to see the light of day again? It's your call.

    Dacre (DAY-kur)
    Chapin (CHAY-pin)
    Ochre (o-kur) - a rare unisex colour name
    Gallant
    Kimbrough (m)
    Mindwell (f)
    Lowry
    Parilee (f)
    Pharaoh
    Pliny
    Preserve
    Absolute - I love this one!
    Providence
    Rejoiner
    Rosewell (m) - I can imagine a female with this name too!
    Savory (m) - this rare spice may be suitable for a female
    Service
    Sinai
    Solitude (f)
    Spaulding
    Tinker - if we have Tucker why not Tinker?
    Thankful
    Truelove
    Upshire - very English
    Urthelmine - German female
    Union
    Winship (a male in the 1880's with a last name of Champion!)
    Vionnet - French surname of a fashion designer
    Tranqueline - too much like trampoline or perhaps tranquillizer?
    Timely - this is kind of cute
    Rejoice - very uplifting!
    Tanaquil - first name of a ballerina
    Queenie and Reine - same title but different languages
    Persia - the new India
    Pleasance
    Nimra
    Millay - surname of a poet
    Magenta - an exotic colour
    Listener
    Loveday
    Joyous
    Kathini
    Glance - kind of cool
    Gaze
    Florizel
    Evodie - this is pretty!
    Avila
    Ethereal
    Beauty - a bit much, no?
    Meraud
    Future
    Anemone - a rare flower name
    Valiant
    Soutine
    Judicael
    Serlo
    Glider
    Darragh - popular male name in Ireland
    Sligo - place name in Ireland
    Ravelin/Revelin
    Quoyle - too much like quail?
    Pinch - cute nn only?
    Paavo - Finnish for Paul
    Notus
    Midnight
    Austell - place name and saint name
    Eero - Finnish
    Clarendon - sounds aristocratic
    Chiltern - hills in England
    Colbran
    Caledon - place name in Canada
    Aalto
    Njord
    Lowen - There's Rowan and Bowen so why not Lowen?
    Kyne
    Loewy
    Kenzo - Japanese
    Jubalus
    Japhy
    Elko - unisex
    Dalliance - unisex
    Cyan - a great alternative to Cheyenne
    Cinnabar
    Courage
    Carnelian
    Calm
    Exodus
    Belief
    Answer
    Amaris - too much like amorous?
    Always
    Assisi - place name in Italy
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  2. #3
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    Some nice and interesting names on here. In general, the ones I don't think have easy pronunciations I'm putting in the middle.

    Dacre (DAY-kur) -- Middle name -- I wouldn't know how to pronounce this
    Chapin (CHAY-pin) -- Middle name -- I would have said it like it looks
    Ochre (o-kur) -- Middle name -- I actually like it a lot, but I don't think it's a usable first name
    Gallant -- Middle name -- for a boy I'd think but I wouldn't want Gal as a nn
    Kimbrough -- First name -- it's a quirky first name choice ^_^
    Mindwell -- GP -- I'm unsure here. I feel like Mindwell is sort of mean to stick on a girl like you're trying to force obedience on her
    Lowry -- First name -- I don't see a thing wrong with it as a first name
    Parilee -- Middle name -- This is sort of meh and weird to me. I suppose it could be a first name
    Pharaoh -- GP -- I just generally dislike title name but I suppose it could be a middle if you really liked it
    Pliny -- Middle name -- I like it but I'm sure plenty of people would say it wrong
    Preserve -- GP -- I don't think it's a good word name. Persevere would be better
    Absolute -- Middle name -- Since you love it so much, I'd stick it in the middle
    Providence -- GP -- It's just sort of strange as a name
    Rejoiner -- Middle name -- I think it would be a neat middle name. It's got a cool sound
    Rosewell -- Middle name -- I put it with Penrose (m). It's awesome but I don't think Rose is a good name for a boy. It's not one of those girl-boy names
    Savory -- GP -- Putting my mind where a 14-16 year old boy is, can you imagine the sexual innuendo here?
    Service -- GP -- again like with Mindwell, it seems strange to give Service as a name
    Sinai -- First name -- Interesting sound
    Solitude -- GP/Middle -- I think it's got a nice sound but I've always feel like Solitude is saying they shouldn't have friendship or something
    Spaulding -- Middling name -- It makes me giggle and I don't know why
    Tinker -- First name -- I think it could be a first name. It's a word name "To tinker with something" and fantasy-like occupation.
    Thankful -- Middle name -- I think it would be a sweet middle
    Truelove -- Middle name -- It's so corny but sort of sweet
    Upshire -- Middle/GP -- I have Shire on my GP middle list
    Urthelmine -- Middle name -- Very harsh sounds here
    Union -- GP -- This is a weird word name too
    Winship -- First name -- Winship Champion! Wow! I think it's cool. It goes with other Win names
    Vionnet -- First name -- It has a really nice sound and first with other Vio names
    Tranqueline -- GP -- yes. Too much like those 2
    Timely -- GP -- it's cute unless she's always late
    Rejoice -- Middle name -- You can tell I love these words in the middle. It's sweet and uplifting. It could possibly be a first with Joyce or Joy as a nn
    Tanaquil -- Middle name -- I sort of love this but think it's really close to NyQuil and such
    Queenie and Reine -- GP -- see Pharaoh
    Persia -- First name -- though I don't like place names, I know a girl called Persia who pronounces it per-see-ah and I like itmispronounced
    Pleasance -- Middle name -- It's sweet but again, what if they are a terrible child?
    Nimra -- GP -- Nimrod
    Millay -- First name -- Very sweet sound
    Magenta -- First name -- I know a Magenta. I think it's sweet and has Maggie
    Listener -- GP -- This one is meh to me
    Loveday -- Middle name -- I see this on Ottilie threads a lot. It's really nice
    Joyous -- First name -- I think it could be a first. It's very nice
    Kathini -- First name -- I think it's very cool
    Glance -- GP -- glance at Glance
    Gaze -- GP -- see above
    Florizel -- First name -- Really interesting way to get to Flora
    Evodie -- First name -- Yes! It's so much like Elodie but I think it's prettier
    Avila -- First name -- It's like Aviva. Very pretty
    Ethereal -- Middle name -- This is one of my GP names too ^_^
    Beauty -- GP -- I agree, a bit much
    Meraud -- Middle name -- I'm unsure on pronunciation
    Future -- GP -- Weird
    Anemone -- Middle name -- I love the sound, but I think it's a tad strange up front
    Valiant -- First name -- I love this one! Val is such a great, normal nn
    Soutine -- Middle name -- sort of meh to me
    Judicael -- First name -- though it does sound a bit like a smush of Judy and Kale
    Serlo -- First name -- very similar to Milo and Hugo
    Glider -- GP -- strange
    Darragh -- First/Middle --If I knew how to pronounce it, I'd say first
    Sligo -- GP -- IT has Sly and though I think it's cool, it's meh
    Ravelin/Revelin -- Middle name -- It's neat but meh
    Quoyle -- GP -- Is it like Quail? I have no idea
    Pinch -- Nickname -- It's be a cute nickname
    Paavo -- First name -- It's got a great sound
    Notus -- GP -- meh
    Midnight -- GP -- Great for a pet, better names for a person
    Austell -- First name -- It's got a good sound
    Eero -- Middle name -- Sort of love it but I think it's make a better middle
    Clarendon -- Middle name -- It does sound aristocratic. It's neat though for a girl or boy
    Chiltern -- GP -- strange as a name
    Colbran -- First name -- Cole makes it assessable. It's got a good sound
    Caledon -- first name -- I think it could work
    Aalto -- Middle name -- Is it like Alto?
    Njord -- Middle name -- I don't think a lot of American people can say it sadly
    Lowen -- First name -- I agree with you. I've suggested Lowen before
    Kyne -- Middle name -- I just don't think it's very substantial
    Loewy -- Nickname -- I think it's be a good nickname for Lowen
    Kenzo -- Middle name -- Are you Japanese? It's sort of obviously Asian so I think it should stay in the middle unless it's meaningful or you're Japanese
    Jubalus -- Middle name -- I love it for the middle. It's like Jubilee
    Japhy -- Nickname -- It's a good nickname, but I don't like it as a full name
    Elko -- GP -- I just flat don't like the Elk in there
    Dalliance -- Middle name -- Great sound and I think it works
    Cyan -- First name -- I know one ^_^
    Cinnabar -- GP -- really weird
    Courage -- Middle name -- Absolutely love it
    Carnelian -- Middle name -- It's not a first name usable flower name to me
    Calm -- Middle name -- could be really sweet, could be really ironic
    Exodus -- Middle name -- It could be a good religious middle
    Belief -- Middle name -- This same as above
    Answer -- GP -- Strange
    Amaris -- GP --Yes, too much like amorous
    Always -- Middle name -- It's nms but people like Every
    Assisi -- GP -- unless it means something, I don't think it's name worthy
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  3. #5
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    I'll look over this list properly tomorrow but just wanted to get out now, I actually know a Chapin. She's the younger sister of my friend. They live in the Carolina's.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

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    Amaris
    Assisi
    Caledon
    Chiltern
    Clarendon
    Colbran
    Cyan
    Dacre
    Darragh
    Evodie
    Gallant
    Kenzo
    Kyne
    Loewy
    Loveday
    Lowry
    Magenta
    Midnight
    Millay
    Ochre
    Persia
    Pharaoh
    Pleasance
    Providence
    Queenie
    Quoyle
    Ravelin
    Reine
    Rosewell
    Sinai
    Solitude
    Soutine
    Spaulding
    Tinker
    Union
    Valiant
    Vionnet

    Toss:

    Aalto
    Absolute
    Always
    Anemone
    Answer
    Austell
    Avila
    Beauty
    Belief
    Calm
    Carnelian
    Chapin
    Cinnabar
    Courage
    Dalliance
    Eero
    Elko
    Ethereal
    Exodus
    Florizel
    Future
    Gaze
    Glance
    Glider
    Japhy
    Joyous
    Jubalus
    Judicael
    Kathini
    Kimbrough
    Listener
    Lowen
    Meraud
    Mindwell
    Nimra
    Njord
    Notus
    Paavo
    Parilee
    Pinch
    Pliny
    Preserve
    Rejoice
    Rejoiner
    Savory
    Serlo
    Service
    Sligo
    Tanaquil
    Thankful
    Timely
    Tranqueline
    Truelove
    Upshire - very English (maybe to non English people)
    Urthelmine
    Winship
    Audrey - Beatrice - Clara - Daphne - Flora - Jane - Mabel - Susannah

    Arthur - Barnaby - Edward - Frederick - Henry - Rupert - Theodore - Walter

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    Dacre (DAY-kur) - I first read it as DACK (as in Jack) -re
    Chapin (CHAY-pin) - At first, I thought it was like Chaplin, which is really cute, but then I realized that it sounds a bit like chafing, which is very unpleasent
    Ochre (o-kur) - a rare unisex colour name - Could work, but people may pronounce it wrong a lot
    Gallant - Kind of cute, a little cheesy
    Kimbrough (m) - To me, it sounds like a girl name because I have Kimbra on my girls list
    Mindwell (f) - Doesn't really sound like a name..
    Lowry - I don't know if this is for a boy or a girl.. I love the author Lois Lowry, but I think it's pronounced Laurie, which is a girl's name
    Parilee (f) - Sounds like peril
    Pharaoh - I kind of like this one, actually. Really unique
    Pliny - Sounds like tiny.. not good for self esteem
    Preserve - Like fruit preservatives?
    Absolute - I love this one! - Abby for short? I don't know if this one sounds like a name either..
    Providence - Could be cute.. It's a bit long, but if you came up with a cute nickname it might work.
    Rejoiner - I have a feeling if it was a girl, she would want to go by Joy
    Rosewell (m) - I can imagine a female with this name too! - Definitely more feminine than masculine
    Savory (m) - this rare spice may be suitable for a female
    Service - Like servant..
    Sinai - Kind of like it.. I'm watching the Lost TV show right now and it sounds like a character named Sayid.
    Solitude (f) - Sounds kind of goth
    Spaulding - Made me think Tom Hanks' volleyball in Cast Away for some reason
    Tinker - if we have Tucker why not Tinker? Because it sounds like TinkerBell. That's why.
    Thankful - Again, doesn't sound like a name
    Truelove - Really?
    Upshire - very English - Lots of Lord of the Rings references here..
    Urthelmine - German female - One of those names that makes your skin crawl.. Like Bertha..
    Union - I'm getting tired of saying this, but it doesn't sound like a name
    Winship (a male in the 1880's with a last name of Champion!) - Could be cool, actually! Sounds like more of a feminine name though..
    Vionnet - French surname of a fashion designer - I like it
    Tranqueline - too much like trampoline or perhaps tranquillizer? - Yes, sounds like a mix of the two
    Timely - this is kind of cute - That would be cute! But I'm a Doctor Who fan, so I'm biased to those kinds of names
    Rejoice - very uplifting! - Doesn't sound like a name
    Tanaquil - first name of a ballerina - A bit confusing because it sounds and looks like tranquil
    Queenie and Reine - same title but different languages - I love Reine
    Persia - the new India - That could be cool!
    Pleasance - Sounds like a made up name.. Like you don't know how to spell pleasure..
    Nimra - Very cool, reminds me of a forest nymph
    Millay - surname of a poet - Could be pretty cool, it's kind of like Millie
    Magenta - an exotic colour - Cool
    Listener - But what if they weren't good at listening?
    Loveday - No. Sorry, but no.
    Joyous - Why not just Joy?
    Kathini - No, maybe Katherine or Kathleen?
    Glance - kind of cool - Don't really like it.
    Gaze - Eh, no.
    Florizel - Don't really like.. maybe Flora, or even Florrie?
    Evodie - this is pretty! - Pretty cool, it's like a mix of Evie and Melody
    Avila - I like it
    Ethereal - Sorry, but it reminds me too much of urethra...
    Beauty - a bit much, no? - Yeah, a bit much
    Meraud - Why not just Maude?
    Future - Don't really like it
    Anemone - a rare flower name - Kind of hard to say
    Valiant - Could work.. Nickname of Val?
    Soutine - Sardine?
    Judicael - Why not Jude, Judas, Jonas?
    Serlo - I like it! Unique..
    Glider - Hehe.. Sugar glider?
    Darragh - popular male name in Ireland - Not sure how to pronounce.
    Sligo - place name in Ireland - Sounds like Smeagol
    Ravelin/Revelin - Like unraveling.. Maybe Raven?
    Quoyle - too much like quail?
    Pinch - cute nn only? - Yeah, nickname only
    Paavo - Finnish for Paul - I don't think two a's are necessary
    Notus- I like Lotus better
    Midnight - Not sure how I feel about it..
    Austell - place name and saint name - I like Austin better
    Eero - Finnish - Is it pronounced like Ear-oh?
    Clarendon - sounds aristocratic - Don't like on a boy, what about Clare for a girl?
    Chiltern - hills in England - Sounds like chin-turn
    Colbran - I like Colby better
    Caledon - place name in Canada - Don't really like.. maybe Cale instead?
    Aalto - Maybe just Alto?
    Njord - People may not know how to pronounce..
    Lowen - There's Rowan and Bowen so why not Lowen? - I like this
    Kyne - Sounds like Kyle, but cooler
    LoewyLike the store Loews
    Kenzo - Japanese - Could be cool.
    Jubalus - I like Jubilee better for a girl or Justus for a boy
    Japhy - No.
    Elko - unisex - Like Elk.
    Dalliance - unisex - Like you spelled valiance wrong
    Cyan - a great alternative to Cheyenne - Cool
    Cinnabar - Haha! Like the Cinnabon cereal? In cereal bar form?
    Courage - Really cool
    Carnelian - Don't really like.. It's like Cornelius, but not..
    Calm - But what if they weren't very calm?
    Exodus - People might always be telling him to leave because of the meaning of his name..
    Belief - Doesn't sound like a name
    Answer - Students might always be asking him/her for the answer to a question
    Amaris - too much like amorous? - I actually like this
    Always - Don't really like
    Assisi - place name in Italy - Like 'a sissy'. Not a good name for a boy.

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